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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

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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.



UNO Fall Convocation Is Today

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address at fall convocation today, 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 Today

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UNO will hold a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building today, 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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Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Services Now Offered On Campus

Evaluation and treatment for orthopedic problems and sports injuries are now being offered in Student Health Services, which is now located near the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building atrium.

Dr. Mike Walsh, Maverick team orthopedic surgeon for more than 30 years, will be holding clinic in the new HPER Student Health facility on Tuesday mornings. Part of the new service also includes x-ray examination.

Appointments are available to students, faculty and staff and can be made by either calling Student Health Services at (402) 554.2374 or Dr. Walsh's OrthoWest office at (402) 637.0800.

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2010-11 UNO Employee Directory – Review and Update

It is time to begin the publication process for UNO's 2010-11 Employee Directory. This year's directory has been intentionally delayed to account for significant personnel movement due to new building construction and renovation. Several projects and subsequent office/room assignments were not finalized until mid-September. It now appears everyone has a work home for the upcoming year.

An initial edition of the alphabetical employee listing has been compiled and can be found at The information as shown on the PDF reflects pertinent information from the SAP Human Resources database. Unless otherwise changed, this information will appear exactly the same in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory.

Please access the file, review and modify as necessary. Your information can be modified by:

1)  ESS/Firefly - You can update much of your information via the university's Employee Self Service (ESS) feature. This can be done by accessing

2)  SAP Coordinator - If the changes cannot be modified in ESS, ask your departmental SAP (payroll) coordinator to make the necessary changes. (All position and title related changes must come from your department.)

3)  Manually – Send desired changes to

All updates are required by Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Contact Heather Overton or Carol Adam at (402) 554.3036 with questions.

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UNO Sociology Club to Host Screening of 'King Corn' Tonight

The UNO Sociology Club (UNOSC) will present a screening of the movie "King Corn" tonight, 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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Geography/Geology World Cinema Series Continues Tonight in Eppley

The annual World Cinema Series offered by the UNO Department of Geography/Geology continues tonight, Oct. 6.

All films will be screened in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium. Two films are shown each evening with the first starting about 6:15 p.m. and the second just after 8 p.m.  

"The films are shown in combination with my course GEOG 3000: Geography in Film," said Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO. "We're inviting people from the UNO community to share in this educational experience."

Films shown in the World Cinema Series come from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Senegal, Singapore and South Africa. The public series runs through Wednesday, Nov. 3.

For more information about the films, contact Peterson at

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UNO Theatre to Present 'Eurydice' Tonight

The Department of Theatre will present "Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl – directed by UNO graduate student Krystal Kelly, in partial fulfillment of her MA degree on stage starting tonight, Oct. 6.

Previews run tonight, 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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This Week In Maverick Athletics

This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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UNO Library Friends to Host Book Discussion Tomorrow

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book Damaged, by Alex Kava, this Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center. The discussion leader will be Omaha Police Sgt. Teresa Negron. 

Kava is an international best-selling suspense writer from Omaha, and author of the series featuring FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell. Her novels have appeared on The New York Times and USA Today best-seller lists. Kava often writes about Nebraska cities in her books.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at

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Participants Sought for Mav Fit Kids

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

Mav Fit Kids is a free, 10-week fitness program for children of UNO students, faculty and staff. The program will meet Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and the program is open to children ages 4-12 years old.

Classes will feature:
- A muscle of the week;
- Stretching instruction;
- Strength/aerobic exercises;
- Nutrition information;
- Group activities; and
- Lots of exercise.

Contact for more information, registration or comments and concerns.

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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Writing Center Workshop: Citing Sources in the MLA Style

Whether they're undergraduates writing research papers for class or advanced scholars writing for publication, many writers in the humanities cite sources using the MLA style – and many find themselves bogged down in the details of commas, quotation marks, italics and capitalization. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the UNO Writing Center will come to the rescue with a workshop on how to manage MLA citations.

Kathy Radosta, the Writing Center's graduate consultant, will present the interactive workshop. 

"We will unravel the mysteries of in-text citations and the Works Cited page," Radosta said.  "We welcome writers who are new to MLA citations as well as experienced researchers who have questions about the changes made in 2009."

The workshop is scheduled for Oct. 12 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Light refreshments will be served.  To register, contact the Writing Center at (402) 554.2946 or write to

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Next Retirement Planning Seminar Oct. 15

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars this month with "Staying on Track in a Volatile Market." The seminar will take place next Friday, Oct. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This seminar will review the basic concepts and strategies that employees should grasp in order to make reasonable investment decisions.

Topics discussed will include:

- Market volatility;

- Cite examples of notable past market downturns; and

- Indentify options for managing accounts amid changing market conditions.

To view the complete fall schedule click on http://www.unomaha.ed/enotes/2010/img/retirementplanning.pdf.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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Masters and Music Series Continues Oct. 24 with 'String Theory'

The Masters and Music series at UNO continues Sunday, Oct. 24, with a tribute to "String Theory." The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

Masters and Music is a series blending artistic imagery and musical composition.

Leslie Iwai, artist and former UNO adjunct, is a well-respected local artist who explores the formation of space as an experiential event. Her work often exists between architecture, sculpture and performance. She will speak about the artist as an intercessor or one who mediates to make a connection with her works. Also the temporary nature of her recent installation at the Florence Mill ArtLoft and her MONA performance piece "Fee! Fie!Fo! Fum!" Iwai explores important issues related to the human condition and spiritual experiences. She incorporates unusual materials into her art works and stretches viewer's perceptions with humor and metaphors.

Barry Ford, director of Orchestral Activities and instructor of composition and theory at UNO, is a musician/composer whose work defies categorization. His choice of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary, is defined by his unique motivations for composing. His talk will address collaborative composition practices in a workshop setting.

$15 admission benefits Friends of Art Scholarship Fund for student scholarships. A wine, hors d'oevres and sweets reception follows.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shari Hofschire at (402) 554.2402.

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There is Still Time to Apply for the UNO Young Alumni Academy

A new networking and development program designed specifically for UNO Young Alumni is being launched. The UNO Alumni Association seeks motivated, enthusiastic and proud young alumni to become part of the inaugural class.

Academy members will gather monthly from November through April for unique networking and alumni development opportunities. The evening sessions will highlight the UNO hockey program, student life and other "inside glimpses" into areas that make UNO special.

Monthly sessions are scheduled on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Additional information and an online application are available at Deadline for application is Friday, Oct. 15.

Contact Lee Denker ( at the UNO Alumni Association with questions.

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UCRCA Seeking Applications for 2010-2011

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting applications for the 2010/2011 academic year. The committee is pleased to provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty. The submission deadlines for this academic year are Friday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. and, depending on available funding, Friday, Jan. 28. The guidelines for submission are now available on the SPR webpage:

Note: All proposals should be submitted electronically from a UNO Lotus Notes e-mail as a single document in PDF format to: Paper copies are not accepted.

Applicants may schedule an appointment with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) to review examples of funded proposals. 

Information concerning Faculty Minigrants and Student grants will follow later in October, so watch for an announcement on the SPR webpage and in eNotes. For questions, contact SPR at (402) 554,2286 or

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Student Anthropological Society to Meet Wednesdays

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will meet every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone interested in anthropology is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at

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Participants Sought for Gait Study at Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility (NBCF) staff would like to invite older adults to participate in a study-taking place at its Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) facility. The study is investigating the effects of attention and perception on walking behavior.

Ideal participants should be greater than 65 years of age, right-handed, native English speaking and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement. Subjects would take part in two 2-hours data collections that would involve a variety of tasks including walking, attention and verbal tasks (for instance, reading words or naming pictures projected on a screen).  

For participation, subjects will receive a full analysis of their gait profile. Data will be collected using the state-of-the-art laboratory-based motion capture system identical to the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Collections will take place at a scheduled time during the next few weeks. Further details will be provided to any interested parties.  

For more information, contact Jeffrey Kaipust at (402) 554.3238 or or Nate Hunt at (402) 554.3225 or

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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 24: Travel Mug Your Jo
Make coffee at home and use a travel mug to drink out of at work. If you grab coffee on the go; instead, take a travel mug to minimize paper waste.

(To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, will provide 40 "green" tips.)

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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