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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

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.



Fashion Show Raises $6,000 for MADD Nebraska

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Nebraska received more than $6,000 – both in-kind and sponsored donations – at Fashion Victim, a Sept. 30 fashion show and fundraiser organized by UNO student Amy Wieczorek.

The second-annual event was held in memory of Morgan Hohnbaum and Josh Milana, two of Wieczorek's friends who died after being hit by a drunk driver in Lincoln in 2007.

In attendance were Sally Ganem, the First Lady of Nebraska; Gary Cooper, MADD/RAD race car owner; and Simera Reynolds, MADD Nebraska director. Speakers included area survivors, victims and offenders. Read more.

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Eppley Skylight Replacement Work Begins Tomorrow

As a part of the recent fire sprinkler system installation plan, starting this Friday, Oct. 15, Lueder Construction will be on site after 5 p.m. to demo the skylight above the circular stairs in the Eppley Administration Building atrium.

Per today's fire and life safety codes, keeping the skylight would have required UNO to run exposed piping to a sprinkler head installed in the skylight recess.  A new clerestory will be constructed in its place. The new clerestory will continue to allow light in but will eliminate the need to install sprinkler heads and exposed piping. 

The project will start with the north entrance of EAB closing from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, for crane work. Installation should be complete no later than the middle of next week. Contractors will be working evenings, nights and the weekend. If possible, it is Facilities Management and Planning staff intention to open the circular stairs during the day. 

Contact Walt Burr at (402) 554.2582 with questions.

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Fall Break

Criss Library fall break hours for Sunday, Oct. 17, will be noon to 9 p.m. Library hours for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18 and 19, will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Regular library hours resume Wednesday, Oct. 20.  For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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Mav-Rec Campus Recreation Fall Break Notices for HPER

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Mav-Rec Campus Recreation announces the following Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) notices in conjunction with UNO's upcoming fall break.

Group Exercise:
The following Group Exercise classes with be cancelled during fall break: 

- Monday Yogafit with Pat;

- Monday Indoor, Cycle with Danae;

- Monday Aquafit with Erin;

- Tuesday Tone Circuit with Alexa; and

- Tuesday Kickboxing with Alexa.
Group Exercise changes effective Monday, Oct. 18:
- Mondays Indoor Cycle with Danae will move to Wednesdays at noon starting Oct. 20;
- Thursday Pilates with Jeannie cancelled the rest of the semester;
- Friday morning Yogafit with Pat cancelled the rest of the semester; and
- Friday noon Yogafit will be taught by Pat and not Angie.

HPER Pool:
The HPER Building Pool will be closed this Friday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, Oct. 18, at 6 a.m. The closure is due to a youth swim meet. Mav-Rec Campus Recreation staff apologizes for any inconvenience.

Fall Break Hours:
The HPER Building will have limited hours during fall break. The building will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Tuesday, October 18-19. Normal building hours will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

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Award-Winning Author Lydia Peele to Visit UNO Next Week

The UNO Writer's Workshop is proud to announce that award-winning fiction writer, Lydia Peelle, will read from her recent collection, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing on campus Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.  A discussion and book signing will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public. 

Peelle's fiction has appeared in Granta, One Story, Orion, Epoch, The Sun, and elsewhere.  She is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and her stories have twice appeared in Best New American Voices.  A former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Virginia, she now lives in Nashville, Tenn.   

For information, contact Miles Waggener (402) 554.2151.

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UNO to Host Social Security Seminar Next Saturday

When should you elect Social Security? Should you elect early or delay benefits? What "unusual claiming strategies" are available? And why did a major study suggest that more than $10 billion in benefits are forfeited by married couples?

Get answers to these and other questions on Saturday, Oct. 23, when the UNO Department of Gerontology hosts a free seminar, "Social Security for Married Couples."

The seminar is 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. The event is open to the public and will be of special interest to those age 60-66 who are contemplating retirement. Free parking will be available on campus. Read more.

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Learn More About New Blackboard Version 9.1

The first opportunity for UNO faculty and staff to learn more about the new version of Blackboard will be a Brown Bag Lunch demonstration at noon on Friday, Oct. 22, in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service or join the conversation live online via the web at

The upgrade from Blackboard Version 8.5 to Version 9.1 is planned for next semester, the weekend of May 9, 2011. The most noticeable improvement in the new version of Blackboard will be easier navigation or fewer clicks for instructors. Increased functionality includes options for wikis, blogs and journals. The assignment feature, grade center and discussion board also have improvements. 

Faculty and staff can familiarize themselves with the new features and improvements in Blackboard 9.1 several ways:

1) Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations - Registration is not required.
- Oct. 22
Noon to 1 p.m.
(This session will also be offered through Adobe Connect as a webinar.)

- Nov. 18
Noon to 1 p.m.
220 Mammel Hall

- January/February   
To Be Announced

2) Webinar – Join the demonstration live directly from your office, Oct. 22 at noon by going to Simply add your name under "Guest" and click "Enter Room."

3) Upgrade Website - - This web site will help keep you informed of brown bags demonstrations, workshops, support documentation and other information as UNO moves towards the "Go Live" date. 

4) Test Drive - You can test drive Blackboard 9.1 by pointing your web browser to: (Address active Oct. 15) Use the same login and password as you do in the current version. Course content has not been copied to this version; however, each faculty has been given a blank developmental course to utilize.

5) Hands-On Training - Watch your e-mail for more training opportunities March through May of 2011.

For questions, contact Information Services Technical Support at (402) 554.HELP (4357) or e-mail

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Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals 2010-11

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is accepting proposals on a monthly basis from October through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Faculty may not receive more than one UCAT travel award for the academic year. Applications will not be returned for revision and resubmission.

All applications (forms available on UCAT website at should be reviewed by their UCAT college representative for completeness and sufficient/appropriate information before submitting. Budgets must be complete and accurate. All previous grant reports must be turned in prior to submission of a new request.

If approved, applicant will provide a copy of their travel authorization to UCAT/CFD prior to travel and submit a written report to UCAT after your travel and prior to May 6, 2011. Proposals are due by the 21st of the each month. Applicants should submit one hard and an electronic copy of the application. Electronic copies should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 105 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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Maverick Productions to Host Screening of 'The Blind Side'

Join Maverick Productions for a free screening of "The Blind Side" following the Friday, Oct. 22, UNO home volleyball game on the new DJ Sokol Vision screen (the screening is a rescheduled event due to a Sept. 25 weather cancellation). 

"Come support UNO women's athletics and watch a great movie," said Erin Cron, advisor for Maverick Productions.

This film is the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home. A family who helped him fulfill his potential as a person and as an athlete took in Oher. He worked hard on the field and in the classroom and became an All-American in college and was picked in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, changing his life and the lives of the loving family who were there to watch him succeed.

For more information, contact Cron at (402) 554.2711.

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Thompson Center Offering Free and Discounted Holiday Room Rentals

The holidays are just around the corner, and now is a great time to plan your party. To help, the Thompson Center at UNO is spreading a bit of early holiday cheer — free room rentals for weekday nights in December and 50 percent savings on weekend rental rates for holiday parties booked in December and January.

The discount is good for personal holiday parties hosted by UNO faculty, staff or students and for the organizations to which they belong. The free weekday rentals (Monday through Thursday) in December could amount to a savings of more than $400.

The beautiful Thompson Center is tastefully decorated each holiday season, and Brandeis Catering is ready to help plan a memorable celebration. The center also offers:

- A convenient, midtown location

- Versatile room spaces

- State-of-the-art A/V and Wi-Fi capabilities

- Exceptional catering options

- Free and available parking on-site

The UNO Alumni Association provides free room rental on any date or time to UNO groups for meetings, retreats, receptions and conferences related to university business. This year, that now includes holiday parties — a help to campus groups facing a budget pinch.

Room descriptions, policies and pricing, and the entire catering menu can be found at

For more information call Greg Trimm at (402) 554.3368 or e-mail

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SAC Elections Under Way through Oct. 21

The UNO Staff Advisory Council has received all of the nominations for open positions. Now it is time for elections, which are now being held through Thursday, Oct. 21. Ballots may be found on the UNO SAC website at

At, print the ballot, mark your vote, print and sign your name and mail the ballot to UNO SAC, P.O. Box 130. Ballots received after Oct. 21 or ballots that are not signed will not be counted.

For questions, contact Kim Kronschnabel at (402) 554.3497.

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'African Show' This Saturday 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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Danes Bring Gymnastics Show to Fieldhouse on Oct. 24

Denmark's best gymnasts will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in an exciting culture and sport show at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

The National Danish Performance Team will display this Scandinavian country's tradition of rhythmic show gymnastics.  The 28 gymnasts, ages 18-28, are selected for both skill and character to share an unforgettable Danish experience around the world. More than 1.5 million spectators have been thrilled by their performances in 60 countries.  Read more.

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Emerging Leaders Nominations Sought

The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will accept Emerging Leaders nominations now through Friday, Oct. 31. The program aids in personal development, social awareness, building foundations for the future and fostering interpersonal growth.

To be eligible for the program, students must have a 2.5 G.P.A. and be currently enrolled at the university/paying university fees. If a student does not have an established UNO G.P.A., they must have a 2.5 for the fall semester, if selected. Students must be nominated by faculty or staff members. Nominators must tell students they are nominating them and inform them of the program, information about Emerging Leaders can be found on the SOLP website. Student must submit an essay for the nomination to be complete.

Nominations will only be accepted online at For more information, call Barb Treadway-Janousek at (402) 554.2711.

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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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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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