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

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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.



UNO 100 Year

Centennial Gala Celebration Set for Feb. 21

The University of Nebraska Foundation and the UNO Alumni Association will host a Gala celebration in recognition of UNO's 100th Anniversary on Feb. 21. Proceeds from this fund-raising event--through Centennial sponsorships, table and individual tickets sales--will establish two community fellowships at UNO.

"Omaha has always been a city of great generosity, even in the most challenging economic times," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. "Now, more than ever, external support for the Community Fellowships will pay dividends for the university and its students, as well as our city."

The Gala starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Qwest Center in downtown Omaha and features noted Harvard economist Roland Fryer. Union Pacific is the Centennial title sponsor. Other area companies, organizations and individuals also have made significant contributions to support this event and the Community Fellowship.

The Community Fellowships will help the university enhance its internship program, practica and service-learning offerings in and around the city. Plans call for the Community Fellowships to be awarded to UNO's top graduate students who will be dedicated to significant initiatives that will reinforce community engagement, economic development and civic engagement activities.

Individual ticket prices for this fundraising event are $300 per person or $3,000 for a table of 10. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning in early January.

Dodge Street Location Road Closing Begins Today

Storm sewer site work for the new Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) addition and renovation project will result in the temporary closing of University Drive South between Elmwood Park and the intersection of Maverick Plaza.

Weather permitting, the work should take place according to the following schedule:

University Drive South, from the intersection at Maverick Plaza to the intersection at University Drive East in Elmwood Park, will be closed today, Dec. 15, through Wednesday, Dec. 24. In addition, Lots S will be closed to faculty/staff parking.

Maverick Plaza will not be closed, and vehicular access to Lots Q and R will be maintained. Vehicular access will remain for traffic approaching from the west end of campus on University Drive South to Maverick Plaza.

The Maverick Village and HPER shuttle stops will also be closed during this time. Maverick Village riders should walk to the Durham Science Center stop to board the shuttle, and HPER riders should go to Milo Bail Student Center for boarding.

With all of the construction work, related traffic and pedestrians in the area, Facilities staff requests drivers use extreme caution and slower speeds on the roads and parking lots surrounding HPER, College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, Allwine Hall and Sapp Fieldhouse.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

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.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

UFO Study Group to Meet Dec. 20

The UFO study group will meet Saturday, Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center.

The study group discusses the rational and scientific examination of UFO phenomena in Nebraska and the world. Attendance is free and open to anyone with an interest in the study of UFOs. Attendees are asked to come with an open mind.

For more information, contact John Powers at 319.2721 or

School of Social Work to Offer Informational Meeting

The School of Social Work will offer an informational meeting on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. in 109A College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.

Information will be given on the application process, course work, content of the course work and practicum. To R.S.V.P, call 554.2792 or e-mail

Center for Faculty Development to Host Problem-Based Learning Workshop

The Center for Faculty Development will present a workshop on "Problem-Based Learning" on Friday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to "learn to learn," working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources.

Presenters will include Richard Donham, a senior scientist with the University of Delaware's Mathematics & Science Education Resource Center, and Mark A. Serva, an assistant professor of MIS at the University of Delaware.

The workshop is made possible by support from a National Science Foundation grant as well as the College of Information Science and Technology, UNO Math-Science Learning Center, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Faculty Development.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or To request more information about the event, contact Mark Pauley at Refreshments will be provided.

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 and sick leave and need additional paid leave to attend to a crisis. Since then, many employees have donated their accrued but unused vacation to the UNO crisis pool.

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.

Test and Evaluation Scanning Holiday Break Reminder

Information Technology Services (ITS) will provide limited holiday break test scanning services in Customer Services, 104 Eppley Administration Building (EAB).

Due to space constraints, ITS staff asks that faculty and staff not use the drop box for large quantities of course evaluations over the holiday break, Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 25-Jan. 4. Course evaluations will be accepted for scanning through the end of business on Wednesday, Dec. 24, but will not be accepted during the break.

During the break, test scanning will be processed on the following dates: Monday through Tuesday, Dec. 29-30, and Friday through Saturday, Jan. 2-3.

Normal test and evaluation scanning will resume Monday, Jan. 5. For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or


Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at