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Mammel Hall: The New Kid on the Block

It all began with a vote by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on March 7, 2008 to approve the building of a 120,000 sq. ft. home for the College of Business Administration just south of the Peter Kiewit Institute on UNO's Pacific Street Campus. ... continue. . .

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UNO Research Profiles: Pete Simi

video by Charley Reed

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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Creighton Professor to Speak at Today's Religious Studies Colloquium

Nicolae Roddy, associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Creighton University, will speak on ‘Eastern Orthodox Christianity' today, 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 Today

Robbin Ogle, an associate professor in the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will present "Measuring Resistance to Patriarchy" today, 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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Information Center Reminds Campus of 10-Digit Dialing Required for Local Calling

UNO's Information Center reminds the campus community that effective this Saturday, Feb. 26, all local calls originating in Nebraska's '402' area code will now require dialing the 402 area code plus the seven-digit local telephone number. This applies to local calls originated at UNO. This change is necessary to accommodate the 402, 531 area code overlay.

Also, individuals and organizations that use auto dials devices, such as, facsimile machines, need to reprogram these devices. The new UNO dialing template is shown below:

- On Campus: 4+XXXX

- Local Off Campus:  9 + area code + 7 digit number

- Long Distance:  9 + 1 + area code + 7 digit number

- International:  9 + 011 + country code + local number

NPA overlay details and dialing instructions can be found at

If you experience any difficulties, contact the UNO Information Center at (402) 554.3036.

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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, just stop in the Scott Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to tour any of the residence halls.

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

- Maverick Village

- University Village

- Scott Court

- Scott Hall

- Scott Village

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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PKI Spring Open House Tomorrow

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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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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OPS, UNO Partner to Host Sunday's Culture Fair

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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Dependent Eligibility Audit Important Reminder

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 1.877.478.0448.

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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Deadline Extended for 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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'Foundations of Academic Advising' Webinar Set for March 3

The next webinar from the National Academic Advising Association, 'Foundations of Academic Advising: The Informational Component of Academic Advising: Policies, Procedures and Beyond,' is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons. Anyone interested in becoming a better advisor to our students is welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Center for Faculty Development.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at

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Notre Dame's Ryan Nichols to Present at Next Friday's 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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'Spooky Action at a Distance' to Air Fridays This Semester

During the spring semester, UNO's UFO Study Group will broadcast its radio program "Spooky Action at a Distance" live every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Listen to the program on streaming audio at

Want to attend a meeting and learn more? If so, the group meets every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in 285 Durham Science Center. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at

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UNO Campus Recreation to Offer Women's Self Defense Seminars

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

Join Tim Gorham from Six Point Self-Defense in an educational and exciting new class at the Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER) Building.

Participants will learn the basics of self defense, including: a basic fight stance, different strikes and where to use them, ground assault defense, defending a car assault, choke defense and most importantly, participants will learn to be more aware of surroundings.

There are four one-day sessions offered: March 12, 13 and April 2, 3.

If you have questions, contact Dave Daniels at (402) 554.2008. More information can be found online:

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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In The News

In the News

- Dick Fellman and Meredith Bacon, Department of Political Science, co-authored a column for the Omaha World-Herald on Jan. 27. The focus of the piece was on the recent elections in Ukraine. Fellman was a Fulbright lecturer in Ukraine last year.

- The Associated Press wrote a news story on a new book co-authored by Pete Simi, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  ‘American Swastika' explains the difference between movements such as the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation, skinheads and others. Many media outlets in Nebraska picked up the story. The story moved on the wire Jan. 25

- A variety of local and statewide news outlets (Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, area TV and radio stations, etc.) wrote or aired stories on the Jan. 22 University of Nebraska Board of Regents meeting.  At the meeting, the board approved both a settlement with UNO's AAUP chapter and a new student housing project.

- The Omaha World-Herald ran a short biography of Crystal Rhoades, Neighborhood Center, on Jan. 25.  Rhoades has been named one of the Omaha Jaycees "Ten Outstanding Young Omahans."

- The Daily Caller quoted Randall Adkins, Political Science, about U.S. Sen Ben Nelson's position on health care reform on Jan. 26. Adkins also was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about the congressional race in Nebraska's second district on Jan. 28.

- Jack Shroder, Department of Geology/Geography, discussed his recent research findings about Himalayan glaciers with The story was posted on the network's Web site Jan. 28.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Today, Tomorrow

Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest area will travel to UNO to participate in the 2011 UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival today 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.

UNO Theatre Department Presents ‘Dark Play or Stories for Boys'

The UNO Theatre Department presents ‘Dark Play or Stories for Boys' directed by Amy Lane. Performances run tonight through Saturday, Feb. 25-26. Other showings include March 2-5.

The house opens 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.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

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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