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World AIDS Day Vigil at UNO

More than 150 local students and members of various community agencies took part in a candlelight vigil at UNO on Dec. 1 to commemorate and recognize World AIDS Day. UNO student Scott Stewart put together this short video.



Molecular Modeling Lab

New Molecular Modeling Lab Key to Chemistry Research Work

by Tim Kaldahl

A new computer-based molecular modeling lab on the third floor of UNO's Durham Science Center has helped a pair of undergraduates win an American Chemical Society (ACS) Midwest region best poster competition this semester. The students – Teddy Woolman and Joshua Stopak ...continue



In Memoriam

Chuck Powell, professor emeritus of gerontology, passed away Oct. 23 after a brief illness at age 88. Per his instructions, Powell requested that the UNO flag not be lowered in his memory. A celebration of life service will be held this Sunday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Powell was a member of the Department of Gerontology from 1973 to 2007. During his time at UNO he served in numerous capacities including acting director of the Gerontology Program in 1978. Through the generosity of J. Terrence Haney, he received a named scholarship in March 2001. These funds are made available to graduate students in gerontology producing the best thesis or dissertation during the academic year.

In addition to his teaching and research activities, Powell was also actively involved in the aging network. His contributions included his participation in the 1981 and 1995 White House Conferences on Aging, as a committee member exploring the merger of Douglas County with the City of Omaha, and as a member of the advisory committee of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.

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HPER Pool Closed Today, Tomorrow for Mutual of Omaha Invite

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool will be closed today and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, due to the Mutual of Omaha Invite hosted by the UNO Mavericks swim team. The pool will resume normal hours on Sunday, Dec. 6.

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H1N1 Shots Available at SHS

Student Health Services (SHS) has H1N1 shots available again for those who meet certain criteria. The Douglas County Health Department says college health care professionals can now expand its H1N1 vaccination into all five target groups, although UNO's target groups still need to be UNO students, faculty or staff.

H1N1 shots costs $10 and are available in SHS, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Individuals must be in one of the following UNO target groups to receive an H1N1 vaccine from SHS.

The five target groups:

1. Pregnant women (SHS staff advise women to speak with their physician to gain agreement on getting the vaccine.);

2. Persons who live with or provide care for infants younger than six months (i.e. parents);

3. Health care and emergency medical services personnel;

4. Persons ages 17-24 years; and

5. Persons ages 25-64 years who have chronic medical conditions causing them to be at a higher risk for influenza-related complications (i.e. asthma; heart problems, excluding hypertension; kidney or liver conditions, diabetes mellitus or immunosuppression).

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

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Kwanzaa Celebration Today in the MBSC

Faculty, staff and students can attend the annual campus Kwanzaa celebration today, Dec. 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event will highlight African traditions and American customs and will include free food.

The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits." In ancient Africa, the time to harvest fruits and grains was a time of celebration.

For more information, call 554.2711.

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Today's "Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" Workshop Cancelled

Editor's Note: Today's, Dec. 4, "Service Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" workshop has been cancelled because the facilitator is ill. Watch eNotes for the rescheduled date.

What makes service learning "academic?" How can academic rigor be assured? Learn answers to this kind of question at "Service-Learning 201: Advancing the Practice" today, Dec. 4, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall (Conference Room).

Reflection is one of the cornerstones of linking the service experience of students to the theoretical course content. There are a myriad ways of creating and guiding reflective thinking.

This session will focus on research done with students in service-learning courses at eight institutions in the U.S. (Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee, Bentley College, University of San Diego, University of Colorado, East Tennessee State University, Clark-Atlanta University and University of Washington).

Attendees will:

- Review reflective learning theory;

- Understand what the research shows about student learning through reflection; and

- Learn methods of reflective practice and how to weave these experiences throughout a service-learning course for maximum learning to occur.

Although there will be some upfront presentation, time for attendees to share effective practices will be woven throughout the session.

To register, call Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy at 554.2712 or send an e-mail to

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Mavericks Face West Texas A&M in Kanza Bowl

The UNO football team concludes its 2009 season with participation in the first-ever Kanza Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Mavericks will face the West Texas A&M Buffaloes of the Lone Star Conference at Hummer Sports Park in Topkea, Kan. Game time is 1 p.m. KVNO (90.7 FM), "The Voice of UNO Athletics," will carry the game live. David Gustafson will provide the play-by-play while Nick Handley will offer analysis. Read more.

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UNO to Celebrate National Computer Science Education Week

The UNO Department of Computer Science has organized several events for "National Computer Science Education Week," which begins Monday, Dec. 7.

Events at UNO kick off with an opening ceremony on Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. that will feature Chris Russell, director of Google's Council Bluffs Data Center.  The week will also include a poster exhibit, a roundtable discussion and the High School Challenge Computer Science Bowl.  The Science Bowl takes place Friday, Dec. 11.  Read more.

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School of Social Work Launches New Web Site

The UNO School of Social Work has launched a new Web site,, that displays the school's pedagogy efforts. The site, which utilizes the university's Web templates, offers an interactive welcome from the school's director (Theresa Barron-McKeagney), as well as provides information on undergraduate/graduate degrees. The site also highlights current faculty and student and research activities.

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UFO Study Group to Meet Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group meets every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center during the fall semester. The Saturday, Dec. 5, meeting is open to the public. Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects and related phenomena is welcome to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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Karen Garver Retirement Reception Set for Dec. 11

After more than 25 years of service at UNO as an academic advisor in the Division of Continuing Studies, Karen Garver will retire in January.

A retirement reception for Garver will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The Division of Continuing Studies invites the campus community to come and congratulate Garver in her retirement.

For more information, contact The Division of Continuing Studies at 554.2370.

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"Miracle Mile Walk" Today in MBSC

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the Miracle Milers invite the campus community to participate in the "Miracle Mile Walk." The free inside walking will take place Friday, Dec. 4, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon (Omaha) Room.

No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 15-minute DVD.

"The Miracle Mile Walk is equivalent to a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes, or you can walk barefoot, too."

Click on for the complete schedule.

For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

Sponsored by the Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services, You Look MAVelous! is UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge.

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

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Criss Library to Extend Hours for Prep and Finals Week

Criss Library will pilot extended hours for prep and finals week this month.

"We are pleased to offer students this additional time," said Audrey DeFrank, acting dean of libraries. "We will track and evaluate student usage during this time to determine the feasibility of extended hours in subsequent semesters."

The library will stay open two extra hours until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday during prep week (Dec. 6-10), and Sunday through Tuesday of finals week (Dec. 13-15) to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Prep and Finals Week library hours:

- Sunday, Dec. 6
Noon to 2 a.m.

- Monday through Thursday, Dec. 7-10
7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

- Friday, Dec. 11
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 12
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday, Dec. 13
Noon to 2 a.m.

- Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14-15
7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

- Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 16-17
7 a.m. to midnight

- Friday, Dec. 18
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Comedian, Musician Bo Burnham Dec. 9 at Omaha Music Hall

Comedian and musician Bo Burnham will appear live in Omaha Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Omaha Music Hall (1804 Capitol Ave.) to perform his "Fake ID" tour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

Burnham is a 19-year-old comedian, singer-songwriter, musician and Internet celebrity. Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, his YouTube videos have received more than 52.2 million views as of October 2009. Read more.

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ITS to Offer "Web Templates: Widgets!" Course

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will host a "Web Templates: Widgets!" course on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in 007B Roskens Hall.

Widgets are modules of code that can be used with UNO Web templates to increase the design of college and departmental Web pages with audio, video and other special features.

This hands-on class will teach attendees how to use the Calendar, I Want to:, Now Hear This-Multi, UNO Tube-Single, RSS and Mavr Widgets, which will be used with the WTA_01 Web template.

- Must have attended the basic Web template class;

- Must have a test site setup; and

- Must have access to the Dreamweaver software.

To register for this training:
- Go to;

- Select the correct month, and click "Go";

- Click "Register" next to the event;

- Enter a personal SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

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Papers, Presentations Sought for 2010 Malcolm X Festival

The Department of Black Studies has issued a call for papers and presentations for the ninth annual Malcolm X Festival and Conference planned for Monday through Wednesday, April 19-21, 2010, at UNO.

The theme, "Black Masculinity: Theory, Performativity and Commodification," will provide avenues for the exploration of European paradigm domination to include papers and/or presentations that seek to deconstruct White racist, patriarchal and heterosexist domains. Read more.

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Call for Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for 2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Curriculum Development Grants to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

-Curriculum development and assessment;


-Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;

-Interdisciplinary integration;

-Promoting critical thinking; and

-Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

Full-time adjunct faculty are permitted to apply. Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each person receives up to $500 and provides a separate report).

The committee is accepting proposals during the month of January. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. The Committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $500 amount. Proposals are due by Jan. 21. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site ( Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202. 

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or

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In the News

In the News

- The Nov. 26 issue of The Reader profiled UNO for being named Omaha's Best College/University in the 2009 Readers' Choice Awards. The article quoted Theresa Barron-McKeagney, School of Social Work; Chancellor John Christensen; B.J. Reed, College of Public Affairs and Community Service; and Randy Rose, School of Communication.

- Kerry Beldin, School of Social Work, was featured in the Nov. 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the stress unemployment can place on families.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science, was featured in the Nov. 25 issue of The Minneapolis Post about Cuban oil supplies.

- Chancellor John Christensen and David Cicotello, interim associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, were quoted in the Nov. 20 issue of The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs) about UNO's efforts at attracting more students from Pottawattamie, Harrison and Mills Counties in Iowa.

- The Nov. 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about Iraqis who are living in Nebraska, quoting David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research.

- Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, was featured in a question-and-answer article on Afghanistan in the Dec. 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Gouttierre was also interviewed by Tom Becka on KFAB (1110 AM) and KPTM (Fox 42) about Afghanistan's future.

- The Nov. 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a staff editorial praising the Outward Bound Omaha needs assessment program, managed by B.J. Reed and Russ Smith, College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

- Karen Weber, School of Communication, was quoted in the Nov. 25 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the campus Toys for Tots fundraiser, organized by the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

- WOWT (NBC 6), KPTM (Fox 42), KETV (ABC 7), KFAB (1110 AM) and the Omaha World-Herald provided preview and day-of coverage of the Dec. 1 World AIDS Day events on campus. The events were organized by the Service-Learning Academy.

- A Nov. 23 donation made by the UNO Child Care Center to the Omaha Food Bank was covered by KPTM (Fox 42), WOWT (NBC 6), KETV (ABC 7) and the Omaha World-Herald.

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 554.2762.

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In Print

- Bill Wakefield and Scott Chenault, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, published "Making Prisons Safer: A Response to Useem and Clayton's Policies and Strategies to Reduce Extremism and Radicalization among U.S. Prisoners" in Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Policy, Frost, Freilich, and Clear, 2009, Wadsworth Publishers.

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.

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On Stage

The Miracle Worker Presents its Final Run This Weekend
The Department of Theatre will present the final performances of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf Dec. 3-5 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre after tonight's production. UNO will provide a sign language-interpreted performance on Dec. 5. Read more.

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.

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On Exhibit

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes BFA Thesis Exhibition
The work of two UNO BFA thesis candidates remains on display in the UNO Art Gallery through Friday, Dec. 11.

This fall's thesis exhibition features two artists focusing on illustrating realities, whether based in this world or another. Exhibiting artists are Jaime Heit and Emily Truax. Read more.

Criss Library Hosts Smithsonian Traveling "Earth From Space" Exhibit
A Smithsonian "Earth from Space" exhibit remains on display through Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Criss Library Gallery.

"Earth from Space" presents dozens of detailed satellite images on vivid freestanding banners and reveals the awesome beauty of the planet's surface through the "eyes" of a space satellite. The exhibit explains how remote sensing is used to expand scientists understanding of life on Earth and introduces the technologies scientists use to gather this astonishing imagery. 

This Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition presentation was developed in collaboration with the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The gallery is located on the main floor of the library. For more information about the display, call 554.2640.

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.

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