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UNO Fall Volunteer Fair

UNO Fall Volunteer Fair

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Several dozen area organizations were on hand Thursday (Sept. 15) for the Fall Volunteer Fair at the Milo Bail Student Center. The fair was sponsored by UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service, the Student Organizations and Leadership Program and UNO's Service Learning Academy so that students, faculty and staff could learn more and sign up for volunteering opportunities.


Roskens Hall: An Educator's Dream

Roskens Hall: An Educator's Dream

Roskens Hall officially began construction as the generically-named 'Classroom-Office' building on Oct. 9, 1973 as a $3.7 million project under the guidance of then-chancellor Ronald Roskens and then-dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. William Muse. In 2000, almost 30 years after he oversaw the construction of the building, it was dubbed 'Roskens Hall' in honor of Ronald Roskens and his wife Lois. continue . . .

UNO Tube Archive UNO Org. Profiles: Flying Mavs

UNO Org. Profiles: Flying Mavs

video by Charley Reed

UNO's Aviation Institute, located within the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, is the foundation many students use to take command of the air. However, a certain number of students go above and beyond their coursework as part of UNO's Flying Mavs, the Aviation Institute's own, award-winning, flight team.


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Readership Survey Under Way

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Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Session Today

Aimee Hutton, from the Institute of International Education, will speak with interested students about the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships today, Sept. 16. The 10 a.m. student session will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Boren Awards 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.

The Boren Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally under represented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year.

The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellows can be awarded up to $30,000.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, fields of study and application procedures can be found at

For more information about the Boren Awards, contact Emily Hardt at

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Physics Colloquium Today on 'Trends in STEM Education'

Today, Sept. 16, "Trends in STEM Education" will be the topic of discussion at UNO's Department of Physics Colloquium. Neal Grandgenett and the Office of STEM Education faculty will present. It will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center.

STEM is a relatively new term that has been coined by the National Science Foundation to represent the necessary instructional interactions of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines for their effective learning, and to better address the current national crisis in bringing students into these important career paths. Faculty from the UNO Office of STEM Education will present on the national and local context for STEM Education, discuss evolving UNO initiatives and ideas and brainstorm potential partnership opportunities.

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Nominations Sought for Student Leader of the Month Award

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office (SOLP) sponsors the Student Leader of the Month Award. If there is a student that you know of who would be a good candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP staff encourages you to nominate them for this award.

In order to nominate a student, you will need to send a letter of nomination via email to Assistant Director of Student Government, Ben Jager, at The letter will be the only item used to select the award recipient.

In the email you should include:

- Your relationship to the student;

- Some information about leadership positions they've held or activities they're engaged in;

- Why they are generally deserving to be Student Leader of the Month; and

- A phone number where SOLP staff can contact you if we need any further information.

One student will be selected a month at each SOLP staff meeting. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if we receive multiple nominations per month, to be considered again. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and we will set up the best time to present the award.

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CDs/DVDs Needed for Moving Planet – Omaha Community Event

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Moving Planet - Omaha needs your old CDs and DVDs.

"The CDs and DVDs will be used to create a display of mini bicycles using the CDs and DVDs as the wheels of the bikes. The more CDs and DVDs we have, the more mini bikes we can create," said David Corbin, professor emeritus School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER). "Moving Planet - Omaha will call attention to the need for more transportation options in Omaha, especially active transportation such as bicycling and walking."

Bring whatever you have to 207 HPER or send it via campus mail to John Noble (AFP faculty sponsor), School of HPER 207. They will become part of the Moving Planet - Omaha display.  

"Take a look around to see if you have any old CDs or DVDs that you no longer use.  Maybe it's that David Hasselhoff Christmas CD that someone gave you or an old AOL installation disc that you still have somewhere," Corbin said.

Sponsored by 350 Nebraska in cooperation with UNO's Alliance for Fitness Professionals (AFP) the event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Turner Park from noon to 2 p.m.  "Create your own mini bike(s) and come to the event, but at the very least, contribute your old CDs or DVDs," Corbin said.

For more information, contact Corbin at

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UNO Maverick Marching Band to Host Festival Saturday

UNO Marching Band Festival this Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Caniglia Field. The festival will include six area high school marching bands and UNO's very own Marching Mavericks.

Performance schedule:

9 a.m. Thomas Jefferson
9:20 a.m. Papillion LaVista
9:40 a.m. Norris
10 a.m. Johnson County
10:20 a.m. Grand Island
10:40 a.m. Bellevue East
11 a.m. UNO

Tickets are free for UNO students, $4 for adults and $3 for non-UNO students.

For more information, contact Courtney Snyder (402) 554.3602 or

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Lot M Closing - Band Competition

Lot M (south side of Criss Library) will be closed until 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 17, for UNO's Music Department Band Competition at Caniglia Field. This lot will be reserved for bus, and truck parking for bands participating in the competition.

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

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Sen. Ben Nelson to Speak Saturday at Mammel Hall

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson will offer opening remarks at Startup Weekend Omaha, happening Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, at Mammel Hall.

Nelson, who will speak at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, will discuss the importance of entrepreneurship in job creation and federal policies related to launching startup organizations.

Startup Weekend is a community-building event held cities across the world. The annual event brings together people with different skill sets -- marketers, software developers, designers, legal gurus and other aspiring entrepreneurs -- to develop an idea and turn it into a real business in a single weekend.

The UNO College of Business Administration is providing facilities for Startup Weekend Omaha. The Nebraska Business Development Center has also partnered on the event.

For more information, visit

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Fall Job Fair at UNO Next Week

Mark those calendars. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, The Career Center will host a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The fair will feature more than 70 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Professional attire is expected and students should bring copies of their resume. For more information about the Job Fair and other services, contact The Career Center at (402) 554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

The Fall 2011 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, National Indemnity, Gallup, ConAgra, Interpublic, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Werner Enterprises, NorthStar Financial, Streck, TD Ameritrade, Telvent DTN, Verizon Wireless and ExxonMobil.

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Free Subscriptions to The New York Times

Faculty members who require The New York Times in their course syllabus and who live in the metro area may qualify for free home delivery of the newspaper. Contact Maria Knudtson, Newspapers in Curricula coordinator, for information at

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In the News

In the News

- The College of Education Culture Walk was profiled in the Sept. 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The article featured comments from Gigi Brignoni and Lana Danielson, Teacher Education, and students Anne Boyd and Hannah Gaebler.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, spoke with KFAB (1110 AM) on Sept. 12 about recent migration numbers across Nebraska's 93 counties.

- Tom Gouttierre, Center for Afghanistan Studies and International Studies and Programs, was quoted in the Sept. 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Gouttierre addressed the same topics on Sept. 11 on the weekly public affairs program on KKAR (1290 AM).

- A Sept. 8 U.S. News & World Report article on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs across the country mentioned UNO and donor/alum George Haddix.

- A Sept. 8 Omaha World-Herald article on effective exercise techniques quoted John Noble, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

- A profile of UNO's MBA program and its Arts and the Executive course was published in the Sept. 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald, quoting student Nicki Thelen and Jonna Holland, Department of Marketing and Management.

- The July 2011 issue of School Psychologist, which is published by the American Psychological Association's Division of School Psychology, featured a mention of the book Helping Children and Adolescents, written by Robert Woody, Department of Psychology.

- UNO's Athletes and Elders program was profiled Sept. 8 on WOWT. Marietta Sewell, Department of Gerontology, and students Aby Zuniga, Mitch Albers and Carly Cator were featured in the story. The program is a joint project of the Department of Gerontology and UNO Athletics.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

- The National Canada Council for The Arts has awarded Dr. Michele Marie Desmarais (Religious Studies & Native American Studies) an Aboriginal Writer's grant to support the completion of her first volume of poetry, "water & other lost things."

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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On Stage

UNO Theatre Presents The Government Inspector

The UNO Department of Theatre presents the comedy The Government Inspector, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original by Nikolai Gogol.

The Government Inspector is directed by Doug Paterson. Previews run Sept. 28-29, with performances Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and Oct. 12-15 in the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Sept. 28 will be a TAG Night Out. Read more.

Members Sought for The Omaha International Folk Dancers

Jennifer Forbes-Baily and members of The Omaha International Folk Dancers, part of the Dance of the People endeavor of UNO's The Moving Company, College of Education - performed in several community events recently. In August and September, for the regional conference sponsored by the Nebraska Association for Translators and Interpreters, at the annual Labor Day Italian Festival and for Treynor Public Schools Cultural Diversity Celebration.

The folk dancers will also participate in the UNO Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 1. The Omaha International Folk Dancers meet every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. in the 237 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.  Everyone is welcome and no dance experience is required. Dance instruction is offered from 3 to 4 p.m. but participants should wear soft-soled shoes. 

Contact Jennifer Forbes-Baily at with any questions or for more information.

Mike Posner and The Brain Trust Oct. 6 at Sokol Auditorium

UNO's Maverick Productions presents Mike Posner and The Brain Trust at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Sokol Auditorium in downtown Omaha.

Student tickets ($10) are available in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office. General public tickets ($27) are available at

Since the release of 31 Minutes To Takeoff in 2010, Posner has traveled the world promoting his album and his first two singles, "Cooler Than Me" and "Please Don't Go." Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

Contemporary Painting Exhibit on Display at UNO Art Gallery

Painting is the focus of the UNO Art Gallery's first exhibition of the 2011-2012 academic year, which is on display now through Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Julie Farstad and Jessie Fisher's exhibition, Hardcore Painting: Confessions and Premonitions, explores the evolution of each artist's work technically and philosophically by incorporating several bodies of works as well as preparatory drawings. Both artists revel in the subversive constraints of the most analyzed genres of the art world – the easel painting. Read more.

UNO Theatre Faculty featured in Art of Theatrical Design Exhibit

UNO Theatre Professors Sharon Sobel, Steven Williams and Robbie Jones will display their work as theatrical designers in the Osborne Family Gallery in the UNO Criss Library until Tuesday, Sept. 27. 

The exhibit offers attendees a rare opportunity to chart the creative process of three imaginative artists who work professionally in the collaborative art of theatre.  There will be representative costume, scenic, lighting and graphic designs that illustrate the process of bringing a production alive from page to stage.  Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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