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Kudos to the UNO running team that finished third in the 2012 Division A Women's Corporate Cup Run.The 10k run was held in downtown Omaha on Sept. 16 to raise awareness and funds for the 200,000 Nebraskans who suffer from lung disease. The UNO team is pictured at the Oct. 16 awards ceremony from left to right: Rosemary Edzie, Jennifer Rock and Jean Phillips.



Campus Forum Today 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 today, 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 this 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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Today's 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 today, Oct. 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons.

The presenters will be Dr. 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 at or call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427.

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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 week.

- Today, 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 you wish to attend.

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Message from Chancellor Christensen on the 2012 United Way Campaign

I would like to encourage the campus community to continue to support this year's United Way campaign at UNO.

The United Way of the Midlands is tremendously important since it is the most efficient, effective way to raise funds for a safety net of health and human service programs in Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa. The organization has 34 local partner agencies, and each receives an allocation for specific programs from the funds raised in the annual campaign.

United Way of the Midlands also offers direct services such as the 2-1-1 Information and Referral phone line and the Volunteer Resource Center. Community Health Charities of Nebraska is a campaign contract partner, with 17 member health agencies.

Finally, do know that the United Way maximizes the value of contributions by keeping costs at a minimum, so 90 percent of the gifts received to the Community Care Fund go directly to programs and services. Each dollar given makes a difference to someone, and during these tough economic times the need for the services provided by United Way agencies increases.

Please know that your willingness to help is deeply appreciated.

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Notice for Eppley Administration Building Break Room Remodel

Eppley Administration Building Room 106U will be renovated into a break room beginning the week of Nov. 5, through Dec. 14, 2012. The area will include a countertop, vending machines, seating for 12, and a television monitor.

During the construction period, occupants of Eppley Administration Building are asked to utilize the lounge areas in the following buildings:

- Roskens Hall, second floor near the north entrance;

- Kayser Hall, second floor near the west entrance;

- Milo Bail Student Center second floor Dining Room and Maverick Lounge or first floor TV lounge;

- Health, Physical Education and Recreation, first floor near the north entrance; and

- Criss Library Café, second floor.

Construction documents are currently out for bidding proposals; bid date is Nov. 1, 2012.

EAB Breakroom Rendering

EAB Break Room

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The National Day on Writing Open House Sponsored by the UNO Writing Center

The UNO Writing Center invites students, faculty, and staff to the Writing Center for an Open House to celebrate the National Day on Writing. Join the Writing Center consultants this Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in 150 Arts & Sciences Hall for food, fun, and to participate in writing a "round robin" story.

Writing Center consultants will provide three unique story starters, and guests will each contribute a few lines to continue the stories. The tales will unfold over the course of the afternoon, coming to an end at 1 p.m. The completed stories will be posted on Facebook and submitted to the National Gallery of Writing, a digital archive that showcases compositions from writers of all ages and talents from across the country. For inspiration, check out the "round robin" story written by the Writing Center staff, which will be posted in the first floor hallway of UNO's Arts and Sciences Hall during the week leading up to this exciting event. While visiting the Writing Center, guests can join us for a snack and a chance to see first-hand all that the Writing Center has to offer.

Throughout the year, the UNO Writing Center offers one-on-one consultations for students, faculty, and staff. With three locations (150 Arts and Science Hall, 131 Mammel Hall and Criss Library) and a staff of over a dozen writing consultants, the Writing Center is able to help answer questions, provide feedback, and coach clients through any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to final editing. Consultants can help writers feel more confident about their written work.

The National Day on Writing was established in 2009 by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to celebrate composition in all forms and demonstrate how writing is a vital part of our everyday lives. From students and educators to business owners and retirees, writers from all walks of life have submitted works to the National Gallery of Writing. Come meet the Writing Center staff, learn more about the Writing Center, and get creative in the name of literacy.

For more information about this event, contact the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or For more information about the National Day on Writing, visit

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Service Learning Academy Session Oct. 25

The Service Learning Academy will provide UNO faculty members an opportunity to learn more about offering service learning as a teaching strategy this Thursday, Oct. 25. It will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon  Room.

The session provide an overview of service learning pedagogy as well as tips for developing reciprocal relationships with community partners, methods of effective student reflection, and the various forms of support the Service Learning Academy can provide to faculty teaching service learning classes.

Please R.S.V.P. to or 402.554.3196.

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HPER Pool Notice

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Pool will be closed this Thursday, Oct. 25, starting at 4 p.m. and will reopen Friday, Oct. 26, at 6 a.m. The pool will also be closed Saturday, Oct. 27, and will reopen Sunday Oct. 28, at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit

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Aviation Institute Redbird Simulator Open House Nov. 9

The Aviation Institute is hosting an Open House on Friday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Open House will feature the Aviation Institute's new full motion Redbird Simulator.

The Redbird was added to the Aviation Institute during the summer of 2012. This new addition provides enhanced training for UNO student pilots. The event will be held in 120 College of Public Affairs and Community Service and is open to the community and all faculty, staff and students.

For more information, call Sara Martin at 402.554.2986.

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In the News

Tyma Discusses Newsweek

Adam Tyma, associate professor of communication, was on the Crash Davis Show Thursday, Oct. 18, to discuss the recent announcement that, starting in 2013, Newsweek will move to an Internet-only publication after 80 years of operation as a print magazine.

Night With the Mavs on KETV, in San Francisco Chronicle

UNO's "Night with the Mavs" event at the new Ralston Arena was covered by KETV on Thursday, Oct. 18. The event was also previewed by the San Francisco Chronicle that same day.

Beard in Sioux City Journal

Christine Beard, associate professor of music, was mentioned in the Sioux City Journal on Friday, Oct. 19, in association with the Heartland Community Flute Choir, which performed in Sioux City on Sunday, Oct. 21. Beard founded the choir group in 2003.

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Governor to Speak at PKI Lecture Series

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman will serve as the featured speaker for a University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) Distinguished Lecture Series event set for Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. The title of Heineman's speech is "Leadership that Counts."

In addition to his role as governernor, Heineman also served as chairman of the National Governors Association during 2011-12. He became governor in 2005 when Mike Johanns resigned the governorship to become U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Heineman was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Read more.

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Winchell Lecture Continues Oct. 23

The UNO History Department is pleased to announce that this year's Winchell Lecture will feature Bill Tsutsui, dean and professor of history at Southern Methodist University, this Tuesday, Oct. 23. Dr. Tsutsui's lecture is titled, "From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Godzilla and Postwar Japan."

The lecture commences at 7 p.m. in Bootstrapper Hall in the Thompson Alumni Center. The lecture is free and open to all members of the public and to UNO faculty, staff, and students.

For more information, contact Jolene Headrick at 402.554.2593.

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KANEKO-UNO Library Presents Halloween Costume Workshop Oct. 24

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the KANEKO-UNO Library is hosting a workshop that will allow you to create, embellish, fix or finish whatever costume you've been dreaming of this year.

Join library staff from 5 to 9 p.m. for:

- Costume Makeup:  Learn from an expert the stage makeup techniques to make you the best zombie, ghost, cat, or whatever.

- Mask Creation:  Half and full-face masks will be available for you to customize.

- Sewing Machine:  Secure those embellishments down or tailor your costume to fit you perfectly (expert help provided).

- Embellishments and fabric:  All the glitter, ribbon, fabric, and trim to jazz that accessory up.

- Trick or treat bags:  Create one for you or someone else to collect all the goodies.

- Refreshments:  Cider, cookies, and candy to keep the creative energy flowing.

Catch the bus designated as KANEKO-UNO Library from the Bell Tower at 4:45 p.m. and it will return you to campus at 9 p.m.

Or meet there:

1111 Jones St. Omaha, Neb.

Any questions, contact Lindsey Bailie at

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Maverick Productions Welcomes Dating Coaches to Campus

College Dating Coaches Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell will visit UNO this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 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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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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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 this 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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Feedback Sought for Faculty/Staff Training on Military and Veteran Students

The Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) is developing a professional development training program for UNO faculty and staff to increase awareness, understanding, and support of our military and veteran students on campus. The training program is planned to begin in Spring 2013 with more details to come.

For now, MaV USO would like input from faculty and staff on the interest and types of topics you would like to see included in this training. Please help MaV USO by taking a short survey at The anonymous survey should take less than five minutes to complete and will be available through today, Oct. 22. For more information, contact MaV USO at or 402.554.2349.

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TIAA-CREF & HR to Present 'A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing'

Human Resources is offering a new Financial Essentials Workshop on "She's Got It: A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing" courtesy of TIAA-CREF. It will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The workshop will be interactive as participants learn core concepts that guide all investing, find ways to take on life challenges without damaging future financial well-being, discover more about themselves through a Financial Personality Type Quiz and break down what their real goals are, and learn how to reach them via small-group activities. Refreshments will be provided.

To attend, you must R.S.V.P. by calling 800.732.8353, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or register online at

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

Have you changed your computer and other digital device passwords lately? Its one of the best ways to increase your online safety and security. Learn more at

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