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Bubblemen on Campus

Bubblemen on Campus

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Jeremiah Konig (left) and Reagan Puffall (right) spent part of Tuesday afternoon in UNO's Pep Bowl demonstrating the art of bubble making. Lab coats are not required for the fun.

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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.



OASA Unveils New Website Today

The updated Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) website officially goes live today, Sept. 20, at All previous website content will still be available. The links to these pages, however, may be changing. Please be sure to update relevant bookmarks/hotlinks accordingly.

If there are any questions, contact Dan O'Dell at (402) 554.4008 or

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UNO Partners with TKN for Language Initiative

The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha (TKN) is an educational consortium that provides programming to the metro community on Cox Cable channels 17 and 18, and Qwest channels 25 and 74. TKN members are UNO, Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Public Schools and Westside Community Schools.  

TKN provides language initiative outreach programs to members of the community who want to learn or improve their English. ‘ICU Learning English' is a weekly program that teaches basic English for adults and young adults. ‘Hola Amigos!' is a weekly English/Spanish learning program for Pre-K and kindergarten age children. Both programs will begin their new season on TKN starting today, Sept. 20.

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Register Now for Oct. 5 Poster Opportunity at Research & Innovation Conference

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All students and faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are encouraged to give a poster presentation at Nebraska EPSCoR's 6th Annual Research and Innovation Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln.  Although this year's theme is Renewable Energy: Building a sustainable future for Nebraska poster presentations in all STEM areas are welcome. The event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and interested persons, but registration is required. The registration deadline is this Wednesday, Sept. 22.

This conference brings business leaders, policy makers, researchers and students together on the topic of renewable energy. Participants will hear from distinguished speakers, learn about the latest technologies, exchange ideas and explore potential collaborations. 

The conference includes a morning plenary session on the national and local importance of renewable energy in Nebraska; five parallel tracks with presentations from researchers and industry professionals on advances in wind, solar, algal, biomass and smart grid technologies; and a poster session open to faculty, post-docs, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Distinguished guests include Gov. Dave Heineman, NU President J.B. Milliken, and Ray Orbach, former Under Secretary of Science for the U.S. Department of Energy and current director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information and to register, go to

Nebraska EPSCoR is the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, established by Congress to support science, mathematics and technology research, infrastructure and education in states that receive disproportionately lower amounts of federal research funding. Since 1991, Nebraska has received more than $229 million from federal EPSCoR/IDeA programs.

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

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Latino Heritage Month Activities This Week

A month-long celebration is under way at UNO to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. Events continue this week with a Latino Greek Informational and movie screenings.

Most Latino Heritage Month events are free and open to the public. Free food and movie tickets are available at select events and Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Film Streams showings.

This week's activities:

Tuesday, Sept. 21
- Latino Greek Informational
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room

- OLLAS Cinemateca 2010 Film Series screening of MACHUCA
7 p.m.
The Ruth Sokolof Theatre, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Thursday, Sept. 23
- Screening of WALKOUT
Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, with OLLAS and the Department of Political Science, will lead a special post-show discussion
11:30 to 2 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

For a full listing of events, visit and films, visit

For event questions or free movie tickets, contact SOLP at (402) 554.2711.

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McKenna to Present Pearl Blizek Lecture on Religion and Art

J. J. McKenna will present the Fall 2010 Pearl Blizek Lecture on Religion and Art Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.

The event – "Here, I listen for your light, while, somewhere, you paint my song" (Die Leider) – will be held in the Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Room. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read more.

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OLLAS Cinemateca Series Continues Tomorrow With Special Screening of MACHUCA

The Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) 'Cinemateca' series continues this week with MACHUCA and OBLIVION at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Webster St. The films will be shown daily through Thursday, Sept. 23, with English subtitles.

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

Set in 1973 Santiago, Chile, and based on the director's own childhood. MACHUCA is a poignant coming-of-age story about a young friendship left in ruins following that country's military coup.

A searing documentary contrasting the empty promises of Peruvian politicians with the real-life struggles confronting everyday citizens living and working in the country's capital.

Prior to the Sept. 21 screening of MACHUCA, courtesy catering will be provided by Perú Mucho Gusto, at 6:15 p.m. Chilean-born Ricardo Perez will lead a special post-show discussion after tomorrow's 7 p.m. screening of MACHUCA.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the theater. Read more.

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Campus Events This Week to Raise Awareness of Intimate Partner Violence

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 this week – as part of its fall semester awareness campaign.

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.

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.'

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 discussion will follow the film. Read more.

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Homecoming Parade Route Unveiled

Maverick Productions is again sponsoring the UNO Homecoming Parade. This year's event will be Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. Student organizations, the UNO Marching Mavericks, the UNO Child Care Center and many others are participating. Join the festivities by watching the parade in Elmwood Park or along University Drive at the Dodge Location campus. The route is available at

The parade will be followed by a tailgate in Sapp Fieldhouse from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. sponsored by the UNO Alumni Association. Free food and beverages to the first 400 Mav fans. The UNO Homecoming football game will kick off at 1 p.m. on Caniglia Field. 

"Join the UNO and Omaha community for a day celebration," said Erin Cron, advisor for Maverick Productions.

For parade questions, contact Erin Cron at (402) 554.2711 or

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Alumni Association to Host Homecoming Tailgate Party Oct. 2

Join fellow UNO faculty, staff and students at the 2010 UNO Homecoming Tailgate Party Saturday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. in the UNO Sapp Fieldhouse.

The UNO Alumni Association will provide free lunch to the first 400 Mav fans at the tailgate. Additional details at

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Pilates Reformer Class Kicks Off Tomorrow

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

UNO Campus Recreation will offer several specialized Pilates Reformer classes this fall. The class will offer a classic reformer workout that incorporates Pilates breath, alignment and core activation. Classes will be offered on a private and group basis. Classes start Tuesday, Sept. 21.

To register, contact the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Control Desk at (402) 554.2539. 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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MBSC Exhibit on Islam: Reaching Beyond Stereotypes to Understanding

Islam is a religion often misunderstood in America, and International Student Services (ISS) at UNO aims to facilitate discussion and tolerance with Islam: Reaching Beyond Stereotypes to Understanding in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom and Nebraska Room on Wednesday, Sept. 22. This interactive exhibition runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ISS member Safyah Alshakhs said the exhibition allows Muslims to accurately represent their religion and culture by clarifying common myths, including the concept of terrorism and the hidden life of Muslim women.  Read more.

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IS Offers Introduction to Web Design Course This Week

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

For problems registering, contact IS Technical Support at (402) 554.4357. An e-mail will be sent confirming registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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Fitness Center to Host Cholesterol Screening Wednesday

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

The Fitness Center will offer a cholesterol screening in the Exercise Physiology Lab 109A Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Screening is open to all UNO employees and students and the cost is $25.

A 12-hour fasting period is required for accurate results.

Call the Exercise Physiology Lab at (402) 554.3221 to schedule an appointment.

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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SOLP Student Leadership Workshop This Week

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will offer two Wednesday leadership workshops focused on Emotionally Intelligent Leadership on Sept. 22 and Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

This week's Sept. 22 session will take place in the MBSC Dodge Room and Oct. 13 session will be held in the MBSC Council Room. All sessions are open to students, free, and will be an interactive exploration of leadership capacities.

The sessions will offer:

- Practical applications for students to improve relations;

- Be more productive and

- Learn about themselves.

Food will be served at each session and pre-registration is not necessary.

For more questions, contact Erin Cron in SOLP at (402) 554.2711.

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Single Payment Bill Due This Week

Beginning with the fall semester, UNO will introduce a single payment billing schedule instead of the two-payment option that was previously available to students. This change is in conjunction with the University of Nebraska system-wide implementation of the new PeopleSoft student information system software. The fall 2010 billing statement payment is due in full by this Thursday, Sept. 23.

"The revised single payment billing schedule helps to streamline the billing process and provides a common payment schedule from semester to semester," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance.

In addition, E-bills will be the only method of sending out billing statements. Students will no longer have the option to receive paper-billing statements by mail. Therefore, it is very important for students to monitor their UNO e-mail accounts.

Students or parents who have questions or concerns should contact the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office at (402) 554.2324 or

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Mammel Hall Faculty/Staff Open House This Thursday

The faculty and staff at the College of Business Administration (CBA) would like to invite the UNO community to an Open House for Mammel Hall.

Join CBA faculty and staff on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for a tour of Mammel Hall, CBA's new state-of-the-art facility. Mammel Hall is the first LEED certified building on the UNO campus. Refreshments will be provided.

For questions, call (402) 554.2303.

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Maverick PR to Host Italian Night Benefit Dinner This Sunday

The UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold its 7th annual La Notte Italiana on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 9302 Blondo St.

The benefit dinner raises funds for UNO's PRSSA chapter, Maverick PR, which is sponsored by the School of Communication. All proceeds from the evening help the chapter pay for student travel, competitions, campus and community service projects and special events. Read more.

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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

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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 this year, only those who wish to make a nomination need 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 nominations 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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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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Special Discount Offer for UNO Rodeo Enthusiasts

The second largest rodeo in the world is headed to Omaha. The Justin Boots Championships of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour will take place at Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo & Stock Show this month. Discount tickets to select dates are available for members of the UNO community.

To purchase tickets visit and enter the code UNORODEO to receive $2 off on Friday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 25, tickets. Offer valid through today, Sept. 20.

For more information visit

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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, visit  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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