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August Employee of the Month: Esther Scarpello

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Esther Scarpello was selected as the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Employee of the Month for August. Visit this link for details.

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Maverick Homecoming Parade

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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.



Chi Omega Sorority Hula-Hoops Today, Tomorrow for Make-a-Wish Foundation

The UNO chapter of Chi Omega sorority is teaming up with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant a young girl's wish.

Members of Chi Omega will be hula-hooping today, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 14, on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. Read more.

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Regent Randy Ferlic to Present at Today's Faculty Senate Meeting

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, Oct. 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. University of Nebraska Board of Regent Randy Ferlic will give a presentation at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at (402) 554.3598.

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'Eurydice' Continues on Stage 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 tonight, Oct. 13.

Performances continue tonight, 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.

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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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Roskens Hall Renovation Sidewalk Notice

Due to the construction associated with the Roskens Hall Renovation project, the sidewalks between Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) and Roskens Hall will be reworked to create a permanent accessible east-west route south of the construction fence for Roskens Hall. Removal work will be done this week during nighttime hours. Signs and barricades will be posted indicating the closings.

The sidewalk to the west of ASH, north of the west doors will be closed from Wednesday, Oct. 13, for up to one week (through Wednesday, Oct. 20). The north entry at the west end of ASH will be exit only for the following week, as there will be additional exterior steps being placed to connect with the new east-west sidewalk.

For questions, call Audrey Buckley at (402) 554.4104.

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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. 13.

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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Writing Center to Celebrate 'National Day on Writing' with Oct. 20 Open House

This year, Wednesday, Oct. 20, is "National Day on Writing," and UNO's Writing Center will celebrate the occasion with an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Members of the campus community are invited to visit the Writing Center in 150 Arts and Science Hall. 

"We hope our students and colleagues will stop by to enjoy refreshments, meet the Writing Center consultants, and learn more about the excellent - and free - services offered by the Writing Center," said Nora Bacon, Writing Center director. 

Visitors will have a chance to add six-word stories to the Writing Center's collection - "Write six words? Easy! Do it!"

Stories will be on three themes: 

- Autobiography (staff member's contributions include "Shaved my head, finally felt beautiful" and "I was Baptist; now I'm fabulous");

- Words of Wisdom ("Know thyself well and be kind"); and

- Halloween ("Trick or treat?  Why not both?"). 

The six-word stories will be displayed in the National Gallery of Writing, an online storehouse of poetry and prose.

For more information, contact the Writing Center at (402) 554.2946 or

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OLLAS Charla/Sociology Colloquium Oct. 21

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Department of Sociology/Anthropology will team up for a Thursday, Oct. 21, "OLLAS Charla/Sociology Colloquium." Patricia Zamudio Grave will be the guest presenter. She will speak on "Communities in Migration: Looking at the Construction of International Social Solidarities" at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon Hon Room.

Zamudio Grave is a sociologist and professor-researcher at The Center for Research and Higher Education in Social Anthropology (CIESAS-Golfo). Her research focuses on human rights, citizenship and international migration issues. She's coordinated community projects to promote human development in rural areas in the State of Veracruz, where children, young people and women have principally participated. A passionate believer of participatory methodologies, she coordinated and facilitated, with Kay Andrade workshops on migration and development with migrant organizations in the U.S. and El Salvador. She is founding-member of International Network on Migration and Development (RIMD) and member of Foro Migraciones, from México.

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

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UNO Philosophy Lecture to Feature Sarah McGrath

Sarah McGrath, an assistant professor at Princeton University, will speak at UNO Thursday, Oct. 21. Her presentation, titled "Skepticism about Moral Expertise as a Puzzle for Moral Realism," will be held in 310 Arts and Sciences Hall. The 4 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

McGrath specializes in ethics and metaphysics. Her current teaching and research interests also include epistemology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at (402) 554.2628 or

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2010 Club and Organization Academy Tomorrow for Club and Organization Advisors

Student Organizations Leadership Programs (SOLP) will present the first installment of the Club and Organization Academy for Club and Organization Advisors on 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 Commons Room 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

Noon - 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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Next Retirement Planning Seminar This Friday

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 (402) 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 in 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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Math Department, OLLAS to Host Winsor Lecture on Oct. 29

The Mathematics Department and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will host "Bridging the Language Barrier in Mathematics: Results from Action Research," by Dr. Matthew S. Winsor, at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 in Durham Science Center, Room 115, on the UNO campus.

Winsor is a former K-12 educator with experience in teaching math to Latino students in California, Texas, Iowa and Illinois. He is an assistant professor of math at Illinois State University. Read more.Up to Top

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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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-ec 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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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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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 25: Try Reusable Coffee Filters
Invest in a coffee maker with a reusable filter. You'll save money plus help the environment.

(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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