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Early Morning Shadows

Early Morning Shadows

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The plaza of UNO's Milo Bail Student Center is the perfect place to catch up on e-mails and studying during a week of beautiful fall weather.

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Morning Band Practice

Morning Band Practice

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Members of the drum corps of UNO's marching band head back to the Strauss Performing Arts Center after their early morning practice session at Caniglia Field.

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Bouncing for Food

Bouncing for Food

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Members of UNO's Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Xi Delta have been getting plenty of exercise on the trampoline this week in UNO's Pep Bowl as they jumped for food. The students are raising money by taking donations for the Omaha Food Bank.



Homecoming Gerontology Alumni Open House Today

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 today, 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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It's Homecoming Week at UNO

It's Homecoming Week on campus. See what Maverick Productions ( and the UNO Alumni Association ( both have in store for UNO alumni, students, faculty and staff.

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Hockey Media Day Is Today

The UNO hockey team will hold its annual Media Day today, Sept. 30, at noon at Qwest Center Omaha. All members of the accredited news media are invited.

Head coach Dean Blais, Mike Hastings, associate head coach, and Mike Guentzel, assistant coach, along with all UNO players will be available for interviews and photographs. Media day also will include the annual team picture.

Those attending the event should enter the Qwest Center through the security entrance on the east side of the building.

For more information, contact David Karl Ahlers at

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UNO Child Care Center Open House Today

The UNO Child Care Center's Annual Open House is today, Sept. 30, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Staff invite members of the UNO community to stop by for a tour of the center and see how the university's youngest students learn.

The Child Care Center is located on the west end of campus between the Thompson Alumni Center and the University Drive South Parking Structure.

For more information, contact Dawn Hove at (402) 554.4936.

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Tonight's Fashion Show to Bring Awareness to Drinking and Driving

Tonight, 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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Service-Learning 101

What does 'community engagement' mean?  What does it look like?  Why does the university value it?

For many UNO faculty members, ‘community engagement' is service-learning. For a class, service-learning means integrating community projects into coursework so that students can apply course concepts, see their relevance to everyday life, learn about the metropolitan community from working in context and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service-Learning Academy offers Service-Learning 101, a two-hour workshop to be offered two times this fall:

- Tuesday, Oct. 5
2 to 4 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room

- Wednesday, Oct. 6
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
MBSC Jenkins Room

Faculty new to service-learning and those with projects in development are welcome. Participants thinking about adding service-learning to a particular course should bring that syllabus to the workshop. Faculty members who do not have a syllabus developed yet, can jot down what course learning objectives might be and can start from there. 

To register, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service Learning Academy, 114 MBSC, (402) 554.2712 or by e-mail at

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Next Week's UNO Conference to Discuss Changes, Future of Mass Communication Technology

What technological advances to media have taken place since the turn of the 21st Century? What can the world expect in the next 10 years?

Those and other questions will be answered through panel discussions and interactive conversations at Omaha 10-10-10, a new communication conference hosted by UNO.

Held on the UNO campus and in Omaha Oct. 9-11, national, regional and local experts will lead engaging and frank discussions about the past 10 years of mass communication technology and media across the country, and where the industry is headed during the next decade. Read more.

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Participants Still 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. R.S.V.P. deadline is no later than Friday, Oct. 1.

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, by Oct. 1. UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service is a co-sponsor of the event. Read more.Up to Top

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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UNO Fall Convocation Set for Next Wednesday

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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. Classes are welcome to attend.

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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HPER Building Dedication Is Next Week

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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.Up to Top

Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Oct. 8 Presentation Building

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 Jr. 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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Save the Date and Food Cans Notice for Annual Bell Tower Challenge

Student organizations, athletic teams, performance groups, faculty, staff and administration--start saving food cans now for Eta Sigma Gamma's 17th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank. The challenge will take place at UNO on Wednesday, Oct. 20, starting at noon.

In the contest, teams of three people stack cans as the Bell Tower bells strike noon. Teams compete for awards for the most creative team, the most enthusiastic team and the team that stacks the most food cans. The two categories for prizes are students and faculty/staff.

Since its inception 44,918 pounds of food has been donated to the Omaha Food Bank.

"Through this UNO tradition we can help The Food Bank to once keep food pantries and meal sites stocked as record numbers of people suffer through these tough economic times," said David E. Corbin, faculty sponsor of Eta Sigma Gamma.

Visit for the contest rules and entry form.

For more information, contact Corbin or Shandy Ramet at (402) 554.2670 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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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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