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UNO Honored at Regional Housing Conference

UNO Honored at Regional Housing Conference

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Earlier this month, UNO took its first delegation to the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH) regional conference at Missouri State University. UNO students traveled to the conference to attend programming sessions and gain valuable student leadership experience within housing programming.

UNO earned the Best Roll Call award for large schools. The award means that UNO Housing has now entered the spotlight, and more institutions across the region now see that UNO has on-campus housing and their students want to be involved.

MACURH represents more than 40 higher-education institutions. More than 500 students from across the country attended the housing conference.

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MET Link Conference at UNO

MET Link Conference at UNO

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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.'



NUFlex Enrollment Reminder

The annual benefits enrollment materials are being sent out today, Nov. 15. NUFlex is once again paperless, so benefit eligible faculty, staff and students should remember to check their UNO e-mail account. Annual enrollment this year is from today, Nov. 15, until Friday, Dec. 3. Participants may not make changes after Dec. 3.

Participants can make changes to their NUFlex benefits by using Firefly Employee Self Service at Please refer to Firefly's home page for additional information including a "Help Section" and important browser requirements and instructions.

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UNO/United Way Message from Chancellor John Christensen

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Please accept my sincere appreciation for your part in making this year's United Way campaign at UNO a success. During these difficult financial times, the university exceeded its $70,000 goal.

The United Way of the Midlands is tremendously important since it is the most efficient, effective way to raise funds for a safety net of health and human service programs in Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa. The organization has 34 local partner agencies, and each receives an allocation for specific programs from the funds raised in the annual campaign.

United Way of the Midlands also offers direct services such as the 2-1-1 Information and Referral phone line and the Volunteer Resource Center. Community Health Charities of Nebraska is a campaign contract partner, with 17 member health agencies.

Finally, do know that the United Way maximizes the value of contributions by keeping costs at a minimum, so 90 percent of the gifts received to the Community Care Fund go directly to programs and services.  Each dollar given makes a difference to someone, and during these tough economic times the need for the services provided by United Way agencies increases.

Please know that your willingness to help is deeply appreciated.

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You Look MAVelous! Closing Ceremony Today

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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 today, Nov. 15, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building atrium 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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Globalization of Auto Industry is Focus of Today's Gildersleeve Lecture

The second annual Charles Gildersleeve "Know-Your-World" Lecture, held in conjunction with UNO's International Education Week is today, Nov. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The event will feature remarks by Petr Pavlinek, a professor from UNO's Department of Geography/Geology. Pavlinek's lecture will analyze the globalization of the automotive industry and its implications for the U.S. Read more.

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UNO Geography Awareness Week

The UNO Geography Club will host several events this week in celebration of Geography Awareness week.

They are:

Monday, Nov. 15
- Name the Country Contest- on the lawn northwest of Durham Science Center (DSC).

Tuesday, Nov. 16
- Name the Country Contest- on the lawn northwest of DSC.
- Geography Club bake sale in DSC atrium and first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
- Name the Country Contest- on the lawn northwest of DSC.
- Geography Club bake sale in DSC atrium.

Thursday, Nov. 18
- Name the Country Contest- on the lawn northwest of DSC.
- "Careers in Geography" Alumni Panel Forum at 7 p.m. in 116 DSC. Open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit or contact

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UNO Native American Heritage Month Celebration Continues Today

The annual Native American Heritage Month celebration at UNO continues this week with a lecture by UNO faculty member Ed Zendejas on mascots. "If REDSKINS are Legal…why not these Mascots" will take place today, Nov. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Free snacks will be provided.

Other events will include 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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UNO International Education Week Celebration

UNO will showcase international education today through Friday, Nov. 15-19, in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

A variety of events are planned to give international students an opportunity to share their heritage with the campus community. Most activities are free and open to the public.

"International education enriches the lives of everyone who becomes involved culturally, academically and socially," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "However, one of the most important contributions is the mutual understanding that results among those who participate in international exchanges and the potential this has for global stability and peace."

This past year, there were nearly 1,500 international students at UNO. The five countries that provide the greatest number of students are South Korea, Japan, India, China and Saudi Arabia. In all, 119 countries – ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – were represented on campus.

Below is a listing of events, including dates, times and locations.

Monday, Nov. 15
- Study Abroad Table
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), first floor
Individuals can learn more about UNO's study abroad programs.

- Second Annual Gildersleeve "Know Your World" Lecture
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room
Petr Pavlinek, UNO professor of Geography/Geology will present in memory of Professor Charles Gildersleeve to honor his contributions to international education at UNO.  Free pizza will be served.

- World Refugee Crisis Presentation:  Protecting Refugees
4 to 4:45 p.m.
Thompson Alumni Center
Marc Breslaw, executive director of the U.S. Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will present. 

- International Photo Contest Voting
Criss Library
All faculty, staff and students can vote for their favorite photos.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

- Global Marketplace and Bake Sale
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC)
Gifts from around the world and internationally-inspired baked goods for sale, with proceeds and donations going to the UNO International Student Emergency Fund.

- Day of Service
3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Liberty Elementary
UNO international students will spend their afternoons volunteering with after-school programs.

- International Photo Contest Voting
Criss Library
All faculty, staff and students can vote for their favorite photos.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

- Study Abroad Table
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER), first floor
Individuals can learn more about UNO's study abroad programs.

- International Photo Contest Winners announced
Criss Library

Thursday, Nov. 18
- Study Abroad Table
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mammel Hall
Individuals can learn more about UNO's study abroad programs.

Friday, Nov. 19
- International Dance Party
9 p.m. to midnight
MBSC Ballroom
Dance party featuring international music.

The Scott Dining Hall at University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute will offer an international menu today through Thursday, Nov. 15-18, and the images entered for the annual photo contest will be on display through Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Event sponsors include UNO International Studies and Programs, Sigma Iota Rho and International Student Services.

For more information, call (402) 554.2293.

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MAPS to Present "The Road to Becoming a Health Care Professional"

The Multicultural Association of Pre Health Students (MAPS) will present "The Road to Becoming a Health Care Professional" this week.

Participants will:

- Gain insight on medical careers;

- Explore avenues of enrichment activities;

- Learn about the MCAT;

- Network; and

- Get answers from professionals.

Events will be held throughout the week. For a full listing, visit

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Warren Buffett Portrait on Permanent Display at UNO

The image and likeness of one of the world's most successful investors now has a home at UNO.

University officials Nov. 12 unveiled a painting of businessman and billionaire Warren Buffett, now on permanent display in the atrium of Mammel Hall, the new home to UNO's College of Business Administration. The $34 million facility opened to students, faculty and staff in August at 67th and Pine Streets.

The 6-foot-by-6-foot portrait was created by performance artist Michael Israel outside the Qwest Center at the May 2008 Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting. Read more.

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Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar Jan. 4-5

UNO faculty members are invited to participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC). The seminar will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center on Tuesday, Jan. 4, and Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Faculty who participate will have an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives – using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write). Participants will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

On Tuesday, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending reading assignments to evaluating, integrating and citing information from print and electronic sources. Wednesday's sessions will focus on best practices for responding to and evaluating students' papers. Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues and consider similarities and differences across disciplines. 

The seminar is supported by the Writing Center and the Center for Faculty Development. Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses. 

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center website, on the Faculty Resources page:

Applications are due Tuesday, Nov. 30, and applicants will be notified by Friday, Dec. 3.

For more information, contact Nora Bacon at the UNO Writing Center (, (402) 554.2946).

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Mav-Rec Massage Offers Holiday Special

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

Campus Recreation's brand-new Massage Therapy Rooms (Mav-Rec Massage) are celebrating the upcoming holidays by offering a massage holiday special now through Friday, Dec. 31.

For price information, visit

Mav-Rec Massage is located in 229 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

To schedule an appointment or to find out more information, contact Mav-Rec Massage directly at (402) 554.3016 and leave a message after "Option #5."  A massage therapist will return calls within 24-hours.

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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EC UNO to Host Tomorrow's 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, this 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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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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Boren Awards Rep on Campus Nov. 17

The UNO Study Abroad program will host an upcoming campus visit for a Boren Awards representative this 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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Campus Budget Forum Set for This Thursday

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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