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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 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.



SAC Elections Under Way through Oct. 19

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The UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has received all of the nominations for open positions. Now it is time for elections, which are now being held through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

In keeping with the university's green initiative, the nomination and the election are now being held electronically. Ballots may be found online at

Ballots are accepted by mail from individuals without computer access: UNO SAC, P.O. Box 130. Ballots received after Oct. 19 or ballots that are not signed will not be counted. If you have any questions, contact SAC Rep Kim Kronschnabel at (402) 554.3497.

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Crime Prevention Fair Today

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

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

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Campus Security Offers Advice on Magazine Solicitors

Like clockwork, as the fall semester approaches, magazine solicitors arrive in the metropolitan area. This year is no exception.

Campus Security encourages the UNO community to be cautious and use common sense when dealing with potential magazine solicitation scams.

The typical magazine solicitors are in their late teens or early twenties, both male and female, said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of UNO security and traffic. Again this year, some have claimed to be working on a fund-raising project for the UNO School of Communication.

The Omaha City Code requires a solicitor to obtain a permit to solicit within the city limits. Magazine solicitors rarely, if ever, have the necessary permit and, as of yet, have never been given permission to solicit on UNO property, Kosel said.

"In most cases, magazine subscription solicitors work as independent contractors or for contractors, but not for the company for whom they solicit," he said. "The potential customer may or may not actually receive a magazine subscription and runs the risk of being scammed."

"I'd strongly encourage everyone at UNO not to speak with these solicitors," Kosel said.

Report any contact with solicitors to Campus Security. For more information, contact Campus Security at (402) 554.2648.

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United Way Campaign Under Way at UNO

UNO's annual United Way Campaign continues this week. Please look out for the email from the United Way arriving in your mailbox and take a moment to donate to this very important cause. Now more than ever, the United Way needs your support. If you have questions about the campaign, contact your United United Way Solicitor or Pedro Okoruwa at (402) 554.2321.

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Faculty Senate to Meet Wednesday

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Anyone interested is invited to attend. 

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at (402) 554.3598.

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UNO Paranormal Society Screening Cancelled

(Editor's note: The screening has been cancelled. The UNO Paranormal Society will continue to search for quality films to engage the student body with and apologizes for the inconvenience). The UNO Paranormal Society is presenting a screening of "Ghostbusters" this Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). Admission is free.

Film synopsis:
Three scientists get kicked out of their positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city.

Questions? Contact John Powers at

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SOLP Office and Project Achieve Kick off 'Lead Your Money' Oct. 13

The Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office in partnership with Project Achieve will bring the daughter of financial guru Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze, to campus this Thursday, Oct. 13.

Cruze is coming to UNO to help kick start the spring 2012 class, sponsored by SOLP and the Project Achieve, designed to educate student leaders on how to "Lead Your Money."  She will also give an overview to any/all UNO students, faculty and staff at 6 p.m. in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. There will be free food.

What is Lead Your Money?
"Lead Your Money" is a non-credit course that will be offered beginning in the spring semester and will be lead by Dustin Wolfe, assistant director of Greek Life and Mel Clancy, director of Project Achieve. The program is designed to teach young adults about savings, budgets, debt, college student essentials, and family, friends and philanthropy. The program will be offered to student leaders and members of Project Achieve. This program is modeled after the Financial Peace program, a nationally recognized on money management series.

For more information, contact Wolfe at (402) 554.2711 or dcwolfe@mail.unomaha.

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HR to Offer Two Interviewing Skills Training Sessions Oct. 25 & Nov. 1

Human Resources will present two interviewing skills training sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 1. Both sessions are designed for new and experienced supervisors.

The Oct. 25th session will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha (Umoho) Room. The Nov. 1st session will run from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha (Umoho) Room. 

Participants will learn to:
- Better prepare for an interview;
- Understand and apply the legal requirements of an interviewer; and
- Improve questioning techniques.

The trainer will be Mary Sweaney, assistant director and manager of employment in the UNO Office of Human Resources.

To register for one of these sessions, call Stella Watts in Human Resources at (402) 554.2321 or email at

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Award-winning Author, Essayist to Visit UNO This Week

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 this week. 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 Tomorrow

Maverick Productions will host the Divas of Diversity – featuring Shangela – in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room at noon this 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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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.Up to Top

Fall Writers' Retreat Next Week

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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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 (402) 554.4083.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center Resting Metabolism Test

Were you aware that 75 percent of all calories burned are determined by your resting metabolism? Have your resting metabolism measured at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center. The cost is $60. Call (402) 554.3321 for an appointment.

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Messerole Earns UNI Hall of Excellence Honors

Twelve graduates from the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS) at the University of Northern Iowa were inducted into the school's Elinor A. Crawford & William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence on Aug. 27. Michael Messerole (B.A. '88) is currently the assistant director of the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He also served as a teacher and coach in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Inductees are chosen using the following criteria: demonstrated mastery of their profession's knowledge base; significant contributions to their profession and wide recognition for the quality of that contribution; demonstrated scholarly activity through publications and presentations related to their profession; offices held in professional organizations of state, regional, national and international scope; and completion of at least 10 years of service to their profession.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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