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The Maverick Investment Program is a group that started 10 years ago in 2001 thanks to a $250,000 donation. The goal of the program, each year, is to use the money to invest in stocks which can beat the S&P 500 average.


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Trick or Treat

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Masked, wigged, costumed and even pageant contestants were all on hand Halloween morning to receive and hand out candy to children from UNO's Child Care Center.



UNO-Creighton Math Colloquium Today

UNO and Creighton University will hold a joint mathematics colloquium today, Nov. 4, that focuses on graph theory. "To the Moon and Beyond" will be presented by the University of Colorado-Denver's Ellen Gethner at 3:30 p.m. at Creighton's Old Gym, Room 306. Dr. Gethner's presentation is free and open to both campus communities and the public.

Dr. Gethner received a doctorate in mathematics from Ohio State University in 1992, and another Ph.D. in theoretical computer science at the University of British Columbia in 2002. She currently is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Colorado, and has taught at Swarthmore, Grinnell, and Claremont McKenna Colleges, and has enjoyed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

Gethner's research interests span many fields including graph theory, graph algorithms, combinatorics, number theory, computational and discrete geometry, complex analysis and the surprising connections among them. She has won the Chauvenet Prize for exposition in Mathematics, given numerous research talks throughout North America, and enjoys her role as a communicator of mathematics.

Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. before today's colloquium starts.

Questions? Email Griff Elder at

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Study Abroad Information Session Today

Students interested in studying abroad should attend this information session from International Studies Abroad (ISA) today, 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.

For questions stop by today's event or contact Hassenstab at 402.554.2293.

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EAB Spiral Staircase Wood Refinishing Continues Tonight

Refinishing of the Eppley Administration Building (EAB) spiral staircase continues tonight, Nov. 4. Work will be done during the evening after 5 p.m. tonight and should be completed by Saturday. 

Faculty will have to use an alternate route to reach the second floor during these days. The contractor is Harwood Services. 

If you have any comments or concerns about this project, the UNO project contacts are: Ryan Kubr 402.554.4110 or Diane Sunde 402.554.2267.

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Rock Against Cancer Tonight at Sokol

UNO's Maverick Productions presents Rock Against Cancer, a benefit concert supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer awareness, tonight, 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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Renowned Author and Educator to Present at UNO Conference for English Teachers

Did you know that English teachers have the highest rate of educator burnout? Luckily, Omaha has an organization dedicated to supporting English teachers and it is actively involved in the community. Metropolitan English Teacher Link (MET Link) is a collaborative effort between the UNO College of Education and the UNO English Department to develop and support English teachers. As part of their work, MET Link will host the 3rd Annual MET Link Conference this Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Thompson Alumni Center. 

This conference will feature renowned author and educator, Cris Tovani. As the keynote speaker, Tovani will present on how teachers can re-examine their beliefs about literacy, teaching, and learning so they can recoup the energy to teach as well as learn about the best practices for adolescent reading strategies.  The all-day conference will also feature 14 workshops to further skill development and community building. More than 130 educators from 15 different districts are set to participate in this year's conference. Read more.

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'Be a Santa to a Senior' Kick-off Event on Monday

UNO Department of Gerontology invites the campus community to their kick-off event for "Be a Santa to a Senior" on Monday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in 211 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). 

"This is the second year for this very important opportunity to give to others in our community," said Julie Masters, chairperson and associate professor of gerontology. "‘Be a Santa to a Senior' is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care in partnership with Sigma Phi Omega (Gerontology Honor Society) and local non-profit and community organizations who work to identify older adults in our community who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season." 

A tree will be set-up in the Gerontology Department main office with a senior's gift request written on a  "Be a Santa to a Senior" tree ornament. Those wanting to participate will have an opportunity to select an ornament from the tree and return the unwrapped gift and ornament to the Gerontology Office by Tuesday, Dec. 6. Volunteers will collect, wrap, and deliver the gifts to the seniors.

Questions? Contact Julie Masters at 402.554.3953.

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Prominent Mexican Politician Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas to Visit UNO Next Week

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will present its second Charla of the 2011-2012 Charla series next week. The charla (which means "chat" or "conversation" in Spanish) will be given by Mexican politician Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in Centennial Hall at the Thompson Alumni Center.

The Charla is free and open to the public with complementary Spanish-English translation available to those who need it.

During the charla attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the current Mexican political climate and U.S.–Mexico relations from one of the most influential Mexican political figures of the last three decades. In addition, attendees will also have the opportunity to ask specific questions of Cárdenas.

Cárdenas, a prominent Mexican politician, was the front-runner during the controversial elections of 1988, which inaugurated a new political era. He was governor of the state of Michoacán (1980-1986), mayor of Mexico City (1997-1999) and the founder of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). He will also share comments about his new autobiography, Sobre Mis Pasos. Cárdenas also recently received the Belisario Dominguez Award, a Medal of Honor that is the highest recognition given by the Mexican Senate.

Support for the Charla is being provided by the UNO's OLLAS, the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, the Department of Political Science, as well as the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALAAC) and the Heartland Workers Center.

For more information, contact Yuriko Doku at 402.554.3835, or visit the OLLAS website at

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Future of Israel to be Focus of Sokolof Lecture

The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO is pleased to announce Rabbi Daniel Gordis as the featured speaker at its Annual Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture series event. 

Gordis, president of the Shalem Foundation and a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, will present at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.  The event, sponsored by the Schwalb Center and funded by the Phil and Ruth Sokolof Endowment, is now in its third year and is free of charge and open to the general public.

His presentation, "The Year 2048: Can Israel Survive to the Age of 100?" will draw on his expertise on Israel, and print and book writings, to provide an in-depth analysis on how past Israeli history and conflict can shape the future prospects of the country and Jews, and prepare people to overcome critical issues which will arise in the future, threatening the survival of the nation.   Read more.

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Poet Joy Harjo to Speak Nov. 17

Joy Harjo, a nationally known poet and author, will speak at UNO on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Her presentation, sponsored by UNO's Dual Enrollment Program and Department of English, will be on in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and is of Cherokee descent. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. She is known primarily as a poet. Her collection In Mad Love and War (1990) received an American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. She most recently authored a memoir, Crazy Brave. Read more.

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In the News

In the News

- B.J. Reed, UNO's Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs was quoted by KIOS-FM on Oct. 31 about the University of Nebraska's employee plus-one program, which would extend health insurance benefits to same-sex partners and other dependant domestic partners.

- UNO’s Midnight Mojo program was featured by WOWT’s Daybreak program for its “Night at the Musem” at the Durham Museum on Thursday, Oct. 27.

- UNO Professors Hugh Reilly, of the School of Communication, and Jonna Holland, of the Department of Markening and Management, were interviewed by KETV about the job market in response to President Obama’s proposed jobs bill.

- Paul Landow, from UNO’s Political Science Department, was interviewed by KIOS-FM about the Nebraska legislature’s special session regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline. Landow was also interviewed by Fox Business.

- A haiku written by UNO’s Art Diamond, a professor in the Department of Economics, was featured in the most recent Kauffman Foundation quarterly survey. The haiku, which was also published by The Economist, was voted one of the most popular of the 20-plus submissions.

- The Missouri Valley Reading Series, which is annually organized by the UNO Writer’s Workshop, was previewed by KVNO News on Oct. 31. The Nov. 2 event featured Mary Helen Stefanaik, author of “The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia.”

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - 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) 554.2762.

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In Print

- Dr. Bridget Blomfield, assistant professor of Religious Studies, recently had two articles published. Her first article: "From Ritual to Redemption: Worldview of Shi'a Muslim Women in Southern California," published in Women and Islam, edited by Zayn R. Kassam, which is part of the Women and Religion in the World series. The article focused on the rituals of and the self-perception of Shi'a Muslim women as they see their place in the Shi'a world.

Dr. Blomfield's second article: "The Heart of Lament: Pakinstani-American Muslim Women's Azadrai Rituals," published in Etermal Performance: Ta'ziyeh and Other Shiite Rituals, edited by Peter J. Chelkowski. The article focused on role of rituals in Muslim women's lives and how they see rituals nurturing and empowering them.

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 554.2243.

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Student Commencement Speaker Tryouts Set for Nov. 9

The campus community is invited to attend the upcoming student commencement speaker tryouts on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. A selection committee consisting of students/faculty/staff will judge the tryouts.

At the tryouts, two students will be selected: one for the 10 a.m. and one for the 2 p.m. ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17. A reception will follow the tryouts.

Questions? Contact Christine Hoffman at 402.554.2263.

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UNO Sociology Club to Meet Mondays

The UNO Sociology Club (UNOSC) will meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) this semester. Anyone with an interest in the sociology is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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Free Training from Human Resources

Did you know that UNO employees have access to more than 65 free online training courses? Take 20-30 minutes to learn how to improve communication and customer service, reduce stress, how to hire legally, how to prevent sexual harassment and workplace violence--just a few of many useful topics.  With successful completion of a course, you may print a certificate to add to your personnel file.  

Copy the following PDF link into your browser to access the courses.

If you have questions, call 402.554.2321.

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