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World AIDS Day at UNO

video by Charley Reed

On Dec. 1, UNO, along with countless others around the world, shined a light on AIDS and HIV with a special health fair thanks to some help from the Omaha community.

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What's New About HPER

video by Charley Reed

The following video is a short video overview that looks over the renovated HPER Building.



Social Services Expert on Campus This Week

The UNO School of Public Administration will host a talk by Ram Cnaan on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in 109a College of Public Affairs and Community Service. The title of his talk is "Valuation in the Nonprofit Sector: The Case of Urban Congregations."

Dr. Cnaan is the associate dean for research, professor, and chair of the Doctoral Program in Social Welfare and director of the Program for Religion and Social Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is a world-renowned expert in studying faith-based social services, carrying out the first national study on the role of local religious congregations in the provision of social services as well as the first one-city census of congregations. For more information on his work go to:

For more information, contact Angela Eikenberry at (402) 554.3488.

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Upcoming Mav Kids Programs Announced

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

UNO Campus Recreation will host "Parents' Day Out," a day of recreation and games, on Saturday, Dec. 11, for youth ages five through 12 years. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes arts and crafts, swimming and other recreational activities. The cost is $20 for Campus Recreation activity cardholders and $25 for the public includes lunch. Participants must register by Wednesday, Dec. 8.

New this year, Campus Rec will host Mav Kids Winter Play Days on Monday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 31. The day camp will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will be organized much like the popular Mav Kids Summer Day Camp; every day will have a different theme ranging from theatre to fitness to science. The cost is $25 per child/day for members and $30 for the general public. Participants must register by Thursday, Dec. 16.

Both events will be held in the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Registration information can be found online at: 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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Campus Holiday Open House Tomorrow

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 holiday invite

Those planning to attend should have R.S.V.P.ed last week. For more information, contact Bob Cairns, at (402) 554.2311 or

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President Milliken to Address Faculty Senate This Wednesday

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its final regular monthly meeting of the fall semester this Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will speak at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested UNO community members are welcome to attend. 

For more information contact the Sue Bishop at (402) 554.3598..

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Mavericks Welcome Naughty, Nice This Week

In the spirit of the holiday season, the UNO hockey team will open the doors of the Qwest Center to both naughty and nice hockey fans for its two-game series with Michigan Tech this Thursday and Friday, Dec. 9 and 10.  Both games begin at 7:37 p.m. and will be the Mavericks' last home games before the New Year.

On Thursday, the evening belongs to the naughty.  The Mavericks are teaming with Z-92 to "Rock With the Mavs".  Fans can purchase tickets for just $9.20 exclusively at  There also will be $1 beer and hotdog specials prior to the game.  Z-92 will broadcast live from Qwest Center before the game.  The entire night is sponsored by the Nebraska Lottery. Read more.

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UNO Concert Bands Present 'Prevailing Winds X' Friday

For the 10th consecutive year, warm winds will fill the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall as the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band present their annual "Prevailing Winds" concert. On Friday, Dec. 10, James R. Saker, director of Bands, and Courtney Snyder, assistant director of Bands, will conduct the program that will begin at 7 p.m.

The Wind Ensemble will begin their portion of the program with one of the earliest composition for winds, Occident and Orient, written by the famous French composer, Camille Saint-Saens in 1869.  Other works on their portion of the program include Fisher Tull's classic Sketches on A Tudor Psalm. Composed by James Barnes for the United States Marine Band, every section of the Wind Ensemble will be featured in a thrilling set of variations on one of the most recognizable themes ever created by the virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini.  This portion of the program will conclude with a presentation of the Finale of the Romantic Symphony from one of America's best known and highly regarded composers, Nebraska native Howard Hanson.

The concert will conclude with the Concert Band performing three unique pieces.  A festive piece from the pen of James Curnow, Fanfare and Flourishes, and an introspective work, Daydream, by Timothy Mahr will be presented.  Rollo Takes a Walk a clever, tongue in cheek piece by one of the finest composers writing, David Maslanka.  

Tickets for "Prevailing Wind X" are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and free with a UNO MavCard.  Tickets will be available at the door.

For additional information, contact the University Bands Office at (402) 554.3352..

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Holiday Card Program Deadline Friday

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO - the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments the week of Dec. 13.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, EAB 109, by Friday, Dec. 10. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they wish to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

Click on to access a donation form.

For more information, contact Susan McCollum at (402) 554.3636.

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Honors Program Now Collecting for Clothing Drive

The University Honors Program is now collecting new or gently-used winter coats, jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens and boots for the children at Liberty Elementary School in downtown Omaha. 

Collection boxes will be placed in the Honors Program office in 105 Arts and Sciences Hall, Kayser Hall, 213 Mammel Hall, Durham Science Center and the Milo Bail Student Center.  The drive continues through Friday, Dec. 10.  Cash or check contributions for the drive can also be sent to the University Honors Program.

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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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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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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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