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Hockey Weekend Ahead

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The UNO Mavericks will be at home this weekend, November 19 and 20, against nationally ranked North Dakota at Omaha's Qwest Center. In their last home weekend, UNO swept Minnesota State-Mankato.

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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.



Campus Budget Forum Today in MBSC

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget today, 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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You Look MAVelous! Challenge Participants Honored

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

Closing ceremonies were held Nov. 15 for the You Look MAVelous! - UNO's fitness and weight loss challenge. At the ceremony the winning and runner up teams as well as honorable mention individuals were honored.

Mav-Rec Wellness, Human Resources and Student Health Services hosted the third You Look MAVelous! Challenge this semester on campus. The challenge ran Aug. 31 – Nov. 15 with eight teams and 95 faculty, staff and students participating. A total of 234 pounds were lost during the 10-week program.

The fall program consisted of three components:

1. Eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

2. Participate in 30-minutes of physical activity a day.

3. Attend both weigh-ins at the start and end of the program.

"If you haven't already done so -- congratulate your co-workers and classmates who participated," said Anna-Maria Hansmann, event organizer for HR.

Winning Teams:
HR Team – fruit and veggies
The Custodial Team – fitness

Runner up Teams:
Makin Changes (Accounting Team)
Business and Finance Team – Fitness

Honorable Mention:
The following people received Honorable Mention honors for losing more than 10 pounds:
Michael Obbink
Bill Conley
Stephanie Manganaro
Deb Brozak
Marty Furmanski
Vicki Stone
Jessica Hohman
Kathryn Schwartz
Kathy Hartle

For more details, 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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GSO Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance with Campus Events

In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, UNO's Gender and Sexual Orientation Student Agency (GSO) will sponsor several events today, Nov. 18, through Tuesday, Nov. 23, on campus.

"Come, watch, relax and enjoy the movies to expand your knowledge and experience, as well as bring reverence to the world-wide-honored-day Transgender Day of Remembrance," said Joshua Wiley, director of GSO.

Planned events include:

Today, Nov. 18
- Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza
GSO members will announce names of trans people who were murdered. Also, the pep bowl will be set up with those same people to show just a small number of the trans people who were murdered.  

- 1 to 6 p.m.
MBSC Fireplace Lounge
Screenings of several trans themed movies, including the famous "Boys Don't Cry."

Monday, Nov. 22  
- 11 to 1 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room
Coyote Grace, a duo folk band featuring a transman, will perform. Slam Poet Elaina M. Ellis will also be featured in the band's opening. Free food will be provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 23
- 11 to 1 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room
Presentation by psychiatrist Dr. Ron Holt on "Sexuality - Biology as a Destiny: Curious about what makes us gay or straight or in between?" Free food will be available.

For more information, contact Wiley at (402) 554.4846.

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UNO International Education Week Celebration Today, Tomorrow

Two days remain in UNO's international education showcase in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

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. To view the remaining events, visit

Today is the last day to partake in the Scott Dining Hall at University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute international menu. Images entered for the annual photo contest will be on display through Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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.

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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Healthy Relationships – Juggling Life Seminar Today

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 today, 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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Ensemble A.M.I. to Perform 'Dark Side of the Moon' Tonight

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 tonight, 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.

Tonight's 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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HuHot Mongolian Grill Partners with UNO's Relay For Life This Evening

UNO's Relay For Life will partner with HuHot Mongolian Grill for the grill's Helping Hands program tonight, 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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French Honor Society to Host Free Film Screening in Criss Library

The French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, will showcase a free screening of the film "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" on Monday, Nov. 22, in the Criss Library theater at 6:45 p.m. The movie is subtitled in English and is open to the UNO community.
For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at (402) 554.2862.

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Stand-Up Comedy and Poetry Slam Event Is Nov. 22

Maverick Productions at UNO will host a comedy and slam poetry night featuring Dan Cummins, Kevin Shea and David Jarvis. The evening's events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Maverick Lounge at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22.

Dan Cummins is making his Omaha debut, after recently signing with Creative Artists Industry. In 2000 Cummins started his stand up career performing at a comedy café. In 2001 he entered the Seattle Comedy competition and ranked second place. In 2005 Cummins performed at the "New Faces Showcase" at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival. The performance caught the eye of Comedy Central and the "Late, Late Show." In 2006 he performed his first televised stand-up on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" and then soon after performed on the "Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson." In 2007 he recorded his first Comedy Night special. Read more.

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HPER Thanksgiving Hours Announced

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) building will observe the following hours during Thanksgiving Break:

Nov. 25: Closed
Nov. 26: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nov. 27: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nov. 28: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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2010 Holiday Closedown Schedule Announced

Human Resources staff announces the holiday closedown for 2010, which will begin Friday, Dec. 24, and conclude Friday, Dec. 31. Staff will return to work Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.

Regular biweekly employees normally would report this period as follows:
Dec. 24, Holiday (HOL)
Dec. 27, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 28, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 29, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 30, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 31, Holiday (HOL)
Essential non-exempt (hourly) employees required to work a holiday will be paid for the holiday plus the hours worked. An employee, with departmental approval, may also elect to save a floating holiday for later use and be paid only for the hours worked.

Regular salaried monthly employees normally would report this period as follows:
Dec. 24, DO NOT POST
Dec. 27, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 28, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 29, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 30, Floating Holiday (FLH)
Dec. 31, DO NOT POST
Individuals that do not have a Floating Holiday balance (FLH), may use Vacation (VAC), Day Off (DOFF), unpaid leave (UNPL), Comp Time Used (CMU), in lieu of Floating Holiday.

The December Monthly payday will be Dec. 31.

The Biweekly payday will be Dec. 30. Since this will be the third biweekly payday in the month of December, no standard deductions will be taken or NU CREDITS added to this check.

Contact Payroll at (402) 554.2739 with questions.

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Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at (402) 554.2648.

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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 end of the business today, Nov. 18, at (402) 554.3689 or

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Academic Regalia Deadline Tomorrow

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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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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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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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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