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UNO Honored at Regional Housing Conference

UNO Honored at Regional Housing Conference

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Earlier this month, UNO took its first delegation to the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH) regional conference at Missouri State University. UNO students traveled to the conference to attend programming sessions and gain valuable student leadership experience within housing programming.

UNO earned the Best Roll Call award for large schools. The award means that UNO Housing has now entered the spotlight, and more institutions across the region now see that UNO has on-campus housing and their students want to be involved.

MACURH represents more than 40 higher-education institutions. More than 500 students from across the country attended the housing conference.

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MET Link Conference at UNO

MET Link Conference at UNO

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UNO's College of Education and the Department of English hosted more than 100 educators from 11 school districts Saturday, November 6 for the MET Link conference at UNO. MET Link is designed to support English teachers. Keynote speaker for the event was Kelly Gallagher, an English teacher and coordinator in Anaheim, California. He spoke to participants on 'Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It.'



School of Social Work Commemoration Event at Stuhr Museum Tonight

The UNO School of Social Work and statewide organizations will hold a commemoration event at Grand Island, Nebraska's Stuhr Museum tonight, Nov. 12.  A brief ceremony and reception will be held to celebrate the naming of the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work at 7 p.m.

"We are incredibly pleased and excited to hold this commemoration in Grand Island," said Theresa Barron McKeagney, director of the School of Social Work.  "The mission of our school is to serve the entire state, and it's very appropriate to have this event in Grand Island."

Grace Abbott was born in Grand Island and is widely regarded as a founder of modern social work.  Read more.

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Noodles & Company Supports UNO's World Aids Day Dance Marathon Benefit

The Noodles & Company, 72nd and Dodge St., will donate 25 percent of its proceeds this evening, Nov. 12, to UNO's World Aids Day Dance Marathon Benefit. Customers just need to mention the fundraiser at the register from 4 to 10 p.m. to participate.

The World AIDS Day dance marathon runs from 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Hundreds of area high school and college students will dance for much of the evening and through the overnight hours on Saturday, Nov. 20, to increase awareness and raise money to fight HIV and AIDS locally and globally.

The fundraiser, organized by the UNO Service-Learning Academy, is open to local high school and college students. Visit to register; online registration is required for participation. Read more.

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Lot N Maintenance Notice for Saturday

Lot N, on the north side of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, will be closed all day Saturday, Nov. 13. Hawkins Construction Company workers will be on site to seal the concrete.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at

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Globalization of Auto Industry is Focus of Monday's Gildersleeve Lecture

The second annual Charles Gildersleeve "Know-Your-World" Lecture, held in conjunction with UNO's International Education Week, is Monday, Nov. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The event will feature remarks by Petr Pavlinek, a professor from UNO's Department of Geography/Geology. Pavlinek's lecture will analyze the globalization of the automotive industry and its implications for the U.S. Read more.

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UNO International Education Week Celebration Set for Nov. 15-19

UNO will showcase international education Monday through Friday, Nov. 15-19, in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

A variety of events are planned to give international students an opportunity to share their heritage with the campus community. Most activities are free and open to the public.

"International education enriches the lives of everyone who becomes involved culturally, academically and socially," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "However, one of the most important contributions is the mutual understanding that results among those who participate in international exchanges and the potential this has for global stability and peace."

This past year, there were nearly 1,500 international students at UNO. The five countries that provide the greatest number of students are South Korea, Japan, India, China and Saudi Arabia. In all, 119 countries – ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – were represented on campus.

Below is a listing of events, including dates, times and locations.

Monday, Nov. 15
- Study Abroad Table
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), first floor
Individuals can learn more about UNO's study abroad programs.

- Second Annual Gildersleeve "Know Your World" Lecture
Noon to 1 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room
Petr Pavlinek, UNO professor of Geography/Geology will present in memory of Professor Charles Gildersleeve to honor his contributions to international education at UNO.  Free pizza will be served.

- World Refugee Crisis Presentation:  Protecting Refugees
4 to 4:45 p.m.
Thompson Alumni Center
Marc Breslaw, executive director of the U.S. Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will present. 

- International Photo Contest Voting
Criss Library
All faculty, staff and students can vote for their favorite photos.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

- Global Marketplace and Bake Sale
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC)
Gifts from around the world and internationally-inspired baked goods for sale, with proceeds and donations going to the UNO International Student Emergency Fund.

- Day of Service
3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Liberty Elementary
UNO international students will spend their afternoons volunteering with after-school programs.

- International Photo Contest Voting
Criss Library
All faculty, staff and students can vote for their favorite photos.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

- Study Abroad Table
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER), first floor
Individuals can learn more about UNO's study abroad programs.

- International Photo Contest Winners announced
Criss Library

Thursday, Nov. 18
- Study Abroad Table
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mammel Hall
Individuals can learn more about UNO's study abroad programs.

Friday, Nov. 19
- International Dance Party
9 p.m. to midnight
MBSC Ballroom
Dance party featuring international music.

The Scott Dining Hall at University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute will offer an international menu Monday through Thursday, Nov. 15-18, and the images entered for the annual photo contest will be on display through Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Event sponsors include UNO International Studies and Programs, Sigma Iota Rho and International Student Services.

For more information, call (402) 554.2293.

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MAPS to Present "The Road to Becoming a Health Care Professional"

The Multicultural Association of Pre Health Students (MAPS) will present "The Road to Becoming a Health Care Professional" next week.

Participants will:

- Gain insight on medical careers;

- Explore avenues of enrichment activities;

- Learn about the MCAT;

- Network; and

- Get answers from professionals.

Events will be held throughout the week. For a full listing, visit

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Criss Library Sponsoring Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time during the Scholastic Children's Book Fair.  Criss Library will sponsor the event Monday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for Girls Inc.  All proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. 

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

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CPACS to Host Student Open House This Saturday

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service will host an open house this Saturday, Nov. 13 for students of all ages.

The event is open to UNO students who are interested in a major in the college, as well as prospective high school, transfer and adult students.

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Read more.

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NUFlex Enrollment Begins Next Week

2011 NUFlex enrollment dates this year will begin next week on Monday, Nov. 15. Enrollment runs through 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Although the enrollment information, including the NUFlex Benefits booklet and premium/price tag information won't be available until Nov. 15, benefit eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to begin thinking about the enrollment period now.

A few items to consider: Firefly, the university's business portal, will be used to update all employees' benefits ( Although individuals can't view the benefit information for 2011 yet, participants can begin by reviewing current benefit package online and making sure they are comfortable logging into their personal Firefly account.

For more information, visit

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You Look MAVelous! Closing Ceremony Monday

Wellness Graphic

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

The You Look MAVelous! program is reaching its end. To celebrate everyone's efforts a Closing Ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 15, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building atrium area from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"It will be a fun social hour for all participants of the You Look MAVelous! program," said Anna-Maria Hansmann, event organizer. "We will be having food and refreshments, music and we will be presenting the winning teams with their prizes."

Mav-Rec Wellness, Human Resources and Student Health Services hosted the third "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this fall on campus. Eight teams consisting of faculty, staff and students participated in the fitness and weight loss challenge.

For more information, contact Hansmann at (402) 554.2553.

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 (402) 554.2008, or

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Academic Regalia Deadline Next Friday

Commencement for December graduates will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.  Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, (402) 554.2336, by Friday, Nov. 19.

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Campus Holiday Open House Scheduled for Dec. 7

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. The event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

For details, click on this holiday invite

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Dec. 1, to Bob Cairns, at (402) 554.2311 or

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In the News

In the News

- Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, was interviewed by the Associated Press on Nov. 9 about U.S. Rep. Lee Terry serving on a subcommittee.

- A Nov. 8 Omaha World-Herald article about how Omaha residents view their city quoted Loree Bykerk, Department of Political Science.

- The Nov. 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a staff editorial praising Chancellor John Christensen, his recent appointment as president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and UNO's metropolitan mission of community engagement. The editorial also commended UNO's role in hosting the MET Link conference last Saturday.

- Paul Landow, Department of Political Science, was quoted in a Nov. 8 Omaha World-Herald article about a shortfall in the Douglas County pension fund.

- A Nov. 5 article highlighting service-learning projects in Omaha included UNO's Service-Learning Academy and Three Days of Service, quoting Kathe Oleson-Lyons.

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 (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

- Several School of Criminology & Criminal faculty and a UNO doctoral student recently published an article in the Journal of Youth & Adolescence regarding the number of hours adolescents report sleeping per night and participation in delinquent activities. The authors found that kids who are not sleeping the recommended hours per night (8-10) report significantly more property and violent offenses than youth who sleep the recommended number of hours per night. UNO authors included: faculty members Sam Clinkinbeard, Pete Simi, Amy Anderson and doctoral student Mary Evans. To view 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 (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

Grad Student Directs 'Rabbit Hole' This Weekend
UNO graduate student Zachary Clark Jennison is directing the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Rabbit Hole" this weekend at the Thompson Alumni Center.

"Rabbit Hole" is a play by David Lindsay-Albaire that explores the effects on the people left behind when a beloved family member dies.

"Rabbit Hole" runs tonight, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Severa Parlor at the Thompson Alumni Center, Friday and Saturday's shows are at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday show is at 5 p.m. Read more.

Ensemble A.M.I. to Perform ‘Dark Side of the Moon'
Ensemble A.M.I., (Artificial Music Initiative), the computer and electronic music ensemble of the UNO, will perform all the music from Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album on Thursday, Nov. 18.

Conducted by bassist Luke Sawtelle and with technical direction by keyboardist Paul Morrison, the show will feature full rock band instrumentation including background vocalists, multiple guitar and keyboard parts, saxophone, drums and multiple laptop players who will recreate, in a live setting, Pink Floyd's innovative music synthesis techniques.

The one-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  The event is free to students, faculty and staff with a university ID.  Read more.

UNO Theatre Presents Noises Off Nov. 17-Dec. 4
The Department of Theatre presents Michael Frayn's classic comedy-within-a-comedy, Noises Off, directed by D Scott Glasser. 

Previews run Nov. 17-18, with performances Nov. 19-20 and Dec. 1-4 at the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. 

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Nov. 17 will be a TAG Night Out. There will be a talkback session held in the theatre after the Dec. 3 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

Bancroft Street Market Welcomes Video Installations by UNO Students
Works by 18 student artists from the Department of Art and Art History at UNO will take center stage for one night only: Friday, Nov. 19, at the Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibition – Rear Window 2.0: Spectacles of Hope – features video works that wonder, inspire, engage and provoke viewers to take part in the revitalization of 10th and Bancroft Streets in Omaha. The video installations investigate how hope, spectacle and neighborhood engagement can come together to transform a sense of place. Read more.

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes Student Exhibition Through Dec. 17
Works by BFA and BA senior students from the Department of Art and Art History at UNO will be featured in the final exhibition of the Fall 2010 semester at the UNO Art Gallery.

The public is invited to an opening reception tonight, Nov. 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through Dec. 17.   Read more.

Criss Library Welcomes Hagel Artifacts in Latest Exhibition
Historic photographs and artifacts from the offices of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel are on display at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery inside Criss Library through Sunday, Dec. 19.

The exhibition – "A Senator's Walls: A Selection of Photographs and Artifacts from the Offices of Senator Chuck Hagel" – features more than 300 items from Hagel's offices in Washington, D.C., Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney and Scottsbluff. The items on display include photographs, awards, gifts, cartoons, newspapers and magazines, presenting a visual history of the senator's activities during his term. Read more.

Morrill Hall's 'Wildlife and Nature' Amateur Photo Exhibit
Kim Kronschnabel, UNO Cashiering/Student Accounts, photography is currently on display at the University of Nebraska State Museum "Wildlife and Nature" amateur photography exhibit. Amateur photographers from across Nebraska submitted entries July 1 to Sept. 30 as part of the museum's second annual photography contest. Nearly 500 images of birds, mammals, plant life, other wildlife, natural landscapes, and people interacting with nature will be showcased for museum visitors to enjoy.

The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 1. 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 (402) 554.2243.

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