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Basketball vs. Metro State

All 12 University of Nebraska-Omaha players scored to give the Mavericks a 69-56 victory over Metro State in the final game of the Downtown DoubleTree Classic Saturday night at Sapp Fieldhouse.

Flag Lowering

By order of Gov. Dave Heineman, U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Dec. 7, in observance of national Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the Omaha mall tragedy. Flags will remain at half-staff through Sunday, Dec. 9, in honor of the victims slain during events at Westroads Mall.

Town Halls Set to Discuss New SIS

UNO has two town hall meetings set for Tuesday, Dec. 11, focused on the work involved with selecting a new university-wide student information system.

The Nebraska University Student Information System (NUSIS) Project will affect many UNO services, including registration, financial aid, admissions, recruiting and many other critical university functions.  All four of the university system's campuses will be involved, and faculty, staff and student input are critical to the planning process.

Both of the UNO campus town halls will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.  The session audiences and times:

- Administrative staff session
9 to 10 a.m.

- Faculty and students session
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The hour-long sessions will provide an overview of the NUSIS Project and highlight the planning taking place over the next several months.  Time will be available for audience questions, as well.

"The entire NUSIS Project will take about three years to complete," said John Fiene, UNO associate vice chancellor for technology.  "Right now, efforts are focused on several aspects of project planning which will continue through April."

A dedicated project Web site has been established to keep the university community informed at  The Web site contains important information about the project, and outlines what, how, who and for how long.

For more information, call 554.3670.

Pat Behrns Named Regional Coach of the Year


Maverick Head Coach Pat Behrns has been named the regional coach of the year in NCAA Division II by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).  Behrns, who led the Mavericks to their fourth straight conference title and a 10-1 record, shares the regional honor with Chadron State Head Coach Bill O'Boyle.

The national winner will be announced at the AFCA convention in January.  

It's the second time Behrns has earned the honor. He has led the Mavericks to 12 straight winning seasons and seven North Central Conference titles in his 14 seasons as the UNO head coach. The all-time winningest coach in school history, he has a 105-53 mark at UNO and a 141-80 record in 20 collegiate seasons as a head coach. He was also the NCC coach of the year for a sixth time.

In 2007, UNO recorded its first undefeated regular season since 1954, going 10-0. The Mavericks lost in the second round of the NCAA II playoffs.

NU Flex Enrollment Ends Today

The annual NU Flex enrollment period concludes today, Dec. 7.  Faculty and staff need to return the life insurance tobacco/nicotine designation form and submit any changes by this date.

"If no changes to life insurance, health care, or flex pay accounts, all faculty and staff still need to return the life insurance tobacco/nicotine designation form," said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager at UNO. "If not turned in, the default is the smoker rate, and your premiums could be affected."

For packet-related questions, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

Counseling Available on Campus Following Mall Tragedy

Counseling services are available for UNO students, faculty and staff following Wednesday's tragic events at Westroads Mall. Those needing assistance should contact the UNO Counseling Center at 554.2409 or 115 Eppley Administration Building. Faculty and staff may also call the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program at 554.3120.

Faculty Senate Meeting to Address Twelve-Month Calendar Concept

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.  

At 2 p.m., Faculty Senate President Scott Tarry will give a presentation about the Twelve Month Concept Committee. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Dr. Tarry at 554.3190, or Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator, at 554.3598.

General Education Update

The General Education Review task force has been moving forward with the first steps of the review process.

Last May, the task force met to analyze the results of the input received from more than 20 campus conversations held in the spring.  From that analysis, 19 general education goals were distilled.  In September, the task force met to further refine the goals and subgoals.  Information about these sessions, along with the 19 goals, can be found on the general education Web site at

The task force also held a facilitated discussion in October to allow students to provide feedback on the general education review process. The results of this session can also be found on the general education Web site. Several more student sessions are planned for early next semester. 

The next steps for the general education review process include further refinement of the general education goals and sub-goals. A survey will be sent to all faculty members early next semester to gather feedback concerning the goals and sub-goals.

The task force will also meet with the original General Education Think Tank members in January to discuss refining and combining goals.

Throughout the general education review process, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to visit the Web site at for updates and to share any thought on the feedback form provided.

Questions about the general education review can be directed to either Deborah Smith-Howell, dean for Graduate Studies and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs,, or Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity,

Clickers in the Classroom Planned for Dec. 12

An informational session about adopting and using clicker systems is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 12. The session will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. in 111 Eppley Administrative Building Welcome Center.

Presenters will include Dustin Frank from eInstruction and Jay Killon from Information Technology Services Academic Partnership for Instruction.

At the session, attendees will have a chance to:

- Learn how clicker systems work;

- Hear from faculty who have used clickers in their classrooms; and

- Discuss issues related to adopting clickers into the classroom.

The event is being sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD). To register for the event, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or To request more information about the event, contact Jay Killion in ITS at 554.3758 or

In the News

In the News

- Political science Professor Randy Adkins was a guest on KETV (ABC 7) Dec. 5. Dr. Adkins discussed President Bush's visit to Omaha.

- KPTM (Fox 42) interviewed political science Professor Loree Bykerk Nov. 29 about the role of women in political campaigns in Iowa.

- Claudette Lee, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, was quoted in the Dec. 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about food's focus during family holiday celebrations.

- UNO student Mike Nellis wrote a guest column in the Nov. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald encouraging Scott Kleeb to run for Congress. Nellis is editor of

- The pedestrian mall at UNO was one of 10 great local public spaces selected by Omaha By Design. The Omaha World-Herald featured the 10 locations in its Nov. 27 issue.

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

- Dale Krane, Kayser Chair Professor with the UNO School of Public Administration, published "The Unavoidable Politics of Disaster Recovery," in The Public Manager, vol. 36, No. 3 (fall 2007). To access the article, click on this link.

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

UNO Bands to Perform Prevailing Winds Concert Dec. 14
The December winds may be blowing cold and gusty outside, but they will be warmer in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall when the university bands present the annual Prevailing Winds concert Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Read more.

Handel's Messiah Performed at UNO Dec. 16
The UNO Department of Music will present two performances of Handel's Messiah Sunday, Dec. 16. The concerts will begin at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 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

Barbara Simcoe's Works on Display
In Norfolk, Neb., Barbara Simcoe, assistant professor of art and art history, currently has a one-person exhibition at the Norfolk Arts Center, 305 N. 5th St. It runs through Saturday, Dec. 29. Works include paintings, drawings and digital photographs. Many of the pieces come out of her 2004 Fulbright Lithuania experience; 2005 Acco, Israel exhibition; and 2007 Krakow, Poland exhibition. For more information, visit

On campus, the University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is also featuring the digital photographic artistry of Simcoe. Her works are on exhibit through Monday, Dec. 17, in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building.

UNO Art Gallery to Open "Bret Reif: In Digestion"
"Brett Reif: In Digestion" will be on display through Friday, Jan. 18, at the UNO Art Gallery.

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.

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.