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Mav Homecoming Spirit Winners

photo by Elizabeth Kraemer

The UNO Alumni Association sponsored a Homecoming Office Decorating Contest Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, with 22 units across campus participating in the Las Vegas-themed event. Offices were judged on creativity, originality, Mav spirit and environmentalism. Pictured above at the trophy presentation the winning office -- Academic and Student Affairs. The Milo Bail Student Center Administration Office finished second and the Division of Continuing Studies was third.

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Gregory Hoff

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.



Health Risk Assessment Link Sent Out by E-mail Today

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

All benefit-eligible employees should check their UNO e-mail today, Nov. 8, for information regarding the Health Risk Assessment program. Employees have until Friday, Dec. 3, to complete the online survey. 

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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Money Smart Nebraska Week Returns for Third Campaign Tomorrow

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 today 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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UNO Native American Heritage Month Celebration Continues Tomorrow

The annual Native American Heritage Month celebration at UNO continues this week with a lecture and performance by Ken Little Hawk. "An Evening of History and Music" will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Other events will include 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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You Look MAVelous! Closing Ceremony Nov. 15

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

The You Look MAVelous! program is reaching its end. To celebrate everyone's efforts a Closing Ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 15, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation atrium area from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"It will be a fun social hour for all participants of the You Look MAVelous! program," said Anna-Maria Hansmann, event organizer. "We will be having food and refreshments, music and we will be presenting the winning teams with their prizes."

Mav-Rec Wellness, Human Resources and Student Health Services hosted the third "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this fall on campus. Eight teams consisting of faculty, staff and students participated in the fitness and weight loss challenge.

For more information, contact Hansmann at (402) 554.2553.

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 This 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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'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 this 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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Human Rights Activist Robert Bernstein to Give Goldstein Lecture Wednesday

Robert Bernstein, publisher and human rights activist, will present the 2010 Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights this 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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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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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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Human Resources Sessions This Friday 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 this 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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Scott Snyder Reception Friday

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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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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UNO UFO Study Group Weekly Schedule Reminder

During the fall semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will meet every Wednesday in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and every Saturday in 285 Durham Science Center (DSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

Can't make it to a meeting? If not, try and catch UNO's streaming audio program -- "Spooky Action at a Distance" -- on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. at

For more information, call John Powers at (402) 319.2721.

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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.

For details, click on this holiday invite

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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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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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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