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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 ...



Latino Heritage Month Features Two Events Happening Today and Oct. 17

Latino Heritage Month kicks off today, Oct. 10, with Razatimes: Soy Chicano, Y Vivo Aqui! (I'm Chicano and I live here). Jose "Chato" Garcia, a Chicano activist, community curator, and founding board member of Mexican American Historical Society, will engage with students about the history of the Spanish Presence on the Plains from 1541-1971.

At this event, participants will come away with an understanding of how the Spanish/Mexican heritage, family lineage and cultural tradition continue to be part of U. S. history. The event is designed to be interactive as Garcia engages with participants through discussion, activities, artifacts/display and a presentation.

The following Wednesday, Oct. 17, artist, cultural activist and storyteller Linda Garcia will conduct a workshop on Calaveras de Repujado/Metal Embossed Sugar Skull images. Students will be able to make a sugar skull and listen to her empowering life story of how art and heritage impacts her role as a Chicana, student, wife, mother and artistic/cultural activist. The event "Una Vida: The Life and Times of an American Chicana" will be one you don't want to miss.

There will be pizza, sandwiches and dessert at both events, which will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room at 11:30 a.m.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Click here for more information about both events.

Sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs and Association of Latino American Students. Questions? Contact Helen Kang at 402.554.2711 or

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Flu Shot Clinic Continues Today

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.

Remaining schedule:

* Today, Oct. 10
University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (100A)
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mammel Hall (main floor atrium)
1 to 3 p.m.

* Friday, Oct. 12
College of Public Affairs and Community Service (132D)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those visiting the clinics are reminded to wear clothing appropriate for a shot in the arm.

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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Special Screening of 'Miss Representation' Tonight on Campus

See the documentary "Miss Representation" prior to producer/director Jennifer Siebel Newsom's appearance as keynote speaker for the Women's Fund Fall Luncheon. The film will be screened tonight, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center and is presented in collaboration with UNO and sponsor, TD Ameritrade

"Miss Representation" features stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem. A panel discussion follows the film.

Tickets are required for admission. For tickets or to find out more about the movie and a related call-to-action campaign, visit

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2012 United Way Campaign Under Way at UNO

The 2012 UNO-United Way Campaign officially begins this week. This year's theme is "The Power of Change," and the campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 2. UNO has set a $70,000 goal.

UNO faculty and staff will receive a username and password in an e-mail message sent to their university e-mail address and will have the option of designating a particular organization, as well as donating to the general fund. Employees who need help using the system can stop by the Human Resources Office, 205 Eppley Administration Building, or call 402.554.2321.

Prize drawings for those who take part in the campaign include a month of "rock star" parking and marmoset feeding/observation.

Gifts to the United Way address the root causes of the most serious health and human services needs in the metropolitan community. United Way funds programs and services that thousands of individuals and families count on to help them reach their full potentials.

Human Resources staff encourages the UNO community to take part in the change by donating to United Way as a part of UNO's team.

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College of IS&T to Host IT Professional Development Academy in October

IT professionals are invited to attend the October 2012 IT Professional Development Academy hosted by the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at UNO.

IT Academy sessions will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19, at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Faculty and staff from the College of IS&T lead the sessions. Read more.

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Master of Social Work Degree Information Sessions Planned

Anyone interested in pursuing a master's degree in social work can attend two information and recruitment sessions scheduled for this month.

- Monday, Oct. 22
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
208 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)

- Saturday, Oct. 27
10 to 11 a.m.

At the event, staff and faculty from UNO School of Social Work, will discuss the social work program and admission requirements. R.S.V.P. to Michelle Nelsen at, and indicate which session.

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Sen. Hagel Forum, Exhibit at UNO

Former U.S. Senator and UNO Alumnus Chuck Hagel is the focus of two events being held at the Criss Library this election season.

On Friday, Nov. 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Hagel will hold a town hall about campaigns, current issues and his victorious campaign in 1996 against then-governor Ben Nelson and Attorney General Don Stenberg.

The town hall is part of a larger exhibit in the Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery focused on Hagel's '96 campaign. The exhibit, called "Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate" features artifacts from the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives, which were donated to UNO by Hagel and his family. Read more.

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NBDC Offers SFP Credential

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will offer a highly recognized preparatory course for professionals seeking the Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credential. Approved by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), this five-day program is scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 5.

The program qualifies for 70 hours of LEED general continuing education hours. In addition, IFMA is waiving the SFP application fee until the end of this year. For more information or to register, click here.

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Wakefield Appointed to Nebraska Jail Standards Board

Bill Wakefield, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman to a three-year term on the Nebraska Jail Standards Board.

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

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In the News

Johanningsmeier on Banned Books Panel

Charles Johanningsmeier, professor of English, was mentioned in a story by the Omaha Star previewing a Banned Books Week event on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Kennedy, Reilly Mentioned in 'Miss Representation' Preview

Tammie Kennedy, assistant professor of women's and gender studies, and Hugh Reilly, associate professor of communication, were mentioned in a preview story for a showing of "Miss Representation" at UNO on Oct. 18. "Miss Representation" is a documentary that explores how women are portrayed by the media; Kennedy and Reilly will participate in a post-film discussion  along with Joe Jordan from Nebraska Watchdog and Ariel Roblin, general manager of KETV.

Paul Landow Talks Jim Suttle

Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, was featured on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB Monday, Oct. 8 to discuss recent poll numbers that show Jim Suttle may have enough support to be re-elected next year.

UNO Audit Uncovers Problem with Grant Funds

Audits launched in response to whistle-blower complaints last spring have turned up problems in the way the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) handled a federal grant to aid manufacturing companies in the state.

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Still Time to Register for Oct. 11 Campus Blood Drive

It's here! University Housing and UNO Athletics are teaming up to have the biggest campus blood drive ever this week.

"Our goal is to collect 75 units - please help us save lives," said Pam Schwarting, director of community relations for UNO Athletics.

Blood drives will be held on the American Red Cross Bus at two locations:

Sapp Fieldhouse and at University Village

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 11

Time:  11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule your appointment click here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS

Please bring photo ID or American Red Cross donor card. Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat something before you donate.

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Mav Kids Halloween Party Set for Oct. 20

The annual Mav Kids Halloween Party is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The event is hosted by UNO Campus Recreation and is free for everyone.

Activities include a haunted house, games, activities, candy, prizes and much more. Activities are aimed for children ages 12 and younger and parents are responsible for supervision of their children. There will also be a collection of canned food for the local shelves and towels and blankets for Town & Country Humane Society.

For more information, contact Lisa Medina at 402.554.2859 or

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New York Times Faculty Stipends

The New York Times will fund a limited number of stipends for faculty who are interested in developing curriculum ideas in their courses using the papers in the Maverick Readership program and the on-line access available to UNO students through the Readership Program.

Members will also organize Times Talks events for students and faculty.This committee work is part of UNO"s Civic Participation initiative.

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Workshop to Offer Tips on Writing a Conference Proposal

Tips for Writing a Conference Proposal and Paper is a workshop planned just for graduate students. This workshop is set for Monday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons.

The presenters will be Nora Bacon, professor of English and director of the UNO Writing Center and Kathy Radosta, UNO Writing Center graduate consultant.

A free pizza dinner will be served, so please register today at or by call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427.

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Nominations Sought for Employee of the Month

Do you know staff members at UNO who deserve recognition for great service?  Then please tell us about them so others will know. UNO recognizes deserving employees each month with kudos and prizes. Nominating an employee is as easy as a couple of clicks.

Here is the link to the nomination form found on the Human Resources web page:

Each recipient receives:

- $200;

- Reserved parking spot;

- Recognition at the University of Nebraska Board of Regents meeting;

- Photo op with Chancellor Christensen; and

- A gift bag including a beverage container of the employee's choice and other tokens of remembrance.

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

Be a good digital citizen. Help authorities fight cybercrime by reporting stolen identities, finances and other incidents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center ( and your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate. Learn more at

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