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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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Critical Language Scholarship Program Rep on Campus Today

Emily Hagemeister from the Criticial Language Scholarship Program will be visiting UNO today, 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 Arts and Sciences Hall, or at

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Library Dean to Present 'The Global Network University' This Wednesday

The University of Nebraska Library Friends invite you to a reception and presentation by Steve Shorb, dean of the Dr. C. C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, Wednesday, Oct. 26, held in the lobby outside the Osborne Family Gallery on the library's main floor. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and comments will be at 5:30 p.m. Guests may park in any space designated for students, faculty or visitors.

Presentation Title: The Global Network University: Progress and Pitfalls

Synopsis: Shorb discusses his experience starting a new university and founding its library for New York University in the city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Balancing the tenets of a liberal arts education with the cultural conditions of the Middle East, and the challenges of recruiting the world's top 1 percent for the inaugural class are among the elements discussed in this look at how American higher education is -- and will be -- globalized.
For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 402.554.2640.

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SPR to Host 'Insights from the Inside' Brown Bag Nov. 8

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) holds brown bag events throughout the academic year to assist faculty and staff with their pursuits for external funding. Join SPR on Tuesday, Nov. 8, for "Insights from the Inside." Associate Vice Chancellor Scott Snyder will share his insights on the pursuit of external funding, based on his serving more than two years as a program director at the National Science Foundation.

- "Insights from the Inside"
Tuesday, Nov. 8
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room

This informal presentation and question and answer session will address approaches to and mistakes made in identifying funding opportunities and writing grant proposals, an overview of the proposal review process, and a checklist of what you and the Office of Research and Creative Activity can do to increase your chances of being successful in the funding game. The discussion will be general and relevant to all funding sources. 

Pizza and drinks will be provided. R.S.V.P. to Tom Koziol at or by calling 402.554.2286.

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September Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The September Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report below details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

Click on this link, to view those receiving grant awards totaling $1,605,996 for the month of September.

For assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 402.554.2286, or visit the web at

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ORCA Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences Grants Available

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is pleased to announce the Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE). FUSE grants support faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and creative activity.

Grants of up to $2,500 per student are available to UNO undergraduates who will be enrolled through fall semester 2012. Faculty need not be tenured or tenure-track to participate as mentors. ORCA encourages students and faculty from all disciplines to participate in this exciting opportunity to promote student involvement in research and creative activity at UNO.

For details and the request for proposals visit,

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HR to Offer Two Interviewing Skills Training Sessions

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

The Oct. 25 session will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha (Umoho) Room. The Nov. 1 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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Tomorrow's Winchell Lecture 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), this 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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Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights Tomorrow

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, will present the 2011 Goldstein Lecture this 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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'Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism' Student Learn Over Lunch Wednesday

"Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Learn Over Lunch will learn about how to evaluate the documents they are using, cite sources when delivering a presentation and avoid common research mistakes.

Space is limited so those interested must register in advance, which can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at (402) 554.3201 or Free pizza and pop will be provided.

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Loretta Wirth Open House Reception This Friday

The UNO Alumni Association invites the campus community to attend a Retirement Open House Reception for Loretta Wirth this 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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PKI Open House This Sunday

The University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) will open its doors for a Fall Open House this Sunday, Oct. 30, from noon to 3 p.m.

This Open House allows prospective students and their families a chance to learn about the programs available in the UNO College of Information Science and Technology and the UNL College of Engineering (Omaha campus). Participants can also take this opportunity to tour PKI's state-of-the art facility and UNO's south campus residence halls. Those attending can also visit with PKI students, faculty and advisors from UNO and UNL and take part in lab demonstrations.

For additional information contact PKI at (402) 554.3333.

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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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Annual Child Care Center Costume Parade Set for Halloween

Get your trick-or-treat goodies ready. The UNO Child Care Center is having its annual Costume Parade through campus on Monday, Oct. 31, starting at 9 a.m.

"The entire campus is invited to watch our future Mavericks march in their Halloween costumes," said Dawn Hove, director.

There will be approximately 75 children in the parade this year. The parade will start at the Child Care Center (located on the west end of campus) and continue through the Dodge campus heading east.

"Please remember if you have treats to hand out to the children, make certain that there is no hard candy and no candy containing nuts or peanut butter," Hove said. "Happy Halloween!"

Questions contact Hove at or 402.554.4936.

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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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