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September Employee of the Month: Gregory Hoff

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Gregory Hoff was selected as the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Employee of the Month for September. An Omaha native, Hoff received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University, an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree in information science from UNO. Visit this link for details.

Through the Lens

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Halloween Parade

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



'Consider This' to Conduct Midterm 2010 Wrap Up

On the next edition of "Consider This" Election 2010. Host Cathy Wyatt and guests will answer questions about the recent midterm elections.

Wyatt's guests will include Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science, UNO; Vic Covalt, Democratic chair, Nebraska; and Jordan McGrain, Republican executive director, Nebraska.

The program will air today, Nov. 5, at 12:30 p.m. on NET 2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at for dates and times.

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Today's Service Learning Discussion Postponed

Today’s Service Learning discussion has been postponed until a late date. Watch eNotes for the rescheduled date.

The Service-Learning Academy will host a talk focused on getting media publicity for service-learning projects today, 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 Today's Session on 'Social Media in the College Classroom'

The campus community is invited to a discussion today, 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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'Branding and Self-Image Workshop: Perception is Reality' Set for Nov. 10

Multicultural Affairs and Student Organization and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host a workshop for students to learn about the types of messages sent by how they dress and present themselves without speaking. "Branding and Self-Image Workshop: Perception is Reality" will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

Crystalynn Garnatz of Crystalynn Beauty will be the presenter. Her session will focus on how to create an effective positive outward image in the classroom, career and personal life.

Multicultural Affairs and SOLP staff invite students interested in branding themselves for success to attend the workshop.

For more information, call (402) 554.2248.

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'Preventing Alcohol Use and Abuse in Adolescence' Lecture Nov. 11

UNO faculty members and graduate students interested in adolescent research are invited to attend a lecture by Melissa Tibbits, assistant professor of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The Thursday, Nov. 11, lecture will be held in 211 College of Public Affairs and Community Service from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or For more information about the lecture, contact Jukka Savolainen at (402) 554.2610 or

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CFD to Host Howard Gardner's Five Minds for the Future Book Discussion

All faculty members interested in a discussion of Howard Gardner's Five Minds for the Future are invited to join us on Friday, Nov. 12, in the Criss Library Faculty Lounge from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register or receive a copy of this book, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or Refreshments will be provided.

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UNO Library Friends Book Discussion of Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center. The discussion leader will be Patrick Wheeler, a member of the UNO Environmental
Studies Faculty. All are welcome to attend. 

For additional information, contact Linda Riviera at (402) 554.2640.

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Boren Awards Rep on Campus Nov. 17

The UNO Study Abroad program will host an upcoming campus visit for a Boren Awards representative on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.  

The Boren Scholarships provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, and fields of study, as well as application procedures can be found at   

For more information, contact UNO's campus representative, Emily Hardt, at, or the contact the Boren Awards at 1.800.618.NSEP or

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Volunteers Sought for Walking Speed Study at Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility

Volunteers over the age of 40 are needed to help study the impact of walking speed in middle age and elderly. Volunteers will be asked to walk on a treadmill at your self-selected pace and above and below this self-selected pace. Each condition will last approximately five minutes and the total visit to the lab is one-hour. Results of the study may provide a basic understanding of our optimal walking strategies. 

Contact Jeff Kaipust at or (402) 554.3238 if interested or for more information.

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Film, TV Producer Returns to Omaha This Saturday for 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 Department of Theatre and presented in conjunction with the Omaha Film Festival, the seminar is this 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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Money Smart Nebraska Week Returns for Third Campaign Next Week

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 Monday through Sunday, Nov. 8-14. 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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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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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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In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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In The News

In the News

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was featured in the Oct. 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the trend of "brain gain" in Nebraska.

- Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, conducted interviews recently with Radio Australia about Afghanistan and Iran, and with NPR about past and current conditions in Afghanistan.

- Student Gabriel Gutierrez was quoted in the Oct. 31 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the Association of Latino American Students' (ALAS) recent graffiti clean-up project in South Omaha. Gutierrez also serves as ALAS president.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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On Stage

Ensemble A.M.I. to Perform 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Ensemble A.M.I., (Artificial Music Initiative), the computer and electronic music ensemble of the UNO, will perform all the music from Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album on Thursday, Nov. 18.

Conducted by bassist Luke Sawtelle and with technical direction by keyboardist Paul Morrison, the show will feature full rock band instrumentation including background vocalists, multiple guitar and keyboard parts, saxophone, drums and multiple laptop players who will recreate, in a live setting, Pink Floyd's innovative music synthesis techniques.

The one-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  The event is free to students, faculty and staff with a university ID.  Read more.

UNO Theatre Presents Noises Off Nov. 17-Dec. 4
The Department of Theatre presents Michael Frayn's classic comedy-within-a-comedy, Noises Off, directed by D Scott Glasser. 

Previews run Nov. 17-18, with performances Nov. 19-20 and Dec. 1-4 at the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. 

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Nov. 17 will be a TAG Night Out. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre after the Dec. 3 production. 
Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes Student Exhibition Through Dec. 17
Works by BFA and BA senior students from the Department of Art and Art History at UNO will be featured in the final exhibition of the Fall 2010 semester at the UNO Art Gallery.

The public is invited to an opening reception tonight, Nov. 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through Dec. 17.   Read more.

Criss Library Welcomes Hagel Artifacts in Latest Exhibition
Historic photographs and artifacts from the offices of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel are on display at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery inside Criss Library through Sunday, Dec. 19.

The exhibition – "A Senator's Walls: A Selection of Photographs and Artifacts from the Offices of Senator Chuck Hagel" – features more than 300 items from Hagel's offices in Washington, D.C., Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney and Scottsbluff. The items on display include photographs, awards, gifts, cartoons, newspapers and magazines, presenting a visual history of the senator's activities during his term. Read more.

Morrill Hall's 'Wildlife and Nature' Amateur Photo Exhibit
Kim Kronschnabel, UNO Cashiering/Student Accounts, photography is currently on display at the University of Nebraska State Museum "Wildlife and Nature" amateur photography exhibit. Amateur photographers from across Nebraska submitted entries July 1 to Sept. 30 as part of the museum's second annual photography contest. Nearly 500 images of birds, mammals, plant life, other wildlife, natural landscapes, and people interacting with nature will be showcased for museum visitors to enjoy.

The exhibit will remain on display through Wednesday, Dec. 1. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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