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Early Morning Shadows

Early Morning Shadows

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



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

The Homecoming Tailgate Party sponsored by the UNO Alumni Association hits campus this 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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Final Day to Respond to Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative Survey

Wellness Graphic

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). The final deadline for responses is today, Oct. 1.

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 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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It's Homecoming Week at UNO

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

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UNO Web Template Training Offered by Information Technology Services

Interested in redesigning a college or departmental website? Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus community. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part hands-on training on the UNO Web Templates this fall.

The training will take place Wednesdays – Oct. 6, 13 and 27 -- in 104 Durham Science Center. To learn more about UNO Web Templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

The sessions are described below:

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
Oct. 6
9 to 10:30 a.m.
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web Template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing website structure or to create a new structure. IS staff will show how to use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure. Staff will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples and discuss how the template can best be used for individual sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
Oct. 13
9 to 11 a.m.
This hands-on session will focus on working with the web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages on individual sites. ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences. The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles. (Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
Oct. 27 
9 to 11 a.m.
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the UNO model web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. IS staff will work with the tabs, includes and the footer. Additional topics include adding graphics and using fonts. Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional website. (Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for this course go to

For problems registering, contact IS Technical Support at (402) 554.4357. An e-mail will be sent confirming registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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Center for Faculty Development Book Discussion Next Friday

Faculty interested in a discussion of Ken Bain's What The Best College Teachers Do can join the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) on Friday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Criss Library Faculty Lounge. Refreshments will be provided.

All are welcome to attend the discussion, whether or not they have read the book. Many new faculty members received a copy for their participation in the Pre-Tenure Teaching Circle or CFD Annual Fall Workshops.

There are a limited number of books available. Those who do not have a copy or would like to register should contact the CFD at (402) 554.2427 or

Watch eNotes for upcoming CFD Book Club discussions set for Fridays: Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

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Warm Air Solar Collector Lecture and Workshop Next Week

The Nebraska Solar Energy Society (NSES), in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute and the Pizza Shoppe, will host - How To Make Your Own Warm Air Solar Collector -  a lecture, workshop and installation at the Pizza Shoppe, 6056 Maple St., on Sunday, Oct. 10.

The weekend begins Friday evening with a free public lecture at the Pizza Shoppe from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to a discussion about hot thermal solar collectors by Michael Shonka, solar instructor at Metropolitan Community College. Read more.

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Fall Job Fair at UNO Is Oct. 12

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, The Career Center will host a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The fair will feature more 70 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships.

Professional attire is expected and students should bring copies of their resume. For more information about the Job Fair and other services, contact The Career Center at (402) 554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

The Fall 2010 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, National Indemnity, Gallup, ConAgra, Interpublic, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Streck and ExxonMobil.

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Saturday's Homecoming Parade Route

Maverick Productions is again sponsoring the UNO Homecoming Parade. This year's event will be this 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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Chess Club to Meet This Saturday

The UNO Chess Club will hold its second meeting on Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from noon to 5 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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UNO Sociology Club to Host Screening of 'King Corn' Next Week

The UNO Sociology Club (UNOSC) will present a screening of the movie 'King Corn' on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in 438 in the Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

'King Corn' is about two friends that grow one acre of corn in Iowa and describe not only the process of growing the corn but what happens to it as it goes through the food system.

"If you were ever curious about what you eat, this movie will answer those questions for you," said John Powers, public relations officer for UNOSC.

For more information, contact Powers at (402) 319.2721.

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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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UNO to Celebrate New Welcome Center With Next Friday's Event

UNO will celebrate its new, easy-to- find front door for prospective students and their families when it officially dedicates its Welcome Center next 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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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 (402) 554.6019.

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Rent-A-Chi Fundraiser Now Through Nov. 1

Need help cleaning your yard for fall? Members of UNO's Theta Chi fraternity are hosting the Rent-A-Chi fundraiser throughout the Omaha area through Monday, Nov. 1.

For $10 per hour, members of Theta Chi will assist with a variety of fall cleaning tasks, including yard work and gutter cleaning. The chapter is also offering music lessons and computer clean-up services.

Funds raised will support the Theta Chi chapter at UNO.

For more information contact Ian Taitague: or (402) 289.7982.

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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

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in a Sept. 29 Lincoln Journal Star article about poverty rates in Lincoln. Drozd was also quoted in the Sept. 16 issues of the Omaha World-Herald and Grand Island Independent about poverty rates, and on Sept. 20 on KIOS (91.5 FM).

- A Sept. 30 Omaha World-Herald article profiled the renewed relationship between the Center for Afghan Studies and School of Communication, and Kabul University. The article quoted Tom Gouttierre.

- Students Neil Huben and Ryan Tefft were profiled in a Sept. 25 Omaha World-Herald article about a new science program the two students designed for elementary schools.

The Sept. 26 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about incomes and the recession, quoting Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration.

- L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger, Department of Biology, was quoted in a Sept. 22 Associated Press article on genetically altered salmon and food plants that was published in the Omaha World-Herald, Kansas City Star, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Seattle Times and other news outlets. Wolfenbarger was also quoted in the Sept. 23 issue of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal about the differences between breeding and genetic modification.

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

- Jeanette Harder, Grace Abbott School of Social Work, recently authored the book Let the Children Come: Preparing Faith Communities to End Child Abuse and Neglect (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press). For more information, visit

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

UNO Theatre to Present 'Eurydic'' Next Week
The Department of Theatre will present 'Eurydice' by Sarah Ruhl – directed by UNO graduate student Krystal Kelly, in partial fulfillment of her MA degree – Oct. 6-16.

Previews run Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 7, with performances Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 16, at the UNO Theatre, inside the Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The Oct. 6 preview is a TAG Night Out. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre following the Oct. 16 performance. Read more.

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

Opening Reception Tonight for Comic and Superhero Exhibit at Criss Library
A Selection from Comics, Heroes, and American Visual Culture is now on display at the Criss Library H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery, featuring nearly 40 works of comic and superhero art drawn from the Dan F. and Barbara J. Howard Collection of American Popular Art.

This collection, along with a significant research library, was donated to the Sheldon Museum of Art through the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2000. Criss Library will host a reception for the exhibition, featuring speaker Dan F. Howard, tonight, Oct. 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Read more.

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes Textile Exhibitions
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.

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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