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Mav Run a Big Success

Mav Run a Big Success

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Hundreds of UNO students, athletes and administrators took part Thursday (09-09) night during the first UNO Mav Run at the Maverick football game. The newest freshmen class ran onto the field from under the new DJ Sokol Vision score board located at the south end of Caniglia Field.

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Sitting in the Sun

Sitting in the Sun

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO student Mike Erdman takes advantage of the sun in the atrium of UNO's Mammel Hall. Artist June Kaneko's Bronze Two casts its own unique shadow on the atrium floor.



Call for Staff Advisory Council Nominations

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The UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is now accepting nominations for open positions. Anyone may submit a nomination; however, the nominee must be a staff member. The open positions listed on the nomination form are for three-year terms.

SAC embraces the university's commitment to the Green Initiative. New with this year's elections, only those who wish to nominate someone needs to print off a form, rather than SAC printing and mailing forms to everyone on campus. SAC members have created a link at the SAC website, which has the nomination form available:

- Click on the ‘Nomination Form' link at,

- Print off the form;

- Complete the nomination form;

- Send it to Staff Advisory Council, UNO Box 130.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 24.

For more information, contact Kim Kronschnael, SAC vice president, at

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this green activity. For more information, visit

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Actor Gary Farmer to Present 'Native Americans and Media' Today

Actor, writer and musician Gary Farmer (Cayuga) will be on campus today, Sept. 13, to present "Native Americans and Media." The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

"Catch this rare chance to see an internationally known Native American personality," said Cindy Krafka, Native American outreach coordinator for Multicultural Affairs at UNO.

Canadian-born Farmer has been in more than 80 movies and TV shows including "Pow-wow Highway," "Dead Man" (with Johnny Depp), "Smoke Signals" and "Swing Vote."  He's also been a regular in "Forever Knight" and "The Rez," and has appeared in episodes of "West Wing" and "The Chris Isaac Show." Besides acting since 1983, he has his own Blues Band (Gary Farmer & the Troublemakers) and has long helmed both the Canadian Aboriginal Voices radio show and periodical.

UNO's Native American Studies, Native American Studies Alumni Association and Inter-Tribal Student Council will sponsor Farmer's presentation.

For more information, contact Krafka at (402) 554.2248 or ckrafka@mail.unomaha.

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UNO Writing Center Opens Satellite Location at Mammel Hall

Doors officially open today, Sept. 13, at the UNO Writing Center's Pacific Location satellite in 134k Mammel Hall (MH). Like the existing centers, the Pacific Location satellite will serve any member of the UNO community who is working on a writing project.

"We expect the Mammel Hall satellite location to be especially convenient for students in the College of Business Administration and Information Science and Technology," said Nora Bacon, director of the center. "Writing Center consultants are happy to help at any stage of the writing process - whether a writer is generating a thesis, developing ideas, structuring an argument, polishing sentences or documenting sources."

Fall semester hours:

150 Arts and Sciences Hall  
- Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Friday
9 a.m. to noon

134 Mammel Hall
- Monday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Criss Library
- Monday through Thursday
1 to 3:30 p.m. (walk-in only)

While walk-in services are available at all three locations, the Writing Center does get busy, so writers are advised to schedule appointments by visiting the website at

"The website offers a wealth of resources for student writers and for faculty," Bacon said.

For further questions, contact UNO Writing Center staff:

Nora Bacon, director
Marsha Kruger, associate director
(402) 554.2946

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Constitution Week Celebration This Week on Campus

Celebrate freedom with a variety of free events planned this week on campus by the Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics. Organizers seek to engage the university community to better understand and participate in activities designed to increase civic engagement.

This week's events:

Tuesday, Sept. 14
- Constitution Forum: "Thomas Jefferson on Slavery and Race"
Presented by: Alan Gibson, Ph.D. and Constitutional Scholar
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons Building
1 p.m.
Dr. Gibson is a professor of political science at California State University, Chico and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His primary research interests are focused on the political thought of James Madison and the study of the American founding. Refreshments will be served.

Monday through Friday, Sept. 13-17
- Norman Rockwell prints of the "Four Freedoms"
The prints will be on display all week in the Criss Library. Enter a drawing for a chance to win the book, In Our Defense, by Kennedy/Alderman.

For more information, contact Alice Woll at (402) 554.6019.

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OLLAS Cinemateca Series Continues Tomorrow With Special Screening of 'Hable con Ella'

The Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) Cinemateca series continues this week with "Hable con Ella" (Talk to Her) at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Webster St. The film will be shown daily through Thursday, Sept. 16, with English subtitles.

The 'Cinemateca' series is being held in conjunction with OLLAS and Film Streams.

Prior to the Sept. 14 screening, courtesy catering will be provided by España Restaurant (, at 6:15 p.m. Steven Torres, with OLLAS and the Department of Foreign Languages, will lead a special post-show  discussion after tomorrow's 7 p.m. screening of "Hable con Ella." Tickets can be purchased online at or at the theater. Read more.

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Center for Collaboration Science to Host Research Talk Tomorrow

The Center for Collaboration Science will sponsor a presentation by Kalle Piirainen from the Lappeenranta University of Technology on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Piirainen's research talk will take place in 279 Peter Kiewit Institute from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Piirainen will present his work on the IDEAS scenario method. The aim of this research project has been to develop an accessible and effective method for technology foresight and strategic scenario planning in the corporate environment. Scenario planning is generally used to map the future development of, for example, a company or an industry, to reduce risk and provide management with time to react to potential threats. The new IDEAS method uses group support systems, among other tools, to make the process more effective and accessible for practitioners. The findings from the study indicate that the method is able to cut resource use for scenario planning significantly, and thus the designed method fulfills its goals of making foresight more accessible for decision makers.

Pizza and soda will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information, contact the Center for Collaboration Science at 554.3010.

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Welcoming Reception Thursday for Thomas Wallace

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. deadline is today, Sept. 13, to Christine Hoffman at

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UNO Library Friends to Host October 7 Book Discussion

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book Damaged, by Alex Kava, on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center.  The discussion leader will be Omaha Police Sgt. Teresa Negron.  

Alex Kava is an international best-selling suspense writer from Omaha, and author of the series featuring FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell. Her novels have appeared on The New York Times and USA Today best-seller lists. Kava often writes about Nebraska cities in her books.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera,

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HR to Host Reverse Mortgage Seminar This Wednesday

Human Resources and Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Nebraska (CCCSN) will co-sponsor the first Smart Money Seminar of the semester on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The topic – "What is a Reverse Mortgage?"

CCCSN staff will offer tips on a reverse mortgage, which is only available to seniors. This type of loan releases the home equity in the property as one lump sum or multiple payments. CCCSN is a non-profit community service organization and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

A brown bag seminar, participants are invited to bring their lunch.

For more information, call HR at (402) 554.2321.

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New NeSIS Training/Overview Sessions Added for Admissions Overview Training mavlink Graphic

The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team continues to host training/overview sessions in admissions for faculty and staff who need a PeopleSoft SIS account. The newest set of training sessions for admissions will begin on Thursday, Sept. 16.

All sessions will take place on Thursdays at 10 a.m. in 106U Eppley Administration Building. The new sessions are:


- Sept. 16 and 30

- Oct. 14 and 28

To register for a session, visit the training calendar at Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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Registration Deadline Thursday for UNO's Corporate Cup Team Wellness Graphic

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. The deadline for registration is Thursday, Sept. 16.

"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 this Thursday.

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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Blended Learning Educause Session This Wednesday & Thursday

This week 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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Speech Center to Offer Fall Lunch & Learn Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided.  To register for one or more sessions or for more information contact a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at (402) 554.3201 or Space is limited so students must register in advance.

Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 29
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room

Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 26
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MBSC U mon hon Room

Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 1
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC State Room
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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Mav-Rec Cafe Opens in HPER

The new Mav-Rec Cafe in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building is now open for business.

Hours of operation are:

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

- Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

- Sunday
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Serving ‘Seattle's Best Coffee,' fruit smoothies, sandwiches and more. For the full menu, go to

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UNO UFO Study Group Weekly Schedule Announced

During the fall semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will meet every Wednesday in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and every Saturday in 285 Durham Science Center (DSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

Can't make it to a meeting? If not, try and catch UNO's streaming audio program -- "Spooky Action at a Distance" -- on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. at

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

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Parking Notice for Football Saturdays

Campus Parking staff announces arrangements for Saturday game-day parking:

- Lots O and R will be reserved

- Lots M, N, Q and the parking structure on University Drive East will be paid parking for visitors starting three hours before kickoff.

- All other lots will be open as normal.

- Vehicles with a valid UNO parking permit can park in any game-day pay lot for free.

To view a parking map, go to  For more information, contact the Parking Department at 554.PARK (7275).

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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall 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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