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Mavericks Home Again

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UNO's football season continues with its second home game of the 2010 season as the Mavericks host Ouachita Baptist on Thursday, September 9. Game time is 7 p.m. at UNO's Al Caniglia Field.

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Happy Birthday KVNO

Happy Birthday KVNO

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Chancellor John Christensen stops by Classical 90.7 KVNO studios to wish staff and listeners 'Happy 38th Birthday!' The station's weeklong 38th Birthday Gift Drive runs through Friday, Sept. 3. Tune in throughout the drive to hear well wishes from other celebrity guests.




David Cicotello Farewell Reception Takes Place Today

A reception for David Cicotello, director of New Student Enrollment Services and 2009-10 interim associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, will take place today, Sept. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Cicotello recently accepted a position as associate vice provost for Admissions and Enrollment Services at Middle Tennessee State University.

The program will start at 3 p.m. The university community is cordially invited to attend to wish Cicotello well.

For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at

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NET Television to Broadcast Mavs vs. Lopers

NET Television will broadcast the UNO Mavericks vs. the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) football game this Saturday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. on NET1 and in high definition on NET-HD.

Telecast live from UNO's Al Caniglia Field, sportscaster Larry Punteney will provide play-by-play, with Damon Benning offering color analysis. Jon Tritsch will provide sideline reports during the game.

The Lopers are the pre-season pick to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title, with the Mavericks the pre-season number two pick in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference.

The football game will also be webcast live on NET's website ( All that is needed is access to the Internet and a free Windows Media Player program. Webcasting of the program is a free service of NET.

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Parking Notice for Football Saturdays

Campus Parking staff announces arrangements for Saturday game-day parking:

  • Lots O and R will be reserved.
  • Lots M, N, Q and the parking structure on University Drive East will be paid parking for visitors starting three hours before kickoff.
  • All other lots will be open as normal.
  • Vehicles with a valid UNO parking permit can park in any game-day pay lot for free.

Follow this link to view a parking map. For more information, contact the Parking Department at 554.PARK (7275).

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New Name, Same Mission: Women's and Gender Studies

The Women's Studies Program at UNO has changed its name to the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

"Simply put, the name change reflects where the field is today," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, program director.

Women's Studies programs and departments were founded across the nation in the 1970s alongside the second wave of the feminist political movement, Falconer Al-Hindi said. In recent years, the program names have been updated to reflect the inclusion of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) experience and scholarship. Read more.

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OLLAS 'Cinemateca' Series Continues Tonight With Two Cuban Films

The Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) 'Cinemateca' series continues today, Sept. 3, with two Cuban films at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Webster St. Memorias del subdesarrollo will have screenings at both 4 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Soy Cuba runs at 6:15 p.m. Both films will be shown daily through Thursday, Sept. 9, and both (like all films in the series) have English subtitles.

The 'Cinemateca' series is being held in conjunction with OLLAS and Film Streams.

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, with OLLAS and the Department of Political Science, will lead a special post-show discussion after the Tuesday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m. screening of Memorias. Read more.

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Blended Learning Educause Focus Session On-Campus Sept 15-16

The Educause Learning Initiative (ILI) will presents its Fall 2010 Focus Session, 'Blended Learning: the 21st Century Learning Environment,' on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 15-16. The two-day event is hosted inside an Adobe Connect learning environment and facilitated locally in the Milo Bail Student Center, Dodge Room.

This virtual event will be more than a typical online seminar. Participants will exchange ideas and collaborate interactively with the ELI community - all without leaving UNO. Local resources and guided activities are planned in order to frame discussions.

Sponsored by the UNO Center for Faculty Development and the Academic Partnership for Instruction, the goal of these focus sessions is to revisit the potential of blended learning instructional models, student learning outcomes and successful implementation practices. The maturing of online learning practices and engagements has opened new possibilities for curriculum design, including both face-to-face and online learning opportunities. The ability to design a course that uniquely blends face-to-face and distributed interaction allows institutions to address learners' specific needs and customize the learning environment rather than rely on a 'one size fits all' approach. For a full schedule and description go to

Free local registration and lunch are provided. Participants can come and go as necessary. Anyone planning to attend during the lunch hour (noon to 1 p.m.) on one or both days should RSVP by registering at so that we can confirm lunch orders with food service. Questions? Contact Shelley Schafer at or 554-4831.

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UNO to Host 'An Evening With Two Irish Poets' on Sept. 7

UNO will host 'An Evening with Two Irish Poets: Seamus Cashman and Joan McBreen' on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the William H. & Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The free event—open to the campus community and public--begins at 7:30 p.m. Read more.

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Commercial-Free Classical Music Celebrates 38-Years on Omaha Airwaves

Award-winning radio station, Classical 90.7 KVNO will end its weeklong 38th Birthday Gift Drive today, Sept. 3. The fund-raising goal is $60,000. Throughout the drive, a number of guests have visited the studio to perform live variations of 'Happy Birthday,' including KVNO Classical Kids, UNO Music Department faculty, local television and radio personalities and KVNO staff.

"This membership drive is proving to be the most festive we have planned," said Robert Franklin, general operations director for KVNO and UNO Television.

Classical 90.7 KVNO, broadcasting from the heart of the UNO campus, is a public radio station that raises more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue through community financial contributions.

More information about Classical 90.7 KVNO is available online at or by calling (402) 554.5866.

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Two Open Houses Set for Lifelong Learning Initiative

The Lifelong Learning Initiative at UNO will host two open-house sessions designed to provide an overview of the program's services. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12.

UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative is dedicated to providing learning opportunities designed specifically for lifelong learners aged 50 years and better. Stimulating and varied classes and activities at UNO help adults to expand their views, challenge their minds and invites them to explore new ideas. Read more.

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Labor Day Holiday

Criss Library hours for Sunday, Sept. 5, will be noon to 9 p.m. The library will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Regular library hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 7 a.m. For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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HPER Closed for Labor Day

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

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Rose Theater Offers Discout Season Tickets to UNO

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase tickets for The Rose Theater's 2010-11 season at a discounted price. This season's shows include:

  • Pinkalicious
  • Go, Dog. Go!
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town; The Misfits
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
  • Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Pinkalicious kicks off the season on Friday, Sept. 10.

A $75 family membership includes four tickets to each of The Rose's regular season shows and member-only discounts and the first opportunity to reserve tickets for premium events. This offer expires at the end of September.

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 502.4625 or or visit

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In the News

Loree Bykerk, Department of Political Science, was interviewed Aug. 25 by KETV (ABC 7) about the effort to recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.

Chris Decker, Department of Economics, was quoted in the Aug. 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the future of the country's economy.

Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was quoted in the Aug. 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about current anti-immigration sentiment. Gouveia, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado and Steven Torres were also quoted in the Aug. 26 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the current OLLAS film series at Film Streams.

Alan Kolok, Department of Biology, was featured in an Aug. 31 Omaha World-Herald article about a new produce washer machine being used at Westside Middle School.

The Aug. 26 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about Omaha's wheel tax, quoting Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration.

Rebecca Trammell, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was interviewed Aug. 31 by KETV (ABC 7) about the death of 2008 UNO alum and Army 2nd Lt. Mark Noziska in Afghanistan.

Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was featured in a recent PBS 'Frontline' program that focused on law enforcement problems in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Walker was also quoted Aug. 25 in the New Orleans Times-Picayune regarding a controversial police 'shoot to kill' order during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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In Print

Woody Publishes Article

Robert Woody, Department of Psychology, has an article titled 'Moanin' the blues, shoutin' Hallelujah: Embellishing the psychology of music with emotion,' appearing in the Sept. 1 issue of psycCRITIQUES, published by the American Psychological Association.

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 (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

Roseanne Cash, Fletcher Benton, Daniel Levitin Lead KANEKO's New Season

From animators to authors, sculptors to songwriters, KANEKO’s Fall 2010 - Spring 2011 season is no exception to the everything-begins-with-an-idea maxim. Featuring legendary musical artists, such as Rosanne Cash, up-and-comers (including trend-setting animator Josh Cooley), scientists, sculptors and humanitarians from a wide range of genres and interests, the organization's commitment to providing 'open space for your mind' continues.

The KANEKO's season will open with a special events series Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 14-16, highlighted by a joint Great Minds Presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 15. 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

UNO Art Gallery Shows African-American Works from the Sheldon

Works by African-American Masters from the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are now on display at the UNO Art Gallery through Thursday, Sept. 23.

These poignant and intimate works by important 20th Century artists - Aaron Douglas, Charles White, Alvin Loving, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Alston and Elizabeth Catlett - express the struggles, joys, triumphs and creativity of African-Americans. Read more.

Fairy Tale Art Show at UNO Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery

In conjunction with the Omaha Lit Fest, the Osborne Family Gallery at the Criss Library is now hosting the fairy tale art show, 'Spindle, Shuttle, Needle.' The art exhibit is inspired by the anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: 40 New Fairy Tales, in which contemporary authors revise classic international tales, from those of the Brothers Grimm, to tales from Japan, Mexico, and Italy, to Greek myth and Calvino and Poe. Artists will adapt some of these fairy tales for the exhibit, which runs through Monday, Sept. 13, at the library. For more information, contact Linda Riviera at (402) 554.2640.

Vincent Edward Giunta Exhibition at UNO Art Gallery

Works by Vincent Edward Giunta are now on display through Thursday, Sept. 23, at the UNO Art Gallery.

Giunta began painting at age 15. He studied studio art at City College of New York (CCNY) while he worked as a draftsman in the New Jersey and New York area, earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1975.

Works presented in the UNO exhibit were completed during the early sixties through the mid-seventies, with the exception of the 'Button' series painted between 2005 and 2007. Read more.

Wellness Exhibit on Display at Criss Library

A wellness exhibit is currently on display at Criss Library. The 'You Look MAVelous!' exhibit is on display near the main entrance of the library through Wednesday, Sept. 15.

It features UNO's Well Workplace Silver Award trophy, several wellness books, fliers from recent and upcoming events, as well as sun safety and fit tips. You Look MAVelous! is UNO's fitness and fall weight loss challenge.

For more information stop by the display or contact Anna-Maria Hansmann at (402) 554.2553.

One Book, One Nebraska Exhibit Also at Criss Library

One Book One Nebraska is a statewide reading program that selects a Nebraska themed book to be read and discussed around the state.

Highlighted authors have included Willa Cather and Alex Kava. This year's selection is The Home Place by Central City-born Wright Morris. Karen and Oliver Pollak have assembled a Morris exhibit on the main floor of the Criss Library. On display are books, essays, correspondence and manuscripts from their collection. The exhibition will be available through the end of September.

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 (402) 554.2243.

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