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Kwanzaa Celebration

video by Charley Reed

A banquet organized by multiple student organizations was held on Dec. 3 to celebrate the week-long holiday.

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World AIDS Day at UNO

video by Charley Reed

On Dec. 1, UNO, along with countless others around the world, shined a light on AIDS and HIV with a special health fair thanks to some help from the Omaha community.



Criss Library to Extend Hours for Finals Week

The Criss Library is again extending hours for finals week in December. The library will stay open until 1 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday during finals week to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.   

Library hours for Dec. 12-16:

- Sunday, Dec. 12
noon to 1 a.m.

- Monday through Thursday, Dec. 13-16
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UNO Bookstore Holiday Sale Under Way

The UNO Bookstore is currently conducting its holiday sale. Buy one UNO/apparel item at regular price and receive the second item of equal or lesser value for half price. The sale runs through Friday, Dec. 17.

Holiday books, children's books and a huge selection of hardbound and paperback books are also 20 percent off.

UNO Bookstore hours are:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 11
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at

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Campus Recreation Siena/Francis House Drive Begins Today

Campus Recreation is collecting gently used clothing for the Siena/Francis House. The Siena/Francis House provides clothing to guests in their overnight shelter.

In an average year, Siena/Francis House will provide more than 20 tons of clothing to persons who are homeless. During an abnormally hard winter, this number will go up substantially, creating a greater need for this basic life necessity. Clothing bins will be placed at the entrance of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building starting today, Dec. 9, and through Thursday, Dec. 16.

For questions, contact Angie Helseth at (402) 554.3185 or Ashley Bails at (402) 554.3917.

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"Consider This" Investigates Nebraska's Delinquent Taxpayer List

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guest will investigate Nebraska's Delinquent Taxpayer List.  Prepared, maintained and published by the Departments of Revenue and Labor, the money owed ranges from $20,000 to more than $2 million – per person.

Wyatt and guest Doug Ewald, tax commissioner for Nebraska Department of Revenue, will answer:

- Who are these people; 

- How does the collection process work;

- What happens if they don't pay; and

- How does all of that impact our state budget? 

The program will air today, Dec. 9, at 11 p.m. on NET 1.

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

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Political Participation Celebration Is Friday

At 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, political science students will host a service-learning project celebration with students from Omaha South High School's Characters in Action (CIA) project. The event will take place at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The project's aim is to promote wider political participation and civic engagement in South Omaha's Latino community. The service-learning project, hosted by Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, included voter registration, mobilization, nonpartisan door-to-door "Get Out to Vote" canvassing, increasing Latino youth knowledge about the political process in general.

On Friday morning, the students will host a presentation that includes a short film on the service-learning collaborations and personal reflections on civic engagement. There will be an opportunity for Q and A with both the UNO and Omaha South students at the end of the presentation.

Earlier this year, UNO service-learning students, together with South High students, prepared for door-to-door canvassing on three Saturdays in October.

CIA South High students visited the UNO campus in October for a seminar – "Service Learning and Civic Engagement in South Omaha" – to emphasize the importance of civic engagement, civic participation and the structure of the voter mobilization project.

"Our collaborative service-learning and civic engagement efforts are preparing students and community partners for the challenges of the future. Everyone benefits from an engaged and informed citizenry, and having the opportunity and ability to advance those ideals is exciting," Benjamin-Alvarado said.

The project is funded by Building Bright Futures through the Service-Learning Academy at UNO.

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Final "Maverick Monday" for 2010 Is Dec. 13

Future UNO Mavericks will converge on campus next week to partake in Recruitment Services final "Maverick Monday" of the semester.

Six of the open house programs are held each year for high school students from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

"This is a great opportunity to visit campus if you haven't already done so," said Lamarr Womble, assistant director of Recruitment Services. "Maverick Mondays consists of a host of different events that provides students with a taste of college life."

On Monday, Dec. 13, students and their parents will be given the opportunity to meet with UNO representatives from academic departments and to take part in discussions on admission requirements and financial aid. Campus tours and housing will also be offered.

8:15 a.m. to noon Maverick Monday schedule:
- Free breakfast;

- College and academic department fair;

- Interactive Maverick millionaire game;

- Students/parent panel;

- Campus tours; and.

- Optional housing and college tours of the Pacific Location.

If interested in attending, registration is available through MavSpace at

For more information, contact Womble at (402) 554.3517 or

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Five Distinguished Scholars Honored at World-Herald Recognition Banquet

Five UNO students were recognized Dec. 6 at the annual Omaha World-Herald Recognition Banquet. The event took place at the Scott Conference Center.

The scholarship recipients are among the many high school seniors from Nebraska and Iowa who took part in the UNO Distinguished Scholarship competition last spring. The scholarships are used each year to attract top scholars to the university. Also honored at the banquet were area high school seniors who have excelled academically. Read more.

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New Criss Library Newsletter Available

Criss Library staff announces the first edition of, Criss Chronicles, the library's newsletter. Please copy the url and paste in any browser to begin reading.

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Lot R Notice

A row of parking, directly west of Allwine Hall in Lot R, will be barricaded for contractor work this Friday, Dec. 10. Keystone Glass will be on site with a lift at 7 a.m. The stalls will reopen after the work is completed.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at (402) 554.2582.

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Save the Date — Third Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

Save the date. The Office of Research and Creative Activity at UNO is pleased to announce the dates of the Third Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair. The Fair will take place on April 5-6, 2011 in the Milo Bail Student Center. 

All UNO students (undergraduate and graduate) and engineering students from the south campus are encouraged to apply. Application materials will be available in the next few weeks. Programs and proceedings from previous years are available at

For more information, contact the Office of Research and Creative Activity at (402) 554.2286 or

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Tomorrow's Women's and Gender Studies Colloquium to Focus on HIV/AIDS Issue

Jason Coleman, an assistant professor College of Education, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and the Women's and Gender Studies Program, will present 'Exploring HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma in Faith-based Organizations: Lessons learned from Project FAITH (Fostering AIDS Initiatives that Heal)' this Friday, Dec. 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon (Omaha) Room. The hour-long colloquium starts at noon.

The presentation is being hosted by the Women's and Gender Studies Program. The first 20 people to arrive will receive a complimentary box lunch. Anyone planning to bring a group or class to the event should contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at

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Holiday Card Program Deadline Tomorrow

The Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have teamed up once again to sponsor the annual Holiday Card Program. The deadline to participate is Friday, Dec. 10.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on greeting cards for colleagues to one of two scholarship funds at UNO - the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Fund (recipients are children of faculty and staff) or the General Scholarship Fund. Additional donations are also welcome. In return, a seasonal greeting that acknowledges contributors will be distributed to all UNO departments the week of Dec. 13.

Those who wish to donate should send a check (payable to UNO) to Cashiering/Student Accounts, EAB 109, by Friday, Dec. 10. Donors should designate one of the two scholarship funds listed above and indicate the name or names they wish to appear on the seasonal greetings card.

Click on to access a donation form.

For more information, contact Susan McCollum at (402) 554.3636.

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'UNO College Night at Maverick Hockey' This Friday

The Athletic Department is honoring the College of Information and Technology at the UNO hockey game against Michigan Tech this Friday, Dec. 10, at the Qwest Center. All faculty, staff, friends and family are invited to be part of this special "College Night" event.

Athletics is offering a special package that includes a ticket to the game and meal at Rick's Cafe Boatyard, all for just $22 a person. If you are already a season ticket holder for hockey, you can take advantage of this offer at Rick's Cafe Boatyard for only $10.50 a person for the buffet meal. 

For questions, contact Pam Schwarting at or (402) 554.3689.

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UNO Concert Bands Present ‘Prevailing Winds X'

For the tenth consecutive year, warm winds will fill the Strauss Center Recital Hall as the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band present their annual "Prevailing Winds" concert. James R. Saker, director of Bands and Courtney Snyder, assistant director of Bands, will conduct the program that begins Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

The Wind Ensemble will start their portion of the program with one of the earliest composition for winds, "Occident and Orient," written by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens in 1869. Other works on their portion of the program include Fisher Tull's "Sketches on A Tudor Psalm." Composed by James Barnes for the United States Marine Band, every section of the Wind Ensemble will be featured in a set of variations on one of the most recognizable themes ever created by the virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini. This portion of the program will conclude with a presentation of the "Finale of the Romantic Symphony" from one of America's best known and highly regarded composers, Nebraska native Howard Hanson. Read more.

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Gilman Scholarships Available for Pell-eligible Students to Study Abroad

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers funding for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two and four-year institutions who are receiving a Pell Grant to study abroad.

"Studying abroad during your undergraduate career can be a life-changing experience," said Emily Hardt, Study Abroad and International Exchanges advisor at UNO. "Receiving a Gilman Scholarship and studying abroad will make you a more competitive candidate for jobs, other scholarships, and admission to graduate programs."

For more information, contact UNO's office at or (402) 554.2293.  The Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

UNO deadline for fall 2011 and summer 2011 applications: Tuesday, Feb. 15. For details visit:



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