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Scott Court Move-In

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's newest residence hall, Scott Court, opened its doors to residents Sunday (Aug. 14) on the Pacific Street campus. Students are taking part this week in a variety of fun activities before classes start on Monday.



Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights is Oct. 25

Mark your calendar. Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, will present the 2011 Goldstein Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center.

Her topic will be the "The Black Swan of the Middle East." Whitson will discuss Syria, as well as the turbulence/impact on other countries. Her frame of analysis is the post-revolution countries (Egypt/Tunisia), the countries still in play (Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain) and the countries that have avoided mass uprisings.

Whitson is a general expert on Middle East and North Africa issues. She has led landmark investigations of human rights conditions in Libya and Saudi Arabia and numerous advocacy missions in the region, and overseen more than 20 research missions and edited the resulting reports. Read more.

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MavPerks! Starts Next Week

Starting next Monday, Aug. 22, anyone using a MavCard to pay at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court or Convenience Store, the Library Cafe or the MavRec Cafe will receive a five percent discount off of the total purchase. The new discount program is called MavPerks!

The campus community can add funds to a MavCard using cash, check or credit in the MavCard office on the second floor of MBSC. People can also use any of the Card Value Centers on campus with cash or deposit online at

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Free Food, Live Music, Freshman Convocation Part of Next Week's Welcome Week

New students, returning students, faculty and staff from UNO will enjoy free food, live music, outdoor activities and a new event – Freshman Convocation – during the first week of the Fall 2011 semester.

Welcome Week – Monday, Aug. 22 through Friday, Aug. 26 – is designed to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year for all of campus and, for about 2,000 students, the beginning of their undergraduate careers at UNO.

A number of free events are planned for the days and evenings during Welcome Week, a popular annual offering for UNO students, many of whom reconnect after a summer of travel, working, classes or studying abroad. Welcome Week is presented again this year by UNO's Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

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Mary Lopez Retirement Reception Monday

The School of Public Administration (SPA) invites the campus community to attend a retirement reception for SPA Career Services Director Mary Lopez on Monday, Aug. 22. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at (402) 554.2625.

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NBDC Offers Free Workshop for Entrepreneurs Next Friday

Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will present a free workshop on "Putting it Together: What it Takes to Go into Business for Yourself" Friday, Aug. 26. The free workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mammel Hall. Cliff Mosteller, will present. He is a former small business owner and current director of NBDC's Omaha service center. For details or to register, click here.

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Aug. 28 Benefit Hockey Game at Tranquility to Feature NHL Stars, Former Mavs


NHL players Dan Ellis, Scott Parse and Jason Williams headline a list of standouts who will team up next Sunday, Aug. 28, to help the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame Foundation raise funds to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with a benefit hockey game at the Moylan Tranquility Ice Plex.

The 2 p.m. game is open to the public. Tickets are $10 in advance and are for sale at Tranquility, located at 122nd and West Maple Rd. Tickets can also be purchased from Shirley Fey in 204 Sapp Fieldhouse. Game day tickets will be $15.

Those three will join former UNO players David Brisson, Jason Cupp, Colin Strom, Christian Graham, Kendall Sidoruk, Billy Pugliese, Derek Reynolds and Allan Carr.  Others include Danny White and Rick Lacroix, both former college and professional players.

Roster spots may be purchased for $1,000 by anyone in the general public. A silent auction featuring memorabilia from college and professional teams also will be conducted. Read more.

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ISEP Exchange Priority Deadline Next Week

Students thinking about studying abroad during the spring 2012 semester should start planning now. UNO Exchange programs offer students the opportunity to earn credits towards their degree, while utilizing their UNO financial aid and scholarships.

Interested students may visit the Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall (ASH) to speak with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made with the Study Abroad Advisor, Emily Hardt, by calling (402) 554.2293.

Important dates:
- ISEP Exchange Priority Deadline ( Aug. 24, 2011
- UNO Study Abroad Fair: Sept. 28, 2011
- Direct Exchange Deadline: Oct. 3, 2011
- MAUI-Utrecht Exchange Deadline: Placement may still be possible (please inquire).

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In the News

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science, was featured in a number of national and international media outlets on Aug. 12 about Fidel Castro's recent 85th birthday and the upcoming transfer of power in Cuba.

- An article in the Aug. 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald previewed UNO's homecoming events in October, quoting Chancellor John Christensen and Elizabeth Kraemer, Alumni Association.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was interviewed Aug. 15 by KIOS. Drozd previewed the center's recent data conference. He was also interviewed Aug. 14 by the Omaha World-Herald about population trends in La Vista and Sarpy County.

- A new public art smartphone app, designed by College of Information Science and Technology students, was featured in the Aug. 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Zac Fowler, IT outreach director, was quoted in the article.

- A summer reading program at Holy Name, organized by Lisa Kelly-Vance and Rosemary Strasser, Department of Psychology, was profiled earlier this week by KMTV and WOWT.

- Doug Paterson, Department of Theatre, was mentioned in the Aug. 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald for receiving the 2011 Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

- Andrew Swift, Math Department, was interviewed recently by ESPN and the program "Outside the Lines" about U.S. Open statistics.

- Edward Zendejas, Native American Studies, was featured in the Aug. 11 issue of the Grand Island Independent. He recently served as a keynote speaker at the Genoa Indian School.

- WOWT and KETV reported on students moving into Scott Village, Scott Hall and Scott Court last weekend.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

- Arwiphawee Srithongrung, assistant professor of Public Administration, recently published her book, Essential Skills for Analyzing Public Budgets. The book focuses on the knowledge, skills, and applications in analyzing government budget documents at the state, local and federal levels.

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 554.2243.

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On Stage

UNO Theatre Presents All in the Mind

The UNO Department of Theatre presents the premiere production of All in the Mind, an original script by graduate student Kimberly Kershner.

All in the Mind performances run tonight through Saturday, Aug. 19-20, in UNO's Studio Theatre, Room 006 of the Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. Read more.

UNO Theatre Holds Auditions for Fall 2011 Season

The UNO Department of Theatre is holding auditions for the Fall 2011 Season.

Upcoming Mainstage productions include: Jeffery Hatcher's adaptation of The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Douglas Paterson, and Caridad Svich's 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs), directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf. Auditions are also being held for UNO's Showcase production of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by graduate student, Zach Jennison.

Community auditions are Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building. 

Performances of The Government Inspector runs from Sept. 28-Oct. 1 and Oct. 12-15.  Performances of 12 Ophelias runs from Nov. 16-19 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Performances of A Moon for the Misbegotten runs from Oct. 27-29.

For more information about auditions, contact the UNO Theatre Department at (402) 554.2406. For more information about UNO's 2011-2012 Mainstage or Showcase Season, contact Sarah Fogarty at or (402) 554.3167.

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

The Art of Theatrical Design Featured at Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery

- The Art of Theatrical Design
Now through Sept. 27
H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery
UNO Dr. C.C. and Mabel Criss Library

The UNO Department of Theatre Professors: Sharon Sobel, Steven Williams and Robbie Jones will display their work as theatrical designers in the Osborne Family Gallery in the UNO Criss Library from now through Sept. 27.  This is a rare opportunity to chart the creative process of three imaginative artists who work professionally in the collaborative art of theatre. There will be representative costume, scenic, lighting and graphic designs that illustrate the process of bringing a production alive from page to stage.

For details, visit

Contemporary Painting Featured at Next UNO Art Gallery Exhibit

Painting is the focus of the UNO Art Gallery's first exhibition of the 2011-2012 academic year, which opens with a public reception for the artists on Friday, Aug. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

UNO faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of the earlier reception time to see the exhibition, enjoy refreshments and visit with the artists and colleagues at the end of the work day. The public is also invited to attend the opening reception on the 26th.

Julie Farstad and Jessie Fisher's exhibition, Hardcore Painting: Confessions and Premonitions, explores the evolution of each artist's work technically and philosophically by incorporating several bodies of works as well as preparatory drawings. Both artists revel in the subversive constraints of the most analyzed genres of the art world – the easel painting. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, 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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