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Record-Setting Crowd

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The UNO Maverick hockey team played before a record-setting crowd of 13,417 Friday night (February 5) at Qwest Center Omaha against Ohio State University. UNO skated to a 5-5 tie with the Buckeyes before the Mavericks won a seven-round shootout, 3-2. The Mavericks will be at home again this weekend, February 12 & 13, against Michigan. Both games start at 7:05 p.m.

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CBA Leadership Speaker Series

CBA Leadership Speaker Series

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Nissan Vice President Susan Brennan was the featured speaker Tuesday night (Feb. 2) for UNO's College of Business Administration 2010 MBA Leadership Speaker Series. Brennan, who earned her MBA from UNO in 1991, serves as vice president of Manufacturing for Nissan North America, Inc. She is responsible for the operation of Nissan's two Tennessee-based plants. Jim Young, CEO of Union Pacific, will speak Wednesday, March 3. His presentation begins at 6 p.m. in Roskens Hall, Room 010A. UNO students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend. The presentations are free.




"The Omaha News" to Reach Viewers Statewide

"The Omaha News," a live weekly newscast produced by UNO Television and School of Communication advanced journalism students at UNO, will be broadcast statewide on Nebraska Public Television this semester.

The weekly program covers news important to the people of Omaha. The program joins Inside Art and Aging in Nebraska as School of Communication programs produced in conjunction with UNO Television now broadcast on statewide television, in addition to The Knowledge Network (TKN) of Greater Omaha. The broadcasts begin this week. Read more.

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Red Cross to Receive UNO Donation for Haiti Relief Today

The Milo Bail Student Center and Student Government at UNO partnered last month to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief through the American Red Cross with "Round Up for Haiti."

Money raised will be presented to the American Red Cross at 4 p.m. today, Feb. 11, in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court. UNO Student President/Regent Michael Crabb will be present, along with Milo Bail Student Center representatives. Read more.

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MBSC Food Court Offers Extended Hours Today

The Milo Bail Student Center Food Court (MBSC) will offer extended hours again today, Feb. 11, for the UNO Show Choir Invitational.

Tonight, the Grab & Go, The American Grill and Tomassito's will be open until 8 p.m.

Grab & Go serves sandwiches, chips, fruit, soda, juice and yogurt. The American Grill menu consists of burgers and chicken strips with fries. Tomassito's offers pizza and pasta with breadsticks.

For more information, visit

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Ice Action Between Michigan and UNO on NET This Friday

Omaha's Qwest Center ice will be the battleground as Big Ten Conference foe Michigan faces-off against the UNO Mavericks when "Maverick Hockey" airs this Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. on NET2.

NET2 is part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site (

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Newspapers in Curricula to Host Free Valentine's Movie Night

Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) will host a free Valentine's movie night for all UNO students Sunday, Feb. 14. The evening, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Maverick Village clubhouse, will include the screening of "State of Play."

"State of Play" stars Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams. A discussion will follow the movie.

The NiC faculty group supports the UNO Collegiate Readership Program.

For more information, contact Maria Anderson Knudtson at 554.3320.

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Digital Measures Open Lab Workshops for Faculty

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will hold three Digital Measures open lab workshops for any faculty interested in participating.

As with last year, the Office of Academic and Student Affairs staff is requesting that information, particularly related to research/creative activity and community engagement, be entered into the Digital Measures system by Wednesday, Sept. 1. Therefore, as faculty are completing their Annual Reviews, they may find it helpful to use Digital Measures this year in order to save future time and effort.

The dates, location and times of the workshops:

- Monday, Feb. 15,
260 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute
3 to 4 p.m.

- Tuesday, Feb. 16
104 Durham Science Center
2 to 3 p.m.

- Friday, Feb. 19
181 Arts and Sciences Hall
1 to 2 p.m.

Primarily for the benefit of those who cannot attend one of the three workshops, a FAQ page for Digital Measures has been created and can be found at

A page that describes more of the technical procedures for entering items into the system and running one's annual report has been developed and is located at

Faculty with specific questions or concerns should contact Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or, or Dan O'Dell at 554.4008 or

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Women's Studies Film Festival Begins Feb. 16

The campus community can join the Women's Studies program on Tuesday, Feb. 16, for the program's screening of the 2007 film adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion," starring Sally Hawkins. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

A panel featuring Susan Maher, Janine Brooks, Krystal Gabel and Amanda Ferrell from the Department of English will follow the film. This event is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Bridget Blomfield at 554.2940.

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RefWorks Workshops Schedule Announced

Criss Library will offer an overview of the easy-to-use RefWorks - an online research management tool which allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies.

Workshop attendees will learn how to:

- Organize and save citations from all sources;

- Automatically export citations from databases without redundant typing;

- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students and researchers via the Web; and

- Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

For additional information or to register for one of the following sessions, e-mail Linda Parker at

- Wednesday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to noon (library lab 112)

- Thursday, Feb. 18, 4 to 6 p.m. (library lab 107)

- Friday, Feb. 26, 1 to 3 p.m. (library lab 107)

- Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m. to noon (library lab 107)

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Donors Sought for Feb. 18 UNO Honors Program Blood Drive

Give the gift of life. The UNO Honors Program will host a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Milo Bail Student Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Making an appointment is easy -- just visit and click "Donate Blood Now," then enter 1671 as the sponsor code. Donors can also call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) to reserve a time. The need for blood is constant and every unit counts.

For questions about eligibility or other inquiries, contact Marie Schellenberger at or visit

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"Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation" Student Learn Over Lunch Feb. 17

Students who attend the next UNO Speech Center Lunch and Learn will learn how to focus on all aspects of delivery. "Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation" is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon (Omaha) Room.

Students will learn how to effectively use gestures, facial expressions, movement, and how to develop and maintain eye contact, as well as how to express yourself through volume, pauses and articulation.

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, and free pizza and pop will be provided.

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TIAA-CREF Schedule Through April Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for March and April. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates:

- March 2 and 16
- April 13 and 27

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3614.

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Teams Sought for UNO's Feb. 24 Winter Olympics

Wellness Stampede

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

Shake off the winter blues and come out for a fun afternoon with Mav-Rec Wellness and Human Resources! Teams are sought for UNO's Winter Olympics. The free event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

"Participants are encouraged to be in both Winter Olympic events, but two alternates will be allowed due to time-constraints, if someone can't make both," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO.

Teams of five to 10 people will compete in two events: a snowman building and a sledding contest. Teams must be made of 25 percent staff and 25 percent faculty members to compete.

Schedule of events:

- Snowman Building Contest
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Pep Bowl

- Sledding Contest
12:30 to 1 p.m.
Elmwood Park Shakespeare on the Green area

- Hot Chocolate Awards
1 to 1:30 p.m.
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) Outdoor Venture Center

"Changing and shower facilities are available to all participants in the new HPER locker rooms after the event and awards ceremony -- whether they have an activity card or not," Daniels said.

Teams can win prizes and individuals can also earn You Look MAVelous! points for participating. Tours of the HPER Building will also be available.

Prizes include:

- Most creative snowman;

- Most enthusiastic team;

- Longest ride; and

- Agony of defeat.

Participants must be registered by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. Teams can register by returning this roster sheet to:

- "Dave Daniels HPER 205B" by campus mail; or

- In person to Campus Recreation's front office (100 HPER).

For event details, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or For You Look MAVelous! point questions, 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.eduor

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Nominations for Student Employee of the Year Due Feb. 15

Student Employment is seeking nominations for student employees on campus as UNO's Student Employee of the Year. The winner will be announced in a ceremony on Monday, April 12, kicking off National Student Employment Week.

Supervisors may nominate an outstanding student employee who they believe deserves the honor.

Eligible Students:

All students employed at UNO in a Student Worker or Work Study position are eligible. Resident Advisors, Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants are not eligible.

The student must have been employed for a minimum of six months between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 (anticipated).

Selection Criteria:

1. Reliability

2. Quality of work

3. Initiative

4. Professionalism

5. Uniqueness of contribution

(in case of a tie, uniqueness of contribution will be the deciding factor.)

The student chosen as UNO Student Employee of the Year will receive a $100 check from the UNO Alumni Center.

To receive the nomination form, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 ( The form is due Monday, Feb. 15.

Please cite the criteria listed above in the nomination letter, which may be a separate attachment to the form. Only one letter is allowed per nominee, so if more than one person in the department wishes to write about the nominee, their comments will have to be included in the one nomination letter.

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International Expert on Christian-Muslim Relations to Speak in Omaha Feb. 23

John Esposito, professor and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, will speak in Omaha Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Read more.

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Save the Date - Center for Collaboration Science Annual Conference

The Center for Collaboration Science will hold its 4th Annual Conference on Friday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. The conference will focus on advances in collaboration research and theory. Wim Veem, author of Homo Zappiens: Growing Up in the Digital Age, will be the keynote speaker.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact the center at 554.3010 or

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Swing, Latin Dance and Ballroom Lessons Offered This Spring

Wellness Stampede

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

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars"? Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host swing, Latin and ballroom dance sessions this spring. All classes take place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Lower Multipurpose Room.

The schedule:

- Session one: March 7, 14 and 21 (Sundays).
- Session two: April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 (Sundays).

- Swing - 3 to 4 p.m. - Ballroom and Latin - 4 to 5 p.m.

- Students - $15 and $13 for a friend
- Activity cardholders - $20 and $18 for a friend
- Others - $25 and $23 for a friend
(Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person.)

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

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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UNO Employee Discount Program Available

UNO is partnering with PerkSpot to offer a new Employee Discount Program for all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and students.

PerkSpot is an innovative online resource that offers discounts and rebates on goods and services from some of the top brand names in the U.S. UNO has become first campus in the University of Nebraska system to use the PerkSpot service.

"We have partnered with PerkSpot to help save you and your family money with discounts on a wide range of products and services from some of the best nationally known companies," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "You will find valuable offers from your favorite merchants through PerkSpot including: Target, Barnes & Noble, AMC Theatres, Sprint, Dell and many other merchants."

For easy reference, a Web site with a listing of participating local stores and online vendors, is available for faculty, staff, retirees and students to view. To take advantage of the UNO Employee Discount Program, eligible participants need to first register for an account with PerkSpot.

To register:

- Visit;

- At the right of the screen, click the "Sign up" button;

- Type the required information at sign up screen;

- Enter "group code" -- UNO;

- Register a work or personal e-mail address;

- Add first and last name;

- Type a work and personal zip code;

- Create a password; and

- A confirmation e-mail containing "how to login" instructions will be sent. Individuals must respond to this e-mail to be signed up for the service.

PerkSpot staff will add new deals and offers daily.

"An easy way to find out what offers are new is to watch for the Widgets on the site," Anderson said. "You can also sign up to get e-mail alerts sent directly to your inbox."

PerkSpot will host the clearing-house of offers for UNO participants. Individuals can recommend other merchants be added to UNO's listing. To do so or for site questions, contact PerkSpot customer service at

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at

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