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UNO Men's Soccer Takes On UC Irvine

video by Charley Reed

On Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. at the UNO Soccer Field near the Center St. Campus, the UNO men's soccer team will host its first home game in program history against UC Irvine. Head Coach Jason Mims talked with us about the team, the game and what it means to host the first Division I on UNO's campus.

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UNO Welcomes Freshman Class Today

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UNO's first-ever Freshman Convocation is planned for noon today, Friday, Aug. 26, inside the Sapp Fieldhouse. The 2011-2012 academic year officially started Aug. 22. All students, faculty and staff are invited.

The event will feature a 45-minute ceremony that officially welcomes UNO's freshman class, with remarks from Chancellor John Christensen, as well as other campus administrators, student leaders and alumni.

The students will receive a commemorative lapel pin marking the occasion. The students will be encouraged to wear the pin at a number of campus events throughout their academic career at UNO, including graduation. Read more.

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UNO CEO Attempts to Break Guinness Record on Pep Bowl Today

A student group at UNO is spearheading an attempt to slip and slide into the history books. Today, Aug. 26, at 1:30 p.m. on the Pep Bowl the UNO Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (UNO CEO) will attempt a Guinness World Record Slip and Slide.

"We are going to pack 250 students onto the slip and slide at one time," said Katherine McFarland, president elect of UNO CEO. "Help us make the Guinness Book of World Records for most people on a slip and slide!"

UNO CEO invites the entire Maverick community to attend. For event details, visit

UNO CEO is a student organization designed to guide, support, and inspire students to be entrepreneurial and pursue opportunities through enterprise creation.

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UNO Corporate Cup Team Now Forming

Wellness Stampede

All UNO students, employees and their families can participate in the upcoming 31st annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10K run or 2-mile walk will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha.

All registrations for the race are done online at It is $15 per person. Make sure to select the "Click here to Create or Join a Team." The deadline for online registration is Saturday, Sept. 17. On-site registration will be available starting at 6:30 a.m. the day of the event. UNO will not host a hospitality table this year due to cost.

The official UNO Corporate Cup t-shirt will be optional for participants this year. To purchase the $15 shirt, those interested must come to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Control Desk to pay for and select a shirt size. The shirts are a light gray, dri-fit material with the official Corporate Cup and UNO logos. The deadline for the T-shirt order is Thursday, Sept. 1. The shirts cannot be purchased through the Corporate Cup website.

Information about this year's race can be found online at: Call Dave Daniels at (402) 554.2008 for more information.

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Students Applications Sought for 2011-12 Class of IC Scholars

The Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence (ICCAE) program at UNO, is presently seeking students to apply for the Intelligence Community Scholars (or IC Scholars program). The program is part of the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium (GPNSEC), which includes UNO, UNL, and Creighton University.

The Intelligence Community Scholars program is a career development program that provides students from diverse academic backgrounds from across the UNO campus the opportunity to participate in international travel study programs, attend special IC-related conferences and workshops, visit the intelligence agencies in Washington, D.C., as well as take special IC-related courses and programs of study at UNO, within the consortium and at other ICCAE institutions. 

Applications are accepted through Thursday, Sept. 15, by visiting The program is open to UNO students from all colleges and disciplines. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The program is especially interested in applications from women and members of under-represented minorities. The ICCAE Program is under the direction of Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado.

The 2011-12 class of IC Scholars will be announced Sunday, Oct. 1.

Call Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado at (402) 554.4859 or at for more information.

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Criss Library Newsletter Available

Criss Chronicles, the library's newsletter, is now available for your reading enjoyment at Have the newsletter delivered to your email by subscribing at this same site. The newsletter is published three times a year, and Criss Library staff look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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Sunday's 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 this 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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In the News

In the News

- Students Bryan Bortol and Blake DeForest, Chancellor John Christensen and Nancy Edick, College of Education, were quoted in the Aug. 25 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The article highlighted UNO student housing and the recently renovated Roskens Hall.

- Robert Shuster, Department of Geography/Geology, was quoted in the Aug. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on the recent East Coast earthquake.

- WOWT covered Welcome Week activities on Aug. 23.

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

- Ronald Bartzatt, Department of Chemistry, recently published chapters in the following four Medicinal Chemistry books through NOVA Science Publishers: Anticancer Drugs: Design, Delivery and Pharmacology; Encyclopedia of Breast Cancer Research (2 Volume Set); Horizons in Cancer Research (Volume 43); and Cancer Research Journal Volume.

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 Fall 2011 Season

The UNO Department of Theatre Fall 2011 Season has been set.

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

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.

All productions will be held in the Weber Fine Arts Building. 

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

Contemporary Painting Exhibit Opens Tonight at UNO Art Gallery

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 tonight, 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 tonight's opening reception.

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.

UNO Theatre Faculty featured in Art of Theatrical Design Exhibit

UNO 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 until Tuesday, Sept. 27. 

The exhibit offers attendees 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.  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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