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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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Winchell Lecture Tonight on '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), tonight, 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. Tonight's 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 Tonight

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, will present the 2011 Goldstein Lecture tonight, 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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University Relations is Looking for Classrooms to Film In

A video production team from Lincoln, in collaboration with UNO University Relations, is looking to film on campus Nov. 1. The team is looking for two classes, or classrooms with students, that can be filmed for 10-15 minutes. If you are an instructor with a classroom that would be available, please contact Charley Reed at or 402.554.2129.

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UNO Theatre Costume Clearance Sale This Week

UNO Theatre is holding a costume clearance sale just in time for Halloween. Unique costumes from past productions will be for sale. The clearance sale will be in the south lobby of the Weber Fine Arts Building and will run Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 26-28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash only. 

Sale questions? Contact Sarah Fogarty at 402.554.3167 or 402.554.3167.

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Sexuality Health Educator, LGBT Advocate to Hold Workshop Thursday

A prominent "Gender Rebel" is coming to UNO this Thursday, Oct. 27.

Ryan Sallans, once known as Kimberly Sallans, is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumnus, sexuality health educator for Planned Parenthood and LGBT advocate. His workshop, "Inclusive Academia: Exploration of Gender Identity and Expression" will be held for UNO faculty and staff in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room from noon to 1 p.m. Read more.

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Aging & Learning Motor Tasks Lecture Friday at Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation on "Aging and Learning Novel Fine Motor Tasks" this Friday, Oct. 28. Dr. Evangelos Christou, associate professor with the University of Florida Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, will present from noon to 1 p.m. in 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Dr. Christou directs the Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory at University of Florida and teaches courses on neuromuscular control and learning.

His research, which focuses on the effects of aging and neuromuscular control of movement, is funded from the National Institute of Aging since 2004. Dr. Christou is also on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Applied Physiology and Frontiers in Exercise Physiology and an ad-hoc reviewer for more than 20 journals including the Journal of Neurophysiology. Dr. Christou is also currently serving on the NIH Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences (MRS) study section and American Society of Biomechanics Education Committee.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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UNO Sorority to Present Halloween 'Fright Night Double Feature'

Ready to get your fright on? If so, the UNO Lambda Theta Nu Sorority will present "Fright Night: A Scary Movie Double Feature" on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Both Halloween screenings are free and open to the public.

Free pizza will be served. The first film, "1408," starts at 6 p.m. The last movie of the evening "Zombieland" begins at 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Rachael Lopez at 402.714.8729.

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Campus Recreation to Offer Youth Golf Lessons

Wellness Stampede

This fall, Campus Recreation is offering youth golf lessons. The UNO women's golf team and head golf coach Tim Nelson will provide the instruction.

Lessons will take place Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29, and Nov. 5 and 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Golf Lab (Room 003). It is not being too late to register. Campus Recreation can pro-rate for the missed class. For pricing details click on this link.

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Dodge Intra-Campus Shuttle Begins Nov. 1

Starting Tuesday, Nov. 1, the intra-campus shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., excluding holidays. This shuttle circles the Dodge Campus, making stops as follows: west of HPER Building, north of University/Maverick Village, north of Durham Science Center, north of Student Center and east of Kayser Hall. 

The intra-campus shuttle operates until start of spring break.

For questions, call the Parking Services Office at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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UNO Professor Receives Prestigious Art Grant

Wanda Ewing, associate professor of Art and Art History at UNO, was recently honored with a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant of $10,000.

Ewing, who has been at UNO since 2005, received the grant amidst strong international competition.

According to its website, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, named in memory of Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner, has awarded 3,569 grants totaling over $54 million since its creation in 1985. Read more.

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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A Moon for the Misbegotten to be Performed at UNO Theatre Tomorrow

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 this 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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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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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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2011 UNO Health & Wellness Fair Next Week

Wellness Stampede

The UNO Health & Wellness Fair has been set for Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 128 of the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building on the UNO campus.

The fair is presented by UNO Health Services and UNO Campus Recreation, as part of its ongoing effort to inform, educate and empower the campus community to adapt a healthier lifestyle. The fair will feature an affordable blood draw, free screenings, free chair massages, more than 50 vendors, demonstrations, door prizes and much more. New this year will be the first annual UNO Health & Wellness Fair Blood Drive, hosted in cooperation with the American Red Cross. Donors can sign up online at and enter sponsor code: 2651. Read more.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab 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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