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Sigma Phi Omega operates throughout the year as UNO's only gerontology honor society; dedicated to helping educate the different generations about the aging process and why it's important for young adults and elderly adults know more about each other.


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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.



2011 UNO-United Way Campaign Kicks Off Today

The 2011 UNO-United Way campaign officially begins today, Oct. 3. The campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 4. UNO has set a goal of $70,000.

UNO faculty and staff will receive a user name and password in an e-mail message sent to their university e-mail address and will have the option of designating a particular organization as well as donating to the general fund.

Drawing prizes for those who take part in the campaign include a month of "Rock Star" parking, a Samsung flash memory camcorder and several other surprises.  As a special incentive, Chancellor Christensen has pledged to provide breakfast for the UNO unit with the highest percentage increase in donations. 

Gifts to the United Way address the root causes of the most serious health and human services needs in the metropolitan community. Your donations are especially important this year given the recent flooding that has affected the surrounding areas. United Way funds programs and services that thousands of individuals and families count on to help them reach their full potential. Together the UNO community can inspire hope and create better opportunities for a better tomorrow. That is what it means to "Live United."

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Homecoming Office Decorating Contest Winners Announced

UNO spirit

The UNO Alumni Association sponsored a Homecoming Office Decorating Contest Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, with 30 units across campus participating in the circus-themed event. Offices were judged on creativity, originality, Mav spirit and environmentalism.

"Everyone who participated are winners," said Elizabeth Kraemer, event organizer with UNO Alumni Association. "What a display of school spirit. Decorations this year were literally over the top!"

The results were officially announced at the Oct. 1 UNO Homecoming hockey match.

This year's "top" award winners:
* First Place - Division of Continuing Studies
* Second Place - Psychology Department
* Third Place - Office of Student Affairs

Honorable Mention awardees:
* Best Use of Space - Information Services
* Best Incorporation of the Circus Theme - Office of Academic and Student Affairs
* Best Demonstration of Team Spirit - Human Resources, Business & Finance and Accounting Services
* Best Maverick Pride - Undergraduate Admissions

Watch eNotes for a virtual tour on UNOtube of some of the competing offices.

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'Life Begins at 40' KVNO Membership Drive Begins Today

KVNO celebrates its 40th broadcast year with the "Life Begins at 40" Membership Drive, beginning today, Oct. 3.

To commemorate this milestone, why not make your membership donation and serve as a telephone volunteer? The drive runs through Friday Oct. 14.

"The public radio membership drive is an opportunity for radio station staff and volunteers to work together to help make possible unique programming that enriches the entire community. One way we do that is by taking brief breaks from our regular programming to explain to listeners how public radio works, and the importance of membership donations," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO media development director. "At KVNO, we enjoy support not only from the community at large, but also from the UNO community. We have members and volunteers from the ranks of administration, faculty, staff and students -- many of whom donate dozens of hours of their time and expertise to make this event a success."

As Omaha's premier public radio station, KVNO serves and enriches the community and university through quality programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. KVNO is an integral part of the university, providing unique educational opportunities to students through training and employment in a professional environment. The KVNO staff is committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, to advancing the excellence and growth of the arts, to maximizing the value of the station's services through communication technologies, and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting.         

"Give the KVNO community timeless music and relevant news ... for another 40 years!" Balkovec said.

For more information, contact Patti Aroneseno or Balkovec at (402) 554.5866.

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UNO/Creighton Hosts Weeklong Event - 'Spotlight on Islam & Muslims'

Join both UNO and Creighton University for a weeklong educational opportunity to learn about different aspects of Islam the religion and Muslims. "Spotlight on Islam & Muslims" will be held today through Friday, Oct. 3-7, at UNO and Creighton University campuses.

For a complete listing of events, click on this link.

Sponsors include:  UNO Muslims Students Association, the UNO Department of Religions, UNO Islamic Studies Program, the Creighton Kripe Center for the Study of Religion and Society, American Institute of Islamic Studies & Culture and Nebraska Islamic Speakers Bureau.

Questions? Contact Bridget Blomfield at (402) 554.2940 or

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Girls Inc. Executive to Present at MBA Leadership Series Seminar Tomorrow Night

The UNO community is invited to a presentation by Roberta Wilhelm on Tuesday evening, Oct. 4. This will be the first of the 2011-2012 College of Business Administration's MBA Leadership Series Seminars.

MBA faculty, staff and students invite you to attend, to hear about Wilhelm's philosophy of leadership and networking from 6 to 7 p.m. in 113 Mammel Hall.

Wilhelm has served as executive director for Girls Inc. of Omaha since 2003, where she is responsible for generating and managing the resources to inspire all girls to be "strong, smart and bold."

The portrait of Warren Buffett in Mammel Hall's grand atrium was painted and auctioned to benefit Girls Inc. of Omaha. This November, at Girl's Inc. 10th annual "Lunch for the Girls", Warren Buffett be the featured speaker.

For more information, call (402) 554.3982.

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Christensen to Present UNO's State-of-the-University Address Wednesday

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Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address at UNO's fall convocation this 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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Annual Child Care Center Costume Parade Set for Halloween

Get your trick-or-treat goodies ready. The UNO Child Care Center is having its annual Costume Parade through campus on Monday, Oct. 31, starting at 9 a.m.

"The entire campus is invited to watch our future Mavericks march in their Halloween costumes," said Dawn Hove, director.

There will be approximately 75 children in the parade this year. The parade will start at the Child Care Center (located on the west end of campus) and continue through the Dodge campus heading east.

"Please remember if you have treats to hand out to the children, make certain that there is no hard candy and no candy containing nuts or peanut butter," Hove said. "Happy Halloween!"

Questions contact Hove at or (402) 554.4936.

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Dr. John McCarty's UNOrthodox Talk Tomorrow On Environmental Sustainability

The student-nominated, UNOrthodox speaker series is back! Dr. John McCarty, professor of biology and director of Environmental Studies, kicks off the fall semester with a talk entitled "The Quest for Environmental Sustainability: What You Can Do To Save The World." He will be speaking from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

Dr. McCarty will discuss how the greatest challenge of the coming decades is to find the means to meet the increasing demands for food, water and energy for our growing global population. Yet people also need healthy environments to live productive fulfilling lives. There are no easy routes and no guarantees of success on the path to this sustainable living for future generations. Is there a solution? Is there anything we can do? These and other questions will be discussion at the next UNOrthodox talk.

The UNOrthodox speaker series is a unique approach to generate honest and thought-provoking conversations at UNO. Developed through a partnership between Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Student Government and other campus partners, the UNOrthodox speaker series is designed to spark new ideas for the campus and our community.

For more information, call Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at (402) 554.2711.

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ASH Mini Health Fair This Week

Wellness Stampede

The first floor of Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) will be the site for a mini health fair this Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Activities will include:

* Flu Shots
- $15 for students
- $20 for faculty and staff

* Massage Chairs

* Blood Pressure Measurement

* Personal Trainers from Health, Physical Education and Recreation

* Healthy snacks for sale

Information will also be available on mental health, sexually transmitted diseases and counseling services.

The ASH Mini Health Fair is sponsored by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology – UNO. Tri-Chairs: Desiree Johnson, Casey Bowyer and Amy Walzer. Advisors: Dr. Lisa Scherer and Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon.

Questions? Contact Amy Walzer at

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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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Eric Foner Forum Oct. 5

Columbia University Historian Eric Foner, this year's Governor's Lecturer in the Humanities, will speak at UNO on his book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. The event will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. 

For forum details, contact Carson Holloway at (402) 554.4862 or

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UNO Jazz Ensembles, Trumpeter Provide Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Concert This Wednesday

Jazz Ensembles, joined by world-renowned trumpeter Jon Faddis, will provide a special concert tribute to legendary bebop artist Dizzie Gillespie this 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.

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Grace Abbott School of Social Work Film Event This Friday on 'The Quilted Conscience'

The Grace Abbott School of Social Work is proud to present filmmaker John Sorenson's documentary "The Quilted Conscience," in the 132 Collaborating Commons of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, this Friday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

"The Quilted Conscience" documents the story of a group of 16 Sudanese-American girls – refugees from the genocide in their troubled homeland – who are thrust into a new life in Grand Island, Neb. It's a story of a quilters' guild of local white women, some of whom have had little previous contact with ethnic or racial minorities. A famed African-American quilt maker travels a thousand miles to help "stitch" the groups together by means of a "culture-blend" fabric-art project. Together the group creates a beautiful wall-size mural, composed of dozens of dramatic story panels.

This documentary is part of The Quilted Conscience Project, a culture-exchange/arts-in-education program. The project is a tribute to the living legacy of one of America's greatest social justice pioneers: Grand

Island native Grace Abbott, namesake of UNO's School of Social work, who devoted her life to working for the rights of the children and immigrants of our nation.

This is a free event. For more information, visit R.S.V.P. to Laura Bisson at

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Expert in L2 Composition to Present Talk at UNO Next Week

Professor Dana Ferris, one of the leading experts in L2 composition and pedagogy, will give a presentation on Monday, Oct. 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. 

Her presentation, entitled "Academic Writing and the Challenges that L2 Writers Face," will engage anyone who teaches linguistically diverse students whose language of nurture is not English.  She is a prolific author and university professor of writing at the University of California at Davis.  Among other books and articles, she is the author of Teaching College Writing to Diverse Student Populations (2009). She is also currently at work with John Hedgcock on the third edition of Teaching ESL Composition.

For more information, contact Frank Bramlett at or Kathy Radosta at

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