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No Ground hogs in Sight

No Ground hogs in Sight

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Students could see their shadows Wednesday, but there were no ground hogs in sight for Ground Hog's Day on the UNO campus.


Hayden House

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. . .



Campus Cell Phone Drive for YWCA Domestic Violence Program

UNO's Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and Delta Epsilon Omega Omaha Chapter have teamed up for a community service project to host a campus cell phone drive through Friday, Feb. 4, for the YWCA Domestic Violence Program.

"As part of the drive we will be collecting cell phones from UNO students, faculty and staff," said Terrie Miller, Black Studies instructor. "By donating old cell phones and chargers, individuals are keeping victims and their children safe. The phones will be used to re-distribute to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault."

A collection box will be placed at the Milo Bail Student Center Multicultural Affairs Office, located on the first floor.

For more information, contact Miller at (402) 212.9881.

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UNO Spirit Night Set for Feb. 9 Basketball Games

In the News

The UNO Office of Pre-Admissions will host UNO Spirit Night for UNO faculty and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Free tickets will be available to all faculty/staff members and their families, for the UNO-Missouri Western State University basketball games at Sapp Fieldhouse.

All those attending should bring their UNO ID and are encouraged to wear UNO black to 'Blackout' the games.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with the women's tipoff. The men's team is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Each UNO family can have up to six tickets. During the night, currently enrolled UNO students can compete to win a $500 scholarship.

For more information, contact Anna-Maria Hansmann at (402) 554.3533.

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Nominations Sought for Inaugural SAC UNO Spirit of Service Award

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 this link.

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

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Graduate Seminar Series in Biology to Present 'Periodical Cicadas'

The Graduate Seminar Series in Biology will host John Cooley on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Dr. Cooley will present his research on 'Periodical cicadas: unraveling the enigma.' The seminar will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 310 Allwine Hall.

Seven species of periodical cicadas occur throughout the eastern United States, but nowhere else in the world. For a bit of pre-seminar background on the natural history of these creatures, visit The prime numbered life cycle of these species and their synchronized occurrence in unbelievably large numbers is a topic that has intrigued biologists and naturalists for more than 300 years (Oldenburg, H. 1666). Some observations of swarms of strange insects and the mischief are done by them (Philos. Trans. London 1:137).

Questions? Contact L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger at (402) 554.2405 or

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Student Poetry/Comic Contest Seeks Original Nebraska Works

The UNO Department of Foreign Languages and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) have partnered with the Nebraska Humanities Council to offer a creative writing in Spanish contest, open to all Nebraska students, grades 5 through 12.

Submissions of poetry (10-30 lines) and/or comic strips (up to 750 words) that are written in Spanish will be accepted.

'Through Our Words: Second Creative Writing Contest in Spanish' encourages Nebraska poets and comic strip artists to submit original works in Spanish by Friday, March 4. Read more.

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'5 Habits of Highly Successful Investors' Retirement Seminar This 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 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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Collective Unconscious to Host Screening of 'Milk' Tonight

The Collective Unconscious Theatre will host a social justice movie night with a showing of the movie 'Milk' at Mammel Hall tonight, 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.

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UNO Chess Club Weekly Meetings Start This Saturday

The UNO Chess Club is re-establishing its weekly meetings. Members will meet starting this Saturday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room. Any and all chess players in the UNO community are welcome to attend.

"We will meet starting this Saturday and subsequent Saturdays for the remainder of the semester with the exception of the dates immediately before and after Spring Break," said Joe Knapp, UNO Chess Club president. "Please bring your sets and boards, and a clock if desired."

MBSC locations may change. For details watch eNotes and check the plasma screens placed throughout the MBSC.

For more information, e-mail or call (402) 515.0064.

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UNO UFO Study Group to Sponsor Free 'Roswell' Screening This Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will sponsor a free screening this Saturday, Feb. 5, of the made for TV docudrama 'Roswell,' starring Kyle McLaughlin and Martin Sheen. The screening will start at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building auditorium.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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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.

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