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UNO's football season continues with its second home game of the 2010 season as the Mavericks host Ouachita Baptist on Thursday, September 9. Game time is 7 p.m. at UNO's Al Caniglia Field.

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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.




Chancellor Christensen to Address Faculty Senate Today

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The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Chancellor John Christensen will be speaking on "Integration of the Strategic Plan with Budget Planning." The meeting will begin immediately after the chancellor's presentation. All members of the UNO community are welcome to attend.

For more information contact Sue Bishop at (402) 554.3598.

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Dunk the Dean Today at Mammel Hall

The Student Marketing Association (SMA) will hold a philanthropic event, 'Dunk the Dean,' for the Omaha Child Saving Institute from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. today, Sept. 8, outside Mammel Hall.

Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administraton, will be in the Dunk Tank from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. When Pol is not in the tank, members of SMA will take his place.

The cost is $2 for one chance to dunk the dean and $5 for three chances. In addition to the dunk tank, for each donated dollar participants will receive a raffle ticket to win one of two one-night stays at the Hilton Garden Inn Omaha West. Raffle winners will be announced at 3:15 p.m.

For more information, e-mail at or by calling (402) 960.5011.

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Free Screening of 'Fall From Grace' in ASH Tonight

The Secular Student Alliance, in affiliation with Queers and Allies, will host a free screening of "Fall From Grace" in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) at 6 p.m. tonight, Sept. 8. "Fall From Grace" is the story of Rev. Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church, and those who oppose it. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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BP Oil Spill is Focus of Tonight's Presentation

Maverick Productions at UNO will sponsor a speaker on the BP oil spill at 6 p.m. tonight, Sept. 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Mike Shiley, producer/director of Shidog Films, is a photographer, filmmaker and freelance journalist. He has was in Iraq for two months, developing exclusive stories for ABC World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America, as well as ABC-TV affiliates KATU-Portland, OR; KMGH-Denver, CO; and WFTS-Tampa/St. Petersburg FL; international humanitarian aid groups and a variety of online news services. Read more.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

"This Week In Maverick Athletics," a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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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. 8.

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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This Thursday's Jewelry Fair to Support United Way

Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other fun items will be on sale Thursday, Sept. 9, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Most items are $5 or less, and 10 percent of the receipts go directly to the United Way in UNO's name. Drop in and be surprised by the bargains and quality.

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Cheer on the Class of 2014

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the Thursday, Sept. 9, home football game to cheer on the Class of 2014 for the inaugural Maverick Run. No more volunteers are needed prior to the game, but campus officials are hoping to pack the stands Thursday night when UNO takes on Ouachita Baptist at 7 p.m. The Maverick Run is designed to introduce UNO's freshman class to the campus and the Omaha community.

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Welcoming Reception for Thomas Wallace Set for Sept. 16

Faculty, staff and students are invited to meet and greet Thomas Wallace, UNO's newly appointed associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. A welcoming reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. for Dr. Wallace in the Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall. If planning on attending, R.S.V.P. to Christine Hoffman at, by Monday, Sept. 13.

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Blended Learning Educause Focus Session On-Campus Sept. 15-16

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, and Thursday, Sept. 16, the Educause Learning Initiative (ILI) will present its Fall 2010 Focus Session on "Blended Learning: the 21st Century Learning Environment."  This two-day event will be hosted inside an Adobe Connect learning environment and facilitated located in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. This virtual event will be much more than a typical online seminar. Participants will exchange ideas and collaborate interactively with the ELI community - all without leaving UNO. Local resources and guided activities are planned in order to frame discussions here on campus.

Sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development and the Academic Partnership for Instruction, the goal of these focus sessions are to revisit:

- Potential of blended learning instructional models;

- Student learning outcomes; and

- Successful implementation practices.

The maturing of online learning practices and engagements has opened new possibilities for curriculum design, including both face-to-face and online learning opportunities. The ability to design a course that uniquely blends face-to-face and distributed interaction allows institutions to address learners' specific needs and customize the learning environment rather than rely on a "one size fits all" approach. For a full schedule and description go to:

Free local registration and lunch are provided. Participants are invited to come and go as schedules permit. If planning to attend during the lunch hour (noon to 1 p.m.) on one or both days, R.S.V.P. by registering at (so lunch orders with food service can be confirmed). For questions, contact Shelley Schafer at

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Campus MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt Rescheduled for Oct. 8

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

This summer's walking scavenger hunt has been rescheduled for next month. Participants can partake in a 'walking lunch' during the campus-wide MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt set for Friday, Oct. 8.

Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Human Resources the event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both the Dodge and Pacific Locations. The MyPyramid Scavenger Hunt will be conducted at six outdoor sites at both locations where food and information will be distributed on whole grain, vegetables, fruit, dairy, protein and physical activity.

Starting points:

Dodge Location
In front of the Venus statue on the north side of Arts of Sciences Hall.

Pacific Location
Outside the main entrance of the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Participants can also enter their name in a drawing for a HPER massage at the final stop of the hunt at both locations.

For more information, contact SAP Representatives:

Jenny Liu


Kim Kronschnael


Lola Gilbert


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 554.2008, or

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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

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Members Sought for New UNO Chess Organization

Attention chess lovers. UNO is forming a chess organization and organizers are looking for casual players to the serious 'chessaholics.' Come have fun while sharpening your mind. 

All are welcome -- whether beginners or experts. Students, faculty and staff who are interested in chess at any capacity, should send an e-mail to Joe Knapp at

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UNO UFO Study Group to Host Screening of 'Dreamland' This Saturday

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

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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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UNO Participants Sought for This Weekend's Memorial '100 FOR ONE' Bike Ride

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

John Noble, faculty sponsor of the UNO Alliance of Fitness Professionals group, along with a number of community and corporate sponsors will pedal for a good cause -- 100 FOR ONE -- on Sunday, Sept. 12.

The 100 FOR ONE bike ride memorializes UNO alum Seth Embrey, who passed away from brain cancer at the age of 30. His wife, Joey, also a UNO alumna, organizes the annual ride with the support of community and corporate sponsors.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the ride starting at 8 a.m.  No entry fee, but donations are appreciated. The event will start at Bike Masters Omaha, 5265 N. 129th St.

The 100 FOR ONE bike ride raises money for LEAP FOR A CURE, a non-profit organization that promotes brain cancer awareness and education in support of tumor patients at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center in Omaha.

For more information, visit

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 554.2008, or

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Brown Bag Discussion on Social Media and Fair Use

Social media can be an excellent teaching tool, but issues of copyright and fair use can limit students' learning opportunities. Join in on a discussion Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Fair use and the Center for Social Media's codes of best practices and what they mean for student work will be discussed.

Participants are invited to bring their lunches, and dessert and beverages will be provided.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

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Green Tip of the Week

#EarthDayTips 20: Greener Cleaning Products
Make or buy less toxic or biodegradable cleaning products.

(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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