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Monday Morning Dew

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

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Students, Faculty React to Roskens Hall

video by Charley Reed

The first day of school for Fall 2011 also marked the first day the newly renovated Roskens Hall opened its doors to students in the College of Education. We stopped in to get some footage and reactions to the new building.


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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 . . .



Roskens Hall Dedication Ceremony Today at UNO

The campus community is invited to attend the formal dedication of Roskens Hall today, Sept. 23.  The ceremony will take place in front of the building starting at 4 p.m.

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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Philosophy Lecture Series Today

Dr. Jeffrey Brower, associate professor at Purdue University, will speak on "Aquinas on Human Personhood and Death" today, 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 today 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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SAC Nominations Deadline Today

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Time is running out. The 2011 SAC election nomination forms are available until 5 p.m. today, Sept. 23, on the SAC website. In keeping with the university's green initiative, the nomination and the election are now being held electronically.

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.

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Mavs Host Mercer in Special Match at Werner Park Tonight


Mavs Host Mercer in Special Match at Werner Park Tonight
The UNO Maverick men's soccer team returns home tonight, Sept. 23, to play the Mercer Bears at 7 p.m., in the second of three home games this season. But unlike the first game, UNO will call Werner Park its home, as the Mavs travel down the road to play under the lights in a 6,434-seat stadium with more than 2,500 additional spots available. The five-month-old Werner Park, which will be hosting its first-ever soccer game, is home to the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Kansas City Royals' Triple-A affiliate baseball team.

In an effort to reach out to the entire Omaha community, the UNO soccer team will play at the ballpark located in Sarpy County, near the intersection of 126th Street and Highway 370 in Papillion.  All seating for tonight's event will be general admission. Tickets are on sale through the Omaha Storm Chasers' ticket office. Prices are $7 for adults and $5 for kids age 3-10. Children 2 and under are free. UNO students can get in for free with their MavCard. To purchase tickets, visit or call (402) 738.5100.

Parking is $2 for the lots in front of the stadium. Free parking is available in lots behind the stadium. Read more.

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Starting Next Monday Two-day Jewelry Fair to Support United Way

Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other fun items will be on sale Monday, Sept. 26, on the south campus, in the Mammel Hall Atrium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday, Sept. 27, north campus, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellorand Board Rooms from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Most items are $5 or less, and 10 percent of the total receipts go directly to the United Way in UNO's name.  Human Resources invite everyone to drop in and be surprised by the bargains and quality.

For sale questions, contact Stella Watts at (402) 554.2321.

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Video Team On Campus Next Week

A videography team will be on campus starting Tuesday, Sept. 27.  The group will stay through homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 1.

CampusTours staff will interview more than 40 members of the UNO community during the week.  While most of the interviews are set to take place in a studio, the team will also shoot indoor and outdoor campus footage.  CampusTours plans to get aerial shots of the university on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. as well. All of the footage will be used to create an online virtual campus tour.

"Faculty, staff and students can expect to see a helicopter Thursday morning if the weather is good," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations.  "If the weather is iffy, the helicopter would go up on Friday."

The virtual campus tour project team is led by Student Affairs staff with input and assistance from UNO Television, Athletics, University Relations, International Studies and Information Systems. Campus Tours Inc., based in Auburn, Maine, has been creating online campus tours for college and universities since 1997. simple syndication.

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Students, Faculty, Staff Encouraged to Volunteer for Three Days of Service

Campus and community volunteers are needed for UNO's Three Days of Service. Three Days of Service teams people in the Omaha community with nonprofit organizations to perform the following service activities: rehabilitation of homes; cleaning neighborhoods; renovating gardens; painting; and sprucing up facilities.

Three Days of Service takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15; Monday, Oct. 17; and Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Participation in Three Days of Service allows volunteers to build their resumes; give back to community; and network with local and national organizations.

Volunteers will receive free lunch, a Three Days of Service T-shirt and transportation.

Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. each day in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. A light breakfast will be available. Volunteers will be transported via shuttle to a work site and be retrieved after 2 p.m., with shuttles arriving at UNO by 3 p.m. each day.

To register to volunteer or for more information, visit or email or call 554.4083.

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UNO Child Care Center Open House Set for Sept. 29

This year marks the 25th anniversary since the doors opened at UNO Child Care Center (UNOCCC). UNOCCC provides high quality child care and early education service for university families, including students, faculty, staff and alumni. To allow members from the UNO community a chance to check out the Center, staff will hold an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

"If you are interested in learning more about the UNOCCC please stop in during our open house to see the facility and meet the staff," said Dawn Hove, the Center's director.

To learn more about the Center go to:

Questions? Contact Hove at or (402) 554.4936.

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UNO Study Abroad Fair Next Week

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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In the News

In the News

- Trev Alberts, Athletics, was quoted in the Sept. 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about moving men's basketball to the new Ralston Sports and Event Center next year.

- John Bartle, School of Public Administration, was interviewed Sept. 20 by KPTM on President Barack Obama's proposed tax plan.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Sept. 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald in an article on household incomes across Nebraska.

- The Sept. 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on the recent assassination of Afghan politician Burhanuddin Rabbani. Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the article.

- Student Coley Maxim was interviewed Sept. 20 by WOWT to discuss her two art pieces on display earlier this week near Criss Library for the course Art in Public Places, which she is taking this semester.

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

- Bruce Garver, Department of History, published "Immigration to the Great Plains, 1865-1914: War, Politics, Technology, and Economic Development," Great Plains Quarterly 31 (Summer 20011).

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.

Percussion Music of Steve Reich in Concert Oct. 4 at UNO

The UNO Percussion Ensemble will present a special concert featuring the percussion music of Steve Reich, in celebration of the composer's 75th birthday, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Guest artists Terry Longshore and Brett Reed – of the percussion duo Skin & Bones and specialists in Reich's music – will perform with the UNO ensemble on Oct. 4.

The centerpiece of "The Percussion Music of Steve Reich: A 75th Birthday Concert" will be a full performance of his landmark 1971 work Drumming. Drumming features 16 musicians performing on drums, marimbas, glockenspiels, piccolo and voice. Read more.

UNO Jazz Ensembles, Trumpeter Provide Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Concert Oct. 5

UNO's Jazz Ensembles, joined by world-renowned trumpeter Jon Faddis, will provide a special concert tribute to legendary bebop artist Dizzie Gillespie on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

The concert, which will also feature the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO), will be held at the Strauss Performing Arts Center starting at 7 p.m.

The cost for the event is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. UNO students, faculty and staff will be admitted for free with their MavCard. Read more.

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.

Chamber Choir of Ireland to Give Concert at UNO

The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Ireland's most distinguished choral ensemble, will give a concert at UNO on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

The group has been celebrated internationally for its fresh and innovative sound. The choir was founded in 1991 by the composer and conductor, Colin Mawby and was developed under the direction of the Brazilian conductor Celso Antunes until 2007. In 2008, the internationally celebrated conductor Paul Hillier joined the group as artistic director and chief conductor. 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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