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UNO Leads Charge for National Cyber Security Awareness Month in Omaha

UNO is a National Cyber Security Awareness Month champion. To commemorate, the Scott Conference Center, located on the UNO's Pacific Street Campus, will be the site for the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month on Monday, Oct. 1. continue ...

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Cast of Characters

photo by Robbie Jones

Meet the cast for the upcoming fall UNO Department of Theatre production of William Shakespeare's tragedy, 'Titus Andronicus.' Pictured from left to right: Qadir Khan as Titus Andronicus, Victoria Luther as Lavinia, Katlynn Yost as Tamora and Andre McGraw as Aaron. Previews and performances start this week in the UNO Theatre.

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Employee of the Month: Marylyn May Named October 'Oh' Award Recipient

Oh, what a difference you make Marylyn May! May, an enrollment specialist II in UNO's Financial Aid, was honored last week as UNO's October "Oh" Award recipient. May has worked at UNO for the last seven years in the Financial Aid Department. She grew up in Virginia but considers herself a native-Nebraskan. May primarily helps students and parents navigate through the financial aid process.

May describes her role as a "liaison job."

"My main duty is to answer the phone for the office and try to solve the caller's problem best I can. If I can't, I move the question onto someone who can," she said. "There's a lot to keep track of as federal regulations keep changing. We help navigate students through mavlink, help parents, too."

May is an early riser. First in the office, she carpools in from Springfield, Neb., each morning, with her husband, Dick May. If his name sounds familiar, he also works at UNO as director of UNO Telecommunications.

The October Employee of the Month can also be spotted helping out at the Financial Aid front counter. "We take turns at the front counter, everyone does. Even our director [Rany Sell] can be spotted at the counter helping students and parents." A fond memory for May is a recent visitor to the counter. The women had her husband interpret for her. After May answered all her questions, she presented May with a flower.

One of May's nominators is a former trainee. One nominator said of her, "She is prompt in follow through for students and is a pleasure to work with because she 'always is bright and cheerful, and treats everyone just like she would treat her own family.'"

Another nominator said, "Marylyn has gained a wealth of knowledge about all facets of financial aid and shares it in a very pleasant and efficient manner, whether she is talking to a student, parent, or colleague.  Marylyn has become an important part of our training new staff because of her demeanor and knowledge. She is a great asset to our financial aid team."

When asked what this "Oh" Award means to her? May gave credit to the entire Financial Aid staff. She said, "Surprised! Also, means a lot -- it really does. Kind of embarrassing too, because there really isn't anyone who is deserving over another in our office – they're all good office workers."

After hours, May said they stay busy going to sporting events and other activities for their nine grandchildren, most who live in town.

As Employee of the Month, May received a certificate, portrait with the Chancellor, monetary award and use of a designated parking space. She will also be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Marylyn May photo by Lynn Shriver

Employee of the Month

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month --"Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!" -- program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor? and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

May joins a distinguished group of "Oh" Award winners at UNO. Employee of the Month recipients since February 2012 include:

September – Delores Bruckner, Food Services;

August – Christy Tilford, Undergraduate Admissions;

July – Diane Sunde, Planning and Architectural Services;

June – Marc Gordon, Criss Library;

May – Leon Brooks, Food Service,

April – David Brown, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;

March – Craig Adler, Registrar's Office;

February – Rebecca Karel, Milo Bail Student Center Business Office;

January – New "Oh" Award officially established.

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IS to Implement Lync Instant Messenger for Faculty and Staff

Today, Oct. 1, Information Services (IS) will implement Microsoft Lync instant messenger for faculty and staff. Lync integrates with Office 365 email and Microsoft Office, and can be accessed via a web client or mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad or Android tablet.

Lync cannot be used to instant message with students. However, as other University of Nebraska campus implement Lync, it will be possible to instant message with faculty and staff from those campuses.

College techs will install the Lync client on campus PC's. Visit the Lync support page at to access instructions for installing Lync on your home PC or mobile device.

For more information, attend a brown bag session. No registration required.

Tuesday, Oct. 2: Noon to 1 p.m., MBSC Council Room

Friday, Oct. 5:  Noon to 1 p.m., 120 Mammel Hall 

If you have additional questions, call or email the Information Services Helpdesk at 402.554.4357 or

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Zeta Tau Alpha to Raise Money, Awareness for Breast Cancer Research This Month

Members of the UNO chapter of the Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority will be raising awareness and donations for breast cancer awareness and education this week on campus.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and members of ZTA will lead it off with "Think Pink Week," with a series of events being held from noon to 2 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza on the UNO Dodge Street Campus. Think Pink Week officially starts today, Oct. 1, with "King of Think Pink Week" where male volunteers will compete to raise the most money. The men will be wearing bras they have decorated themselves, encouraging people to donate to the cause. Read more.

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UNO's Information Security Office reminds you to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

The Information Security Office (ISO), a division of Information Services (IS), reminds you that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and to always STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Multiple awareness events are being held in and around Omaha today through Tuesday, Oct. 1-2, and on UNO's campus.

October 2012 is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Lets make our online lives safer and more secure! Check out details at

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Classical 90.7 KVNO Fall 2009 Membership Drive Begins Tuesday

Classical 90.7 KVNO will kick off its Fall 2012 Membership Drive at 6 a.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 2.  As the only all-classical music station in the state, KVNO raises more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue through community financial contributions.

Omaha's premier public radio station, Classical 90.7 KVNO, serves and enriches the local, national and world community through unique arts programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. The station provides invaluable educational opportunities for UNO students through training and employment in a professional environment. KVNO staff remains committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, to advancing the excellence and growth of the arts, to maximizing the value of the station's services through communication technologies, and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting.

Donations to support this valuable public service can be made by calling 402.554.5866 or online at Payroll Deduction options are available for university employees.

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Writer's Workshop Series Returns Wednesday

The UNO Writer's Workshop is once again hosting its Writer's Workshop Reading Series, featuring free public readings and discussions by nationally renowned authors.

Six authors will speak on campus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the fall semester starting September and running through November. This semester's authors include two professors, two poets, a screenwriter and essayist.

This week on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, James McBride, a New York Times Bestselling author and screenwriter, will read from his works. McBride's debut novel, "Miracle at St. Anna," was turned into a major motion picture, which he adapted, and his memoir, "The Color of Water" is considered an American classic. Read more.

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UNO to Host Dual International Conferences in October

Two conferences that focus on international issues will convene at UNO this Thursday, Oct. 4, to Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Oct. 4 marks the start of the 35th Annual Global Studies Conference. This year's conference will feature panels on the theme of water and global food security. Other topics will include Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East, nation building, democratization, health care and literature.

Concurrently, the 37th Annual European Studies Conference will address multifaceted perspectives on the past, present and future of the European continent. Areas discussed will include art, history, languages and literature, philosophy, music, religion and film. Read more.

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Omaha Hockey Media Day Is Thursday


UNO will hold its annual hockey media day this Thursday, Oct. 4, at noon at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. All members of the news media are invited to attend.

Head coach Dean Blais, assistant coaches Steve Johnson and Troy Jutting and players will be available for interviews and photos. At this time, the team photo will be taken. In addition, Omaha media will be provided game credentials for the 2012-13 season.

The Mavericks begin their 16th season with a home exhibition game against Lethbridge on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7:07 p.m.  They'll open regular season play later that week at the Icebreaker Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 12-13. credentials.

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Three Days of Service Returns Oct. 13

UNO is once again organizing the annual Three Days of Service event over UNO's fall break, Oct. 13, 15, and 16, through its Student-Community Leadership and Service (SLCS) office.

During Three Days of Service, volunteers comprised of UNO students, staff and faculty, as well as high school students and community volunteers, are partnered with non-profit organizations to assist with service projects in the Omaha, Council Bluffs and Lincoln areas.

A few of the organizations UNO is partnering with this year include Habitat Omaha, Habitat Council Bluffs, Youth Emergency Services, Open Door Mission, Stephen Center, MICAH House, the Bemis Center and People's City Mission. Through the various service day partnerships, volunteers are able to grow in their understanding of the challenges faced by those within the community, meet new people, learn new skills and gain awareness of how they can give back to the community. Read more.

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In the News

Holloway Discusses Upcoming Supreme Court Session on KFAB

Carson Holloway, associate professor of political science, was on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB Thursday, Sept. 27, to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court session, which begins Monday, Oct. 1

Eldridge on Crash Davis with Ethics Speaker

Susan Eldridge, chair of the Department of Accounting, was on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB Thursday, Sept. 27 with special guest Weston Smith, a guest for Sept. 28's speaker series. Smith is a speaker on business ethics, which ties directly to his first-hand experiences with fraud as CFO of Healthsouth Corporation and a whistleblower for fraud in the company in the mid-2000s.

Masters Talks Osborne With World-Herald

Julie Masters, chair of the Department of Gerontology, was quoted in a column by the Omaha World-Herald's Mike Kelly about soon-to-be retired Athletic Director Tom Osborne, who will end his five-year term on January 1, 2013. Osborne is retiring from the position at the age of 75. 

Adkins Addresses Election as Early Voting Starts

Randy Adkins, chair of the Department of Political Science, was featured in the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday, Sept. 27 in a story about early voting in the 2012 election, which began that same day in Iowa. Early voting in Nebraska starts Monday, Oct. 1.

Bartle on WOWT

John Bartle, acting dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted by WOWT Tuesday, Sept. 25 about special guest Rudolph Penner, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, who will be  visiting campus Thursday, Oct. 4, to discuss the federal budget. 

Daily Nebraskan Features Kilinc Speech

Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of political science, was featured in The Daily Nebraskan Friday, Sept. 28 for a speech he gave at the UNL Global Studies Colloquium the previous day. Kilinc, a native of Turkey, discussed the conflict between secularism and religion in the area.

Lipschultz Writes on Buffett for Huffington Post

Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, contributed to The Huffington Post on Friday, Sept. 28 to discuss his personal experiences and observations of how Buffett has navigated the last two decades of technological advancements in media.

Adkins Talks Kerrey, Fischer in The Republic

Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science chair, was quoted in an Associated Press story about Democrat Bob Kerrey and his Republican challenger, Deb Fischer, which was picked up by The Republic. The story talks about current poll numbers and chances for both candidates. 

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Bicycle Repair Workshop Tuesday

UNO Bikes! will hold a Bicycle Repair Workshop this Tuesday, Oct. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Criss Library garden (north side of building).

To get more information, click on here or go to this link.

Space is limited, register through the Criss Library Facebook page or call Linda Riviera at 402.554.2640.

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Cinemateca Concludes Tuesday Night at Film Streams

The biennial Cinemateca film series, presented by Film Streams and the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, concludes Tuesday, Oct. 2, with a screening of Iciar Bollain's "Even the Rain." Read more.

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Campus Forum with Barbara A. Holland, an Internationally Renowned Community Engagement Leader on Wednesday

UNO welcomes internationally renowned speaker, leader and expert, Barbara A. Holland to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 3, for a campus forum to be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Holland is well known in the academic community for her experience and knowledge in higher education, community engagement, service learning and organizational change. She has served as the editor of the Metropolitan Universities journal since 1997 and is co-editor of two refereed journals related to engagement. Read more.

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UNO to Hold DebateWatch 2012 for First Presidential Debate

Faculty and staff can join students at UNO Wednesday, Oct. 3, to watch President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney square off during the first presidential debate.

The UNO School of Communication and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs sponsor the free, non-partisan event, called DebateWatch. DebateWatch, a voter education program of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), brings the public together to watch and discuss the televised debates.

The event takes place in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) 101 Lecture Hall. Viewing of the debate will last 90 minutes, beginning at 8 p.m. with pizza and refreshments being served, while supplies last, starting at 7:30 p.m. Read more.

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Federal Budget Expert to Speak at UNO Alumni Center Thursday

The UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) will co-sponsor a luncheon with the Great Plains Government Finance Officers Association this Thursday, Oct. 4, that will feature Rudolph Penner, a nationally-known expert on the federal budget. Penner is a Fellow at the Urban Institute and holds the Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Public Policy. Read more.

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UNO Student Government to Host Safety Walk Thursday

The UNO Student Government will be conducting its first Campus Safety Walk this Thursday, Oct. 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The Student Government of UNO will be conducting a Campus Safety Walk on Thursday, Oct. 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The students will be joined by faculty and will look for improvements on campus ranging from loose gravel to lighting. Student Government encourages any interested students to join them for the safety walk. Read more.

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Division of Continuing Studies Open House This Thursday

Mark your calendars. The Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) will host an Open House this Thursday, Oct. 4. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 207 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. This will be an opportunity for anyone wishing to stop in and learn more about the Bachelor of General Studies degree.

DCS will also provide information and answer questions about various topics, including Blackboard, mavlink and academic advising. Jim Shaw from the UNO Criss Library will also be on hand to answer questions about using the libraries resources. Free food will be available.

Please contact Karen Kempkes at 402.554.4921 for further information.

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Fidelity Representative Offers Fall Financial Counseling Sessions

Mark your calendars! The Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) will host an Open House on Thursday, Oct. 4. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 207 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. This will be an opportunity for anyone wishing to stop in and learn more about the Bachelor of General Studies degree.

DCS will also provide information and answer questions about various topics, including Blackboard, mavlink and academic advising. Jim Shaw from the UNO Criss Library will also be on hand to answer questions about using the libraries resources. Free food will be available.

Please contact Karen Kempkes at 402.554.4921 for further information.

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