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September Employee of the Month

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David Drozd, Research Coordinator for UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR), recently was named UNO's Employee of the Month for September. Drozd, a native of the Genoa, Nebraska area, has worked at UNO for the last eight years. He works closely with Institutional Research at UNO, the state legislature, statewide news media and researchers in disseminating data about the census and other population trends such as migration and aging in Nebraska.

UNO Tube Archive Art in Public Places - Road Sign Design Project

Art in Public Places - Road Sign Design Project

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On Tuesday, September 20, students from David Helm's 'Art in Public Places' course made the Criss Library walkway a gallery space for their road sign design project: to take easily-recognizable road sign shapes and transformed them into expressions of individual creativity.


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Today's Final Jewelry Fair to Support United Way

Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other fun items will be on sale today, Sept. 27, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor and 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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AMS to Host Free Latino Dance Workshop Today

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, the American Multicultural Students (AMS) organization at UNO will host a free Latino Dance Workshop today, Sept. 27, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Free dance instruction and food will be available from noon to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Brandee Alexander at (402) 554.3696.

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SAC Nomination Deadline Extended through Wednesday

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Final chance to nominate a coworker to serve on UNO's Staff Advisory Council (SAC). The council is still looking for volunteers to serve -- so the nomination deadline has been extended through Wednesday, Sept. 28, by 5 p.m.

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.

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.

Elected members will serve three-year terms. Individuals may nominate themselves. In keeping with the university's green initiative, the nomination and the election are now being held electronically. 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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This Week In Maverick Athletics


This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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HR to Host Seminar on Medicare and Social Security

Human Resources invites faculty, staff and retirees to an Information Seminar on Friday, Oct. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

At the seminar, presenters will include Nicole Rossito from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Howard Johns, a Medicare advisor and an advocate for seniors.

It will feature information on:

* Medicare;

* Medicare supplement policies; and

* Social Security.

Come and learn about the options available for those reaching this important stage in life.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at (402) 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465.

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UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Fall Lecture Series

Christopher Dickey will be speaking this Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus Student Union.  His address is entitled, "Now That We're Safe, What Should We Fear?" The event is free and open to the UNO community and the public.

Award-winning author Christopher Dickey, whose most recent book Securing the City was published in 2009, is the Paris Bureau Chief and Middle East Regional Editor for Newsweek Magazine. Dickey has also written for Foreign Affairs, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Wired, Rolling Stone, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review and The New Republic. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, as well as other television and radio networks.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was formerly an Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow. Dickey is also a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

Questions? Contact Peter Simi at

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MaverickPR Hosts Eighth Annual 'La Notte Italiana' Benefit Dinner Friday

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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'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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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.

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Christensen to Present State-of-the-University Address Next Week

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Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address at UNO's fall convocation Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Christensen is expected to discuss the university's efforts to build capacity, implementation of an enrollment management plan, and strategic priorities across the campus, as well as progress on long-range goals.

Christensen will also discuss UNO's recent enrollment numbers, the university's priority on community engagement and campus accomplishments during the past year.

Convocation begins at 10 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. UNO faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the free event.

A reception at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom will immediately follow Christensen's remarks.

For more information, call (402) 554.3502.

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Next Omaha Table Talk Event is Oct. 20

Omaha Table Talk continues its seventh year serving the metro area, with the next event scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO, Omaha Table Talk is a program that brings diverse racial and ethnic groups together over dinner to discuss racial issues.

Since its start in 2004, interest has increased. Participants have come together to respond to a series of questions, bring new ideas and share experiences of racial diversity, said Executive Director A'Jamal Byndon.

Participants have dinner to discuss significant issues of the day dealing with race and diversity.  Read more.

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National Recognition for UNO Aviation Students

A team of undergraduate students from the UNO Aviation Institute was recognized as third-place winners in the Federal Aviation Administration's 2011 Design Competition for Universities.

The project, "X-Band Radar for Monitoring the Airport Environ's," was submitted by Cole Hartfiel, Thane Seeley and Peter Bokelman. Hartfiel and Seeley both recently graduated with a bachelor's degree from UNO; Bokelman is a returning senior at the Aviation Institute.

Their project focused on the use of X-band radar (similar to that found on commercial fishing boats) to observe aircraft movements in the vicinity of an airport that does not have a control tower. Read more.

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