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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.



UNO Fall Convocation Set for Oct. 6

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address at fall convocation Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Christensen is expected to examine UNO's role as a metropolitan university in a national context, as reflected in a recent survey by the Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). UNO was a founding member of the organization in the mid-1990s.

Convocation begins at 10 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. UNO faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the free event.

A reception at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom will immediately follow Christensen's remarks.

For more information, call (402) 554.3502.

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Cinemateca 2010 Grand Finale: CENTRAL DO BRASIL & EL VIOLIN

This is the last opportunity for film lovers to participate in the Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) biannual series - Cinemateca - with films from Brazil (CENTRAL STATION) and Mexico (THE VIOLIN). 

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

The backdrop of CENTRAL STATION (1998) is the homeless children crisis in Brazil.

THE VIOLIN (2005), according to UNO Professor Marisol Arbelaez, "is the cinematic rendering of the on-going and never-ending story of Latin American peasants' struggles in defense of their lands, livelihood and dignity."

Visit the OLLAS website for complete film notes. Films will be shown daily at Film Streams, 1340 Webster St., starting today, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Sept. 30. All films have English subtitles.

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., OLLAS faculty will lead a public forum on CENTRAL DO BRASIL (CENTRAL STATION). Come early (6:15 p.m.) and celebrate the conclusion of the series with complimentary catering from the Latino Restaurant (

For more information, go to the OLLAS website or Film Streams website for dates, show times and tickets:

Sam Walker and Elizabeth Emlen Walker generously sponsor the Cinemateca 2010 series.

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Women's Resource Center to Host Today's Climate and Energy Speaker

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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 today, 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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Chess Club to Meet This Saturday

The UNO Chess Club will hold its second meeting on Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from noon to 3 p.m. There will be free coffee.

Any and all chess players in the UNO community are welcome to come and play chess, hang out and discuss chess related business.  For more information, e-mail or call (402) 515.0064.

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French Honor Society to Host Free Screening Monday at Criss Library

The French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, will sponsor the free screening of the French film LA BETA HUMAINE at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, in the Criss Library media room. The film is subtitled in English and is open to the UNO community.

For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at (402) 554.2862.

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Next Saturday's Homecoming Tailgate Party to Please Mav Fans of All Ages

The Homecoming Tailgate Party sponsored by the UNO Alumni Association hits campus next Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Sapp Fieldhouse.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with fun for the whole family - not to mention free lunch for the first 400 Mav fans in attendance. Lunch includes hot dog, chips, cookie and a drink.

The day's festivities for young and old include: prizes, Mav tattoos, a bounce house, balloon creations, games, the UNO Marching Band, UNO Dance Team, Maverick Cheerleaders, a DJ and music.

Other Homecoming highlights: the float parade through campus - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the Homecoming football game against Emporia State University at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit

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UNO to Host Two Conferences on International Issues

Two conferences will convene at UNO Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 7 to 9, which will focus on international issues.

The 33rd annual Global Studies Conference: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East (GSC) will feature more than 25 panels and presentations on economics, immigration, ethics and ideology, media, security, literature and health issues. Said Tayeb Jawad, former ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States, will be the conference's keynote speaker.

The 35th Annual European Studies Conference (ESC) will also be held over the same three days as the GSC. It will feature 40 panels that will focus upon multifaceted perspectives on the present, past and future of the European continent. This interdisciplinary conference will draw more than 100 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and from abroad. Read more.

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UNL to Host Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking Next Week

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) will host the second annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at the Embassy Suites, 1040 P St., Thursday, Sept. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 2, in Lincoln. The conference opens with a keynote speech by E. Benjamin Skinner, the first person in history to witness negotiations for the sale of human beings on four continents.

Skinner is the author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face–to–Face with Modern Day Slavery, a book about those who live in slavery, those who have escaped from bondage, those who own or traffic in slaves, and the mixed political motives of those who seek to combat the crime. His keynote address will take place Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 a.m.

Representatives from non-governmental organizations, academia, and governmental agencies will share anti-trafficking efforts and research at the two-day conference. A detailed agenda is available online at The registration cost is $195 for employees and $135 for students and everyone can register at

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Students, Faculty, Staff Encouraged to Volunteer for Three Days of Service

Campus and community volunteers are needed for Three Days of Service, the annual project organized by UNO's Service-Learning Academy. Three Days of Service teams people in the Omaha community with nonprofit organizations to perform the following service activities: rehabilitation of homes; cleaning neighborhoods; renovating gardens; painting; and sprucing up facilities.

Three Days of Service takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16; Monday, Oct. 18; and Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Participation in Three Days of Service allows volunteers to build their resumes; give back to community; and network with local and national organizations.

Volunteers will receive free lunch, a Three Days of Service T-shirt and transportation.

Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. each day in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. A light breakfast will be available. Volunteers will be transported via shuttle to a work site and be retrieved after 2 p.m., with shuttles arriving at UNO by 3 p.m. each day.

To register to volunteer or for more information, visit or call 554.6019.

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UNO Honors Program to Host Welcome Event Sept. 28 at Runza

The UNO Honors Program will host a welcome event at Runza on 72nd and Pacific St. from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Stop by for fun, food and prizes and don't forget that 10 percent of sales for the night goes toward the UNO Honors Program. 

"Thank you for supporting your student organization," said Marie Schellenberger, vice president of programming with Honors Program's Student Advisory Board. "All students and staff are welcome to attend."

Contact Schellenberger with questions at

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Roskens Hall Renovation Project Notices

Due to the construction associated with the Roskens Hall Renovation project, the east entrance doors at Eppley Administration Building (EAB) will be fire egress only. The sidewalk running north to south between EAB and Roskens Hall will be closed effective Monday, Sept. 27.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at

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UNO Study Abroad Fair Set for Next Wednesday

Are students ready to start planning for a summer or semester abroad? If so, come to the UNO Study Abroad Fair on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit with study abroad alumni, exchange students from partner institutions, UNO faculty leaders, third-party providers and a Study Abroad advisor to get your questions answered.

Contact Emily Hardt at with any study abroad questions. For more information about study abroad, visit or the Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall.

Note: The inclement weather location will be in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

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You Look MAVelous! Wellness Seminars Announced

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

You Look MAVelous! organizers announce their fall wellness seminars line up.

All seminars will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

They are:

Portion Control
- Tuesday, Sept. 28
MBSC Council Room

- Tuesday, Oct. 26
MBSC Council Room

Office Exercise
- Wednesday, Sept. 29
MBSC Redick Room

- Friday, Oct. 29
MBSC U monhon (Omaha) Room

The "You Look MAVelous!" campaign is co-sponsored by Human Resources, Mav-Rec Wellness and Student Health Services. Watch eNotes for additional programs during the fall semester.

For more information, contact Anna-Maria Hansmann at (402) 554.2553.

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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Next Thursday's Fashion Show to Bring Awareness to Drinking and Driving

On Thursday, Sept. 30, the Holiday Inn at 72nd and Grover Streets will be transformed into a fashion runway for Fashion Victim.

Now in its second year, Fashion Victim is a fashion show designed to raise funds for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in Nebraska and educate the community about drinking and driving. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

The night's more than 40 fashion models are UNO students and professional models. Fashion Victim is held in memory of Morgan Hohnbaum and Josh Milana, two of Wieczorek's friends who died after being hit by a drunk driver in Lincoln in 2007. Read more.

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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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Fall Recruitment Workshops Announced

Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will conduct workshops to assist departments and schools in recruiting faculty.

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.

All sessions will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room:

- Oct. 5 & 21

- Nov. 2 &17

- Dec. 2 & 15

For more information or to R.S.V.P., e-mail Sandy Byers at or call (402) 554.2262.

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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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In the News

In the News

- Chris Allen, School of Communication, was interviewed Sept. 15 by WHO-TV (Des Moines, Iowa) about the death of broadcast journalism pioneer and teacher Jack Shelley of Iowa State University.

- A Sept. 21 Omaha World-Herald article about UNO's enrollment numbers featured Chancellor John Christensen and Angie Eikenberry, School of Public Administration.

- A Sept. 16 Grand Island Independent article about recent U.S. Census numbers and Nebraska's poverty rate featured quotes from David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research.

- Sound bites from Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, about Nebraska's latest unemployment numbers were aired earlier this week by KFAB (1110 AM), Nebraska Radio Network and Nebraska Public Radio.

- Student JoAnna LeFlore was a guest on the 4 p.m. newscast on Sept. 20. LeFlore previewed the two Voices Against Violence events that happened on campus earlier this week. The Sept. 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald also previewed the events through an Associated Press article.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

Vienna Boys Choir Concert Oct. 29 Ticket Sales and Procedures
Tickets for the Oct. 29 Vienna Boys Choir Concert are on sale now. UNO faculty and staff members can purchase a ticket by contacting Greg Perdue in 205 Strauss Performing Arts Center. There is no discount price for faculty members.

The ticket is a general admission ticket with an assigned seat. Assigned seating will be based on the best available seat on a ‘first come first serve basis. The ticket price is $35 plus tax and must be paid for with check made out to UNO Department of Music or with cash. No credit cards will be accepted for walk up ticket purchases. There are student tickets available for free with a valid UNO ID. One ticket per person will be issued.

UNO faculty can also order tickets online through a PayPal account on the Vienna Boys Choir events page on the Music Department website. The direct link is: For additional ticket order information, visit

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

Sept. 29 Bemis Resident Michael Beitz Lecture at UNO
Michael Beitz is an interdisciplinary artist who is a current resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. He will present a lecture on his work Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the 214 Weber Fine Arts Building.

For more information, contact Barb Simcoe at

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes Textile Exhibitions in October
October brings two textile-related exhibitions to the UNO Art Gallery.

Curator Jay Rich, a local textile artist/researcher, brings together historical as well as contemporary examples of a unique fabric dye process in his Carved Board Clamp Resist exhibition. At the same time, Sequenced Fibers, curated by UNO art professor Bonnie O'Connell, showcases books from around the country made from fabrics or handmade papers. Read more.

One Book, One Nebraska Exhibit Also at Criss Library
One Book One Nebraska is a statewide reading program that selects a Nebraska themed book to be read and discussed around the state.

Highlighted authors have included Willa Cather and Alex Kava. This year's selection is The Home Place by Central City-born Wright Morris. Karen and Oliver Pollak have assembled a Morris exhibit on the main floor of the Criss Library. On display are books, essays, correspondence and manuscripts from their collection. The exhibition will be available through the end of September.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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