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Homecoming 2011

video by Charley Reed

This year UNO will be celebrating Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 1 with a full day of events and excitement. In this video, representatives from Maverick Productions and the UNO Alumni Association discuss their plans.


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October 1, 1962: Four-lane Bowling Alley in the MBSC is Dedicated

photo courtesy Criss Library

Fifty years ago this Saturday, UNO opened a four-lane bowling alley in the Milo Bail Student Center for use by students, faculty and staff. Located in the space currently occupied by the Service-Learning Academy and Gateway newspaper, the bowling could be used at the cost of 40 cents a game and 15 cents for shoes.

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Roskens Hall Dedication

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Dedication ceremonies were held Friday, September 23 for the College of Education's Ronald W. Roskens and Lois G. Roskens Hall. The building's north entrance was named after John Langan, UNO's late dean of education. Honored at the ceremony were Ruth and Bill Scott and Dr. George and Sally Haddix as principal benefactors.



Flu Shot Open House Today at Health Services

To kick off Health Services' annual flu shot clinics, staff will host a Flu Shot Open House at their office in 102 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building today, Sept. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Health Services encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against influenza. This year's flu shot will vaccinate against:

- H1N1;

- Influenza A; and

- Influenza B.

The cost is $15 for students with ID, and $20 for faculty, staff or members of the UNO community. Those visiting the open house or clinics are reminded to wear clothing appropriate for a shot in the arm. Cookies and cider will be provided while supplies last.

For upcoming 2011 Flu Shot Clinics, visit this link.

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Chronicle Highlights and NU News Bulletin Subscriptions Available

Want to stay informed and on the cutting edge of on. The UNO Office of Institutional Research is offering an online subscription that you can sign up for free to receive twice every week day.

The first news bulletin is daily highlights from the paper version of the Chronicle; it contains informative information of important events going on in the higher education world. The second news bulletin is daily highlights and news within the University of Nebraska system as well as other events that may affect the university system.

Please follow the link and fill out your UNO information in the form to receive the daily email:

Questions? Email

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'Why Science is Important for Non-Scientists' Oct. 6 at UNMC

The decline in science education "threatens the economic welfare and security of our country," according to the National Science Board. Americans need to understand science in order to be able to sort through controversies over climate change, stem cell research, vaccination and evolution.

For the 12th Annual Rationalists, Empiricists, And Skeptics Of Nebraska (R.E.A.S.O.N) Fall Forum, organizers have arranged for James A. Wilson, from the UNO Biology Department, to discuss "Why Science is Important to Non-Scientists," at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall (Room 1002) of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Durham Research Center on Thursday, Oct. 6. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Wilson's UNO courses include mammalogy and marine biology and research in physiological ecology: The Durham Research Center is located on Emile Street, on the northwest part of the UNMC campus, off of Saddle Creek.

R.E.A.S.O.N. is an organization of pro-science activists, is dedicated to defending rational discourse and promoting critical reasoning in the public sphere.

For more information, visit or contact Jim Bechtel at (402) 556.8312.

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Award-winning Author, Essayist to Visit UNO Oct. 12-13

Scott Russell Sanders, distinguished professor emeritus of English at Indiana University and author of 20 books of creative nonfiction and fiction, will visit the UNO campus for two days in October. The visit, titled "Imagining Nature," is sponsored by the UNO Department of English and the Omaha Center for Faith Studies.

Included in the visit is a reading from his book, A Conservationist Manifesto, about environmentalism's importance to a sense of community. The reading takes place in the Milo Bail Student Center's Nebraska Room Wednesday, Oct. 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Read more.

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Divas of Diversity Drag Show is Oct. 12

Maverick Productions will host the Divas of Diversity – featuring Shangela – in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Free food will be available for attendees.

The Divas of Diversity presentation features a sharing of stories of discrimination and acceptance, a powerful drag show performance and time for questions and answers.

The presentation encourages young people to come together to be educated, inspired and to create a conversation on their campus and in their community that embraces and supports differences.  Read more.

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2011 UNO Health & Wellness Fair Set for Nov. 3

Wellness Stampede

Mark your calendars. The UNO Health & Wellness Fair has been set for Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 128 of the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building on the UNO campus.

The fair is presented by UNO Health Services and UNO Campus Recreation, as part of its ongoing effort to inform, educate and empower the campus community to adapt a healthier lifestyle. The fair will feature an affordable blood draw, free screenings, free chair massages, more than 50 vendors, demonstrations, door prizes and much more. New this year will be the first annual UNO Health & Wellness Fair Blood Drive, hosted in cooperation with the American Red Cross. Donors can sign up online at and enter sponsor code: 2651. Read more.

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Single SAC Position Still Open

Due to an omission, one Staff Advisory Council (SAC) position still remains open. If interested in running for this position, visit this link. The deadline to apply is by 5 p.m. today, Sept. 30.

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.

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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'The Quantum State' Radio Show Premieres Tonight

New to the UNO Mav Radio line up this semester is "The Quantum State." The new program will feature everything about Science and beyond.

Listen to "The Quantum State" every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. (CST) at

Send your science questions to and your question will be answered live on the air.

UNOMAVRADIO is a student-run radio station that runs out of the UNO campus. For details, visit

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'Spooky Action at a Distance' Radio Show Returns to Air Waves

Back for another season! Time again to tune into the "Spooky Action at a Distance" radio show. Join UNO student hosts and guests, as they will talk hard science, UFO's and everything in between.

"When we say everything in between, we mean everything in between," said John Powers, UNO student DJ. "Our motto is that ‘It is not the destination…it is the journey!'"

‘Spooky Action at a Distance' airs every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. (CST) at the streaming audio link

If you have a question, email it to and the crew will answer it live on the air.

UNOMAVRADIO is a student-run radio station that runs out of the UNO campus. Details, visit

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Saturday Is '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 freshman or freshmen 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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In the News

In the News

- Phani Tej Adidam, Department of Marketing and Management, was quoted in a Sept. 24 Omaha World-Herald article about the new Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor, Schweddy Balls. Adidam addressed the ice cream's name from a branding and marketing standpoint.

- The Sept. 25 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on how this year's flooding impacted local businesses. Andy Alexander, Nebraska Business Development Center, was quoted in the article.

- KPTM and the Omaha World-Herald covered the Sept. 23 dedication ceremony for Roskens Hall, the new home to the College of Education. Nancy Edick, College of Education, was quoted in the Sept. 24 Omaha World-Herald article.

- Paul Landow, Department of Political Science, was quoted in the Sept. 25 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on the salaries of city employees.

- A Sept. 24 Omaha World-Herald article on theatre offerings quoted Doug Paterson, Department of Theatre.

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

- Teresa M. Houser, Department of History, published "New Deal Experimentation and the Political Economy of the Yankton Sioux, 1930-1934," 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. Performances run tonight through Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, in the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building.

The Government Inspector is directed by Doug Paterson. The final run of the show is set for Oct. 12-15. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. 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

This Saturday's Joslyn Lecture and Tour Explores Elkhorn River Watershed

Join Toby Jurovics, Joslyn chief curator, and Alan Kolok, director of the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory at UNO, and interim director of the Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology at University of Nebraska Medical Center, in a discussion about the Elkhorn River watershed. Speakers will address the natural and cultural history of the river and ecological studies taking place at the Elkhorn River Research Station.

Following the discussion, Dr. Kolok will lead a tour of the research station for interested participants. Please note: space on the tour bus is limited and advance reservations are required. If you are interested in joining the tour following the program, contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661.3862 or email

Admission to the program is free for Joslyn Members and free with regular museum admission for the general public.  

This program is scheduled in conjunction with the special exhibition American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West on view now through Jan. 8, 2012.

This event is sponsored by Joslyn Art Museum, UNO Service Learning Academy, and UNMC.

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes Baghdad Art Exhibit

The UNO Art Gallery is opening two concurrent exhibitions in conjunction with the UNO European and Global Studies Conferences that will bring viewers closer to two distant places – a famous street in Baghdad and a university art department in Cracow.

The exhibitions open with a reception for gallery and conference guests on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibition, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, features letterpress broadsides, artists' books and a documentary film made to honor the book center of Baghdad, which was destroyed by a car bomb in 2007. Lives were lost and many were injured by the attack that targeted a thriving center of intellectual exchange. Read more.

UNO Professor to Present Wild Horse Photography Exhibit

UNO Professor Christine Reed will present a collection of wild horse photographs on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The exhibit is entitled "Still Wild: Horses of the Bighorn Canyon."

Reed is a Regents Foundation Professor in the School of Public Administration.

The opening reception for the exhibition runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Omaha Healing Arts Center Gallery, 1216 Howard St. The exhibit will remain on display through November. 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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