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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 College of Education Teaches Teachers With Culture Walks

College of Education Teaches Teachers With Culture Walks

video by Charley Reed

On Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, the UNO College of Education sent 150 students out into three Omaha communities. At the Salem Baptist Church, dozens of students learned about the North Omaha community and its plans for the future.


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Readership Survey Under Way

eNotes is the university's original online news source and here we grow again. With the recent campus-wide rebranding campaign and launching of a new master calendar we're looking to revamp eNotes. Once again, we need our readers help. It only takes a few minutes to take the following survey. To get started, visit this link. The survey closes Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Accounting Services Announces Travel and Transport e-Invoice

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Accounting Services is pleased to announce Travel and Transport will be moving the university to electronic invoicing starting today, Sept. 20. The e-Invoice contains full itinerary information and can be used for expense reporting.

The e-Invoice will provide all ticket numbers associated with a reservation and include a total invoice amount with all tickets added together. Exchanges will also appear with details of the ticket being exchanged and the amount of additional collections, penalties, credit amounts or credit voucher amounts. E-invoices will be sent on all reservations except for those that have multiple forms of payment (i.e. a companion or spouse is traveling). In these instances, a paper invoice will still be sent. 

Questions?  Contact Teresa Carlson at

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OLLAS Charla Series Starts Today

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will kick off its 2011-2012 Charla series at noon today, Sept. 20, with a lecture by Dr. Maylei Blackwell in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

The event is free, and open to the UNO community and the public. Blackwell is an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches and conducts research at the Cesar Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She specializes in gender, politics of race, indigenous women rights, Latin American feminism, and borderland studies. Her research focuses on Chicana, Mexican and Latino women. Read more.

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Philosophy Lecture Series This Friday

Dr. Jeffrey Brower, associate professor at Purdue University, will speak on "Aquinas on Human Personhood and Death" this Friday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). The event is free and open to the public.

His specialties include medieval philosophy, metaphysics and philosophy and religion. Brower is also co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Abelard as well as author of several articles and book chapters.

Brower will also present a separate lecture this Friday for philosophy faculty and majors. He will lead a 10 a.m. seminar, "Aristotelian Endurantism: A New Solution to the Problem of Temporary Intrinsics," in 280 ASH.

The Philosophy Lecture Series is sponsored by the Philosophy Program and the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, call (402) 554.2628 or email

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October 1 – 'Mail a Mav!' Day

This year, Saturday, Oct. 1, will celebrate – "Mail a Mav!" This day is dedicated to all UNO freshmen.

To commemorate the occasion, mail a letter of encouragement to your favorite UNO freshmen’s on- or off- campus residence before Oct. 1.

"We are encouraging parents, grandparents, relatives, coaches, faculty, staff and friends to write letters or just drop a note to freshmen," said Chris Liewer, associate director for Pre-Admissions & Orientation.  "We want to encourage them to keep up all the hard work and dedication that it takes to be a successful college student. Please take the time to do this and share some thoughtful words to the UNO freshmen class!"

Questions? Contact Liewer at

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Alumni Association Sponsors Annual Homecoming Decorating Contest

Although faculty, staff and student workers may not be on the hockey team, everyone can still compete with the annual Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. Get your co-workers together and sign up for this second annual event being sponsored by the UNO Alumni Association. This is a great opportunity to show off your office's school pride and compete for the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest trophy.

Each office that signs up by Monday, Sept. 26, will get a bag of decorating goodies to help get everyone started in decorating. Judging will take place Thursday, Sept. 29. Judges will be seeking out the office that has the most school spirit. The winner will be announced in the Monday, Oct. 3, edition of eNotes, and will be the next office to receive the Homecoming Traveling Trophy and other prizes.

Decorations also can incorporate the 2011 circus theme -- The Greatest Week on Earth: Under the Big Top!" Bonus points will be awarded for environmentally friendly decorations.

Download a registration form at

Call Elizabeth Kraemer at (402) 554.4802 with questions.

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CDs/DVDs Needed for Moving Planet – Omaha Community Event

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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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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Productive and Simple Research Management:  A Workshop on RefWorks

Criss Library offers an overview of the easy-to-use RefWorks -- an online research management tool for simplified which allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies. Workshop attendees will learn how to:

* Organize and save citations from all sources;

* Automatically export citations from databases -- without redundant typing;

* Share bibliographies with collaborators, students and researchers via the web; and

* Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

Workshops will be held in 107 Criss Library. Register at

- Friday, Sept. 23:  1 to 3 p.m.

- Wednesday, Sept. 28:  1 to 2:30 p.m.

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NBDC to Offer Free Workshop on Business Marketing Friday

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will present a free workshop on "Putting it all Together Taking Your Business Plan to the Marketplace" Friday, Sept. 23. The free workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mammel Hall.

NBDC Business Consultant, Mary Goebel-Lundholm, will present. She has extensive corporate, international and entrepreneurial business experience.

For details or to register, visit this link.

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'Service-Learning 101' Offered This Fall

Have you been hearing more and more about service learning? If you are interested in learning more about how to integrate service learning into your courses, read on . . .

Each semester the Service Learning Academy offers an introductory workshop, Service Learning 101, as a way for faculty members to engage their creative minds and imagine how to develop applied learning projects that will involve students both in active application of course concepts and in serving a genuine need or gap in community resources. You will learn how to find a community partner and how to manage the project throughout the planning and implementation process. At the end, you will be well along the road of having a course plan developed.

So, if you are curious about service learning and want to learn more, register today for one of the following workshops, by emailing Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz,, or calling (402) 554.2712 with any questions. 

Fall dates:

* Tuesday, Oct. 4 / 9 to 11 a.m. / MBSC Jenkins Room

* Wednesday, Oct. 12 / 9 to 11 a.m.  / MBSC Jenkins Room

If you have a course into which you would like to develop around a service learning project, bring your course syllabus. If you do not have a syllabus developed yet, jot down what your course learning objectives would be and we can start from there.

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Pauley Wins National Science Foundation Award

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Dr. Mark Pauley, senior research fellow and associate director of the Undergraduate Bioinformatics Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Informatics at the UNO College of Information Science and Technology, a four-year, $567,000 grant to assist in the development and integration of bioinformatics-focused laboratory exercises across the life sciences curriculum.

This specific project is considered Phase 2 as it builds on previous NSF-funded work to add bioinformatics content to lecture courses.

Through the NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), Pauley and a leadership team of researchers from three Nebraska institutions – UNO, University of Nebraska at Kearney and Nebraska Wesleyan University – are working to develop a new curriculum to enable students at all levels to unlock the potential of bioinformatics as a discipline.  Read more.

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