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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.



Alumni Sponsors Homecoming Decorating Contest

Although faculty, staff and student workers may not be on the football team, everyone can still compete with the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. Get your co-workers together and sign up for this first annual event being sponsored by the UNO Alumni Association. This is a great opportunity to show off your office's school pride and compete for the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest trophy. 

Each office that signs up by Monday, Sept. 27, will get a bag of decorating goodies to help get everyone started in decorating. Judging will take place Thursday, Sept. 30. Judges will be seeking out the office that has the most school spirit. The winner will be announced at the football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, and will be the first to receive the Homecoming Traveling Trophy and other prizes.

Download a registration form at

Call Elizabeth Kraemer at (402) 554.4802 with questions.

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MBSC Exhibit Today 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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Geography/Geology World Cinema Series Tonight in Eppley

The annual World Cinema Series offered by the UNO Department of Geography/Geology continues tonight, Sept. 22.

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 Week In Maverick Athletics

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

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Latino Heritage Month Activities Continue Tomorrow with Free Screening of WALKOUT

A month-long celebration is under way at UNO to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. Events continue tomorrow, Sept. 22, with a free screening of WALKOUT from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room.

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, with OLLAS and the Department of Political Science, will lead a special post-show discussion. Free food will be served.

This Latino Heritage Month event is free and open to the public. For a full listing of events, visit

For event questions, contact SOLP at (402) 554.2711.

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Writing Center Welcomes New Graduate Consultant

The UNO Writing Center staff welcomes Kathy Radosta, an instructor in the English Department, who will be working with the center this year as a graduate consultant. Like other Writing Center consultants, Radosta will work with writers on papers in development.

Radosta can help with:

- Articulating a thesis;

- Organizing and developing ideas;

- Polishing sentences; and

- Using and citing sources. 

Graduate students can schedule an appointment with Radosta by calling the Writing Center at (402) 554.2946.

Radosta also plans to develop workshops on such topics as literature reviews, abstracts and documentation styles. She is surveying Graduate Program chairs to identify topics of value to graduate students. 

The graduate consultant position is funded by Graduate Studies. 

For more information, stop by the UNO Writing Center in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall, call (402) 554.2946 or send e-mail to

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October Conference to Welcome Regional, National Budget Experts

Budget and finance management researchers, experts and personnel will travel to Omaha Oct. 7-9 for the 2010 Association for Budgeting and Financial Management Conference at the Embassy Suites in downtown Omaha.

Hosted by the School of Public Administration, the conference brings city, state and national budgetary experts who are well versed in the science behind the current challenging economic times. Several panelists will present on a variety of topics during the three-day conference. Read more.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Oct. 8 Presentation

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility will host a presentation on Friday, Oct. 8, by Frank Buczek Jr., who works for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Buczek will present - Translating Clinical Biomechanics to Occupational Applications - from noon to 1 p.m. in 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Having started at NIOSH in 2007, he is building a program in occupational biomechanics that advances both fundamental and applied science essential to improving occupational safety and health. Buczek Jr. is chief of the Engineering & Control Technology Branch in the Health Effects Laboratory Division at NIOSH in Morgantown, W.Va. He also serves as coordinator for the Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Cross Sector Program at NIOSH.

He holds adjunct appointments at several universities, is a past-president of the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society and serves on MSD-related study sections for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Building upon an undergraduate foundation in Mechanical Engineering at SUNY-Buffalo (1980), Buczek earned a master's degree in biomechanics from Indiana University (1985) and a doctorate in human movement biomechanics from the Pennsylvania State University (1990). During post-doctoral work, he specialized in advanced kinematic and kinetic modeling of anatomical joints. Since 1995, he has applied this expertise to pediatric gait analysis, leading most recently to collaboration on muscle actuated, full-body simulations of normal and pathological gait.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at (402) 554.2573.

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Participants Sought for Flag Football Tournament

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

Alpha XI Delta will host a co-ed flag football tournament - Football FrenXi - on Saturday, Oct. 9. Registration will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and games begin at 9 a.m. The event will be held at the Center Location (Chili Greens, 6808 Spring St.)

"We are hoping to get more staff involved in the event this year and have as many staff teams as possible," said Ashley Morgan Slovak, Alpha Xi Delta/Gamma Delta Chapter publicity chair. "So please get involved!"

The event is a double elimination bracket, with up to 10 players on a team, and two women must be on the field at all times. The team fee is $60. All registration packets must be turned in by Saturday, Oct. 2. Waivers will be filled out the day of the event. All proceeds go to Autism Speaks.

For a registration packet or more information, contact Kelsie Olson at or (308) 850.0697.

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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McKenna to Present Pearl Blizek Lecture on Religion and Art Next Wednesday

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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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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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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Ronald Roskens Will Be Next OPC Face

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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October Fidelity Rep Schedule

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be on campus next month for individual counseling sessions on Oct. 12 and 21.

Sessions are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 22: Paperless Billing
Use electronic billing to cut back on paper and mail.

(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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