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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. . .



Black History Month Celebration Continues Today

The annual Black History Month celebration at UNO continues today, Feb. 23, with a presentation by Marilyn Johnson Farr about culture and racial isolation as experienced by African American women in the workplace. The free lecture will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Additional programming includes 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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Free Simulcast Tonight on Nebraska Humanities Council Thompson Forum

UNO will host a free simulcast of the Nebraska Humanities Council Thompson Forum Lecture: 'Torture, Obama and Us: The Moral Costs of the War on Terror' featuring Mark Danner tonight, Feb. 23. It will be broadcast live starting at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Danner is a writer and reporter who for more than 25 years has written on politics and foreign affairs, focusing on war and conflict. He has covered Central America, Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and the Middle East, among many other stories. He is professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of foreign affairs, politics and the humanities at Bard College.

Among his books are Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War, Torture and Truth, The Secret Way to War and The Massacre at El Mozote. Danner was a long-time staff writer at The New Yorker and is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. His work has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, Aperture, and many other newspapers and magazines.

Danner has co-written and helped produce two hour-long documentaries for the ABC News program 'Peter Jennings Reporting,' and his work has received, among other honors, a National Magazine Award, three Overseas Press Awards, and an Emmy. In 1999 Danner was named a MacArthur Fellow. He also speaks and lectures widely on foreign policy and America's role in the world. 

For more information, contact Sara Woods at

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'Dark Play or Stories for Boys' Previews Tonight at UNO

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

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. Read more.

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Deadline Extended for 2011 CCSW Outstanding Achievement and Community Service Awards

The deadline for submissions has been extended for the UNO Chancellor's Commission on Status of Women (CCSW) 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award and Community Service 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 now Monday, Feb. 28.

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. Nominations for the Scholarship Award are closed.

The criteria for each award, and its past recipients are available online at All nominations must be returned electronically by this Monday, Feb. 28, 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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Center for Faculty Development February Book Discussion on Nebraska History: African Americans in Nebraska

On Friday, Feb. 25, join other UNO faculty members in a discussion of the Nebraska State Historical Society's most recent publication, Nebraska History: African Americans in Nebraska. Michael J. Smith, director/CEO of the Nebraska State Historical Society and A'Jamal Byndon, director of Omaha Table Talk, will lead a discussion at the Criss Library about several articles in the book.

A discussion on the following articles will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 305 Faculty Study:

- ‘Equality Before the Law': Thoughts on the Origin of Nebraska's State Motto
James E. Potter

- Always on My Mind: Frederick Douglass' Nebraska Sister
Tekla Ali Johnson, John R. Wunder and Abigail B. Anderson

-‘A Double Mixture': Equality and Economy in the Integration of Nebraska Schools, 1858-1883
David J. Peavler Trowbridge

- Lest We Forget: The Lynching of Will Brown, Omaha's 1919 Race Riot
Orville D. Menard

- The New Negro Movement in Lincoln, Nebraska
Jennifer Hildebrand

- Mildred Brown and the De Porres Club: Collective Activism in Omaha, Nebraska's Near North Side, 1947-1960
Amy Helene Forss

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on the text Fall/Winter 2010 Edition of Nebraska History: African Americans in Nebraska visit,

To register or receive a copy of this book, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or

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'Supporting Faculty Teaching Students in the Digital Age' Series

UNO's Center for Faculty Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Assessment, Dual Enrollment, the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and Information Services Academic Computing are collaborating on a series of events organized on the theme of 'Supporting Faculty Teaching Students in the Digital Age.'

These events will provide faculty with:

- models of course redesign that have proven to be successful at improving student learning;

- information about instructional technologies that can be used to enhance student learning; and

- ideas about using technology to save faculty time.

The first event in this series is a campus-wide presentation by Carolyn Jarmon, executive director of the National Center for Academic Transformations (NCAT). Jarmon will discuss NCAT's course-redesign methodology and provide examples of how universities have used it to transform courses.

The presentation will be held Thursday, March 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons with a reception to follow.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or For more information about the series, visit the Faculty Development site at

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Student Anthropological Society Meeting Today

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will meet today, Feb. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone interested in anthropology can attend. SAS will meet every Wednesday during the spring semester.

For more information, call John Powers at (402) 319.2721.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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February UNO Apparel Sale Under Way at Bookstore

Only a week left in the Bookstore's UNO apparel sale. Buy any regular priced hoodie and get a T-shirt for only $1 (selected T-shirts only). Also, all regular priced jackets are 30 percent off.

The sale runs for the month of February, while supplies last.

UNO Bookstore hours are:
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.   

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks at

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SPR to Host Brown Bag on 'How to Apply for a Fulbright Fellowship . . . and Win One'

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag event on Wednesday, March 30, featuring Charles Johanningsmeier, professor of English and former Fulbright Scholar.

Beginning in August of 2006, Dr. Johanningsmeier and his family spent a year in Germany where he taught at the Institute for American Studies at the University of Leipzig.  He will speak on, ‘How to Apply for a Fulbright Fellowship . . . and Win One.'  The brown bag will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend and bring their lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact SPR at (402) 554.2286.

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Applicants Sought for Faculty Senate's Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Three scholarships are awarded: 

- One $ 1,000 Full-Time Undergraduate Scholarship

- One $ 1,000 Full-Time Graduate Scholarship 

- One $ 500 Part-Time Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarship

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's website at

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Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals 2010-11

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is accepting proposals on a monthly basis from October through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Faculty may not receive more than one UCAT travel award for the academic year.

Applications will not be returned for revision and resubmission.

All applications (forms available on UCAT website at should be reviewed by their UCAT college representative for completeness and sufficient/appropriate information before submitting. Budgets must be complete and accurate. All previous grant reports must be turned in prior to submission of a new request.

If approved, applicant will provide a copy of their travel authorization to UCAT/CFD prior to travel and submit a written report to UCAT after your travel and prior to May 6, 2011. Proposals are due by the 21st of the each month.

Applicants should submit one hard and an electronic copy of the application.

Electronic copies should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 105 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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Strong Bones for Healthy Women Offered at HPER

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

Strong Bones for Healthy Women is a supervised fitness class aimed at strengthening muscle and bone, reducing the risk of falling, and enhancing movement quality in everyday life. People can join the class at any time during the semester.

Cost:  $90 for six months

Time and place:  Monday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., 109 Health, Physical and Recreation Building

Contact:  Emily Callison at or (402) 554.3221 or 554.2670

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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Green Tip of the Week

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Insulate Your Hot Water Pipes

Un-insulated hot water pipes are like a coffee cup with hot coffee in the morning and that same coffee would be cold in just an hour. If individuals have coffee in an insulated thermos, the coffee will stay warm longer. Anyone can purchase pipe insulation at a hardware store and ask about how to properly install.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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