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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

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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Classical 90.7 KVNO Fall 2012 Membership Drive Begins Today

Classical 90.7 KVNO Fall 2012 Membership Drive starts today, Oct. 2, at 6 a.m. and will run through Thursday, Oct. 11.  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.

"Our annual fall fundraiser this year is even more important than ever before," states Dana Buckingham, KVNO assistant general manager.  "Community support makes up the lion's share of our yearly operating budget at KVNO and with other sources of public funding being cut completely or substantially reduced, I hope that we can encourage those listeners who have never contributed before that now is the time to make a donation before it's too late and classical music radio here in the metro is just another faded memory of days gone by…"

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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HR to Offer 'Reading and Understanding Criminal Background Checks' Today

Today, Oct. 2, Human Resources will offer an instructional program titled "Reading and Understanding Criminal Background Checks" for anyone who may have questions about the new Background Check Policy that went into effect Sept. 1. A former state patrolperson will provide training and UNO's background check vendor OneSource on how to read a Criminal Background Check Report.

Attendees will also practice utilizing the criteria in the policy to determine if the results will negatively impact the offer of employment. Today's class will be offered in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service. There will be two sessions to choose from. One from 10:30 to noon and the other from 1 to 2:30 p.m. There is no charge, but registration is required by emailing your name and which session you would like to attend, to Chris Flott at

For questions, contact HR Director Mollie Anderson at

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IS Implements Lync Instant Messenger for Faculty and Staff

On Oct. 1, Information Services (IS) implemented a campus-wide 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.

- 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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Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women Voter Registration Today & Thursday

The Chancellor's Commission on Status of Women (CCSW) in conjunction with the Douglas County Election Commission announces voter registration is back. Voter Registration tables will be set up around UNO each Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Oct. 2, through Thursday, Oct. 11.

Make sure your voice is heard and register to vote at any of these convenient locations listed below:

Today Oct. 2 - Scott Conference Center (student dining area)

Thursday Oct. 4 - Milo Bail Student Center (inside south entrance)

Tuesday Oct. 9 - Criss Library Atrium

Thursday Oct. 11 - Mammel Hall Atrium

Times may vary due to deputy registrar availability. Questions? Email Beth Down at

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Campus-wide Program Today & Thursday on UNO Students' Financial Literacy

This week on campus faculty and staff will have two opportunities to learn more about programs to increase UNO Students' Financial Literacy, Foundations in Personal Finance and UNO Pilots. The first session, is today, Oct. 2, from 1 to 2:30 in 118 Mammel Hall.

"We all recognize the need for financial literacy—not only for students but perhaps faculty and staff as well," said Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies. "I hope that you or a representative of your program will be able to attend."

The presenters at the sessions include: Mary Lynn Reiser, UNO Center for Economic Education; Dustin Wolfe, UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP); Mel Clancy, UNO Project Achieve; and Linda and Jason Richards of PRISM Advisors.

The presenters will discuss:

- A specific program—Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance—and the multiple ways it can be used;

- Discuss pilots at UNO in the College of Business Administration;


- Project Achieve, and;

- Discuss next steps and future opportunities.

The session will be repeated again on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 2 in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

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R.S.V.P Deadline Today for October CUR Institute Faculty Workshop on Expanding Undergraduate Research

The UNO Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE) presents a two-day Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Institute Faculty workshop on expanding undergraduate research. "Expanding Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the Humanities and Social Sciences" is free and available to all UNO faculty.

Dates: Oct. 26-27, Thompson Alumni Center


- Jenny Shanahan, Ph.D. (English)
Director of Undergraduate Research, Bridgewater State University, Mass.

- Jeanne Mekolichick, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Director of the Center for Social & Cultural Research, chair of the Sociology Department, associate professor of Sociology, Radford University, Va.

Registration officially closes today. To R.S.V.P online, visit

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Flu Shot Clinic Continues Today and Wednesday

Health Services encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against influenza. To help, Health Services will offer several flu shot clinics across campus this week. No appointment is necessary.

Today, Oct. 2
- Arts and Sciences Hall (first floor break room)
10 a.m. to noon

- University Village Clubhouse
2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 3
- Scott Village (study room across from cafeteria)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Criss Library (main floor atrium)
2 to 4 p.m.

Those visiting the clinics are reminded to wear clothing appropriate for a shot in the arm. Cookies and cider will be provided while supplies last. For other upcoming 2012 Flu Shot Clinics, visit this link.

The cost:
* Cash, check and credit card only

- $15 for students with ID

- $20 for faculty, staff or members of the UNO community

* Insurance billing

- $30 for students, faculty, staff or members of the UNO community

Insurance billing note: Blue Cross Blue Shields (BCBS) now requires that Health Services bill electronically all flu shot insurance claims. The $30 will come out of your annual preventive care allowance for those employees who are enrolled in the university's BCBS medical plan. You have $250 ($300 if you completed the HRA) to use or lose by Dec. 31, 2012. Remember, your annual preventive care allowance is to use for well visits to the doctor, UNO Health Fair lab work or vaccinations. It cannot be used for sick visits to the doctor. You do not have to meet your deductible with using your preventative care allowance money.

If you are unsure how much money you have in your preventative care account, call member services at BCBS 1.888.592.8963 and ask. You will need to give them your member ID number that starts with UNE.

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Cinemateca Concludes Tonight at Film Streams

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

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Governor's Lecture to be Simulcast Free Tonight at UNO

The Nebraska Humanities Council will work with seven sites (including UNO) across the state to simulcast the Governor's Lecture in the Humanities tonight, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Robert Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, will speak on "American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us," drawing on his 2010 book of the same title that examines the impact of religion on American life and politics.

Tonight's lecture, first in the 2012-13 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues series addressing religion, rights and politics, is presented by the Nebraska Humanities Council and co-sponsored by the E.N. Thompson Forum and the University of Nebraska. It will be held at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln.

To allow a greater number of Nebraskans to benefit from this speaker, the lecture will be simulcast and followed by community conversations at several locations. At UNO, the 7 p.m. simulcast will be held in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Students and community members are invited to view the lecture and discuss its implications. The lecture and simulcasts are free and open to the public. Free tickets are required only for the Lied Center in Lincoln and guarantee a reserved seat there. 

More information about the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues is available at For more information about the simulcast, contact the Nebraska Humanities Council at 402.474.2131 or

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This Week In Maverick Athletics


This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on this link

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UNO Participants Sought for 'Live Healthy America Step 2 It Challenge'

Wellness Stampede

Campus Rec is once again sponsoring a wellness challenge. The "Live Healthy America Step 2 It Challenge" will take place throughout the month of October. This event is accessible to everyone – all you have to do is walk. Every step you take gets counted towards your team's total. At the end of the Challenge, the teams with the highest average number of steps per member are eligible for prizes.

The cost is $15 and each participant receives:

- Pedometer;

- Weekly emails with helpful and motivating tips; and

- Chances to win incentives based on recording every week.

Register today! Click on this link (step2it.pdf), which will guide you through the registration process.

When you and your team are signed up, send me an email with your team name, captain, members and contact information. Log your steps faithfully, and we'll handle the rest," said Andrea Stump, assistant director for Fitness/Wellness and Instructional Programs. "If you would like to participate and don't have a team available, email me and we'll make sure that you get a group."

Email Stump at

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Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate on Exhibit at Criss Library

"Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate" opens at the Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery today, Oct. 2, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 11.

In 1996, Hagel ran a successful campaign that resulted in victories over then Attorney General Don Stenberg and Gov. Ben Nelson. The exhibit features artifacts from UNO's U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives.

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UNO Jazz Ensembles & Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra Concert Wednesday in MBSC

The music of Count Basie and Radiohead will be featured this Wednesday, Oct. 3, when the UNO Jazz Ensembles, UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO) perform. The concert takes place in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for the public, $4 for students and free for students with a MavCard.

Percussionist Joey Gulizia will be the featured guest artist.

MAYJO is an auditioned group made up of high school students from the Omaha-metro area.

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UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board Overview

An overview session will be presented by the UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board (IRB) for UNO faculty, staff, and students on Wednesday Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A. 

This presentation will include a quick history of human subject research, an introduction to the UNMC/UNO IRB including the role of the IRB, the different types of review and approval criteria, as well as an overview of the electronic IRB submission system.

While this presentation is open to the UNO community, it will be of particular importance to non-tenured, tenure-track faculty who plan to use human subject derived data in their upcoming research activities. 

Questions may be directed to the Office of Research and Creative Activity at 402.554.2286 or

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Woody Named Commissioner

Robert Woody, Psychology, has been appointed a Commissioner for a three-year term on the Douglas County (Neb.) Planning Commission.   

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to

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Physics Colloquium This Friday

"Quasars, Super-massive Black Holes, and Outflows in Active Galaxagies" will be the topics of discussion at UNO's Friday, Oct. 5, Physics Colloquium. Jack Gabel, professor of physics at Creighton University, will present.

Dr. Gabel's lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center (DSC).

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Christian Anti-Semitism Focus of 2012-13 Brooks Lecture

A visiting professor of religious studies will speak on the topic of Christian anti-Semitism at the 2012-13 Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture Thursday, Oct. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The lecture, titled "Jesus and Money-Changers: Undermining the Origins of Christian Anti-Semitism" will be given by Curtis Hutt, who is also special programs coordinator for the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, which are co-sponsoring the event.

UNO's Thompson Alumni Center is hosting the event. Read more.

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'Decreasing the Dropout Rate' Webinar Set for Oct. 11

The webinar "Decreasing the Dropout Rate: Strategies to Improve At-Risk Student Persistence" will be broadcast on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Sponsored by Academic and Student Affairs, anyone interested is invited to attend.

The webinar will explore a model that will help campus stakeholders coordinate and establish expanded campus-wide student support intervention systems, as well as how to use and share data for continuous program maintenance, improvement and growth. The presenters will also address tips to overcome barriers to intervention and how to gain consensus and support for expanded student assistance services.

Questions? Contact Rita Henry at 402.554.2779.

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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. Learn more about staying safe and secure online at

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