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Volunteers Tackle Graffiti

video by Ben Bohall

Student Ben Bohall, a reporter for the Omaha News, put together this story on UNO's Association of Latino American Students taking part in a graffiti abatement event in late October.

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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.'



EC UNO to Host Today'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, today, 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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Pre-Law Panel Discussion Today in MBSC

Are you considering law school or a legal career? All UNO students and community members are invited to attend today's Pre-Law panel discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Featured panelists:

- Kirk Kluver, assistant dean for Admissions, University of Nebraska College of Law;

- Julie Nearman Olson, M.A., assistant dean for Admissions, Creighton University School of Law; and

- Craig M. Martin, UNO alum and practicing Omaha-area attorney, Harper Martin Law.

These experts will answer your questions about preparing for and applying to law school, the options available for legal careers and whether law school is the best option for meeting your goals.

For more information about Pre-Law at UNO, visit

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UNO International Education Week Celebration Continues Today

UNO will showcase international education today through Friday, Nov. 16-19, 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.

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.

Today's events include:

- 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.

The Scott Dining Hall at University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute will offer an international menu today through Thursday, Nov. 16-18, 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, visit  or call (402) 554.2293.

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UNO Geography Awareness Week Under Way

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

They are:

Today, 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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Author Wayne Miller to Visit UNO Tomorrow

Concluding the 2010 Missouri Valley Reading Series, poet Wayne Miller will read from his new book The Book of Props, this Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.  A discussion and book signing will follow the reading.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Miller is the author of two collections of poems, The Book of Props (Milkweed, 2009) and Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues, 2006), which received the William Rockhill Nelson Award; his third collection, The City, Our City, will be published by Milkweed in the fall of 2011.

He is also the translator of Moikom Zeqo's I Don't Believe in Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2007) and an editor (with Kevin Prufer and 22 regional editors) of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008). The recipient of the George Bogin Award, the Lucille Medwick Award(in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009), and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Bess Hokin Prize from the Foundation, Miller lives in Kansas City and teaches as the University of Central Missouri, where he edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

For information, contact Miles Waggener (402) 554.2151,

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Healthy Relationships – Juggling Life Seminar This Thursday

What are signs of a healthy relationship? How can you avoid or improve unhealthy relationships? All students are invited to attend a seminar on relationships, assertiveness and effective communication presented by the UNO Counseling Center this Thursday, Nov. 18.

"Healthy Relationships – Juggling Life Seminar" will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call Cathy Pettid at (402) 554.2409.

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Learn More About New Blackboard Version 9.1

The next opportunity for UNO faculty and staff to learn more about the new version of Blackboard will be a Brown Bag Lunch demonstration at noon this Thursday, Nov. 18, in 220 Mammel Hall or join the conversation live online via the web at

The upgrade from Blackboard Version 8.5 to Version 9.1 is planned for next semester, the weekend of May 9, 2011. The most noticeable improvement in the new version of Blackboard will be easier navigation or fewer clicks for instructors. Increased functionality includes options for wikis, blogs and journals. The assignment feature, grade center and discussion board also have improvements.

Faculty and staff can familiarize themselves with the new features and improvements in Blackboard 9.1 several ways:

1) Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations - Registration is not required.
- Nov. 18
Noon to 1 p.m.
220 Mammel Hall
(This session will also be offered through Adobe Connect as a webinar.)

- January/February  
To Be Announced

2) Webinar - Join the demonstration live directly from your office, Nov. 18 at noon by going to Simply add your name under "Guest" and click "Enter Room."

3) Upgrade Central Website - - This web site will help keep you informed of brown bags demonstrations, workshops, support documentation, and other information as UNO moves towards the "Go Live" date. 

Upgrade Website - - This web site will help keep you informed of brown bags demonstrations, workshops, support documentation and other information as UNO moves towards the "Go Live" date.

4) Test Drive - You can test drive Blackboard 9.1 by pointing your web browser to: (Address active Oct. 15) Use the same login and password as you do in the current version. Course content has not been copied to this version; however, each faculty has been given a blank developmental course to utilize.

5) Hands-On Training - Watch your e-mail for more training opportunities March through May of 2011.

For questions, contact Information Services Technical Support at (402) 554.HELP (4357) or e-mail

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Alpha Kappa Phi to Host Merrill Lynch Guest Speaker

Alpha Kappa Phi, a professional business fraternity at UNO, will sponsor a guest speaker from Merrill Lynch this Thursday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Mammel Hall Auditorium.

Craig Korkow, a senior financial advisor from Merrill Lynch, will present.  Korkow will discuss how he achieved his success, the opportunities within Merrill Lynch and thoughts on the current economy.

For more information, contact Michael Johannsen at

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HuHot Mongolian Grill Partners with UNO's Relay For Life Thursday

UNO's Relay For Life will partner with HuHot Mongolian Grill for the grill's Helping Hands program this Thursday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. At the restaurant, 10 percent of the events proceeds plus 100 percent of tips will go towards UNO's Relay for Life.

For more information, contact Jackie Whelan at (402) 943.8863 or

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Voting Ends Tomorrow for IEW Photo Contest 

Remember to vote for your favorite international photo now on display in the UNO Criss Library.  As part of UNO International Week, Sigma Iota Rho International Honor Society sponsors an annual photo contest for students and faculty to submit photos taken abroad. 

Voting is open until Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. Winners will be notified on Thursday, Nov. 18, and awarded a prize. Photos will be on display through Tuesday, Nov. 30.

For details, contact Mallory Hunter at

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NUFlex Open Computer Labs Available for Annual Enrollment

UFlex Open Computer Labs Available for benefit-eligible faculty and staff who would like some assistance with the 2011 annual enrollment.

Only a few days remain for 2010 NUFlex enrollment. Since this year's enrollment is online only, Human Resources will conduct two open computer labs for employees requiring a computer or additional assistance.

The labs will be offered in the 104 Durham Science Center:

- Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

- Monday, Nov. 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Go to and log in for online NUFlex enrollment, which ends Friday, Dec. 3. For password help, contact ITS Customer Service Helpdesk at (402) 554.4357.

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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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Tomorrow's Hoagland Lecture to Focus on 2010 Election

Two nationally recognized political pollsters will discuss the outcomes of the 2010 election at UNO this 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 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. 

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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Ensemble A.M.I. to Perform 'Dark Side of the Moon' 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 this 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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Presentation on the Scholarship of Engagement This Friday

On Friday, Nov. 19, Diane Dobernick, a scholar from Michigan State 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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Academic Regalia Deadline Friday

Commencement for December graduates will be held at 2 p.m. this 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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Nov. 20 Dance Marathon to Support Local AIDS Organizations

Hundreds of area high school and college students will dance for much of the evening and through the overnight hours this Saturday, Nov. 20, to increase awareness and raise money to fight HIV and AIDS locally and globally.

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.

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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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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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 year's 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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Dwyer, Davidson Win Top Speech Prize
School of Communication Assistant Director and Public Speaking Fundamentals course coordinator Dr. Karen Kangas Dwyer and Speech Center consulting coordinator Marlina Davidson have won the top national award for the oral communication general education program.

The two were selected as recipients of the National Communication Association Basic Course Division Program of Excellence Award for 2010, which they received this month at the National Communication Association annual meeting in San Francisco. Read more.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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