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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.



Groundbreakings Today for Biomechanics, Community Engagement Buildings

UNO will hold not one, but a pair of groundbreaking ceremonies today, Oct. 24. The groundbreakings mark two exciting building projects, a Biomechanics Research Building and a Community Engagement Center, which will further the university's goals of cutting edge research and community outreach.

The Biomechanics Research Building groundbreaking ceremony takes place first at 3 p.m. in UNO parking lot N, near the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and University Drive Road South on the university's Dodge Street campus. University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken, UNO Chancellor John Christensen and College of Education Dean Nancy Edick will give remarks.

The Community Engagement Center groundbreaking ceremony follows the 3 p.m. event, starting at 5 p.m. The 5 p.m. groundbreaking also takes place in parking lot N. Milliken and Christensen will give remarks during this second ceremony. The UNO community is invited to attend both ceremonies. Read more.

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

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 today, 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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Lamanna to Present 'Constructing a Career through Chance and Choices' Talk Today

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 today, 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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Maverick Productions Welcomes Dating Coaches to Campus

College Dating Coaches Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell will visit UNO today, 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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'Navigating the RPT Process' Set for Today

Do you have questions about the RPT process? Would you appreciate talking with other UNO faculty members about RPT?  If so, attend "Navigating the RPT Process" today, Oct. 24, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Faculty Study Commons - 305 Criss Library. 

Please join the Center for Faculty Development for a panel presentation followed by a group discussion. Panel members will include: Drs. David Conway, Jeremy Lipschultz, John Erickson and Gwyneth Cliver.  

To register, call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or send an email to

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KANEKO-UNO Library Presents Halloween Costume Workshop Tonight

Tonight, 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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Writer's Workshop Reading Series Presents Writer Dinty W. Moore Tonight

Tonight, Oct. 24, Writer's Workshop Reading Series will present author/writer, Dinty W. Moore. Moore will be on campus to read from his works and give a book signing. The free event is open to the public and will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center.

Moore is author of numerous books, including The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life, Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction; and the memoir Between Panic & Desire, as well as winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize. Editor of the acclaimed journal, Brevity, Dinty is the director of Ohio University's B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Creative Writing program.

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Dr. Samuel Meisels, national leader in early childhood education, named executive director of NU's Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Dr. Samuel J. Meisels, one of the nation's leading authorities on the assessment of young children and early childhood development, has been named the founding executive director of the University of Nebraska's Buffett Early Childhood Institute, NU President James B. Milliken announced recently. Meisels, currently president of Erikson Institute in Chicago, the country's premier graduate school in child development, will begin at the University of Nebraska on June 1, 2013. Prior to that date he will assist the university in beginning to develop staffing, strategy and other plans. Read more.

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UNO Officials and Faculty Travel to Lima, Peru to Expand Students' Global Engagement Opportunities

UNO officials, together with faculty from OLLAS (the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies) and Biology, will travel to Lima, Peru on Saturday, Nov. 3, to sign an inter-university agreement with the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya. The agreement will help institutionalize global engagement opportunities for students, faculty and the Metropolitan community at large.

Since 2008 UNO's Service Learning Academy and OLLAS have led a successful service learning study abroad program in Peru. Building on that success, Senior Vice Chancellor BJ Reed, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Scott Snyder, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dave Boocker and OLLAS Director Lourdes Gouveia will be accompanied by biologists Alan Kolok and Paul Davis and by Juan Casas from Psychology and OLLAS.  Funded by a grant from the NU Foundation, this year's study abroad and international service learning initiative will incorporate water quality and water access issues in Latin America as the central focus of study.  Dr. Kolok and Dr. Davis are nationally renowned experts on water issues. The November trip will allow them and accompanying UNO officials an opportunity to learn from local experts about these issues and begin to set up the infrastructure for the study abroad course in June. The November trip will also include visits to local communities and meetings with community organizations addressing water quality and access to clean water at the grassroots level.

As stated in the successful NU Foundation grant:

"While water issues in Peru are dramatic and urgent, they are also likely to be chronic. Thus, a service-learning model applied to the science of water quality needs to incorporate a two-tiered approach. In a manner similar to the building of a safe children's day care center in San Juan Miraflores (see objective 2), it is important to first connect the faculty and students from UNO with community leaders and agencies with an eye toward immediate, albeit modest, short-term successes. These successes will focus on rapid, low-cost assessment of water quality with respect to both pathogenic organisms and water-soluble toxins, which mirror funded projects already under way in the United States under Dr. Kolok's leadership, and through the creation of collaborative projects with local experts in Latin America. Secondly, there is also the need to provide solutions and approaches that are sustainable in the long-term. Therefore, a bridge has to be built between the need for short-term success and the need for long-term sustainability."

Applications for the Summer 2012 study abroad are due Tuesday, Nov. 20, and available at For more information, contact Yuriko Doku, OLLAS project coordinator, at 402.554.3835.

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CCSW Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouse Series to Present Green Dot Session on Oct. 29

Green Dot will be featured during the Monday, Oct. 29, Susan B Anthony Coffeehouse Series event, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Faculty, staff and students are invited to come learn "What's with the Green Dot?"

Hosted by the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and Voices Against Violence (VAV), come find out more about the Green Dot initiative on campus and how you can make a difference.

Participants are invited to bring your lunch. Dessert will be provided.

Questions? Contact Emily Nguyen at 402.554.2409.

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Financial IQ Seminar – Nov. 8 & 16

Human Resources and Metro Credit Union invite members of the UNO community to attend a seminar on improving your financial IQ, presented by Dustin West from Metro Health Services FCU. There will be two opportunities to attend:

Thursday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to noon, in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room. 

Each seminar will feature information on getting out of debt, powering down debt, understanding your credit report and protecting yourself against identity theft. The seminar is open to all UNO faculty, staff and retirees. 

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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In the News

COE Alumnae is 2013 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

UNO alumnae Angela Mosier is the 2013 recipient of the Nebraska Teacher of the Year. Mosier is a math teacher at Westside High School. A Tuesday, Oct. 16, Omaha World-Herald article highlighted the recent surprise announcement by Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from UNO's College of Education (COE). The honor also marks the second straight year one of COE's alumni were chosen for the award. The 2012 Teacher of the Year was Luisa Paloma.

Silicon Prairie News Highlights Expat Care Creator

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Silicon Prairie News mentioned UNO bioinformatics student, Patrick Kwete, who is the creator of a software system called, Expat Care. The system, which was co-designed by other UNO students Iyad Aldalooj (pursuing his master's degree in structural engineering) and Zed Zha (graduated and pursuing her M.D.), to facilitate easier communication about treatment results between doctors across the globe.

Debate Watch Covered by KETV, KMTV

The School of Communication-sponsored Debate Watch for Monday night's final presidential debate was covered by television stations KETV and KMTV. KETV focused on voter participation among 18-24 year olds and KMTV focused on the use of social media in this year's election.

Landow on Crash Davis to Talk Presidential Debate

Monday's presidential debate was previewed on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB by Paul Landow, associate professor of political science.

Landow Reacts to Presidential Debate with Nonpareil

Paul Landow, associate professor of political science, talked with the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil on Monday, Oct. 22, immediately following the final presidential debate. Landow reported that the debate would largely be seen as a tie.

Morrice Talks Enrollment with Omaha World-Herald

Pelema Morrice, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management and marketing, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald Tuesday, Oct. 23, about UNO's enrollment goals of 20,000 students by 2020.

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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 be open Saturday, Oct. 27.

For more information, visit

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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 Islamic Studies Program 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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UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a university event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university.

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the fall and spring semesters to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations. Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Liz Zaruba (402.554.3531 or Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

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

Help keep the Internet a safe and secure resource for you and your family. Learn more at

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