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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 ...



Agricultural Scholar, World Food Prize Recipient to Speak at Mammel Hall Today

An expert in sustainable food security and climate change will speak at Mammel Hall today, 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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Fitness Fridays Continue Today in ASH

It's Fitness Fridays time. Join UNO Health Services today, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Arts and Science Hall, near the first floor vending area. Staff will conduct free blood pressure checks and weight and BMI measurements. Flu shots are also available for a price.

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.

Information will also be available regarding Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) fitness classes and upcoming Health Fair and Health Risk Assessment (HRA).

For more information, contact Julie Kalasek at 402.554.2374 or

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HPER Pool Closed This Evening

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool will be closed tonight, Oct. 19, starting at 4 p.m. due to a UNO swim meet. For more information, visit or contact Pat Philippi at 402.554.2223.

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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 tonight, 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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Mav Kids Halloween Party is Oct. 20

The annual Mav Kids Halloween Party is set for this 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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Intergenerational Poetry Slam Set for Oct. 21

The UNO chapter of Sigma Phi Omega will host an intergenerational poetry slam this Sunday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The poetry slam event is a follow up to the Fourth Annual Intergenerational Poetry Contest, which was held on Oct. 14 at UNO. The contest, held in UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center, featured youth and elder entrants from the Omaha metropolitan community and surrounding areas in Nebraska. The yearly event provides a chance for teens and older adults to read and discuss poetry. Each participant provided one poem about life as a teenager and one poem about life as an adult over the age of 60.

Winners were in attendance on Sunday, along with their families, to read their poems and receive their awards. On Oct. 21, all of the contest's participants are invited to read their poetry. Choir students from Lewis and Clark Middle School will provide a vocal performance at the event as well. Read more.

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Maverick Productions Welcomes Dating Coaches to Campus

(Editor's note: The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, not this Sunday as previously reported) College Dating Coaches Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell will visit UNO on Wednesday, Oct. 24,this 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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Progress Report on 2012 United Way Campaign

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Campaign Chairs, Dean David Boocker and Charlotte Russell would like to thank the campus community for their continued support of the 2012 United Way Campaign. The annual jewelry sale/fundraiser was a great success. This year UNO's proceeds from the sale were approximately $900. Those funds will be added to your donations and will make a substantial difference in the lives of those members in our community who are in need of assistance. 

In the upcoming weeks there will be drawings for some fabulous prizes for employees who choose to make a donation. Prizes include a Kindle e-reader, Rock Star Parking for a month, and the opportunity to observe/feed our marmosets.  Please watch eNotes for the names of the drawing winners and thank you for your continued support.

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This Season To Be Mavericks' Most Watched

With at least six nationally televised hockey games this season, UNO teams will find themselves watched by more people than ever before.

"It's a great time to be a Maverick fan," said Trev Alberts, Director of Athletics. "With increased national exposure, fans and alumni from coast to coast should have no trouble keeping up with Omaha's Team."

The Omaha hockey team has already appeared on the NBC Sports Network twice during its participation in the Icebreaker Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. last weekend. The Mavericks will appear on NBCSN four more times. Read more.

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Lecture Nov. 5 with John Calvert on Recent Developments in Egypt

John Calvert, associate professor of history from Creighton University, will speak at UNO on Monday, Nov. 5. His talk, "The Spectrum of Islamist Politics in Egypt Today" will take place in 384 Arts and Sciences Hall between 10 to 10:50 a.m.

The lecture is co-organized by the Department of Political Science and Center for Islamic Studies at UNO.

Dr. Calvert's research focuses on the Muslim Brotherhood, jihadi organizations and the intersections of Islamism and nationalism in Egypt. He is the author most recently of Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism (Columbia University Press, 2010).

For more information, contact Ramazan Kilinc at 402.554.2683 or

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In the News

Landow on KFAB

Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, was on the Crash Davis Show on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to discuss the second presidential debate.

Alberts Talks "Night with the Mavs" in Shatel Column

Athletic Director Trev Alberts was interviewed by Tom Shatel in his regular column about Thursday's "Night with the Mavs" event and Hall of Fame induction.

Three Days of Service Featured in Non Pareil

UNO's Three Days of Service, which wrapped up Tuesday, Oct. 17, was covered by the Council Bluffs Daily Non Pareil on Wednesday, Oct. 18. UNO partnered with non-profits in the Omaha, Council Bluffs and Lincoln areas to provide volunteer labor hours over Fall Break.

Death of Former Gerontology Director Covered by Los Angeles Times

David A. Peterson, director of UNO's School of Gerontology until 1978, passed away at the age of 75 this week. His career at the University of Southern California, where he worked after his time at UNO, was profiled by the Los Angeles Times.

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Oct. 22nd Campus Forum with nationally-known expert on university-community-school partnerships from The University of Pennsylvania, Ira Harkavy

Students, faculty and staff are invited to hear Ira Harkavy speak at the campus forum on Monday, Oct. 22. Harkavy, an economic expert and historian, specializes in building university-community-school partnerships, service-learning courses, civic engagement, coalition for community schools, and higher education.

"Dr. Harkavy's visit is one that will help us further refine and focus our vision for what our Community Engagement Center can become," said B.J. Reed, UNO senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. "He's more than just a leader in university-community engagement. His career has defined what it means for higher education to be meaningfully involved with community."       

He has received numerous awards recognizing his achievements, including the University of Pennsylvania's Alumni Award of Merit (2004), a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant (2005), and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Heritage Award (2006); and, under his directorship, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships received the inaugural William T. Grant Foundation Youth Development Prize sponsored in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Children, Youth and Families (2003) and a Best Practices/Outstanding Achievement Award from HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (2000).

UNO's Community Engagement Center will officially break ground on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The 60,000-square-foot facility will be located between the Strauss Performing Arts Center and the Criss Library, and will serve as both the front door to the campus and as the university's signature outreach venue. The center, which will be completed in 2014, will support and allow for expansion of university-community partnerships, help meet growing demands for community meeting and planning space and extend the campus' logistical resources to its community partners.        

The campus forum will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

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Lamanna to Present 'Constructing a Career through Chance and Choices' Talk on Oct. 24

The UNO Sociology & Anthropology Department will host a presentation with Dr. Mary Ann Lamanna, professor emerita of Sociology at UNO. Her talk, "A Long and Winding Road: Constructing a Career through Chance and Choices," will be Wednesday, Oct. 24, at noon, in 344 Arts and Science Hall (ASH).

For more information, contact Sarah Wengert at 402.554.2626.

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Sokolof Lecture Series to Focus on Connections Between Jews, African-Americans During Civil Rights Movement

Author and lecturer Stephen Berk is the featured speaker for the latest entry in the Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture Series, which will be held at the Thompson Center. The presentation will focus on the connections between Jews and African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement.

Berk, the Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Union College in New York, is considered an expert in the field of Jewish Studies. He has received the Holocaust Memorial Award from the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center and been named an Israel Hero by the Jewish Educational Resources of New York.

The lecture, which is sponsored in part by UNO's Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, will take place Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Read more.

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

Get plugged in. Follow UNO's Information Security Office (ISO), a division of Information Services (IS), on Twitter @UNOInfoSec ( for live updates and more information surrounding National Cyber Security Awareness Month activities and other IT security-related information all year long.

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