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UNO Cycling Team Pedals to Victory

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The UNO Cycling Team won its division for the fourth year in a row (and came in third over-all, just behind U.S. Stratcom and the Union Pacific Railroad) in the 2011 Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge. The team had 42 riders this year that logged an impressive 11,559 miles between May 1 to Oct. 1. The UNO Cycling team was presented a trophy as part of a larger celebration with the announcement of Omaha being named a 'Bike Friendly City' by the League of American Cyclists on Sept. 30.

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Under the Big Top

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Homecoming festivities culminated Saturday (Oct. 1) with a parade that started at Ak-Sar-Ben Village, moved through Elmwood Park and on to the Sapp Fieldhouse for a tail gate party. The king, Shawn Addison and queen, Carley Matinez, were announced at UNO's hockey game.

UNO Tube Archive 2011 Homecoming Parade and Tailgate

2011 Homecoming Parade and Tailgate

video by Charley Reed

Oct. 1 was the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 80th Homecoming celebration and the event, which capped off a week of carnival-themed festivities, included a parade, tailgate, hockey game and dance.


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UNO Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, 20 U.S.C. Sec 1092, the University of Nebraska provides information relating to crime statistics and policies concerning campus security to current students, faculty and staff. The law requires colleges and universities to publish and distribute, through publications, mailings or Internet or Intranet websites, an annual report. The report must be distributed in October each year.

This is to notify all UNO students, faculty and staff that the most current Annual Report is now available online. The information can be viewed by going to the Campus Security homepage at, and then follow the link titled "Campus Security and Fire Safety Report."

In addition, Campus Security posts "Security Safety Alerts," and other security and personal safety-related information on this site. Employees and students are encouraged to review the information on a routine basis and contact Campus Security with any questions or concerns.

Faculty, staff and students are also encouraged to review personal safety videos and join UNO's emergency notification service via the UNO Emergency Site at

Other noteworthy UNO Emergency Site links:

This video provides critical guidance on how to recognize and survive an active shooter incident on campus.

This video offers tips on how to recognize and prevent violence in the workplace.

"e2 Campus" is a voluntary emergency notification service that is used by UNO to notify students, faculty and staff in the event of life threatening or critical events on campus. It sends text messages to cell phones or e-mail to those who register. For details, visit the "Sign Up For Emergency Alerts" link on the UNO Emergency Site (

Please contact Campus Security at (402) 554.2648 if you have any questions.

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Crime Prevention Fair Set for Next Week

UNO's Network for Disability Awareness and Women's Resource Center will join together to offer a "Crime Prevention Fair" on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

The event, which will feature representatives from local organizations including the Omaha Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Women's Center for Advancement (formerly YWCA Omaha), and Urban League of Nebraska, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom.

For more information on the event or its participating partners, contact Datrell Morgan at (402) 554.2368 or by email at

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IS to Offer Advanced Blackboard Grade Center Training Next Friday

Information Services (IS) announces a new Blackboard training opportunity.  Join IS staff on Friday, Oct. 14, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in 104 Durham Science Center for Advanced Blackboard Grade Center. 

This session will include setting up weighted grades, calculated columns, and creating smart views. Participants should have a good working knowledge of basic Grade Center functions prior to attending this session. 

To register, visit Questions?  Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP) or

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UNO Winchell Lecture Series to Address 'Would Slavery Have Survived Without the Civil War?'

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, UNO's Department of History announces that this year's Winchell Lecture will be delivered by historian Dr. Peter Coclanis, of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

In Dr. Coclanis' talk, he will explore this question and suggest that slavery was likely on its way out with or without violent military conflict. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center. Dr. Coclanis will address the question, "Would Slavery Have Survived Without the Civil War?"

"The Civil War is the central event in the American historical imagination.  Although there were a number of reasons for the coming of war, all of them were associated in one way or another with slavery," said Dr. Coclanis. "Over the years, scholars have debated many different aspects of the so-called peculiar institution, but the question of whether or not slavery would have survived had the Civil War not intervened to end it hasn't received much attention."

Richard Dean Winchell, a student at Omaha University in the early 1950s, went on to become president of Bellevue University. He left an endowment to the UNO History Department, which has used the funds to bring leading historians to campus for speaking engagements since 1997.

Information on past Winchell Speakers can be found at:

For more information, contact Dr. Grigg at 402.554.2302 or

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Submissions Sought for UNO's Big Idea Contest

Whether you want to change the world or change the way people think about others, the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising and UNO's CEO club want to hear from you. Submit your concept to UNO's Big Idea Contest now through Monday, Oct. 10.

Open to all UNO Students from undergraduate to graduate. Submit applications to Finalists will be notified by Oct. 14 and invited to present a two-minute pitch of their idea to a panel of judges on Oct. 21. All finalists who pitch their ideas will receive a minimum $25 cash award. Grand prizes will be awared for $500, $250 and $100.

Take advantage of assistance form the Center to develop your idea or craft your contest pitch. Questions? Email or call (402) 554.2706.

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UNO UFO Study Group

If you have an interest or a question about UFO's, come to the next UNO UFO Study group meeting. The group meets every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in 287 Durham Science Center.

"We are dedicated to the rational and scientific understanding of the UFO Phenomenon, so no tin foil hats allowed," said John Powers, student organizer. "Our meetings are a great place to ask some of the best UFO investigators in Nebraska the questions you always wanted to ask!"

Email any questions you may have to

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48-Hour Outdoor Bounce-a-Thon Next Week

Lambda Chi Alpha's North American Food Drive, the world's largest Greek philanthropy, returns to Omaha next week.

The UNO Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will sponsor Bounce-a-Thon – along with the Sigma Kappa sorority at UNO – on Monday, Oct. 10, through Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Pep Bowl, south of the Eppley Administration Building.

During the event, fraternity and sorority members will bounce for 48 consecutive hours on a trampoline outdoors at the Pep Bowl. UNO students, faculty, staff and members of the community can purchase a ticket for the raffle or donate non-perishable food items or money in collection boxes at the Pep Bowl. Read more.

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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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Student Health Services Offers Pilot Faculty and Staff On-Site Health Care Clinic

More and more companies and universities are putting health care clinics in the workplace, which means big savings. Some studies show businesses can cut health care costs by up to 30 percent. UNO's new On-Site Health Care Clinic, supported by Student Health Services, is a pilot healthcare program offered to all faculty and staff.

"The university wants to improve overall wellness in the work-place by assisting its faculty and staff with minor illness and screening services through an On-Site Health Care Clinic," said Marcia Adler, director of Student Health Services. "All UNO part-time and full-time faculty and staff will be able to use the services of the Clinic. All medical information will be kept confidential." Faculty and staff interested in utilizing this service should call (402) 554.2374 to ensure that a physician or nurse is available.

The pilot officially began June 1 and continues through Dec. 31. At the end of the pilot period, a decision will be made about whether the Clinic will be continued.

The benefits of offering On-Site Health Care Clinic services to faculty and staff include:
- Improved access and convenience;
- Reduction of lost work time and improved employee productivity;
- Improved health outcomes both individual and aggregate;
- Promotion of wellness including importance of screening and prevention services; and
- Increased employee retention, recruitment and morale.

Complete list of clinic services
Frequently Asked Questions

Student Health Services is located off the atrium of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (402) 554.2374. No Campus Recreation membership is needed to access the clinic.

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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.Up to Top

In the News

In the News

- The 2011 Fall Commencement speech given by Chancellor John Christensen on Oct. 5 was quoted in the Oct. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald, as well as on KIOS-FM, and KVNO.

- The Oct. 1 edition of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article "First People of the Plains: Traditions Shaped by Land & Sky," an exhibit curated by Alan Osborn, Sociology/Anthropology, featuring the stories of local Native Americans.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs, was mentioned in the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, BusinessWeek and the Grant Tribune Sentinel about Nebraska's population growth rate, which beat the national growth rate for the second year in a row.

- Franklin Thompson, Teacher Education, was featured in a Sep. 30. issue of the Omaha World-Herald for a 12-track rap CD he produced for the Nebraska Cornhusker football team.

- The Lambda Chi Alpha and Zeta Tau Alpha sororities were featured by WOWT for their Bounce-a-Thon efforts, held to collect food for the Omaha Food Bank.

- Rick Yoder, College of Business Administration, was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald in its Oct. 6 issue about the inaugural Nebraska Sustainability Summit, hosted by the College of Business Administration and WasteCap Nebraska from Oct. 12 - Oct. 14.

- Senior Alex Stowe was mentioned in the Oct. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald for his participation in the Light The Night fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Stowe was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2006 and has been cancer free since February 2007.

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

- Michele Marie Desmarais and William L. Blizek, Religious Studies Department, just published an article on "Religion and Film Studies" through the Journal of Religion & Film, in RELIGION, vol. 41 (2011).

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 Faculty, Students to Take Play to Washington, D.C.

UNO Theatre in partnership with Great Plains Theatre Conference will present a staged reading of Mary Kathryn Nagle's play, Waaxe's Law, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, D.C. today, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8.

A dramatic re-enactment of the trial of Chief Standing Bear and Judge Dundy's seminal ruling, Waaxe's Law is directed by UNO Department of Theatre Chair D. Scott Glasser.

Actors include UNO faculty member Dr. Douglas Paterson, student Benjamin Beck, alums Mike Markey and Sean Carlson. The cast features Louis Headman, an honored elder of the Southern Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, one of only five people alive today fluent in the Ponca language. Read more.

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. Final performances run Oct. 12-15, in the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. The production is directed by Doug Paterson. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. 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.

Maverick Productions Welcomes Comedian Evan Wecksell Oct. 24

UNO's Maverick Productions presents singing comedian Evan Wecksell for a free performance on Monday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Free food will be provided.

A comedian and singer/songwriter, Wecksell is often compared to comedians Adam Sandler and Stephen Lynch.

Wecksell's act – a blend of comedy, music and improvisation – celebrates the college experience, endorses Internet addiction and makes fun of bad music. 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

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes Baghdad Art Exhibit

This week, 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. 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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