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Eva Kammerer

New children's financial literacy book supported by UNO alumni

Money and math have long been the at-school and after-school interests of 14-year-old Eva Kammerer, a freshman at South High School in Omaha. continue. . .

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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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2010.10.18

Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered on campus Wednesday, Oct. 20, to honor the memory of University of Nebraska Foundation employee Jessica (Lutton) Bedient. She passed away Oct. 12 from injuries sustained in a car crash at age 26.

At the time of her passing, Bedient was director of development for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and the College of Information Science & Technology. She had been with the NU Foundation since 2008.

Visitation starts at 6 p.m. tonight, Oct. 18, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 508 W. Angus St., in Gretna. A prayer service will begin at 7 p.m. and visitation will continue after the service. Her funeral will take place Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's church. Read more.

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Three Days of Service Volunteer Projects Returns to Omaha Today, Tomorrow

Hundreds of students from UNO, local high schools, middle schools and community volunteers will complete projects including renovating homes and non-profits, landscaping and neighborhood clean up throughout the city during UNO's fall break today and Tuesday, Oct. 18-19.

Three Days of Service pairs UNO students and alumni with students from Omaha North High School, Lewis Central High School and Nathan Hill middle school and community volunteers to work on a variety of metro area projects. More than 600 people participated in last year's events and this year that number is expected to grow with the addition of UNO alumni, community volunteers and other schools participating. Read more.

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Criss Library Fall Break Hours

Criss Library fall break hours for today 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 http://library.unomaha.edu/information/hours.htm.

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Mav-Rec Campus Recreation Fall Break Reminder for HPER

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Campus Recreation staff reminds patrons of the following Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) of several notices in conjunction with this week's fall break.

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. today through Tuesday, October 18-19. Normal building hours will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Group Exercise:

The following Mav-Rec 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 today, 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.

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Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due at End of Semester

The deadline to submit changes for the 2011-12 UNO Undergraduate Catalog will be later than usual this year. Changes should be submitted to Tim Kaldahl, University Relations, 211 Eppley Administration Building, before Dec. 15.

The implementation of the University General Education curriculum will require extensive changes in the Undergraduate Catalog. The catalog for next year will have a University General Education section developed by the University General Education Committee.  Effective Fall 2011, incoming students will choose from a common set of courses for their university general education requirements which are accepted in all colleges and majors.  

The colleges and degree programs may also have specific college or program requirements, but those requirements are distinct from the university general education requirements and catalog copy will need to be revised to reflect the changes. 

Colleges and programs should begin reviewing their catalog copy, as well as specific requirements, in preparation to submitting catalog copy before the end of the semester.

For more information, call (402) 554.3502.

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Flu Shot Open House This Thursday at SHS

To kick off Student Health Services (SHS) annual Flu Shot Clinics staff will host a Flu Shot Open House at their new Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building location this Thursday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SHS staff encourages faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated against influenza. This year's flu shot will vaccinate against:

- H1N1;

- Influenza A; and

- Influenza B.

Bring your insurance card for Blue Cross Blue Shield reimbursement. The cost is $15 for students with MavCard ID and $20 for faculty and staff.

For upcoming 2010 Flu Shot Clinics, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/flushots.pdf.

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First 2010 United Way Drawing Recipient is (Brie) Alsbury

Thank you to Brie for contributing! The winner of the first 2010 United Way drawing is Bridgette (Brie) Asbury, technology specialist in Customer Services-Information Services. She won a month of "Rock Star" parking. She donated at least $60 by Oct. 8 to be eligible.

As of Oct. 13th, UNO has reached more than 70 percent ($49,176) of its goal of $70,000. 

"Your continued support is important to all of us in the Omaha area community," said Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources. "Please give if you have not already done so."

For more information on this year's UNO-United Way Campaign, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/1004.php#a.

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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 http://sac.unomaha.edu/.

At http://sac.unomaha.edu/, 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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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 unowritingcenter@unomaha.edu.

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Award-Winning Author Lydia Peele to Visit UNO This 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 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 philosophy@unomaha.edu.

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Study Abroad Safety Webinar Thursday

How is it that a college in the United States can be directly impacted by an earthquake in Haiti; or volcanic eruption in Iceland; or flooding in Brazil?  Join Office of Academic and Student Affairs for the webinar "Study Abroad Safety:  Planning, Preparation and Management" to be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 1:00 - 2:30 in the CPACS Commons.

Sponsored by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, this webinar will help faculty and staff in preparing and properly managing a study abroad experience.

For more information, contact Rita M. Henry at rhenry@unomaha.edu.

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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 http://unoconnect.na6.acrobat.com/bb9/

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.
101 CPACS
(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 http://unoconnect.na6.acrobat.com/bb9/class Simply add your name under "Guest" and click "Enter Room."

3) Upgrade Website - http://api.unomaha.edu/blackboard/bb9main.php - 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: http://blackboard.unomaha.edu. (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 unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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UNO to Host Social Security Seminar 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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Danes Bring Gymnastics Show to UNO Fieldhouse This Sunday

Denmark's best gymnasts will perform at 2 p.m. this 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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New Items at Criss Library

The iPad has hit UNO's Criss Library. It is available for in-library use. Stop by the circulation desk to play and explore.

Criss Library staff are also pleased to welcome three new Kindles to its media family. Check out the newest generation of Kindles at the circulation desk for an all-new reading experience.

For more information, call (402) 554.2640.

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New Members Sought for UNO Swing Club

The UNO Swing Club is looking for new members. The group is open to all students, faculty, staff and spouses/significant others. The club meets every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in 239 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HEPRE) Building.

There is no charge to participate; however, individuals must be a HPER card-holder to participate.

- All experience levels welcome;

- Learn about the era;

- Hear great music; and

- Dance.

For more information, contact Emily Harrison at unoswing@gmail.com.

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Available Toner Cartridges Listing

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Limited quantities of toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for department use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at (402) 554.2337.

HP: C4149A, C4150A, C4153A, C3906A, 26, 20, 92, 41A, 51626A, 29, 28 and 11.

Epson: T007201, T048620, T044320, T041020, T018201, 69, S020187, S020093, T007201, T007201, T044220 and T040120.

Lenmark: 4K00199.

Magic color: 2300.

Brother: LC21Y, LC21BK.

LC21C: TN-5000 PF.

Canon: BC-21E.

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at (402) 554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

Can't find it on the list? If departments want to request a particular brand of ink cartridge they can contact Hartle directly as well.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall Omaha's Team schedule, visit http://www.omavs.com/calendar.aspx?.

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit http://www.omavs.com, Twitter at http://twitter.com/omavs or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/omavs.

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