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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."



2010 UNO-United Way Campaign Ends this Week

The 2010 UNO-United Way Campaign will end Friday, Nov. 5.  At the start of this week, the university had met more than 90 percent of its $70,000 goal. This year's theme is "Live United."

"If you have not given to the campaign yet, now is the time to step up and contribute what you can," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen.  "UNO has always been about service to the community, and that service has always included supporting a worthy community-focused organization like the United Way.  Reaching our goal is very important."

UNO faculty and staff have received a user name and password in e-mail messages sent to their university e-mail accounts.  Every contributor has the option of designating a particular organization as well as donating to the general fund. Employees who need help in using the system may come to the Human Resources Office, 205 EAB, or call (402) 554.2321.

Gifts to the United Way address the root causes of the most serious health and human services needs in the metropolitan community. United Way funds programs and services that thousands of individuals and families count on to help them reach their full potential.

"We all win when a child succeeds in school, when parents find financial independence and families have good health," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "Together united, we can inspire hope and create better opportunities for a better tomorrow. That's what it means to ‘Live United.'"

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NUFlex Enrollment Dates Reminder

2011 NUFlex enrollment dates have been announced and this year will begin on Monday, Nov. 15, through 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Although the enrollment information, including the NUFlex Benefits booklet and premium/price tag information won't be available until Nov. 15, benefit eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to begin thinking about the upcoming enrollment period.

Firefly, the university's business portal, will be used to update all employees' benefits ( Although individuals can't view the benefit information for 2011 yet, participants can begin by reviewing their current benefit package online and making sure they are comfortable logging into their personal Firefly account. It will also be possible to make changes to your dental and vision coverage for 2011.

For more information, visit

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Christensen Elected to Serve as CUMU President

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen has been elected to serve as the next president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).  His two-year term runs until 2012. The election came during the organization's annual national conference, which took place in Fresno, Calif., Oct. 24-26.

Christensen has served on the CUMU Executive Committee since October 2008.  He succeeds Steven Diner, chancellor of Rutgers University, who has been CUMU president since 2008.  Information on CUMU is available at The official CUMU press release on the Christensen's election is available by viewing this link.

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Mike Burton Named Manager of Mail Services

UNO Support Services announced today that Mike Burton has accepted the position of Mail Services Manager. Burton was employed in the mailing/shipping industry for 13 years prior to joining UNO in 2001.  He has been the supervisor of Mail Services for the past six years.  Burton replaces Sandy Walling, who retired Nov. 1, after 29 years at UNO.

Burton can be reached at (402) 554.2337.

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FEAP to Offer a Self-Esteem Presentation Today

The Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) will offer a free presentation on "What is Self-Esteem and How Do I Get Some?" today, 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 Today's Panel

'Advertising, Branding, and Social Media - Oh My!' is the focus of today's 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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Feedback Deadline Today 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. Today, Nov. 3, is the last day to respond. The short survey is available online at

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Geography/Geology World Cinema Series Concludes Tonight in Eppley

Tonight, Nov. 3, is the final chance to attend the World Cinema Series offered annually by the UNO Department of Geography/Geology. The screening is free and open to the public.

Tonight's films will be screened in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium the first starting about 6:15 p.m. and the second just after 8 p.m.  

"The films are shown in combination with my course GEOG 3000: Geography in Film," said Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO. "We're inviting people from the UNO community to share in this educational experience."

Films shown in the World Cinema Series come from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Senegal, Singapore and South Africa.

For more information about the films, contact Peterson at

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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UNO Native American Heritage Month Celebration Begins Tomorrow

The annual Native American Heritage Month celebration at UNO begins Thursday, Nov, 4. Events will include a presentation by Fred Leroy, a performance by Ken Little Hawk and a presentation by UNO faculty member Ed Zendejas on mascots. There will also be a dance exhibition and a concert with Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers. All events will be free and open to the public. For a complete listing, visit

Events that are apart of Native American Heritage Month are brought to everyone by: Student Organizations and Leadership Programming, Inter Tribal Student Council, Asian Student Association, Lambda Theta Nu, Department of Native American Studies, International Student Services, The Association of Latino American Students and American Multicultural Students.

For more information, call Valerie Thompson at (402) 554.2711.

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Health Risk Assessment and Enhanced Benefits

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.
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The Health Risk Assessment (HRA) program will be offered again this fall online.  All active (benefits-eligible) employees, retirees and ancillary insureds (who had an e-mail address in SAP as of Oct. 1) have the opportunity to complete the HRA beginning Monday, Nov. 8.  The program will run for four weeks, ending with the 2011 NUFlex enrollment deadline of Friday, Dec. 3. The HRA survey must be completed each year in order to receive the enhanced wellness and preventive services benefit for the following calendar year.

Participation is voluntary; however, by completing this short survey, you will receive a personal health report that will help you assess and monitor your personal health status.  Employees who are enrolled in the university's Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan and complete the HRA will also be eligible for enhanced wellness and preventive services benefits for themselves as well as their covered family members.  

Enhanced wellness and preventive services include:

- Annual preventive care allowance of $300 (for insureds age 2 and over);
- Dependent child (under age 2) preventive care allowance of $600;
- 100 percent coverage, up to a $2,500 maximum, for routine preventive colonoscopy once every 10 years beginning at age 50 (services must be provided by a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Provider); and
- $0 copay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark's mail service.

Note: It is important that you print off the Personal Health Summary as confirmation of having completed the HRA. That will be your only proof of completion and will guarantee you will receive the enhanced benefits.

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 (402) 554.2008, or

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UNO to Host Quit Workshops Next Week

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

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, UNO will host two Quit Workshops to offer information on getting smokers (or those related to smokers) assistance in their efforts. Both will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. The workshops will be offered at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

To register or for more information, go to or call 1.888.866.0843.

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 (402) 554.2008, or

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Sociology Club to Host Documentary Screening on WAL-MART

On Thursday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Auditorium, the Sociology Club will host a free screening of "WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price."

"This is a feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant's assault on families and American values," said John Powers, event organizer. "This movie is an extraordinary journey that will change the way consumer's think, feel -- and shop!"

The event is open to the public and anyone who shops at Wal-Mart is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Powers at

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Presentation on the Scholarship of Engagement Scheduled for Nov. 19

On Friday, Nov. 19, Diane Dobernick, a scholar from Michigan State University (MSU) will give a presentation on MSU's experience, process and results of incorporating flexibility regarding the scholarship of engagement into its reappointment, promotion and tenure guidelines. The presentation will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons. 

This event is will be open to any UNO faculty member or administrator, and is a repeat of a similar presentation Dr. Dobernick will make to CPACS faculty on the morning of the 19th.  Her visit to campus is cosponsored by CPACS and the Center for Faculty Development. 

For more information, contact Sara Woods at

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Human Rights Activist Robert Bernstein to Give Goldstein Lecture Next Week

Robert Bernstein, publisher and human rights activist, will present the 2010 Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall.

Bernstein will lecture on "Are Human Rights Organizations Helping or Hurting Relations between Israel, Palestine and the Arabs?"

Bernstein has devoted his life to the active defense of freedom of expression and to the protection of victims of injustice and abuse throughout the world.  As one of the most influential voices in American publishing for over three decades, he is also a dominant force in the development of the international human rights movement.  Read more.

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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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Maverick Productions Welcomes Girl Talk Nov. 12 at Sokol

Maverick Productions will bring internationally known DJ Girl Talk to Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St., on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.

Student tickets are $7 and can be purchased in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office. Students can purchase up to two tickets with a UNO ID. Public tickets are $16 and can be purchased on Read more.

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UNO Seeks Original Malcolm X Drawings, Paintings for Transformation Project

Area artists are encouraged to submit up to two original drawings and paintings inspired by the life of activist Malcolm X to UNO. The submission deadline is Nov. 15, with selected works announced Dec. 9 at the Thompson Alumni Center.

The three works chosen will be reproduced in this April's Transformation Project's program modules and public promotional materials. Read more.

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Applicants Sought for 2011 Nebraska Certified Public Manager® Program

The Nebraska Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is now accepting applications for its 2011 class.

The Nebraska CPM program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program. The UNO School of Public Administration launched the CPM Program in January of 2009. The program's primary purpose is to foster and encourage the highest possible levels of performance and ethical practice in public and nonprofit managers. Applications for the 2011 Omaha class of Nebraska CPM are due by Tuesday, Nov. 30. Each application will be reviewed upon receipt of completed packets.

For questions about the program, visit or contact Mary Hamilton at or 554.2625.

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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 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. 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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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 27: Greener Ink/Toner Cartridges
Purchase refillable ink/toner cartridges and recycle your old ink/toner cartridges.

(To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, provided 40 "green" tips.)

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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