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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.



Bell Tower Challenge, Tour the Tower Set to Benefit the Food Bank

Eta Sigma Gamma's 17th Annual Bell Tower Challenge and Tour the Tower for the Food Bank for the Heartland will take place at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 20. In the Bell Tower Challenge, teams of three people stack cans as the Bell Tower bells strike noon. Teams compete for awards for the most creative team, the most enthusiastic team and the team that stacks the most food cans.

A new feature this year is the Tour the Tower. From 10 to 11:45 a.m. people who donate at least two food cans or at least $5 can ascend the tower for a brief tour--on a first-come, first-served basis. James Johnson, a UNO music professor, and UNO music student Shannon Richards have agreed to play the campanile and answer questions for those who Tour the Tower. Read more.

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Author Lydia Peelle to Visit Campus

The UNO Writer's Workshop will host a reading by award-winning fiction writer Lydia Peelle on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. She will read from her recent collection, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing.

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.

A discussion and book signing will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public. For information, please contact Miles Waggener at (402) 554.2151.

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Study Abroad Safety Webinar Takes Place Oct. 21

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 to 2:30 p.m. 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 Henry at

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E-mail Application Survey Now Online

The University Committee on Technology Resources, Services & Planning is collecting information about what features UNO faculty and staff prefer in an e-mail application. The group has created a short online survey.

The survey's web address: .

The survey takes less than five minutes to fill out and is anonymous.

Please note that the University Committee on Technology Resources, Services & Planning does not make decisions with regards to future changes to the e-mail system. However, the committee is committed to making sure that the wishes of the faculty and staff are presented to those who will be making the decisions.

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UNO Receives Top Ranking from Military Times

The Military Times has named UNO as one of the nation's best colleges for military veterans. More than 4,000 college and universities were invited to take part in the 2010 survey.

UNO placed 19th in the national rankings, which examined financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services. This was the first year UNO received this ranking, but the university has also been honored by several military-focused publications and organizations in recent years. Read more.

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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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Criss Library Needs Volunteers for Web Site Study

The UNO Criss Library is seeking students, faculty and staff members 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study analyzing the navigability and content of the UNO Library Web site.

Study subjects will be asked to complete a list of tasks within the UNO Library Website and complete a short anonymous survey. Anyone interested in participating in the research study or who would like more information can contact Rene Erlandson at

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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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Brown Bag Session to Focus on Arts and Humanities Funding

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research will hold a brown bag information session focused on funding for the arts and humanities on Wednesday, Nov. 10, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Representatives from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Humanities Council will lead the session and discuss their grant programs. Drinks and dessert will be provided and those interested in attending are welcome to bring their lunch. For more information, call (402) 554.2286.

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Candy, Volunteers Sought for Annual Mav Kids Halloween Party

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 Medina at 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, go to

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Study Abroad Information Session Focuses on Norway

UNO students interested in study abroad in Norway can meet with Professor Carl Erik Moe from the University of Agder on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in 279 Peter Kiewit Institute from 3 to 4 p.m.

Six to eight scholarships will be available for the 2011 fall semester exchange program to the University of Agder. For more information, e-mail Emily Hardt at for more information.

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Online Workshop to Focus on Problem Faculty

The Center for Faculty Development will host an online workshop, "Seven Steps for Dealing with Problem Faculty" on Thursday, Oct. 28 in 231 Criss Library.

Kent Crookstorn, a professor at Brigham Young University, will lead the session.

Academic administrators, department chairs, deans, unit directors and faculty members are all encouraged to attend. The session begins at noon.

Crookston conducted a survey last year that indicated the top concern of department chairs is dealing with problem faculty. He will discuss his finding and offer ways to address this issue.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. For more information or to register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or at

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CPACS to Host Student Open House Nov. 13

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service host an open house on Saturday, Nov. 13 for students of all ages.

The event is open to UNO students who are interested in a major in the college, as well as prospective high school, transfer and adult students.

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Read more.

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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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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

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John Bartle, director of the School of Public Administration, has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). He will be inducted Thursday, Nov. 18, at the academy's fall meeting in Washington, D.C.

An independent, non-partisan, nonprofit corporation chartered by the U. S. Congress, NAPA provides trusted advice to government agencies on issues of governance and public management. Under its congressional charter, the academy is charged with advancing the effectiveness of government at all levels--federal, state and local. Read more.

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