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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.



CCSW Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouse Series to Present Green Dot Session Today

Green Dot will be featured during today's (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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Regents Approve First Step in Arena Project


The University of Nebraska Board of Regents Oct. 26 authorized President James B. Milliken to enter into a letter of intent with developers for the construction of an arena at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

"UNO is very excited about the Regents' support," Chancellor John Christensen said.  "It has been our goal to have a campus home for athletic events that also serves the entire university and the community.  This decision moves us closer to that dream."  

"We are very pleased that the Board of Regents has approved this first step in the process of building a new home for Maverick athletics," said Trev Alberts, director of Athletics.  "An on-campus arena will be transformative for our department.  By having an on-campus home for our hockey team as well as providing it with dedicated practice space, we will have the opportunity to further strengthen our marquee program as well as provide enhanced competition space for men's and women's basketball and volleyball. Read more.

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Health Risk Assessment and the Health Fair

Faculty and Staff who are getting blood work done at the Health Fair on Nov. 1st, may wish to keep that information handy when filling out the Health Risk Assessment during the annual NUFlex enrollment beginning Nov. 19.

The Health Risk Assessment (HRA) program will be offered again this fall online as part of the Annual NUFlex enrollment in Firefly Employee Self Service (  All active (benefits-eligible) employees, retirees, and ancillary insureds have the opportunity to complete the HRA beginning Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.  The program will run until Friday, Dec. 7.  The HRA survey must be completed each year in order to receive the enhanced wellness and preventive services benefit for the following calendar year.

Participation is voluntary; however, by completing this short survey, you will receive a personal health report that will help you assess and monitor your personal health status.  Employees who are enrolled in the university's Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan and complete the HRA will also be eligible for enhanced wellness and preventive services benefits for themselves as well as their covered family members.  Enhanced wellness and preventive services include:

- Increased annual adult preventive care allowance from $250 to $300

- Increased dependent child (under age 2) preventive care allowance from $500 to $600

- 100 percent coverage up to $2,500 for routine preventive colonoscopy once every 10 years beginning at age 50 (Services must be provided by a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Provider)

- $0 co-pay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark's mail service only

It is important that you print out the Personal Health Summary as confirmation of your having completed the HRA.  That will be your proof of completion and will guarantee you will receive the enhanced benefits.

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Master Planning Open Forum Oct. 30

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) will be holding a Master Planning Open Forum for UNO faculty and staff this Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. in the Chancellor's Room. WTW Architects will be on campus to discuss the project. Included in the discussion will be a PowerPoint presentation and a "fly through" animation of the current ideas for the MBSC renovations.

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OLLAS Charla Series Features 'The Spirit of Cuba: A Conversation with a Cuban Theologian'

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO 2012-13 Charla series continues at 1 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a conversation with Reverend Miriam Ofelia Ortega Suarez in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. She will present a lecture titled "The Spirit of Cuba: A Conversation with a Cuban Theologian."

Rev. Ortega Suárez is a spiritual leader in Cuba with a passion for opening doors. The ordained Presbyterian minister is the president of the World Council of Churches for Latin America and the Caribbean, and a member of the Cuban Parliament (The National Assembly of People's Power). She has served as the Rector of the Evangelical Seminary of Matanzas, but has been a prominent political activist in Cuba. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding the present conditions and future possibilities on the island and will share her insights and wisdom with the UNO community.

This Charla (which means "chat" or "conversation" in Spanish) is sponsored by OLLAS and is part of an annual series of lectures provided for the UNO community and larger Omaha communities.

The event is free, and open to the UNO community and the public.

For more information, contact Yuriko Doku, 402.554.3835, or visit the OLLAS website:

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Notice for Oct. 31 University Drive East and South Traffic Delays

Slight traffic delays may occur on University Drive East and South as heavy machine delivery trucks will be traveling the enclosed route this Wednesday, Oct. 31. Facilities Management and Planning appreciates campus commuter's cooperation and patience. For map of the area, click on this link.

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Survey to Come on Instructional Effectiveness Evaluation Practices

The Course Evaluation Teaching Circle has prepared a survey of instructional effectiveness evaluation practices. All full-time faculty will be invited to participate. Please watch your email for the survey during the first week of November.

For questions, contact Ken Kriz at or 402.554.2054.

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Campus Recreation to Offer Youth Golf Lessons

Wellness Stampede

This fall, Campus Recreation is offering youth golf lessons. The UNO women's golf team and head golf coach Tim Nelson will provide the instruction.

Lessons will take place Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Golf Lab (Room 003). The package includes four one-hour sessions of instruction for children ages seven to 17 years old.

There is still time to register. For pricing details see below:

UNO Student
Student - $25
Friend - $5 discount

Mav-Rec Member
Member - $30
Friend - $5 discount

Non Member
Non member $50
Friend - $5 discount

Questions? Contact Dave Daniels at

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Vendors Sought for UNO Women's Club 'Winter Wonderland' Holiday Brunch and Boutique

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Mammel Hall will be the site for this year's UNO Women's Club (UNOWC) "Winter Wonderland" Holiday Brunch and Boutique. UNOWC is currently seeking crafters to participate. The Boutique will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (11:30 to 12:30 brunch served). Vendor space is available for $30.

Registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 15. If interested, contact Beth Brown or Mary Bernier at

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In the News

UNO Research Credited with Helping Lawmakers

An Oct. 26 editorial reports that data analysis done by UNO researchers is helping state lawmakers understand Nebraska's economic circumstances and challenges.

Adkins in Star Herald

An earlier story covered by the Nebraska Associated Press, covering the four ballot measures that Nebraska voters are considering this election year, was picked up by the Scottsbluff Star Herald. The story features commentary from Randy Adkins, chair of the political science department.

Kolok Speech Covered by Alabama University Paper

A presentation by Alak Kolok, professor of biology, at the University of Alabama was covered by the university's student paper, The Crimson White.

Arena Vote Covered by KMTV, KPTM

Friday, Oct. 26's vote on the new athletic arena was previewed on Thursday, Oct. 25 by KMTV and KPTM.

WOWT Previews Midnight Mojo

Midnight Mojo's Boo Bash, celebrating Halloween, was previewed by WOWT on Friday, Oct. 26.

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UNO Child Care Center Parade Falls on Halloween This Year

Join the UNO Child Care Center (UNOCCC) for the cutest day on campus! On Halloween (Oct. 31), watch the UNOCCC student's parade across campus in their costumes starting at 9 a.m.

The parade will start at the child care center and proceed through the center of campus. Campus groups and departments are welcome to hand out wrapped candy or other goodies to the students (please, no hard candy or candy with nuts or peanuts).

The UNOCCC students will also be collecting donations to help The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN™).

Questions? Contact Dawn Hove at

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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 this Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. To attend, participants must R.S.V.P.

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, 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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Janet West to Retire after 45 Years at UNO

Please join the College of Business Administration in celebrating professor Janet West's 45 years of service to UNO at a retirement reception this Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Mammel Hall atrium. Refreshments will be provided.

In Dr. West's own words she recounts her 45th year and upcoming retirement at the 2012 Service Awards:

This is not just my 45th year at UNO, but also my last year at UNO. When I came to UNO, it was not UNO but the Municipal University of Omaha. The Department of Economics was in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the department offices were in the Engineering building where the KVNO office is today. The department moved to the College of Business Administration (CBA) and Roskens Hall in the mid-1970s. When I first started teaching at UNO, I was often the youngest person in the room and the only woman in the room. My career has included being the co-director of a Service-Learning program in the 1970s, to being the co-director of the CBA travel course, and to being a leader in the UNO chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the collective bargaining representative of the UNO faculty. While at UNO, I raised five children, two of whom are UNO graduates. My career at UNO has been wonderful. I have had great department colleagues as well as faculty colleagues in every department on campus.  Many of my students have become life-long friends. The staff in Roskens Hall and now in Mammel Hall have been so helpful and supportive. I could not have lasted 45 years without their assistance.

For reception questions, contact Noelle Blood at 402.554.2303 or

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UNO Health & Wellness Fair Nov. 1

It's almost here! The UNO Health & Wellness Fair is this 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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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 this Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Read more.

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Advanced Blackboard Grade Center Training Offered Nov. 2

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a Division of Information Services (IS), announces a Blackboard training opportunity. Join API this Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall for Advanced Blackboard Grade Center.

This session will include setting up Weighted Grades, Calculated Columns and creating Smart Views. Participants should have a good working knowledge of basic Grade Center functions prior to attending this session. To register, visit

Questions? Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (HELP) or

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MaV USO Grand Opening Nov. 2nd Featuring Sen. Hagel

The UNO community is invited to attend the Grand Opening ceremony and reception for the UNO Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) this Friday, Nov. 2. A reception  will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a brief program at 5:15 p.m.

The event will feature guest speaker Former U.S. Senator, Veteran, and UNO Alumnus Chuck Hagel.  Refreshments will be provided.

UNO faculty, staff, or students interested in attending can R.S.V.P. to Gina Pearson at 402.502.4912 or For more information about the event, please contact Hayley Patton at 402.554.4975 or

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

Many software programs will automatically update to defend against known risks. Make sure your automatic update feature is turned on. Learn more at

Become part of something big by liking the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. page on Facebook. Learn more at

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