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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. . .



HPER Open House Continues Today

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

Campus Recreation staff continue to 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 events are under way 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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Geography/Geology World Cinema Series Tonight in Eppley

The annual World Cinema Series offered by the UNO Department of Geography/Geology continues tonight, Sept. 1.

All films will be screened in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium. Two films are shown each evening with the first starting about 6:15 p.m. and the second just after 8 p.m.  

"The films are shown in combination with my course GEOG 3000: Geography in Film," said Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO. "We're inviting people from the UNO community to share in this educational experience."

Films shown in the World Cinema Series come from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Senegal, Singapore and South Africa. The public series runs through Wednesday, Nov. 3.

For more information about the films, contact Peterson at

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UNO to Host "An Evening With Two Irish Poets" on Sept. 7

UNO will host "An Evening with Two Irish Poets: Seamus Cashman and Joan McBreen" on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the William H. & Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The free event—open to the campus community and public--begins at 7:30 p.m.  Read more.

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Vincent Edward Giunta Exhibition at UNO Art Gallery

Works by Vincent Edward Giunta (1934–2007) are also on display Friday, Aug. 27 through Thursday, Sept. 23, at the UNO Art Gallery.

Giunta began painting at age 15. Works presented in the UNO exhibit were completed during the early sixties through the mid-seventies, with the exception of the "Button" series painted between 2005 and 2007. Read more.

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Calling All Singers

The UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble wants new members. The group will hold auditions to fill spots for a soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The ensemble specializes in a variety of vocal jazz styles and focuses on building musicianship and repertoire through improvisation, ensemble skills, stylishly authentic performance practices and jazz concepts. 

As a member of the UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble,  individuals will have the opportunity to work with outside clinicians during the year and in March will sing for two Nebraska Jazz Festivals. The ensemble will rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in the 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center. Auditions will be held Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 7 and 9, at the same time and location. 

For more information, contact Kimberly Weiser, ensemble director, at kweiser@unomaha or (605) 670.1331.

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Campus Events Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit their university-affiliated activities for the 2010-11 academic year to the online UNO Calendar of Events at  Both small and large events are welcome on the calendar—anything from a departmental guest speaker to the UNO/Diet Pepsi Women's Walk.

Calendar items can be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events website ( and need to include an event title, category, event sponsor, time and location, contact phone number and a brief description. Categories for submissions include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, performances, conferences and miscellaneous.

The calendar can be filtered by date, type of event and sponsor. Custom RSS feeds are an additional feature.

"The calendar is a great resource for campus that is driven by people who add to it," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations.  "It only takes a few minutes to add an event, and it's one more way to get the word out to the campus community and public.

Before appearing on the calendar, each event is edited by University Relations for grammar and clarity.

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Deputy Registrar Training Offered Tomorrow

Lisa Wise from the Douglas County Election Commissioner's office will be on campus to offer deputy registrar training on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

This training, which is open to other groups if they pre-register, is being held for the Chancellor Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW), Women's Resource Center (WRC) and Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences honorary) members.

"Hopefully a good number of students, faculty, and staff will get trained with us in this quick 30-minute session," said Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science and faculty co-chair of CCSW. "Once you've undergone this training, you're deputized for three years."

To assure a seat, e-mail Neathery-Castro at

CCSW will announce the upcoming campus voter registration sites and times soon in eNotes. Anyone with particular suggestions for campus venues and times can e-mail

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mavlink Advising Reminder for Faculty

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Are you a faculty member who advises students? If so, you will need additional access to mavlink beyond the basic instructor interface.

A number of faculty members may have already attended training and received the access needed, but if not, the request process has been automated to facilitate granting the access to faculty advisors. To obtain this access log into mavlink and click on the "Request Additional Access" button located on the mavlink home page.

The team continues to work on training tutorials, training sessions and a website, where faculty can find mavlink information. A mavlink faculty support website has been created at The website is continually being updated and if there are any questions or comments about the content, contact one of the team members.

For additional information, contact a mavlink Faculty Support Team member directly at:

Timi Barone (

Tracy Bridgeford (

Anita Saalfeld (

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September TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on Sept. 7 and 28.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3614.

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Student Anthropological Society to Meet Wednesdays

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will meet every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone interested in anthropology is encouraged to attend.

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

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UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a university event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university. 

Twelve UNO student Ambassadors are available during the fall semester to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellor, deans, departments and other organizations. This select group of students serves as hosts and hostesses and interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. 

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity.

For more information, contact Chris Liewer at

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New Office Trash Removal Schedule Under Way

Since July 30, custodial staff have been emptying office desk-side trash and recycling only on Fridays. Centralized office trash and recycling containers located throughout every campus building will continue to be emptied on a daily basis along with trash and recycling containers in classrooms and public spaces.

With the success of the recycling efforts on campus, much of the trash stream has been diverted to recycling containers, leaving office desk-side trash removal less critical on a daily basis. This change in trash collection, supported by Chancellor's Cabinet, will maximize the use of custodial staff for other needed activities.  

Anyone with questions about their building trash or recycling containers locations should contact UNO Custodial Services at (402) 554.2656 or (402) 554.2395.

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UNO UFO Study Group to Host Screening of 'Dreamland'

The UNO UFO Study Group will host a free screening of "Dreamland" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, in the Eppley Auditorium. Filmmaker and journalist Bruce Burgess goes deep into the heart of the greatest secret of the 20th Century: Area 51 ("Dreamland") in this award-winning documentary. Admission is free and open to all.

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

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Ronald Roskens Will Be Next OPC 'Face' on Sept. 28

Ronald W. Roskens, businessman and former president of the University of Nebraska, will be honored Tuesday, Sept. 28, as the next 'Face on the Barroom Floor.'

Roskens is president of Global Connections Inc., an international business consulting firm. He was previously president of the InterAction Council, a group of 35 former heads of state or government.

Roskens also served as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). His appointment as head of USAID followed 30 years of distinguished service in administration, teaching and research that culminated with his selection as president of the University of Nebraska System.

Roskens was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun (Gold and Silvers Stars) by the government of Japan in May.

Born in Spencer, Iowa, he has degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1958. He and his wife, Lois, have three daughters and one son, Bill Roskens, president of First Care Inc., who will be one of his roasters for the event.

Other roasters include John Nelson, chairman and CEO of the SilverStone Group; Bill Cutler, vice president, Heafey Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuary; Dr. Robert Langdon, cancer specialist; and John Christensen, UNO chancellor. Nelson will also serve as the event's emcee.

Events will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host reception and 6:30 p.m. unveiling of the 'Face.'

Those staying for dinner can R.S.V.P. to 345.8008. Dinner is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. There is no charge for members to attend the no-host reception and roast. Nonmembers will pay $10, which includes horsd'oeuvres.

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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 19: Rechargeable Batteries
Purchase rechargeable batteries. Once they no longer hold a charge, recycle them.

(To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, will provide 40 "green" tips.)

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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