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Roskens Hall, College of Education Dedication

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On Sept. 23, 2011, Roskens Hall was officially dedicated as the new home of the UNO College of Education. The dedication ceremony included many special guests including Dr. Ronald Roskens himself.


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UNO Cycling Team

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.



48-Hour Outdoor Bounce-a-Thon This Week

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

The UNO Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will sponsor Bounce-a-Thon – along with the Sigma Kappa sorority at UNO – today, 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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Expert in L2 Composition to Present Talk Today

Professor Dana Ferris, one of the leading experts in L2 composition and pedagogy, will give a presentation today, 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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UNO Hosts 'Martial Arts Academy' in HPER

Wellness Stampede

UNO Campus Recreation will host the "Martial Arts Academy" starting, tonight Oct. 10. Attendees must be 18 and above to sign up. All sessions will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in 124 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Learn from instructors, Neal Hackenson and Kent Templien. Session 1: today through Nov. 9 and Session 2: Nov. 10 to Dec. 9. The cost is $40 per month for Campus Recreation members and $60 per month for the public. Register at the HPER Control Desk.

For more information, visit or call Dave Daniels at (402) 554.2008.

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Free Week of Group Personal Training Classes

Wellness Stampede

Today, Oct. 10, through Friday, Oct. 14, free group personal training classes will be offered for those who want to try before they buy.

No registration required. Just drop in and try out the class for free. 

Classes include M.A.V.S. (Making Activities Vital & Safe), W.O.W. (Women on Weights), S.S.C. (Sport Specific Conditioning), Kettlebell 101 and P.T. OPS (Personal Trainer Options). These classes will be in 135 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. 

For times and dates, visit and download the brochure. Call Dave Daniels at (402) 554.2008 if you have any questions.

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Fashion Victim Show 2011 This Friday

On Friday, Oct. 14, UNO students and Omaha community members will have a chance to "walk in someone else's shoes for a night" at the annual Fashion Victim Show. The event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

Fashion Victim is an injury prevention program combined with a fashion show as a fundraiser. All donations are distributed locally on prevention efforts and to provide victims with services. The show includes a diverse panel of speakers who give different perspectives on how alcoholic abuse can impact a person. The show also features the fashion show which includes several local models, designers and their latest fashions including men walking in red high heels. Read more.

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Crime Prevention Fair This Week

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

The event will feature representatives from local organizations. Read more.

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'STEM Engagement Link' Set for Oct. 31

STEM Engagement Link. All interested faculty are invited to participate in an informal discussion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Lunch will be provided and faculty are welcome to drop in and out of the event or to stay for the entire time.

The STEM Engagement Link will use a facilitated, informal discussion to explore areas of interest in STEM education at UNO, investigate collaborations, and discuss funding opportunities.

The Office of Research and Creative Activity, who especially hope to include faculty new to UNO and new to the exciting world of STEM education, sponsor the event.

Questions? Contact Christine Hoffman at or (402) 554.2263.

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Author Reading and Book Signing at UNO Wednesday

Celebrated poet, William Trowbridge, author of Ship of Fool, will read along with 2011 Nebraska Book Award Winner, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, this Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in UNO's Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. This event is free and open to the public.  A book signing and discussion will follow.

Sponsored by the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; and The Writer's Workshop.

For more information, contact Miles Waggener at (402) 554.2151 or

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'Service-Learning 101' Offered This Week

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 for this Wednesday, Oct. 12, workshop, by emailing Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz,, or calling (402) 554.2712 with any questions.  It will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center 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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Campus Flu Shot Clinics Continue This Week

UNO Health Services (SHS) will host flu shot clinics on campus this week.

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.

Flu shot clinics this week:

*Wednesday, Oct. 12
- 100A University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute from 10 a.m. to noon

-Mammel Hall Atrium from 1 to 3 p.m.

*Thursday, Oct. 13
- 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

For other upcoming 2011 Flu Shot Clinics, visit this link.

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NU Compliance Officer To Present Update Sessions This Friday

Due to the recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Dr. Christy Horn, the University of Nebraska ADA-504 Compliance Officer from Central Administration, will be presenting two ADAAA update sessions this Friday, Oct. 14. Both will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons.

- 9 to 11a.m.
The first session focuses on making student accommodations. Anyone who frequently interacts with students is encouraged to attend this session (i.e. faculty, administrators, student services staff).

- 2 to 4 p.m.
The second session focuses on making employee/faculty accommodations.  Anyone who supervises employees/faculty members is encouraged to attend this session (i.e. administrators, supervisors, leave coordinators).

This event is cosponsored by Human Resources and Academic & Student Affairs. For more information, contact Charlotte Russell, interim EEO/AA/ADA specialist, at (402) 554.3490 or .

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IS to Offer Advanced Blackboard Grade Center Training 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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HR to Host Friday Seminar on Medicare and Social Security

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

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 Sociology Club to Meet Mondays

The UNO Sociology Club (UNOSC) will meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) this semester. Anyone with an interest in the sociology is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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Strong Bones Fitness Class Offered in HPER

Interested in joining a supervised fitness class aimed at strengthening muscle and bone, reducing the risk of falling and enhancing movement quality in everyday life? Then join, Strong Bones. For more information, call (402) 554.3221.

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Maverick Watch


Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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