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September 1, 1977: Del Webber Starts as Chancellor

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On this day in UNO history former Chancellor Del Weber began what would be the longest tenure of any chancellor at UNO. Weber retired in 1997 after 20 years of service.

Source: UNO Alumni Association

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Inaugural Men's Soccer Match

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The new UNO men's soccer team kicked off their home opener Sunday, August 29 against California-Irvine. Before 1,647 fans, the Mavericks lost 4-0 against the No. 24 ranked Anteaters.

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Settling In

Settling In

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Many College of Education students, faculty and staff are getting used to having sunlight in their building. The study and lounge areas of Roskens Hall have rapidly become popular venues on campus. Dedication for Roskens Hall will be on September 23.



Time to Capitalize on the University's Momentum

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By James B. Milliken
President, University of Nebraska
(Editor's note: This editorial originally appeared in the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011).

Nations and regions are recognizing that to compete successfully in the 21st-century global economy, they must increase educational attainment levels. This is true in China, India and Brazil, as well as in the U.S. and Nebraska. A recent report from Georgetown University found that to make up for lost ground, the U.S. needs to add 20 million more workers with postsecondary credentials to our economy by 2025. Nebraska was 7th among all states in the need for education beyond high school.

The president, the nation's governors, and our own state P-16 Initiative have made college-going and graduation a high priority. We must produce many more college graduates – particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields – if we are to meet workforce demands and remain competitive in the global innovation economy.

This is a difficult time for our nation's colleges and universities to meet the challenge. At least 20 states have made major cuts in higher education this year, continuing a steady and unsettling trend. At the same time, all institutions are facing increasing demands for accountability. Rising tuition costs are squeezing families, and student graduation rates are failing to satisfy parents and policymakers. Media headlines, policymakers and families are even asking: Is college worth it? Read more.

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Join the Live Healthy Challenge - Registration is Open

Wellness Stampede

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Campus Recreation are proud and excited to offer all UNO employees an opportunity to participate in the 2011 Live Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, which focuses on stress reduction, and runs Monday, Sep. 12, through Friday, Oct. 28.

Each participant receives weekly tips, which motivate and educate them to reduce stress by improving in several healthy‐lifestyle categories including nutrition, sleep habits, physical activity and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

Participants are encouraged and rewarded for logging these behaviors weekly through their personal dashboard on the Live Healthy website.

Each participant also receives a long-sleeved shirt and access to a host of free online resources. The cost for our employees is $10 per participant. This price is only available when you register using our company code: LHNUNO.

Over the six weeks of the Challenge, the Live Healthy system calculates team averages and maintains a leaderboard which can be sorted by company, state or nation to further motivate teams as they engage in friendly competition. Read more.

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Maverick Productions to Host Free Concert Today

Maverick Productions will host singer Megan Burtt for a free concert today, Sept. 1, at noon on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

Burtt is a Denver-based singer/songwriter. Her technical skill and lyrics earned her admission to the Berklee College of Music, where she was able to study and practice with a variety of young musicians from around the country. Read more.

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T-shirt Deadline Today for UNO Corporate Cup Team

Wellness Stampede

All UNO students, employees and their families can participate in the upcoming 31st annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10K run or 2-mile walk will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha.

All registrations for the race are done online at It is $15 per person. Make sure to select the "Click here to Create or Join a Team." The deadline for online registration is Saturday, Sept. 17. On-site registration will be available starting at 6:30 a.m. the day of the event. UNO will not host a hospitality table this year due to cost.

The official UNO Corporate Cup T-shirt will be optional for participants this year. The deadline for the T-shirt order is today, Sept. 1. To purchase the $15 shirt, those interested must come to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Control Desk to pay for and select a shirt size. The shirts are a light gray, dri-fit material with the official Corporate Cup and UNO logos. The shirts cannot be purchased through the Corporate Cup website.

Information about this year's race can be found online at: Call Dave Daniels at (402) 554.2008 for more information.

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UNO Volleyball Showcase Tomorrow & Saturday


Cheer on the Mavericks at home! The UNO volleyball team will host a faculty/staff appreciation day this Friday, Sept. 2, at the Sapp Fieldhouse. Faculty and staff will receive free admission and a complementary hot dog to Friday's UNO Volleyball Showcase.

On Sept. 2, fans can watch UNO vs. Winona State at 12:30 p.m. Faculty/staff must show their MavCard to receive the faculty/staff appreciation day deal.

On Saturday, Sept. 3, the showcase continues as UNO takes on University Nebraska at Kearney at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information, visit

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Incorporating Student Presentations Into Your Class Faculty Workshop - Sept. 9

Would you like to incorporate oral presentations into your course?  Do you need help on how to do it more effectively or how to provide effective feedback on oral presentations? This workshop introduces UNO's Speech Center and uncovers resources available to assist faculty. Please attend "Incorporating Student Presentations Into Your Class Faculty Workshop" Friday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 183 Arts & Sciences Hall.

In this workshop you will learn more about incorporating student presentations into a course, providing effective feedback to students on their presentations, and using evaluation criteria for grading presentations. Marlina Davidson and Kate Rempfer, School of Communication faculty members, will present this workshop.

The center provides free speech consulting services for faculty, staff and students. To register for the session or for more information, contact Davidson or Rempfer at the Speech Center at (402) 554.3201 or

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Andrea Lunsford to Visit UNO on Sept. 19

Professor Andrea Lunsford, the director of Stanford University's Program in Writing and Rhetoric and author of The St. Martin's Handbook, will meet with UNO faculty members on Monday, Sept. 19. The Writing Center is hosting a session called "Ask Andrea," an informal conversation guided by faculty members' questions about writing, the teaching of writing, and the role of writing in learning and communicating disciplinary knowledge.

Any questions within those broad areas of inquiry are welcome. "UNO faculty members recognize the importance of effective writing," said Nora Bacon, director of the UNO Writing Center.  "Whether I'm working with faculty from English or from other disciplines, I often hear compelling questions about how we can support students' development as writers. People ask how to comment on drafts, how to get students to be more critical readers of their own papers, whether Wikipedia is an acceptable source, whether email and texting are having an effect on students' writing.  Professor Lunsford wants her comments to address our concerns; she's looking forward to hearing questions like these."

Participants are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event; they can be sent by email to

"Ask Andrea" is scheduled for 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.  Coffee and pastries will be served, courtesy of Bedford/St. Martins.  To register, contact the Writing Center: or (402) 554.2946. For further information, contact Nora Bacon ( or

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Faculty Sought for Newspapers in Curricula

The faculty group, Newspapers in Curricula (NiC), has openings for members who would like to develop newspaper-based curriculum for their classes. Applicants should be full-time faculty members available on the fourth Monday of the month at 3 p.m.

NiC members receive a $250 stipend from a grant funded by the New York Times. The deadline for application is Tuesday, Sept. 20, and the first meeting is Monday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m.

Contact Maria Knudtson at for details.

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Lot O Closing - UNO Volleyball Showcase


Lot O (east side of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building) will be closed all day this Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3, for the UNO Volleyball Showcase. This lot will be reserved for team buses and emergency vehicles.

For any questions, call the Parking Services Office at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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9/11 Survivor to Speak at UNO Next Week

Maverick Productions at UNO will host a 9/11 survivor and national speaker, New York Fire Department Battalion Captain Jay Jonas, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The event is free to the campus community and the public.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the firemen of Ladder Co. 6 in New York City rushed to the scene of the World Trade Center. Trapped under the rubble for hours, the men did not know what was going to happen to them next.

A percentage of each appearance will be donated to the New York Fire Widow's and Children's Benefit Fund. Read more.

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