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Happy Birthday KVNO

Happy Birthday KVNO

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Chancellor John Christensen stops by Classical 90.7 KVNO studios to wish staff and listeners 'Happy 38th Birthday!' The station's weeklong 38th Birthday Gift Drive runs through Friday, Sept. 3. Tune in throughout the drive to hear well wishes from other celebrity guests.


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Bill and Ruth Scott and Dr. George Haddix

Donors Honored at Roskens Hall Ground Breaking

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Bill and Ruth Scott and Dr. George Haddix were honored Thursday (8-19) at the ground breaking ceremonies held for UNO's Roskens Hall. The Scotts and Dr. Haddix are the principal donors for the renovation of the old College of Business Administration building which will become the new home for UNO's College of Education.

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Anna S. Forman

An Overseas Experience Focus of August 2010 Student Commencement Remarks

Anna Forman, a native of Saratov, Russia, presented the student commencement address Aug. 13, 2010, at the Civic Auditorium. Read the full text of her remarks. . .



Commercial-Free Classical Music Celebrates 38 Years on Omaha Airwaves

Award-winning radio station, Classical 90.7 KVNO kicks off its weeklong 38th Birthday Gift Drive at 6 a.m. today, Aug. 27. The event runs through Friday, Sept. 3, and has a fund-raising goal of $60,000. Throughout the drive, a number of guests will visit the studio to perform live variations of "Happy Birthday," including KVNO Classical Kids, UNO Music Department faculty, local television and radio personalities and KVNO staff.

"This membership drive is proving to be the most festive we have planned," said Robert Franklin, general operations director for KVNO and UNO Television. "Collaborating on the event has been a lot of fun internally. We believe our listeners, supporters and community volunteers will truly enjoy celebrating this milestone with KVNO."

Classical 90.7 KVNO, broadcasting from the heart of the UNO campus, is a public radio station that raises more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue through community financial contributions.

"For nearly four decades, listeners that pledge donations and sponsors that underwrite our programs have kept Classical 90.7 KVNO strong," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO development director. "We could not do what we do without the community, and we remain extremely grateful for its generosity and loyalty."

Classical 90.7 KVNO, serves and enriches the community through unique arts programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. The station provides invaluable educational opportunities for UNO students through training and employment in a professional environment. The station remains committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, to advancing the excellence and growth of the arts and to maximizing the value of its public service and outreach programs.

More information about Classical 90.7 KVNO is available online at or by calling (402) 554.5866.

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OLLAS, Film Streams Biennial Film Series Starts Tonight

Film Streams and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO are excited to announce the second biennial Cinemateca series celebrating Latino, Latin American and Spanish cinema. The series will take place tonight, Aug. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 30 at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater (1340 Mike Fahey St.).

In all, Cinemateca 2010 features 10 films from eight different countries (Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Brazil). The series covers more than 40 years of cultural, political and cinematic history — from the jaw-dropping photography and general bravura of MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (Cuba, 1964) to the heart-wrenching narrative and immediate relevance of SIN NOMBRE (Mexico, 2009). Read more.

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Freshman Class Invited to Celebrate UNO at Sept. 9 Football Game

A new tradition arrives at UNO this fall with the 2010 Maverick Run.

Scheduled for the UNO vs. Ouachita Baptist home football game on Thursday, Sept. 9, UNO's newest freshman class – the Class of 2014 – will show their Maverick pride when they run onto Caniglia Field before kickoff at 7 p.m.

UNO deans, faculty, staff and the UNO marching band will join the students as a way to celebrate the start of a new school year and a new collegiate experience for the university's freshmen class. Read more.

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New Sexual Harassment Online Tutorial Website Launches

In an effort to continue to provide professional development to faculty, staff, and students, a new online sexual harassment program has been revised and moved to a new website address at

"The new tutorial program contains power point slides and speaker notes that provide additional explanation for each slide. With 24-hour accessibility, the programs enables you to review materials at your own leisure in a practical and convenient way," said Sharon Ulmar, director of Equal Opportunity Office and coordinator of the program.

A short quiz and the option to print a certificate will complete the program. The name of each individual completing the program will automatically be sent to the Office of Equal Opportunity for record keeping. 

For more information, contact Ulmar at (402) 554.3490 or

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Mav Fest Set for This Saturday

UNO Athletics will hold its second annual "Mav Fest" on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Al F. Caniglia Field. This family-oriented event will allow fans a chance to meet UNO student-athletes and coaches prior to the start of the 2010-2011 athletic season.

"Community is one of the core values of UNO athletics, and there is no better way to show that we are Omaha's Team than to invite fans to our campus for a fun kick-off to the season," said Trev Alberts, director of Athletics. "It's a great way for our student-athletes, many who are from the Omaha area, to thank those fans for their years of support." Read more.

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Campus Recreation to Host HPER Open House Next Week

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This event has been designated a Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Campus Recreation will host a weeklong "open house" to celebrate the completion of the $38.6 million addition and renovation project that began in October 2008. A variety of exciting events will take place next week Monday, Aug. 30, through Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

All programming is designed to showcase the new facility and programming of Campus Recreation. Free food and T-shirts will be given out at all events. Building tours will be given every day. A detailed description of all HPER Open House events can be found online at:

The mission of 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 (402) 554.2008, or

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New Employment Application System Begins Sept. 1

Human Resources will transfer currently posted requisitions (but not applications) for student, faculty and staff positions to the new online application system by Wednesday, Sept. 1, and the current site will close. Application and requisition history from the current system will not be accessible. Department representatives who have not attended training on the new system should call Human Resources, (402) 554.2321, to register.

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T-shirt Deadline Aug. 31 for UNO's Corporate Cup Team

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This event has been designated a Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Mav-Rec Wellness announces UNO's return to the Corporate Cup on Sunday, Sept. 19, in Downtown Omaha.

"Due to the cost reductions and because Human Resources has agreed to help with some of the cost (the hospitality table and light refreshments), Mav-Rec Wellness was able to sign UNO up for a team, and cover the team registration fee," said David Daniels, team captain and assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO. "To save cost to the individuals, we've made the T-shirt optional."

All UNO students, employees and their families can participate in the upcoming 30th annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10K run or 2-mile walk will take place Sept. 19 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

2010 Information:

- They have made some scheduling changes, so UNO participants should go to the Corporate Cup website for all race details at

- Information sheets will also be available at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Control Desk.

- Registration for the run/walk is only available online at It is $15 per person. Make sure you select the "Click here to Create or Join a Team" (because you will be joining the UNO Team). Registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 16.

- The T-shirt, which is optional this year, deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 31, and costs $15.

Note:  Ordering a T-shirt size at the registration website doesn't guarantee you a shirt, you must stop by HPER Control Desk and pay for the shirt. 

Total cost run/walk with T-shirt is $30. Run/Walk without T-shirt is $15. More details are available for UNO participants at

The mission of 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 (402) 554.2008, or

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David Cicotello Farewell Reception Next Friday

A reception for David Cicotello, director of New Student Enrollment Services and 2009-10 interim associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, will take place Friday, Sept. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Cicotello recently accepted a position as associate vice provost for Admissions and Enrollment Services at Middle Tennessee State University.

The university community is cordially invited to attend to wish him well.

For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at

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Secular Student Alliance to Meet Mondays

UNO's Secular Student Alliance will meet every Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. during the fall semester in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. Anyone with an interest of separation of church and state is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at (402) 319.2721.

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Upcoming Fidelity Rep Schedule

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be on campus for individual counseling sessions this fall.

Updated schedule:

- Sept. 14

- Oct. 12 and 21

Note: The originally scheduled Monday, Oct. 25, session has been changed to Thursday, Oct. 21.

Sessions are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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In the News

In the News

- David Cicotello, Recruitment Services, was interviewed Aug. 23 by WOWT (NBC 6) about freshmen retention and student life at UNO.

- Rita Henry, Student Affairs, was quoted in an Aug. 20 Omaha World-Herald article about student residence life at UNO.

- Louis Pol and David Nielsen, College of Business Administration, were featured in an Aug. 23 Omaha World-Herald article about the opening of Mammel Hall. The article also mentioned the Aug. 19 Roskens Hall groundbreaking event. Pol was also interviewed by KETV (ABC 7) on Aug. 23 about Mammel Hall.

- The Aug. 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a Midlands Voices column by Oliver Pollak, Department of History. Pollak wrote about the transition to e-books on college campuses.

- Student Robert Wesley was photographed for an Aug. 19 Omaha World-Herald article. Wesley is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, whose members recently forged a mentoring partnership with Kellom Elementary School.

- The Aug. 19 Roskens Hall/College of Education groundbreaking ceremony held at the Pep Bowl was covered by the following media outlets: KETV (ABC 7), WOWT (NBC 6), KPTM (Fox 42), KMTV (CBS 3) and KIOS (91.5 FM).

- (the Omaha World-Herald's website), KPTM (Fox 42) and WOWT (NBC 6) reported on students moving into University Village and Maverick Village on Aug. 19 and 20.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

Roseanne Cash, Fletcher Benton, Daniel Levitin Lead KANEKO's New Season
From animators to authors, sculptors to songwriters, KANEKO's Fall 2010 - Spring 2011 season is no exception to the everything-begins-with-an-idea maxim. Featuring legendary musical artists, such as Rosanne Cash, up-and-comers (including trend-setting animator Josh Cooley), scientists, sculptors and humanitarians from a wide range of genres and interests, the organization's commitment to providing "open space for your mind" continues.

The KANEKO's season will open with a special events series Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 14-16, highlighted by a joint Great Minds Presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

UNO Art Gallery Opening Reception Tonight for African-American Works
Works by African-American Masters from the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be featured at the UNO Art Gallery tonight, Aug. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 23.

The public is invited to a free opening reception at the gallery tonight, Aug. 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

These poignant and intimate works by important 20th Century artists – Aaron Douglas, Charles White, Alvin Loving, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Alston and Elizabeth Catlett – express the struggles, joys, triumphs and creativity of African Americans. Read more.

Friends of Art to Host Campus Art Walk This Sunday
Friends of Art (FOA), a support group for the Department of Art and Art History, invites the community and college colleagues to a Campus Art Walk on Sunday, Aug. 29. A reception and tour will take place at 2 p.m. in Weber Fine Arts Building lobby. The $15 cost helps benefit FOA's scholarship fund.

Artists Stephen Roberts and Sidney Buchanan, whose works are displayed on campus, will be present to share their art with participants. For reservations, contact Karen Pollak at (402) 659.1737. In case of rain or extreme heat, the event will move indoors.

Fairy Tale Art Show Opens at UNO Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery
In conjunction with the Omaha Lit Fest, the Osborne Family Gallery at the Criss Library will host the fairy tale art show, "Spindle, Shuttle, Needle." 

The art exhibit is inspired by the anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: 40 New Fairy Tales, in which contemporary authors revise classic international tales, from those of the Brothers Grimm, to tales from Japan, Mexico, and Italy, to Greek myth and Calvino and Poe. Artists will adapt some of these fairy tales for the exhibit, which runs through Monday, Sept. 13, at the library.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at (402) 554.2640.

Wellness Exhibit on Display at Criss Library
A wellness exhibit is currently on display at Criss Library. The You Look MAVelous! exhibit is on display near the main entrance of the library through Wednesday, Sept. 15.

It features UNO's Well Workplace Silver Award trophy, several wellness books, fliers from recent and upcoming events, as well as sun safety and fit tips. You Look MAVelous! is UNO's fitness and fall weight loss challenge.

For more information stop by the display or contact Anna-Maria Hansmann at (402) 554.2553.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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