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submitted photo from Criss Library's Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, a UNO alumnus, will be on campus Friday, Nov. 2, to take part in a special town hall event. Artifacts from Sen. Hagel's 'Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate' archive exhibit are currently on display at the Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery. The exhibit remains on display through Sunday, Nov. 11. The above picture is from his 1996 senatorial campaign. Hagel will also be on hand Nov. 2 for the official dedication of the MaVUSO office.

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UNO Alert Notification Test is Today

UNO will conduct a campus-wide test of its emergency alert systems today, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. This will coincide with the city-wide tornado sirens tests. UNO will test the overhead speakers, strobe lights, PC alert and text message alert systems at that time. Any issues with the system can be reported to UNO Telecommunications by phone at 402.554.3036 or by email to

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Division of Continuing Studies Celebrates National Non-traditional Student Week

In honor and recognition of adult students attending UNO, the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS), is celebrating National Non-traditional Student Week through Friday, Nov. 9. DCS is celebrating all week with free food and prizes. Stop in 207 College of Public Affairs and Community Service and join DCS for the celebration.

For more information, contact Karen Kempkes at 402.554.4921 or

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Student Commencement Speaker Tryouts Set for Today

The campus community is invited to attend today's (Nov. 7) student commencement speaker tryouts at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. A selection committee consisting of students/faculty/staff will judge the tryouts.

At the tryouts, two students will be selected: one for the 10 a.m. and one for the 2 p.m. ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 15. A reception will follow the tryouts.

Questions? Contact Christine Hoffman at 402.554.2263.

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It's Milo Bail Day

The last Milo Bail Day of the semester starts today, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. in the UNO Bookstore. Get a special UNO Maverick hooded sweatshirt for only $17 (plus tax, while supplies last), enter the bookstore's prize raffle and get a bag of fresh popped popcorn.

Questions? Contact Jodi Cramer

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UNO Professor Darryll Lewis to Present UNOrthodox Talk on 'Officiating in the NFL'

The student-nominated, UNOrthodox Speaker Series returns this fall semester. Darryll Lewis, associate professor of law in the College of Business Administration, will present a talk entitled "Officiating in the NFL: The Men, The Monster, The Machine." He will be speaking from noon to 1 p.m. today, Nov. 7, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

Dr. Lewis will discuss what it takes to become an NFL official and what specifically lead him down this path. Additionally, he will discuss the ins and outs of the day-to-day life of an NFL official ending with insights into officiating unions.

The UNOrthodox Speaker Series is a unique approach to generate honest and thought-provoking conversations at UNO. Developed through a partnership between Student Organizations and Leadership Programs and Student Government. The UNOrthodox Speaker Series is designed to spark new ideas for the campus and our community.

The event is only open to the UNO campus community.

For more information, call Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at 402.554.2711.

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UNO, Blackburn Reteam to Provide Thanksgiving Meal for Senior Citizens

Blackburn Alternative Program Culinary Arts students and UNO Gerontology students will once again serve North Omaha seniors a celebratory Thanksgiving meal. The meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. today, Nov. 7, in the Blackburn Library, 2606 Hamilton St.

As part of the UNO Service Learning Academy's P-16 Initiative, the Food for Thought program has enabled UNO and Blackburn students to meet the needs of near North Omaha seniors for the past three years by serving food and forming valuable relationships. To date, the students have provided more than 1,300 hours of service and have served approximately 1,350 meals to seniors.

The project is also educational. Over the past three years, Blackburn students have had opportunity to apply their classroom learning to a real life situation as they practice culinary and food handling skills. Read more.

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UNO's MBA Leadership Series Welcomes Lisa Y. Roskens Today

The UNO community is invited to hear Lisa Y. Roskens present for UNO's MBA Leadership Series today, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in Mammel Hall's main auditorium. Roskens is chairperson of the board and chief executive officer of the Burlington Capital Group LLC and president of Boston Consulting Group Emerging Markets.

Under Roskens leadership, the company was restructured from an investment management firm to an organization with operating businesses that have ongoing opportunities for growth. Through her guidance the company has entered new markets and pursued successful business ventures focused on opportunities created by policy or market place shifts. Prior to coming to the Burlington Capital Group in 2000, Roskens served as managing director of Twin Compass LLC and was the director of Business Development at Inacom Corporation. From 1995 to 1997, Roskens served as finance director for the U.S. Senate campaign of Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

A graduate of Stanford Law School, Roskens was an attorney with the Kutak Rock law firm in Omaha, from 1992-1995 and specialized in commercial litigation.

She currently serves on the board of Cantera Partners LLC and America First Apartment Investors Inc. II, as well as several not-for-profit organizations.

For more information, contact Noelle Blood at 402.554.2303 or

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Lot M Open, Lot Q Closed & Shuttle Bus Route Change

The renovation and expansion of Lot M, south of Criss Library, will be completed and re-opened today, Nov. 7.

Lot M will be designated faculty/staff parking until 2:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. faculty/staff and student parking is allowed. The east drive to Lot M will be one-way entrance only due to construction along the east side of the lot. The west drive will be two way entrance and exit.

Lot Q, west of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building, will be closed starting today, Nov. 7. Lot Q will be closed permanently.

This lot is site of the new Community Engagement Center scheduled to open Spring 2014.

Faculty, staff and student garage parking permits are available for purchase in both the East Garage, south of Arts and Sciences Hall and the West Garage, west of Maverick Village.

The East Garage offers $2 parking after 12:30 p.m. for those without permits. Crossroads parking is available with no permit requirements. Free shuttle service is available from the Crossroads parking garage to the Dodge campus from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Due to closing of Lot Q, the Pacific/Dodge shuttle bus drop off and pick up will be located in Lot M, south of the Criss Library, effective today, Nov. 7.  The Pacific/Dodge shuttle is available from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. The Lot M shuttle stop will be the permanent drop off and pick up location.

Contact the Parking office at 402.554.PARK (7275) if you have any questions.

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Notice for Today's 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 today, Nov. 7. Facilities Management and Planning appreciates campus commuters' cooperation and patience. For map of the area, click on this link.

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UNO Recognizes Veterans for Veterans' Day 2012

While Veterans' Day officially falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, the UNO community will be celebrating Veterans' Day in a variety of ways around that date. On Thursday, Nov. 8, the UNO Veteran student organization will host a pizza lunch in MaV USO Veteran student lounge, located in 117 Eppley Administration Building (EAB), for all UNO veteran students from noon until the pizza is gone. On Friday, Nov. 9, the Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) will provide donuts to UNO veteran students, faculty, and staff in 117 EAB starting at 8 a.m.

UNO Athletics is hosting a Local Heroes Appreciation hockey game when the UNO Mavericks take on Minnesota Duluth at the CenturyLink Center this Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:07 p.m. UNO students will still receive their free admission to the game, but members of the United States Military, veterans, and their family members, as well as police officers and firefighters, will receive discounted tickets at $11.

On Monday, Nov. 12 – the official observance day for Veterans' Day 2012 – MaV USO encourages UNO faculty, staff, and students to join them and other colleges/universities in a national moment of silence at 1 p.m. CST. This is a time to remember those who have sacrificed in service to our country, as well as those who are continuing to serve at home and abroad. As well, on that day, the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, Library Café, and MavRec Café will be offering a 20 percent discount to all UNO students, faculty, and staff who are U.S. military veterans.     

For more information about UNO's Veterans' Day activities, contact Jen Carroll at 402.554.2353 or

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Join the Winter Bike Commuter Challenge, Attend Winter Cycling Clinic

Join Team UNO for the 2nd annual Activate Omaha Winter Bike Commuter Challenge. The challenge officially started on Nov. 1 and runs until March 31. You can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting will count toward helping Team UNO. To sign up, go to: Please make sure you indicate that you work or go to school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha when you join.

UNO Bikes is also co-hosting the 3rd Annual Winter Bicycle Commuting Clinic in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons (132D) this Sunday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Learn all of the tips and tricks you'll need to stay warm and safe this winter from experienced year-round cyclists. A $5 donation at the door will help defray the cost of handouts. And/or check out this helpful video on winter cycling:

For more information, contact Mike Grube at or Angie Eikenberry at

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker Nov. 9

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation this Friday, Nov. 9, by Terry Grindstaff, a physical therapist and assistant professor at Creighton University.

* Title of the Talk: Neuromuscular Consequences of Lower Extremity Injury

* Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation

* Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Grindstaff received a bachelor's degree from Dakota Wesleyan University and continued his education by receiving his master's degree from Middle Tennessee State University; doctorate of physical therapy from Belmont University; and doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Grindstaff's work is currently being funded by the National Institutes of Health (R15 mechanism), Nebraska Foundation for Physical Therapy, the State of Nebraska and the American Physical Therapy Association. His work has led to several publications in journals such as the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

For more information, contact Amanda Fletcher at 402.554.3442.

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HPER Pool to Close for UNO Swim Meet on Nov. 9

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) pool will be closed this Friday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. due to a UNO Mavericks Swim Meet. Normal pool hours will resume on Saturday, Nov. 10.

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'Spotlight on CPACS: Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service' is Nov. 12

The first forum in the series, "Spotlight on CPACS: Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service," will take place on Monday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CPACS Commons (Room 132 and 132 D).

"The Future of Nebraska Public Policy" will feature State Sen. John Harms (Scottsbluff), chair of the Planning Committee of the Legislature. Sen. Harms will be joined by CPACS Interim Dean John Bartle, and Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research.

At the beginning of the event, a portrait of CPACS's founder Robert Spire will be unveiled by his widow, Elaine. It will later be permanently displayed in the CPACS dean's office.

This forum will focus on the work of the Planning Committee to identify emerging trends and challenges for the state and the long-term implications of these trends for public policy. The committee is charged with identifying long-term issues of significance to the state and setting goals and benchmarks for the state. CPACS faculty, staff and students have been deeply involved in preparing policy reports and data analysis for the committee. The forum will discuss trends identified and policy implications for the state. The entire campus community and general public are invited to attend. Lunch will be served.

Questions? Contact Sara Woods at

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Webinar Nov. 13 on 'Creating Financial Literacy Programs to Improve Student Persistence'

"Creating Financial Literacy Programs to Improve Student Persistence" is a webinar that will be broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Financial constraints are the No. 1 cause for the nearly half of all students who drop out of college, according to the nonpartisan public policy research firm, Public Agenda. Of the students surveyed, 71 percent marked, "I needed to go to work and make money," and another 52 percent marked, "I just couldn't afford the tuition and fees." Finances and financial stress strongly impact student persistence and retention.

Financial literacy has been a buzzword for both student affairs and financial aid professionals for many years, but few institutions have implemented effective, comprehensive programs that address their students' needs and impact retention. Join UNO for a program that will help you develop a comprehensive financial literacy program -- even on a shoestring budget -- through targeted collaboration and a team of peer mentors.

Everyone interested should feel free to bring a lunch. Coffee and water will be available.  

For more information, contact Rita Henry at

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UNO Mathematics Department's First Calculus Bee is Nov. 16

UNO Mathematics Department's First Calculus Bee is this Friday, Nov. 16. All students and faculty are welcome.

"Join us to cheer on your fellow math students," said Brianna Kallman, co-president of the UNO Math Club.

The countdown round takes place starting at 1 p.m. in 116 Durham Science Center. Free pizza for all who attend

For more information, contact Brianna Kallman at

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In the News

Kerrey Visit to UNO Covered by Associated Press

On Monday, Nov. 5, Democratic senate candidate Bob Kerrey visited the UNO campus. His visit was covered by the Associated Press of Nebraska and picked up by various news outlets including the Sioux City Journal and KPTM.

Center for Urban Sustainability in Omaha World-Herald

A preview of UNO's new Center for Urban Sustainability, which was approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in October, was in the Nov. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

Battleship Event Covered by WOWT

Maverick Productions' live game of Battleship, as part of UNO's Homecoming 2012 festivities, was covered by WOWT. Dozens of students showed up to the first-time event for UNO.

Petrow on Crash Davis

Greg Petrow, associate professor of political science, was featured on the Crash Davis Show on Monday, Nov. 5, to discuss the most recent polling data ahead of the Nov. 6 presidential election.

Barari Writes Op Ed for Ammon News

Hassan Barari, assistant professor of political science, wrote a piece for Ammon News on Nov. 6 that discusses the economic situation in Jordan.

Landow Talks Nebraska's Second District with KVNO

Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, was featured on KVNO on Friday, Nov. 2, to discuss the likelihood that Nebraska'a second district would once again go for President Obama in 2012.

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UNO to Host 14th Annual Batchelder Conference Nov. 8-10

UNO will host the Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology this Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10. Now in its 14th year, the annual conference features biblical scholars from around the world as they unveil their latest findings.

Avraham Faust, Ph.D., will open the conference Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. with his talk, "The Ethnogenesis of Israel: How Israel Became a Nation." Faust is a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and an expert on Israelite society in the Iron Age.

Professor David Ussishkin from Tel Aviv University in Israel will deliver the conference's second featured address Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.: "Jerusalem at the Times of Solomon, Hezekiah & Nehemiah: An Archaeologist's View."

Twelve other scholars will present during the day on Friday and Saturday. For a full conference schedule, visit

UNO's Bethsaida Biblical Archaeology project will remain a major focus of the conference this year. Since 1990, UNO has led a consortium of institutions in uncovering and studying artifacts at this site on the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee. Read more.

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Registration Continues for Faculty International Scholarship Seminar Series

The Faculty International Scholarship Seminar Series is intended to support faculty wishing to add an international component to their research and creative activity. Full participation is limited to faculty without substantial previous international research/creative activity experience. Funding from the seminar series will support seminar materials and international travel.

To register, click on this link. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 19.

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Study on Smokers' Response to Nicotine Dependence Genotyping

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) announces a test (IRB No. 069-12-FB) is now available to determine your genetic risk for nicotine dependence.

Participants may be eligible to participate in a study where you may learn your risk and see if it impacts your smoking behavior -- including trying to quit -- if you are:

- Smoker, 19 years or older

- Smoking at least 10 cigarettes per day

- Interested in quitting smoking at some time in the future

This study Involves:

- Attending one educational session about smoking and genetics

- Providing a sample for genetic testing for nicotine dependence risk

- Participating in data collection about smoking behaviors, thoughts and feelings --including trying to quit

Stipend is available for participation.

If interested, please contact:

UNMC College of Nursing

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