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Three Days of Service

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Volunteers from UNO, UNMC and Omaha high schools all lent a hand for UNO's annual Three Days of Service program held October 16, 18 and 19th in Omaha and Council Bluffs. The volunteers helped build houses in North Omaha for Habitat for Humanity and a playground in Council Bluffs.

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Mammel Ribbon Cutting

Mammel Ribbon Cutting

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Formal dedication ceremonies for UNO's new Mammel Hall included an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Left to right in the photo are: UNO student Jessica O'Connor, Ruth and Bill Scott, Carl Mammel, UNO student Nick Britton, Dean Louis Pol and Virginia Schmid.



Former Paralympian to Speak Today for Disability Awareness Month

The UNO Network For Disability Awareness will host guest speaker Bruce Froendt at noon today, Oct. 26, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom as a part of Disability Awareness Month.

Froendt is a former Paralympian who will share his inspirational journey. His remarks are designed to motivate and encourage others to change perceptions toward disability.

The Network For Disability Awareness is a division of UNO Student Government. The office works to build student relationships between disabled and non-disabled students on campus through events and projects. For more information, call Lindsey Moore at (402) 554.2368.

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Flu Shot Clinics This Week on Campus

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer flu shot clinics at eight campus locations this week. No appointment is necessary.

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

  • H1N1
  • Influenza A
  • Influenza B

The cost is $15 for students with MavCard ID and $20 for faculty and staff. Bring your insurance card for Blue Cross Blue Shield reimbursement. Those planning to get a vaccination should remember to wear appropriate clothing for a shot in the arm.

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

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Film Streams to Screen Emmy-Winning 'Inaugural Ride'

Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater will present a special screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary "An Inaugural Ride to Freedom" and post-show Q&A with director Omowale Akintunde today, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.

Akintunde is the chair of the UNO Black Studies Department. Earlier this year, "An Inaugural Ride to Freedom" won an Emmy Award for Best Cultural Documentary from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Heartland Chapter. Read more.

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Mammel Hall to Host Women's Conference Webcast Today

Mammel Hall, the new home of the UNO College of Business Administration, will host a free live webcast of Maria Shriver's Women's Conference today, Oct. 26. The campus community and public are welcome to attend.

The day starts at 9:15 a.m. when doors open and ends at 1:30 p.m. The Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN) is the event sponsor. The webcast will take place in Mammel Hall's Executive MBA Suite.

The online broadcast will open with the California First Lady Maria Shriver and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. The event and its sessions originate in Long Beach, Calif. Other speakers and guests:

  • Personal finance expert Suze Orman.
  • News anchor Brian Williams will host a conversation with Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman of Nike Inc.; Nick Kristof, New York Times columnist; and Howard Schultz, chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company. The topic title is "Men Who Get It – Values, Vision, and Voice."
  • News anchor Campbell Brown will moderate a discussion with Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo! Inc.; Anne Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox Corporation; Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; and Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. Blair Christie, senior vice president for Corporate Communications at Cisco, will host the session. The topic title is "It's Time to Talk About What Happens When Women Lead."

Those who attend are invited to bring their lunch or purchase it at Mammel Hall.

For more information, contact Leeds at

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2010 Club and Organization Academy for Students Set for 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 Commons Room 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 is Oct. 30 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, 1110 S. 67th St. 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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Emerging Leaders Nominations Sought

The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will accept Emerging Leaders nominations through Sunday, 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. Faculty or staff members must nominate students. 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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Next 'Maverick Monday' Is This Friday

Future UNO Mavericks will converge on campus this week for Pre-Admissions and Orientation's "Maverick Monday." And Maverick Monday, this week, is Friday.

"We're switching it up and holding it on a Friday to accommodate for Millard Public Schools day off where students are required to do a college visit or career shadow," said Lamarr Womble, assistant director of Pre-Admissions and Orientation.

Six of the open house programs are held each year for high school students from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

"This is a great opportunity to visit campus if you haven't already done so," Womble said. "Maverick Mondays consists of a host of different events that provides students with a taste of college life."

On Friday, Oct. 29, students and their parents will be given the opportunity to meet with UNO representatives from academic departments and to take part in discussions on admission requirements and financial aid. Campus and housing tours will also be offered.

8:15 a.m. to noon Maverick Monday schedule:

  • Free breakfast;
  • College and academic department fair;
  • Interactive Maverick millionaire game;
  • Students/parent panel;
  • Campus tours; and
  • Optional housing and college tours of the Pacific Location.

If interested in attending, registration is available through MavSpace at

For more information, contact Womble at 554.3517 or

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University Honors Program/American Red Cross Campus Blood Drive Nov. 2

The University Honors Program will team up with the American Red Cross for a campus blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 2, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Signing up for an appointment in advance is easy--go to, click "Make a Donation Appointment", and enter sponsor code 1671.

University Honors Program staff and students remind everyone that any UNO community member donation can save up to three lives and this drive alone can help many people in need with your assistance. Please help the Honors Program and the American Red Cross give the gift of life.

Contact Marie Schellenberger at with any questions.

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FEAP to Offer a Self-Esteem Presentation on Nov. 3

The Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) will offer a free presentation on "What is Self-Esteem and How Do I Get Some?" on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Julie Luzarraga, with the Center of Counseling and Psychotherapy, will be the presenter.

Luzarraga who holds licenses in both LICSW and DCSW will help participants:

  • Define self-esteem;
  • Describe the implications of low self-esteem;
  • Identify the own areas of low self-esteem; and
  • Offer tools to enhance self-esteem.

All participants are invited to bring a lunch. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Marlene Scheider at

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Veterans Day Commemoration to Feature Former Sen. Chuck Hagel

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the UNO Veterans Day commemoration and reception from 3 to 4 p.m. on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

The program will celebrate and honor American veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Guests of honor include former U. S. Senator Chuck Hagel; John Christensen, UNO chancellor; Michael McGinnis, executive director of the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute; the UNO Air Force ROTC Color Guard; and UNO military and veteran student speakers.

For more information, contact Gina Toman (402) 554.4832.

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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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Bales Named Music Teacher of the Year in Nebraska

Kenton Bales, a UNO professor of music, was named Teacher of the Year at the Nebraska Music Teachers Association Conference held at Hastings College earlier this month.

Bales' music has received awards from the American Composers Foundation; the Society of Composers, Inc.; the Nebraska Arts Council; the Mid-America Arts Alliance; the Burlington Northern Foundation; and the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. His Plain Variations for piano won honorable mention in the Music Teachers National Association Distinguished Composer of the Year competition. Read more.

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