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Bonacci Previews Term as Student Leader

Student President/Regent Neal Bonacci recently discussed his involvement with Student Government and his goals for the next year as UNO's highest ranking student leader.

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A New Campus & New Building

In the fall of 1936, the Municipal University of Omaha purchased land for a new campus in what was then west Omaha. The 20 acre parcel of land was located on West Dodge Street and on the north side of Elmwood Park. Construction on the Georgian-style building (now Arts & Sciences Hall) was begun in 1937 and the building was dedicated in November, 1938.

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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.



New FMLA Provisions Announced

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provisions were recently revised.

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees. The revised regulations became effective Jan. 16.

The 2009 changes include revisions to the existing FMLA regulations, as well as the new Military Family Leave Amendments. Employers are required to make the FMLA poster available to all employees.

To view the new FMLA poster, click on this link.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660.

Foreign Languages Candidate to Present Colloquium Talk

Gwyenth Cliver, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Foreign Languages (German), will present a colloquium talk titled "The Mathematical Landscapes of Modernism: Mind Spaces in The Unknown Quantity by Hermann Broch" at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Cliver's presentation is open to the campus community. For more information, call 554.4841.

Study Abroad Informational Meeting Planned for Feb. 6

Interested in studying abroad for a semester or the summer?  Not sure what programs are offered?  Curious about scholarships?  Need to know how to better navigate the Web site?   If so, plan to attend an informational meeting Friday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Many programs cost the same as UNO tuition.  Examples of programs include:

- English-taught core study/specialized study programs;

- Language and culture programs;

- Immersion/exchange programs; and

- Short-term/summer programs.

For more information, call Krista Cupich at 554.2293.

Auditions Set for Shakespeare on the Green

Auditions for the professional company of artists to perform in Shakespeare on the Green will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. in 333 Weber Fine Arts Building.

This year's Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF) company will consist of 17 men, three women and two children (ages seven and 14). All actors are encouraged to audition, and rehearsals begin Monday, May 18.

Shakespeare on the Green will present two plays - "Macbeth" and "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" - from June 18 through July 5 in Elmwood Park.

To arrange an audition, contact the Nebraska Shakespeare Production Office at 554.3072 or  For more information, visit

NSF is a non-profit organization that produces Shakespeare on the Green in cooperation with UNO, Creighton University and the City of Omaha. The plays are offered free of charge to the public, made possible through contributions and through memberships in the Friends of Shakespeare and the Bard's Club.

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 an open house Thursday, Jan. 29, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs, asks that anyone answering "yes" to the following questions 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 that uses the points plan or the core plan, portion-control, movement and support to change lives."

At the session, dates will be determined for regular meetings for the 15-week program.

"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

UCRCA Invites a Second Round of Applications

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting a second round of applications. The committee also can provide support for both pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty.

The submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m.  The guidelines for submission are available on the SPR Web page at

Applicants should note that all proposals must be submitted electronically from Lotus Notes e-mail as a single document in PDF format to:  Paper copies are no longer accepted.

Previously funded proposals are available for viewing in the Sponsored Programs office, 203 Eppley Administration Building.

SHS to Host Feb. 6 "Go RED for Women" Event

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

In observance of National Wear Red Day, UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host a "Go RED for Women" presentation on Friday, Feb. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

"Go RED for Women" is the American Heart Association's movement to wipe out heart disease. This event is not just for women. Members of the campus will learn how to be heart healthy by attending a presentation by SHS' graduate assistant, Julie Denker, R.D.

Red dress pins will be available in SHS, located on the first floor of the MBSC, and at the event for a $5 minimum donation.  The donations support research and education to help stop women's No. 1 killer - heart disease. For details, visit

For more information, contact Denker at 554.2374.

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

Criss Library and the 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 Criss Library at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. The lecture is free and open to the UNO and Omaha communities.

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.

Speech Center to Offer Spring Lunch and Learn Series

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills.  All students are invited to attend.  Free pizza and pop will be provided.

The workshop schedule:

- Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation
Wednesday, Feb. 11
11 a.m. to noon
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

- Researching and Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism
Tuesday, March 31
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

- Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness
Tuesday, April 21
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room

To register for one or more sessions or for more information, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or  Space is limited, so preregistration is required.

Nominations Sought for Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies

Individuals in the UNO community can now nominate students, faculty or staff for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in Women's Studies. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity and service, or a combination of the three.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 20. To nominate individuals for the award, submit the following to Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science, in 275 Arts and Sciences Hall or by e-mail to

- A one-to-two page nomination letter outlining the nominee's accomplishments and their relevancy to the UNO Women's Studies program. The nominator must also be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty or staff).

- The nominator must obtain the nominee's/nominees' resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

The person(s) being honored will receive the award at the annual Women's Studies luncheon, which will take place Friday, May 1. Previous winners include Susan Maher (English and Women's Studies), Robbin Ogle (criminal justice and Women's Studies) and Karen Falconer Al-Hindi (geography and Women's Studies).

For more information, contact Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834 or

First Annual Research/Creative Activity Fair March 24-26

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.

The fair will take place Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26, in the Milo Bail Student Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Final judging and the presentation of awards is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 26.

All UNO students (undergraduate and graduate), including engineering students from the Pacific location, are encouraged to apply. There will be cash prizes for top posters and presentations.

For more information, contact Harmon Maher at 554.2286 or

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is seeking individuals ages 19 to 65, experiencing depression to participate in a research study of an investigational medication for depression. All study procedures and medications are provided.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to or visit