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Top UNO School of Communication and College of Business Administration students met with Omaha investor Warren Buffett on Friday, Oct. 22. Following a two-hour question and answer session, Buffett invited them to a steak and root beer float lunch at Piccolo Pete's. Students from the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, Pepperdine, California-San Diego, University of Denver, University of South Dakota and Villanova were among those in attendance with students from UNO.

The day began with Bob Batt's private tour of Nebraska Furniture Mart and ended with a private tour of Borsheim's. This was the first of several such sessions Buffett will hold during the 2010-11 academic year with students from around the nation. UNO has been invited for the past five years to participate.

"Mr. Buffett discusses business and life in answering a wide range of student questions," said School of Communication Director Jeremy Lipschultz. "He's giving his time and energy to help influence the next generation, and we are extremely thankful for his sincere interest in helping to teach our students."

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Plastics Focus of 10-10-10 Conference Presentation

David Corbin's presentation on tossed away plastics had his audience at the 10-10-10 conference thinking about recycling, reuse . . . and art. This story was written and created by student Brandon Bartling.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is at half-staff today -- Monday, Nov. 1 -- for student Matthew J. Davis, who passed away on Aug. 12. Davis was a sophomore in the College of Business Administration.

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Scott Snyder Reception Set for Nov. 12

Faculty, staff and students are invited to meet and greet Scott Snyder, UNO's recently appointed associate vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity.

A welcoming reception will take place Friday, Nov. 12, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Anyone planning to attend is asked to R.S.V.P. to Christine Hoffman at by Monday, Nov. 8.

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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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Nov. 6 Conference Aimed to Support English Teachers

National statistics point to English teachers having the highest rate of educator burnout. In Omaha, an organization exists that is dedicated to supporting English teachers, and is actively involved in the community.

Metropolitan English Teacher Link (MET Link) is a collaborative effort by the UNO College of Education and the UNO English Department to develop and support English teachers. As part of their work, MET Link will host the second annual MET Link Conference on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Thompson Alumni Center.

The conference will feature renowned author and educator Kelly Gallagher. As the keynote speaker, Gallagher will present on his recent book, Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It, which argues that American schools are actively, though unwittingly, furthering the decline of reading. Read more.

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Human Resources Plans Sessions on ADA/FMLA

The American with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act are two distinct employment laws that occasionally work together to provide the guidelines for individuals with disabilities and/or medical leave. Human Resources combined both acts into one professional development program.

The American with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAAA) was amended to include a broader scope for individuals with disabilities. Any individual in a supervisory capacity--including faculty, staff or students--may wish to attend. Sharon Ulmar, director of Equal Opportunity will conduct the program, which will cover:

  • new amendments to ADA;
  • who qualifies a disabled individual;
  • what is reasonable accommodation; and
  • what are the responsibilities of those in a supervisory capacity.

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees. The overview will be presented by Esther Scarpello, UNO fringe benefits manager. The objectives for the overview are:

  • understanding the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act;
  • assisting supervisors in comprehending University leave policies and procedures; and
  • utilizing leave policies and supervisory tools to balance family lifestyles

Both ADA and FMLA programs are scheduled in one session on Friday, Nov. 12, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room or from 2 to 3:30 p.m in the MBSC U Mo Ho Room. To register, contact Human Resources at (402) 554.2321.

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2010 UNO-United Way Drawing Recipient is Janine Brooks

Thank you to Janine Brooks for contributing. The winner of the latest 2010 UNO-United Way drawing is Brooks, staff assistant in the Department of Chemistry. She won center ice hockey tickets, Mavs vs. North Dakota, for Nov. 20.

As of Oct. 28, UNO has reached more than 88 percent of its goal of $70,000.

"Let's meet and exceed that mark!" said Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources. "Please give if you have not already done so."

The UNO-United Way campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 5. For more information on this year's UNO-United Way Campaign, visit

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Department of English to Present Talk on Poet Joanna Baillie

The Department of English will sponsor a talk on 19th century playwright and poet Joanna Baillie on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Thomas McLean, University of Otago, New Zealand, will present the talk from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Baillie was a woman engaged with the major literature and theatre writers of her time. She was a friend and colleague of British Literary figures Sir Walter Scott, Robert Southey, Felicia Hemans as well as American writers Nathaniel Parker Willis, Charles Summer and Catherine Sedgwick.

For more information, contact Lisabeth Buchelt at

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Film, TV Producer Returns to Omaha for Nov. 6 Seminar

Film and television producer Howard Rosenman ('Father of the Bride,' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer') returns to Omaha with his inside look at producing for the screen -- 'The Hollywood Sell.'

After an introductory seminar last January in downtown Omaha, Rosenman returns with his day-long seminar. Hosted by the UNO Department of Theatre and presented in conjunction with the Omaha Film Festival, the seminar is Saturday, Nov. 6, in the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more.

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Counseling Center to Offer Managing Time Seminar

The UNO Counseling Center will offer a free seminar on managing time. All members of the campus community are invited to come and learn how to juggle life's responsibilities.

The session, titled "Managing Time, When There Is Never Enough -- Juggling Life Seminar," takes place Thursday, Nov. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call Stephanie Kros at (402) 554.2409

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Feedback Sought for SAC/HR MyPyramid Survey

The UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Human Resources recently sponsored an event called the MyPyramid Scavenger Hunt. The UNO community can participate in a survey to help plan for future events such as the Oct. 8 event.

All submissions are anonymous and the survey is split into two sections: those who participated and those who did not. The deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 3. The short survey is available online at

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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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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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Money Smart Nebraska Week Returns for Third Campaign

Nebraska banks, schools, businesses, non-profits and government agencies will join together to help consumers better manage their finances during the third annual statewide Money Smart Nebraska Week taking place Nov. 8 to 14. More than 200 free financial education classes and events will take place across the state during the week.

UNO will offer two special events hosted by the UNO Center for Economic Education, College of Business Administration and College of Education. These events are free and open to anyone in the UNO campus community and public. The events:

  • Mark Krings of the National Student Loan Program will present the '3 Easy Steps to Repaying Your Student Loan' on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Mammel Hall Auditorium. He will discuss easy to understand strategies for successfully repaying loans and planning for life after college.
  • Mary Lynn Reiser, UNO Center for Economic Education, will present "Understanding your Credit Reports and History" on Thursday, Nov. 11, in Kayser Hall 224 at 3 p.m. She will talk about how credit reports are used and how they can affect a person's future purchases and use of credit.

The statewide Money Smart Nebraska effort is coordinated by the Nebraska Financial Education Coalition, a diverse group of more than 100 Nebraska organizations working together to promote personal financial literacy. The goal of the coalition is to help all Nebraskans--no matter the age--become better educated on how to successfully manage their personal finances.

To learn more about the week and to view the complete calendar of events, visit

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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 (HPER) 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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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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