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Mammel Hall Final Preparations

Mammel Hall Final Preparations

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Kiewit Construction workers installed new benches and chairs Tuesday on the north side of UNO's Mammel Hall. Dedication ceremonies for the new building will be held Friday, Oct. 15 beginning at 5 p.m.

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Esther Scarpello

August Employee of the Month: Esther Scarpello

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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



NU Board of Regents at UNO Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet at UNO today, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. All of the meetings, which are open to the campus community and public, take place in the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

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Retirement Planning Seminar This Morning

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars today, Oct. 15, with "Staying on Track in a Volatile Market." The seminar will take place 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 (402) 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465.

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Workshop Today on Professional Publications, Intellectual Property and Information Access

Join Criss Library staff at the next workshop in the Lifecycle of Scholarly Communication series, scheduled today, Oct, 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Faculty Study, located on third floor of Criss Library. Today's 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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Mammel Hall Dedication Ceremony Tonight at 5 p.m.

UNO, along with the College of Business Administration (CBA), will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Mammel Hall tonight, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. The ceremony will include a welcome address, ribbon cutting, several speakers and tours of Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine Street. Read more.

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Eppley Skylight Replacement Work Begins This Evening

As a part of the recent fire sprinkler system installation plan, starting this evening, 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 (EAB) 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 officially starts this evening with the north entrance of EAB closing from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 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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'Consider This' to Unlock The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and her guests will investigate Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's disease is a chronic, progressive, irreversible brain disorder affecting memory, thinking, personality, language and behavior.

Wyatt's guests will include Pat Callone, co-author of the The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle, and Dr. Tim Malloy, a geriatric medicine & family practice physician at UNMC.

The program will air today, Oct. 15, 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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Chess Club to Meet This Saturday

The UNO Chess Club will hold its next meeting this Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Any and all chess players in the UNO community are welcome to drop in anytime between noon to 5 p.m.

"Please bring sets and boards if you have them. Some will be provided," said Joe Knapp, UNO Chess Club president. "Bring your brilliant moves and join us for some great chess!"

For more information, e-mail or call (402) 515.0064.

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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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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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Donations and Volunteers Sought for Oct. 30 Mav Kids Halloween Party

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Campus Recreation will host its Mav Kids Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. This event is free and open to kids of all ages.

The Halloween bash will consist of a haunted house, candy, games, photo booth and prizes. Parents are responsible for supervising their children at the event.

Candy donations and volunteers are currently being sought for the event. Candy can be dropped off in 104 HPER. Those interested in volunteering for the game room should contact Lisa at (402) 554.2539.

Food donations and towels and blankets will be accepted at the door for the local food shelves and for the Town and Country Humane Society.

For more information, visit

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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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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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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

- The Oct. 8 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about education in Afghanistan, quoting Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, was featured in an Oct. 7 Silicon Prairie News article about the inaugural Omaha 10-10-10 conference.

- The Oct. 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a profile of Carl Mammel, the lead donor on the Mammel Hall construction project. Louis Pol, College of Business Administration, and Robert Bernier, Nebraska Business Development Center, were also quoted in the article.

- B.J. Reed, College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), was quoted in the Oct. 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the death of Jessica Bedient, a University of Nebraska Foundation employee who raised funds for CPACS and the College of Information Science and Technology.

- The Oct. 8 Welcome Center dedication ceremony was covered by KPTM (Fox 42), KETV (ABC 7) and WOWT (NBC 6). The event was held in conjunction with UNO's 102nd birthday on Oct. 8.

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 Alulm & Professor Publish Study Results for Public Officials Survey
Stephen Kwamena Aikins (Ph.D. UNO), assistant professor, University of South Florida, and Dale Krane, Frederick W. Kayser Chair Professor, UNO School of Public Administration, have published the results of a survey of municipal chief administrative officers in five north-central states (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska).

The title of the study is "Are Public Officials Obstacles to Citizen-Centered E-Government?: An Examination of Municipal Administrators' Motivations and Actions." It is available in State and Local Government Review, vol. 42, No. 2 (Aug. 2010) and can be accessed at:

The study investigates why municipal officials have not taken full advantage of the interactive features of the Internet to bring citizens closer to their governments. The authors find evidence that city officials strongly prefer traditional forms of citizen participation to Internet-based forms of participation.

Additionally, use of the Internet to facilitate citizen participation in public decisions is constrained by official reluctance to devote sufficient funds to web-based technologies. These findings call into question the widespread assumption that local government officials enthusiastically embrace the movement toward e-democracy.

Questions can be directed to Krane at

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.

Final performances run tonight, Oct. 15, 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 this Saturday's performance. Read more.

Women's Resource Center to Host Dating Violence Event
The Women's Resource Center (WRC) at UNO will host a free performance by the local theater group R.E.S.P.E.C.T.2. at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.

The event, which will feature free food, will be held at the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

UNO Grad Student Premieres Adaptation of Cather Short Story
UNO graduate student Julia Hinson will debut her adaptation of Willa Cather's short story Eric Hermannson's Soul at UNO this month. The adaptation is a narrative piece which examines the social forces that compel us to conform – or deviate – from society.

Eric Hermannson's Soul runs Thursday, Oct. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 30, in 006 the Weber Fine Arts Building. Tickets are free, though there is a suggested donation of $5. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. 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 through Oct. 21
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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