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Mav Homecoming Spirit Winners

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.



Grace Abbott School of Social Work Whiteclay Event Today

Students from the Grace Abbott School of Social Work will sponsor a 1 p.m. presentation/letter writing campaign to raise awareness of the issues occurring in Whiteclay, Neb., today, Nov. 9.  The event will take place in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

At today's event, clips from the movie "The Battle for Whiteclay" will be presented followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

Panelists will include:

- Mark Vasina, the producer/director of "The Battle for Whiteclay";

- Frank Lamere, Native American Indian activist;

- Dr. Kerry Beldin, Nebraskans for Peace; and

- Bill Laird, social justice professor at Creighton Prep.

Letters will be available for those who wish to write their state senators and governor to address the problems in Whiteclay.  

For more information, contact Joel Wallace at

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Mavericks Game with Michigan State to Air on Big Ten Network Tonight

The UNO men's basketball team's exhibition game at No. 2 Michigan State University (MSU) will be televised on tape delay by Big Ten Network tonight, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. The game, set for tonight at 6 p.m. CT from MSU's Breslin Center, also will be streamed live online on

Tonight's game features a match-up between brothers - UNO senior Torrian Harris and MSU junior Draymond Green. The duo hail from Saginaw, Mich., where they both attended Saginaw High School. Read more.

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UNO Native American Heritage Month Celebration Continues Tonight

The annual Native American Heritage Month celebration at UNO continues tonight, Nov. 9, 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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The Dance Floor Meeting Tonight in HPER

The Dance Floor will meet tonight, Nov. 9, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building's upper multipurpose room at 8:30 p.m. The group is open to students, faculty and staff.

"Swing on in to the meeting of The Dance Floor, UNO's Ballroom Dance Social Club and learn a few new moves," Said Marty Herbert, dance instructior. "No cost just a great chance to learn a bit and have some fun."  

Note: faculty and staff need to be members of Mav-Rec to use the HPER facility.

For questions, contact Marty Herbert at (402) 689.5073 or

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SPUNO Celebrates School Psychology Awareness Week

It's School Psychology Awareness Week. The School Psychology at UNO student organization (SPUNO) will have a table on the first floor of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for a snack, meet some current students in the program, and get a handout that describes what School Psychology at UNO is all about.

For more information, contact Kayleta Adams at

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NUFlex Enrollment Begins Next Week

2011 NUFlex enrollment dates this year will begin next week on Monday, Nov. 15. Enrollment runs 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 enrollment period now.

A few items to consider: 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 current benefit package online and making sure they are comfortable logging into their personal Firefly account.

For more information, visit

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Ron Withem to Speak at Tomorrow's Faculty Senate Meeting

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Nov. 10, in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Ron Withem, association vice president and director of governmental relations for the University of Nebraska, will give a presentation at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested are welcome to attend. 

For more information contact Sue Bishop at (402) 554.3598.

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Academic Regalia Deadline Nov. 19

Commencement for December graduates will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.  Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, (402) 554.2336, by Friday, Nov. 19.

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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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SPR to Host Tomorrow's 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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'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. This Thursday's, 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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Next Retirement Planning Seminar Friday

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars this month with "Income Options for Retirement." The seminar will take place this 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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Maverick Productions Welcomes Girl Talk Saturday at Sokol

Maverick Productions will bring internationally known DJ Girl Talk to Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St., this 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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CPACS to Host Student Open House This Saturday

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service will host an open house this Saturday, Nov. 13 for students of all ages.

The event is open to UNO students who are interested in a major in the college, as well as prospective high school, transfer and adult students.

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Read more.

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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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UNO Library Friends Book Discussion of Hot, Flat and Crowded

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman this 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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Nov. 17 Hoagland Lecture to Focus on 2010 Election

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 Next Thursday

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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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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President Milliken Participated in ACE Global Engagement Panel
University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken is part of a new American Council on Education (ACE) Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement, which convened for the first time Oct. 22 in Washington, D.C.

ACE appointed a select group of education and international affairs leaders to the panel, which is charged with setting a new global agenda for U.S. universities. Panelists will meet throughout the 2010-11 academic year and plan to issue a report and recommendations by fall 2011.

Milliken noted that global engagement is one of NU's highest priorities. Last fall, he announced goals to provide every undergraduate an opportunity to study abroad and to double international student enrollment by 2019. The university also is actively exploring more opportunities for student exchanges, faculty collaborations, and research partnerships with countries such as China, India, Brazil and others.

Today's world is increasingly interconnected, interdependent and, in some cases, dangerous," Milliken said. "It is more important that ever that we prepare our students to live and work in a global economy; that we provide our faculty with opportunities to collaborate with colleagues around the world; and that we play a significant role in solving great global challenges such as hunger, poverty and disease."

Milliken highlighted a number of recent successes for NU global engagement. The university's international student enrollment is a record-high 3,018 for fall 2010, and NU students are increasingly successful in international scholarship programs such as the Fulbright. NU also is gaining international stature with initiatives such as its global Water for Food Institute, for which a $50 million founding gift was announced this spring.

During its first meeting, ACE panelists discussed issues including the impact of globalization on higher education; the role of U.S. institutions in influencing global higher education; implications of globalization on higher education's core missions of teaching, research and service; and essential components of globally engaged colleges and universities.

ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation's higher education institutions.

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