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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.



Omaha Area Veterans in Business Forum Breakfast Feb. 18

The Nebraska Business Development Center will co-sponsor the Wednesday, Feb. 18, Omaha Veterans in Business Forum breakfast at Regency Lodge, 909 S. 107th Ave. Registration and a buffet breakfast begin at 7:15 a.m., with the program from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Registration costs $15 and can be paid by cash or a personal check made out to Regency Lodge. Reservations are required to

Each month, veteran-owned businesses introduce their services and products in a five-minute presentation. Those interested in presenting should call Andy Alexander at 554.6253. At each breakfast, a special speaker presents a topic related to veteran business owners. The event is also a forum for possible teaming, partnerships and education on veteran-related businesses.

During the breakfast, everyone will be introduced, so attendees are invited to bring their business cards, brochures and fliers to make contacts with fellow veterans.

For more information, call 554.6252.

Notre Dame/Maverick Ice Action on NET Television Feb. 20

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame will take on Mike Kemp's UNO Mavericks on the Omaha Civic Auditorium ice when "Maverick Hockey" airs Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. on NET1 and in high-definition on NET-HD.

Calling the contest will be Dave Ahlers, with former UNO hockey player Kendall

Sidoruk offering color commentary. Larry Punteney will provide rink-side reports.

The hockey match will be Webcast live on NET's Web site ( Internet access and a free Windows Media Player program are needed to view the game. Webcasting of the series is a free service of NET.

"Maverick Hockey" is a co-production of NET Sports, Nebraska's home for sports, and CBS College Sports. NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit

UNO Literacy Program Welcomes Noted Illustrator, Author March 5-7

Brian Pinkney, an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, will deliver a motivational presentation based on his books Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7, as part of the Omaha Family Literacy Partnership. Pinkney's appearances at three community events, two Omaha schools and two Council Bluffs schools next month are all part of the Del and Lou Ann Weber Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNO College of Education, the Iowa West Foundation and Scholastic Literacy Partners. Read more.

Participants Sought for Gait Study

Healthy subjects 55 and older are needed for a study at the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, located in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Ideal participants are free from lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacements or knee ligament injuries.

The study investigates the effect of aging and vascular occlusion on gait variability. Study participants will receive a stipend for travel costs and a free screening for lower extremity vascular function.

Subjects will take part in a one-time data collection lasting approximately one hour that involves walking on a treadmill before and after a blood pressure cuff is used to reduce blood flow to the legs. Data will be collected using a state-of-the-art motion capture system identical to equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Collections will take place at a scheduled time during the next few weeks.

For more information, contact Sara Myers at 554.3225 or

Spring Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Today

Christina Dando, assistant professor of geography/geology, will present "'The Map Proves It': Map Use by the American Woman Suffrage Movement" today, Feb. 17, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public. All colloquia will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Complimentary boxed lunches are available for the first 20 attendees.

The remaining schedule:

- Tuesday, March 31
"Figuring the Danse Macabre in Nancy Huston's Dolce Agonia"
Presented by Patrice Proulx, professor of foreign languages
MBSC Council Room

- Thursday, April 9
"Technology and Women-focused Nonprofits (tentative)"
Presented by Kelsey Kalal, UNO student
MBSC Gallery Room

For more information, call 554.3834.

Webinar Today on Binge Drinking Intervention Program

A webinar on a Frostburg State University (FSU) binge drinking intervention program will take place today, Feb. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room A.

Presenters from FSU include President Jonathan Gibralter and Director of Student Development Jesse Ketterman. The duo will recount their experiences, share insights and review tactics they used in their award-winning program. Frostburg State is located in Frostburg, Md.

Student Health Services has sponsored the webinar. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Marcia Adler at 554.2374.

"The CLA: What it Measures and What it Means to UNO" Today in the MBSC

Nora Bacon, Shelton Hendricks and Steve Bullock will present a session on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) today, Feb. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD).

Attendees will learn:
- How the CLA uses "performance tasks" to measure critical thinking skills;
- How the CLA was administered at UNO;
- About UNO's outcomes and what they say about UNO's performance in developing students' critical thinking and writing skills; and
- How performance tasks can be integrated into classrooms.

To register, contact the CFD, located in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or Those attending are invited to bring their lunches. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Bullock at

Student Art on Display through Today at Criss Library

UNO Independent Study and BFA student paintings and drawings are on display on the main floor of Criss Library through today, Feb. 17. The art, located near the library cafe, can be viewed during the library's regular business hours.

For more information, contact Barb Simcoe at 554.2392.

Wellness Stampede

Spring Golf/Archery Lab Hours

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Campus Recreation announces its spring open golf and archery lab hours. The lab, located in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, will have the following schedule through Friday, April 17:

- Mondays
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Fridays
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Equipment is available for checkout, or participants may bring their own. The lab is supervised for open practice only. Instruction is not available.

For more information, call 554.2539.

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

Aim for the Stars Summer Camps Registration Under Way

The Aim for the Stars Summer Science and Math Camps are accepting registrations for this summer. Nine weeks of camps are available, with up to nine different camps each week. Two new camps are offered: "NXT Engineering on Mars" and "What Makes Fitness Fun?"

To register, visit For more information, call 554.4999.

Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

A dozen computer technology workshops offered by the College of Information Science and Technology this summer are designed for students ages 11 to 17. Space is limited.

For more information, call 554.3819. To register online, visit

Feb. 18 "Faculty and Librarians as Partners" Seminar Offered

Criss Library and the Center for Faculty Development are co-sponsoring a seminar by the "Teaching Professor" on Wednesday, Feb. 18. "Faculty and Librarians as Partners" will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 112 Criss Library. Faculty are encouraged to attend, and refreshments will be served.

Participant will learn how to:
- Better understand concepts of faculty-librarian collaboration regarding informational literacy competencies;
- Plan successful collaborations that can be incorporated into everyday classroom experiences;
- Implement specific tips and techniques for classroom collaborations between faculty and librarians;
- Build rubrics to evaluate students' use of source material; and
- Implement firm plagiarism standards and discuss these standards with students.

Criss Library information literacy specialist librarians will be available for a question-and-answer session following the seminar. To register, send an e-mail to or call 554.3924.

For more information about the library's information literacy program, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

An outstanding student worker will receive campus-wide recognition later this semester. Nominations are now being taken for Student Employee of the Year.

The 2009 Student Employee of the Year Award will be presented during National Student Employment Week, April 12-18. The winner will receive a $100 prize provided by the Alumni Center.

A group of staff and at least one student representative will review nominations and select the winner. Nominations can be made by any supervisor of student workers. Materials were sent out Feb. 9, and nominations must be returned to Tim Rochford by Friday, Feb. 20, to be considered. Only one nomination will be considered per student employee.

The event is organized by the Midwest and National Student Employment Associations. Student workers who have been employed on campus for at least six months since June 1, 2008, are eligible. Resident advisors, graduate assistants and teaching assistants are not eligible.

UNO's Student Employee of the Year will be automatically nominated for the state of Nebraska Student Employee of the Year Award. Regional and national competitions follow the state-level recognition.

For more information, contact Rochford at 554.2321 or

Study Abroad Opportunity Available for Technical University of Braunschweig

The Technical University of Braunschweig (TU), UNO's sister university, will offer a seven-week summer program for international undergraduate students.

The TU Braunschweig exchange program is offered through Science and Engineering Summer Experience (SENSE). SENSE offers a great deal to students wishing to get an impression of research and work in an international setting.

SENSE offers:
- Scientific work and practical training on real research projects;
- International project management;
- Work experience in a German company or research institute;
- German language training; and
- Intercultural sensitivity training.

The modular structure and interdisciplinary approach allows the program to meet the individual needs of participants with various academic backgrounds, including mechanical/electrical engineering, business studies, computer science or biosciences. The program is offered on an exchange or fee-paid basis. Tuition waivers are available. The application deadline is Saturday, Feb. 28.

Program details:
- Open to sophomores through seniors;
- No German language experience necessary;
- Tuition waivers for UNO students;
- Two weeks of German language and culture training;
- Choice of modules includes "Study Course in Mechatronics and Microtechnology," "Study Course in Corporate Communications" and "Practical Lab Work in Advanced Biology";
- Accommodations in student residency halls or apartments; and
- Total cost for insurance, housing and excursion program (for seven weeks): $1,100 Euro or approximately $1,410.

For more information or to schedule a classroom presentation (by TU Braunschweig students about SENSE), contact Krista Cupich at 554.2293.

Lifelong Learning Initiative to Host Feb. 21 Coffee, Tea and Policy on U.S. Economic Crisis

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in a timely discussion on the current U.S. economic crisis on Saturday, Feb. 21. Ken Kriz, associate professor of public administration, will present "The Great Recession: Causes, Consequences and Cures" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

The event is sponsored by UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative. The initiative, which began in January, will host Saturday Coffee, Tea and Policy events throughout the year.

For more information, visit or call 554.4897.

KANEKO-UNO Library Open House Feb. 21

A sleek, educational space devoted to studies in creativity has arrived in Omaha's Old Market. The KANEKO-UNO Library will open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The new venue represents a serious partnership between two organizations, UNO and KANEKO. Located at the corner of 12th and Jones Streets, the library will play an integral role in supporting KANEKO programming as well as serving UNO students and faculty. As the library develops, memberships will become available for people with serious interests in innovation and creative activity. Read more.

Center for Collaboration Science Research Seminar Feb. 27

The Center for Collaboration Science at UNO will hold its third annual research seminar on Friday, Feb. 27. The seminar will take place at the Collaborating Commons, inside the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The purpose of the seminar is to share current advances in research and practice related to the study of individual, group organizational and societal factors affecting outcomes for people who work together to achieve goals. Read more.

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:
- Paintbrushes;
- Mod podge;
- Paints;
- Construction paper;
- Patterned paper;
- Wallpaper;
- Cloth;
- Thread and/or string;
- Unwanted books (text of whole pages could be used in collaging);
- Magazines; and
- Postcards/photos.

Donations can be dropped off in 307 Arts and Sciences Hall. For more information, call Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at 554.3834.

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 Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26.

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 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. 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


- Shireen Rajaram, sociology, has accepted the position of interim director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Trained in medical sociology, she brings to this position a history of research into reducing health disparities, along with a passionate commitment to achieving results in the community. Rajaram has been the chair of the Department of Sociology and holds an appointment in the governing faculty of the College of Public Health, in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration. She is committed to guiding the center through a strategic planning process that sets a course for achieving new goals in research, service and integrating the interests of university-based researchers with community-based organizations and individuals to reduce health disparities.

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