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October 15, 1993: Castle of Perseverance Dedicated

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On this day in UNO history, the amphitheater located just outside the Weber Fine Arts Building was dedicated. Designer Andrew Leicester was on hand for the event.


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 ...



Three Days of Service Returns for Fall Break

UNO is once again organizing the annual Three Days of Service event over UNO's fall break, today through Tuesday, Oct. 15-16, 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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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Fall Break

Criss Library hours today 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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Wellness Classes & Massages Postponed for Fall Break

Due to Fall Break, Group Ex. Classes, F.A.S.T.,12-weeks to a Fitter You and Massage sessions will not meet on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16. Classes will start up again Wednesday, Nov. 17. For details, visit

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HPER Pool Notice

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool will be closed starting tonight, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., due to Fall Break. For more information, visit

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Latino Heritage Month Continues Oct. 17 with 'Una Vida: The Life and Times of an American Chicana'

Latino Heritage Month activities continue on Wednesday, Oct. 17, with artist, cultural activist and storyteller Linda Garcia. She will conduct a workshop on Calaveras de Repujado/Metal Embossed Sugar Skull images.

Participants 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 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. Pizza, sandwiches and dessert will be provided.

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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Agricultural Scholar, World Food Prize Recipient to Speak Oct. 19 at Mammel Hall

An expert in sustainable food security and climate change will speak at Mammel Hall this Friday, Oct. 19.

M.S. Swaminathan, Ph.D., will hold a public lecture, with reception to follow, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Mammel Hall Auditorium. The event is a collaboration between UNO's College of Business Administration, the University of Nebraska and the India Association of Nebraska.

Swaminathan, considered the father of India's green revolution, is known worldwide for his food conservation efforts. He was the inaugural recipient of the World Food Prize, which is the equivalent to the Nobel Prize in agriculture, in 1987 and was named one the "20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century" by Time magazine. He has also served as the principal secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture for the government of India. Read more.

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Harrington Earns Counseling Honor

The Nebraska Counseling Association (NCA) recently honored Scott Harrington, associate professor of counseling at UNO, as the recipient of this year's Seasoned Counselor/Professional Dedication Award. Harrington is a 44-year veteran of UNO's Department of Counseling and Counselor Education and a 25-year veteran of NCA. Read more.

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

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Child Participants Sought for Autism Research Study

Child participants are needed for a research study on perception and production of complex movement variability in children with autism. Joshua Haworth, a fourth year doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will conduct the study.

The study is funded by a research fellowship from Autism Speaks.

"My interest is in sensation, perception, and action and how these interact for learning and performing general movement behaviors," Haworth said. "Particularly, I am driven to apply this knowledge to better understand the characteristics of autism in the hopes of identifying fundamental physiological mechanisms, early diagnostic criteria, and effective modes of rehabilitation."

The whole study will take approximately one hour. During this time, Haworth will conduct a short assessment of the child's ability to perform general motor tasks for grouping with other children of similar skill level. The rest of the time will include having the child stand on a force platform (enhanced scale for measuring movements) while viewing different videos as they are displayed on a television. The videos last about four minutes each, with plenty of time to rest and play in between. Haworth will use eye-tracking technology to track how the child watches motion patterns in the videos.

To be eligible, the child must be between 1.5 to 6 years of age, have or have not been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and have no known visual or neurological deficits. The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility at UNO will be the site for the study.

"It is nice to note that our Infant Lab is designed specifically to resemble a typical living room, fully furnished and stocked full of toys," he said. "This and the demeanor of our lab personnel help to set a mood that is directly tuned to try our best to keep kids happy and entertained while they help me out!"

There is no cost and a stipend is available. For complete details on the study, click on this link.

Please contact Haworth at or 402.554.3225 with any additional questions, or to sign up for this study.

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NCNW Community Sale is Oct. 27

Members of the UNO Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), will host their annual Community Sale in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The UNO campus community and the public can shop for specials on gently used and new items sold at discounted price.

Proceeds go toward annual NCNW Heritage Ball and Adopt-A-Family. The funds received from the community sale benefit a number of local Omaha families who are in need, providing them with essential everyday items, as well as gifts they would not otherwise receive, to make the holiday season a joyous occasion for them and their families.

Call 402.554.3696 or email Marquisha Spencer for more information.

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In the News

Snyder Quoted by Journal-Democrat

Scott Snyder, associate vice chancellor for research, was quoted by the Syracuse Journal-Democrat about the University of Nebraska's recent partnership with the U.S. military for funded research projects. Much of UNO's work will come from the Peter Kiewit Institute and College of IS&T.

Benjamin Work Appears in HerLiving Magazine

Jess Benjamin, instructor of ceramics, is currently featured in the October/November issue of Omaha's HerLiving Magazine. Benjamin's work focuses on water usage in the Great Plains area.

Afghan Teacher Education Mentioned in OWH Editorial

A recent Omaha World-Herald editorial in the Friday, Oct. 12, issue mentioned the UNO Center for Afghanistan Studies and Teacher Education program as just one important program helping support progress for women in Afghanistan.

Slabaugh Featured on Durant, Okla. News

James Slabaugh, coach of the Flying Mavs, was interviewed by KXII in Durant, Okla. The UNO Aviation Institute's Flying Mavs flight team competed in the Region XI Safecon competition last week. The team has won the region IV competition the last three years.

Peter Kiewit Sculpture in Neola Gazette

Fifth graders from Neola, Iowa were at the Peter Kiewit Institute on Friday, Sept. 28, as part of a public art tour of Omaha. The Waterworks sculpture on the west end of PKI was the featured photo in the article's coverage of the event.

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

You are invited to hear 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 listen to their experiences growing up and visiting China. The Brown Bag Symposium will be this 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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Free Fall Nutrition Seminar Oct. 18

Explore the health claims surrounding the use of coconut products in your diet at a Fall Nutrition Seminar this Thursday, Oct. 18.

This session, presented by dietitian Julie Denker, will provide information on the latest scientific research surrounding coconut products including: coconut milk, coconut water, and other forms of coconut available on the market. The free seminar will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 138 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Questions? Contact Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008.

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

Know the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats? It's by keeping a clean machine and having the latest security software, web browser and operating system. Learn more at

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