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Heydays of the Hayden House

On Oct. 8, 2010, UNO's new Welcome Center was unveiled with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Around $1 million had been invested in restoring what had most recently been the home of the Goodrich Program. With the renovation of the former-Engineering building to make-way for the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building, Goodrich had new home and something needed to be done with a building that, frankly, had too much history to get rid of. continue. . .

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A Frustrating Weekend

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The Bemidji Beavers gave the Maverick hockey team plenty to be frustrated about over the weekend (Jan. 14, 15) at Omaha's Qwest Center. Friday's game ended in a 2-2 time after overtime while Bemidji won Saturday's game 3-2 in overtime.



NU Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, Jan. 28, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at

Following are highlights of the January Board meeting. A complete agenda and schedule is also available. Read more.

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Physics Colloquium Welcomes Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Director

The Department of Physics Colloquium Series continues today, Jan. 28, with director of the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility (NBCF) -- Nick Stergiou. He will present, "Why the Physics Departments should be interested about what is going on at the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility?" from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center.

Biomechanics is defined as the study of forces that act on a body and the effects that they produce. These effects can many times be revealed as the normal variations that occur in motor performance across multiple repetitions of a task. This movement variability is largely unexplored and the work at the NBCF at UNO focuses on this domain. Dr. Stergiou will be presenting the current research work at NBCF that has received just last year more than three million dollars of funding.

For more information, contact Iulia Podariu at

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Student Government Election Applications Available through Feb. 14

Student Government election applications are available now through Monday, Feb. 14, and can be found at the Student Government website,

To run in elections, candidates must submit applications to the Student Government website no later than Monday, Feb. 14, be enrolled in at least six credits hours at UNO, have a 2.0 cumulative GPA and must attend the mandatory election meeting on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.  Read more.

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Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of Dec. 1-31, those receiving grant awards totaling $799, 971 are:

Robert Bernier
College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Nebraska Business Development Center
Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration

Title: Procurement Technical Assistance Program for the State of Nebraska
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/DLA

Anne Hellbusch
College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media/KVNO
Title: Whitmore Charitable Trust
Sponsor: Whitmore Charitable Trust

Lisa Kelly-Vance
College of Arts and Sciences/Psychology
Title: State-Wide Response to Intervention Consortium of Training and Evaluation
Sponsor: UNL

Pete Madsen
College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media/Music
Title: Omaha Jazz Workshop Summer Camp Featuring the Jim Widner Big Band 2011
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Renat Sabirianov
College of Arts and Sciences/Physics
Title: Collaborative Research: Cyberinfrastructure-enabled Computational Nanoscience for Energy Technologies
Sponsor: EPSCoR / National Science Foundation

Nicholas Stergiou
College of Education/Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Perception and production of complex movement variability in children with autism
Sponsor: Autism Speaks

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at (402) 554.2286, or visit

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Nominations Sought for Inaugural SAC UNO Spirit of Service Award

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Members of the UNO community are being asked to nominate UNO office/service staff for the inaugural UNO Spirit of Service of Award presented by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). The $1,000 award will recognize outstanding non-managerial individuals who provide service that strengthens the community and improves the lives of others. Nomination forms are due by Friday, Feb. 25.

"This inaugural award would not be possible if it were not for a private donor. The annual award will consist of a $1,000 monetary gift," said Andy Taylor, SAC president. "A former UNO employee presented a $25,000 gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the annual award."

In addition to exemplary performance of assigned job responsibilities, nominees should:

Demonstrate a commitment to the UNO community through the expression of university values in such ways as (1) helping students, (2) furthering their own education and (3) working towards advancement at UNO. Examples of service may include working on university committees, attending and/or participating in non-mandatory campus event or being an effective ambassador for UNO.

"There is enough funding available that the NU Foundation informed us that the inaugural UNO Spirit of Service Award will be presented to two office/service recipients," Taylor said. "It's important to note that only bi-weekly UNO employees are eligible for the award."

To recognize the winners, SAC will present the awards at this year's Faculty Senate-Staff Advisory Council banquet on Wednesday, April 27.

For additional guidelines and nominations forms, visit

Questions about the nomination process should be directed to Susan McCollum, SAC Activities Committee chair, at (402) 554.3636.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Membership Card Changes Reminder

Human Resources reminds Blue Cross Blue Shield participants that membership cards recently sent out to the UNO campus community have changed from previous cards. The cards no longer list dependents on the plan.

Any changes made to a medical or dental plan, as of Jan. 1, will be visible to providers and Blue Cross. Dependents may use the new cards. Providers will see new dependents added to the system as soon as the Blue Cross membership office has processed the information.

The same is also true for Eyemed Vision Care coverage. It may take a few days for providers to see any additional dependents added to a plan..

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'Spooky Action at a Distance' to Air Fridays This Semester

During the spring semester, UNO's UFO Study Group will broadcast its radio program "Spooky Action at a Distance" live every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Listen to the program on streaming audio at

Want to attend a meeting and learn more? If so, the group meets every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in 285 Durham Science Center. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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1 p.m. Webinar Feb. 2 on 'Addressing the Needs of the Adult Learner'

Please join the Center for Faculty Development for the next webinar from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons. This webinar is entitled "Academic Advising for Student Retention and Persistence: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of the Adult Learner." The center will provide treats and all are welcome to attend.

Contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or for more information.

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'5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors' Retirement Seminar Next Friday

Human Resources will offer its next retirement planning seminar on Friday, Feb. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon (Omaha) Room. Mark your calendars and bring a friend to this informative seminar led by UNO's TIAA-CREF representative Jana Steigelman-Simon. Her topic will be "5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors." 

"So, come to the seminar on February 4 to find out some valuable tips about how you might be able to maximize your retirement plan contributions," said Esther Scapello, manager of benefits for Human Resources.

Click on for the details on the March 4 and the April 1 seminars.

For more information, contact Scarpello at (402) 554.3660.

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HR Commuter Wheel Tax Reminder

Human Resources is compiling the list of employee addresses to identify those who will need to comply with Omaha's new Commuter Wheel Tax. HR staff will rely on the information that they have on record in SAP and Firefly. Please check your current residential address information in Firefly and if necessary, update your record accordingly. More information about how UNO will be collecting the tax is being developed and will be published in eNotes. Additional information can also be found on the City of Omaha website at

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Mileage Reimbursement Rate Change

Effective with travel occurring on or after Jan. 1, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty-one cents ($.51) per mile as established by the IRS. The 2010 rate was fifty cents ($.50) per mile. This new rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel.

UNO's mileage reimbursement policy can be found at Contact Accounting Services (402) 554.42320 with questions.

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UNO Sociology Club

The UNO Sociology Club (UNOSC) will meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) this semester. Anyone with an interest in the sociology is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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'Stress Management: Managing Life, Work and Family' Workshop Next Month

Wellness Graphic

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

Make a New Year's resolution that will last all year.  Lowering your stress levels will help you manage your work, life and family.

Human Resources, Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and the Counseling Center are sponsoring a stress management seminar open to all faculty, staff and students. The seminar will be on Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the College of Public Affais and Community Service Collaborating Commons. The seminar times are 11 a.m. to noon and noon to 1 p.m. (repeat presentations).

The speaker is Cathy Pettid from the UNO Counseling Center. Her topic is titled "Stress Management: A Holistic Approach."

"Through interactive participation and laughter, participants will learn that stress does not occur in a vacuum. Our stress levels are influenced by both our immediate environment and the world at large," Pettid said.  "Participants will explore their own unique stress responses and learn the four levels of defense against stress."

The idea for the stress management seminar came from HR and CCSW. "Many women today are working, going to school and raising families which create conflict and stress. It seemed good to partner with CCSW since half our workforce is women," said Human Resources Director Mollie Anderson.

UNO is increasing their campus wellness efforts. "We are working on wellness and an important piece is mental health wellness," Anderson said.

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, visit

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In The News

In the News

- Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, was quoted in the Jan. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the mayoral recall election. Adkins and Loree Bykerk, also of Political Science, were quoted in a Jan. 26 Omaha World-Herald following the election.

- Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed Jan. 23 by CBS Radio about the political stand-off in Afghanistan between President Karzai and Parliament.

- A Jan. 26 New York Times article on the mayoral recall election featured comments from Paul Landow, Department of Political Science.

- The Jan. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about school banks, quoting Mary Lynn Resier, Center for Economic Education. UNO has partnered with a handful of local schools to teach students about personal finance and saving money.

- A Jan. 24 article published by the Inside Higher Ed website on faculty unions and budget cuts quoted Rachel Roiblatt, Grace Abbott School of Social Work and an officer in the UNO chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

- David Volkman, Finance, Baking and Law, was featured in the Jan. 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the Maverick Investment Club.

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

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In Print

- Robert Woody, Psychology, has an article titled "Open-mindedness to changing practices" appearing in the current issue of the Florida Psychologist, published by the Florida 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

Collective Unconscious to Host Feb. 3 Screening of 'Milk'
The Collective Unconscious Theatre will host a social justice movie night with a showing of the movie "Milk" at Mammel Hall on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.

Food will be provided, and Department of Theatre Chair D. Scott Glasser will lead a brief discussion following the film.

There is a suggested donation of $3 for students and $5 for adults. Donations will be put toward applying for non-profit status. Read more.

Beatles Tribute Show Coming to UNO
The Strauss Performing Arts Center will host the critically-acclaimed, and widely enjoyed, Beatles tribute show "Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience" on Saturday, Feb. 19.  The concert will benefit Omaha's Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra.  Read more.

Spring Department of Theater Production Dates Announced
Performances of "Dark Play or Stories for Boys" by Carlos Murillo run from Feb. 23-26 through March 3-5 in the UNO Theatre, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The box office opens on Feb. 14. "Dark Play" is directed by Amy Lane.

Play Synopsis: When 14-year-old Nick comes across a naively worded ad from 16-year-old Adam reading, "I want to fall in love," he's blown away. What is this love? Already bored with cyber sex and posting fake online ads, Nick invents the girl of Adam's dreams, Rachel, and Adam and Rachel fall hard. But as the cyber relationship heightens, so do the emotional stakes in the real world, until the two collide with devastating consequences.

Performances of "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare run from April 13-16 and April 20-23 in the UNO Theatre. The box office opens on April 4. "Twelfth Night" is Directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf.

Play Synopsis: This drama is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. Viola, cross dresses and takes the man's name of Cesario. Viola enters the service of the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. Orsino longs for the love of a neighboring countess. Viola (Cesario) then falls in love with Orsino. To add to the farce Viola's (Cesario) identical twin, Sebastian arrives on the scene. Living in Olivia's household is her uncle, Sir Toby Belch, a merry character. The steward of the household is the conceited Malvolio. The plot illustrates jealousy, mistaken Identity, cross-dressing and features fights and duels. In the end Sebastian and Olivia fall in love and marry. Orsino realizes that it is Viola that he loves and she agrees to marry him. Sir Toby Belch and Maria also decide to marry! Twelfth Night ends and everyone, except Malvolio, is happy and Shakespeare speaks of the madness of love.

Call (402) 554.2406 for discounted season tickets today. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Theatre. Tickets are free for all UNO students and only $5 for all other students. For tickets visit or call the box office at (402) 554.PLAY.

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

'MAKE' Show to Highlight Graphic Design
Graphic design thesis projects will take center stage in the UNO Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery through Feb 11. The show, titled "MAKE", will feature a variety of graphic design works done by UNO students from the Department of Art and Art History.

"The students put things together, combine elements, alter to form something new in their graphic design work," said Avery Mazor, graphic design instructor. "This show highlights a range of creative and innovative ideas and practices used to create a new brand, and communicate that brand in a variety of forms. Ultimately, it's about creating a seamless consumer experience."

The gallery is open during regular library hours and "MAKE" will remain in the space through Feb. 11. There will be a reception in the gallery on Monday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call (402) 554.2420. 548.3614.

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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