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Welcome Center Renovation Under Way

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Work has begun on the former annex building south of UNO's Durham Science Center. The former Hayden House–which had housed the Goodrich Program and Gerontology–is being turned into UNO's new Welcome Center, where Student Recruitment and Orientation will be located. An elevator and internal staircase are being added as a crew installs a new roof. Inside the building, new heating and air conditioning will be installed. The ground floor of the structure will be preserved as much as possible. The anticipated opening for the Welcome Center is mid-summer.



UNO Magazine Debuts as New Flagship Publication

Last week, the new UNO flagship publication - UNO Magazine - was mailed to nearly 70,000 graduates and nearly 2,500 Omaha-area and state leaders.

UNO Magazine replaces the UNO Alum, which the UNO Alumni Association had published since 1990. UNO Magazine is funded and published cooperatively by the UNO Alumni Association, UNO and the University of Nebraska Foundation.

"This is a completely re-imagined and redesigned publication with reader relevance foremost in mind," said Anthony Flott, director of communications for the UNO Alumni Association who serves as managing editor of the magazine. "We've created a magazine that reflects what a dynamic place the university is and how it connects locally, regionally, nationally and beyond."

The publication is available online at

The magazine will be printed and mailed three times a year; a once a year online-only edition also is being planned.

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"Caps for Cancer" Set for Tonight's Hockey Game

It is one of the few times of the year when UNO hockey fans are invited to throw things onto the ice at the Qwest Center Omaha. And it's for a good cause.

UNO Maverick Hockey fans are invited to bring a new, unworn hat to tonight's, Feb. 26, UNO vs. Bemidji State game, which begins at 7:35 p.m. During the first intermission, participants will be asked to throw the hats onto the ice. The "Caps for Cancer" collection is sponsored by, The Red Army and the UNO Blue Line Club. This is the fifth year for the event, which is held during the last regular home series of the season.

The hats and caps collected are given to adult and children cancer patients at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Eppley Cancer Center. Only new hats will be accepted. For fans who forget to bring caps with them, caps will be available for purchase at the Lawlor's Custom Sportswear merchandise stand at the Qwest Center. For each cap sold during both of this weekend's hockey games (tonight and Saturday, Feb. 27) at the Qwest Center, Lawlor's will donate one dollar to the Eppley Cancer Center.

"Caps for Cancer" originally started as a senior independent class project by former Maverick hockey captain Mike Lefley in 2006. In the inaugural year, 478 caps were collected. The project was adopted in 2007 by defenseman Mike Eickman, and 525 caps were collected that year. In 2008, 620 caps were thrown onto the ice. Last year, a record 750 caps were donated.

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UNO to Host Girl Scouts World Thinking Day Event

More than 500 local Girl Scouts and their families are expected to visit UNO Saturday, Feb. 27, for World Thinking Day. The event is open to the campus community and the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Girl Scouts will learn about the world at an international cultural fair while, at the same time, doing their part to reduce world hunger by bringing canned food to donate to Omaha Food Bank. UNO students from 20 countries will be on hand to write names in their native languages, teach about culture and play games with the youth. Read more.

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President of AAC&U to Lecture at UNO

Carol Geary Schneider, the president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), will give the inaugural Kent A. Kirwan Liberal Arts Lecture at UNO on Tuesday, March 2. Her lecture, which will focus on the ongoing importance of Liberal Education in American higher education, is being held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences.

"We are extremely gratified that Dr. Schneider will be in Omaha," said David Boocker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education."

The lecture starts at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. There is no cost to attend. Read more.

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March 12-13 NCAA Division II Wrestling Tournament Parking Notice

UNO will host the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13. The event will bring thousands of people to the university, and parking on campus will be affected.

"We realize the National Wrestling Tournament will further stress the parking situation on campus, and we thank the UNO community for its understanding as we bring this very prestigious event to our campus," said Trev Alberts, UNO director of athletics. "We also would welcome everyone to sample the action at Sapp Fieldhouse during this exciting weekend of wrestling."

UNO faculty, staff and students who plan on coming to the tournament, and who have parking permits, can park for free. Others coming to campus during those two days will be charged $5 per car starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 12, for certain parking lots. The following lots will be used in conjunction with the tournament:
- Fan parking will be in Lots M, Q, T, U and V;
- Teams in Lot Q (two rows reserved for team parking only);
- Event officials and NCAA personnel in Lot R;
- Event workers and members of the media in Lot T; and
- Ambulance parking in the Allwine Hall loading zone.

Team and official parking will be blocked off by 6 a.m. on both days to ensure that spots are available for the necessary personnel. Also, Lot U will not be available for fan parking until noon on Friday, March 12.

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ITS Offering Desktop Publishing Workshop

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer "Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing I," a class in beginning Adobe InDesign, on Thursday, March 4. The workshop will take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

This session provides a hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using this software package. While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to insert and manipulate text and graphics, and create a "master" template to use for future designs. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary.

Upon completion of the training the learner will be able to:
- Identify where on the Internet to get a full color UNO logo;
- Find in the software all of the tools used in the creation of a poster;
- Find in the software all of the tools used in the creation of a newsletter with master pages;
- Demonstrate how to move in the document using the appropriate tools;
- Demonstrate how to place and manipulate a photo;
- Demonstrate how to input and manipulate text;
- Explain how to use the appropriate tools to insert and manipulate other elements;
- Describe how to obtain the software;
- Demonstrate how to setup a new document;
- Describe what Desktop Publishing is;
- Summarize the main types of products that can be created with InDesign; and
- Discuss the basic principles of good design.

To register, visit or click here.

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Kindles Available for Check Out at Criss Library

Interested in an e-book reader? Ever wondered what e-ink looks like? Need a best seller to balance academic reading? The answers to these questions are, literally, at the campus community's fingertips.

Certain titles are now available for download on a Kindle at Criss Library. For additional information, stop by the Criss Library Circulation Desk.

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International Culture Fair Set for March 3-4; Banquet Takes Place March 6

International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency, will hold its culture fair Wednesday and Thursday, March 3-4, on campus.

Both days, international students will share artifacts and information about their countries of origin from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International Culture Fair in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

The 38th annual International Banquet will take place Saturday, March 6, starting at 6 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. A dance will follow the banquet until midnight. Formal attire is expected.

The banquet theme is "World Peace" and will feature international cuisine and performances from countries represented on campus. Tickets are now on sale in the MBSC Business Office and cost $10 for UNO students, $12 for children under age eight and are $25 for the public.

The event sells out each year, so those planning to attend should purchase their tickets early.

For more information, contact Joy (Hyun-Ji) Lee at 554.2937.

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ITS Announces Web Templates Intermediate Topics

Information Technology Services will offer a two-hour course in Intermediate Web Templates Topics on Wednesday, March 10, in 007A Roskens Hall. This hands-on session will cover basic HTML coding by using lists and creating outlines, using Div boxes and showing the proper way to use tables with the template to display data.

Before a person takes this course they need to:
- Have taken the previous Web template course;
- Have a test Web site setup; and
- Have access to Adobe Dreamweaver software.

To register for training, go to, select the correct month in the drop-down menu, and follow the registration links and instructions. A course may be canceled if too few sign up for it the day prior to the session.

For more information, contact Lisa Green at 554.3535.

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Psychology to Hold Daylong Research Festival Today

The Department of Psychology will host the Kenneth Deffenbacher Research Festival in Psychology today, Feb. 26. The festival includes two speakers in the College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture Series.

All events, including the two centennial speaker presentations, take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. There is no cost to attend, and the event is open to the campus community and public. The day starts at 9 a.m. with student presentations.

The first centennial keynote speaker is Michelle Harrison, who will present "Industrial-Organizational Psychology at UNO: Education for Opportunity" at 10:45 a.m. Harrison received her bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in 1988 and completed her master of science degree in industrial/organizational psychology at UNO in 1992. She has served in internal and external consulting roles across multiple industries to design and implement systems and tools for career development, leadership development, assessment and evaluation, leadership assimilation, succession planning, talent management, performance improvement and competency modeling.

The second centennial keynote speaker is David Yells, who will present "From Rat Sex to Retrieval-induced Forgetting: The Value of a Comprehensive Graduate Education" at 2 p.m. Yells serves as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah Valley University. Prior to that, he served as chair of the Department of Behavioral Science for seven years. He received a doctorate in developmental psychobiology from the University of Nebraska in 1994.

A poster presentation will take place at the festival from noon to 2 p.m. Student talks and awards will continue until 4:30 p.m.

The yearlong speaker series is part of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences' centennial celebration, which highlights the college's many departments and alumni. Established in 1909, Arts and Sciences is the university's first college and largest academic unit.

For more information, call 554.3558. For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit

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Media Consultant and Author to Speak at UNO Today

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

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

He also will meet with students today at 9:15 a.m. in the 107-I ASH conference room in the School of Communication faculty office area. In addition, Mathison will meet with school faculty to discuss social media and curriculum changes.

Mathison will appear at Creighton University on Saturday, Feb. 27, for a skill-enhancing seminar sponsored by the Omaha Press Club Foundation. He will speak at 9 a.m. on "Changing the Media Landscape" in Room LO2 at the Reinert Memorial Library. At 10:30 a.m., a hands-on session on convergence will be offered through the Creighton Department of Journalism Apple Training Center in Rooms 204 and 205 of Hitchcock Communication Arts. Participants can register by sending an e-mail to A registration form with further instructions will be provided within 24 hours. The cost of the workshop is $25 for professionals and $10 for full-time students.

Participants can also register the day of the event at 8:30 a.m. in the lower level of the Reinert Library. Parking will be available on the upper level of the parking garage on the east side of 24th Street.

Mathison is the author of "Be the Media" (, a handbook on how artists, journalists and others can create and promote art, a message or a platform for community-based media. He is the chairman and CEO of natural E creative, a diversified media company. Mathison is the former CEO of Kinecta Corp. and former vice president of syndication for Reuters.

For more information, contact Jeremy Lipschultz at or 203.7247.

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HR to Offer Performance Evaluation Training

Human Resources (HR) will offer two training sessions on performance evaluations for those who supervise staff members. In March, HR staff will send notifications to supervisors about managerial employee evaluations, which are due by Friday, May 14.

The training goal is to provide an opportunity to refresh or learn new procedures and skills. The new evaluation form and procedures, as well as the best practices for conducting the performance evaluation process and meeting, will be reviewed.

HR staff hopes those new to UNO and new to supervision will find the discussion with more experienced colleagues helpful and important to their success as supervisors.

The sessions:
- Tuesday, March 2
9 to 10 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

- Monday, March 8
2 to 3 p.m.
MBSC Council Room

To R.S.V.P. for a session, call 554.2321.

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EC UNO Campus Screening of ‘Coal Country' March 1

Sustainability Graphic

The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a free screening of "Coal Country" Monday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

A documentary about mountaintop removal mining, "Coal Country" tells of the dramatic struggle around the use of coal, which provides more than half of the electricity in America. In Appalachia, miners, residents and activists are locked in conflict: Is mining and processing coal essential to providing good jobs, or is it destroying the land, water and air?

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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Student Openings Available for Maverick Productions

Maverick Productions is accepting program area board member applications for the 2010-2011 school year. Maverick Productions is the premier student event planning organization on campus.

"Membership provides students with excellent experience in a variety of areas," said Erin Cron, SOLP advisor. "The organization is high profile and looking for student leaders to continue the tradition of success."

Board members maintain regular office hours, research and plan programs, attend weekly meetings, oversee a budget and handle other related responsibilities.

Applications are available online at, as well as in hard copy in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

"Whether you love what Maverick Productions has done and want to see more of it, or you have new ideas about programs UNO needs, we welcome your application," Cron said.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, March 1. For more information, contact Cron at or 554.2711.

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In the News

In the News

- The Feb. 3 issue of the Ralston Recorder featured a profile on Jody Boyer, Department of Art and Art History.

- Earlier this week, the , KFAB (1110 AM) and KLIN (Lincoln) spoke with David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, about a new report on health insurance in Nebraska. An Associated Press article written about the report was also published by WOWT (NBC 6), KTIV (Sioux City), the Sioux City Journal and KETV (ABC 7).

- A women's fitness plan designed by Jennifer Huberty, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, was featured Feb. 18 on the Self Magazine Web site,

- Students Rachel Jensen and Evan Wahnke were interviewed by KETV (ABC 7) and WOWT (NBC 6) Feb. 19 about Tiger Woods' recent public apology.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed students Adam Kochanowicz and Rachel Jensen Feb. 24 about privacy and safety issues surrounding the use of Twitter.

- Students Abigail Keller and Katie Shepherd were interviewed Feb. 22 by KPTM (Fox 42) about new credit card regulations designed to protect college students.

- Student Kaylin Ohler was featured in the Feb. 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about her struggle with anorexia. Student Cassie Prestia, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), was also quoted in the article. Maverick PR, UNO's chapter of PRSSA, organized the event.

- The Feb. 23 issue of the Las Vegas Sun featured an article about Pete Simi's new book, American Swastika. Simi is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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

- Gigi Brignoni, teacher education, co-authored a peer-reviewed article with A. Colon-Muniz and S. SooHoo, colleagues from Chapman University in Orange, Calif. The article, "Language, culture and dissonance: A study course for globally minded teachers with possibilities for catalytic transformation," appeared in Teaching Education, Vol. 21(1), 61-74 (March 2010).

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 Theatre Performances of Gross Indecency Continue This Weekend
Performances of the UNO Department of Theatre's production of Moisés Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde continue this weekend. Directed by Amy Lane, performances are scheduled for tonight and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, and Wednesday through Saturday, 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. A group discussion will take place in the theatre after the March 5 production. Read more.

UNO Musicians to Celebrate American Choral Music Tonight
The campus community and the public can attend a choral concert tonight, Feb. 26, featuring UNO graduate conducting students Bruce Bender, Shannon Richards and Jason St. Claire.

The UNO Concert Choir, directed by Matthew C. Harden, and the University Chorus, directed by Richards and St. Claire, will present a "Concert of American Music" starting at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The UNO Vocal Jazz ensemble, directed by Kim Weiser, will also perform.

Admission costs $5 for adults, $4 students and seniors, and is free for UNO students.

Musicians from UNO and Grace University Combine to Present Concert
The UNO Chamber Choir and Grace University's Grace Chorale will present a concert featuring works by William Byrd, Grzegorz Gorczycki, Zoltan Kodaly, Morten Lauridsen and Heinrich Schutz on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Matthew C. Harden, director of choral activities at UNO, leads the UNO Chamber Choir. Greg Zielke, director of choral activities at Grace University directs the Grace Chorale.

The UNO Chamber Choir will perform the Nocturnes by Morten Lauridsen, "Non Vos Relinquam Orphanos," by William Byrd and edited by Harden, and "Tota Pulchra Est" by Grzegorz Gorczycki.

The Grace Chorale will present a program of renaissance choral works and then will combine with the UNO Chamber Choir to sing Schutz's "Psalm 100."

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 students and seniors, and is free for UNO students.

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

Student Art Exhibition Opens Today
Mark the calendar. The Spring 2010 UNO Art Student Exhibition opens today, 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 gallery hours, visit

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 Thursday, 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

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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