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UNO Study Abroad

UNO broadcasting student Munira Amini produced this segment on opportunities available through UNO's study abroad program for the Omaha News. International Studies and Programs offers sibling institution exchange opportunities and UNO-directed study abroad programs.

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2007 Café International

UNO broadcasting student Munira Amini produced this segment on International Studies and Programs' annual Café International for the Omaha News. As part of the International Education Week celebration, UNO's international students showcased their cultures through cuisine, displays and musical performances.

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Math-Science Learning Center Open for Students

UNO broadcasting student Linsey Carsey produced this segment on UNO's new Math-Science Learning Center for the Omaha News. The center offers free drop-in tutoring, academic consultation, study group facilitation and supplemental instruction.

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Football vs. Central Washington

Central Washington rallied with a 100-yard kickoff return and a touchdown in the final 2:49 for a 20-17 NCAA Division II playoff victory that ended UNO's season Saturday at Caniglia Field.

Giving Tree at UNO Child Care Center

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) invites the campus community to make donations to the UNO Child Care Center's giving tree.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 3, the Child Care Center will display a giving tree containing requests for supplies. To view a list of items online, visit the Child Care Center's "Announcement Page" at

"Helping out the littlest members of the university community is what it is all about," said Becky Bohan Brown, CCSW co-chair. "The commission thought it was appropriate to launch this effort during the holidays since it's the season for giving; however, the Child Care Center will continue to accept giving tree donations throughout the year."

To contribute, choose an item from the "giving tree" send it through campus mail or bring it to the Child Care Center.

"The giving tree is always changing - we will put items on it as they are needed," said Dawn Hove, director of the Child Care Center. "A few things we need, currently, are wet wipes, batteries, baking items; such as flour sugar, salt, cake mixes, Jell-O, pudding, food coloring, pasta (all kinds), etc."

Since its doors opened in 1986, the UNO Child Care Center has offered early childhood education programming for children - age 18 months to five years during the academic year; and till 12 years during the summer - of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The center was the first program in Nebraska to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

"We're not a daycare anymore. Today we offer a early childhood educational program," Hove said. "Educating the university's youngest students is our ultimate goal."

For more information contact Hove at 554.4936 or

UNO Aviation Institute to Host "Red, White and Blue White Christmas" Concert

The UNO Aviation Institute will co-sponsor of "A Red, White and Blue Christmas," on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The concert, which will feature Omaha's AVI8ORS Ensemble, begins at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Read more.

ITS to Offer Training for New Office 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer two hands-on training sessions this December to help transition users to the new Office 2007. 

"These sessions are designed to help you make a smooth change from Office 2003 to Office 2007 and to acquaint you with the new features now available," said Erin King, instructional design specialist for ITS. "Please be aware that ITS added Office 2007 to all of our open computer labs and hi-tech classrooms prior to the start of the fall semester. This means that all of those computers have both Office 2003 and Office 2007 installed."

Sessions are:

- Friday, Dec. 7
1 to 2:30 p.m.
104 Durham Science Center

- Thursday, Dec. 13
10 to 11:30 a.m.
007B Roskens Hall

"These sessions will not teach users the base program, but rather the differences between the two versions," King said. "You will need to have a good working knowledge of each application before attending the sessions."

To sign up for these sessions:

- Go to;

- Select "December" from the drop-down menu on the right, and click "Go";

- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "Ok" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum of five people are required signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

Nominations Sought for Women of Wisdom Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha metropolitan area are being asked to nominate senior women for the 2008 UNO Women of Wisdom awards. Awards will be given this spring to three women over the age of 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling 554.4897 or 554.2292. Submissions are due Jan. 4. Read more.

HR to Host Social Security/Medicare Talk Dec. 4 in the MBSC

Tonya Freeman with Volunteers for Equity will talk about Social Security and Medicare issues Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Freeman will also answer questions from the audience.

For more information, call 554.3660.

Adult Participants Sought for Research Study

A UNO student needs people who are 19 and older for a research study. Participants can be faculty, staff, students or from the community, and will be compensated for their time.

The student, Anne Herman, is a doctoral candidate in the Industrial Organizational Psychology program. In addition to the age requirement, participants need to be able to read and write English.

The study consists of two parts, an online session with questionnaires and an in-person follow-up that involves problem solving. The sessions will be scheduled at UNO and will match to the schedules of those who are interested--before work, early morning, lunchtime, afternoon, after work or weekends. The online portion takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The in-person portion of the study will take 30 to 60 minutes to finish.

Anyone interested in participating can begin the online session at

Contact Herman at for more information.

Donations Sought for Crisis Leave Sharing Program

Several years ago, a crisis leave sharing program was created in an effort to help university employees who have used all their vacation or sick leave and need additional paid leave to attend to a crisis.  Since then, many employees have donated their accrued but unused vacation leave to the UNO crisis pool. Recently, several employees have needed crisis leave, and the pool balance is low.

Staff members can assist colleagues in need by contributing to the crisis leave pool.  A donation form is available in the Human Resources office or online in Sapphire at this link.

For more information, call 554.2321.

In the News

In the News

- Brent Bowen of the Aviation Institute was quoted in the Nov. 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Southwest Airlines' decision to offer nonstop flights to Orlando, Fla., from Omaha beginning this spring. Dr. Bowen was also quoted in the Nov. 16 edition of the Omaha World-Herald about Thanksgiving airline travel.

- Loree Bykerk, chair of the political science department, was interviewed by KPTM (Fox 42) on Nov. 23 about Nebraska Attorney General John Bruning exiting the state's Senate race.

- KFAB (1110 AM) interviewed Chris Decker, associate professor of economics, Nov. 16 about a major immigration impact study launched at UNO.

- ABC Radio Australia interviewed Tom Gouttierre, dean of international studies and programs, on Nov. 26 about the political process in Afghanistan. Gouttierre was also interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald to discuss the Dec. 2 premiere of the film "The Kite Runner" in Omaha.

- Burch Kealey, associate professor of accounting, was quoted in an Associated Press article that was published in the Nov. 12 issue of the Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.) about Nebraska's Winnebago tribe. The Norfolk Daily News (Norfolk, Neb.) also published the article in its Nov. 12 issue.

- KMTV (CBS 3) interviewed Hank Robinson, director of the Juvenile Justice Institute, on Nov. 28 about drug use in Omaha and how wastewater can reveal drug use in U.S. cities.

- UNO student and Outdoor Venture Center employee Tim Walker was featured in a Nov. 19 Omaha World-Herald article about men who grow beards during the winter season.

- The Omaha World-Herald quoted Paul Williams, associate professor of philosophy and religion, about the controversy surrounding the film "The Golden Compass."

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Heartland Community Flute Choir to Perform Holiday Concert at Lauritzen Gardens
The UNO Heartland Community Flute Choir (HCFC) will sound off the holiday season with a concert at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha's Botanical Center, 100 Bancroft St., on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Read more.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra to Present Scheherazade Dec. 2
The UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a concert of "magic" on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

The featured piece on the program is Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

UNO Art Gallery to Open "Bret Reif: In Digestion"
The UNO Art Gallery will open a new exhibit, "Brett Reif: In Digestion," tonight, Nov. 30. A two-hour opening reception starts at 6:30 p.m.

The solo exhibition features work by A. Brett Reif, an assistant professor in the School of the Foundation Year at the Kansas City Art Institute.  Non-traditional media, sculpture and installation are major areas of interest for Reif.  He typically works in automobile grease, Post-It notes, test tubes and plastic wrap.  Read more.

Snip Show Set for Dec. 1
The Organization for the Advancement of the Arts (OAA) will present "The Snip Show," its 10th annual non-juried student art exhibition, Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Bemis Underground.  The one-night only event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The OAA is an entirely student-run organization at UNO. Read more.

Russ Nordman's Work on Display in Council Bluffs
UNO Professor Russ Nordman's artwork remains on exhibit through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave.

The exhibition of new digital prints is titled "Combines." In his work, he transforms observations of the ordinary and the everyday into contemplative and imaginary commentary on the human experience. Nordman's digital collages explore his fascination with machines, satellites and Iowa agriculture and vernacular architecture.

Nordman is an assistant professor of intermedia and digital art at UNO. His work has been exhibited across the globe, including at the California Museum of Photography, the Des Moines Art Center, the Experimental Intermedia NY and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

The exhibition is supported by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information visit the Web at or contact Nordman at 554.3757.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.