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UNO Group Witnesses History in Washington

A bus trip organized by the Black Studies Department traveled to Washington for the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama. It is estimated that more than 1 million people turned out for the swearing in of America's 44th president.

Photos by Sharif Liwaru, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs

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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.



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 today, 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.

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 tonight, Jan. 29. "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

Psychology Candidate to Present Colloquium Talk

Jonathan Santo, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology, will present a Colloquium Talk titled "Understanding Adolescent Development Through Peer Relations:  The Role of Context" Friday, Jan. 30, at 2:30 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Santo's presentation is open to the campus community. For more information, contact Marie Lee at 554.2581.

Pathways to Harmony Program Offered on Feb. 24

A new and updated Pathways to Harmony program will take place Tuesday, Feb. 24. It will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  This professional development program brings together students, faculty and staff to explore diversity. 

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of Equal Employment Opportunity, Human Resources. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

Spring Campus Recreation Instructional Programs Announced

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Campus Recreation will offer several programs on fly fishing, golf, dance and aqua fitness this spring. To register for a class, visit 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building or call 554.2539.

- Fly Fishing 101
Dates: Saturday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 28
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 112 HPER (Feb. class) and 110 HPER (March class)
Instructor: Mike Kelly, FFF Certified Casting Instructor since 1997; NGPC Certified Casting Instructor since 2003
Cost: Students - $60 for one six-hour session; UNO Activity Cardholder - $80 for one six-hour session; and non-activity cardholders/public - $100 for one six-hour session
Other: Limited to eight.  Participants should bring a sack lunch.

- Youth Golf Lessons
Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28
Times: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: 230 HPER
Instructors: Coach Tim Nelson and the UNO women's golf team
Cost: $15 per child for UNO Activity Cardholders; $20 per child for non-activity cardholders; and $8 for each additional child from the same family.
Other: Limited to the first 16 registered and paid.

- Adult Golf Lessons
Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28
Times: 11 a.m. to Noon
Location: 230 HPER
Instructors: Coach Tim Nelson and the UNO women's golf team
Cost: $40 for UNO students; $50 for UNO faculty/staff/student Activity Cardholders; and $60 for non-activity cardholders/public
Other: Limited to the first 10 registered and paid.

- Dance Lessons
Dates: Sundays, Feb. 8, 15, 22, and March 1
Times: Latin/Ballroom 3 to 4 p.m.; Swing, 4 to 5 p.m.
Location: 200 HPER
Instructor: Marty Hebert
Cost: UNO Activity Cardholders - $15 and $13 for a friend; non-activity cardholders - $18 and $15 for a friend. Those wishing to take multiple classes should add $5 per person per additional class.
Other: No partner necessary.

- AquaFit                 
Dates: Monday, Jan. 12, – Friday, April 3 (No classes the week of March 16 – 20)
Time: Monday and Wednesday - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday – 7 to 7:45 a.m.
Location: HPER Pool         
Instructor: Monday and Wednesday (Erin); Tuesday and Thursday (Rhonda)
Cost: UNO Activity Cardholders - free;  others - $60 for entire session

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

Call for Proposals Deadline Jan. 30 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. The proposal deadline is this Friday, Jan. 30.

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 - 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

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

ITS Offers Hands-on Basics of Dreamweaver Course

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basics of Dreamweaver course on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

Basics of Dreamweaver is a 90-minute hands-on course designed to orient users to some of the Dreamweaver tools used in conjunction with the UNO Web Templates. Covered topics include setting up a site through the "Site Manager," transferring files through the "Get" and "Put" commands, using the "Find" and "Replace" function and why it is best to develop in a test environment.

Participants do not need to have a test site or be using the Web Templates to attend.  This course is intended to be taken prior to UNO Web Template training.

For questions, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

To register for this course:

- Go to;

- Select the appropriate month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a SAP Personnel number (This is the six-digit number on employee picture ID. It is also on all paycheck stubs.);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm the personnel number. An e-mail will be sent to confirm this registration.

A minimum of five people signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class is required.  An e-mail notification will be sent, if a class is cancelled.

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.

Dr. 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.

Olympian Dara Torres Highlights "Night with the Mavs"

Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres will be the featured speaker at the first annual Night with the Mavs, presented by First National Bank and hosted by the UNO Athletic Department. The event will take place on Thursday, March 26, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by the program and dinner at 7 p.m. All money raised will benefit UNO athletic student-athlete scholarships and athletic program enhancements. Read more.

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