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Swinging in the Sunshine

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The sun is shining and the snow is melting. UNO's Hula Hoop Club came out into the spring-like weather on Wednesday (Feb. 15) to demonstrate their skills. The 18-member club was formed last fall.

Through the Lens

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Mavs Sweep the Badgers

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's hockey team set records over the weekend (Feb. 11, 12) at Omaha's Qwest Center with 4-1 and 4-3 victories over the University of Wisconsin. A record crowd of 15,137 was in attendance Friday night and Saturday's victory gave UNO coach Dean Blais his 300th career victory.

Sweep Gives Mavs Boost in Polls

UNO Tube Archive Collaboration and Syncopation

Collaboration and Syncopation

video by Charley Reed

As part of the regular Masters & Music series, this event brought together the musical act fathr∧ (Dustin Bushon and Dapose) and Hesse McGraw, the chief curator for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.


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UNO Magazine Mailed Earlier This Week

The UNO Magazine was mailed to all UNO graduates and to community leaders throughout Nebraska and around the nation earlier this week.

The Spring 2011 issue focuses on "Crime, Safety and Justice for All." Many of the topics covered in the magazine are relevant to a general audience — like preventing identity theft, tips on hiring a lawyer and the trend toward Victim Offender Mediation programs at schools and in the workplace.

Members of the campus community and public can view UNO Magazine online at  It's available to read as an interactive "flipbook," as a downloadable PDF or as web-linked individual stories.

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Learn More About New Blackboard Version 9.1 Today

The next opportunity for UNO faculty and staff to learn more about the new version of Blackboard will be a Brown Bag Lunch demonstration at noon today, Feb. 17, in 261 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).

The upgrade from Blackboard Version 8.5 to Version 9.1 is planned for the weekend of May 9. The most noticeable improvement in the new version of Blackboard is easier navigation or fewer clicks for instructors. Increased functionality includes options for wikis, blogs and journals. The assignment feature, grade center and discussion board also have improvements. 

Faculty and staff can familiarize themselves with the new features and improvements in Blackboard 9.1 several ways:

Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations - Feb. 17: Noon to 1 p.m. 261 PKI

Upgrade Website - - This web site will help keep you informed of brown bags demonstrations, workshops, support documentation and other information as UNO moves towards the "Go Live" date. 

Test Drive - You can test drive Blackboard 9.1 by pointing your web browser to: (Address active October 15th) Use the same login and password as you do in the current version. Course content has not been copied to this version; however, each faculty has been given a blank developmental course to utilize.

Hands-On Training - Watch your e-mail for more training opportunities March through May of 2011.

If you have questions, contact Information Services Technical Support at (402) 554.HELP (4357) or e-mail

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Archaeology Presentation Today in MBSC

Today's archaeology presentation with Daniel Pugh will discuss 'Plains Oneota Archaeology and the Flow of Identity' in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.  

Refreshments will be served. Today's event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

For further information, contact Mary Ann Powell at (402) 554.2626.

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Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization Welcomes Mark Hasebroock to Mammel Tonight

Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization invites the campus community to attend this evening's guest lecture with venture capitalist Mark Hasebroock from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in 228H Mammel Hall. 

Hasebroock, who is well versed in web start ups, investment banking and venture capital, will be speaking on a the general balance of life and the world of venture capitalists in the Midwest. For details on the guest speaker, visit

Dress is business casual.  Mr. Goodcents will be catered.

For more information, contact Derek Stearns at

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Presentation on Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Tonight at Alumni

UNO will host a presentation by a nationally-known scholar of World War One tonight, Feb. 17. Professor Steven Trout will present 'Voices from the Tomb: The Unknown Soldier and American Culture, 1921-1941' at 7 p.m. in the W. H. Thompson Alumni Center.

Trout is chair of the Department of English at Fort Hays State University, Kansas. He has authored Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War (2002) and his most recent book, On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941 (2010). His presentation at UNO is free and open to the campus community and public.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Department of History, and the Department of English's Dual Enrollment Program have sponsored the event.

For more information, contact the Department of English at (402) 554.3476. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact (402) 554.3476 in advance of the program.

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KU Librarian to Present about Open Access Movement This Friday

Join library staff at the next workshop in the Lifecycle of Scholarly Communication Series, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Study, located on third floor of Criss Library. The presenter will be Ada Emmett, Scholarly Communication associate librarian with the Center for Digital Scholarship at the University of Kansas (KU) Watson Library.   

Topics to be covered include:

- Basics of Open Access, what, why and how;

- Details of Open Access policies and funding agencies;

- Case study at KU and the Center for Digital Scholarship; and

- Multifaceted approaches by scholars, universities and libraries all over the world with innovative practices demonstrating success.

 Refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Linda Riviera at

This workshop received support from the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and Center for Faculty Development.

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McQueen to Curate Latest Student Art Exhibition, Reception Tomorrow

Omaha curator Brigitte McQueen will select works by UNO undergraduate studio art majors for the Spring 2011 Annual Juried Student Exhibition. More than 40 full-time students will be represented in the show, which opens with a free public reception Friday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery.

McQueen has been curator of the Underground Gallery at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and owner of Pulp Gallery in the Old Market. Currently she is establishing a new non-profit that will work to strengthen the creative culture of Omaha by providing services to local artists.

The Juried Student Exhibition showcases the many areas of concentration available through UNO's Department of Art and Art History Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. Read more.

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First 'Maverick Monday' for 2011 Is Feb. 21

Future UNO Mavericks will converge on campus for Pre-Admissions first 'Maverick Monday' of the semester next week.

Six of the open house programs are held each year for high school students from Nebraska and Iowa as well at UNO's Midwest Student Exchange Program participants.

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

On Monday, Feb. 21, 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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Registration Begins Monday for Mav Kids Summer Day Camp

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

Registration will officially begin for the UNO community on Monday, Feb. 21, for the 2011 Mav Kids Summer Day Camp. Open registration for the general public will begin on Saturday, March 5.

Campers will join Mav Kids Summer Day Camp staffers as they explore different weekly themes and enjoy exciting activities all summer long. Weekly themes and details are available at the Mav-Rec Youth Programs website at

The camp is being expanded this year to include children currently in kindergarten up to age 14. Cost for UNO students and Campus Recreation members is $125 per week; for UNO faculty/staff (non-Campus Rec members) $135 per week; and the general public is $145 per week.

Visit the Mav-Rec Youth Programs website for registration details or call Lisa Medina at (402) 554.2859.

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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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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Writing Center Workshop Series:  Citing Sources in the MLA, Chicago and APA Styles

Whether they're undergraduates writing research papers for class or advanced scholars writing for publication, many writers find themselves bogged down in the details of citation – quotation marks or italics, comma or period, author's full name or just the initials?

The UNO Writing Center can help. The Writing Center's graduate consultant, Kathy Radosta, has developed interactive workshops on the most frequently used citation systems. All workshops are open to any member of the campus community:

- A workshop on the ‘MLA style' is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room.

- A workshop on the ‘Chicago style' is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the MBSC Jenkins Room.

- A workshop on the ‘APA style' is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the MBSC U Mon Hon Room.

Light refreshments will be served. To register, contact the Writing Center at (402) 554.2946 or write to

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Honors Program to Host Media Specialist in Speaker Series

The UNO Honors Program will hold a speaker series event on 'Technology in the Classroom: Teaching in Digital Environments' with guest speaker Wendy Grojean, a media specialist at Bellevue East High School and a professor in UNO's College of Education.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Students from all majors are welcome to come and hear how technology is influencing education in classrooms throughout our community. Popcorn will be served.

For questions, contact an Honors Program representative at

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Deadline Monday for ORCA Fund for Investing in the Research Enterprise Grants

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) invites faculty to apply for a Fund for Investing in the Research Enterprise (FIRE). The submission deadline for this call for proposals is this Monday, Feb. 21. FIRE grants will support the collection of preliminary data/proof of concept for faculty projects that demonstrate a high potential for attracting substantial extramural funding. Deadline for proposals is by 5 p.m. Feb. 21. The guidelines for submission and other proposal documents are available at

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ORCA Undergraduate Scholarly Experience Grants Available

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) announces the Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experience (FUSE). FUSE grants will support the participation of undergraduate scholars in faculty-mentored research and creative activity. FUSE proposals are now being accepted. The submission deadline for this call for proposals is Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at 5 p.m. The guidelines for submission and proposal cover page are available at

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Now Accepting Applications--3rd Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

The Office of Research and Creative Activity at UNO is pleased to accept applications for the 3rd annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair. The Fair will take place on April 5-6 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 are available at Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 7.

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

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