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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.



Student Campus Conversation about the Presidential Election Is Today

The Newspapers in Curricula faculty group will host an open Campus Conversation for students today, Oct. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Maverick Room adjoining the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court. Please encourage your students to attend.

Pizza lunch will be provided for 80 students. Faculty members interested in being a table moderator or helping with the event can contact Maria Knudtson at

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History Department to Host Middle East Forum Today

The inaugural meeting of the UNO History Department's Middle East Forum will take place today, Oct. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room. The Middle East Project Fund, which is part of the UNO History Department, is sponsoring the forum.

UNO students, faculty, staff, and off-campus guests are encouraged to bring lunch and questions, as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Curtis Hutt moderates a panel of experts from UNO including Moshe Gershovich, professor of history and director of both the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish studies, as well as the Middle East Project Fund, and Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of political science.  Read More.

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The Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis to Present Talk Oct. 26 at PKI

A professor and author whose work focuses on the changing classroom, will present on campus, Friday, Oct. 26, at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).

Douglas Thomas, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, will discuss "A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating Imagination in Today's Classroom," from 10:30 noon in 164 PKI. Coffee and cookies provided on a first-come, first-served basis at 10:30 a.m.

The Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis is sponsoring the event as part of its Future of Education Series.

Professor Thomas' talk will examine the loss of imagination in the context of contemporary education and invites us to think about what our classrooms might look like if we were to undertake the project of re-imagining our own classrooms as bounded learning environments and spaces for cultivating our students' imaginations. This talk draws both upon the author's book (co-written with John Seely Brown) and the past few years of classroom experience to begin to ask the questions: "What is possible in the classroom of the 21st century? And what are more of us doing it?"

Professor Thomas has been a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California since 1993. His research focuses on the transformation of learning, knowledge, education and global civic engagement in the digital age. He is the author or editor of five books, including his most recent work A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change (with co-author John Seely Brown), and is founding editor of Games & Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media, a quarterly international journal that aims to publish innovative theoretical and empirical research about games and culture within the context of interactive media.

R.S.V.P. to Angela Nastase at 402.55.4150 or by e-mail ( by October 25th.

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UNO Writing Center to Offer Two Free GRE Preparation Workshops

Anyone planning to take the GRE will benefit from this workshop introducing the GRE Analytical Writing Section, which includes an Issue Task and an Argument Task.  Sponsored by UNO Writing Center, the workshop will be offered twice: Monday, October 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday, October 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Both workshops will be held in the Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). 

Seating is limited, so register soon. Stop by the UNO Writing Center, or contact consultants via e-mail ( or phone (402.554.2946).

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In the News

Christensen Quoted on Groundbreakings
Chancellor Christensen was quoted in a story in the Oct. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on that day's groundbreaking ceremonies for the Biomechanics Research Building and Community Engagement Center.

Rochford in College Bound Omaha World-Herald Supplement
Tim Rochford, manager of student employment, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, Oct. 21 about student employment at UNO.

UNO Paranormal Summit Featured by the Omaha World-Herald
The UNO Paranormal Society, host of an annual paranormal summit on the UNO campus, was featured in the Omaha World-Herald on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Students' Medical Information-Sharing Software Featured by the Silicon Prairie News
Silicon Prairie News covered the work of student Patrick Kwete and alumna Mengyi Zha on Expat Care, a new information-sharing software that seeks to eliminate redundancies in personal healthcare information.

Adkins in AP, San Francisco Chronicle
Randy Adkins, chair of the political science department, was quoted in an AP story picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle about four upcoming ballot measures to be voted on by Nebraska voters on Nov. 6.

Pickering on KFAB
Barbara Pickering, assistant professor of communication, was featured on the Crash Davis Show Tuesday, Oct. 23 to discuss the final presidential debate, which took place on the night of Monday, Oct. 22.

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NU Board of Regents to Meet Oct. 26

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m., and the Board meeting begins at noon. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at
Following are highlights of the October Board meeting. A complete agenda and schedule is available here. Read more.

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Midnight Mojo to Host Free Halloween Event Oct. 26

Maverick Productions will host Midnight Mojo's Boo Bash on Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Commons. All UNO students are welcome to attend. The event will include two Halloween-themed movie showings: "Young Frankenstein" at 9 p.m. and "Shaun of the Dead" at 10:30 p.m. Maverick Productions will be providing free food and pumpkin carving stations at the event. Read more.

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UNO Health & Wellness Fair Nov. 1

Mark your calendars! The UNO Health & Wellness Fair will be Thursday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon in 128 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

The fair is presented by Noodles & Company, UNO Health Services and UNO Campus Recreation, as part of its ongoing effort to inform, educate and empower the campus community to adapt a healthier lifestyle.

The fair will feature an affordable blood draw, free screenings, free chair massages, more than 50 vendors, demonstrations, door prizes and more. There will also be a blood drive, hosted in cooperation with the American Red Cross from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors can sign up online at

For more information on the 2012 UNO Health & Wellness Fair visit

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Registration Underway 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 Services 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 Services. 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, 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 don't have to meet your deductible when 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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Screen Capture Basics Training Workshop Nov. 9

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), will be holding a new training workshop on Screen Capture Basics on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall.

Through the use of screen capture programs, instructors can easily disseminate class resources while catering to students of multiple learning styles. Screen capture tools can be used to:

- Create tutorials and step-by-step video demonstrations;
- Allow students to demonstrate their work or problems;
- Provide student feedback by augmenting textual corrections with speech or drawings; and
- Create more engaging presentations. 

In this hands-on session, attendees will learn not only how to use a free screen capture program, BSR Screen Recorder, but will gain a deeper understanding of the pedagogical advantages to using such technology.

Participants are invited to bring content with them to aid in the creation of a sample demonstration. All faculty and staff are welcome, but space is limited to the first 10 registrants, so please register early. To register go to and select the workshop title from the Register for box.

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HR Presents New Site for Faculty and Staff to Update Beneficiaries

Make sure, that in case of a tragic event, your money is paid out according to your current wishes. Human Resources has a new website ( where faculty and staff can update their beneficiaries for their Life Insurance, Retirement Plans, Dependent Life Insurance and AD&D Travel Liability. Links to forms and websites make it easy for faculty and staff to update your beneficiaries in order to ensure your wishes are clear should anything happen.

The site also includes information to help you understand some of the unique features of beneficiary designations. 

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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