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Study Abroad Basics

Emily Hardt, UNO international exchange advisor, discusses the basics of studying abroad. The Study Abroad Fair takes place Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

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Through the Lens

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A Frosty Campus

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Last weekend's frost left some beautiful images on campus.

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Erin Cron

December Employee of the Month: Erin Cron

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Erin Cron, assistant director of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP), radiates a contagious enthusiasm for UNO. Her boundless energy and devotion to the university and its student body led to her being named the December Employee of the Month. Visit this link for details.



First Finalist for Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity to Interview on Campus Jan. 28-29

Four finalists for the position of UNO Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity (AVCRCA) will be on campus for interviews in late January and February. The person selected will have leadership and administrative responsibility for promoting and growing research and creative activity, helping to attract external funds, and serving as liaison for these activities with all UNO colleges/divisions and other research-partner institutions.

The first candidate is Scott Tarry, director, Aviation Institute and distinguished professor at UNO, and director, NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR. His official two-day campus visit is under way. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Tarry today, Jan. 29, at 2:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The other candidates and campus visit dates:

Scott Snyder, program director, Division of Environmental Biology National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA, and professor, Department of Biology at UNO. He will visit campus on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 4-5;

Nicholas Stergiou, professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO, and professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences University of Nebraska Medical Center. He will visit campus on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9; and

Lloyd Richardson, director, Office of Research and External Funding, College of Education, acting director of Research, College of Nursing and Curator's Teaching Professor in Education and Mathematic, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He will visit campus on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12.

Specific AVCRCA responsibilities include oversight of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, facilitation of connections with extramural sponsors, oversight of an internal seed-grant program, representation on University system and statewide research bodies, oversight and development of campus compliance and research and creative activity related policies, and stewardship of University intellectual property. Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to participate in the multiple forums provided and provide feedback.

Additional information on each candidate as well as the complete interview schedules will be available at http:// Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity is chair of the search committee. He can be contacted at or 554.2250.

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OLLAS Announces Demographic and Socio‐Economic Trends Findings

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at UNO recently issued a first report in a data series that will focus on the Latino and foreign-born population in Nebraska and across borders.  The publication now available is titled Demographic and Socio‐Economic Trends, and is produced by Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS director.

"We have a wealth of material to pull from," Gouveia said. "This first report documents the demographic changes experienced by Nebraska's entire foreign‐born population and the Latino/Hispanic population, in particular, going back to at least 1990."

 The report utilizes data from the many U.S. decennial censuses.  One table even goes back to 1860, Gouveia said.  The bulk of the report, however, is based on OLLAS tabulations gleaned from the 2008 American Community Survey.

"We hope this serves as a reference tool for community organizations, policy‐makers, students and scholars," Gouveia said.  She added that much of the data in this report will get updated as new releases from the American Community Survey become available.

Key facts found in this report include:

- Nebraska's foreign‐born population reached 25 percent in 1870 and remained at levels higher than today's until the onset of World War II. In 2008, only 5.5 percent of Nebraska's population was foreign‐born;

- Nebraska represents a "new gateway" destination for immigrants from Latin America (57 percent), Asia (22 percent) and Africa (8 percent);

- Nebraska experienced the highest foreign‐born population growth rate among all Midwestern states between 1990 and 2000. However, Missouri and Indiana experienced higher rates than Nebraska between 2000 and 2008;

- Underscoring the newness of this latest migration wave, more than half of Nebraska's foreign‐born residents (67 percent) are not yet U.S. citizens;

- The overwhelming majority of foreign‐born residents (75.3 percent) are of working age;

- The majority of Latinos in Nebraska were born in the U.S (60.6 percent); and

- The Douglas County Latino population increased by nearly 59 percent between 2000 and 2008. U.S. born Latinos, largely the children of immigrants, contributed to the majority of that growth (73.4 percent).    

For more information, contact Gouveia at

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Registration Ends Today for "You Look MAVelous! Challenge"

Wellness Stampede

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

UNO's fitness and weight loss challenge is back! The Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services have teamed up to host the second "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this spring on campus. Mav-Rec Wellness is currently signing up teams of 10.

"‘You Look MAVelous! Challenge' encourages faculty and staff to work together to come up with a healthier workforce," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "After the success with the summer program we've brought it back and, new this semester, students are also invited to join the campus-wide challenge."

There is no cost to join. The deadline for signing up is today Jan. 29, at noon. The program will run Monday, Feb. 1, through Monday, May 3.

Faculty, staff and students interested in signing up a team or for more details should contact Angie Helseth at 554.3185 or

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, 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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Parkinson's Disease Presentation Today at Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation on "Structural and Functional Neuroimaging in Health and Parkinson's Disease" today, Jan. 29. David Vaillancourt, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Neurology and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois in Chicago, will present from noon to 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Vaillancourt's research focuses on the role of the cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum in healthy and pathological motor control. He examines how spatial and temporal forms of visual information stimulate the brain differently. Vaillancourt also researches the effects of various treatment interventions on the motor deficits of Parkinson's disease.

He has more than 45 peer-reviewed publications and has received several intramural and extramural awards during his research career. Two of his several federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke are 'Scaling and sequencing motor output in humans: fMRI study' and 'Role of the cortex and cerebellum in visually-guided motor behavior.'

Vaillancourt received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University and master's and doctorate degrees in motor control from Penn State. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 554.2573.

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HPER Pool to Close Today, Tomorrow for Swim Meet

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Pool will be closed today, Jan. 29, starting at 4 p.m. due to a UNO Maverick swim meet. It will reopen on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. Campus Recreation staff appreciate the cooperation and understanding of swimmers.

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Online Preventing Sexual Harassment Program

In an effort to support UNO's commitment to maintain a positive, productive work environment that is free from any form of harassment or bias, the Equal Employment Opportunity office continues to offer an online professional development program — Preventing Sexual Harassment.

Located on the Web at, the program will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

"Preventing Sexual Harassment is an active learning process that enables you to review materials at your own leisure in a practical and convenient way that does not disrupt your work responsibilities," said Sharon Ulmar, director of Equal Employment Opportunity and coordinator of the program.  "The program is located on the Web with accessibility 24 hours a day."

To assist users in completing the online program, instructions are highlighted below:

- Select the appropriate module (faculty, supervisor, non-supervisor, student or visitor), and proceed.
- The test will be automatically scored.  A score of 80 percent or higher satisfies the program requirement and completion.
- Once completed, participants will have the option to print a certificate.
- The test results will automatically be sent to the Equal Employment Opportuity office.

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2321 or

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UFO Study Group to Meet Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. 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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Advising Webinar Feb. 4

Faculty and staff can attend a free webinar on "Advising Students on Academic Probation" on Thursday, Feb. 4. It will be viewed from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

The moderator will be Marsha Miller, assistant director of Resources and Services at National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The webinar will answer:

- What factors put students at risk for academic probation?

- What are some typical probationary policies? 

- Who are the stakeholders and what are their roles in supporting students on academic probation? and

- What can advisors do?   

In this broadcast, a NACADA presentation panel will discuss these questions and more. Institutional programs that are supportive of the student on academic probation and useful resources for academic advisors will be shared. For more information about the panelists follow this link:

Contact Cathy Pettid at 554.2890 for questions.

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"Mav-Kids Rock-fest" Set for Feb. 12 at HPER

Wellness Stampede

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

UNO Campus Recreation will host "Mav-Kids Rock-fest," an evening of rock climbing, movies and dinner on Friday, Feb. 12, for youth ages five to 12 years old. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

The cost is $10 for UNO students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders and $15 for the public. Price includes dinner. Participants must register by Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Registration forms and more information can be found online at or by calling 554.4941.

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, 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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"Life Under Israeli Occupation" Lecture Feb. 16

The UNO Muslim Student Association will sponsor a lecture on "Life Under Israeli Occupation: Realities on the Ground" Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Naser Alsharif will present the lecture followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Nadia Al-Absy at 706.0253.

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SOLP to Host Organization Academy This Spring

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host the "Organization Academy" this spring on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, March 6. The academy is open to all club and organization members.

All of these sessions are free to students and their organization. Students can attend one or all sessions. UNO faculty and staff, as well as other club and organization advisors, will teach each session.

Feb. 3 Sessions (All sessions take place in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U mon hon (Omaha) Room):

5 p.m. - "Roles of President/Executive Board" - How to motivate members of your organization;

6 p.m. - "How to Lead a Meeting" - Covering topics such as: agendas, minute taking, Robert rules and proper mannerisms during meetings;

7 p.m. - "Programming and How to Plan your Calendar of Events and Publicity" - Tips for programming effectively;

8 p.m. - "Proper Communication-Social Networking" - How to write a professional e-mail to faculty, staff and others; and

9 p.m. - "Mission/Purpose/Goal Setting."

Saturday, March 6, Session (All sessions take place in MBSC Dodge Room):

10 a.m. - "Fund-Raising/Budgeting";

11 a.m. - "Working with your Organization Advisor" - A "how to" panel session;

Noon - "Conflict Resolution";

1 p.m. - "SOLP Forms" - Reports, Recruiting Information; and

2 p.m. -"Officer Transition."

R.S.V.P. is required. To sign up stop by the SOLP Office located on first floor of MBSC or call 554.2711.

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TIAA-CREF to Sponsor "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors"

TIAA-CREF will sponsor a Retirement Planning Seminar on campus Friday, Feb. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. The seminar -- "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors" -- will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room (third floor).

The seminar will provide participants with some fundamentals of investing that will help them begin to set their retirement goals.

Topics discussed will include:

- Setting financial goals;

- Realizing tax advantages;

- Reducing risk with diversification;

- Understanding cost of expenses; and

- Current market trends.

Contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 or Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 for more information.

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Call for Proposals for UNO Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity

UNO students are engaged in a rich variety of high quality research and creative activities as part of their education. To recognize that work, in collaboration with the Honors Program's Annual Spring Symposium, the second UNO Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity will take place on the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7.

Similar student research and creative activity fairs are conducted at other universities. Guidelines and the student application form can be found at

Honors students should work through the Honors Program to arrange their presentations. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Multiple student authors are permitted on an entry. Monetary awards for best paper, presentation and performance will be presented during the Honors Convocation ceremony on Thursday, April 8. The public will also be invited to attend.

All undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in such activity are strongly encouraged to submit their work. Students and faculty can contact Harmon Maher ( or Kristen Hendershot ( with questions. The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 22.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and the Graduate Program have provided support for this event. Both are also looking for additional sponsors. Any amount can help -- do not hesitate to contact either office with questions.

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In the News

In the News

- Dick Fellman and Meredith Bacon, Department of Political Science, co-authored a column for the Omaha World-Herald on Jan. 27.  The focus of the piece was on the recent elections in Ukraine. Fellman was a Fulbright lecturer in Ukraine last year.

- The Associated Press wrote a news story on a new book co-authored by Pete Simi, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  "American Swastika" explains the difference between movements such as the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation, skinheads and others.  Many media outlets in Nebraska picked up the story.  The story moved on the wire Jan. 25

- A variety of local and statewide news outlets (Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, area TV and radio stations, etc.) wrote or aired stories on the Jan. 22 University of Nebraska Board of Regents meeting. At the meeting, the board approved both a settlement with UNO's AAUP chapter and a new student housing project.

- The Omaha World-Herald ran a short biography of Crystal Rhoades, Neighborhood Center, on Jan. 25. Rhoades has been named one of the Omaha Jaycees "Ten Outstanding Young Omahans."

- The Daily Caller quoted Randall Adkins, Political Science, about U.S. Sen Ben Nelson's position on health care reform on Jan. 26.  Adkins also was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about the congressional race in Nebraska's second district on Jan. 28.

- Jack Shroder, Department of Geology/Geography, discussed his recent research findings about Himalayan glaciers with  The story was posted on the network's Web site Jan. 28.

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

White Supremacy is Focus of New Book by UNO Professor
A new book by a UNO professor explores how White Supremacy movements thrive nationwide, even as the country – on the surface – advocates racial equality.

American Swastika is written by Pete Simi, an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNO, and Robert Futrell, a sociology professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Read more.

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

UNO to Host Second Annual BOCH Honors Festival Jan. 29-31
More than 500 of the finest student musicians from more than 115 Nebraska and Iowa high schools will converge on Omaha this weekend for the Second Annual UNO Bands, Orchestra Chorus at the Holland (BOCH) Honors Festival.  The event will take place Friday through Sunday, Jan. 29-31, at UNO and the Holland Performing Arts Center. Read more.

Concerts, Clinics Part of UNO's Low Brass Day on Feb. 2
Dozens of area high school students will participate in the 10th annual Low Brass Day at UNO on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The daylong event is designed to give students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to meet accomplished musicians, focus on the skills necessary to perform in an ensemble and develop students' abilities on their chosen instruments, which include a variety of brass – from skinny trombones to heavy tubas. Read more.

Comedian, Musician Bo Burnham to Perform Feb. 5 at Omaha Music Hall
Comedian and musician Bo Burnham will appear live in Omaha Friday, Feb. 5 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.

The Maverick Productions' show was previously scheduled for Dec. 9, but was cancelled due to weather. Tickets purchased for the Dec. 9 show will be honored at the door. 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

Exhibit to Feature Video Installation Artists
The UNO Art Gallery continues to show "Interact," works by internationally renowned video installation artists Lynn Lukkas and Cynthia Pachikara.

The exhibition runs through Friday, Feb. 19. Read more.

Political Posters, Prints Part of Criss Library Exhibition
Political posters and historical prints from the personal collection of Sam Walker, professor emeritus with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, is now on display at the university's Criss Library through March 11.

The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more. 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.

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