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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.

UNO Tube Archive UNO Artists at the Hive

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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Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered flags at all state buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff Sunday, Sept. 11, in observance of Patriot Day.

The remembrance honors the victims lost ten years ago in terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Nebraska residents are encouraged to fly flags at half-staff in recognition of Patriot Day and the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

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Today's Culture Walk Exposes Future Teachers to Omaha's Culture

For the third consecutive year, the UNO College of Education will host a Culture Walk today Friday, Sept. 9.

The event is designed to teach education majors about diverse student populations at local and regional levels. More than 150 UNO students will learn best practices for culturally-responsive teaching from community leaders and by participating in neighborhood walks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more.

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2011-12 UNO Hockey Luncheon Tickets Available


During the hockey season, the UNO Hockey Luncheons kick off each home series weekend. The first luncheon of the 2011-12 season takes place Friday, Oct. 7, to highlight the Maverick Stampede.

At the luncheons, UNO Coach Dean Blais, his players and opposing coaches speak and show highlight videos. Fans also can get a scouting report on opponents and learn from guest speakers. Previous speakers include NHL scouts, player agents, referees and former college players and coaches.

The buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., and the program lasts from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. All luncheons take place at Anthony's Restaurant, 72nd and F streets. Free parking is available.

Single luncheon tickets are available at the door and cost $25. Season tickets for all six luncheons cost $90.

To access a ticket order form, visit this link.

For more information, contact Shirley Fey in UNO Athletics at (402) 554.3422.

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Faculty Senate to Meet Next Week

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Anyone interested is invited to attend. For more information, contact Sue Bishop at (402) 554.3598.

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Sen. Ben Nelson to Speak Sept. 17 at Mammel Hall

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson will offer opening remarks at Startup Weekend Omaha, happening Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, at Mammel Hall.

Nelson, who will speak at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, will discuss the importance of entrepreneurship in job creation and federal policies related to launching startup organizations.

Startup Weekend is a community-building event held cities across the world. The annual event brings together people with different skill sets -- marketers, software developers, designers, legal gurus and other aspiring entrepreneurs -- to develop an idea and turn it into a real business in a single weekend.

The UNO College of Business Administration is providing facilities for Startup Weekend Omaha. The Nebraska Business Development Center has also partnered on the event.

For more information, visit

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Veteran Actor Gary Farmer to Participate in Free Screening & Discussion

Native American Studies Program at UNO, Film Streams and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) announce that veteran actor Gary Farmer will be part of an upcoming event focusing on the portrayal of Native Americans on film.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the groups will present a free screening of REEL INJUN, a Peabody Award-winning documentary exploring how North American Natives have been portrayed on screen throughout film history. A post-show discussion will follow the film, featuring Gary Farmer and moderated by Edouardo Zendejas, a member of the Omaha Nation of Nebraska and director of Native American Studies at UNO.

Tickets to the event are free and can be reserved in advance by emailing Maggie Wood at or visiting the box office inside Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater prior to Sept. 20. A limited number of seats are available, so making reservations in advance is highly recommended.

The event is sponsored by the Native American Studies Program at UNO and presented by Film Streams in partnership with NAPT's fourth biennial VisionMaker Film Festival, taking place Sept. 30–Oct. 6 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln.

The free event will take place at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, located at 1340 Mike Fahey St. in Downtown Omaha.

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Free Subscriptions to The New York Times

Faculty members who require The New York Times in their course syllabus and who live in the metro area may qualify for free home delivery of the newspaper. Contact Maria Knudtson, Newspapers in Curricula coordinator, for information at

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UNO Study Abroad Fair to be Held on Sept. 28

Students interested in planning for a short-term, summer, or semester abroad should attend the UNO Study Abroad Fair on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit with study abroad alumni, exchange students from partner institutions, UNO faculty leaders, third-party providers and a Study Abroad Advisor to learn more about earning credits towards your degree, volunteering or interning while abroad.

Contact Emily Hardt at with any study abroad questions. For more information about study abroad, visit or the Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall.

Note: The inclement weather location will be in the MBSC Aksarben Room.

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Criss Library Web of Science Training

All faculty, instructors, graduate assistants and students are welcome to attend a training session for the new Criss Library data base, Web of Science.

Training is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12, in 232 Criss Library. Following are the sessions:

* 1 to 2:15 p.m. - Enduser Training;

* 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Special Topics:  Including using Journal Citation Reports and Citation Metrics; and  

* 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. - Enduser Training.

Enduser training includes: Intro to a citation index; topic and author searching; working with results (marking, exporting to Bib management software); saving searches and alerting and introduction to ResearcherID.

R.S.V.P. not required, but to secure your seat and to be eligible for a special prize, contact Linda Riviera at (402) 554.2640.

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NBDC Offers Free Sept. 23 Workshop on Business Marketing

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will present a free workshop on "Putting it all Together Taking Your Business Plan to the Marketplace" Friday, Sept. 23. The free workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mammel Hall.

NBDC Business Consultant, Mary Goebel-Lundholm, will present. She has extensive corporate, international and entrepreneurial business experience.

For details or to register, visit this link.

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HR Launches New A-Z Index for Benefits Information

Human Resources recently launched a new A-Z index for benefits information at UNO. The A-Z Benefits Index features links to websites, forms and information related to Benefits providers, services and processes. The A-Z index is located at:

"Faculty and staff looking for information or forms should be able to easily find what they need because items that may have more than one name are listed under several possible variations," said Esther Scarpello, Fringe Benefits Manager at UNO.

The index also combines information from UNO's website, SAPPHIRE and the University's central NUFlex site.

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In the News

In the News

- Tom Gouttierre, Center for Afghanistan Studies and International Studies and Programs, and Scott Tarry, Aviation Institute, were quoted in the Sept. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the lasting impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

- John Kretzschmar, William Brennan Labor Institute, was quoted in a Sept. 1 Omaha World-Herald article on labor relations. He was also quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Sept. 5 about labor trends.

- Teresa Lamsam, School of Communication, was mentioned in the Sept. 3 issue of The Topeka Capital-Journal. She is a visiting scholar at the University of Kansas and is teaching a new course on journalism and trauma.

- B.J. Reed, Academic and Student Affairs, and Tim Kaldahl, University Relations, were quoted in the Sept. 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on enrollment numbers at UNO.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in Robert Nelson's Sept. 8 Omaha World-Herald column on police conduct.

- Abdul Raheem Yaseer, Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the Sept. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on Muslims living in America following 9/11.

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

- Carol T. Mitchell, Department of Teacher Education, is one of the authors of a new book, Hard-to Teach Science Concepts, released by the National Science Teachers Association Press in June. Authors Susan Koba and Carol Mitchell introduce grades 3-5 teachers to their "conceptual framework" as a model for successful instruction of hard-to-teach science concepts. The book targets science educators of pre-service classes, middle school teachers, and elementary teaches with limited science content and a desire to attempt hard-to-teach science concepts.

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

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Auditions Monday

UNO's Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) has openings for violin and viola players. Auditions are open to all students and university community members and audition music and information is available at

Auditions can be scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. HPO rehearses each Monday evening, with an additional sectional rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon. 

Those who are interested can contact Shellie Harden at (402) 554.2177 or for more information or to schedule an audition.

Mike Posner and The Brain Trust Oct. 6 at Sokol Auditorium

UNO's Maverick Productions presents Mike Posner and The Brain Trust at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Sokol Auditorium in downtown Omaha.

Student tickets ($10) are available in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office. General public tickets ($27) are available at

Since the release of 31 Minutes To Takeoff in 2010, Posner has traveled the world promoting his album and his first two singles, "Cooler Than Me" and "Please Don't Go." 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

Contemporary Painting Exhibit on Display at UNO Art Gallery

Painting is the focus of the UNO Art Gallery's first exhibition of the 2011-2012 academic year, which is on display now through Wednesday, Sept. 28.

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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