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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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 26, in honor of UNO retiree Joan Oliverius. She passed away Jan. 21 at age 56.

Oliverius, a former accountant in the controller's office, retired September 2008 from the university with disabled employee status. She had been with UNO for more than six years.

Funeral services were held Jan. 24 at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Omaha.

Fourth Finalist for Dean of College of Education on Campus Today

Bradford Strand, department head and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of dean of the UNO College of Education today and Tuesday, Jan.26-27. Dr. Strand is one of four finalists.

Faculty, staff, students and the public can attend the open session during Dr. Strand's campus visit today, Jan. 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The other three finalists, Nancy Edick, Deborah Rodgers and Lawrence Rossow, 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. Dr. Rossow is the director of the Center for Special Education Due Process 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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Weight Watchers on Campus Open House Jan. 29

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Weight Watchers on Campus is back for the spring semester. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the open house Thursday, Jan. 29. It will take place from 12:15 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).

Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs, asks if anyone answers yes to these questions to think about attending the session:

- How many times have you put others' well-being above your own?

- Have you put on a few pounds over the years?

- Need some encouragement to take it off?

"Weight Watchers is not a diet; it is a healthy lifestyle change," Daniels said. "Weight Watchers is a proven program which uses the points plan or the core plan, portion-control, movement and support to change lives."

At the session, dates will be determined for the regular meetings for the next 15-week program. The program plans to start the week of ????.

"However, we need to have 15 paid participants in order to get a Weight Watchers' leader, the program materials and the weekly meetings at UNO," Daniels said.

For details, contact Daniels at 554.2008.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives, that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

Lecture by Paul Jaskot Coincides with Criss Library's Holocaust Exhibit

The Criss Library and Department of History will sponsor a lecture by Paul Jaskot, professor of art history at DePaul University in Chicago, in conjunction with the library's "When They Came To Take My Father" exhibit.

Jaskot's lecture on "Architecture and Oppression: Nazi Berlin, 1933-1945," will take place at the Criss Library at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8. The lecture is free and open to the UNO and Omaha community.

The presentation will examine the relationship between Adolf Hitler's high-profile monumental architecture, the oppression of National Socialist Germany and its most extreme punitive institution -- the concentration camps.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

Masters and Music Series Continues Feb. 8 with "Woodworks"

The Masters and Music series at UNO continues Sunday, Feb. 8, with a tribute to "Woodworks." The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

Friends of Art, a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History, sponsors Masters and Music. The series blends artistic imagery and musical composition.

Tickets are $15 per person, $3 for students with ID and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund.

Karen Kunc, Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will discuss her woodcut prints and artists books that stem from her contemplation of the forces of the natural world. She has received numerous awards and has taught countless workshops around the world and served as a visiting artist to more than 100 institutions. The woodwind trio of oboist Susan Tomkiewicz; clarinetist Cynthia Nichols, both from the UNO Department of Music; and bassoonist Jonathan Biccum from the United States Air Force's Heartland of America Band, will complete the "natural" pairing of woodcut and woodwinds.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shari Hofschire at 554.2402.

Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Feb. 16-20

The 2009-10 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building Monday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 20.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments. No major changes to the content can be processed at this point.

For more information, contact Marian McDonald at554.3674.

New Resource Prompts Free Mango Smoothies Celebration at Criss Library

In celebration of Mango Languages, Criss Library will serve free mango smoothies on Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Mango Languages is a free online learning system that patrons can access anywhere from the library and from their own homes. The new resource offers interactive audio and visual cues that build understanding and correct pronunciation. Learning takes place through real conversations that are broken down into simple blocks of learning material.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640 or

Inauguration Experience the Focus of Jan. 27 Presentation

A UNO graduate and Native American advocate who attended the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama will discuss her experiences during a free campus forum at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Amy McClean, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees from UNO (political science and public administration, respectively), is a cultural resource specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District. She also is an enrolled tribal member of the Cabazon Nation.

McClean works extensively with district project offices and tribal governments to ensure compliance with federal laws, regulations, executive orders and standard operating procedures that deal with preservation activities.

She represented her tribe at the American Indian Tribal Inauguration activities in Washington and attended a brunch where President Obama explained his administration's American Indian policies.

McClean will present in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons (Room 132), where she will discuss the unique role of Native Americans through the Native American Inauguration activities.

For more information, contact Mary Lopez at or 554.4978.

The School of Public Administration, Political Science Department and Native American Studies at UNO are sponsors of the event.

Speech Center Consulting Room Spring Hours Announced

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall, has started its spring hours. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment, call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit to find out more. Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to to schedule an appointment.

Faculty interested in scheduling a consultant to speak with students about the center and discuss presentation skills can call the center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to

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 $15/18). 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

Nominations Sought for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award

The Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award annually recognizes outstanding student contributions in campus involvement and community engagement. Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is now accepting nominations for the honor.

Staff and faculty may nominate students by writing a letter of recommendation and completing a nominee information page. Nominators should give their nominees the award application and time to complete the required leadership essay.

All award materials are due to Milo Bail Student Center first floor SOLP office by Friday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. Nomination packets are available at and in hard copy in SOLP.

For more information, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711.

No Limits! Student Women's Studies Conference Seeks Supplies

This year's No Limits! conference, to be held Friday through Saturday, March 6-7, at UNO, will include a workshop titled "Collaging the Gendered Self," at which conferees will be invited to create collages. These will be collected together later for transformation into a mosaic via photography.

UNO student Rachel Tomlinson Dick will lead the workshop, and asks for donations of the following items:
-Paint brushes;
-Mod podge;
-Construction paper;
-Patterned paper;
-Wall paper;
-Thread and/or string;
-Unwanted books (text of whole pages could be used in collaging);
-Magazines; and


Supplies for donation may be dropped off in 307 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information call Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834.

SAC Takes Lead on Employee of the Month Program

Starting this month, the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will be responsible for selection of all UNO Employee of the Month honorees.

The new criteria for the award:
- Performed job above and beyond expectations;
- Interpersonal skill/communication;
- Knowledge of job; and
- Adaptability.

Nominations are sought for the new Staff Advisory Council Employee of the Month Recognition Program for office/service personnel. Recipients will receive a $100 award.

The nomination guidelines:
- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;
- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and
- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Monica Bayles at 554.2977.


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