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On Oct. 5, 2011, members of UNO's chapter of Theta Chi put their bodies and personal dignity on the line to raise money for suicide prevention.


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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.



'Life Begins at 40' KVNO Membership Drive Ends Tomorrow

Only two more days remain in UNO's KVNO Membership Drive. KVNO celebrates its 40th broadcast year with the "Life Begins at 40" Membership Drive, which concludes Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m.

"We are at about $30,000 raised, and are hoping to exceed $40,000, to commemorate our 40th year of service," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO media development director.

As Omaha's premier public radio station, KVNO serves and enriches the community and university through quality programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. The radio station broadcasts from the heart of UNO's Dodge campus in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.     

"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," Balkovec said. "Friday is our last day, ending at 6 p.m., when we will celebrate by broadcasting Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in its entirety -- nearly an hour and a half of uninterrupted music."

For more information, contact Balkovec at 402.554.5866.

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SOLP Office and Project Achieve Kick off 'Lead Your Money' Program Tonight

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 tonight, 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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UNO CEO to Host Pumpkin Carving Contest Friday

UNO Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) will host a Pumpkin Carving Contest with a twist this Friday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

Participants and UNO CEO members are invited to dress like Apple Guru Steve Jobs in conjunction with Steve Jobs Day (in honor of his recent passing).

"Steve Jobs Day was recently declared and coincides with the day we have chosen for the fundraising event. It will be like a costume party, only everyone will have the same costume on -- Steve Jobs' classic turtleneck and jeans," said Katherine McFarland, UNO CEO president. "Our goal for this fundraiser is to bring together the Maverick community to ‘Carve Your Maverick Mojo!' and have a great time."

Those who participate will have a chance to win prizes from local sponsors.

"We will be donating a portion of our proceeds to Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome, who will be at the Buddy Walk that Saturday and Sunday. We have also invited participants in the Buddy Walk to attend our event," McFarland said.

The remainder of the fundraising proceeds will go to UNO CEO, a 501(c)3 non-profit, to continue their mission of guiding, inspiring, and supporting students to become entrepreneurs and pursue enterprise creation. The fundraiser is being held to send members to regional events, and also to provide startup funding for student businesses. 

Questions? Contact McFarland at

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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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UNO Eatery Notices for Oct. 17

On Monday, Oct. 17, the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, MavRec Cafe and the Library Cafe will be unable to accept credit card or debit card transactions due to a system update. Cash, check and MavCard payments will be accepted. Please visit to add money to your MavCard.

Questions? Contact Brian Bollich at

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University Drive North Closing – Kayser Hall Roof Project

University Drive North will be closed from the intersection of University Drive East to Lot A (north of Kayser Hall), for a few hours on Monday, Oct. 17, beginning at 6 a.m. until approximately 9 a.m. The area will be barricaded and there will be no access to walkways or road.

A crane will be lifting equipment onto the roof of Kayser Hall during this time.  Access to Lot A will be open, entering from the west on University Drive North. University Drive East will remain open. 

Any questions, call Wayne Miller at 402.554.2209 or Dispatch Desk at 402.554.3600.

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Human Resource to Offer Two Performance Evaluation Training Sessions on Nov. 2 & 3

Join Human Resource next month for a problem solving session on easy and not so easy performance evaluations. On Wednesday, Nov. 2, or Thursday, Nov. 3, learn about the evaluation form and how to provide objective, constructive information.

The Nov. 2nd session will run from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Omaha (Umoho) Room. The Nov. 3rd session will run from 2 to 3p.m. in the MBSC Council Room.

The trainer will be Mary Sweaney, assistant director & 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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IS to Offer Advanced Blackboard Grade Center Training Tomorrow

Information Services (IS) announces a new Blackboard training opportunity. Join IS staff this 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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Inquiry Based Learning and other Key Learning Strategies Tomorrow

Join STEM education faculty at UNO to discuss "Inquiry Based Learning and other Key Learning Strategies" this Friday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center.

Educational research today is encouraging a more effective learning of STEM Education through a variety of instructional strategies that emphasize student engagement, such as in problem-based learning, project-based learning and inquiry-based learning. Problem-based learning, in particular, has been identified by researchers and the National Science Foundation as perhaps the key instructional strategy for engaging STEM students. 

This discussion, facilitated by the UNO Office of STEM Education faculty, will overview several of these key instructional strategies, with a particular emphasis on problem-based learning and its instructional steps, as illustrated in several NSF funded STEM projects at UNO. 

Presenters/discussants will include:  Dr. Neal Grandgenett, Dr. Paul Clark, Dr. Robert Goeman and Dr. Sheryl McGlamery.

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Ghost Hunting is Focus of Oct. 21 Paranormal Summit at UNO

The UNO Paranormal Society will host the 2011 Paranormal Summit on Friday, Oct. 21.

From 6 to 10:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building, attendees will hear from a variety of Omaha experts on ghostly and paranormal activity. After the groups' talk about their most interesting investigations, attendees will follow one team around the UNO campus for a ghost hunt.

The UNO Paranormal Society has organized the annual event. Read more.

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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.

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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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UNO Campus Recreation to Host Halloween Party

Wellness Stampede

UNO Campus Recreation will host a family-friendly Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building on the UNO campus. The party is open to all ages and is free for everyone to attend. Read more.Up to Top

UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center V02 Max

Endurance athletes: What is your maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max)? VO2 max is a very strong predictor of endurance performance. Have your VO2 max assessed at UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. The cost is $90. Call 402.554.3221 for an appointment.

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FIT KIDS This Sunday at HPER

Wellness Stampede

Come join us this Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. in 126 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building for FIT KIDS. Each weekend the program will focus on fun ways to keep kids active by teaching them how to use the "muscle of the day." The event is free and any kid ages 5-12 is welcome as long as their legal guardian has access to the HPER building. 

Questions? Email

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