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Sign Language Workshop

Sign Language Workshop

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Ricky Smith gave UNO theatre students a brief look at sign language Nov. 13 in conjunction with UNO's production of The Miracle Worker. Friday's workshop was headed by Julie Delkamiller, a community member and educator. The purpose of the workshop was to educate students while fostering a stronger relationship between those with disabilities and the arts. Previews of The Miracle Worker will run Nov. 18-19 with performances on Nov. 20-21 and Dec. 2-5 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building.

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UNO Rake-A-Thon

UNO Rake-A-Thon

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Maverick student-athletes lent a helping hand with leaves recently throughout Omaha. The annual UNO Rake-A-Thon took the volunteers into the community to help out homeowners unable to do yard work. Above, members of the UNO softball team helped rake leaves.

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Mavericks Sweep Bearcats in Volleyball

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's volleyball team improved their MIAA record to 10-7 with a win Wednesday night (Nov. 4) over Northwest Missouri State. The Maverick's Lizzy Mach and Ellen Thommes led UNO with 11 kills each. UNO returns home on November 13 at 7 p.m. against Central Missouri.



HRA Enhanced Wellness and Preventive Benefits Reminder

All active (benefits eligible) employees, retirees, ancillary and COBRA insurers will have the opportunity to complete a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) through Friday, Dec. 4.

Participation is voluntary; however, by completing this short survey, employees will receive a personal health report that will help them assess and monitor their personal health status. Employees who are enrolled in the university's Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan and complete the HRA will also receive an enhanced wellness and preventive services benefit for themselves as well as their covered family members.  The enhanced wellness and preventive services include:

-Increased annual adult preventive care allowance from $250 to $300;

-Increased dependent child (under age 2) preventive care allowance from $500 to $600;

-100 percent coverage for routine preventive colonoscopy once every 10 years beginning at age 50 (Services must be provided by a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Provider); and

-$0 copay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark's mail service only.

Employee personal health information will remain confidential as the university will only have access to aggregate information obtained from the survey. Aggregate data from each campus will be used to create programming to set goals for improving the health and well-being of employees.

UNO PR Students Want 400 Donations for Toys for Tots

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has launched a drive to gather 400 new toys for the Marines Toys for Tots campaign.

The recession has left many families facing hard times and more children need toys now than ever before with the Toys for Tots program. Read more.

Information on H1N1, Seasonal Flu Vaccines

There has been some confusion about the types and number of vaccines necessary to help prevent the H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses.

Adults only need one H1N1 vaccination. This vaccination can be administered on the same day the seasonal flu vaccination is received.

However, receiving both vaccinations on the same day will require an injection in each arm.

Visit for more information on H1N1, or call Student Health Services at 554.2374. The Nebraska Medical Center has also activated a public hotline with information on H1N1. For more information, call 559.9996.

Information on H1N1 is published in eNotes every Tuesday.

Next Students Campus Conversation Is Today

Campus Conversation, an open discussion of current events for students, will take place today, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.

Lunch will be provided to the first 60 students. This is the fourth in a series sponsored by the faculty group for Newspapers in the Curricula (NiC) and the New York Times in conjunction with the Collegiate Readership Program on campus.

Discussion will focus on five areas and how they affect students: the economy, the wars, drugs on college campuses, energy and health care.

Faculty members who use newspapers in class or promote reading newspapers are encouraged to send their students.

For more information, contact Maria Knudtson at

HR to Offer Consumer Credit Counseling Seminar Today

Human Resources will offer a series of seminars on Consumer Credit Counseling during the fall and spring semester. With the holiday season approaching, this is meant to be a timely opportunity for UNO employees to learn more about issues related to consumer credit.

The first seminar takes place today, Nov. 17, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room from 2 to 3 p.m. "Ins and Outs of Credit," will go over the fundamentals of consumer credit, credit reports and money management. The seminar will also sound out those attending about issues they would like to see addressed in future seminars.

All seminars will be conducted by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska, a non-profit community service organization dedicated to delivering professional consumer credit education, confidential counseling and debt management to all segments of society, regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

UNO Women's Studies Program Film Series Concludes Tonight

The UNO Women's Studies Program fall film series concludes tonight, Nov. 17. The series, which is free and open to the public, will return during the spring semester. This final film of 2009, "Ma Vie En Rose," will be shown in 380 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The showing, hosted by various UNO Women's Studies Program faculty members, starts at 7 p.m. An open discussion with hosts, guests and audience members will take place immediately following the screenings. Read more.

"Books That Have Made a Difference" Discussion at Criss Library

Criss Library has launched a a new presentation and discussion program titled "Books That Have Made a Difference" today, Nov. 17. All are welcome to attend a reading by Nainsi Houston from James Joyce's Ulysses at 3 p.m. in the Criss Library.

Houston, a librarian at the KANEKO-UNO Library, has taught Irish Literature for eight years and has been teaching at the university level for 15 years. Her interest in Joyce has been crucial to her teaching and scholarship.

Ulysses remains one of the most controversial, important and unread books in the canon. Joyce's use of stream of consciousness, or interior monologue, and his shifting styles has made Ulysses a "difficult" book for readers since its publication in 1922.

The idea behind the program is to read from and talk about certain books that continue, long after reading, to have influence on readers and also upon the larger world.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

Transgender Days of Remembrance This Week

Faculty, staff and students can join UNO's student agency of Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) for a Transgender Victims of Violence Memorial Service on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Rabbi Aryeh Azriel from Temple Israel and Pastor Tom Emmett from Metropolitan Community Church will be officiating the service, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pep Bowl.

"The memorial service is in remembrance of transgender people who were killed for their gender expression," said Timothy Wincell, event organizer and GSO member.

Also to commemorate the occasion, a Coyote Grace folk concert will take place Thursday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

"If you want a lesson in organic chemistry, take notes and watch the sparks fly between the acoustic downhome duo known as Coyote Grace," Wincehell said. "Coyote Grace band members include Joe Stevens, a transman singer/songwriter, backed up by Ingrid Elizabeth on vocals and upright bass, sharing the stage with bluegrass, old-time, folk rock, jazz and cabarets alike."

For more information, e-mail Winchell

Native American Heritage Month Festivities Continue Tomorrow

Native American Heritage Month activities will continue Wednesday, Nov. 18, with a Native American Cultural Fair. Live performances and free food will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Aksarben Room.

The Native American Cultural Fair will feature live performances from local Omaha Native American artists, as well as performances from others outside of Omaha. There also will be poster presentations from students on the Native American Heritage Month Committee. A few areas include: A How-to Demonstration of a Dreamcatcher, Dine Traditions and Mascots. Free food will also be provided at the event.

For more information, call 554.2711.

Free Webinar Tomorrow on Linking Student Health and Wellness to Academic Success and Retention

Wellness to Academic Success and Retention

Student Health Services will host a free webinar on "Linking Student Health and Wellness to Academic Success and Retention" Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. 

Speaker Jim Grizzell, a health promotion and education specialist, will discuss data and theory coming out of research conducted at the University of North Dakota on enhancing student wellness and evaluating its impact on academic outcomes such as GPA and retention.  Grizzell will also cover some practical strategies univerity's can implement almost immediately to start moving their campus toward better health and wellness outcomes.

For more information, contact Marcia Adler at 554.2743.

Preview of The Miracle Worker Tomorrow Night

The Department of Theatre will present William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf. Previews run Nov. 18-19 with performances on Nov. 20-21 and Dec. 2-5 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre after the Dec. 4 production. UNO will provide a sign language-interpreted performance on Dec. 5. Read more.

Mav-Rec Kettlebells Training Offered

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Mav-Rec Wellness will offer a strength and conditioning mini-workshop with kettlebells on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

A kettlebell is a type of weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle welded to the top. Learn from kettlebells certified experts -- Mark Snow and Nikki Snow -- about the proper technique and training. The kettlebells workshop will take place in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building from 2 to 4 p.m.

The cost is $20 for students, $30 for activity cardholders and $40 for non-activity cardholders.

For more information, call 554.2539.

The mission of the Mav-Rec Wellness, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

MBSC Thanksgiving Hours Announced

The following hours will be observed in conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday at the Health, Physical Education Recreation (HPER) Building.

Building hours:

- Thursday, Nov. 26

- Friday, Nov. 27
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Nov. 28
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday, Nov. 29
Noon to 9 p.m.

Budget Forum This Thursday

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Dodge Rooms on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. All members of the campus community - faculty, staff and students - are welcome to attend.

This event will be an informational session on possible changes to the 2009-2010 University of Nebraska budget coming out the special session of the Nebraska Legislature.Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, who have led the campus Budget Advisory Task Force, will also help lead the presentation and discussion.

"We want to share with everyone what we know," Christensen said. "There will be questions that we won't be able to answer, but beginning this conversation again is extremely important.

Seating will be available for about 140. Arriving early is encouraged. For more information, call 554.3502.

Basic Photoshop II CS4 Training Nov. 20

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will host the second phase of lessons in the Photoshop class series -- Basic Photoshop II CS4 -- on Friday, Nov. 20. The course takes place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

In this class participants will learn the next level of basic skills for Photoshop, and learn how to enhance messages using visuals. Topics to be covered will include:

- The use of gradients;

- Using vector objects;

- Special visual effects;

- Non-destructive editing; and

- Text manipulation.

To sign up for this session:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month;

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a personal SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;

An email will be sent confirming registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Academic Regalia Notice for Dec. 18 Commencement

Commencement for December graduates will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.  Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, at 554.2336, by Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Jan. 5-6

UNO faculty can participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC).  The seminar will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Faculty who participate will have an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives – using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum to support students' development as writers (learning to write). Participants will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

On Jan. 5, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending reading assignments to evaluating, integrating and citing information from print and electronic sources.  Jan. 6 will focus on best practices for responding to and evaluating students' papers.  Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues and consider similarities and differences across disciplines.

The seminar is supported by the Center for Faculty Development.  Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses.

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center Web site, on the Faculty Resources page:

Applications are due Monday, Nov. 30.

For more information, contact WAC Coordinator Nora Bacon (, 554.3318) or Writing Center Director Dori Richards (, 554.3311).

Submissions Sought for UNO Centennial Time Capsule

During the next few months, objects will be collected at UNO for inclusion in a centennial time capsule.  Members of the extended community - in addition to faculty, staff and students - can submit items through Jan. 5, 2010, according to certain criteria. Read more.

For guidelines on submissions and the time capsule contest, click on the following links:

Time Capsule Submissions capsule_submissions.pdf

Written Time Capsule Submissions capsule_written.pdf

Time Capsule Contest Submissions capsule_contest.pdf


- Several UNO students and Department of Chemistry faculty recently attended the American Chemical Society Midwest Regional meeting in Iowa City Oct. 21-24. Students Theodor (Teddy) Woolman, Joshua Stopak and Misha (Melissa) Wees, presented their research in CHEM4950. Woolman won a best poster award. Woolman and Stopak are co-authors for that poster and they have both worked on that project. The students will present their posters at the end of this semester in Chemistry Department as part of the CHEM4950 requirement. The two professors who accompanied the students included Haizhen Zhong and James Carroll.

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