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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.



UNO Hosts Two Conferences on International Issues

Two conferences will convene at UNO starting today, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 9, which will focus on international issues.

The 33rd annual Global Studies Conference: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East (GSC) will feature more than 25 panels and presentations on economics, immigration, ethics and ideology, media, security, literature and health issues. Said Tayeb Jawad, former ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States, will be the conference's keynote speaker.

The 35th Annual European Studies Conference (ESC) will also be held over the same three days as the GSC. It will feature 40 panels that will focus upon multifaceted perspectives on the present, past and future of the European continent. This interdisciplinary conference will draw more than 100 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and from abroad. Read more.

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Library Friends Book Discussion Today

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book Damaged, by Alex Kava, today, 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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UNO to Celebrate New Welcome Center With Tomorrow'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 this 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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Fall Dance Lessons Offered at HPER

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

There is still time to waltz into dance recreation classes in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building on Sunday afternoons this fall. Swing, Latin and Ballroom classes will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m.

"One class of dance has already taken place, but it's not too late to join," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness programs at UNO. "I'll pro-rate for the missed class."

For price information, click on To register, call (402) 554.2539.

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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GSO to Host National Coming Out Day Oct. 12

Safe Spaces

At UNO, National Coming Out Day will take place next Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. The campus community and public can join the Student Agency of Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) as they host community speakers sharing their coming out experiences.

"Come celebrate the spirit of openness, honesty and visibility for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community," said Joshua Wileyat, director of GSO.

National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day. It is celebrated to promote discussion and awareness for people who have already came out, or are the process of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or intersex and their allies (LGBTQIA). Food will be provided.

For more information, contact Wileyat at (402) 554.4846.

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Youth Golf Lessons Start This Weekend

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

Join Tim Nelson and the UNO women's golf team for group golf lessons this fall. The package includes four one-hour sessions and will be held in the Golf Lab in the 003 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).

Youth golf lessons will take place on Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 10 to 11 a.m.

The cost:

- UNO Students
$28 ($24 second child)

- Campus Recreation Activity Cardholder
$32 ($28 second child)

- Non-Activity Cardholder
$50 ($45 second child)

Register by calling  (402) 554.2539.

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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UCRCA to Host Brown Bag on Grant Proposal Tips Next Tuesday

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is hosting a Faculty Brown Bag on "Tips for preparing a UCRCA grant proposal," on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 11:30 a.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A.  The guidelines for submission are now available on the SPR web page:

Drinks and dessert will be provided.  For questions, contact Angela Eikenberry (UCRCA Chair), at (402) 554.3488 or Sponsored Programs at  (402) 554.2286.

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Oct. 12 OLLAS 'Charla' to Discuss Cuba in the 21st Century

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) 2010-2011 "Charla Series" ("charla" means conversation or chat) continues Tuesday, Oct. 12, with a look at life in Cuba after Fidel Castro.

Rodrigo González, Cuba program director for Girasol Study Abroad and associate researcher for Proyecto Espiralin in Cuba, will deliver a presentation on "Participation and Alienation in Cuba's Political Process" at the Milo Bail Student Center U mon Hon Room. The presentation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m.

"This will be a great opportunity for the UNO community to get a first hand account of the Cuban reality in 2010," said Benjamin-Alvarado, OLLAS assistant director.

The charla is co-sponsored with UNO's Latino/Latin American Studies, the Service Learning Academy, the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and Student Organization and Leadership Programs.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at (402) 554.3835 or visit the OLLAS Web site,

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2010 Club and Organization Academy for Club and Organization Advisors Next Thursday

Student Organizations Leadership Programs (SOLP) will present the first installment of the Club and Organization Academy for Club and Organization Advisors next Thursday, Oct. 14. Several topics will be covered including a session on the university's rules and expectations in relation to campus student organizations as well as a club and organization panel.

All sessions will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The schedule:

10 a.m.
Advising Student Groups: The Effective Advisor Roles and Understanding what Students Expect

11 a.m.
Student Organization Panel: How to Effectively Work with Your Organization

Essential SOLP Documents and Forms for Your Organization/ University Rules and Expectations

1 p.m.
Handling Organizational Conflict

Free food will be available for attendees.

Students interested in any of the SOLP Academy sessions should call (402) 554.2711.

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'African Show' Set for Oct. 16 at UNO

UNO's Pan African Student Organization (PASO) will present an "African Show" in the Milo Bail Student Center on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The event, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m., will include a performance by African Culture Connection, African bands, an African fashion show, African art works and African cuisine.  Read more.

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Center for Faculty Development Book Discussion This 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 Presentation Tomorrow

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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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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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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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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