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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.



UNO Chancellor's Scholarship Swing Tops $40,000

The UNO Alumni Association hosted the UNO Chancellor's Scholarship Swing Monday, Sept. 13, at Tiburon Golf Club, netting more than $40,000 in its largest single fundraising event of the year.

The association now has raised nearly $600,000 since it began hosting the Swing 15 years ago. Almost 160 golfers and 42 course sponsors participated in the tournament. The money raised supports various association-sponsored student scholarships.

"Alumni should be very proud of the way the Alumni Association is touching lives and preparing students for the future," UNO Chancellor John Christensen said. "That's especially true with the efforts of the Swing coordinating committee. An event of this scope requires months of diligent planning and effort — and they make it look easy."

UNO graduates David Craft ('90, '92) and Blake Edwards ('90, '99) chaired the committee that oversees the tournament's organization. Other committee members included UNO graduates Kevin Cornett ('93), Tom Corrigan ('06), Scott Durbin ('85), Larry Gomez ('71), Bob Hearron ('71), Hugh Hermanek ('95) and Steven Schmitz ('95) and Michele Roberts. Read more (including a complete list of sponsors.)

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UNO to Celebrate School of Interdisciplinary Informatics

UNO will celebrate the creation of the School of Interdisciplinary Informatics in the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) with a reception Thursday, Sept. 16, that features university officials and Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy. Ann Fruhling, an associate professor in IS&T, serves as the new school's director.

The event takes place at 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Peter Kiewit Institute. Sheehy, Ali and Fruhling and UNO Chancellor John Christensen will all give brief remarks. Read more.

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Center for Collaboration Science to Host Research Talk Today

The Center for Collaboration Science will sponsor a presentation by Kalle Piirainen from the Lappeenranta University of Technology today, 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 a company or an industry, to reduce risk and to 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.

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

For more information, contact the Center for Collaboration Science at 402.554.3010.

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OLLAS 'Cinemateca' Series Continues Today 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 this evening's screening, courtesy catering will be provided by España Restaurant (, at 6:15 p.m. Also, Steven Torres--with OLLAS and the Department of Foreign Languages--will lead a special post-show discussion after the 7 p.m. viewing of 'Hable con Ella.' Tickets can be purchased online at or at the theater. Read more.

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Campus Events Raise Awareness of Intimate Partner Violence

Thirty-two percent of college students report dating violence by a previous partner and 21 percent report violence by a current partner, according to the National Center for Victims of Crimes.

To create a culture of zero tolerance toward violence of any kind, Voices Against Violence (VAV) at UNO will hold 'Dare to Speak for Those Who Don't' – two special campus events – as part of its fall semester awareness campaign.

Students from UNO along with all other metro area colleges and high schools are invited to Caniglia Field on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 10:15 p.m. The night begins with kick boxing and judo self-defense demonstrations and music by DJ Brent Crampton. VAV will give away free popcorn, candy and soda during a showing of the 2005 film 'North Country' on the field's new score board. Students are encouraged to bring their own blankets to sit on the field.

The documentary 'Tough Guise' will be shown at the second event, Thursday, Sept. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. A panel featuring Pat Behrns, UNO football coach; Patty Patton Shearer, UNO Women's basketball coach; Emily Nugyen, UNO YWCA advocate; and Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of UNO Women's and Gender Studies, will follow the film. The panel will also host a Q&A session from 1 to 1:50 p.m. Read more.

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Save the Date and Food Cans Notice for Annual Bell Tower Challenge

Student organizations, athletic teams, performance groups, faculty, staff and administration--start saving food cans now for Eta Sigma Gamma's 17th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank. The challenge will take place at UNO on Wednesday, Oct. 20, starting at noon.

In the contest, teams of three people stack cans as the Bell Tower bells strike noon. Teams compete for awards for the most creative team, the most enthusiastic team and the team that stacks the most food cans. The two categories for prizes are students and faculty/staff.

Since its inception 44,918 pounds of food has been donated to the Omaha Food Bank.

"Through this UNO tradition we can help The Food Bank to once keep food pantries and meal sites stocked as record numbers of people suffer through these tough economic times," said David E. Corbin, faculty sponsor of Eta Sigma Gamma.

Visit for the contest rules and entry form.

For more information, contact Corbin or Shandy Ramet at (402) 554.2670 or

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Recruitment Workshops Take Place Today and Sept. 22

Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will conduct workshops to assist departments and schools in recruiting faculty today, Sept. 14, and Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The workshops will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO NEOGOV System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of the workshops. Also, faculty participating in searches must attend a workshop once every two years.

Today's session runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The session on Sept. 22 starts at 10 a.m. Both will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Sandy Byers at or call (402) 554.2262.

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Brown Bag Discussion to Focus 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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Speech Center Consulting Room Announces Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has started its fall hours. Hours are generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to noon. Appointments can be made by calling (402) 554.3201 or stopping by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit to find out more information.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to classrooms to introduce students to the center and to talk about presentation skills can call the Speech Center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to

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IS Offers Introduction to Web Design Course

Information Services (IS) will offer an Introduction to Web Design course on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

Introduction to Web Design is a 90-minute hands-on course designed to orient users to some of the Dreamweaver tools used in conjunction with the UNO Web Templates.

Covered topics include setting up a site through the 'Site Manager,' transferring files through the 'Get' and 'Put' commands, using the 'Find and Replace' function and why it is best to develop in a test environment.

Participants do not need to have a test site or be using the Web Templates to attend. This course is intended to be taken prior to UNO Web Template training.

For questions, contact Erin King at (402) 554.3140 or

To register for this course: go to

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IS Offers Desktop Publishing Workshop

Information Services (IS) will offer Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing on Monday, Sept. 20 from noon to 1:45 p.m. in the 107 Criss Library. This session provides a hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using the InDesign software package.

While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to: insert and manipulate text and graphics and create a 'master' template to use for future designs. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary.

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, but registration is required and will be on a first come first serve basis. There is a limit of 15 seats.

To register for this course: go to

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Alpha Kappa Psi to Hold Poker Tournament Friday

Alpha Kappa Psi, a UNO professional business fraternity, will hold its first Texas Hold 'em Tournament on Friday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.

The student-only tournament has space for 102 participants. The winner will receive a $50 Starbucks gift card. For more information, contact AKP President Michael Johannsen at

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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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Christine Beard Performs at Variety of Venues

Christine Beard, associate professor of flute, performed as the piccoloist with Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band (NVCB) at the International Vintage Band Festival held in Northfield, Minn., from Aug. 5 through 7.

Newberry's recreates the experience of a late 19th-century professional band concert by playing the actual arrangements and instruments from the period 1870-1900, for which Beard played on a vintage Rudall Carte Boehm-system piccolo made in 1900. She was the featured soloist for NVCB during seven concerts.

Following her trip to Northfield, Beard traveled to Europe to attend the 'Fête International De La Flûte' held at the Eglise Saint Sauveur cathedral in Manosque, France, where she performed a solo recital featuring American music for flute and piccolo. Flutists from seven countries were invited to participate in the concert.

Following the concert on Aug. 15, Beard traveled to a recording studio near Gap in the French Alps, to record a piccolo trio by Nancy Nourse for Beaumadier's newest CD project to be released in 2011.

G. J. de Vreede Honored with Award from INFORMS

G.J. de Vreede, professor in the College of Information Science & Technology and the founding director of the Center for Collaboration Science, recently received a professional award from the INFORMS Section on Group Decision & Negotiation (GDN).

INFORMS is a renowned international professional association in Operations Research and Management Science. The GDN Section award is given to an individual who has performed outstanding research and service in the field of Group Decision and Negotiation during his career. So far, only four people have received this award before him.

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