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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.



Open Wellness Letter from Chancellor Christensen

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Dear UNO Employee:

For the past 10 years UNO's Mav-Rec Wellness has been facilitating a wellness program at UNO designed to help employees and students adopt a healthy lifestyle.  The program has been a success (earning a Silver Award designation from the Wellness Council of America), but as you may know, there is still much to be done!

Health care costs continue to rise every year due to many factors, one being the fact many Americans still struggle with their health and well-being. Here are some examples of the increased costs over the past several years:

- UNO paid $3.1 million in reimbursements for prescription drugs in 2007;

- UNO spends $7.6 million a year in employer-paid health insurance premiums;

- Like many companies, UNO's health insurance premiums have tripled since 1999; and

- UNO's top five prescription drugs used for illness could be dramatically reduced by exercise, stress management, and healthy nutrition/weight reduction.

There are two opportunities coming up this semester that I would like you to consider participating in:

1) The Annual Health Fair.  This year it will be held in the newly expanded and renovated HPER Building on Thursday, Nov. 4.  It will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. I strongly encourage everyone to sign-up for the Blood Draw in advance, so you can get some data in which to give to your Physician, and then take advantage of the many booths at the Health Fair, especially those offering Free Screenings.

2) UNO, along with the other three University of Nebraska campuses and Central Administration, is partnering with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and WELCOA to offer a free Health Risk Appraisal (HRA). This HRA is a wonderful opportunity to take a look at your lifestyle and find out ways you might be able to improve your wellness. It will be rolled-out in time for you to complete it and have that information for Human Resources Benefits' Open Enrollment Period.  

Look for more details on both these opportunities coming soon.  As always, if you have any questions regarding your health/wellness and the many wellness programs UNO offers, you can contact Dave Daniels, assistant director for Fitness/Wellness, at (402) 554.2008 or by e-mail at or Angie Helseth, graduate assistant for Fitness/Wellness, at (402) 554.3185 or


Chancellor John Christensen

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HPER Building Dedication Is Oct. 6

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

UNO will hold a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The ceremony will take place following the UNO Convocation reception at approximately 1 p.m. at the entrance of the HPER Building.

The $38.6 million renovation began in October 2008 and added much needed space for recreational and educational activities. The 240,000 square foot building features Student Health Services, two new fitness centers, injury prevention and care, elevated jogging track, multi-purpose rooms, gym space, locker rooms, office space, Mav-Rec Café and much more. Much of the existing space was also renovated, including the climbing wall, pool and academic classrooms and offices. Read more.

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 Up to Top

Mammel Hall Faculty/Staff Open House Today

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

Join CBA faculty and staff today, 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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Women's Resource Center to Host Climate and Energy Speaker This Friday

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The Women's Resource Center (WRC) will sponsor a guest speaker who will speak about a potential oil pipeline in Nebraska, climate change, and its impact on Nebraskans Friday, Sept. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Graham Christensen, from the Nebraska Farmers Union (NEFU), specializes in climate and energy issues, grassroots organizing and membership. He helps educate all kinds of groups all over the state. NEFU is a general farm organization that represents more than 5,300 farm and ranch families across Nebraska. They are dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life and economic well being of family farmers and ranchers and their rural communities. Food will be served.

For more information, contact Colleen Doherty at (402) 657.7734.

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

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Participants Sought for Oct. 21 Omaha Table Talk Dinners

Registrations are being accepted for the 2010 Omaha Table Talk dinners. These dinners, now in their seventh year, bring together individuals in racially diverse groups of 8-12 people for a meal and conversation about racial issues.

The gatherings will occur on Thursday, Oct. 21, at private homes, churches and other community sites throughout the metropolitan area.  Last year nearly 500 participants attended dinners at 47 sites.  A'Jamal Byndon, the organization's executive director, said OTT is preparing for as many as 750 registrants in 2010.

There is no charge for participants. Meals are furnished by the volunteer hosts.  Registrations are being taken online at or by telephone at (402) 561.7494, no later than Friday, Oct. 1. UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service is a co-sponsor of the event. Read more.

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48-Hour Outdoor Bounce-a-Thon Next Week

Lambda Chi Alpha's North American Food Drive, the world's largest Greek philanthropy, returns to Omaha next week.

Last year, Lambda Chi Alpha chapters and colonies collected 2,966,779 pounds of food for needy families around the country. This year's event promises to be even bigger and better.

UNO's Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will sponsor Bounce-a-Thon - along with the Alpha Xi Delta sorority at UNO - on Monday, Sept. 27, through Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Pep Bowl, south of the Eppley Administration Building. During the event, fraternity and sorority members will bounce for 48 consecutive hours on a trampoline outdoors at the Pep Bowl. Read more.

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Emerging Leaders Nominations Sought Next Month

The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will accept Emerging Leaders nominations starting Friday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 31. The program aids in personal development, social awareness, building foundations for the future and fostering interpersonal growth.

To be eligible for the program, students must have a 2.5 G.P.A. and be currently enrolled at the university/paying university fees. If a student does not have an established UNO G.P.A., they must have a 2.5 for the fall semester, if selected. Students must be nominated by faculty or staff members. Nominators must tell students they are nominating them and inform them of the program, information about Emerging Leaders can be found on the SOLP website. Student must submit an essay for the nomination to be complete.

Nominations will only be accepted online at For more information, call Barb Treadway-Janousek at (402) 554.2711.

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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 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 this 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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Parking Office to Open Monday at New Location

Effective Monday, Sept. 27, the Campus Parking Office will be in a new office space in 107 Eppley Administration Building. This office is across the hall from the old location in Campus Security.

Parking permits and garage access cards, may be purchased; parking tickets paid and general information on parking and shuttle operations is available at this office.

The Parking Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact the Parking Office for more information at (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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Screening of LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM Set for Monday

Islamic Studies Program will host the free screening of LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM on Monday, Sept. 27, at Eppley Auditorium from 6 to 7 p.m.

The film is an inspiring true story of three men in a land gripped by fear, hatred and division. Expected to be enemies, they instead strive together to end the cycle of violence. This film depicts some viewpoints of how to encourage nonviolent responses by Israelis and Palestinians to the current situation in their homelands.

A panel discussion will follow the film.

For more information, contact Bridget Blomfield at (402) 554.2940.

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UNO Alumni-Employees Invited to Sept. 29 Homecoming Party

UNO employees who also are alumni are invited to attend the second annual Alumni Employee Homecoming party on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center. Enjoy a fun and informal gathering with complimentary beverages, snacks and tunes from the UNO Marching Band.

R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Kraemer by Monday, Sept. 27, at (402) 554.4802 or

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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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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
(402) 554.3260

Kim Kronschnael
(402) 554.3497

Lola Gilbert
(402) 554.3638

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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UNO UFO Study Group to Air "Spooky Action at a Distance" This Fall

The UNO UFO Study Group will broadcast its radio program "Spooky Action at a Distance" live on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. this fall. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to listen at

During the fall semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will also 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.

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

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