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Helping Haiti

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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

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.



UNO's Emergency Communication Protocol Reminder

In light of the recent events in Alabama, UNO's emergency planning team would like to remind faculty, staff and students that the university has a variety of ways to communicate information to the campus in an emergency situation, including:

- The audio announcement system (available in all university buildings);
- PC and e-mail alert notification systems;
- Web announcements;
- SMS text messaging via the E2campus system; and
- Public radio announcement over KVNO.

Information on emergency notification along with a sign-up link for text messaging alerts can be found at

Additionally, an emergency training video that focuses on violent intruder or active shooter situations is available online for viewing.  The video - "Shots Fired On Campus: When Lightning Strikes" - is a little less than 20 minutes long.  A version primarily for students and one for faculty/staff are both available.

Other videos, PowerPoint presentations and links to resources are also available on the same Web site with "Shots Fired." The Web address is

For more information, contact Steve Bullock at 554.4822.

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Criss Library Launches mCriss

The Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library announces the creation of its new mobile Web site, mCriss ( Patrons can now take mCriss Library with them. Its features include catalog search, ask a question, information about the library (including hours and locations) plus access to mobile resources and SMS messaging. The Criss Library Mobile Web site ( is designed for a wide variety of mobile devices. Additional mCriss information and mobile resources are available at

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Final Digital Measures Open Lab Workshops for Faculty Today

The last of three Digital Measures open lab workshops for all faculty will take place today, Feb. 19. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs offers the workshop.

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.

The final open lab workshop will take pace for faculty today in 181 Arts and Sciences Hall from 1 to 2 p.m.

Primarily for the benefit of those who cannot attend a workshop, 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

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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UNO Television and Department of Theatre to Broadcast "Forum Theatre-Live!"

"Forum Theatre-Live!," an hour-long, live call-in program produced by UNO Television and Department of Theatre faculty and students at UNO, will be cablecast tonight, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. on The Knowledge Network (TKN) of Greater Omaha, Cox Communications Channel 17.

It is believed to be the first televised forum theatre production in the United States. The program joins "Inside Art" as College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media as another cultural arts show produced in conjunction with UNO Television now broadcast on TKN.

Forum theatre students will act out different situations according to suggestions phoned in from cable television viewers and offered by members in the live studio audience. Read more.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

UNO Athletics announces "This Week In Maverick Athletics," a listing of the latest sports information. Collegiate swimming championships, a senior day and a NHL Network Hockey broadcast are among this week's highlights. The details:

- Swimming will host the Midwestern Collegiate Championships through Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Pool;

- Men's and women's basketball will hold senior day on Saturday, Feb. 20, against Southwest Baptist at the Sapp Fieldhouse; and

- Tonight's (Feb. 19) hockey game at Miami will be broadcast live on the NHL Network.

For a complete listing, click on

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"From the Top" Holland Performance to Be Rebroadcast This Sunday on Classical 90.7 KVNO

Omaha teens, 18-year-old pianist Ben Fuller and 18-year-old violist Shundeena Beard, will appear on an upcoming rebroadcast episode of "From the Top," the hit public radio program featuring America's best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary season, "From the Top" is heard on more than 250 stations nationwide and taped before live audiences around the country. Recorded at the Holland Performing Arts Center last spring, the show will air on Classical 90.7 FM KVNO at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Fuller is a 2009 graduate of Creighton Preparatory School and studied piano with UNO's James Johnson. He is also an accomplished trumpet player, having performed with the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra and the Metro Area Youth Jazz Orchestra. He is a freshman at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. 

On the Feb. 21 rebroadcast, Fuller will perform the III. Fast and VI. Moderately Fast movements of Op. 38, and is interviewed by O'Riley.

A new resident of Omaha, Shundeena Beard moved from Pittsburgh, Pa., where she was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. A 2009 graduate of Central High School, she attends the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Md. Shundeena has previously appeared on the PBS television series "From the Top at Carnegie Hall" and is a recipient of From the Tops Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

On Sunday's show, Shundeena can be heard performing Rebecca Clarke's Sonata, Movement 2, Vivace, accompanied and interviewed by O'Riley. Also included on the broadcast is a 12-year-old cellist from Haverford, Pa., an 18-year-old trombone player from State College, Pa., and a teen percussion quartet from the Chicago area.

The episode was recorded before a live audience on May 22, 2009, and is available online at

The program has invested more than $1 million in support of pre-college students since 2005. "From the Top" is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations. "From the Top" on National Public Radio is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.

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Undergraduate Course Catalog Proofing Concludes Today

Today, Feb. 19, is the final day the 2010-11 undergraduate catalog will be available for proofing in 108 Eppley Administration Building.

All departments are asked to send a representative to proof the area that pertains to their respective departments no later than 5 p.m. today. 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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UFO Study Group to Meet Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, Feb. 20, 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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SSA to Meet Monday

The UNO Secular Student Alliance (SSA) will meet every Monday, Feb. 22, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room from 3 to 5 p.m. Anyone with an interest in discussing secularism and living a secular life in a non-secular country is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Correlius McGreevy at

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Application Deadline Feb. 26 for Spain Study Abroad Program

Friday, Feb. 26, is the deadline to turn in student applications and first deposits for the Department of Foreign Languages trip to Salamanca, Spain, set for June.

The program will include small classes such as Spanish grammar, conversation and culture taught by Spanish teachers and supervised by the program director, Ana Carballal. Optional coursework in business is available. Cultural days and weekend trip are also an option.

In Spain, students will live with a family for four weeks. The estimated cost is $4,500, which includes:
- Round trip transportation between Omaha and Salamanca (air and land);
- Three to six UNO credits;
- Room and board with three meals daily; and
- Courses in Spain and $600 for personal expenses.

Financial Aid is available through the UNO Financial Aid Office.

For more information, contact Carballal (301-N Arts and Sciences Hall) at 554.4838 or

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EC UNO to Host Papio-Missouri River NRD Speaker

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a talk by Christine Jacobsen of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District (NRD), on Monday, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

NRD is a regional government agency that protects ground and surface water, reduces flood threats, slows the effects of soil erosion, as well as creates and enhances wildlife habitat. For details on Papio-Missouri River NRD, visit

For more information, contact Gillian Cromwell at

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this event. For more information, visit

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SOLP to Host "Healthy Relationships" Event This Monday

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will sponsor two events this spring focusing on healthy relationships. Both events will have snacks provided and are open to all.

The first program, "Simply Ridiculous Dating," will take place on Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Millicent St. Claire will give the presentation.

Based on her book, Simply Ridiculous!, St. Claire focuses this program on the ridiculous nature of control, violence and abuse in dating relationships. As a master facilitator of personal transformation, she discusses dating issues that range from playing the victim role to looking for love in the wrong places.

Audience members will learn how to recognize their own ridiculous behaviors that allow unhealthy relationships to exist. They will also learn how to alter their view of themselves as one who has the power to prevent or stop controlling and abusive relationships. Students will leave with new tools and perspectives that will help them see their own ‘simply ridiculous' behaviors and take the creation of positive dating and friendships into their own hands.

The second program, "Healthy Relationships 101," will take place on Wednesday, April 14, in collaboration with the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  Felicia Harlow will present lead the discussion.

In this program, Harlow focuses on positive self-image and the positive feelings, thoughts, choices and behaviors that are the foundational ingredients of healthy dating and friendships. Those attending will learn the true meaning of relationships and how to recognize the signs of an unhealthy one. In addition, they can learn how spiritual health attracts healthy relationships, come to understand how balanced living contributes to healthy relationships and walk away with quick and easy self-care techniques for healthy living in college.

Contact SOLP at 554.2711 with questions.

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Media Consultant, Author to Speak at UNO Feb. 26

Internationally known speaker, publisher and media consultant David Mathison will speak at UNO on Friday, Feb. 26.

Mathison will present "Social Media, Sustainable Journalism and Key Tools for Change" at 2 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center with a reception following. The presentation and reception are open to the public.

He also will meet with students at 9:15 a.m. on Feb. 26 in the School of Communication faculty office area, Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 107. In addition, he will meet with school faculty to discuss social media and curriculum changes. Read more.

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In the News

In the News

- Larry Bradshaw, Department of Art and Art History, was quoted in the Feb. 13 issue of the Times Herald-Record (New York) about the "12th Annual All Media International Juried Online Art Exhibition," hosted by Upstream People Gallery.

- Steve Bullock, Academic and Student Affairs, was quoted in the Feb. 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about enrollment and financial problems at Midland Lutheran College. Bullock is board chairman of the Fremont college.

- Loree Bykerk, Department of Political Science, was quoted in the Feb. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the "Cornhusker Kickback." Bykerk was also interviewed Feb. 16 by WOWT (NBC 6) about Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle's State of the City address.

- Angela Eikenberry, School of Public Administration, was quoted in the Feb. 12 issue of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about cause marketing and charitable donations.

- Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed recently by The New York Times, CBS Radio and the Omaha World-Herald about the capture of top Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. He also spoke with Radio Australia about the importance of the United States-Afghan-British campaign against the Taliban.

- The Feb. 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by Paul Landow, Department of Political Science. Landow wrote about recent bailouts and modern populists.

- A staff editorial in the Feb. 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald praised UNO's student athletes, quoting Rose Shires, Athletics.

- The Feb. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about the Omaha Wind Symphony, quoting Courtney Snyder, Department of Music. Snyder directs the Omaha Wind Symphony.

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

- The International Society for Science & Religion has selected Michele Desmarais' book, Changing Minds: Mind, Consciousness and Identity in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra and Cognitive Neuroscience (2008 Motilal Banarsidass), to be part of a foundational library of central texts in the field. The library will consist of more than 250 books chosen by scholars of the society, spanning all-important areas and disciplines, as well as key international and intercultural voices. Colleges and universities can apply for a copy of the entire library. The project was made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Desmarais is an associate professor of Religious Studies in UNO's College of Arts and Sciences and editor of the Journal of Religion and Film.

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

Great Plains Jazz Festival Under Way at UNO
Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest will travel to UNO today, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 20, for the 38th annual Great Plains Jazz Festival.

Today's clinics and concerts will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center and the Milo Bail Student Center. On Saturday, clinics and concerts will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas Streets in downtown Omaha.

Participating students will have the opportunity to work with experienced groups of clinicians and musicians during the two-day festival. Students will also be eligible to receive a UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Scholarship. Renewable scholarships of up to $1,000 will be presented to up to three students who plan to attend UNO. Read more.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band to Present ‘No Shadows' Feb. 23
The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Concert Band will open their spring semester performance season Tuesday, Feb. 23, with "No Shadows," a concert featuring internationally recognized guest conductor Janis Purins from Riga, Latvia.  The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Read more.

UNO Theatre Presents Gross Indecency Feb. 24 Through March 6
The UNO Department of Theatre presents Moisés Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, directed by Amy Lane. Previews run Feb. 24-25 with performances on Feb. 26-27 and March 3-6 in the UNO Theatre inside the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Feb. 24 will be a TAG Night Out. A group discussion will be held in the theatre after the March 5 production. 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

Black History Month Items in Criss Library  "The Posters and Politics Exhibit"
"The Posters and Politics Exhibit," currently on display in the Criss Library Art Gallery, includes several items related to Black History Month.

"The Posters and Politics Exhibit" is from the personal collection of Sam Walker, professor emeritus with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The exhibit will be on display through March 11. It is free and open to the public.

The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more. A descriptive guide to the exhibit is available in the rack immediately to the right of the entrance.

Among those civil rights items noted in Walker's collection:

Martin Luther King Jr.
- Honor King, End Racism (1968). The union bug on this poster indicates it is from Memphis.

- March . . . Rally (April, 1968). This poster is from a rally in San Francisco in April 1968, shortly after Rev. Martin Luther King's was assassinated. Speaker Jeannette Rankin is famous as the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against American entry into both World War I and World War II.

Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964
- James Cheney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner (1964-65). These prints portray the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in June 1964. The prints are by Ben Shahn, one of the great twentieth century American artists.

- Now With Your Hand, Pull the Lever Down (1964).

- You Can Register to Vote (1964).

Mississippi Voter Registration Effort During Summer of 1964
- Paul Robeson (early 1940s). One of the great African-Americans, Paul Robeson was a concert singer and political activist. This advertisement is from the mid-1940s when he was commercially very successful, with RCA Victor. During the Cold War he was denied a passport, blacklisted across the country and his singing career ruined.

- NAACP - Remember May 17th (1955). This brochure is from an NAACP celebration of the first anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education declaring racially segregated schools unconstitutional.

Racist Propaganda
- No Dogs, Negroes, Mexicans (1942). This sign from Dallas, Texas, in the early 1940s.

- Be a Real Citizen! This is a recruiting card for the Ku Klux Klan.

For more information contact Criss Library at 554.3206 or visit

Student Art Exhibition Opens Feb. 26
Mark the calendar. The Spring 2010 UNO Art Student Exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 26, in the UNO Art Gallery with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the UNO Art Gallery is free, and the exhibit, which runs through Friday, April 2, is open to the public. The gallery is located at the north end of the Weber Fine Arts Building. For hours, visit

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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