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Inauguration Coverage on Campus

The common's area of UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building was standing-room only Tuesday morning (January 20) as students, faculty and staff gathered to watch Barack Obama sworn in as President.

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Race to Collect Diapers

Students Race to Collect Diapers

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The Dec. 5 Maverick Hockey game featured a unique form of entertainment: the Lydia House Diaper Drive. UNO's Greek community ran from one side of the ice to the other and collected diapers. The students who participated in the Diaper Dash included Trevor Gappa, Kaylie Caldwell, Alysia Radicia, Cliff Cisar, Andy Samson and Ben Hawk. Diapers were then donated to the Lydia House in Omaha, which provides emergency services for women and families.

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Bonacci and Huddleston

Sworn in and Ready to Serve

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Neal Bonacci, left, and Kevin Huddleston will serve as UNO president/regent and student body vice president, respectively, for 2009. The two were sworn into office Jan. 13 in a ceremony in the Milo Bail Student Center.



Budget Forum Today

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget today, Jan. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

The event is scheduled a week after Gov. David Heineman's annual state budget message. The forum will provide an update of fiscal issues, a timeline regarding the economic forecasting report for Nebraska and activities of the campus Budget Advisory Task Force. Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley lead the task force, and both will take part in the forum.

"Our faculty and staff continue to explore ways to economize and conserve, and I appreciate that work," Dr. Christensen said. "This first forum continues the conversation about our budget. We plan to have more sessions later this semester as more information becomes known."

For more information on the forum, call 554.3502.

Third Finalist for Dean of College of Education on Campus Today

Lawrence Rossow, director of the Center for Special Education Due Process at the University of Oklahoma, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of dean of the UNO College of Education today and Friday, Jan. 22-23. Dr. Rossow is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session during Dr. Rossow's campus visit today, Jan. 22, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The fourth finalist--Bradford Strand, department head and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N. D.--will have his campus visit on Jan. 26-27.

The other two finalists, Nancy Edick and Deborah Rodgers, completed their campus visits earlier this month. Dr. Edick is the acting associate dean in the UNO College of Education. Dr. Rodgers is the associate dean for Student Services at the University of Oklahoma.

Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, has chaired the search committee.

For more information, call 554.3502.

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NU Board of Regents to Meet Jan. 23

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Jan. 23, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., in Lincoln. Committee and task force meetings begin at 8 a.m., and the board meeting will start at 1 p.m. Read more.

Longtime Lancer Coach Mike Hastings to Join Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike Hastings, the all-time winningest coach in the United States Hockey League who led the Omaha Lancers to three regular season and playoff titles, will be inducted into the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame this week.

Hastings, currently an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, will be inducted at the UNO Blue Line Club luncheon at Anthony's, 72nd and F Streets, on Friday, Jan. 23. The 11:30 a.m. event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 for the buffet lunch and program.

The Lancers won Anderson cup regular season championships in 2001--02, 2004-05 and 2007-08 and Clark Cup playoff titles in 1997-98, 2000-01 and 2007-08. He stepped down as coach after winning the national junior hockey championship in 2008 with a 529-210-56 record over his 14 seasons behind the bench.

A pair of longtime volunteers will also receive the Motto McLean Service to Hockey Award at the Blue Line Club luncheon. The award is given annually to individuals who have worked for the advancement of youth hockey in the community.

Shawn Spencer, the current president of the Midwest High School Hockey League, and Jim Regan, who has been involved in the sport at numerous levels for over 40 years, are the latest recipients of the award.

The Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame was begun in 1961, then revived after a long interval in 2001.

For more information, contact Gary Anderson at 289.3865.

Media Pros Tell How College Press Helped Build Their Careers

A panel of local media professionals will share their experiences working in the student press on Thursday, Jan. 26. "Gateway Confessions" will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Un mon Hon Room from 6 to 8 p.m.

Panelists include Christopher Burbach, Henry Cordes and Cindy Gonzalez, Omaha World-Herald reporters; Tom O'Connor, senior associate director, University of Nebraska Medical Center public affairs; and Wendy Townley, UNO assistant media relations director. A question and answer session will follow.

The panel is sponsored by The Gateway, UNO's student newspaper, the UNO Publications Board and the School of Communication. For more information, contact Karen Weber at 554.2246 or

UNO Young Alumni to Host Hockey Night Feb. 6 at Qwest Center Omaha

Join the UNO Young Alumni for a night of "Maverick Hockey" on Friday, Feb. 6, at Qwest Center Omaha. Reduced ticket pricing will be offered for the 7:05 p.m. UNO vs. Western Michigan game. All alumni are invited along with their spouses, significant others, family or friends to attend.

The discounted price is $12 for lower bowl tickets (regular ticket price is $15). Young alumni Maverick Hockey participants do not have to be UNO alumni to attend the event. The young alumni will also host an information table during the game and a post game celebration, with door prizes and a raffle, at Farrells, 902 Dodge St.

This discounted offer is only valid through Friday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. To register, download the form at this link and return it to the UNO Alumni Association, 6705 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68182. Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment.

The group's mission is to create opportunities for young alumni to reconnect with UNO through the Alumni Association and to develop supportive alumni for life by encouraging young alumni involvement in programs and the UNO Annual Fund.

For more information, contact Sheila King at 554.4802 or

First Annual Research/Creative Activity Fair Set for March

As a student-focused university, UNO provides a variety of quality research and creative activity opportunities for students. This centennial year, in conjunction with the annual UNO Honor's Program Symposium, research and creative activity staff invite students, faculty and the Omaha community to participate in the first annual Research and Creative Activity Fair.

All UNO students (undergraduate and graduate) and engineering students from the Pacific location are encouraged to apply. There will be cash prizes for top posters and presentations. The fair will take place on Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26, in the Milo Bail Student Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Final judging and awards for best presentations will be given on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Harmon Maher at 554.2286 or

Human Resources Tests Expanded Office Hours

Human Resources (HR) is testing expanded office hours to see whether offering additional hours of operation will benefit UNO employees who work shift and nonstandard hours in meeting their personnel service needs.

New HR hours for the test period run from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. HR is located in 205 Eppley Administration Building. Before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m., visitors may need to ring the HR doorbell for assistance, as the office will not be fully staffed during the expanded hours.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Reminder

Effective with travel occurring after Jan. 1, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty-five cents ($.55) per mile as established by the IRS. The previous rate was fifty-eight and one-half cents ($.585).

The new rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel.

Also, the UNO mileage reimbursement policy has been updated and revised. Details can be found at

"The revisions encourage the use of various conferencing technologies in lieu of traveling, to reduce costs, save time and improve productivity," said Teresa Carlson, supervisor for accounting services. "In addition, the new policy requires that your normal commute distance from your residence to UNO be deducted from mileage claims when you travel directly from your home to a temporary work location, such as a trip to Varner Hall or UNL."

For more information, contact Carlson at 554.4937.

Maverick Productions Hosts Author Daryl Davis

"Klan-Destine Relationships" author Daryl Davis has come in close contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan. He will give a straightforward presentation of his experiences on Thursday, Jan. 29, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

This event, sponsored by Maverick Productions, is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. More information on Davis is available online at

For more event information, contact Erin Cron at or 554.2711.

Call for Proposals for March 2009 No Limits! Conference

The UNO Women's Studies Program seeks proposals for the 2009 No Limits! Conference, which will take place March 6-7 at UNO.

Undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates can submit a 250- to 500-word abstract outlining their proposed paper presentation, workshop, creative reading, film or project via e-mail - along with any audio-visual equipment needs - by Jan. 30 to Proposal topics can include any discipline related to women's lives, history, cultures, sexuality, feminism and women's and gender studies. Academic papers featuring creative writing, visual arts, film, music and performance also are welcome. Proposals need not pertain to the conference theme - "Feminisms, Environments & New Media."

In addition to student presentations, three keynote events are planned:

- "Collaging the Gendered Self: Using Media to Give Voice to Lived Experience" begins with a talk by women's studies major Rachel Dick during the Friday, March 6, luncheon. Following the talk, those attending are invited to create collages that will be collected into a mosaic for reproduction in multiple media.

- Kauilani Lee will perform the one-woman play "A Sense of Wonder" on Friday evening, March 6. The play conveys the life work of Rachel Carson, who wrote Silent Spring. Carson's biographer has said of this performance: "This is the Rachel I knew...a perfect introduction to one of the most influential women of our time."

- The UNO Women's Centennial Luncheon will take place Saturday, March 7. Tableaux Vivants will entertain diners as they assemble for lunch. Professors Josie Metal-Corbin and Susan Maher will share highlights from their respective projects that focus on the centrality of women to UNO's history.

For more information and updates, visit the conference Web site at

Female Runners Sought for HPER Research Study

Researchers at the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO currently need healthy, normal menstruating female runners aged 19-40 to participate in a research study investigating the production of inflammation and delayed onset muscle soreness during different phases of the menstrual cycle.

Participants will gain information on their aerobic capacity and body fat percentage. The study will require three visits to the Exercise Physiology Lab: One for a maximal running test (VO2 max) and two appointments for 75-minute high intensity running sessions. Subjects will be compensated for their time.

Female runners interested in being a participant should contact Morgan Chaffin at 554.3221 or