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UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse has been transformed to host this weekend's Division 2 National Wrestling Championships. Six wrestling mats are on the floor, VIP seating has been installed, cleaning is underway and the new video screens are ready for the wrestling action. Preliminary matches begin Friday morning at 11 a.m. The finals are Saturday night at 8 p.m. The Mavericks have 10 wrestlers in the tournament.

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Out With the Old....In With the New

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Stacks of old and new furniture surrounded the University Village residence halls Monday (3-8) as UNO prepares to take ownership next Monday (3-15) of the first student housing on campus.


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Mavs Look For Repeat Title in Front of Home Crowd

The top-ranked UNO wrestling team will look to accomplish what it did after winning its second NCAA Division II title in 2004 - repeat as champions in front of the home fans. The Mavericks host the 2010 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships today and Saturday, March 12-13. A total of 160 wrestlers from 39 schools will pack Sapp Fieldhouse for the two-day tournament. Read more.

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NCAA Division II Wrestling Tournament Parking Reminder

UNO will host the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament today 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 today.

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KVNO to Broadcast Hockey, Basketball Championship Games

Classical 90.7 KVNO will broadcast UNO hockey and basketball championship games this weekend.

The No. 18 UNO hockey team travels to Big Rapids, Mich., for the second round of the CCHA playoffs. The Mavericks will play the third-seeded No. 13 Ferris State Bulldogs in a best-of-three series on Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, at 7:05 p.m.  If game three is necessary, it will be played on Sunday, March 14, at 7:05 p.m.

Pregame hockey coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. on KVNO, 90.7 FM.

The Maverick men's basketball team will open the first round of the NCAA South Central Region tournament at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, as the No. 5 seed against No. 4 Tarleton State in Wichita Falls, Texas. The winner will play either Midwestern State, the host and top seed, in the tournament, or Incarnate Word, the No. 8 seed, on Sunday at 7 p.m. The region final will be Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Pregame basketball coverage begins at 8:15 p.m. on KVNO.

KVNO's spring pledge drive is also happening this weekend through Wednesday, March 17. Visit for details.

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NCAA Division II Wrestling Live on NET Television This Saturday

Wrestlers from across the nation will converge at UNO for the "NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships" telecast live Saturday, March 13, at 8 p.m. on NET2.

Competitors representing 30-plus Division II schools will hit the mats at UNO's Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse with national titles and prestige on the line. Calling the matches will be sportscaster Larry Punteney with former wrestling official and coach Jeff Spain providing color analysis.

"NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships" is produced by NCAA Productions in cooperation with NET Sports. NET2 is part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site (

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Mav-Rec Indoor Spa Opens for Business

The Mav-Rec Indoor Spa is now open! The 22-person hot tub is available to all UNO students and Campus Rec Activity Cardholders during normal business hours.

The spa features a big screen television for everyone to enjoy while they relax in the 105-degree water. Patrons can access the spa from their respective locker rooms. Pictures of the spa are available online at For more information, stop by 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

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"Consider This" Guests Offer Tips for Homeowners

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests offer timely tips for homeowners, as well as advice about maintenance, safety and insurance. The short, 30-minute program is designed to save homeowners time, a few headaches and, perhaps, thousands of dollars. 

Wyatt's guests will include Mike Smolsky, a homeowners insurance agent, and Cindy Gessert, a home restoration specialist.

The program will air today, March 12, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at for dates and times.

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Scheduled MavCard Downtime Set for March 18

MavCard Services will upgrade the campus card system on Thursday, March 18. MavCards will not work anywhere on campus, but MavCards will still function as usual for door access.

MavCard Services staff anticipates everything to be up and running as usual on Friday, March 19.

For more information, contact Mary Cunard at 554.2220.

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OBSC to Present March 25 Lecture at UNO

The Omaha Behavioral Science Colloquium (OBSC) will present "The Civilizing Process, the General Theory of Crime, and the Faces of Violence in 19th Century France" Thursday, March 25. Hugh P. Whitt, professor of sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will give the lecture.

It will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, Collaborating Commons.

OBSC is a newly established interdisciplinary forum for scholars in social and behavioral sciences working in and around Omaha. The core constituents are the faculty and graduate students working at UNO, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health and Creighton University.

For more information, contact Jukka Savolainen at

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UNO NSSLHA to Host Together We Dance Fundraiser

UNO's National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (UNO NSSLHA) will host the third annual "Together We Dance" fundraiser on Friday, April 23. Proceeds will benefit the Autism Society of Nebraska.

The campus community and public can join UNO NSSLHA at Prairie Lane Church (3111 S. 119th St.) from 6 to 10 p.m. for music and fun. The night will consist of a live DJ, contests, games, activities, free snacks and prizes. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children (12 years of age and under).

Those unable to attend can still make the fundraiser a success by contacting Jami Scott at

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Criss Library Announces Spring Break Schedule

Criss Library hours for the week of Spring Break will be as follows:
- Sunday, March 14: Noon to 9 p.m.
- Monday through Thursday, March 15-18: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday, March 19: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, March 20: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, March 21:  Noon to midnight

Regular library hours resume at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 22.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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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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In the News

In the News

- Bill Blizek, religious studies, was interviewed March 3 by the BBC about apocalyptic imagery in film.

- Bill Conley, Business and Finance, was quoted in the March 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about budget cuts at UNO.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the March 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the 2010 Census.

- The March 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about supporting illegal immigrants, quoting Paul Landow and Greg Petrow, Department of Political Science.

- Louis Pol, College of Business Administration, was featured in a March 4 Omaha World-Herald article about Mammel Hall. Pol spoke to members of the Suburban Rotary Club about the new facility.

- The March 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about curbing adolescent violence in northeast Omaha, quoting student Melisha Potter.

- The March 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about graduate Mark Martinez, who was recently sworn-in as U.S. marshal for the District of Nebraska. B.J. Reed, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and Jerry Cederblom, Goodrich Program, were also quoted in the article.

- Student James Trotter was quoted in the March 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about parking tickets issued by the city of Omaha.

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

- UNO School of Public Administration doctoral student Courtney Jensen recently published "Is Business Discourse Colonizing Philanthropy? A Critical Discourse Analysis of (PRODUCT) RED" in the Feb. 4, 2010, edition of Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Co-authors included Jessica S. Wirgau and Kathryn Webb Farley from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. For more information on the article, visit

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

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 Continues
The UNO Department of Art and Art History presents the Spring 2010 UNO Student Art Exhibition this spring. The show will run through Friday, April 2, at the UNO Art Gallery.

Admission to the UNO Art Gallery is free, and the exhibit is open to the public. The gallery is located at the north end of the Weber Fine Arts Building. For hours, visit Read more.

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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