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UNO Course Profiles: Cuba at the Crossroads

video by Charley Reed

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado teaches a class that looks at where Cuba could be going in the future now that it is 50 years after the revolution.


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Sapp Fieldhouse

The Sapp Fieldhouse: If These Walls Could Talk

You probably walk past it every day but, unless you are an athlete, or in the athletic department, you can count the times you've been inside the Sapp Fieldhouse on two, or fewer, hands. continue. . .



'Dark Play or Stories for Boys' Previews This Week at UNO

The UNO Theatre Department will celebrate its first production of 2011 this week with a preview showing of 'Dark Play or Stories for Boys' Wednesday, Feb. 23. Tickets are on sale now.

An additional preview showing will take place on Feb. 24 before official performances open on Feb. 25. Other showings include Feb. 26 and March 2 – 5 with the house opening at 7 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. curtain. All performances will take place in the UNO Theatre located in the Weber Fine Arts Building on campus. Read more.

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Maverick Hockey on NET Television Friday Night

Two highly ranked collegiate hockey teams face off on the ice when the Denver University Pioneers take on the UNO Mavericks at Omaha's Qwest Center, airing live on 'Maverick Hockey,' Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. on NET1 and in high-definition on NET-HD.

Dave Ahlers will call the play-by-play action, with color commentary provided by former UNO hockey player Kendall Sidoruk. Larry Punteney will provide rink-side reports.

The hockey match will also be webcast live on NET's website ( All that is needed is access to the Internet and a free Windows Media Player program. Webcasting of the series is a free service of NET.

'Maverick Hockey' is a production of NET Sports, Nebraska's Home for Sports. NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET's website at

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PKI Spring Open House This Saturday

The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) will open its doors from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 26, for an open house.

The open house allows prospective students and their families to find out more about the programs available in the UNO College of Information Science and Technology and the UNL College of Engineering (Omaha campus). Opportunities to meet with faculty, current students, facility tours, lab demonstrations and information sessions make up the day. Tours will also be available for housing at the Pacific Location. 

Registration not required. Questions? Call (402) 554.3333.

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Cholesterol Testing Available at UNO Fitness Center and Exercise Physiology Lab

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

Know your numbers: High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors for all types of cardiovascular diseases. Have your cholesterol screened for $25 at the UNO Fitness Center and Exercise Physiology Laboratory today. Call (402) 554.3221 for an appointment.

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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UNOrthodox Speaker Series Kicks Off Today

New this year, the UNOrthodox speaker series features student-nominated faculty who are dedicated to advancing an intellectual, cultural, physical and social learning environment. The inaugural UNOrthodox speaker series events are happening today, Feb. 22, and next month.

The new speaker series is a unique approach to generate honest and thought-provoking conversations at UNO. Developed through a partnership between Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Student Government and other campus partners, the UNOrthodox speaker series is designed to spark new ideas for the campus and metropolitan community.

Although the spring semester's two speakers have been selected, students are encouraged to nominate faculty for the fall 2011 semester. Nominations will be accepted online at through Tuesday, March 1, with two faculty selected to speak in September and October.

Today, Feb. 22
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons
• Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science and Office of Latino/Latin American Studies
"Which Way to Your Amerika?" – Benjamin-Alvarado asks the question, and searches for the place where Latinos sit within the combative and often hostile milieu of contemporary American life. The topics covered include racism, immigration, the toxic political discourse, social marginalization, redemption and unity.

For more information, call Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at (402) 554.2711.

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Honors Program to Host Media Specialist at Today's 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 today, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Grojean is a media specialist at Bellevue East High School and a professor in UNO's College of Education. 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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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 today, 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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Panel Discussion Tonight on Transitioning from College to the Workplace

UNO will be the site for a 'Multicultural Alumni Panel: Making Transitions from College to Career' tonight, Feb. 22, form 5 to 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

This program provides an opportunity for networking between alumni and current students. Additionally, panelists will share their personal experiences regarding career exploration, transition from college to full time employment and navigating workplace challenges.

JoAnna LeFlore from Building Bright Futures will serve as the moderator. A question and answer period will conclude the event.

Guest panelists will include:

- Edgar De Leon, Baxter Chrysler Jeep Dodge

- Kara Warner, Child Saving Institute

- Kristel Daly, Kiewit

- Adriana Afong, Kiewit Engineering

- Ron Jefferson, Omaha Public Power District

- Valley Killscrown Copeland, Lincoln Public Schools.

Reception with free appetizers begins at 5 p.m. with the panel discussion following at 5:30 p.m.

For special needs or assistance, call (402) 554.2711.

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Creighton Professor to Speak at Friday's Religious Studies Colloquium

Nicolae Roddy, associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Creighton University, will highlight 'Eastern Orthodox Christianity' this 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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Women's and Gender Studies Colloquia Friday

Robbin Ogle, an associate professor in the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will present 'Measuring Resistance to Patriarchy' this Friday, Feb. 25, in 311 Arts and Science Hall. The hour-long colloquium starts at noon.

Her presentation will make an argument for bringing patriarchy back into criminological research and identifies its existence in social institutions and how that might be operationalized in research.

Questions? Contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at

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UNO UFO Study Group Weekly Schedule Reminder

During the spring semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will meet every Wednesday in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and every Saturday in 285 Durham Science Center (DSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

Can't make it to a meeting? If not, try and catch UNO's streaming audio program -- 'Spooky Action at a Distance' -- on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. at

For more information, call John Powers at

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OPS, UNO Partner to Host Culture Fair This Sunday

The UNO Service-Learning Academy, in partnership with Omaha Public Schools, will host 'CultureFest 2011' from 2 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will give UNO and Omaha Public Schools students the opportunity to ‘explore the world' through performances, exhibits, hands-on activities, ethnic food and more, including henna tattoos, Chinese name-writing, drumming, dancing and the sampling of international candies.

The event will allow students of all levels to collaborate on a project that is global in scope. The performances, demonstrations and exhibits will provide opportunities for students to become more immersed in other cultures, and broaden their understanding of the world. For the greater community, it's a chance to discover and celebrate cultures and ethnicities represented in Omaha. Read more.

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Adobe Connect Pro Upgrade Brownbag Next Week

UNO Information Services will host an Adobe Connect 8.0 Brownbag Thursday March 3, in the U mon hon Room of the Milo Bail Student Center from noon to 1 p.m.

This Brownbag is an overview of the user interface changes that will occur when the UNOConnect system transitions from 7.5 to Adobe Connect 8.0 in late March. Like the current system, Connect 8 is a web collaboration system that allows UNO faculty and staff to conduct online classes, meetings and presentations with participants worldwide.

The new user interface makes leading or participating in UNOconnect class sessions and presentations even easier. Please join IS staff for an overview of ‘what's new', or simply to see how Connect 8 might benefit you.

For more information, contact Ted Turgeon at

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Notre Dame's Ryan Nichols to Present at March 4 Philosophy and Religion Talk

The Department of Philosophy and Religion will sponsor a guest speaker who will talk on 'The Origins of the Problem of Evil & The Cognitive Science of Religion' at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 4, in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Ryan Nichols, from the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, will highlight the patterns of historical response to the problem of natural evil for Christian theism made salient for enlightenment thinkers by the devastating Lisbon earthquake of 1755. He will explain why natural disasters are often interpreted as punishments from God, how Christians give nuance to God's casual relations to the physical world, and the role if in-group religious cognition in times of crisis. All while applying research from the cognitive science of religion, supernatural punishment theory and evolutionary psychology.

For more information, contact William Melanson at

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Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO.  There are several different categories to choose from:

- Individual: $50 (admits listed owner only)

- Dual: $75 (admits both listed owners or one listed owner and one guest)

- Household: $89 (admits both listed owners or one listed owner and one guest and up to 6 dependent children ages 3-20)

- Grandparent: $89 (admits both listed owners or one listed owner and one guest and up to 6 grandchildren ages 3-20)

New in 2011: Free IMAX admission for the member's household. Also, discounted admission to the Safari Park, Members' Day event, discounted Zoo classes, and reciprocal privileges to more than 100 zoos nationwide. The 2011 membership passes expire March 31, 2012.

Memberships are being sold in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building.  For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at (402) 554.2263 or

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Bravo! Wall of Fame

Bravo!, UNO's Business & Finance Wall of Fame, is a visible place to post written messages about the great work university employees are doing to make UNO better every day. Bravo! is also open to all UNO employees. To view recent posts, visit Bravo! at To submit a posting, e-mail Compliments can be for any reason.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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