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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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Early Morning Shadows

Early Morning Shadows

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The plaza of UNO's Milo Bail Student Center is the perfect place to catch up on e-mails and studying during a week of beautiful fall weather.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is at half-staff today, Oct. 21, in honor of student Cory Geise.

Geise, 26, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering with the College of Engineering, died from injuries sustained in a car accident on Oct. 16.

A 10 a.m. memorial service will take place today at Community of Christ Church, 116 W. Kanesville Blvd., Council Bluffs, Iowa. Read more.

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UNO Magazine Publishes Third Edition

The third edition of UNO Magazine was mailed earlier this week.  More than 70,000 homes connected to UNO - alumni, supporters and others - will receive a copy.

"This edition has a special focus on health – mind, body and soul," said Anthony Flott, the magazine's editor.  "It's a topic that encompasses a great deal with numerous articles of relevance."

The campus community and public can view the current issue online at Visitors can read the magazine as an online "flipbook," download it as a PDF or read individual story and department pages.

Responsibility for the magazine is shared between UNO, the UNO Alumni Association and the University of Nebraska Foundation. The next edition of the magazine, set for the fall semester, will focus on crime and justice.

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Flu Shot Open House Today at SHS New HPER Location

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 today, 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. SHS is now located on the first floor of HPER near the atrium.

For next week's 2010 Flu Shot Clinic schedule, visit

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OLLAS Charla/Sociology Colloquium Today at Noon

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Department of Sociology/Anthropology will team up for today's "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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Study Abroad Safety Webinar Today

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 today's webinar on "Study Abroad Safety:  Planning, Preparation and Management." It will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

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

For more information, contact Rita M. Henry at

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2010 Club and Organization Academy for Students Next Wednesday

Student Organizations Leadership Programs (SOLP) will present the first installment of the Club and Organization Academy for Students on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Several topics will be covered including a session on group dynamics, fundraising and budgeting as well as a panel discussion.

All sessions will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons from 4 to 8 p.m.

The schedule:

4 to 5 p.m.
Fundraising and Budgeting

5 to 6 p.m.
Panel Discussion on three topics: (1) Working with Your Organization Advisor, (2) What Advisors Expect from Students, and (3) Successful Experiences Working with Their Organizations

6 to 7 p.m.
How to Run a Meeting

7 to 8 p.m.
Group Dynamics

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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Walk for Child Rights Next Saturday at UNO

The Indian Student Association is planning a CRY Walk on Saturday, Oct. 30, at UNO.

Sign-in and free refreshments begin at 9:30 a.m. at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Participants will walk through Elmwood Park back to the UNO campus that morning.

A $10 minimum donation is required for each participant, and walkers must register and pay prior to Oct. 30. Walkers will receive a CRY Walk T-shirt and be entered into drawings for various prizes. Read more.

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Free Screening of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Oct. 30

The UNO UFO Study Group will be sponsor a screening of the film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" on Saturday, Oct. 30, starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to anyone who would like to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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Nebraska Space Grant Now Accepting NASA EPSCoR Pre-Proposals

In anticipation of the upcoming National NASA EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) call for proposals, the NASA Nebraska Space Grant is now issuing a call for pre-proposals from UNO faculty members as well as other affiliate researchers throughout the state. The official call for research pre-proposals, including full information on the EPSCoR award, can be downloaded from

Deadlines are, Wednesday, Nov. 3, for required "Letter of Intent," and Wednesday, Nov. 17, for "Research Pre-Proposal" submission. Address any questions to Michael Sibbernsen at

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UCRCA Faculty Minigrant Proposals

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting faculty minigrant proposals during the 2010/2011 academic year. Applications will be accepted monthly beginning Monday, Nov. 1. The guidelines and forms for UCRCA minigrant applications are available on the Sponsored Programs & Research (SPR) web page at

For questions and assistance, contact SPR at (402) 554.2286 or e-mail

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UCRCA Funding Available for UNO Students

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting student applications for the 2010/2011 academic year.  The committee is pleased to provide research and travel support for UNO undergraduate students and research support only for UNO graduate students. Requests for graduate student travel are being supported through the Office of Graduate Studies. 

Graduate students interested in applying for travel grants should contact UNO's Office of Graduate Studies at (402) 554.2341.

Student applications are being accepted monthly beginning Monday, Nov. 1, and are due on the first working day of the month. The application forms and guidelines for submission are available on the SPR web page:

For questions and assistance, contact SPR at (402) 554.2286 or

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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 this 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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Maverick Productions to Host Screening of 'The Blind Side' Tomorrow

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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Danes Bring Gymnastics Show to 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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Women's Resource Center to Host Dating Violence Event

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) 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 on the UNO campus.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.2. will perform an interactive theater skit about date rape and dating violence. Attendees will learn how to avoid being passive bystanders and instead help solve such problems. Read more.

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Mav-Rec Massage Therapy Rooms Now Open in HPER

Wellness Graphic

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Mav-Rec Campus Recreation's brand-new Massage Therapy Rooms are now operational in 229 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. 

"For those of you stressed, tight/sore or just in need of a nap in a quiet, out-of-the-way place -- relief is available in 229 HPER," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instruction programs. "To introduce our new program, we are offering an October Special of $10 off all massages."

To schedule an appointment or to find out more information, contact the Massage Therapy Room directly at (402) 554.3016 and leave a message after "Option #5."  A massage therapist will return calls within 24-hours.

Note: The Massage Card ( is the regular pricing. The October Special ( $10 off is the offer, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 31.

The mission of Mav-Rec 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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