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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 Celebrates Nontraditional Student Week

The Division of Continuing Studies at UNO (DCS) celebrates Nontraditional Student Week starting today, Nov. 7. DCS will be honoring the hard work and accomplishments of adult students at UNO with daily food, prizes, student recognition and a canned food drive.

All nontraditional students on campus are encouraged to stop in and take part in the celebration. Stop by the DCS Office in 207 College of Public Affairs and Community Service now through Friday, Nov. 11.

For more information, contact Karen Kempkes at 402.554.4921.

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Toys for Tots Drive Starts Today on Campus

Please join the U.S. Marines in making a local child's holiday something special. This holiday season UNO will again host the annual Toys for Tots Drive. The drive officially begins today, Nov. 7, and runs through Friday, Nov. 18, on campus.

Drop off boxes for new, unwrapped toys will be located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (at the information desk) and at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center (near the front doors). For a glimpse into past Toys for Tots drives at UNO, visit

Questions or those wishing to make a donation? Contact Jason Goins at 719.649.4865 or


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'Be a Santa to a Senior' Kick-off Event Today

UNO Department of Gerontology invites the campus community to their kick-off event for "Be a Santa to a Senior" today, 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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Native Heritage Month Kicks Off With Documentary, Discussion

In 1977, Leonard Peltier was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison for the first-degree murder of two FBI at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. More than 30 years later, Peltier's case remains a hot topic of discussion in the Native community.

As part of UNO's focus on Native Heritage, the 1992 documentary, Incident at Oglala, which examines Peltier's arrest and conviction, will be shown in the Milo Bail Student Center's Nebraska Room this Wednesday, Nov. 9. Read more..

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Deputy Registrar Training Offered This Week

Lisa Wise from the Douglas County Election Commissioner's office will be on campus to offer deputy registrar training this Thursday, Nov. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

"Any faculty, staff or student interested in being trained as a deputy registrar is invited to attend," said Renae Rust, CCSW faculty co-chair.

This training, which is open to other groups if they pre-register, is being held for the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW), Women's Resource Center (WRC) and Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences honorary) members. Those who attend the deputy registrar training will, upon completion, be eligible to help register people to vote in the upcoming voter registration initiatives on campus and throughout the community. 

"CCSW is thrilled to bring this initiative back and is excited to collaborate with other groups on campus," said Elizabeth Kraemer, CCSW staff co-chair.

To assure a seat, e-mail Beth Down at

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ECUNO to Host Film Screening of 'Freedom'

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The UNO Environmental Club (ECUNO), will present a screening of "Freedom" this Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The campus screening is free and open to the public.

From the makers of the Sundance Award Winning movie "FUEL," comes the new documentary "Freedom." In the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Louisiana native Josh Trickell and his wife Rebecca Trickell, take an international journey to investigate alternatives to fossil fuels.

For more information, contact Mike Everson at

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SPR to Host 'Insights from the Inside' Brown Bag Tomorrow

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 this 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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Grad Students Invited to 'Preparing your Conference Presentation Workshop'

Calling all graduate students. Are you planning to present your research at a conference? Would you like to get some specific advice and helpful tips from a faculty member with extensive conference experience? Do you want to hear from other graduate students who have presented their work at conferences?

Please join other graduate students for the "Preparing your Conference Presentation Workshop" this Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons.

This workshop, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and Center for Faculty Development, will cover:

* Organization

* Slide preparation

* Presentation Tips

The presenters for this workshop are:

- Marlina Davidson, lecturer, M.A.

- Jen Rome, graduate students in the School of Communication

- Abby Vandenberg, graduate student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Pizza and beverages will be provided. To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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Student Commencement Speaker Tryouts This Week

The campus community is invited to attend the upcoming student commencement speaker tryouts this 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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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 this 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

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Prominent Mexican Politician Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas to Visit UNO This Week

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will present its second Charla of the 2011-2012 Charla series this week. The charla (which means "chat" or "conversation" in Spanish) will be given by Mexican politician Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and will take place this 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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'5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors' Retirement Seminar Friday

Human Resources will offer its next retirement planning seminar this Friday, Nov. 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. Mark your calendars and bring a friend to this informative seminar on "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors."

The seminar will provide participants with some fundamentals for investing that will help them develop their retirement goals.

Topics of discussion include:

* Setting financial goals

* Realizing tax advantages

* Reducing risk with diversification

* Understanding cost of expenses

* Current market trends

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 402.554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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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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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

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 or Farrell at 402.472.5242.

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