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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.'



Today's Thanksgiving Meal for Senior Citizens is Part of Service-Learning Project

A service-learning course that brings together K-12 and UNO students within their communities is also helping senior citizens. At 11:30 a.m. today, Nov. 17, Blackburn Alternative Program and UNO gerontology students will serve a Thanksgiving lunch to senior citizens at Blackburn High School, 2606 Hamilton St.

UNO gerontology students will continue their oral history program during the luncheon.

The program was developed with culinary arts students and students in a literacy course at Blackburn High School and UNO's gerontology course, Programs and Services for the Elderly. Read more.

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MRWAC Members Reward Non-smokers for Healthy Habits Today on Plaza

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

On the eve of the national Great American Smokeout, members of UNO's Mav-Rec Wellness Advisory Committee (MRWAC) will reward non-smokers for their healthy lifestyle choices. Non-smokers are invited to stop by the Milo Bail Student Center plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to receive a free special Special K bar.

To learn how to participate in the Great American Smokeout, visit

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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UNO International Education Week Celebration Continues Today

UNO will showcase international education today through Friday, Nov. 17-19, 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:

- 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

The Scott Dining Hall at University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute will offer an international menu today through Thursday, Nov. 17-18, 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 Native American Heritage Month Celebration Continues Today

The annual Native American Heritage Month celebration at UNO continues today with a Native American dance performance. "Culture: Indian Style" will take place today, Nov. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Free food will be provided.

The celebration will conclude with a concert with Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers and an acting workshop. 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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Boren Awards Rep on Campus Today

The UNO Study Abroad program will host a campus visit today, Nov. 17, for a Boren Awards representative 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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Author Wayne Miller on Campus Tonight

Concluding the 2010 Missouri Valley Reading Series, poet Wayne Miller will read from his new book The Book of Props, tonight, 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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'UNO College Night at Maverick Hockey' This Friday

The UNO Athletic Department is inviting every college on campus to ‘UNO College Night at Maverick Hockey.' Every Friday night of each weekend hockey series, UNO will recognize a specific college during the game, although members of all colleges are invited to attend.

On Nov. 19, the College of Education and the Criss Library will be recognized at the Mavericks' game against North Dakota.  Every college is invited to take part in this special offer, which includes a ticket to the game and one buffet meal at Rick's Café Boatyard for just $22. The buffet runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rick's located at 345 Riverfront Drive in Downtown Omaha. 

To take advantage of this special offer, contact Pam Schwarting by this Thursday, Nov. 18, at (402) 554.3689 or

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Parking Notice for Saturday's Kaufman Wrestling Tournament

UNO Athletics will host the wresting Kaufman-Brand Open this Saturday, Nov. 20. Lots M, N, Q and R and all three decks of Parking Structure 2 (PS2) on University Drive East will be paid parking for the event starting at 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. All other lots will be open as normal.

Vehicles with valid UNO Parking Permit can park in any event day pay lot for free.

For information, contact Ethan Anderson, Athletic Department, (402) 554.2695.

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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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EC UNO to Host Nov. 23 Prairie Manager Speaker

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a talk by Alicia Mullarkey, preserve manager for the Allwine and T.L. Davis Prairies, Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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MBSC Thanksgiving Break Hours

The Milo Bail Student Center will observe the following Thanksgiving holiday hours:

Thursday, Nov. 25 - closed
Friday, Nov. 26 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27  - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28 - noon to 9 p.m.

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Lot N Maintenance Rescheduled for Nov. 26

Due to inclement weather the previously mentioned Lot N project has been rescheduled. Lot N, on the north side of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, will now be closed all day the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. Hawkins Construction Company workers will be on site to seal the concrete.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at

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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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Learn More About New Blackboard Version 9.1 Tomorrow

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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Free Toner Cartridges Listing

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Limited quantities of free toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for department use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at (402) 554.2337.

HP:  61A, 06A, C4150A, C4153A, C4149A, 11 and 20.

Epson: 720/1440, TO44320, TO40120, 69, TO48620, TO18201, T0087201, TO 44220, TO41020, SO20187 and SO20093.

Cannon: 5, 8, BC-02 and BC-21e.

Ricoh: 450.

Lenmark: 60 and 50.

Brother: LC21C, LC21Y, LC21BK and TN-5000PF. 

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at (402) 554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

Can't find it on the list? If departments want to request a particular brand of ink cartridge they can contact Hartle directly as well.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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Deadline Nov. 30 for 2011 Nebraska Certified Public Manager ® Program

The Nebraska Certified Public Manager ® (CPM) Program is now accepting applications for its 2011 class through Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The Nebraska CPM program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program. The UNO School of Public Administration launched the CPM Program in January of 2009. The program's primary purpose is to foster and encourage the highest possible levels of performance and ethical practice in public and nonprofit managers. Applications for the 2011 Omaha class of Nebraska CPM are due by Nov. 30. Each application will be reviewed upon receipt of completed packets.

For questions about the program, visit or contact Mary Hamilton at or 554.2625.

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Criss Library Sponsoring Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time during the Scholastic Children's Book Fair. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for Girls Inc. All proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede 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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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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Green Tip of the Week

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EarthDayTips 29: Green Transportation
Use public transportation, carpool, walk or bike as frequently as possible.

(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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