• 2013
  • 10/30

Thomas Jefferson: the Man, the Moment, the Conflicts

UNO is delighted to host Harvard Legal History Professor Annette Gordon-Reed and University of Virginia Historian Peter Onuf in conversation with UNO Professors Nikitah Imani and Cynthia Robinson to discuss the contradictions in the personal and political life of a towering American figure. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 people.

For more information, please view the flier here.

  • 6PM to 8PM
  • MBSC Umoho Room

UNO Math Club Hosting Mathoween Party

The UNO Math Club will be having its second annual Mathoween Party Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Umoho Room in MBSC. All are invited! Feel free to dress up in your best "math" costume and please bring a dish to share! Prizes will be awarded to the best costume and spookiest dish. Contact Katie at kwanek@unomaha.edu with any questions.


Service Learning Headlines

8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.: As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Arroyo's Applying Reading and Writing in Content Areas UNO class together with Lewis & Clark ESL students will meet at the UNO STEM and IDEAS to continue their collaborative research on Nebraska Prairies after visiting Glacier Creek Preserve. The students will utilize these rooms' resources as well as the experiential knowledge they have acquired at the Glacier Creek Preserve to identify the best ways to represent the current state of the prairie within their chosen topics.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Juliana Garza and her students from the Youth Attendance Program from Omaha South High School will join Dr. Claudia Garcia's Advance Spanish Conversation Class on campus as a part of their P-16 service learning project. South High students and UNO students will be preparing tours in Spanish for the seniors at the Intercultural Senior Center and for the parents of the high school students. South High students will also be having lunch with ALAS (Association of Latino American Students).

10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.: As a part of their P-16 service learning project, students from Peter Kiewit Middle School will be meeting with students from Professor Fristoe's Public Speaking Fundamentals course in Roskens Hall. The Peter Kiewit Middle School students are learning presentation skills from the UNO students this fall, in order to present on themes from the book "Wonder" in the spring.

10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Goodrich Scholars in Catherine Chmidling's Lifespan Development class will be hosting fourth grade students from Spring Lake Elementary as they continue a collaborative P-16 service learning project exploring cultural and generational diversity. The Goodrich Scholars have been helping Spring Lake students create biographies about Latino and Bhutanese seniors at the Intercultural Senior Center, while at the same time conducting interviews of the Spring Lake students themselves in order to better understand anthropological and psychological concepts.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Students from Dr. Lyn Holley's Gerontology class will join students from Blackburn Alternative Program’s Culinary Arts and Foods classes at Adam's Park Community Center to meet with the seniors at the Center. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Blackburn students will be preparing and serving lunch to the seniors, while the UNO students participate in games and conversation.


Writer's Workshop Presents Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

The 2013 Writer's Workshop Reading Series presents essayist-journalist Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, whose memoir, Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life, received the 2013 Colorado Book Award. Fletcher will give a public reading of his work, followed by a Q & A, tonight at 7:30 p.m., in the Art Gallery of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 4-2406.

  • 11/1-11/8

Bookstore Deals!

1.) Lasso a great deal at the UNO Bookstore during UNO Homecoming week! Starting Nov. 1, donate non-perishable food items in exchange for coupons to use on regular priced Maverick apparel, hats, scarves, winter knitwear and blankets. Donate one food item, get a coupon for 10 percent off. If you donate two food items, get a coupon for 20 percent off! The more food you donate, the more coupons you'll receive.

Donate food through Nov. 8. The food will be donated to Maverick Productions Food Drive. Coupons are valid Nov. 1-8. Limit one coupon per item, but there is no limit on the number of coupons per customer.

2.) One day. One item. Amazing deal! Don't miss our last MavMania Day of the semester! Get our limited edition sweatpants for only $12 (plus tax) starting at 10 a.m on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Plus, you can enter our prize raffle and pick up a bag of fresh popped popcorn!

Follow the UNO Bookstore on Facebook to find out more.

Questions? Please contact Jodi Cramer at jlcramer@unomaha.edu.


Criss Library Announces 'Food for Fines' During Homecoming Week

Criss Library Announces Food for Fines during Homecoming Week. Please see the attached flier for more information. If you have any questions, contact the Criss Library Circulation Desk at 402.554.3206.

  • 11/4-11/8

Nontraditional Student Week | Nov. 4-8

In honor and recognition of adult students, colleges and universities all over the U.S. will celebrate Nontraditional Student Week November 4-8. The Division of Continuing Studies will be celebrating with all week in honor of our UNO Nontraditional students. As part of the celebration, DCS will be recognizing outstanding students, serving free food, offering prizes and sponsoring a food drive for the Maverick Food Pantry.

Please contact Karen Kempkes 4-4921 or Amy Johnson 4-2370 with questions.


"Who Stole the American Dream" Lecture Simulcast | Nov. 6

Nebraskans in six different communities will have the opportunity to hear Hedrick Smith deliver the lecture "Who Stole the American Dream?" on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Humanities Nebraska will collaborate with six colleges and universities to simulcast Smith's talk, the third lecture of the 2013-2014 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues, as he speaks at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln.

Simulcast programs will begin at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. Mountain Time) and will be followed by a community conversation at the following locations: Central Community College in Columbus, Hastings College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, North Platte Community College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.

The events are free and open to the public. Free tickets are required only for the Lied Center in Lincoln and guarantee a reserved seat there. Both students and community members are invited to join in viewing the lecture and discussing its implications, in order to allow a greater number of Nebraskans to benefit from outstanding speakers on important topics.

More information about the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues is available at http://enthompson.unl.edu. For more information about the simulcasts contact Mary Yager at Humanities Nebraska, (402) 474-2131 ext. 103 or mary@humanitiesnebraska.org.


Health Risk Assessment and the Health Fair

Faculty and staff who are getting blood work done at the Health Fair on Nov. 7 may wish to keep that information handy when filling out the Health Risk Assessment during the annual NUFlex enrollment beginning Nov. 18.

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. 18. The program will run until Friday, Dec. 6. 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.


A. Bryce Hoflund Receives International Award for Excellence

A. Bryce Hoflund, assistant professor in the School of Public Administration, received the International Award for Excellence in the area of Food Studies at the Third International Conference on Food Studies at the University of Texas, Austin on Oct. 15 for her co-authored paper, "Improving Food Safety through Self-Regulation: Exploring the Applicability of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) System to the Spinach and Peanut Industries." The paper was published in Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and was selected by the editors and International Advisory Board for the award from the ten highest ranked papers emerging from the referee process.


United Way of the Midlands Campaign Update

The United Way for the Midlands Campaign at UNO is in its fourth and final week. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to the many generous faculty and staff members. UNO has raised $49,870.85 or 90 percent of the original goal. With just a few days left in the campaign, please consider donating to help UNO reach or even surpass the goal of $55,000!

United Way's online pledging is a fast, secure and easy way to help those in need. It's also a way to learn more about the agencies that form the network of health and human services in our community. If you have not responded to the previous United Way emails, you will receive reminder emails throughout this last week of the campaign. Please take a moment to make your pledge by following the instructions in the reminder emails.

If you would like more information on the United Way for the Midlands, please follow this link. Together, we can make our COMMUNITY STRONG.

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Heart & Hands 2013: A Fourth National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students

Heart & Hands 2013: A Fourth National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students is on display now through November 14 at the UNO Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery.

Graduate and undergraduate students from accredited academic institutions were able to submit books for the exhibition. Fifty-six artists submitted 82 works for the juried exhibition, and 47 works were accepted. The accepted works came from students in 18 states and Canada.

This year's juror was Barbara Tetenbaum, an artist working in printed books and installation and professor at Oregon College of Art and Craft. She founded her imprint, Triangular Press, in 1979, and this work can be found in many private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Lecture awards to teach in Germany and the Czech Republic. Her other honors include a Koopman Distinguished Chair at the Hartford Art School in 2012 and a Sally Bishop Fellowship at the Book Arts in New York City in 2011. Tetenbaum received her Bachelor of Science in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The exhibition was also on display at the UNL Love Library. Heart & Hands 2013 is sponsored by the Lincoln Print Group, the UNL Department of Art and Art History, Love Library and the Nebraska Book Arts Center.

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Petite Musique Recital | Oct. 31

Please join us for our first Petite Musique Recital of the year! This will feature UNO Faculty Trio, I, the Siren. The performance will be Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

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Flu Shot Reminder

Now is the time to get your flu shot. They are currently available at Health Services!

- students $15
- faculty & staff $20
- Cash, check, or we can file with insurance

Insurance billing (in-network providers only):
- Insurance will be billed at $30. For UNO employees with BCBS insurance the $30 comes out of your use or lose preventive care account. You started the year with $250 ($300 if you did the HRA) to use for well care, i.e. annual well exam, vaccines such as a flu shot, and UNO Health & Wellness blood screens on the day of the health fair on Nov. 7.

Please see the flier here for more information.

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Alumni Association Sponsoring Homecoming Decorating Contest

Although you may not be an athlete, you can still compete with the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest! Join your co-workers and sign up for this fun annual event being sponsored by the UNO Alumni Association. This is a great opportunity to show off your department's or office's school pride and compete for the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest trophy (and other prizes). Each office that signs up by Thursday, Oct. 31, will get a bag of decorating goodies to help get you started in decorating.

Judging will take place Thursday, Nov. 7. Judges will be seeking out the office that has the most Maverick spirit. The winner will be announced at the hockey game over Homecoming weekend and will receive the Homecoming Traveling Trophy and other prizes. Examples of what some offices have done in the past can be found on the second page of the registration form.

To register, download the form here. Call Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4802 with questions.

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Promote Your Department to Future UNO Students!

Would you like to have your department promoted to future UNO students? Do you know a current student that would be willing to share the latest and greatest news about their major and experiences at UNO? The Undergraduate Admissions Office would like to meet them.

We are looking for students to help serve on student panels to share their experiences at UNO to different groups that visit our campus. If you have someone in mind that would be interested in doing just that, please let us know! We would love to meet them. The students can either contact us or if you have someone in mind, we can reach out to them! For more information, or to share a recommendation, please contact Naomi Pitsch, assistant director of Campus Visits, at npitsch@unomaha.edu.

UNO in the Media

UNO in the Media

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UPDATE: Time Change for NaBITA Webinar | Nov. 1

'Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Student Behavior in the Classroom' webinar will be broadcast on Friday, Nov. 1, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in CPACS Commons. Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Academic and Student Affairs, this webinar will assist faculty in understanding the basics of classroom management, as well as how to address crisis behaviors and refer dangerous students to the appropriate staff.

The webinar is open to anyone; however, it would be helpful to RSVP by calling 402.554.2427.