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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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 ...



Criss Library Schedule Changes for Fall Break

Criss Library hours for Sunday, Oct. 14, will be from noon to 9 p.m. Library hours for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15 and 16, will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Regular library hours resume Wednesday, Oct. 17.  For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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HPER Pool Notice

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool will be closed starting today, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. and will re-open Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 a.m. The pool will also close at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, due to Fall Break. For more information, visit

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Ghost Hunting is Focus of Tonight's Paranormal Summit at UNO

The UNO Paranormal Society will host the Second Annual Paranormal Summit tonight, Oct. 12.

The summit runs from 6 to 10:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom on the building's second floor.

At the event, attendees will hear from a variety of Omaha experts on ghostly and paranormal activity. Following a talk about each group's most interesting investigations, attendees will follow one team around the UNO campus for their own ghost hunt.

Attendees will also have time to network with the hosts and former guests from the UNO UFO Study Group's "Spooky Action at a Distance" and the UNO Paranormal Society's "On the Fringe" radio shows. Read more.

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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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2012 Green Home Tour and Expo; Wheeler's Healthy House on Tour

Looking for something to do this weekend? This is a great opportunity to find out what's going on in Omaha's green building scene and to get some ideas for things you can do, big and small. Patrick Wheeler, UNO's Environmental Advocate & Sustainability Champion, very own house is on this year's tour.

For expo details, visit this link. Can't make the tour, get a glimpse of The Wheeler's house in an article that appeared in the Summer 2012 UNO Magazine. Read more here.

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University of Nebraska, USSTRATCOM to Partner on University-Affiliated Research Center

The University of Nebraska announced Oct. 11 that it has entered into a long-term partnership with the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base to create a University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The UARC will serve as a primary research and development center that supports USSTRATCOM's missions to deter and detect strategic attacks against the United States and its allies, and to defend the nation as directed.

Through the UARC – housed in the university's National Strategic Research Institute, which the Board of Regents approved in May – the university will provide research and development services for USSTRATCOM in areas where NU faculty have demonstrated significant strength. These areas, which are critical to national security, include: nuclear detection and forensics, detection of chemical and biological weapons, passive defense against weapons of mass destruction, consequence management, and space, cyber and telecommunications law.

The UARC is a university-wide initiative, drawing on a broad range of expertise from all four NU campuses. Faculty will have the opportunity to participate if their research aligns with federal funding opportunities. Their work will be solutions-oriented, geared toward meeting – and ultimately anticipating – USSTRATCOM's needs. Read more.

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Social Work Professors to Present 'A Peek at Social Life in China' on Oct. 17

You are invited to join Drs. Jieru Bai and Peter Szto, of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work, talk on "A Peek at Social Life in China." Come ask questions and hear about their experiences growing up and visiting China. The Brown Bag Symposium will be next Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

For more information, contact Dr. Szto at 402.554.2330.

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Criss Library Newsletter Available

Criss Chronicles, the library's newsletter, is now available for your reading enjoyment at Criss Library staff look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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MaverickPR Hosts Ninth Annual 'La Notte Italiana' Benefit Dinner

Usually, when "La Notte Italiana" (Italian Night) is translated into English, it means an evening in Venice, Rome or Sicily. At UNO it means MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), is hosting its annual benefit dinner.

The event, featuring authentic Italian cuisine from local restaurants, silent auction and a night to socialize, will be held Friday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at St. Margaret Mary's Suneg Center, 6116 Dodge St. All proceeds will help the chapter pay for student travel, competitions, campus and community service projects, and special events. Read more.

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Maverick Productions Welcomes Dating Coaches to Campus

College Dating Coaches Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell will visit the UNO on Sunday, Oct. 21, to provide some comical tips for college students looking for success in dating.

The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room and is sponsored by Maverick Productions. The event is free and food will be provided. Read more.

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In the News

Eesley Talks to KMTV

Dale Eesley, assistant professor of management, talked to KMTV on Wednesday, Oct. 10, about a recent decision by the company that owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden to move many of its full time employees to part-time status ahead of the changes coming from the Affordable Healthcare Act in 2014. Eesley said that the short-term benefits may not outweigh the long-term problems companies may face due to such a move.

Blizek Quoted in Omaha World-Herald

William Blizek, professor of philosophy and religion, was quoted in Bob Fishbach's discussion of Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, The Master.

Peter Kiewit Institute Part of Military Contract

The University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute was mentioned in the Thursday, Oct. 11, issue of the Omaha World-Herald as part of a larger story on a contract between the University of Nebraska and the U.S. Military. The agreement could be worth as much as $84 million according to the report.

Walker Quoted in Journal Sentinel

Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about a recent FBI investigation into the death of a suspect while in police custody in Milwaukee.

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Fall Writers' Retreat is Oct. 15 & 16

During the fall break, the Writing Center will remain open for a two-day Writers' Retreat. Members of the UNO faculty and staff are invited to bring any work in progress – articles, proposals, reviews, reports – to the Writing Center for two days of quiet, productive work. The retreat will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, and Tuesday, Oct. 16, in 150 Arts and Science Hall (ASH).

"Writing can be lonely work," Writing Center Director Nora Bacon observes, "and when the sun is shining outside, or the telephone is ringing, or the email is accumulating, it's easy to get distracted.  The Fall Writers' Retreat will give writers an opportunity to shut out their other responsibilities for two days, to work in company with other writers, and to make substantial progress on a writing project."

The Writing Center will provide lunch – and, throughout the day, will provide coffee, encouragement, and feedback as requested. There is no cost to participants.

To register for the Fall Writers' Retreat, contact the Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or  For more information, contact Bacon at 402.554.2946 or

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Registration Under Way for Screenings at Annual Health & Wellness Fair

The UNO Health & Wellness Fair is set for Thursday, Nov. 1. That means registration for this year's health screen blood draw is under way. This takes place again in Health Services.

There are five options of different health screens to pick from. Click on this link for details. You can sign up for Option 1 and then add other optional tests to it if you chose. New this year is the option of paying at the time of registration for your lab - a cash price or you can choose to have Health Service file with your health insurance.

Registration takes place in Health Services, which is located off the atrium in 102 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The forms are available online on Health Services website or they are available in Health Service. You just need to print, complete, and bring the form to Health Services and sign up for your time. You can pick a time for your lab draw from 6:30 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 1. Results will be mailed to you. A light continental breakfast will be available after your blood draw.

For those employees who are enrolled in the university's Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) medical plan you have $250 ($300 if you did HRA) to use or lose by Monday, Dec. 31, for preventative care. Remember, you 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 don't 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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UNO's Information Security Office reminds you to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

When banking and shopping online, make sure websites are security enabled. Look for web addresses with https:// or shttp://. Http:// is not secure.

Learn more at

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