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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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is at half-staff today, Sept. 27, in honor of student Colin Janssen.

Janssen, 22, passed away Aug. 27 from a rare neurological disease. Memorial services were held Aug. 31 in Gretna.

He was a sophomore majoring in elementary education from the College of Education.

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It's Homecoming Week at UNO

It's Homecoming Week on campus. See what Maverick Productions has in store for students, faculty and staff at

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Deadline Today for Alumni 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 the end of business today, 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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48-Hour Outdoor Bounce-a-Thon Under Way

Lambda Chi Alpha's North American Food Drive, the world's largest Greek philanthropy, returns to Omaha this 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 - tonday, 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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Free Screening of LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM Tonight

Islamic Studies Program will host the free screening of LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM tonight, 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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French Honor Society to Host Free Screening Tonight 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. tonight, 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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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 Heritage Month Talent Show 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. 28
- Latino Heritage Month Talent Show: UNO Tiene Talento (One has Talent)
7 to 10 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom Room

- OLLAS Cinemateca 2010 Film Series screening of CENTRAL STATION
Andrea Dominguez, with OLLAS, will lead a special post-show discussion
7 p.m.
The Ruth Sokolof Theatre, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

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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Cinemateca 2010's Grand Finale & Special Screening of CENTRAL STATION Tomorrow

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) faculty will lead its closing special screening with a public forum on Central Do Brasil (CENTRAL STATION). Come early (6:15 p.m.) and celebrate the conclusion of the series with savory food samples provided by the Latino Restaurant (

The Cinemateca series is being held in conjunction with OLLAS and Film Streams. This is the last opportunity for film lovers to participate in this biannual series with films from Brazil (Central Station) and Mexico (The Violin). 

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., through Thursday, Sept. 30. All films have English subtitles.

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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Homecoming Gerontology Alumni Open House

To celebrate that September is National Senior Center Month, members of Sigma Phi Omega and the Gerontology Interest Group created this month's second floor Eppley Administration Building display. As part of homecoming festivities, Sigma Phi Omega and the Department of Gerontology are inviting friends, students and alumni to join the department for the closing ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 30, at the display case.

After a 2 p.m. short ceremony, everyone will precede to 210 College of Public Affairs and Community Service for coffee, cookies and a tour of the new gerontology offices and a chance to visit with gerontology faculty, staff and each other.

For more information, contact Marietta Sewell at

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UNO to Celebrate New Welcome Center With Oct. 8 Event

UNO will celebrate its new, easy-to- find front door for prospective students and their families when it officially dedicates its Welcome Center on Friday, Oct. 8.  The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and the campus community is invited to attend.

The Welcome Center houses the university's Pre-Admissions and Orientation staff and has meeting space for presentations to students and their families.  The newly renovated facility has been known on campus and in the metropolitan community as the Hayden House, a mansion originally built in 1926. Read more.

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UNO Honors Program to Host Welcome Event Tomorrow 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 towards 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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You Look MAVelous! Wellness Seminars Kicks Off This Week

Wellness Graphic

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

You Look MAVelous! fall wellness seminars officially kick off Tuesday, Sept. 28, with a look at portion control. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

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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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.

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 (402) 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.

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.

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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 end of business today, Sept. 27, at (402) 554.4802 or

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UNO Study Abroad Fair Set for 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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McKenna to Present Pearl Blizek Lecture on Religion and Art This 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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This 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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Saturday's 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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UNO UFO Study Group Weekly Schedule

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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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 today, Sept. 27.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at

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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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Feedback Still Sought for Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative

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

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) officially became a tobacco-free campus last August, and the UN-Wide Wellness Committee is trying to gather information from both smokers and non-smokers about smoking on all four campuses (UNO, UNMC, UNL and UNK).

This survey:

-  Is completely confidential;

-  Should take just a few minutes to complete; and

-  Will help campus officials see what changes can be made to help more people kick the habit.

In order to assure confidentiality, UNO has obtained the services of a private organization, The Wellness Council of the Midlands, to process and tabulate the survey responses.

Just visit to begin the survey. The deadline for responses is Friday, Oct. 1.

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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