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Maverick Homecoming Parade

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Convertibles, floats, marching bands, animals and celebrity drivers were all part of the annual UNO Homecoming Parade held Saturday, October 2. The parade started in Elmwood Park and wound through campus ending up at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

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Worth a Pie in the Face

Worth a Pie in the Face

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Ruthie Pohl's glasses provided a bit of protection against a pie in the face Wednesday on the student center plaza. Pohl, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, took part in the pie tossing to raise money for breast cancer education and awareness.



UNO to Celebrate New Welcome Center Today - Dedication 10 a.m. & Open House 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

UNO will celebrate its new, easy-to- find front door for prospective students and their families when it officially dedicates its Welcome Center today, Oct. 8.  The dedication ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and the campus community is invited to attend both the dedication and the open house immediately following from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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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Campus MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt Today on Campus

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

Participants can partake in a "walking lunch" during today's campus-wide MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt.

Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Human Resources today's 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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Mav-Rec Massage Therapy Rooms Now Open in HPER

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

Mav-Rec Campus Recreation's brand-new Massage Therapy Rooms are now operational in 229 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.  

"For those of you stressed, tight/sore or just in need of a nap in a quiet, out-of-the-way place -- relief is available in 229 HPER," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instruction programs. "To introduce our new program, we are offering an October Special of $10 off all massages."

To schedule an appointment or to find out more information, contact the Massage Therapy Room directly at (402) 554.3016 and leave a message after "Option #5."  A massage therapist will return calls within 24-hours.

Note: The Massage Card ( is the regular pricing. The October Special ( $10 off is the offer, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 31.

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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Actor Clayton LeBouef to Present Oct. 12 Free Screening and Lecture

Actor, writer and director Clayton LeBouef will be on campus Tuesday, Oct. 12, to present a screening and lecture. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

LeBouef is best known for his roles as Colonel Barnfather in "Homicide: Life on the Street," Orlando in "The Wire" and as Stanley "Scoogie" Boyd in the award-winning miniseries "The Corner." He had a feature role in the 2004 film, "Something the Lord Made." He also performs spoken-word pieces in addition to having authored several plays.

A question and answer period will follow his presentation.

UNO's Department of Black Studies and the Omaha Public Schools will sponsor LeBouef's presentation.

For more information, visit

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'Consider This' Investigates Nebraska Watchdog

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and her guests will take a closer look at Nebraska Watchdog (, a non-partisan news website dedicated to investigative and political reporting.

Wyatt's guests will include Ben Gray, Omaha City Councilman, and Joe Jordan, managing editor of Nebraska Watchdog.

The program will air today, Oct. 8, at 12:30 p.m. on NET 2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at for dates and times.

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Pac Man Competition This Monday

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization will host a Pac Man competition on campus Monday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students should register that day on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

First and second prize is a $25 gift card to Westroads Mall.

Send an e-mail to or call (402) 968.2692 for more information.

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Professional Publications, Intellectual Property, Information Access and Evolving Media

Join Criss Library staff at the next workshop in the Lifecycle of Scholarly Communication series, scheduled for Friday, Oct, 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Faculty Study, located on third floor of Criss Library. This session is a discussion with UNO professor Harmon Maher on professional publications, intellectual property, information access and evolving media.

The aim in this series is to devote time to the various aspects of the academic publishing process. The series primary goal is to have attendees leave these workshops with a greater knowledge of how to advance their publishing careers.

Other workshops topics include:

Intellectual Property and Copyright – Nov. 19

The Editor's Perspective – Jan. 21

Open Access Movement – Feb. 18

Institutional Repositories – March 18

Enhancing University Journal Collections in These Economic Times – April 15

Refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. to Linda Riviera at

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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 next Wednesday, Oct. 13.

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

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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 this weekend.

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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GSO to Host National Coming Out Day Next Week

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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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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

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

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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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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

- An Oct. 7 Omaha World-Herald article recapped this week's convocation address and HPER Building dedication, quoting Chancellor John Christensen; Joe Kaminski, Campus Recreation; and Frederic Laquer, Faculty Senate.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, Oct. 4 about recent terror alerts for Americans traveling in Europe.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, and Kim Balkovec, KVNO, were quoted in an Oct. 5 Omaha World-Herald article about the passing of Debra Aliano. Aliano served as general manager of KVNO and UNO Television from 1997 to 2007.

- Michael Kelly's column in the Oct. 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald profiled graduate Air Force Capt. Jeffrey Lehmkuh and how he sent the School of Public Administration a flag flown by rescue missions in Afghanistan. Christine Reed, School of Public Administration, was quoted in the article.

- The Oct. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about the cost of air travel, quoting Scott Tarry, Aviation Institute.

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

UNO Professor Inks New Book on Cuba-U.S. Energy Relationship
A new book by a UNO professor examines the future of Cuba's short- and long-term energy sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Cuba's Energy Future: Strategic Approaches to Cooperation by Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado provides an overview of the evolving relations among Caribbean states and explains why Cuba and the United States should look for ways to cooperate on developing energy resources. Read more.

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 Presents 'Eurydice' Tonight, Tomorrow
The Department of Theatre will present ‘Eurydice' by Sarah Ruhl – directed by UNO graduate student Krystal Kelly, in partial fulfillment of her MA degree through Oct. 16.

Performances run tonight, 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. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre following the Oct. 16 performance. Read more.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Present 'A Seat on the Isle' Next Tuesday
The British are coming to the Strauss Performing Arts Center when the UNO Chamber Orchestra, conducted by professor Barry Ford, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE), conducted by James R. Saker and Courtney Snyder, present the premiere performance of their 2010-2011 concert season: "A Seat on the Isle."

The Tuesday, Oct. 12, program will feature music by some of the most widely known and highly regarded British Isles composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries. 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

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. 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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