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UNO Chancellor Discusses Branding

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UNO now has a fully developed Brand Guide. It is available online at brand.unomaha.edu along with other useful materials for campus communicators. In this short video, Chancellor John Christensen talks about the importance of UNO's new brand look.

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October 31, 1936: OU Regents Vote to Move University

photo courtesy UNO Library

On this day in UNO history, the Omaha University Regents voted to move the OU campus, then located at 24th and Pratt Streets, to its current location at 60th and Dodge Streets. Since the university's relocation in the late 1930s, the campus has expanded west to 66th Street and added the Pacific Street Campus, stretching from 63rd and Pacific Streets to the intersection of Pine Street and Ak-Sar-Ben Drive.

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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is lowered to half-staff today, Oct. 31, in honor of UNO graduate student Patrick Cullen. He passed away Oct 24 at age 63.

Cullen was finishing up his master's degree work in Public Administration at UNO.

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Annual Child Care Center Costume Parade Today

Get your trick-or-treat goodies ready. The UNO Child Care Center is having its annual Costume Parade through campus today, 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 dhove@unomaha.edu or 402.554.4936.

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Mavradio Rocktober Fest Raffle Today

Don't miss out on your chance at more than $300 in prizes including an iPod by joining the UNO Mavradio Rocktober Fest Raffle. Purchase your raffle tickets today, Oct. 31 in front of the Milo Bail Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions? Contact Anthony Pontiero at apontiero@unomaha.edu.

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'STEM Engagement Link' Today in MBSC

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. today, 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 choffman@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2263.

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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" tonight, 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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New UNO Brand Guide Launched Today

UNO Campus Icon

The new UNO Brand Guide has launched today at brand.unomaha.edu.  The guide spells out in detail how and when to use both the university icon (the academic O) and the athletics logos.

"This is an exciting step for the university," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations.  "We have clearly spelled out what is UNO's style for publications, web pages, brochures and more.  A great deal of thought and effort has gone into this."

In addition to the Brand Guide being online at brand.unomaha.edu, the website also has multiple inDesign and Word templates for tri-fold brochure, booklets, certificates and more.  A photo file is also available for campus use, as well.  Kaldahl said that two additional branded PowerPoint templates have been added to two templates that went online several months ago.

A local communications and design firm, Emspace Group, has worked with University Relations and others on campus to produce the guide.  EmSpace graphic designers also put together UNO Magazine three times a year.

"We wanted to provide the campus community with accessible and easy to use tools while also bringing a more unified look to university publications and materials," said Elizebeth Murphy, president and owner of Emspace.  "UNO is a terrific institution and I think we've come up with a great graphic look and feel."

Kaldahl said the feedback on the Brand Guide has been extremely supportive.

"We have a smart, sleek metropolitan campus," he said.  "Our brand reflects that.  And we're not done yet."

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University of Nebraska Supporters Mark Record Year

Alumni and friends of the University of Nebraska demonstrated their generosity this year by giving the most private support in history.

Donors gave more than $172.1 million to the University of Nebraska Foundation during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, making it the best year ever in its 75-year history. More than $130.2 million was transferred to the university's statewide system during the same period, also representing a record.

This is the sixth consecutive year annual gifts to the foundation exceeded $100 million. The previous best year was 2008 when $166.5 million was given.

"This is truly a remarkable achievement by the many people, companies and organizations who show they care very much about the mission and academic quality of the University of Nebraska," said Nancy Keegan of Los Angeles, chair of the University of Nebraska Foundation board of directors. "We cannot thank them enough for making this impressive investment in Nebraska's higher education."

This is the fourth consecutive year more than $100 million in private funds was transferred to the university from the foundation. Funds transferred benefit areas as designated by the donors. More than $23.6 million was provided for student support; $5.1 million for faculty support; $7.1 million for research; $30.4 million for academic programs; $5.1 million for museums, libraries and fine arts programs; $57.9 million for campus and capital improvements; and $1 million to support each of the four university alumni associations. Read more.

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Now Accepting NU Applications-Brazil Summer 2012 Study Abroad

The application package for students interested in participating in the Brazil Study Abroad initiative is now available at http://www.unomaha.edu/ollas/brazil.php.

This study abroad initiative is a pilot project developed to support the University of Nebraska's global engagement priority to offer all NU students the opportunity to participate in meaningful international experiences. The university is in the process of signing a contract with the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro where students will participate in a rich program of activities.

At this time, organizers want to make sure students have enough time to complete their application prior to the Tuesday, Nov. 15, deadline. Tentative travel dates are June 25 to July 20.

"We kindly request that you please forward this information to academic deans, department chairs and directors on your respective campus and ask that they make every effort to let students know about this unique study abroad opportunity," said Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO. "One possible avenue to reach students widely is to ask deans to select those from the student information system who meet the minimum requirements listed above and send them the application package encouraging them to apply."

A small committee composed of NU faculty and staff will select approximately four to five students per campus. Selected students must enroll in the summer 2012 study abroad course, Brazil--Critical Issues: LLS 4950-8956, offered via UNO and led by Dr. Gouveia. The course is open to all NU undergraduates who will have completed a minimum of 50 semester hours by the end of spring 2012 and will not be graduating prior to December 2012. They must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Graduate students are welcome to apply. However, the program is primarily oriented toward undergraduates and a maximum of four graduate students will be selected. Additional information will be posted on the above website as it becomes available.

"Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions and thank you in advance for all your support with this effort," Dr. Gouveia said. "If you wish to discuss the way this initiative fits into NU's wider global engagement strategy please feel free to contact Vice Provost for Global Engagement Tom Farrell. He would be delighted to discuss elements of the strategy with you."

For more information, contact Dr. Gouveia at 402.554.3835 or lgouveia@unomaha.edu or Farrell at 402.472.5242.

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Grad School Q & A Wednesday for School Psychology Program

Students interested in the UNO School Psychology Program are invited to attend a Q & A session on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. in 302 Arts and Sciences Hall. Get application tips, advice from current graduate students and more. 

Refreshments will be provided.

Questions?  Email LKelly-Vance@unomaha.edu or call 402.554.2592.

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Grace Abbott School of Social Work 'Whiteclay' Event Nov. 9

A group of students from the Grace Abbott School of Social Work will host an event on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service to raise awareness of the illegal sale of alcohol in Whiteclay, Neb., and its effects on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Students will screen the documentary, "The Battle For Whiteclay," and host a panel discussion afterwards with guest speakers including the producer/director of the film, Mark Vasina.

Free food will be available and the opportunity for people to send an advocacy letter to local and/or national politicians.

For more information, contact Colleen Hassett at chassett@unomaha.edu.

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SPR to Host Nov. 10 Brown Bag on 'Funding for the Arts and Humanities'

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 staff on Thursday, Nov. 10, for "Funding for the Arts and Humanities." It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Representatives from the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities Council will share their insights on the funding opportunities at their organizations. This informal presentation and question and answer session will cover their respective programs, funds available, the application processes and how to submit a successful proposal. Funded projects will also be on display.  Pizza and drinks will be provided. 

R.S.V.P. to Tom Koziol at tkoziol-sw@unomaha.edu or call 402.554.2286.

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HR to Offer Interviewing Skills Training Session Tomorrow

Human Resources will present its final interviewing skills training session this Tuesday, Nov. 1. The session is designed for new and experienced supervisors and 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, call Stella Watts in Human Resources at (402) 554.2321 or email at swatts@unomaha.edu.

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An Evening with Violinist Daniel D. Set for Thursday

A seasoned entertainer at just 22 years old, Violinist Daniel Davis has performed in front of the likes of President Obama and audience of more than 50,000 at the University of South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium. Join UNO in welcoming him to campus for "An Evening with Daniel D." this Thursday, Nov. 3. Davis will offer a free workshop and concert, which is open to the public, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

A violinist since age 12, Davis' studied at New York's Julliard School of Music and won the U.S. Air Force's Wide Talent Search competition.

"Every opportunity to play offers new enlightenment and a chance to learn," said Davis. "I love performing and I love playing."

The evening workshop and concert is designed for middle school ages to adults.

Sponsors of the free event include The Omaha Chapter of The Links Inc., UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs and North Omaha Foundation.

For more information, contact Office of Multicultural Affairs at 402.554.2248.

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Study Abroad Information Session This Friday

Students interested in studying abroad should attend this information session from International Studies Abroad (ISA) set for Friday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho (Omaha) Room. Courtney Diegel from ISA and Study Abroad Advisor, Emily Hassenstab, will be available to answer your questions.

Questions stop by the Nov. 4 event or contact Hassenstab at 402.554.2293.

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Maverick Watch

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Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall Omaha's Team schedule, visit http://www.omavs.com/calendar.aspx?tab=compositeschedule2

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit http://www.omavs.com, Twitter at http://twitter.com/omavs or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/omavs.

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