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MET Link Conference at UNO

MET Link Conference at UNO

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's College of Education and the Department of English hosted more than 100 educators from 11 school districts Saturday, November 6 for the MET Link conference at UNO. MET Link is designed to support English teachers. Keynote speaker for the event was Kelly Gallagher, an English teacher and coordinator in Anaheim, California. He spoke to participants on 'Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It.'

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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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UNO to Host Quit Workshops Today in MBSC

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

UNO will host two Quit Workshops today, Nov. 10, 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. Today's workshops will be offered at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

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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SPUNO Celebrates School Psychology Awareness Week Today

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 today, 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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SPR Brown Bag Today 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. The next brown bag is set for today, Nov. 10.

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:

Today, Nov. 10
"Funding for the Arts and Humanities"
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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Ron Withem to Speak at Today's Faculty Senate Meeting

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, 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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Human Rights Activist Robert Bernstein to Give Goldstein Lecture Tonight

Robert Bernstein, publisher and human rights activist, will present the 2010 Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights tonight, 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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Mail Services USPS Veteran's Day Reminder

In respect of all U.S. Veteran's service and sacrifice the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, for 2010 Veteran's Day. All mail processed by Mail Services prior to 3 p.m. will be delivered to the post office for collection. Any mail received after 3 p.m. will be posted the following day Friday, Nov. 12, along with any special services mail, certified, insured or international mail with customs forms.

The service counter will be open normal hours 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Contact Mail Services at (402) 554.2337 with any questions regarding the Veteran's Day observance.

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School of Social Work to Hold Commemoration Event at Stuhr Museum

The UNO School of Social Work and statewide organizations will hold a commemoration event at Grand Island, Nebraska's Stuhr Museum on Friday, Nov. 12.  A brief ceremony and reception will be held to celebrate the naming of the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work at 7 p.m.

"We are incredibly pleased and excited to hold this commemoration in Grand Island," said Theresa Barron McKeagney, director of the School of Social Work.  "The mission of our school is to serve the entire state, and it's very appropriate to have this event in Grand Island."

Grace Abbott was born in Grand Island and is widely regarded as a founder of modern social work.  Read more.

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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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Gerontology Interest Group Welcomes LifeChronicles Speaker

UNO's Gerontology Interest Group will meet this Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 a.m. in 109A College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) to hear guest speaker Kim Haney, executive director of Life Chronicles in Omaha. 

Since 1998 LifeChronicles has served 600 plus families in 25 states. The LifeChronicles mission is to create video memories for the comfort and guidance of families. Unlike any other medium, video encompasses people in their entirety. Including the sound of their laughter and the inflections in their voices, as well as the sight of their facial expressions.  

The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., after which everyone is invited to help the group kick off  "Be a Santa to a Senior" in 211 CB. Refreshments will be served there.

For more information, contact Lyn Holley at (402) 554.4814 or

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Online NUFlex Informational Meetings

This year there will be online meetings that will allow benefit-eligible faculty and staff to view the presentation of the 2011 NUFlex benefits plan from the comfort of their own home or office.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

- Monday, Nov. 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

- Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

These two links will not be active until the day of the meeting:

1) - where to read meeting agenda.

2) http://breeze/ - where to view and access the meeting.

The online NUFlex informational meetings will be recorded and will be available for viewing on the university's benefits webpage shortly after the meeting at Logging in at least 10 minutes before the meeting is advisable due to limits on participation. 

2011 NUFlex enrollment dates will be Monday, Nov. 15, through 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.

For questions or concerns, contact the Adobe Connect Support Line at 1.800.422.3623.

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Teaching Online for Beginners and Technophobes Part 2

The second installment of this two-workshop series will focus on options that faculty can use to facilitate and enhance teaching and learning. The workshop will take place on Monday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 304 Arts and Sciences Hall. To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or

For more information regarding the workshop content, contact Anita Saalfeld at (402) 554.4841 or Juliette Parnell at (402) 554.3029.

This workshop series is funded by the University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and the Center for Faculty Development.

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NACADA Advising Webinar Nov. 18

"Tips and Tools for Advising as a Teaching and Learning Process,"  a webinar from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Refreshments will be available courtesy of the Office of Faculty Development. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at

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UNO Alumni to Host Night at "A Christmas Carol"

Don't be a Scrooge. Join the UNO Alumni Association for its 2nd annual UNO Alumni Night at "A Christmas Carol" Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Omaha Community Playhouse. For details, visit

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Sociology Club to Host Tomorrow's Documentary Screening of 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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Deadline Nov. 15 for 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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Boren Awards Rep on Campus Nov. 17

he 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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Presentation on the Scholarship of Engagement Scheduled for Nov. 19

tate 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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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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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 28: A Green Diet
Watch what you eat. Whenever possible eat local foods and "free-range" raised animals.

(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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