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Halloween Parade

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Candy and costumes were the order of the day Friday (10-29) as children and staff from UNO's Child Care Center made their way across the campus to collect treats.

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Students Meet Oracle of Omaha

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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."



Nov. 17 Hoagland Lecture to Focus on 2010 Election

It's midterm elections across the U.S. today. Two nationally recognized political pollsters will discuss the outcomes of the 2010 election at UNO on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Neil Newhouse and Peter Hart will present for the 2010 Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series, hosted by the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service and the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the event starting at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The Nov. 17 lecture is free and open to the public. Read more.

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Campus Budget Forum Set for Nov. 18

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Chris Kabourek, director of budget for the University of Nebraska system, will give a presentation at the forum. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

"Chris Kabourek does an excellent job explaining the budget process and makes it comprehensible to the layperson," Christensen said.   "I know faculty, staff and students can all get better understanding of the ‘big picture' view of the challenges we face by coming to this talk."

After Kabourek speaks, Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley will focus on UNO's part of the overall University of Nebraska system budget.

The final speaker on the forum agenda is Ron Withem, University of Nebraska associate vice president and director of Government Relations.  He will discuss the upcoming Unicameral session and university advocacy. 

There will be time for questions from the audience to be addressed, as well.  For more information, call (402) 554.3502.

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Annual NCNW Heritage Ball This Friday

The UNO section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will host its sixth Annual Heritage Ball this Friday, Nov. 5, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

At the event, UNO's NCNW will celebrate its 11-year charter with the historic national chapter.  The annual ball will start at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner and keynote by UNO College of Education faculty member Carol Mitchell, followed by a 9 p.m. formal dance.

"The Heritage Ball is a social event that celebrates the rich legacy of African-American culture by honoring and awarding those who have contributed to the betterment of the community, as well as those who have demonstrated involvement in strong leadership," said Brandee Alexander, president of UNO's NCNW chapter.

Omowale Akintunde, chair of the Department of Black Studies, will receive the chapter's Special Recognition Award.

The cost:

- Entire Ball
$25 for individuals, $35 for couples or $175 for table of eight

- Dance-only
$5 for students or $7 for non-students

For tickets or more information, contact Alexander at (402) 714.7303 or

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Dodge Location Intra-Campus Shuttle Begins This Week

As of Nov. 1, the Intra-Campus Shuttle Service on the Dodge Location now operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

The shuttle circles the Dodge Location only, making short stops at:

- the three-way intersection south of Lot Q;

- west of Lot K along University Drive South;

- north of the Durham Science Center;

- north of Milo Bail Student Center; and

- east of Kayser Hall.

This Shuttle Service will operate until March 18.

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FEAP to Offer a Self-Esteem Presentation This Wednesday

The Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) will offer a free presentation on "What is Self-Esteem and How Do I Get Some?" this 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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Social Media, Branding is Focus of Tomorrow's Panel

'Advertising, Branding, and Social Media - Oh My!' is the focus of a Wednesday, Nov. 3, panel presentation for Adam Tyma's Introduction to Mass Communication class.

The presentation, which begins at 1 p.m. in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, will feature the following panelists:

- Dusty Davidson, BrightMix

- Megan Hunt, Princess Lasertron

- Jerilyn Kamm, UNO School of Communication

- Wendy Townley, UNO University Relations

"The worlds of marketing, advertising and public relations have been acutely changed by one thing: social media," Tyma said. "Join our panelists and classmates to learn about, ask questions on and discuss this changing world with those who are seeing it, teaching it and living it first hand."

The event will also be updated on Twitter, using the hashtag #JOUR1500Pnl3. Contact Tyma at for more information.

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'Conceptual Component of Advising' Webinar Nov. 3

The "Conceptual Component of Advising: Developing the Purpose, Values, and Frameworks for Why We Do What We Do" is the title of the next webinar from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 3. It will be broadcast on campus from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Coffee and cookies are provided courtesy of the Office of Faculty Development.

For more information, contact Rita M. Henry at

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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 poet Joanna Baillie this 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.

A renowned poet, Baillie also was a playwright who was 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 on Baillie, visit

For more information, contact Lisabeth Buchelt at

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Annual Campus Health Fair This Thursday

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

The annual UNO Health Fair will take place this Thursday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 128 of the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

The fair is presented by UNO Student Health and Mav-Rec Wellness as part of its ongoing effort to inform, educate and empower the campus community to adapt a healthier lifestyle. This year because of the bigger venue the event is open to the Omaha community.

The fair will feature an affordable blood draw, free screenings, free chair massages, more than 50 vendors, door prizes and much more. UNO faculty, staff and students can sign up for the health screen blood draw ($27), hemoglobin A1C screen and/or PSA for men ($12) at Student Health Services prior to the health fair.

Blood draw consists of 40 tests including: cholesterol, diabetes screen, thyroid, kidney and liver tests. A 12-hour fast is required for all lab work, and everyone must pre-register for all lab work. Everyone will receive a free continental breakfast following the blood draw. UNO faculty and staff can pay for the blood draw and lab work by payroll deduction as well as submit it to Blue Cross Blue Shield.

More information can be found on the Campus Recreation website at

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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Author, Translator and Poet Matthew Zapruder to Visit UNO

The UNO Writer's Workshop will host award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder, who will read from his new book Come on All You Ghosts, this Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center's Dodge Room. A discussion and book signing will follow the reading.

Zapruder is the author of three collections of poetry: American Linden (Tupelo Press, 2002), The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon, 2006), selected by Tony Hoagland as the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Come on All You Ghosts, published by Copper Canyon in Fall of 2010. Read more.

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Service Learning Discussion to Focus on Media Relations

The Service-Learning Academy will host a talk focused on getting media publicity for service-learning projects on Friday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center's Gallery Room. Wendy Townley, assistant director of media relations in University Relations, will lead the discussion.

Townley plans to focus on why it is important to get the word out to the media about service learning and what best practices are for working with television and print reporters. There will be time for questions.

To register for the session, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz, (402) 554.2712 or

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Criss Library to Host Session on 'Social Media in the College Classroom'

The campus community is invited to a discussion set for Friday, Nov. 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Criss Library Faculty Study that will focus on Social Media.

Adam Tyma, assistant professor of the School of Communications, will share his insights and ongoing research on 21st century technology and its impact in the university setting.

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mavlink/PeopleSoft Training/Overview Sessions Offered

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The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team has added several records and registration training/overview sessions for faculty and staff through February 2011.

Please visit the training calendar at to register. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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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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Parking Notice for Football Saturdays

Campus Parking staff announces arrangements for Saturday game-day parking:

- Lots O and R will be reserved

- Lots M, N, Q and the parking structure on University Drive East will be paid parking for visitors starting three hours before kickoff.

- All other lots will be open as normal.

- Vehicles with a valid UNO parking permit can park in any game-day pay lot for free.

To view a parking map, visit For more information, contact the Parking Department at 554.PARK (7275).

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NSSLHA Basketball Tournament to Benefit Hope Center

The UNO National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter will host a basketball tournament to help raise money for the Hope Center for Kids. The event will take place at Sapp Fieldhouse this Sunday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Games will consist of 3-on-3 teams. Each team is allowed to have a maximum of 5 players, and three must be playing at all times. The top two teams from each bracket will receive prizes.

A registration form is available online at The registration fee is $25 per team.

All of the money raised will go to the Hope Center to help with after-school education programs.

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SPR to Host Nov. 10 Brown Bag on 'Funding for the Arts and Humanities'

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) holds brown bag sessions throughout the academic year featuring research- and creative activity-related topics.

SPR staff members are pleased to welcome representatives from two local funding agencies who will discuss their grant programs and answer questions for faculty and staff about funding for the arts and humanities. Join them for:

Funding for the Arts and Humanities
Wednesday, Nov. 10
The brown bag will feature representatives from the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities Council
Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Drinks and dessert will be provided. Feel free to bring a lunch and questions.

Call (402) 554.2286 for more information.

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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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UNO Public Administration Professor Elected a Fellow for NAPA
The National Academy of Public Administration announced last month that John Bartle, the director of the School of Public Administration at UNO, has been elected to become a 2010 Fellow for the organization. Only 30 new fellows were named.

"This is a great honor for Dr. Bartle and it reflects the breadth and depth of his academic career," said B.J. Reed, dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service.  "John has been a national leader for Public Administration for years and years."

The formal induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with 2010 Fall Meeting and the James E. Webb Lecture and Dinner being held on Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Renaissance Marriott hotel located at 999 9th Street in Washington, DC.

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