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UNO Research Profiles: Pete Simi

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Dr. Simi explains his research on extremist groups and juvenile delinquency and why it is important to explore some of this country's darker corners.


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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. . .



Archaeology Presentation Today in MBSC

Alan Osborn will discuss 'Of Mammoths and the Magic Wolfsbane Potion: Alternative Approaches to the Study of Paleoindians' today, Feb. 24, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.  

Dr. Osborn is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Anthropology and Geography.

Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  

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

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Dependent Eligibility Audit Deadline Is This Monday

The University of Nebraska Central Administration (UNCA) has just sent out health insurance Dependent Eligibility Audit information via e-mail. Human Resources reminds UNO faculty and staff enrolled in the University of Nebraska medical and/or dental plans to look for e-mails from 'Your Benefit Administrator' (UNCA). The amnesty period for any dependents who need to be removed from the plan will end this Monday, Feb. 28. If you do not have dependents enrolled in the University of Nebraska medical and/or dental plans, you will not have been sent any e-mails or letters regarding the audit.

Participating UNO employees who have dependants enrolled on their medical and/or dental plans should have received a Dependent Eligibility Audit letter through the U.S. Mail at their permanent home address from Chapman Kelly (an independent audit company). If you did not receive this letter, contact Chapman Kelly at 1.877.938.6161.

The verification phase of the Dependent Eligibility Audit will begin on Monday, March 7. You will be receiving another mailing from Chapman Kelly at your home address with additional information about the verification phase.

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UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival This Friday and Saturday

Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest area will travel to UNO to participate in the 2011 UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival this Friday through Saturday, Feb. 25-26.

The students who attend the festival will perform in order to be critiqued, participate in a clinic with an adjudicator, sit in on other bands' performances and attend concerts from professional musicians. There will be two of these concerts to cap off each night of the festival.

Friday's 8 p.m. concert will feature the UNO Jazz Ensemble and the University of Illinois Faculty Combo, featuring Joel Spencer, a professional drummer who has worked with artists such as Chet Baker and Wynton Marsalis. The concert will take place in the Strauss Recital Hall and will be open to the public for a cost of $5 for students (with ID) and $10 for the general public. UNO students can get in to the concert for free with their MavCard. Read more.

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UNO Housing Showcase Set for This Saturday

A campus-wide UNO Housing Showcase is set for this Saturday, Feb. 26. Open to future UNO Mavericks or anyone else who wants to get a glimpse into college life. Start at the Pacific Location's Scott Conference Center, 6510 Pine St., anytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a guided tour of a residence hall of your choice.

Choices include any or all five of UNO's residence halls:

- Maverick Village

- University Village

- Scott Hall

- Scott Village

- Scott Court

Also, while on the Pacific Location visitors can partake in open houses from 1 to 3 p.m. at both the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute and Mammel Hall.

For housing information, visit

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Mammel Hall Open House This Saturday

Members from the metropolitan community are invited to tour Mammel Hall, the new home to UNO's College of Business Administration this Saturday, Feb. 26. Join CBA faculty and staff for an open house of Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tour CBA's new state-of-the-art facility. Mammel Hall is the first LEED certified building on the UNO and University of Nebraska campuses.

"Please stop in for information about the business degree programs and to look around," said Amy Rodie, a CBA associate professor of marketing and management. "Mammel Hall features art by UNO and regional artists as well is an award-winning building and was awarded a LEED-gold certification for it's environmental-friendly systems."

Refreshments will be provided. 

For questions, call Rodie (402) 554.3882.

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IS Announces Hands-On Training for New Blackboard 9.1

Information Services (IS) has announced a series of Blackboard 9.1 hands-on training workshops for March and April to prepare all UNO faculty and staff for the upgrade on Monday, May 9. All workshops will be held in 104 Durham Science Center (DSC). For complete workshop descriptions and handouts go to:

Navigating Blackboard 9.1 - Where did Everything Go? - Enjoy easier and more accessible management of your courses. This training course will cover: changes to the Control Panel and Announcements; locating content areas; customizing the course menu; making your course available.

Wednesday, March 2 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.             

Friday, March 11 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.     

Monday, March 28 - 2 to 2:50 p.m. 

Friday, April 1 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.            

Wednesday, April 6 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.                 

Thursday, April 14 - 2:30 to 3:20 pm             

Blogs, Wikis, and Journals, Oh My! - Blogs, Wikis and Journals are new features to Blackboard 9.1. Learn how to set up Blogs and Wikis and how they can be used within Blackboard groups.  The Journal feature replaces the Home Page in current version of Blackboard.

Wednesday, March 2 - 3 to 4 p.m.   

Friday, March 11 - 3 to 4 p.m.              

Friday, April 4 - 3 to 4 p.m.   

Thursday, April 14 - 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.          

Notifications To Students & Instructors - Notifications in combination with the Course Home Page Modules are powerful new features in Blackboard 9.1. These features allow students to be notified in Blackboard or by e-mail when new items are added to a course or assignments and tests are due or even past due.

Thursday, March 17 - 2:30 to 4 p.m.               

Tuesday, March 29 - 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.             

Monday, April 18 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.     

Changes/Enhancements: Grade Center - Enhancements to the Grade Center in Blackboard 9.1 include: increasing the number of rows displayed, color coding items that require grading, anonymous assignment grading and the use of Rubrics.

Wednesday, March 9 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.             

Thursday, March 31 - 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.       

Monday, April 11 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.     

Friday, April 22 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.         

Changes/Enhancements: Tests & Pools - Blackboard 9.1 streamlines the deployment and creations of tests and pools.  In this course discover the changes to Tests and Pools and how they can assist you with test question selection.

Wednesday, March 9 - 3 to 4 p.m.   

Thursday, March 31 - 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.       

Monday, April 11 - 3 to 4 p.m.             

Friday, April 22 - 3 to 4 p.m.                 

To sign up for workshops, go to

If you are unable to complete your registration online, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.HELP (4357). Classes will be cancelled and an e-mail sent if less than five people are enrolled the day before the workshop begins.

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'Social Science Perspectives on Adolescence and Sleep' March 3

UNO faculty members and graduate students interested in adolescent research are invited to attend the following presentation: 'Social Science Perspectives on Adolescence and Sleep- Sleep and Delinquency: Does the Amount of Sleep Matter?' This discussion will take place on Thursday, March 3, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 223 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).  

Sleep has been linked to a wide range of developmental outcomes, yet it has been largely overlooked among researchers interested in adolescent delinquency. The purpose of this research was to explore the relationship between sleep and delinquent behavior using data from Wave 1 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

Presenters will discuss how sleep may be considered in the context of more comprehensive approaches to delinquency prevention and intervention. They are:

- Samantha Clinkinbeard, assistant professor in the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice;

- Timi Barone, associate professor, Anthropology at UNO; and

- Pete Simi, associate professor, UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or

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Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness Student Workshop March 8

'Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness' is planned for Tuesday, March 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. 

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Lunch Series workshop will learn about how to get your audience's attention, establish credibility and importance, get their audience ready to listen and keep their attention to the very end.

Space is limited -- so you must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at (402) 554.3201 or Free pizza and pop will be provided.

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CFD Book Discussion Tomorrow 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 free download of the Fall/Winter 2010 Edition of Nebraska History: African Americans in Nebraska text will be available prior to the book discussion at

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.

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

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Deadline Monday for ORCA Undergraduate Scholarly Experience Grants

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. The submission deadline for FUSE proposals is this Monday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. The guidelines for submission and proposal cover page are available at

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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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Adobe Connect Pro Upgrade Brownbag Next Thursday

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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McQueen to Curate Latest Student Art Exhibition

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 this semester's show.

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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mavlink/PeopleSoft Training/Overview Sessions Offered

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The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team has added several records and registration training/overview sessions for faculty and staff through March.

Please visit the training calendar at to register. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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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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