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UNO's Libraries: A History

From a small collection of books housed in a building at 24th and Pratt, to the recently-renovated Criss Library we all know and love, UNO's desire to offer students as much knowledge as the the printed (and now electronic) word can provide has never waivered. continue . . .

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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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UNO Constitution Week Starts Today

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 today, Sept. 12. The event will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Today's panel and additional Constitution Week events are free and open to the public.

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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Members of Western Galilee College to Visit UNO This Week

For four days this week – Sept. 14-18 – three members of Western Galilee College (WGC) in Akko, Israel, will visit the UNO as part of their U.S. tour to share knowledge and strengthen the partnership between the two institutions.

UNO, through the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, and WGC are part of a broader partnership between the Western Galilee region in Northwestern Israel and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

The visit is made possible through a generous donation by Tammy Rubin Abramowitz, in memory of her mother, Suzy Marlene Blumenthal Rubin.

The highlight of the visit is a free event that's open to the public: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Thompson Alumni Center. The event is co-hosted by the Schwalb Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History and the Women and Gender Studies Program. Read more.Up to Top

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra Auditions This Evening

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 tonight, 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.

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Kappa Delta Pi Scholastic Book Fair This Week

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, and Student Education Association of Nebraska (SEAN) will host a scholastic book fair Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 13-15. The event will run each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 213 Roskens Hall.

For more information, contact Saundra Shillingstad at (402) 554.2807.

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Faculty Senate to Meet This Wednesday

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold their monthly meeting this 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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Speech Center to Offer Fall Lunch Series for Students

Need help with a class presentation or a speech for your organization? If so, attend the UNO Speech Center Fall Lunch Series. Join the Speech Center for free pizza and pop while you learn to improve your presentation skills.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

- Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety
Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Umonhon Room

- Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism
Wednesday, Oct. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in MBSC Dodge Room

- Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides
Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. in MBSC Umonhon Room

To register for one or more sessions or for more information, contact the Speech Center at (402) 554.3201 or Space is limited.

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Information Services Announces Fall Workshops

Information Services (IS) will offer a variety of workshops for faculty and staff this fall.  For full descriptions and to register for a class, visit

This month's are:

- Sept. 16
Adobe Connect Brown Bag Lunch                                    
Noon to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room

- Sept. 23
Clickers Brown Bag Lunch                                                   
Noon to 1 p.m.        
MBSC Council Room

- Sept. 28
Photoshop II                                                                   
10:30 to noon          
112 Criss Library

Questions about any of the classes?  Contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP).

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Physics Colloquium This Friday

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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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Session Friday

Aimee Hutton, from the Institute of International Education, will speak with interested students about the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships this Friday, Sept. 16. The 10 a.m. Student Session will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded.

The Boren Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally under represented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year.

The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellows can be awarded up to $30,000.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, fields of study and application procedures can be found at

For more information about the Boren Awards, contact Emily Hardt at

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Call for FIRST Award Pre-Proposals

Nebraska EPSCoR's FIRST Award grant program offers up to $20,000 in matching funds to early-career faculty for research that could lead to a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. This competitive program assists Nebraska early career faculty members initiate their research programs.

Any project that could qualify for support by a National Science Foundation standard research grant is eligible for a FIRST Award. Eligible faculty must be assistant professors in the first four years of a tenure-track position, and also eligible to apply for an NSF CAREER Award during the grant period. Pre-proposals are due by 5 pm, Monday, Oct. 3.

For more information, contact Sponsored Programs & Research at (402) 554.2286 or

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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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Maverick Watch


Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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