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Big Crowd at Spirit Night

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The men's Maverick basketball team improved their record to 14-7 Wednesday (2-9) night with a 96-84 win over Missouri Western. UNO senior Tyler Bullock was high scorer with 25 points. One lucky UNO student also was a winner as he won $500 from Omaha's Metro Credit Union.



Career Center Offers Financial Fair for Students Today

The average college graduate owes about $19,000 in student loan debt, according to a recent USA Today report.

To help college students better their financial future, the UNO Career Center will host an open house to educate students about their finances today, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

The open house, 'Plug into Your Financial Future,' will consist of five different stations staffed by local financial advisers available to visit with and answer questions from students one-on-one and in small groups.  Read more.

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UNO Announces Major Gift To Maverick Hockey

UNO's hockey program recently received the largest gift in its history – a gift that will be used to enhance its future. The gift, made by Omahans Ron and Connie Brasel through the University of Nebraska Foundation, extends the lifelong hockey fans' support of the Maverick team, a program they have supported since its inception.

"When UNO's program began we wanted to see what the college hockey experience was like," said Ron. "We absolutely fell in love with the college game.  We've been hooked on UNO hockey since day one at the Civic Auditorium." Read more. 

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Panel Discussion Tomorrow on 'What Can You Do With A Math Major?'

The campus community is invited to attend a Math Department discussion panel on 'What Can You Do With A Math Major?' this Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the 116 Durham Science Center. Speakers will discuss how math is used at his or her business or in their field of study.

The featured speakers are:

Michele Stevenson – Federal Bureau of Investigation;

Scott Kubie – adjunct professor for UNO College of Business and with CLS Investments;

Jim Rogers – associate professor for mathematics at UNO; and

Tom Helikar – research associate for mathematics at UNO.

For more information, contact Deb Challman at

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Learn More about Robots Feb. 19 at Strategic Air and Space Museum

Robots will be taking over the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 19, as the Nebraska Robotics Expo moves in.

Nearly 800 elementary, middle and high school students from schools across the state will participate in the event, showing off their science, engineering, technology and math, or STEM, skills using robotics in a sports-like atmosphere complete with music and cheering. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. with events starting at 9 a.m. The day will conclude with closing ceremonies at 4:15 p.m.

The Nebraska Robotics Expo, a collaboration between UNO, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and others, will feature the Nebraska FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament, the Junior FIRST LEGO Fair, and the CEENBoT Showcase.  Read more.

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Creighton Professor to Speak at Feb. 25 Religious Studies Colloquium

Nicolae Roddy, associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Creighton University, will highlight ‘Eastern Orthodox Christianity' on Friday, Feb. 25. His talk will be held in 438 Arts and Science Hall at 2 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Religious Studies Colloquium, is free and open to the UNO community and the public.

Dr. Roddy is a graduate of UNO's Department of Philosophy and Religion. He earned the M.A. degree at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Early Judaism and Early Christianity from the University of Iowa.

An associate of the Goren-Goldstein Center for Hebraic Studies at the University of Bucharest, Dr. Roddy lectures in Romania twice each year. For the past 12 years Dr. Roddy has co-directed the Bethsaida Excavations Project.

He is the senior editor for the new Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies and is the author of The Romanian Version of the Testament of Abraham: Text, Translation, and Cultural Context, published in the Early Judaism and Its Literature series of the Society of Biblical Literature (2001). Dr. Roddy also produced an edited work titled Words of a Shepherd: The Life and Writings of Protostavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich (Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Monastery, 2006) and is the author of several book chapters and journal articles.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at (402) 554.2628.

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Peace Corps on Campus Tomorrow

What do Thailand, El Salvador, Armenia, Ecuador, Uganda, Federated States of Micronesia, Ukraine and Costa Rica have in common?
These are eight countries where UNO alumni are currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, making a difference around the globe in various sectors such as health, youth development, environmental protection, education and community development.

UNO has had a total of 74 alumni serving as a Peace Corps Volunteers in 72 countries around the globe. You have an opportunity to continue UNO's legacy abroad upon graduation. The Peace Corps is currently hiring individuals from any academic discipline in sectors such as health, education, youth and community development, agriculture and environmental protection/development, business and information/communication technology.
You can learn more about these opportunities by joining Valerie Flynn (China, Education Development), the recruiter for Nebraska, for a General Information Meeting:

- Tuesday, Feb. 15
Milo Bail Student Center
Gallery Conference Room
6:30 to 8 p.m.
If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in learning more, you can also stop by the Peace Corps Information Table at the Milo Bail Student Center on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or contact Flynn directly at

For more information, contact Anne West-Leclou at (402) 554.3822 or

Both events are sponsored by UNO International Studies and Programs.

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Black History Month Celebration Continues This Week

The annual Black History Month celebration at UNO continues Tuesday, Feb. 15, with a Black History Month quiz game where UNO students can compete to win a trophy and prizes from local businesses. The competition will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Additional programming includes a presentation by Marilyn Johnson Farr about culture and racial isolation as experienced by African American women in the workplace; along with the second annual Gospel Explosion concert with performances by UNO students and members from the community. All events are free and open to the public. Read more.

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Deadline Tomorrow for Student Employee of the Year

Nominations are due tomorrow for the UNO Student Employee of the Year award.  Student employees working on campus are eligible. Graduate assistants, resident advisors and teaching assistants are not eligible.  To nominate a student, contact Tim Rochford, manager of Student Employment, at (402) 554.2465. Nominations are due to the Human Resources office by end of business Tuesday, Feb. 15.

The Student Employment ceremony will be held on Monday, April 18, capping off National Student Employment Week. The campus winner will receive a check for $75.

Eligible Terms of Employment:
Students must have been employed for a minimum of six months between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 (anticipated). 

Selection Criteria
Students will be evaluated on the following qualities:

1. Reliability

2. Quality of Work

3. Initiative

4. Professionalism

5. Uniqueness of Contribution
(In case of a tie, uniqueness of contribution should be the deciding factor.)

To obtain the nomination form, call Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465, or email your request to

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Virgin Galactic CEO to Present Durham Lecture, Receive Shea Award Wednesday

George Whitesides, chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, will be honored by the UNO Aviation Institute and the NASA Nebraska Space Grant this Wednesday, Feb. 16. Whitesides will receive the William F. Shea Award for his contributions to aerospace and present the 2011 Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture.

Virgin Galactic, the first U.S.-based and regulated space tourism company, will soon offer space flights to civilians who receive extensive training. Whitesides is the company's first CEO.

The event will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center. A reception is planned for 6:45 p.m., with Whitesides' lecture following at 7:15 p.m. Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the public. Read more.

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Honors Program to Host Blood Drive This Week

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the UNO Honors Program will host a blood drive through the American Red Cross to benefit those in need. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

"The need is constant, and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply," said Amanda Morrison, vice president of programming for UNO's Honors Program. "And you'll feel good knowing you've helped change a life,"

To register:

1. Go Online:;

2. Go to the "Make a Donation Appointment" box;

3. Search by "Sponsor Code";

4. Enter Code 1671, "Choose UNO"; and

5. Enter your donor information.

Please read all information about donating blood, including eligibility and preparation prior to making an appointment.

If you have any questions, e-mail an Honors Program representative at

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Speech Center to Offer Spring Lunch Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center is offering free workshops on presentation skills this semester. All students are invited to attend, and free pizza and pop will be provided. To register for one or more sessions, or for more information, contact the Speech Consulting Center at (402) 554.3201 or Space is limited, so participants must register in advance.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

"Communicating Across Cultures: Presentation Skills for Non-Native Speakers"*
Date: Wednesday, Feb.16
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U monhon Room
*This session has been designed for non-native English speakers

"Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness"
Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: MBSC Council Room

"Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides"
Date: Wednesday, April 20
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC U mon hon Room.

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Nominations Deadline Friday for 2011 CCSW Awards

Time is running out to nominated someone for UNO's Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW): Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community who have brought attention to women's issues, advanced women's issues and/or gender equity issues. Deadline for submission is this Friday, Feb. 18.

This year's recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 30, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale at the MBSC Business Office (554.3923) closer to the date.

CCSW will also honor a student scholarship award winner at the luncheon. To apply UNO students must meet the following qualifications: be an undergraduates who will graduate after fall 2011 and student must show significant contributions towards: (1) addressing improving the status of women or gender issues at UNO in their academic work or activities and/or (2) have academic excellence in fields where women are underrepresented.

The criteria for each award, scholarship, and its past recipients are available online at All nominations must be returned electronically by Friday, Feb. 18, to:

For additional questions, contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at (402) 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at (402) 554.3611 or

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Nominations Sought for Inaugural SAC UNO Spirit of Service Award

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Editor's note: Due to the interest and inquires about this inaugural award -- SAC will continue to allow nominations through Feb. 25.

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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Call for UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes.  Please visit for link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. 

Application forms are available on the UCAT web site

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.  Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at  Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 105.  Leah Pietron, associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, is the 2010-11 chair of UCAT and may be contacted at (402) 554.2801 or

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'On the Fringe' Paranormal Radio Show Airs Mondays

Listen to "On the Fringe Paranormal Radio Show," which is broadcast live from the UNO campus every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tune in to hear radio personalities -- Tyrone, Seth and Matt -- apply science to tackle the subjects that the scientific community is afraid to touch.

For show questions, contact the crew at, who will answer them live on the air.

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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the spring Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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