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2011 Homecoming Office Decorating Contest

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All week during UNO's Homecoming for 2011, offices around campus were encouraged to be decorated to show off their school sprit by decorating their offices. A trophy went to the Division of Continuing Studies as the best-decorated office.


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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.



Mavericks To Host Media Day Today


The UNO hockey team will hold its annual Media Day today, Oct. 4, at noon at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. All members of the accredited news media are invited.

Head Coach Dean Blais, Associate Head Coach Mike Hastings and Assistant Coach Brian Renfrew along with all UNO players will be available for interviews and photographs. Media day also will include the annual team picture.

Those attending the event should enter the CenturyLink Center through the security entrance on the east side of the building.

The Mavs begin the regular season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, when they host the Mutual of Omaha Stampede.

For details, media should contact Dave Ahlers at (402) 554.3387 or

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Dr. John McCarty's UNOrthodox Talk Today on Environmental Sustainability

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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. today, 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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Percussion Music of Steve Reich Concert Tonight

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. tonight, 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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Two Conferences on International Issues Oct. 6-8 at UNO

The UNO will host the 34th annual Global Studies Conference Oct. 6-8, in conjunction with the European Studies Conference.

All events will be held on the third floor of UNO's Milo Bail Student Center.

Poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil will offer the keynote address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Beausoleil has authored nine books of poetry and is founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition. Since its start in 2007, in response to a car bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Iraq, the organization has hosted exhibits, readings and panel discussions in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. Read more.

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UNO Offers Second IT Academy for Professional Development

IT professionals are invited to attend the October 2011 IT Professional Development Academy hosted by the College of Information Science and Technology at UNO.

During the inaugural IT Academy this past August, 75 IT professionals from Omaha's business community attended various sessions across a two day period.

Participants commented: "The session content holds real value for my every-day work environment" and "I am looking forward to attending the next IT Academy."

The October event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13, and Friday, Oct. 14, at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, 1110 S. 67th St. Read more.

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Fall Writers' Retreat

During the fall break, the Writing Center will remain open for a two-day Writers' Retreat.  Members of the UNO faculty and staff are invited to bring any work in progress – articles, proposals, reviews, reports – to the Writing Center for two days of quiet, productive work. The retreat will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, and Tuesday, Oct. 18, in 150 Arts and Science Hall.

"Writing can be lonely work," Writing Center Director Nora Bacon observes, "and when the sun is shining outside, or the telephone is ringing, or the email is accumulating, it's easy to get distracted.  The Fall Writers' Retreat will give writers an opportunity to shut out their other responsibilities for two days, to work in company with other writers, and to make substantial progress on a writing project." 

Throughout the day, the Writing Center will provide coffee, encouragement, and feedback as requested; lunches are provided courtesy of the Center for Faculty Development.  There is no cost to participants.

To register for the Fall Writers' Retreat, contact the Writing Center at (402) 554.2946 or For more information, contact Nora Bacon at (402) 554.2946 or

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

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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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The UNO Council for Humanist Thought Meeting

The UNO Council for Humanist Thought meets every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the State Room on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The UNO Council for Humanist Thought is a place where topics and issues facing atheists, agnostics, and the theistic-ally challenged can be discussed in an open forum. It is a safe zone for conversations on the separation of church and state, among other things.

The meeting is open to all and all are welcome. Send your questions to

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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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HR to Host Seminar on Medicare

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.

Featuring information on:

* Medicare

* Medicare supplement policies

* 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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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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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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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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- Lou Pol, dean of College of Business Administration, presented at the Aug. 29 Social & Economic Development of China's West Region Post-Crisis World conference in Xi'an, China. He spoke on "The Chinese and American Populations: Similarities and Implications for Public Policy."

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