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Pacific Street Memories

by Oliver B. Pollak

Paris has the Champs Elysees; New York, Broadway and Madison Avenue; Chicago boasts Michigan Avenue; and Los Angeles has the Sunset Strip. Streets in Lincoln and Council Bluffs are featured in two recent books, A Street Named 'O' by Mary Jane Nielsen and Council Bluffs: Broadway by Richard Warner and Ryan Roenfeld. Omaha has Dodge Street with its expressway, but my flight path is Pacific Street. ...continue

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Mavericks vs. Mavericks

The UNO Mavericks claimed a non-conference win Tuesday night with a 6-3 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato. UNO scored a record five power-play goals in the game.

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Study Lab Available for Student-Athletes

UNO broadcasting student Munira Amini produced this segment for the Omaha News. It highlights the campus study lab available through UNO Athletics for student-athletes.

Winter Commencement Today at the Civic; Shuttle Available

More than 960 students will graduate today, Dec. 21, during the winter UNO commencement ceremony. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Faculty members who plan to attend commencement should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall.

A shuttle bus for faculty/staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC. Read more.

ITS Reminder to Turn Off Computers Over Holiday Break

Information Technology Services (ITS) reminds faculty and staff to turn off their computers over the holiday break.

Microsoft notes that shutting off your computer each night when employees leave work could save as much as $90 per year. 

"Clicking the ‘shut down' button on your computer before you leave not only saves energy and money, but also reduces wear on the machine and is added protection against viruses," said Shelley Schafer, manager of distance education in ITS.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Service Center at 554.4357 (HELP).

UNO Holiday Closedown Reminder

The 2007 holiday closedown begins Monday, Dec. 24, and concludes Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. Staff returns Wednesday, Jan. 2. For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321 or visit

Group Ex Winter Break Classes, HPER Holiday Schedule

Campus Recreation will offer several yoga and pilates classes during the winter break. All classes will take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

The schedule:

- Monday, Jan. 7
Instructor: Vaunghda

- Tuesday, Jan. 8
Pilates Fusion
Instructor: Jeannie

- Thursday, Jan. 10
Instructor: Vaunghda

For a complete listing of HPER hours during the holiday break, visit

MBSC Holiday Closedown Reminder

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), including the 24-hour study lounge, will close at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, and reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008.

Criss Library Holiday and Intersession Hours

The Criss Library staff announces the following for the holiday break schedule and change in hours of operation for intersession:

Holiday Break
- Saturday through Monday, Dec. 22-31
University closed (holiday break)

Intersession Hours
- Wednesday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 4
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6

- Monday, Jan. 7, through Friday, Jan. 11
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13

Spring Semester Regular Hours
(Begin Monday, Jan. 14)
- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to midnight

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to midnight

Additionally, Criss Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

ITS Winter Break Lab Hours

The Information Technology Services staff (ITS) have set all ITS labs and partner labs hours for Friday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 13. Regular spring semester hours will start Monday, Jan. 14, and will be posted no later than Monday, Jan. 7.

To access the full winter break schedule click on this link.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

Nominations Deadline Jan. 4 for 2008 UNO Women of Color Awards

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha area are being asked to nominate women of color for the 2008 UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards.  The awards will recognize women of color for outstanding contributions in six categories - arts/humanities, business/entrepreneurship, education, community service, science and technology, and youth leadership.  Nomination forms, which are available online at, are due Friday, Jan. 4. Read more.

In the News

In the News

- Public administration professor Richard Box was quoted in the Dec. 16 issue of the Chicago Tribune. Box commented on government efficiency.

- Matthew Harden, assistant professor of music, and his students were guests on The Tom Becka Show on KFAB (1110 AM) Dec. 14. The students sang Christmas carols at Nebraska Furniture Mart.

- The Associated Press interviewed Burch Kealey, accounting professor, about Nebraska's Winnebago tribe. The article was published in the Dec. 3 issue of the Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa).

- NET Radio interviewed Hank Robinson, director of the Juvenile Justice Institute, on Dec. 14 about youth violence as it relates to the Westroads Mall tragedy.

- In its Dec. 6 issue, the Omaha World-Herald previewed the Kwanzaa celebration on campus.

- KPTM (Fox 42), KETV (ABC 7) and KDUH (Scottsbluff, Neb.) aired stories Dec. 13-14 about the lifting of the campus bake sale ban.

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

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication director, has published his eighth annual edition of the chapter, "New Communication Technologies," for the book Communication and the Law (Wat Hopkins, ed.).  Northport, AL: Vision Press, 2008. Chapter 12 of the book charts the latest developments in Internet law and regulation.

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

River City Mixed Chorus Presents "Great Men of Song"
The River City Mixed Chorus will present its winter 2008 concert, "Great Men of Song," at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 4:05 p.m. 

Both concerts will be ASL-interpreted. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students or seniors, $10 for children or $18 on the day of the show.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 341.7464. For more information, call Darryl C. Burgdorf, staff secretary II with the UNO Department of Accounting in the College of Business Administration, at 554.3650. The River City Mixed Chorus is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses).

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, associate 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

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.

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.