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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

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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.



2010 UNO-United Way Campaign Kicks Off Today

The 2010 UNO-United Way Campaign officially begins today, Oct. 4. This year's theme is "Live United" and the campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 5. UNO has set a $70,000 goal.

UNO faculty and staff will receive a user name and password in an e-mail message sent to their university e-mail address and will have the option of designating a particular organization as well as donating to the general fund. Employees who need help in using the system may come to the Human Resources Office, 205 EAB, or call (402) 554.2321.

Drawing prizes for those who take part in the campaign include a month of "Rock Star" parking; UNO football and hockey tickets; and a couple of other surprises.

Gifts to the United Way address the root causes of the most serious health and human services needs in the metropolitan community. United Way funds programs and services that thousands of individuals and families count on to help them reach their full potential.

Human Resources staff encourages the UNO community to take a part of the change by giving to United Way as a part of UNO's team.

"We all win when a child succeeds in school, when parents find financial independence and families have good health," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "Together united, we can inspire hope and create better opportunities for a better tomorrow. That's what it means to ‘Live United.'"

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UNO Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, 20 U.S.C. Sec 1092, the University of Nebraska provides information relating to crime statistics and policies concerning campus security to current students, faculty and staff. The law requires colleges and universities to publish and distribute, through publications, mailings or Internet or Intranet websites, an annual report. The report must be distributed by Oct. 1 each year.

This is to notify all UNO students, faculty and staff that the most current Annual Report is now available online. The information can be viewed by going to the Campus Security homepage at, and then follow the link titled "Campus Security and Fire Safety Report."

In addition, Campus Security posts "Security Safety Alerts," and other security and personal safety-related information on this site. Employees and students are encouraged to review the information on a routine basis and contact Campus Security with any questions or concerns.

Faculty, staff and students are also encouraged to review personal safety videos and join UNO's emergency notification service via the UNO Emergency Site at

Other noteworthy UNO Emergency Site links:

This video provides critical guidance on how to recognize and survive an active shooter incident on campus.

This video offers tips on how to recognize and prevent violence in the workplace.

"e2 Campus" is a voluntary emergency notification service that is used by UNO to notify students, faculty and staff in the event of life threatening or critical events on campus. It sends text messages to cell phones or e-mail to those who register. For details, visit the "Sign Up For Emergency Alerts" link on the UNO Emergency Site (

Please contact Campus Security at (402) 554.2648 if you have any questions.

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The Career Center's Pacific Location in Mammel Hall Is Now Open

This fully functional office will provide the same services as the Dodge Location, including resume reviews, mock interviews, career discussions, workshops, Maverick HireWire, on-campus interviews and more. The new Mammel Hall office is available for walk-in questions; however, students that need resume and interview assistance should schedule an appointment.

Location Information

The Career Center at UNO Pacific Location - 134N Mammel Hall
Phone: (402) 554.2365
Monday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday: Closed

The Career Center at UNO Dodge Location - 111 Milo Bail Student Center
Phone: (402) 554.3672
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For further information, contact:

Michelle Perone, director
Colleen Zbylut, graduate practicum
(402) 554,3672

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UNO Fall Convocation Is Wednesday

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address at fall convocation this 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 Wednesday

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.

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UNO Theatre to Present 'Eurydice' This 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.

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Service-Learning 101 Tomorrow & Wednesday

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 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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New Members Sought for UNO Swing Club

The UNO Swing Club is looking for new members. The group is open to all students, faculty, staff and spouses/significant others. The club meets every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in 239 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HEPRE) Building.

There is no charge to participate; however, individuals must be a HPER card-holder to participate.

- All experience levels welcome;

- Learn about the era;

- Hear great music; and

- Dance.

For more information, contact Emily Harrison at

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UNO Sociology Club to Host Wednesday's Screening of 'King Corn'

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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Campus MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt This Friday

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

Participants can partake in a ‘walking lunch' during next week's campus-wide MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt on 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

Kim Kronschnael

Lola Gilbert

Note: Volunteers need to be at their tables by 11:15 a.m.

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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Center for Faculty Development Book Discussion on 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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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Oct. 8 Presentation

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 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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Warm Air Solar Collector Lecture and Workshop This Weekend

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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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Omaha 10-10-10 Conference to Discuss 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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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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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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