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Molecular Modeling Lab

New Molecular Modeling Lab Key to Chemistry Research Work

by Tim Kaldahl

A new computer-based molecular modeling lab on the third floor of UNO's Durham Science Center has helped a pair of undergraduates win an American Chemical Society (ACS) Midwest region best poster competition this semester. The students – Teddy Woolman and Joshua Stopak ...continue


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Dave Daniels

November Employee of the Month: Dave Daniels

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Anyone who has participated in a Group Ex class, taken dance lessons through Campus Recreation or visited the UNO Fitness Center has experienced the efforts of David Daniels, assistant director for health and wellness. For the past decade, he has been the guiding force behind many programs designed to impact the wellness of the campus community. Visit this link for details.



Works by Art Students in Online Exhibition Through Jan. 1

The creative works of 16 UNO art students will be featured and sold in an online exhibition Friday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. Works include T-shirts, messenger bags, children's clothing, journals and coffee cups. Read more.

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NiC to Host Dec. 8 Fireplace Read-in

UNO students can take a break from studying Tuesday, Dec. 8, to relax at a read-in event sponsored by NiC, the faculty group for Newspapers in Curricula.

From 2 to 4 p.m., individuals can bring a newspaper to the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge and enjoy quiet reading time. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be available.

For more information, call Maria Knudtson at 554.3320.

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The Moving Company to Perform Dec. 11 in HPER

The Moving Company at UNO will perform "New Works and Works in Progress" Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Dance Lab, 231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Donations will be accepted at the door.

The Moving Company is UNO's modern dance performing group and part of the School of HPER. Auditions are open to all UNO students and members of the Omaha community. It is an intergenerational company with a mission to create new works and to restage historical pieces.

For more information, visit or call 554.3239.

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Campus Recreation to Host "Parent's Day Out" Dec. 12

UNO Campus Recreation will host "Parents' Day Out," a day of recreation and games, on Saturday, Dec. 12, for youth ages 5 through 12 years. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and includes arts and crafts, swimming, movies and other recreational activities.

The cost of $20 for Campus Recreation activity cardholders and $25 for the public includes lunch. Participants must register by Wednesday, Dec. 9.

For more information, visit or call 554.4941.

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Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Applications Due Today

UNO faculty can participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC). The seminar will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 5-6, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Applications are due today, Nov. 30. Late applications will be considered if space is available. A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center Web site, on the Faculty Resources page, at

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 in order 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. The Jan. 6 session 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.

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

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Participants Sought for UNMC Child and Teen Depression Study

Children and teenagers experiencing depression are sought by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Common depression symptoms may include:
- Often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;
- Having trouble sleeping or staying asleep;
- Change in appetite;
- Loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and
- Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, volunteers must be seven to 17 years of age. To learn more about the UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240.

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Secular Student Alliance to Host Screening of 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' Tonight

The UNO Secular Student Alliance will host a free screening of "Monty Python's Life of Brian" tonight, Nov. 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. A brief panel discussion will follow the screening.

"The newly formed Secular Student Alliance is a student organization that provides people with a non-theistic bent," said John Powers, student vice president of SSA. "A place to come and talk about life in a religious world."

"Monty Python's Life of Brian" tells the story of Brian Cohen, a young Jewish man who is born in the same era and location as Jesus Christ and is, subsequently, mistaken for the Messiah. The Monty Python comedy team wrote, directed and starred in the 1979 film.

For more information, contact Powers at

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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.

Many families are facing hard times due to the recession. As a result, more children than ever need toys through the Toys for Tots program. Read more.

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National Panhellenic Council of Fraternities and Sororities Fundraiser Dec. 1-2

The National Panhellenic Council of Fraternities and Sororities will host a holiday jewelry and accessory fundraiser Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 1-2, at UNO. The event will take place each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

All items cost $6, and proceeds will support UNO students in fraternities and sororities.

For more information, call Kelli Vomacka at 554.2711.

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UNO Counseling Center Offers "Finals Week Preparation" Seminar Dec. 2

Students can learn how to finish strong during finals week with the help of "Finals Week Preparation," a seminar presented by the UNO Counseling Center. The session will take place Wednesday, Dec. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Topics include test anxiety, stress management and test-taking strategies. Food will be provided.

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

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"Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" Dec. 4

What makes service learning "academic?" How can academic rigor be assured? Learn answers to these types of questions Friday, Dec. 4, at "Service-Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall (Conference Room).

The session will focus on research done with students in service-learning courses at eight institutions in the United States: Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee, Bentley College, University of San Diego, University of Colorado, East Tennessee State University, Clark-Atlanta University and University of Washington.

Attendees will:
- Review reflective learning theory;
- Understand what the research shows about student learning through reflection; and;
- Learn methods of reflective practice and how to weave these experiences throughout a service-learning course for maximum learning to occur.

Although there are scheduled presentations, attendees will have time throughout the session to share effective practices.

To register, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy at 554.2712 or send an e-mail to

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Campus Holiday Open House Dec. 9 in MBSC

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Click on to view a special invitation from Chancellor Christensen and the vice chancellors.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Dec. 2, to Bob Cairns at 554.2311 or

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Submissions Sought for UNO Centennial Time Capsule

During the next few weeks, 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

Written Time Capsule Submissions

Time Capsule Contest Submissions

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Holiday Card Program to Benefit Scholarship Funds

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO - the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments the week of Dec. 14.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, 109 EAB, by Friday, Dec. 4. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they wish to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

Click on to access a donation form.

For more information, contact Monica Bayles at 554.2977.

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Criss Library Sponsoring Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time this week during the Scholastic Children's Book Fair. Criss Library will sponsor the event today, Nov. 30, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys all will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for the One World Community Health Center "Reach Out and Read" program.

All proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. For more information, contact Melissa Cast at

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Family Holiday Party at the Zoo Planned for Dec. 11

Join the UNO Young Alumni for its second annual family holiday party Friday, Dec. 11, at the Henry Doorly Zoo. A zoo membership is not required to attend, but tickets must be purchased in advance.

The 6 p.m. event will feature a dinner catered by Valentino's in the Treetop Restaurant overlooking the Lied Jungle; crafts and goodies for children; and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children age three to 10, and are free for children age two and under.

To register, download the form at this link. Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802 or

To learn about more upcoming UNO Young Alumni events, visit

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Maverick Watch


Fall sports are under way at UNO. Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view this week's Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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