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Maverick Basketball Women and Men Defeat Bearcats

Maverick senior LaToya Wright led four UNO players in double figures with a season-high 17 points Saturday afternoon (December 13) as the Maverick women's basketball team cruised to a 87-63 victory over Northwest Missouri State in the Sapp Fieldhouse. Wright, who scored 15 points in the first half, was joined in double figures by Ellen Majewski (16), Amanda Brodsack (14) and Alyssa Green (11). Junior Jill Wolf had a career-high 12 rebounds while adding six points and a pair of assists. UNO improved to 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in the MIAA. The Maverick men followed with a 73-64 victory with sophomore guard Mitch Albers scoring a season-high 25 points. Albers made six three-pointers to lead the UNO men's team. The Mavericks are 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the MIAA.



Winter Commencement Today at the Civic; Shuttle Available

More than 920 students will graduate today, Dec. 19, 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.

Intensive English-Language Program Begins Jan. 5, Seeks Donations

Starting Monday, Jan. 5, Middle Eastern and North African students at UNO will have a chance to take part in three, eight-week English-language training sessions led by the Undergraduate Intensive English Language Study Program (UIELSP).  The training is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by UNO International Studies and Programs.

UIELSP strives to create an environment of mutual cultural understanding and to introduce participants to the institutions, society and culture of the United States.  It continues UNO's successful history of international training. 

"This type of program offers a cost-efficient and culturally diverse means to mutual understanding between the citizens of the countries from which the participants come and the people of the U.S.A.," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of UNO International Studies and Programs.  "The presence of the students at UNO enriches the learning environment for our own students and the lives of other Nebraskans and their communities."

Program participants will spend much of their time in the classroom developing their English language abilities and will participate in a variety of cultural activities, including a visit to Henry Doorly Zoo and the Old Market, a trip to Arbor Day Lodge and a weekend stay with a family in a rural Nebraska community.

The UNO Panhellenic Council is organizing a charity drive for toiletries, bed and bath items, and kitchen supplies that UIELSP participants can use while living at University Village.  New and gently used items will be accepted.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Thalia Alberts, Lesa Perry or Logan Dumaine at 554.2293.  To become a UIELSP volunteer, call 554.2293 or send an e-mail to Dumaine at

ITS Holiday Technology Availability

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff have set service availability over the next two weeks:

Lab Hours
All ITS computer labs, with the exception of the 24-hour lab (Milo Bail Student Center Dundee Room), will close today, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. for maintenance. The labs in the Milo Bail Student Center Elmwood Room and 007 Roskens Hall will reopen Monday, Jan. 5. The lab in 104 Durham Science Center will reopen Monday, Jan. 12. For an update listing of all lab hours, visit

Hi-Tech Classroom Maintenance
To provide improved security and update software, all computers in ITS Hi-Tech classrooms will remain unavailable for use from Friday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 4. This process will remove any software which was installed over the fall semester. All workstations in these rooms will also be shutdown over holiday break for energy savings. Workstations will be brought back on-line Monday, Jan. 5. On that date or later, faculty may install software in Hi-Tech rooms which will be utilized for the spring semester. For a complete list of Hi-Tech classrooms go to

Test Scanning
Christmas break test scanning will be processed in ITS Customer Services (104 Eppley Administration Building) during the day up until the end of business on the Tuesday, Dec. 23. Test scanning will also be processed on the following dates: Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29-30, and Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2-3.

Due to space constraints, ITS staff ask that faculty and staff not use the drop box for large quantities of course evaluations over the holiday break, Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 24-Jan. 4. Course evaluations will be accepted for scanning through the end of business on Tuesday, Dec. 23, but will not be accepted during the break. Normal test and evaluation scanning will resume Monday, Jan. 5.

System Down Time
On Monday, Dec. 29, the following systems will be unavailable from 7 to 10 a.m.: Blackboard, Lotus Notes, WebFocus Reporting and campus printing via PHAROS.

For questions or concerns, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

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

Flu Shots Still Available

Flu shots remain 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.

In the News

In the News

The Dec. 13 issue of The New York Times quoted Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, about Cuban President Raul Castro's recent visit to Venezuela. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado was also quoted in the Dec. 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about rezoning Omaha's Highland Park neighborhood. The article also mentioned Russell Smith, public administration, and Patty Carlson, social work.

- Lee Denker, UNO Alumni Association, was interviewed Dec. 14 by the Papillion Times about being named to the 40 Under 40 Next Generation Leadership Program, sponsored by the Midlands Business Journal.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Dec. 9 issue of the Hastings Tribune about wages of Adams County residents.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies, was quoted in the Dec. 17 column by Robert Nelson of the Omaha World-Herald. Gouttierre discussed offensive gestures around the world.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, was referenced by three media outlets on Dec. 12 about immigration laws in Nebraska: Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald and KETV (ABC 7).

- Tomm Roland, Department of Music, was interviewed Dec. 15 by the Omaha World-Herald about the popularity of mix tapes.

- Sam Walker, criminal justice, was quoted by KETV (ABC 7) and KMTV (CBS 3) earlier this week about Omaha's independent citizen advocate.

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

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, she 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.

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.