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video by Charley Reed

On Oct. 14 the UNO Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization celebrated Halloween and paid tribute to Apple CEO Steve Jobs with a pumpkin carving contest in the MBSC plaza.


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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is at half-staff today, Oct. 20, in honor of Malcolm Minnifield, a UNO freshman who passed away Oct. 13.

A 2 p.m. funeral service will take place today at Roeder Mortuary Ames Chapel, 50th & Ames Ave. Read more.

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Joint Service Learning Project to Bring Students Together Today in South Omaha

UNO's Service Learning Academy will bring together 45 UNO students and 20 Avenue Scholars students from Ralston Public High School for a P-16 service learning project in collaboration with the Intercultural Senior Center in South Omaha today, Oct. 20.

UNO and Ralston High School students will meet with the seniors from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Intercultural Senior Center to engage in meaningful dialogues through interviews with the seniors. The Avenue Scholars will learn how to interview and write up narratives while focusing on the life experiences of the Latino immigrant population in South Omaha. Read more.

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UNO to Celebrate National Day on Writing

The UNO Writing Center invites students, faculty, staff and the public to participate in the National Day on Writing, an annual celebration of the written word. Those interested can join the Writing Center Staff today, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall for food, fun, and the chance to compose personal six-word memoirs, autumnal haikus or six words of writing advice.

All writing will be submitted to the National Gallery of Writing, a digital archive that showcases compositions from writers of all ages and talents from across the country. Read more.

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UNO to Host Nebraska Future Educators Association Conference Today

The UNO College of Education in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Education will host the Nebraska Future Educators Association Conference on campus today, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 330 high school students will begin the conference by enjoying the Pancake Man who will be serving breakfast outside the Sally A. Haddix Entrance of Roskens Hall. 

Featured speakers include Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem, Nebraska Commissioner of Education Dr. Roger Breed, and Omaha World-Herald columnist and author Rainbow Rowell. Throughout the day, conference attendees will participate in competitions and attend a number of break out sessions offered in the Milo Bail Student Center and Roskens Hall. 

For additional information, contact Dr. Connie Schaffer at 402.554.3096 or

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Henry Doorly Zoo's Madagascar Expert to Present at Friday's BIIG Meeting

Dr. Edward E. Louis Jr., director of conservation genetics at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, will present at the next meeting of the Bioinformatics Interest Group (BIIG) this Friday, Oct. 21. The campus community is invited to attend his 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. lecture in 279 Peter Kiewit Institute.

Dr. Louis Jr. is also director general of Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership.

He will speak on "Leveraging Biodiversity to Rebuild Fragile Ecosystems: Integrating the Ecology of Movement, Populations, Communities, and Environmental Restoration in Madagascar."

Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. to Rebecca Pray at 402.554.4902 or

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Critical Language Scholarships Available for Students

Emily Hagemeister from the Criticial Language Scholarship Program will be visiting UNO on Monday, Oct. 24, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Students are invited to come find out how to participate in a funded language study abroad program.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences overseas each summer for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. CLS Program languages include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.

For more information, visit, or Emily Hassenstab in the Study Abroad Office (241 ASH) or at

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A Moon for the Misbegotten to be Performed at UNO Theatre Next Week

Zack Jennison, a graduate student at UNO, will present his graduate final project Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten

There will be a preview on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m and performances will run Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27-29, at 7:30 p.m. in the 006 Weber Fine Arts Building. All previews and performances are free. Read more.

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Loretta Wirth Open House Reception Set for Oct. 28

The UNO Alumni Association invites the campus community to attend a Retirement Open House Reception for Loretta Wirth on Friday, Oct. 28. It will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Loretta has been the chief receptionist at the front desk of the Thompson Center for the past 19 years. 

For more information, contact Julie Kaminski at 402.554.4887 or

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Young Women Applicants Sought for NCWIT Awards

Calling all tech-savvy high school young women. As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and the UNO College of Information Science & Technology are seeking applications from young women with outstanding achievements and aspirations in computing and technology for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The award is open to any U.S. high school level female in grades 9-12. Award winners will be selected for their aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

Each national award winner will receive:

- $500 in cash;
- A laptop computer to enhance their future in technology;
- An engraved award for both the student and the student's school; and
- A trip to the national award ceremony for the award recipient and a parent/guardian.

NCWIT is also offering an Affiliate Award for residents of Nebraska and western Iowa (Pottawattamie, Harrison and Mills counties). Applicants can enter both the affiliate and national award competitions.

Applications must be submitted online at by 10:59 p.m. CST on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to acknowledge the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field and generate visibility for women's participation in computing-related pursuits.

"Encouraging young women's interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation," said Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of NCWIT.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is sponsored by the Bank of America. The Affiliate Award is sponsored by Microsoft, Motorola and Google.

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UNO Women's Soccer vs. Washburn Senior Day 2011 is Saturday


Come out to Senior Day 2011. The UNO Women's Soccer Team will be playing Washburn at noon this Saturday, Oct. 22, at the UNO Soccer Field, 67th and Spring Street. Those in attendance will be celebrating the careers of Hayley Renshaw, Maggie Olsen and Hilary Jackson. Coupons for free admission and food are available.

The coupon can be obtained at the team's official Facebook site: University of Nebraska Omaha Women's Soccer.

Contact Ted Anderson at for more information.

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FIT KIDS This Sunday at HPER

Wellness Stampede

Come join Campus Recreation staff and students 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 child ages 5-12 is welcome as long as their legal guardian has access to the HPER building. 

Questions? Email

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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.Up to Top

Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights is Oct. 25

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, will present the 2011 Goldstein Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center.

Her topic will be the "The Black Swan of the Middle East." Whitson will discuss Syria, as well as the turbulence/impact on other countries. Her frame of analysis is the post-revolution countries (Egypt/Tunisia), the countries still in play (Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain) and the countries that have avoided mass uprisings. Read more.

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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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