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September 21, 1977: Gerald Ford Visits Campus

photo courtesy Criss Library

On this day in UNO history former president Gerald R. Ford, a native of Omaha, visited to the UNO campus as a distinguished visiting professor of political science. During his visit, Ford provided a lecture in the Eppley Auditorium.

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Monday Morning Dew

Monday Morning Dew

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

New plantings outside Roskens Hall are covered with dew Monday morning. Dedication of Roskens Hall will be Friday (Sept. 23) afternoon at 4 pm.


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 . . .



SAC Nominations Under Way through This Friday

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The 2011 SAC election nomination forms are now available on the SAC website. In keeping with the university's green initiative, the nomination and the election are now being held electronically. Nomination submissions will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

At this time, the council is looking for volunteers to serve. If selected, and then elected, staff would be expected to attend the monthly meeting and serve on various subcommittees. Chancellor John Christensen encourages the support of supervisors in allowing their employees the time off to participate in this important mission.

SAC was established in March 1973 to promote and facilitate communications between UNO managerial/professional and office/service employees and the chancellor. SAC is a working council that meets at least once a month, usually the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m.

Elected members will serve three-year terms. Individuals may nominate themselves. The link to the nominations can be found on the UNO SAC website or at this link.

Submissions are accepted by mail from individuals without computer access: UNO SAC, P.O. Box 130. If you have any questions, contact SAC Rep Kim Kronschnabel at (402) 554.3497.

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Fall Job Fair at UNO Today

Today, 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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Poet Kwame Dawes to Read Works on Campus Tonight

Emmy Award-Winning documentarian, novelist and poet, Kwame Dawes will read from his newest collection of poems, Back of Mount Peace, tonight, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Tonight's event is sponsored and organized by The Writer's Workshop in the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media. A brief discussion and book signing will follow. Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Miles Waggener at (402) 558.1490 or

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Roskens Hall Set for Dedication Ceremony on Friday

The campus community is invited to attend the formal dedication of Roskens Hall on Friday, Sept. 23.  The ceremony will take place in front of the building starting at 4 p.m. Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to Gina Pearson at (402) 502.4912 or

University officials set to speak at the dedication include NU President James Milliken, Chancellor John Christensen, College of Education Dean Nancy Edick and Bob Whitehouse, chair of the NU Board of Regents. Others who will be speaking include Clarence Castner, president of the University of Nebraska Foundation; Ruth Scott, a principal donor to the project; and Ron and Lois Roskens. Ron Roskens is a former UNO chancellor and NU president emeritus.  Read more.

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Parking Reservations - Roskens Hall Dedication

Roskens Hall Dedication for UNO's College of Education is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

The following parking arrangements have been made for this ceremony:

* On Sept. 22 & Sept. 23:  Lot north of Roskens Hall will be closed to allow deliveries and tent setup all day.

* On Sept. 23:  Meter stalls in front of Eppley Administration Building will be reserved all day for special guest parking.

In addition, the gates to Lots T, U and V in the Parking Structure (PS 1) behind Arts and Sciences Hall will be open for guest parking starting at 2 p.m.

Electric carts will be available to shuttle guests to and from PS 1 to Roskens Hall.

Any questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Mavericks To Have New Venue in 2012-13


UNO announced Sept. 20 that its men's basketball team will play its home games at the new Ralston Sports and Event Center beginning with the 2012-13 season. The arena is currently under construction and is expected to open in the fall of 2012.

"This is great news for our men's basketball program as it continues its reclassification to Division I," said Trev Alberts, UNO's Director of Athletics.  "The new Ralston arena will provide the team with a first-class, state-of-the-art venue in which to play and will offer our fans outstanding amenities and great convenience just south of our campus." Read more.

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'Give the Boot to Child Hunger' Under Way through Sept. 25

UNO is taking part in the "Give the Boot to Child Hunger" campaign which is organized in conjunction with Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo and Stock Show.  The food drive on campus runs through Sunday, Sept. 25.

"Our university is a very giving place," said Chancellor John Christensen.  "I know that faculty, staff and students will do all they can to help those in our community who need this kind of help. I encourage everyone to take part."

Give the Boot to Hunger is a collaboration between ConAgra Foods, the Food Bank for the Heartland and Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo and Stock Show.  Organizers hope to collect 82,200 pounds of food, the weight of the bulls competing in this year's rodeo. September is also Hunger Awareness Month.

On campus, blue barrels have been placed in nearly every building as drop-off locations for food items. While all food is welcome, the Food Bank is especially looking for donations of canned tuna, boxed potatoes, canned chicken, pancake mix, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, canned peaches, cookies, rice, peanut butter and green beans.

People wanting to donate cash should send checks made out to the Food Bank to Rita Henry in 108 Eppley Administration Building.

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Sept. 23 'Clicker Brownbag' Cancelled

The 'Clicker Brownbag' that was scheduled for this coming Friday, Sept. 28, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from noon to 1 p.m. has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled at a later date by UNO Information Services.

Questions? Contact Ted Turgeon at

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MaverickPR Hosts Eighth Annual 'La Notte Italiana' Benefit Dinner

Typically, when "La Notte Italiana" (Italian Night) is translated into English, it means an evening in Venice, Rome or Sicily.

But at UNO, it means MaverickPR's, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), annual benefit dinner.

The event, featuring authentic Italian cuisine from local restaurants, silent auction and a night to socialize, will be held Friday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Social Hall, 9302 Blondo St. All proceeds will help the chapter pay for student travel, competitions, campus and community service projects and special events. The fundraiser comes a few weeks before the PRSSA National Conference in Orlando Oct. 14-18, in which 13 members and their faculty adviser are gearing up to represent UNO. Read more.

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Next Fit Minded Session Starts Next Week

Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, is inviting women who enjoy reading, being social and who also want to become healthier to consider joining the fourth session of Fit Minded, a physical activity book club.

Formerly known as research study "Women Bound to Be Active," Fit Minded empowers women to become physically active by focusing on increasing self-worth and physical activity through a book club format. Through reading and discussion, Fit Minded provides women skills and strategies so that they can be active on their own for a lifetime. Fit Minded also offers an online resources, including blogging, chatting and activity tracking.

There's still time to register. Session Five of Fit Minded runs through Sept. 26 to April 2, 2012. Members will meet for an hour starting at 5:30 p.m. at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center Board Room. Sessions will be facilitated by Huberty and her team.

To join Fit Minded, go to or send an email to The phone number for the group is (402) 554.3395.

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UNO Study Abroad Fair to be Held on Sept. 28

Students interested in planning for a short-term, summer, or semester abroad should attend the UNO Study Abroad Fair on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit with study abroad alumni, exchange students from partner institutions, UNO faculty leaders, third-party providers and a Study Abroad Advisor to learn more about earning credits towards your degree, volunteering or interning while abroad.

Contact Emily Hardt at with any study abroad questions. For more information about study abroad, visit or the Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall.

Note: The inclement weather location will be in the MBSC Aksarben Room.

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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.

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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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Green Tip of the Week

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Moving Planet – Omaha This Saturday at Turner Park

Moving Planet - Omaha  is Omaha's response to the international Moving Planet Campaign taking place in 168 countries this Saturday, Sept. 24. The Omaha event takes place on Saturday at Turner Park (Midtown Crossing) from noon until 2 p.m. and is sponsored by 350 Nebraska in cooperation with UNO's Alliance of Fitness Professionals and Eta Sigma Gamma (a health education honorary). For details, click on this link

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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