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HPER Construction Update

HPER Construction Update

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A new utility tunnel for heating and cooling lines takes shape Wednesday (February 4) at the HPER construction site. On the opposite side of the building, footings are being set in place for the building's southern expansion.

Building for the Future

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Images from Historic Journey to Washington Continue

Click through more photos from the recent trip to Washington for the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama. The Black Studies Department organized the trip, which included members of the UNO and Omaha communities.

photos by Katrina Adams

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Maverick Wrestlers Close Out Home Schedule With Two Wins

The No. 1 ranked UNO wrestling team ended their home schedule Friday (January 30) and Saturday (January 31) with victories over Central Oklahoma and Nebraska-Kearney. UNO defeated the fifth-ranked Broncos of Central Oklahoma 43-3. The Mavericks won nine of ten matches. Nebraska-Kearney, ranked fourth, came to campus Saturday for a televised bout. UNO defeated the Lopers 26-9, winning seven of ten matches.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Feb. 6, to honor UNO student Jacob Christensen, who passed away Jan. 23. Christensen, 23, was a junior in the College of Education.

Services were held Jan. 31 in his hometown of Elk Horn, Iowa.

SHS to Host Today's "Go RED for Women" Event

Wellness Stampede

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 today, 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

Psychology Candidate to Present Colloquium Talk

Elizabeth Moorman, a candidate for a position in the UNO Department of Psychology, will present a Colloquium Talk titled "Parents' Involvement in Children's Learning:  An Examination of Quantity and Quality" today, Feb. 6, at 2:30 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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

Vice Chancellor Conley to Address Faculty Senate

Vice Chancellor Bill Conley will be the guest speaker at the UNO Faculty Senate meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance, will give a short presentation beginning at 2 p.m. with the meeting immediately following. All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Leadership Guru to Present on Campus March 11

The UNO School of Public Administration will host Michael Maccoby, an international expert on leadership, Wednesday, March 11.  Faculty, staff and students are welcome at one or both of two events that day, featuring Dr. Maccoby.

March 11 events are:
- "Workshop on Becoming A Leader We Need"
 9 a.m. to noon
132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) Building
Seating is limited, click on this link for more information and a registration form.

- Presentation on "Leadership in Higher Education"
3:30 p.m.
132 CB Collaborating Commons
Registration is not required

Dr. Maccoby is a globally recognized expert on leadership, who for more than 35 years, has advised leaders in businesses, governments, unions and universities. He is president of the Maccoby Group in Washington, D.C., and has a doctorate from Harvard University, where he directed the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development from 1978-90. He is a fellow of the American Psychological and Anthropological Associations and the National Academy of Public Administration. He also teaches leadership at Oxford University's Said School of Business.

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625 or

CCSW Awards Luncheon Set for March 24

Mark the calendar for the Chancellor's Commission on Status of Women (CCSW) Awards Luncheon. The 2009 centennial-themed event will take place Tuesday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Held in March in conjunction with Women's History Month, three awards are presented annually at the CCSW Awards Luncheon in the following categories: Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Undergraduate Scholarship Award. This year marks the 23rd annual luncheon.

Tickets for the luncheon will be available at the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office later this month. Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or contact Laura Grams at 554.2629 or, Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or, or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or

SAC to Host Feb. 10 "UNO Budget" Talk

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will sponsor a talk by Julie Totten, associate vice chancellor for business and finance, titled "UNO Budget" on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Her presentation starts at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Totten will give an overview of UNO's budget. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Sybil Sanders at 554.3470.

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. Application materials are available at

For more information, contact Harmon Maher at 554.2286 or

In the News

In the News

- Student Neal Bonacci was featured in the Jan. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about his new role as UNO's student president/regent.

- The January issue of One Magazine profiled Chancellor John Christensen's recent roast as the Omaha Press Club's 119th Face on the Barroom Floor.

- Student Takijah Collins was featured in the Jan. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about her work with the Honors Program to collect winter clothing for students at Omaha's Liberty Elementary School.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies, was interviewed Feb. 2 by National Public Radio about Afghan history and its role in evaluating the current American efforts to reconstruct Afghanistan. The Omaha World-Herald quoted Gouttierre in its Jan. 28 issue about Afghanistan's reconstruction efforts.

- Jonna Holland, marketing, was quoted in the Jan. 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about impulse shopping.

- The January issue of Nebraska Report published a column by Bruce Johansen, School of Communication, about building a sustainable future from an environmental standpoint.

- Chris Kelly, gerontology, was quoted in the January issue of New Horizons, published monthly by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, about senior citizens who need help finding transportation.

- Omaha World-Herald columnist Michael Kelly wrote about UNO's viewing sites of President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony in the Jan. 25 issue of the newspaper. He interviewed student Nicodemus Ondego of Kenya.

- The Jan. 16 issue of the Midlands Business Journal featured an article about the future of college courses, quoting Louis Pol, College of Business Administration dean.

- The Feb. 8 public affairs program on KKAR (1290 AM) featured an interview with Mary Lynn Reiser, Center for Economic Education, about how consumers can better manage their personal finances and feel more in control in the current economic climate.

- Students Chelsea Snider and Mitch Reinig were interviewed for a Jan. 28 story by WOWT (NBC 6) on purchasing music over the Internet.

- Sam Walker, criminal justice, was quoted in The New York Times Jan. 31 regarding Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's misrepresentation of his work in a Supreme Court opinion.

- The Jan. 28 Omaha World-Herald column by Robert Nelson quoted Mark Wohar, economics, about predicting the future of America's economy.

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

- David E. Corbin, professor of health education in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, was the editor of the recently released 141 page document titled "A Strategic Plan to Strengthen and Transform Public Health in Nebraska: A Revision."  This is a revision of a 1999 document that greatly improved the public health system in Nebraska. 

Dr. Corbin and Alice Schumaker, associate professor of public administration and director of the Masters of Public Health program, were two of the many stakeholders throughout the state who created the content of document.  It may be of use to faculty who address health issues, state demographic and socioeconomic trends and racial and ethnic disparities in their courses. The document can be downloaded at Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Health Development Web site at by clicking the view the document link.

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

Student Musicians to Perform with Air Force Band Feb. 8
Ten UNO musicians will join the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band's Brass in Blue Sunday, Feb. 8 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St., in Omaha.

The 3 p.m. concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Organ Vesper Series.

Brass in Blue's performance will feature works by Copland, Bernstein, and Rossini. UNO students will present the music of Ewazen, Dragon and Respighi.

Call 554.2297 for more information.

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, 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.

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

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.

The Criss Library is displaying, "When They Came To Take My Father" the work of Mark Seliger, a world-renowned photographer. The exhibit includes 22-framed black and white portraits of Holocaust survivors. It will run through Friday, March 6, the library.

Seliger has also shot covers and features for Rolling Stone, GQ, Vanity Fair and notable potraits.

Refreshments will be served at the Feb. 8 event. For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

Faculty and Staff Works Appear at Leid Gallery
UNO art faculty members Bonnie O'Connell, Gary Day and Amy Haney and studio art students Jaime Heit and Ashley Rodriquez Reed work currently appear in the exhibition at the Creighton University Leid Gallery. "Adornment: A Juried Exhibition from the Omaha Print Guild" runs through Monday, Feb. 9.

For more information, contact O'Connell at 554.2787.

Studio Art Faculty Show on Exhibit
The UNO Department of Art and Art History's "Studio Art Faculty Show" runs through Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the UNO Art Gallerly. Read more.

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.