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Helping Haiti

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From left, Tanya Hanson, Milo Bail Student Center; Student President/Regent Michael Crabb; and Danelle Schlegelmilch of the American Red Cross. The Milo Bail Student Center and Student Government partnered last month to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief efforts with "Round Up for Haiti." Food Court purchases that were "rounded up" between Jan. 25 and Feb. 5 raised $1,633.50 for relief in Haiti by the American Red Cross.

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Record-Setting Crowd

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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.



Next Midnight Mojo Event Is Saturday

UNO students are invited to channel their inner child at The Amazing Pizza Machine Saturday, Feb. 20. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., students can enjoy unlimited pizza, rides, attractions and more than 100 video games for free. Students must present their MavCards to attend.

Free shuttle busses will take students to and from The Amazing Pizza Machine, 139th Street and S Plaza in Millard. Students can pick up the shuttle near Maverick Village on the Dodge Street campus or Scott Village on the Pacific Street campus every 30 minutes beginning at 9:30 p.m. through midnight. Read more.

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UNO Black History Month Celebration Continues Today with Presentation

Black history and culture will take center stage this month at UNO. The month long celebration will feature a variety of presentations, a film screening and a concert showcase.

Up next today, Feb. 16, "The Omaha Civil Rights Movement," a presentation by August "Buddy" Hogan Sr., native Omahan and former civil rights leader. The event starts at noon in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Read more.

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Digital Measures Open Lab Workshops for Faculty Today

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will hold three Digital Measures open lab workshops this week for all faculty. The second is today, Feb. 16.

Like 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 to save time and effort.

An open lab workshop will be held for faculty today in 104 Durham Science Center from 2 to 3 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 annual reports has been developed and is located at

A final workshop will take place Friday, Feb. 19, in 181 Arts and Sciences Hall from 1 to 2 p.m.

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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"Life Under Israeli Occupation" Lecture Tonight

The UNO Muslim Student Association will sponsor a lecture on "Life Under Israeli Occupation: Realities on the Ground" tonight, 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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Women's Studies Film Festival Begins Tonight

The campus community can join the Women's Studies program tonight, 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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NiC to Host Feb. 17 Fireplace Read-in

UNO students can take a break from studying Wednesday, Feb. 17, to relax at a read-in event sponsored by NiC, the faculty group for Newspapers in Curricula.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. individuals can bring a newspaper to the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge and enjoy quiet reading time. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be available. Prizes will be available for participants.

For more information, call Maria Knudtson at 554.3320..

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UNO Maverick Wrestling on NET2 Tomorrow

The Augustana Vikings will take to the mats to grapple with the UNO Mavericks when "UNO Maverick Wrestling" airs Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. on NET2. The matches will be broadcast live from UNO's Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse.

The contest will also be rebroadcast on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. on The Knowledge Network. For details, visit

"UNO Wrestling" is a production of UNO Television for broadcast 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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Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Under Way

The 2010-11 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building through Friday, Feb. 19.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments. No major changes to the content can be processed at this point.

For more information, contact Marian McDonald at 554.3674.

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Chair Massage Service Available in HPER This Friday

Wellness Stampede

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

Looking for a way to deal with the winter blues? UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19. Angie Maji, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $18 for a 15-minute session.

Other dates:

- March 12

- April 16

- May 21

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if there are openings.

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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Limited HPER Pool Hours This Week

Due to this week's UNO Maverick Conference Swim Meet, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Pool will be open, for limited hours Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 20.

The open pool hours are:

- Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Friday, Feb. 19
6 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

- Saturday, Feb 20
2 to 4 p.m.

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EC UNO to Host Tomorrow's Campus Screening of 'How Cuba Survived Peak Oil'

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a free screening of "How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

In the 2006 film, Cubans share how they transitioned during the 1990s "Peak Oil" production crisis. To combat the country's oil shortage, citizens were forced to embrace using alternate means of fossil fuels and farming later to be known as "The Special Period." Cubans were forced to switch from a mechanical and industrial agricultural society to one that embraced organic methods of farming.

For details on the film, visit

For more information, contact Gill Cromwell at 533.9989 or

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, 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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CUP Equipment Delivery Notice

A new chiller for the UNO campus will be delivered to the east side of Central Utility Plant (CUP) on Thursday, Feb. 18. The delivery of a crane and a chiller is scheduled to occur prior to 7 a.m.

There will be about five minutes, when traffic will be blocked on South University Drive near the CUP so that large trucks can be positioned in the appropriate location for unloading. The contractor will have people in place to assist with traffic control. The roads will be reopened after the trucks are in position.   

Traffic will also experience a short disruption after the chiller is unloaded so the semi truck and crane can be driven off campus. Each of these will depart at different times.

Contact Larry Morgan (554.3735) or Bob Fuder (554.2284) with questions.

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Philosophy Lecture to Explore "Communication Rationality and Methodological Atheism"

Rajka Rush, an adjunct lecturer with the Department of Philosophy, will speak on "Communication Rationality and Methodological Atheism: J├╝rgen Habermas' Salvage of Western Philosophical Principles" Thursday, Feb. 18.

The 4 p.m. lecture will be held in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Rush will provide a comprehensive analysis of Habermas's pragmatic turn philosophy.

Rush is also a full time faculty member in the Communications and Humanities Department at Metropolitan Community College.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628 or

The Philosophy Colloquia Series is sponsored by the Philosophy Program and College of Arts and Sciences. Information on this and other events sponsored by the UNO Department of Philosophy and Religion may be found on the Web at

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Nominations Deadline Friday for School of HPER Teaching Award

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is currently accepting nominations for its part-time and joint appointment Excellence in Teaching Award.  Students, faculty and staff within the School of HPER may nominate one part-time or joint appointment instructor.  The deadline for doing so is this Friday, Feb. 19. Nomination forms are available at

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Jason Blohm's Farewell Party Is Feb. 22

The campus community can join Recruitment Services staff in wishing Jason Blohm farewell from UNO on Monday, Feb. 22. He will be leaving the university to take on a new position at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont. 

The farewell party will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The department invites the campus community to stop by and wish Blohm the best of luck. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at 554.6281.

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ITS to Offer Clicker Brown Bag Feb. 23

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a brown bag demonstration of the new Gen3 Pulse Clicker and the latest version of the Classroom Performance System (CPS) on Tuesday, Feb. 23. It will take place in Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from noon to 1 p.m.

CPS is a quiz creation and captures system that instructors use to display questions on a video screen and capture student responses to the questions transmitted by the clickers. eInstruction vice president of sales for Higher Education Cindy Yates and Educational Consultant Dustin Frank will demonstrate the Gen3 Pulse clicker and discuss new functionality that improves in-class assessment. They will also share eInstruction's software update schedule for 2010 and briefly discuss the new virtual-clicker.

For more information, contact Ted Turgeon at

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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 and wellness.

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

Schedule of events:

- Snowman/snowwoman 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:

- Calling Daniels at 554.2008;

- Mailing team name and participants to "Dave Daniels, HPER 205B"; or

- Stopping by 100 HPER.

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, or

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Students Win Citywide Competition to Develop Marketing Plan for Performance Automotive Group
A group of UNO students has developed the winning marketing plan in a contest to promote an automotive free classified Web site sponsored by the Performance Automotive Group of Nebraska.

The 34 students, enrolled during the fall 2009 semester in the New Media Promotions course taught by Jonna Holland in UNO's College of Business Administration, were charged with developing a marketing plan for the new Web site.

Alicia Jitaru, Graham Johnson, Kelli Sidak and Tera Henrich were the winning students who shared the $2,000 prize. The team of Josh Hicks, Nicole Morrison, Chris Massara and Fei Wang received honorable mentions. Read more.

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