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Helping Hands

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Several hundred UNO and area high school students took part earlier this week in the annual Three Days of Service program. Volunteers provided their expertise and hard work to several Omaha area locations including the Kids Can Community Center, Camp Eppley and South Omaha's Stephen Center.

UNO Tube Archive The Economics of Entrepreneurship

The Economics of Entrepreneurship

video by Charley Reed

This semester, Economics Professor Art Diamond has been teaching his class about the importance of entrepreneurship, an area of economics that Diamond says is largely under-appreciated given its importance to the economy.


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A Conversation with Civil Rights Advocate Martha Noonan Today at UNO

Martha Noonan will be on campus to discuss women in the civil rights movement today, Oct. 21, at the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho (Omaha) Room. She will present at two different times from 10 to 10:50 a.m. and noon to 12:50 p.m. Both reoccurring events are free and open to the public.

Noonan is an experienced Civil Rights activist and teacher of history. She was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Her involvement in this 1960s Civil Rights Movement led her and other SNCC members to chronicle the stories of mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts. She is co-editor of the recently published book Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. The book is dedicated to the mentors, heroines and the SNCC women who didn't live to see the book published.

Sponsored by College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Black Studies and University of Nebraska Lincoln Institute for Ethnic Studies.

For more information, contact Felicia Dailey at

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Henry Doorly Zoo's Madagascar Expert to Present at Today'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) today, 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.

At today's meeting, 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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Ghost Hunting is Focus of This Evening's Paranormal Summit at UNO

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

From 6 to 10:30 p.m. in 101 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. Read more.

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Chamber Choir of Ireland to Give Concert Tonight at UNO

The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Ireland's most distinguished choral ensemble, will give a concert at UNO tonight, 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.

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University of Nebraska Signs Agreement for American Culture Center in China

As part of its global engagement strategy to build partnerships with key nations that will benefit Nebraska and the world, the University of Nebraska announced Oct. 20 that it has signed an agreement with Xi'an Jiaotong University to create an American Culture Center in Xi'an, China. The center – one of only 10 in the country to receive seed funding from the U.S. government – will initiate and host a variety of programs to expose students and faculty at Xi'an Jiaotong to all things American, including history, government, art, law, medicine and culture. Read more.

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Zombie Walk, Spooky Skate to Provide Thrills for Hockey Fans Saturday


Maverick Nation will become "Zombie Nation" this Saturday, Oct. 22, as students, family and friends of UNO participate in a UNO Zombie Walk prior to that night's game against the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The Zombie Walk will begin at the downtown DoubleTree Hotel and continue to the arena before the start of the game. All zombie walk participants will gain free admission to that night's game, which starts at 7:07 p.m.

After the game, the last before Halloween, fans are encouraged to stick around for a "Spooky Skate" with the team.

Preparation for the zombie walk starts at 4 p.m. with makeup artists located at the DoubleTree available to zombify participants. Students interested in participating are asked to meet at Mojo Smokehouse in the Aksarben Village for shuttle buses to the hotel. Shuttles will begin running at 4:15 and continue until the start of the game. Read more.

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UNO to Host Fall Meeting of the Nebraska State Conference of the AAUP

The UNO AAUP will host the fall meeting of the Nebraska State Conference of the AAUP on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Faculty from UNO, UNL, Creighton University, Midland University, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Hastings College will gather to explore issues and trends affecting higher education nationally and in Nebraska. 

Dr. Rudy Fichtenbaum (Wright State University) will be the keynote speaker with several breakout sessions to follow. 

More information about the program is available at the UNO AAUP website ( or by contacting Jim Shaw at or 402.554.2225. Registration is free but should be done by Monday, Oct. 31.

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School of HPER Seeks Excellence in Teaching Award Nominees

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) is now accepting nominations for the school's Excellence in Teaching Award. This particular award focuses on their part-time and Joint Appointment instructors only. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate a teacher. If you know of a deserving part-time or Joint Appointment instructor for HPER, click on for a nomination form and a list of eligible teachers.

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The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Present A French Toast!

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) conducted by Dr. James Saker will present its first concert of the season this Sunday Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Center Hall. The program will feature nine decades of great wind band music including the world-premier of a new composition for clarinet and wind ensemble. The theme for the event, A French Toast! was inspired by composer Darius Milhaud's 1945 "Suite Francais" that was composed as a tribute to the American soldiers who fought to liberate his country in World War II.

UNO Orchestra conductor Professor Barry Ford will lead the SWE in this performance.  The program also will include Hadyn Wood's "Montmartre March" composed in 1935 as a musical depiction of the area in Paris that has been home to musicians, writers and artists particularly in the pre and post World War II era. Read more.

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Poetry Across the Generations: Building Bridges to Success and Bright Futures for Urban Youth

UNO Service Learning Academy will bring together a UNO Introduction to Gerontology class and choir students from Lewis and Clark Middle School at the annual Intergenerational Poetry Slam this Sunday, Oct. 23.

The purpose of this service learning project is to establish an intergenerational dialogue and meaningful interactions among the generations through collaboration between UNO Introduction to Gerontology class, Lewis and Clark Choir students and the adults or elders from the community. 

The choir will perform from 1 to 1:30 p.m. followed by poetry readings by all contest entrants from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Contest entrants were youth and adults from Omaha K-12 schools and the metropolitan community. The event is hosted by the Sigma Phi Omega the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology. Read more.

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Rock Against Cancer Nov. 4 at Sokol

UNO's Maverick Productions presents Rock Against Cancer, a benefit concert supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer awareness, Friday, Nov. 4, at Sokol Undergound from 7 p.m. to midnight. Performances will include Bad City, Lansdowne, Blackberry Wednesday, 3 Day Meat Sale and special guest, American Idol's Bo Bice.

Maverick Productions is working with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Women's Resource Center, GSO, Courtyard Ink and Zeta Tau Alpha for this event. 

All attendees are encouraged to take part in a raffle and silent auction throughout the night; prizes include gift certificates from several local businesses. Raffle tickets will be $1 each. Read more.

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In the News

In the News

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald, KETV, WOWT, KMTV, KIOS-FM and KFAB about the Oct. 20 death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

- Athletic Director Trev Alberts was quoted in an Oct. 16 Omaha World-Herald feature about Aksarben Village and civic leader Dana Bradford.

- The UNO Service-Learning Academy’sThree Days of Service, which ran Oct. 15, 17 and 18, was covered by KMTV, KETV and KFAB.

- Randy Adkins, chair of UNO’s Political Science Department, was quoted by the Associated Press about controversy surrounding a Democratic National Committee advertisement featuring Senator Ben Nelson.

- M. Susan McWilliams, assistant professor of early childhood education, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the appropriate age for young children to start kindergarten.

- Michael O’Hara, professor of finance and banking, was quoted along with Randy Adkins of the Political Science Department, about the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Oct. 15 Occupy Omaha protests.

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 402.554.2243.

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In Print

- Corrina N. Ross (Biology M.A., UNO) and Jeffrey A. French (Psychology and Biology) have published a paper entitled "Female marmosets' behavioral and hormonal responses to unfamiliar intruders" in a recent issue of the American Journal of Primatology. The study demonstrates that female marmosets, like males, respond to aggressive encounters with strangers with increased levels of testosterone. A summary of the article can be found here.

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 402.554.2243.

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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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