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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.



Fall Course Grading Opens Today

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Course grading in mavlink will open today, Dec. 10, at 8 a.m. and continue until Friday, Jan. 7, at midnight. A tutorial about posting grades was sent to all faculty's Lotus Notes account, but is also available online at

Several walk-in help sessions for faculty members needing additional support have been scheduled. The sessions will be held in 106U Eppley Administration Building (down from Mail Services).  Stop by during any of the following days/times:

- Monday, Dec. 13
9 to 11 a.m.

- Tuesday, Dec. 14
9 to 11 a.m

- Monday, Dec. 20
9 to 11 a.m and 1 to 3 p.m.

- Tuesday, Jan. 4
1 to 3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 7
9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

For questions, contact a mavlink Faculty Support Team member listed below or visit

Tracy Bridgeford (
Timi Barone (
Anita Saalfeld (

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Parking Services Announces Permit Sales via Internet

Effective Monday, Dec. 13, students, faculty and staff will purchase parking permits and pay parking citations online. 

This new parking management software will streamline the parking permit and registration system for the user and the Parking Services staff. The link to purchase a permit, pay a citation or access campus maps can be found on the Parking Services website at

For questions about the new parking management system, call (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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Political Participation Celebration Today

At 10 a.m. today, 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. Today's 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.

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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Today'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)" today, 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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Firefly and SAP Downtime Set for Next Friday

The SAP support team is working on the annual maintenance and upgrade process to all SAP applications, including Firefly. Firefly and SAP R/3 downtime will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Due to the volume and complexity of the enhancements this year, the team expects it will take three-days to complete this task. Therefore, Firefly and the SAP R/3 system will not be available on the following days:

- Friday, Dec. 17

- Saturday, Dec. 18

- Sunday, Dec. 19 

Team members expect Firefly and the SAP R/3 system to be up and running on Monday morning, Dec. 20, and both will be available as usual during the 2010 holiday break, although with limited help desk support.    

The team appreciates everyone's understanding as they enhance the system for both the University of Nebraska and Nebraska State College System.

For questions, contact, (402) 472.7373 or  (877) 472.7694.

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Student-Athletes Sponsor Lydia House Diaper Drive

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is now collecting diapers for the Lydia House.  

All donations will be given to the Lydia House, 2706 N. 21st St., which provides emergency services for women and families in need of immediate assistance. Everyone can drop off diapers in the atrium of the Sapp Fieldhouse from Dec. 11-18. Monetary donations will be taken from Dec. 16-18.

Participating students will be placed in a drawing, which will be held at the men's basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sapp Fieldhouse.

For more information, contact Josh White at

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Students Sought for Academic Scholarship

The Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence (ICCAE) program at UNO seeks students to apply for the Intelligence Community Scholars (or IC Scholars program). The program is part of the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium, which includes UNO, UNL, Creighton University and Bellevue University.

The Intelligence Community is a career development program that provides students the opportunity to participate in international travel study programs, attend special IC-related conferences and workshops, visit the intelligence agencies in Washington, D.C., as well as take special IC-related courses and programs of study at UNO, within the consortium and at other ICCAE institutions. 

Applications are accepted through Jan. 15 by visiting The program is open to UNO students from all colleges and disciplines. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The program is especially interested in applications from women and members of under-represented minorities. The ICCAE Program is under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado.

The 2011 class of IC Scholars will be announced Feb. 1.

Call Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado at 554.4859 or at for more information.

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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:

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

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

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

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at

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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
7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Flu Shots Still Available at SHS

It's not too late. Flu shots are still available from UNO's Student Health Services (SHS). UNO Student Health Services is now located in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building atrium.

The cost is $15 for students with ID; and $20 for faculty, staff and others. For possible Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) reimbursement, faculty and staff should bring a BCBS insurance card. SHS office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call SHS at (402) 554.2374.

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In The News

In the News

- Phani Tej Adidam, Department of Marketing and Management, was quoted in the Dec. 5 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about price-tag psychology among retailers and consumers. Student Briana Gloria was also quoted in the article.

- Chris Allen, School of Communication, and Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, were quoted in the Dec. 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the new journalism program between UNO and Kabul University in Afghanistan.

- The Dec. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about the partnership program between David Corbin's students in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Western Hills Magnet Center. The program educated Western Hills students on physical activity and healthy eating while making a video for the Go! Dance Challenge.

- KPTM (Fox 42), KIOS (91.5 FM) and KVNO (90.7 FM) reported on research by Leslie Decker, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, on Dec. 3. Decker's research examines why older adults are more susceptible to falling.

- Paul Landow, Department of Political Science, was quoted in the Dec. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about leadership changes and the illegal immigration ordinance in Fremont.

- KPTM (Fox 42) interviewed Dave Smith, UNO Aviation, on Dec. 2 following a small airplane crash near Eppley Airfield.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Nov. 23 issue of the Daily Californian (University of California, Berkeley) on the failure of campus police to process citizen complaints in a timely fashion. Walker was quoted in the Charleston Gazette (West Virginia) on Nov. 26 about the need for statewide accountability for local police, and in the Modesto Bee (California) on Dec. 1 about the lack of national data on police use-of-force incidents.

- The Dec. 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a photo and brief article recapping World AIDS Day events that took place at UNO on Dec. 1. The Service-Learning Academy and other campus groups organized World AIDS Day events on campus this year.

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

- Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, recently published the article "Purchase of Service Contracting in Estonia" in Halduskultuur - Administrative Culture, an academic journal published in the Republic of Estonia. The article appeared in Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 239-254.

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

Free UNO Jazz Ensemble Performance Today in MBSC
The UNO Jazz Ensemble will serenade student center patrons at a free performance today, Dec. 10, starting at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The UNO Jazz Ensemble will perform under the direction of Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO.

For more information, contact Madsen at petermadsen@mail.unomaha.

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

The Wind Ensemble will begin their portion of the program with one of the earliest composition for winds, Occident and Orient, written by the famous French composer, Camille Saint-Saens in 1869.  Other works on their portion of the program include Fisher Tull's classic 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 thrilling 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.

Tonight's concert will conclude with the Concert Band performing three unique pieces.  A festive piece from the pen of James Curnow, Fanfare and Flourishes, and an introspective work, Daydream, by Timothy Mahr will be presented.  Rollo Takes a Walk a clever, tongue in cheek piece by one of the finest composers writing, David Maslanka.  

Tickets for "Prevailing Wind X" are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and free with a UNO MavCard.  Tickets will be available at the door.

For additional information, contact the University Bands Office at (402) 554.3352.

Moving Company to Celebrate 75th Anniversary This Sunday
UNO will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of The Moving Company, the university's modern dance company, during the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 12. Events start at 1 p.m. in the Dance Lab of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

"The Moving Company is one of the oldest university modern dance companies in the world," said Josie Metal-Corbin, the company's director and professor in the College of Education. "We very much enjoy having the campus community and public come to our lab and see what we do and how we rehearse." 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

Hagel Artifacts Still on Display at Criss Library through Dec. 19
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.

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 exhibition will run through Dec. 17.   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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