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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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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Nov. 11, in honor of UNO retiree David Nicklin. He passed away Nov. 5 at age 84.

Nicklin, a professor with the UNO Department of English, retired in 1993 after more than 29 years of service to the university. After retirement, he served as a professor emeritus of English.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at First Unitarian Church, 3114 Harney.

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A Note on Veterans' Day from Chancellor John Christensen

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On the 11th day of the 11th month, in the 11th hour in 1918, the Great War (World War I) ended.  Armistice Day has become known as Veterans' Day, set aside each year to recognize the special contributions of American military veterans, every one of whom took an oath to give their lives if called upon to do so in the name of freedom.

Today, I reflect proudly that many veterans are part of the UNO staff and faculty, and many more are members of our student body.  They are fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters whose service to country sets them apart with the first Minutemen who risked their lives and their fortunes to create our country. 

Please take a moment today to thank a veteran and those who currently serve our country.   May they have peace and safety in knowing the warmth of appreciation and high regard of every American. 

Thank you.

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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, today, 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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Mail Services USPS Veterans Day Reminder

In respect of all U.S. Veteran's service and sacrifice the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be closed today, Nov. 11, for 2010 Veterans 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 Veterans Day observance.

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"Consider This" to Investigate Prescription Drug Plans

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests will investigate prescription drug plans and Medicare health plans. 

Wyatt's guests will include Jayashri Sankaranarayanan, a pharmacist with the College of Pharmacy at University of Nebraska Medical Center; Ben Koley, a Medicare expert; and Norma Busboom, a Medicare D participant.

The program will air today, Nov. 11, at 11 p.m. on NET.

This year, the University of Nebraska 2011 NUFlex enrollment dates will be Monday, Nov. 15, through 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.

"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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Sociology Club to Host Today'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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Noodles & Company Supports UNO's World Aids Day Dance Marathon Benefit

On Friday, Nov. 12, Noodles & Company, 72nd and Dodge St., will donate 25 percent of its proceeds from 4 to 10 p.m. to UNO's World Aids Day Dance Marathon Benefit. Just mention the fundraiser at the register to participate.

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.

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 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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Friday's Human Resources ADA/FMLA Sessions Postponed

The American with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAAA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) sessions scheduled for this Friday, Nov. 12, have been postponed.

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. 

For future details, watch eNotes or contact Human Resources at (402) 554.2321.

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Grad Student Directs 'Rabbit Hole' This Weekend

UNO graduate student Zachary Clark Jennison is directing the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Rabbit Hole" this weekend at the Thompson Alumni Center.

"Rabbit Hole" is a play by David Lindsay-Albaire that explores the effects on the people left behind when a beloved family member dies.

"Rabbit Hole" runs this Friday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Severa Parlor at the Thompson Alumni Center, Friday and Saturday's shows are at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday show is at 5 p.m. Read more.

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'Speak Your Mind On Faith' Public Forum Discussion Next Week

The Secular Student Alliance (SSA) is putting on a "Speak Your Mind On
Faith" public forum discussion Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The intention of this event is to foster a good-natured open forum for discussing the praises and pitfalls to a life lived by faith or reason.

"Come to ‘Speak your Mind On Faith' and share why you believe what you do, and learn what others are thinking," said John Powers, SSA member. "It will be a sociable discussion with no wrong answers, just points of debate."

For more information, contact Powers at

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Retirement Planning Seminar Tomorrow

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. French pastries and coffee will be served.

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

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

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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 this 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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Ensemble A.M.I. to Perform ‘Dark Side of the Moon' Next Thursday

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.

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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 Budget Forum Set for Nov. 18

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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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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TIAA CREF Rep Openings Still Available

Openings are still available for this semester's TIAA-CREF representative campus visits.

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus for individual appointments with employees:

- Nov. 30;

- Dec. 7; and

- Dec. 21.

Appointments can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at (402) 548.3614.

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