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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."



Annual Campus Health Fair Today in HPER

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

The annual UNO Health Fair will take place today, 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.

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 should have pre-registered for all lab work. Participants will receive a free continental breakfast following the blood draw. UNO faculty and staff were able to pay for the blood draw and lab work by payroll deduction as well as submit it to Blue Cross Blue Shield.

More information on today's fair 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 (402) 554.2008, or

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UNO Native American Heritage Month Celebration Today

The annual Native American Heritage Month celebration at UNO officially starts today, Nov. 4. Today's event will include a presentation by Fred Leroy from noon to 1:30 p.m. in College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Leroy will speak on "Ponca Restoration: Past and Present."

Other events will include a performance by Ken Little Hawk, a presentation by UNO faculty member Ed Zendejas on mascots as well as 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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Counseling Center to Offer Managing Time Seminar Today

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 today, 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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East Asian Studies Lecture Series to Explore Acupuncture Tonight

At tonight's East Asian Lecture Series, local research scientist Dr. Xiangde (Martin) Liu will explore "The Fundamental Principles of Chinese Acupuncture." His lecture will start at 7 p.m. in 392 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Dr. Liu is assistant professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Liu will:

- Discuss fundamentals of acupuncture;

- Define key terms: chi, acupunctural points, ying and yang;

- Demonstrate its utility in everyday life;

- Explain what pain is;

- Why pain occurs; and

- How to treat pain through acupuncture.

For more information, contact Halla Kim at (402) 554.3934.

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Next Retirement Planning Seminar Nov. 12

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars this month with "Income Options for Retirement." The seminar will take place Friday, Nov. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon (Omaha) Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This seminar will review the basic concepts and income strategies that employees should consider when faced with reoccurring expenses during retirement.

French pastries and coffee will be served.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at (402) 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465.

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EC UNO to Host Nov. 16 Sustainable Transportation Speaker

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a talk by Bill Moore, editor of online magazine EV World, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Faculty, staff and students can listen to Moore speak about electric cars. For magazine details, visit

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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Campus Holiday Open House Scheduled for Dec. 7

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. The event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Dec. 1, to Bob Cairns, at (402) 554.2311 or

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Dodge Location Intra-Campus Shuttle Details

As of Nov. 1, the Intra-Campus Shuttle Service on the Dodge Location 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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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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Nov. 20 Dance Marathon to Support Local AIDS Organizations

Hundreds of area high school and college students will dance for much of the evening and through the overnight hours on Saturday, Nov. 20, to increase awareness and raise money to fight HIV and AIDS locally and globally.

The World AIDS Day dance marathon runs from 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, in the Milo Bail Student Center.

The fundraiser, organized by the UNO Service-Learning Academy, is open to local high school and college students. Visit to register; online registration is required for participation. Read more.

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Parking Notice for Football Saturdays

Campus Parking staff reminds commuters of 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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Thompson Center Offering Free and Discounted Holiday Room Rentals

The holidays are just around the corner, and now is a great time to plan your party. To help, the Thompson Center at UNO is spreading a bit of early holiday cheer — free room rentals for weekday nights in December and 50 percent savings on weekend rental rates for holiday parties booked in December and January.

The discount is good for personal holiday parties hosted by UNO faculty, staff or students and for the organizations to which they belong. The free weekday rentals (Monday through Thursday) in December could amount to a savings of more than $400.

The beautiful Thompson Center is tastefully decorated each holiday season, and Brandeis Catering is ready to help plan a memorable celebration. The center also offers:

- A convenient, midtown location

- Versatile room spaces

- State-of-the-art A/V and Wi-Fi capabilities

- Exceptional catering options

- Free and available parking on-site

The UNO Alumni Association provides free room rental on any date or time to UNO groups for meetings, retreats, receptions and conferences related to university business. This year, that now includes holiday parties — a help to campus groups facing a budget pinch.

Room descriptions, policies and pricing, and the entire catering menu can be found at

For more information call Greg Trimm at (402) 554.3368 or e-mail

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