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Munira Amini produced this segment about end of semester stress for the Omaha News.

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Through the Lens

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A Shootout Weekend

The UNO Mavericks and the Alaska Nanooks skated to ties on both Friday and Saturday nights (December 5 & 6) at Omaha's Qwest Center. Both games then went into overtime periods that ended without a winner and under a new league rule, the games needed a shootout to decide the winner. The Mavericks won Friday's shootout by a score of 2-1 while the Nanooks took Saturday's shootout by the same score. The Mavericks wore military themed uniforms for the weekend which were auctioned off following Saturday's game. Proceeds from the auction benefitted the Nebraska Troop Support program and the Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation.

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A Look Into the Past

This slide show is the first in a series showing the University of Nebraska at Omaha through its first 100 years. The first classes were held in the Redick Mansion at 24th & Pratt Streets in northeast Omaha (today a high-rise apartment building is located at the site). Classes were held at the Pratt Street location as well as at 24th & Ames and in downtown Omaha (College of Law and College of Commerce and Finance) at 13th & Farnam.

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Book Buy Back and Holiday Sale Under Way at UNO Bookstore

The "book buy back" event and annual holiday sale at the UNO Bookstore continues through Friday, Dec. 19.

Individuals must have a current university ID to participate in the book buy back. The last day to sell books is Friday, Dec. 19.

At the holiday sale customers who purchase one apparel item at regular price can receive a second item for half price.

Bookstore hours are:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 13
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

Dodge Street Location Electrical Shutdown This Weekend

Electrical site work for the new Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) addition and renovation project will result in temporary building electrical and heating shutdowns this weekend.

Temporary building electrical and heating shutdowns are expected to take place tonight, Friday, Dec. 12, starting at 11:30 p.m., through Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 a.m. and Saturday, Dec. 13, starting at 11 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 a.m.

The following buildings will have no electrical power: Strauss Performing Arts Center, Criss Library, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Durham Science Center, Weber Fine Arts, Central Utilities Plant and the Sculpture Lab.

For more information, contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735 or Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

UNO Cheer Team Sponsors Diaper Drive

The UNO Cheer team will collect diapers in support of the Channel 94.1 diaper drive at this Saturday's (Dec. 13) men's and women's home basketball games. All diapers collected will be donated to The Lydia House.

The Lydia House, a branch of the Omaha Open Door Mission, shelters between 80 and 100 homeless children each night. Of those, more than 40 need diapers.

"Diapers are an economic necessity. Most day-care centers will not take children without disposable diapers, and welfare programs rarely provide them. This is where you can help," said Patricia O'Dell, cheer team coach. "Come out to support your UNO Maverick men's and women's basketball teams and support a good cause by dropping off some diapers."

Tip off begins at 4 p.m. for women and 8 p.m. for men at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

For more information, contact O'Dell at

UNO Co-sponsors Ed Zlotkowski Visit

Join the Metro Coalition for a day with Ed Zlotkowski on Friday, Jan. 16. Ed Zlotkowski is a senior associate for Service Learning for the American Association of Higher Education. He also serves as a faculty fellow for National Campus Compact.

Come for all or part of the day.  All sessions will take place College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons according to the following schedule:

8:45 to 11 a.m.   
Session I: Best Practices in Service Learning Course Development

11 to 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Session II: Broadening our View: Service Learning and Civic Engagement

12:45 to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch: Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room (those wanting to attend lunch must R.S.V.P)

1:45 to 3 p.m.
Session III: Students as Colleagues

Co-sponsors include UNO, Metropolitan Community College, Clarkson College, College of St. Mary, Creighton University, Iowa Western Community College, Methodist College and University of Nebraska Medical Center.

To register or for more information, e-mail or call 554.3196.

Flu Shots Still Available

Flu shots are still available at UNO Student Health Services (SHS), located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The cost is $15 for students with ID and $20 for faculty, staff and others in the UNO community.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. SHS will accept cash, check or credit for payment at time of service. SHS will also submit insurance claims for possible reimbursement for UNO Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders. Those interested in receiving a shot should wear appropriate clothing for an inoculation in the arm and, if applicable, bring their insurance card.

For more information, contact SHS at 554.2374.

Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall, apartment building or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 554.2648.

In the News

In the News

- A Dec. 8 article referenced Ken Deffenbacher, Department of Psychology, about his work on the effects mug shots have on witnesses.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was interviewed by two media outlets about a recent Census Bureau report on Nebraska's smaller communities: the Omaha World-Herald and KPTM (Fox 42).

- The Dec. 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald profiled Opera Omaha's master classes at UNO. The article quoted Wendy Eaton, Department of Music.

- A Nov. 25 Omaha World-Herald column by Michael Kelly profiled Terry Forsberg, UNO's public-address announcer.

- The Dec. 9 issue of The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs) profiled a musical act featuring Mark Haar, adjunct artist and faculty member.

- Michelle Perone, Career Center, was interviewed by The Salisbury Daily Times (Maryland) newspaper about college students entering the job market. The article was also published in the Nov. 30 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

- A Dec. 7 fundraiser for student Justin Reese was covered by KFAB (1110 AM), KETV (ABC 7) and KPTM (Fox 42).

- The Nov. 25 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published a letter by Jane DiVita Woody, School of Social Work, about behavioral health problems in Nebraska.

- Robert Woody, Department of Psychology, was the subject of an interview in the new book Financial Success in Mental Health Practice:  Essential Tools and Strategies for Practitioners, by Steven Walfish and Jeffrey Barnett.

- A Dec. 11 workshop about religion in public schools hosted by UNO and Project Interfaith was previewed in the Dec. 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

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

UNO Holiday Concerts This Weekend
Ready for some holiday cheer? Several concerts are planned this weekend at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The cost is $5 for general admission, $4 for students/seniors and free for all UNO students, staff and faculty with ID.

UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University Band, Jazz I & Jazz II Concert
"Prevailing Winds"
Friday, Dec. 12
7:30 p.m.

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Concert
Sunday, Dec. 14
3 p.m.

UNO Choral Ensembles Holiday Concert "A Night in December" featuring music about December and nights.
Sunday, Dec. 14
7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Shellie Harden at 554.2177.

Jazz Bands to Perform Today in the MBSC
The campus community can enjoy live jazz today, Dec. 12, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Those attending are invited to bring lunch and a friend.

For more information, call Pete Madsen at 554.2297.

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

Solo Exhibition Opens Continues at Nebraska Arts Council
Susan McGilvrey, an instructor in the UNO Department of Art and Art History, will present a solo exhibition of works in clay and paper at the Fred Simon Gallery in the offices of the Nebraska Arts Council, 1004 Farnam St. 

McGilvrey explores various issues of concept, pun, current events, technical manipulation and the relationship of her work to this unique exhibition venue.  In addition to being chosen to show in the Simon gallery space, the artist has received two Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship grants, creating a long and winding trail of events, which has impacted her production and choice of artworks presented.

The show continues through Friday, Jan. 2, regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding major national holidays.

For gallery information, contact JD Hutton at 595.2142.

Annual OAA Student Art Exhibition
The Organization for the Advancement of the Arts (OAA) will present The Faux Show, the group's 11th annual non-juried student art exhibition at the Bemis Underground. The event will take place tonight, Dec. 12, from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The OAA is an entirely student run organization at UNO.  For the past 11 years, it has sponsored an open-entry student show in the Omaha community to give young artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional environment.

The Faux Show will be on display for one night only and will feature work by local studio art students.  A reception will be held in the lobby and will feature poetry readings by UNO's Writer's Workshop students, as well as live music.

The Bemis Underground is located on the southwest corner of 12th and Leavenworth streets. The exhibition is handicapped accessible, free and open to the public.

For more information, contact, or visit

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.