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Mavs Close Out Regular Season

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UNO's wrestling team finished the regular dual season Wednesday night (2-17) with a 26-6 win over the sixth-ranked Augustana Vikings. More than 1,000 were in attendance to see the Mavericks win. UNO will host the NCAA Division 2 national championships on March 12 and 13.

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UNO Winter Olympics

UNO Winter Olympics

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Shake off those winter blues and join UNO faculty and staff for a lunch-hour event. Mav-Rec Wellness and Human Resources will host the first-ever UNO Winter Olympics on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon. The event includes snowman/snowwoman-building and sledding contests. It is free to participate, and a refreshments and awards ceremony will follow in the Outdoor Venture Center.

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North Omaha Stories is Focus of New Media Project

Now in its second year, the North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA) is dedicated to changing perceptions of North Omaha one story (and one student) at a time.

Directed by Lynnette Leonard in the UNO School of Communication, the NOMA project pairs UNO communication students with students from Girls, Inc. of Omaha representing four North Omaha high schools: Benson, Central, North and Northwest.

The students will visit UNO eight times this semester to develop their stories. Working in pairs with UNO communication students, the groups will publish their stories exclusively online, using YouTube, a blog and an online photo essay. Read more.

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Register Now for Seven Days of Service

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to volunteer during the eighth annual Seven Days of Service, March 13 and March 15-20 in Omaha and Council Bluffs.

The annual event, organized by UNO's Service-Learning Academy, brings together the campus community with local high school students, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Work days begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Volunteers select which days they work. Shuttles to and from the worksites will be available at the Milo Bail Student Center.

The 15 community projects include refurbishing homes for Habitat for Humanity in Omaha and Council Bluffs, as well as indoor and outdoor projects for the Salvation Army, Lauritzen Gardens, Catholic Charities of Omaha and the Bellevue Little Theatre.

Volunteers will receive a free Seven Days of Service T-shirt and lunch.

Last year more than 1,200 campus and community volunteers helped make a difference in the community. More than 1,500 volunteers are expected this year.

Visit to register, or call the Service Learning Academy: 554.4083.

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Today's UNO Event to Educate Campus on Eating Disorders

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

An Eating Disorders Awareness Week event will take place today, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Today's event will feature a panel of experts, an open-mic session and a speaker.

This week, Feb. 21-27, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Maverick PR and the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) are partnering with the UNO Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Women's Resource Center, Chancellor's Commission of the Status of Women, Human Resources, Department of Women's Studies, OMNI Behavioral Health and the Children's Hospital Disorder Program to sponsor the event.

For more information, contact Cassie Prestia at or 308.293.0863.

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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Maverick Productions to Host Comedy, Poetry Events

Maverick Productions will present a comedy and poetry event Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Maverick Lounge, near the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court. Tryouts are today in the MBSC for the event.

The March event will feature three comedians and three slam poets. One comedian and one poet will be selected from a tryout of UNO students today, Feb. 25. Tryouts will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. Each comedian/poet will have 3 to 5 minutes to perform. Tryouts will be judged by a combination of Omaha poets and comedians.

To register, visit the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs office on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or call 554.2711.

The comedy and poetry event on March 23 is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Phil Kotta, Maverick Productions, at for more information.

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Retirement Reception Today for Pat Dargantes

Pat Dargantes, lead technology trainer for Information Technology Services (ITS), will retire Tuesday, March 2, after 21 years at UNO. ITS will hold a retirement reception today, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Dargantes began working at UNO in May 1989 as a programmer analyst in, what was then known as, Campus Computing. Many faculty and staff across campus know her as the backbone of Blackboard support, as well as the friendly voice who helps with technology concerns. Please join ITS staff and wish her well. No R.S.V.P. is necessary.

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UNO Black History Month Celebration Concludes Tonight

The monthlong Black History Month celebration at UNO will conclude tonight, Feb. 23, with a concert showcase. "Gospel EXPLOSION" will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom/Nebraska Room. Read more.

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band to Present 'No Shadows' Tonight

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Concert Band will open their spring semester performance season tonight, 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.

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UNO Theatre Presents Gross Indecency Tomorrow Through March 6

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Mois├ęs 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.

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Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Notice

Campus Security announces that the new Lot I parking schedule will begin Wednesday, Feb. 24. Gates will close at 3:30 p.m. on all Fine Arts performance dates to allow for event parking.

Faculty and staff can park in the lot until 6 p.m.

Lot I, which will be used for the Welcome Center and Weber Fine Arts events, is located west of the Durham Science Center. Visit for performance dates.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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Secular Student Alliance to Host Free Screening of 'Zeitgeist Part 1'

The UNO Secular Student Alliance (SAS) will host a free screening of "Zeitgeist Part 1: The Greatest Story Ever Told" Monday, March 1, at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

This 30-minute clip will examine how Christianity should credit earlier eastern and northern European religions for many of its concepts. A brief moderated discussion will follow the screening.

SAS is a student organization that provides people with a place to come and talk about life in a religious world.

For more information, contact Correlius McGreevy at

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Spring 2010 Pearl Blizek Lecture March 3

Julien Fielding will give the Spring 2010 Pearl Blizek Lecture in Religion and Art on Wednesday, March 3.  "Reimaging Hindu Art in Popular Culture" will begin at 3 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall, followed by a reception.

Fielding is as a part-time lecturer in the UNO Religious Studies Program. Her area of expertise is Eastern religion and film.

The Pearl Blizek Lecture Series is a collaboration between the UNO Religion Studies Program and the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, call 554.2392.

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Next Retirement Planning Seminar March 5

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars next month with "Investing For Life's Goals." The seminar will take place Friday, March 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This seminar will review the basic concepts and strategies that employees should grasp in order to make reasonable investment decisions.

Topics discussed will include:

- How to define goals and time horizon;

- Understanding risk and return tradeoff;

- Diversification across different asset classes; and

- Case studies of typical investors.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host five Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshops through April. The third one takes place next week.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee they must have attended one of these recruitment workshops within the past two years.

All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The remaining workshop dates and times are listed below.

- Friday, March 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room;

- Thursday, March 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room; and

- Tuesday, April 20, 8:30 to 10 a.m. MBSC Council Room.

To R.S.V.P., contact Jerri Maxwell at or 554.3892. For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or, James McCarty at 554.2262 or, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or

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Applicants Sought for Faculty Senate's Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Three scholarships are awarded:

- One $1,000 Full-Time Undergraduate Scholarship;

- One $1,000 Full-Time Graduate Scholarship; and

- One $500 Part-Time Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarship.

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's Web site (

Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall. The application deadline is Friday, April 2.

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UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble Members to Perform at Regional Conference
Nine members of the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform in the College Band Directors Association North Central Professional Conference Intercollegiate Band.  The 2010 conference will take place Friday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27, at Illinois State University in Normal. 

The UNO students, all undergraduate music majors, will perform with other undergraduate music students from throughout the 10-state north central region.  The guest conductor is Myron Welch, director of bands emeritus at the University of Iowa.

Participating UNO student musicians and their instruments are:

- Christine Price and Marysa Vaughn

- Mike Prucha

- Tyler Goudlock, Andrea Wilger and Season Cowley

- Rudy Semar

- Jen Walcutt and Patrick Peters

James Saker, UNO director of bands, also will appear on the conference program as a guest conductor with the Illinois State University Wind Symphony.  He will conduct Robert McBride's "Sunday In Mexico" as a part of the conference's "Chosen Gems" session.

For additional information, contact Saker at 554.3446 or

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