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Math Lab Ribbon Cutting

Math Lab Ribbon Cutting

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Mary Dennison, director of UNO's Math Lab and David Boocker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, cut the ribbon Tuesday morning (Sept. 6) at the opening of the new Math Lab in UNO's Durham Science Center. The lab features 121 computer stations for students taking mathematics.

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UNO Artists at the Hive

video by Charley Reed

On Aug. 31, 2011 UNO student Maggie Weber and the Organization for the Advancement of the Arts put on a student showcase at the newly-opened Hive Lounge in downtown Omaha.


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We Survived the First Week

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

A newly renovated building, new residence halls and lots of new faces were in evidence for the first week of fall semester classes. In addition to classes, students could take part in games, movies and lots of free food.



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UNO Athletes and Elders Program Kicks Off Today


UNO Athletes and Elders: A Community of Interest is the first program of its kind in the United States. It's supported by a College Initiative Grant for Intergenerational Programs, a DOROT Volunteer Project, funded in part by the Dorot Foundation, which is headquartered in New York City.

The grant was awarded to the UNO chapter of the national gerontology honor society (Sigma Phi Omega, Upsilon Nu Chapter) and is administered by students in the chapter (President, Marietta Sewell; and Vice President Athletes and Elders, Aby Zuniga) and its faculty advisor (Lyn Holley). Read more.Up to Top

Campus Rec Offers New Programs this Fall

Wellness Stampede

There is something for everyone at UNO Campus Recreation. The department is offering a variety of new on-going and special programs this fall semester that are open to the whole UNO community. Most special programs are offered to the general public, as well.

Instructional Programs -- More info:

- Ballroom/Latin Dance Lessons -- Starts Sunday, Sept. 18

- Golf Lessons -- Starts Saturday, Oct. 22

- Women's Self Defense Workshop -- First session is Saturday, Sept. 24

Group Training Classes -- More info:
These are a series of classes designed for a specific sport, fitness level, gender or targeted specialty workout to help you maximize your efforts in the gym. You get the benefit of having a knowledgeable Personal Trainer conduct the classes without the higher cost of one-on-one training. These classes meet twice a week for six weeks and are open to anyone 14 years of age or older.

- M.A.V.S. (Making Activities Vital and Safe) -- First session starts Sept. 21

- W.O.W. (Women on Weights) -- First session starts Sept. 19

- Kettlebell 101 -- First Session starts Sept. 20

- S.S.C. (Sport Specific Conditioning) -- First session starts Sept. 19

- P.T. OPS (Personal Trainer Options) -- First session starts Sept. 20

Mav Rec Massage -- More info:
Come by the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building for a full service massage -- we've have lowered our prices this year so a 60-minute full-body massage is just $55 for Campus Rec members.

- First Monday Chair Massage – 15-minute chair massage for $15 on the first Monday of every month. Starts Sept. 12. No registration needed. Walk ups only.

Chair massage service is available for office workshops, meeting or retreats. Interested in bringing us to your office? Call Whitney Prenzlow at (402) 554.3185 or (402) 554.3016.

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MaverickPR to Host Ethics Advocacy Round Tables Today

Local professionals will gather today, Sept. 8, to discuss ethical behavior in the workplace during round table discussions with UNO students.

MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), invites students to participate in "Business Ethics: Taking the High Road," a round table discussion on ethics with corporate and non-profit professionals.

The event takes place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

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UNO Preps for Constitution Week Events

The Department of Political Science and the Service-Learning Academy at UNO will host a free panel discussion, "The Debt Ceiling and the Constitution," at noon on Monday, Sept. 12. The event will be held in the Dodge Room, located on the third floor of UNO's Milo Bail Student Center.

The four panelists will discuss America's debt ceiling and its relationship to the U.S Constitution.

The panelists are John Bartle, interim dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Randy Adkins, professor in the Department of Political Science; Paul Landow, professor in the Department of Political Science; and Carson Holloway, associate professor in the Department of Political Science. Read more.

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Blue Line Bus Trip Planned for Wisconsin Game


Ride the bus to cheer on your UNO Mavericks as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers next month. The Blue Line Club will host the Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30 bus event to Madison, Wis.

Deadline for registration is Thursday, Sept. 15. For trip details and cost breakdown, visit

To sign up or for more information, contact Shirley Fey at (402) 554.3422 or

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Academic Advising Webinar Sept. 14

The first webinar on academic advising for 2011-12 will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons. "Leading Forward: Technology Planning for Sustainable Advising" a presentation from the National Academic Advising Association, is sponsored by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at (402) 554.2779.

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Physics Colloquium Set for Next Week

Trends in STEM Education will be the topic of discussion at UNO's Friday, Sept. 16, Physics Colloquium. Neal Grandgenett and the Office of STEM Education faculty will present. It will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center.

STEM is a relatively new term that has been coined by the National Science Foundation to represent the necessary instructional interactions of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines for their effective learning, and to better address the current national crisis in bringing students into these important career paths.  Faculty from the UNO Office of STEM Education will present on the national and local context for STEM Education, discuss evolving UNO initiatives and ideas and brainstorm potential partnership opportunities.

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Marquette Professor to Present Talk Tomorrow

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites the UNO community to attend a presentation given by Dr. Stephen J. Guastello, professor of psychology at Marquette University. His talk, titled "Nonlinear Dynamics in Cognitive Workload and Fatigue," will take place Friday, Sept. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Dr. Guastello's research interests fall into several areas. The largest concerns nonlinear dynamics (chaos, complexity, catastrophe theories and related principles) and their applications to work motivation, work performance and turnover, occupational safety and health, creativity, group and organizational behavior and cognitive workload and fatigue. Dr. Guastello's other interests include the role of macroeconomics in organizational behavior, human-computer interface design, computer-based test interpretations and expert systems, personality and organizational behavior.

His teaching responsibilities include industrial psychology, organizational development, personnel selection, human factors engineering, graduate statistics and chaos and complexity in psychology. Dr. Guastello is also the founding editor in chief of the journal Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences. He has also authored more than 40 research papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at (402) 554.2573.

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Next Fit Minded Session Starts Sept. 12

Wellness Stampede

Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, is inviting women who enjoy reading, being social and who also want to become healthier to consider joining the fourth session of Fit Minded, a physical activity book club.

Formerly known as research study "Women Bound to Be Active," Fit Minded empowers women to become physically active by focusing on increasing self-worth and physical activity through a book club format. Through reading and discussion, Fit Minded provides women skills and strategies so that they can be active on their own for a lifetime. Fit Minded also offers an online resources, including blogging, chatting and activity tracking.

Session Five of Fit Minded starts Monday, Sept. 12. Members will meet for an hour starting at 5:30 p.m. at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center Board Room. Sessions will be facilitated by Huberty and her team.

To join Fit Minded, go to or send an email to The phone number for the group is (402) 554.3395.

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Andrea Lunsford to Visit UNO on Sept. 19

Professor Andrea Lunsford, the director of Stanford University's Program in Writing and Rhetoric and author of The St. Martin's Handbook, will meet with UNO faculty members on Monday, Sept. 19. The Writing Center is hosting a session called "Ask Andrea," an informal conversation guided by faculty members' questions about writing, the teaching of writing, and the role of writing in learning and communicating disciplinary knowledge.

Any questions within those broad areas of inquiry are welcome. "UNO faculty members recognize the importance of effective writing," said Nora Bacon, director of the UNO Writing Center.  "Whether I'm working with faculty from English or from other disciplines, I often hear compelling questions about how we can support students' development as writers. People ask how to comment on drafts, how to get students to be more critical readers of their own papers, whether Wikipedia is an acceptable source, whether email and texting are having an effect on students' writing.  Professor Lunsford wants her comments to address our concerns; she's looking forward to hearing questions like these."

Participants are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event; they can be sent by email to

"Ask Andrea" is scheduled for 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.  Coffee and pastries will be served, courtesy of Bedford/St. Martins.  To register, contact the Writing Center: or (402) 554.2946. For further information, contact Nora Bacon (

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Faculty Sought for Newspapers in Curricula

The faculty group, Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) has openings for members who would like to develop newspaper-based curriculum for their classes. Applicants should be full-time faculty members available on the fourth Monday of the month at 3 p.m.

NiC members receive a $250 stipend from a grant funded by the New York Times. The deadline for application is Tuesday, Sept. 20, and the first meeting is Monday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m.

Contact Maria Knudtson at for details.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center V02 Max

Endurance athletes: What is your maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max)? VO2 max is a very strong predictor of endurance performance. Have your VO2 max assessed at UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. The cost is $90. Call (402) 554.3221 for an appointment.

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Thompson Alumni Center Rental Available for UNO Groups

Did you know that the Thompson Alumni Center provides free room rental to UNO groups for meetings, retreats, receptions and conferences related to university business?

The beautiful Thompson Center offers numerous amenities, including:

- A convenient, midtown location

- Versatile room spaces

- State-of-the-art A/V and Wi-Fi capabilities

- Exceptional catering options

Room descriptions, policies and pricing, and the entire catering menu can be found at

For more information call new Thompson Center Manager Gina Ray at (402) 554.3368 or email

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