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October 5, 1989: Interim NU President Approves Doctoral Programs at UNO

On this day in UNO history, the future of UNO's graduate studies program was given a boost thanks to the approval of doctoral degree programs by the then-interim president of the University of Nebraska system, Martin A. Massengale. Today, UNO offers seven doctoral degree programs and is classified as a doctoral/research university by the Carnegie Foundation.

UNO Tube Archive 2011 Homecoming Parade and Tailgate

2011 Homecoming Parade and Tailgate

video by Charley Reed

Oct. 1 was the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 80th Homecoming celebration and the event, which capped off a week of carnival-themed festivities, included a parade, tailgate, hockey game and dance.


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Christensen to Present UNO's State-of-the-University Address Today

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Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address at UNO's fall convocation today, Oct. 5.

Christensen is expected to discuss the university's efforts to build capacity, implementation of an enrollment management plan, and strategic priorities across the campus, as well as progress on long-range goals.

Christensen will also discuss UNO's recent enrollment numbers, the university's priority on community engagement and campus accomplishments during the past year.

Convocation begins at 10 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. UNO faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend today's free event.

A reception at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom will immediately follow Christensen's remarks.  

For more information, call (402) 554.3502.

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Campus Community to Show Support by Rounding Up for United Way

Round up for the United Way of the Midlands now through Friday, Oct. 7. Round up any purchase made in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, the Library Cafe or the MavRec Cafe and the difference will go to help the United Way of the Midlands. Customers can pay with cash, credit or your MavCard. Thanks for your support!

Visit for more information on United Way of the Midlands.

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Arts and Science Hall Mini Health Fair Today

Wellness Stampede

The first floor of Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) will be the site for a mini health fair today, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Activities will include:

* Flu Shots
- $15 for students
- $20 for faculty and staff

* Massage Chairs

* Blood Pressure Measurement

* Personal Trainers from Health, Physical Education and Recreation

* Healthy snacks for sale

Information will also be available on mental health, sexually transmitted diseases and counseling services.

The ASH Mini Health Fair is sponsored by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology – UNO. Tri-Chairs: Desiree Johnson, Casey Bowyer and Amy Walzer. Advisors: Dr. Lisa Scherer and Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon.

Questions? Contact Amy Walzer at

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Eric Foner Forum This Afternoon

Columbia University Historian Eric Foner, this year's Governor's Lecturer in the Humanities, will speak at UNO on his book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. The event will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons today, Oct. 5, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. 

For forum details, contact Carson Holloway at (402) 554.4862 or

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Author Nimat Barazangi to Speak at UNO Tonight

Author Nimat Hafez Barazangi will present "Why Muslim Women are Re-interpreting the Qur'an and Hadith" on campus tonight, Oct. 5. Tonight's event, which is sponsored by UNO Islamic Studies Program, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thompson Alumni Center.

Dr. Barazangi is a research fellow at Cornell University and author of Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading (The University Press of Florida, 2004). When released, her book was labeled by one of the reviewers as "the most radical book in the last 14th centuries of Islam." She edited Islamic Identity and the Struggle for Justice (University Press of Florida 1996, 2000) translated into Arabic, Dar Al Fikr, 1999) in which she also contributed "Vicegerncey and Gender Justice," and has published more than 30 articles, essays and book reviews.

This event is being held in conjunction with the UNO and Creighton University weeklong - 'Spotlight on Islam & Muslims' - event.

Questions? Contact Bridget Blomfield at (402) 554.2940 or

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UNO Jazz Ensembles, Trumpeter Provide Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Tonight

UNO's Jazz Ensembles, joined by world-renowned trumpeter Jon Faddis, will provide a special concert tribute to legendary bebop artist Dizzie Gillespie tonight, Oct. 5.

The concert, which will also feature the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO), will be held at the Strauss Performing Arts Center starting at 7 p.m.

The cost for the event is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. UNO students, faculty and staff will be admitted for free with their MavCard. Read more.

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UNO & Film Streams Present New Film This Week

"The Quilted Conscience" is a 60-minute film showing the beautiful and important story of a group of 16 Sudanese-American girls--refugees from the genocide in their troubled homeland--who are thrust into a new life in the town of Grand Island, Neb. The film will be given a special preview screening at Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey Street, this Thursday, Oct. 6. The 7 p.m. screening--presented in collaboration with UNO's Grace Abbott School of Social Work and the University of Nebraska Foundation--at Film Streams is sold out. The screening is free thanks to the generous support of Beardmore Chevrolet Subaru.

Because of the local and state interest in the film, UNO will host a second free screening this Friday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons. The campus community and public are all encouraged to attend. Those wishing to attend should R.S.V.P. to Laura Hamrick at or (402) 554.3057.

"We're happy to host this event and hope everyone who is interested in the film can view it with us," said Theresa Barron-McKeagney, director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work. "This is unique and rare opportunity to see this documentary."

John Sorensen, who directed the film, accompanied by some of the Sudanese students, will attend both the Filmstreams and UNO screenings. They will give after-film talks both nights. The Film Streams event will include a display of the finished mural fabric-artwork.

This film shares the inspiring message of hometown hero Grace Abbott (who the School of Social Work is named after). She was born and raised in the Sudanese students' new community of Grand Island. Grace Abbott was an extraordinary leader in the struggles for America's children and immigrants who, as Director of the Immigrants' Protective League (1908-1921) and Chief of the U.S. Children's Bureau (1921-1934), is credited with saving thousands of children's and immigrants' lives and improving those of millions more, and is specially remembered for her famous quote, "Justice for all children is the high ideal in a democracy" -- which serves as the film's credo.

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Secular Student Alliance to Meet Wednesday Nights

The UNO Secular Student Alliance (SSA) meets every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the State Room on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The Secular Student Alliance is a place where atheists, agnostics and the theistic-ally challenged can come and discuss living on a world consumed by religion. It is a safe zone for conversations on the separation of church and state, among other things.

The meeting is open to all and all are welcome. Email your questions to

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Concurrent Exhibitions Open at UNO European and Global Studies Conferences

Please join UNO Art Gallery staff this week for the opening of three concurrent exhibitions presented in conjunction with the UNO European and Global Studies Conferences.

Opening reception at the UNO Art Gallery for university, public and conference guests: Thursday, Oct. 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, features letterpress broadsides, artists' books, and an Iraqi documentary, all made to honor al-Mutanabbi Street, the book center of Baghdad which was destroyed by a car bomb in 2007.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Project coordinator Beau Beausoleil, a poet and book seller from San Francisco, will be at UNO for the reception and to present the Conference keynote address immediately following at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. In addition, Beausoleil has organized a conference panel titled "The Control and Erasure Of an Academic and Arts Community: How is it Accomplished, How is it Resisted."

Works on Paper and Video from Cracow showcases the Pedagogical University in Cracow and includes accomplished works in a wide range of media from linocuts, etchings and lithographs, to paintings, to digital prints and video. Curated by Rafal Solewski.

For details, contact Denise Brady at (402) 554.2796 or

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Unpacking the UNO Course Evaluation Instrument Tomorrow

Unpacking the UNO Course Evaluation Instrument is set for Thursday, Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge Commons on the third floor of Criss Library. This brown bag will share suggestions and resources to help faculty use the recently-adopted course evaluation instrument to:

* Become aware of their skills, achievements, and strengths;

* Look for patterns across semesters;

* Document strengths and efforts to improve;

* Identify new approaches to help meet teaching objectives; and

* Develop an effective teaching development plan.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or .

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'FIT KIDS' Starts This Sunday at HPER

Wellness Stampede

Bring your son or daughter this Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. in 126 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building for "FIT KIDS." Each weekend the fitness program will focus on fun ways to keep kids active by teaching them how to use the "muscle of the day." The event is free and any children ages 5-12 is welcome; as long as their legal guardian has access to the HPER Building.  

Questions? Email

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NU Compliance Officer To Present Oct. 14 Update Sessions

Due to the recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Dr. Christy Horn, the University of Nebraska ADA-504 Compliance Officer from Central Administration, will be presenting two ADAAA update sessions on Friday, Oct. 14. Both will be held in the College Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons.

- 9 to 11a.m.
The first session focuses on making student accommodations. Anyone who frequently interacts with students is encouraged to attend this session (i.e. faculty, administrators, student services staff).

- 2 to 4 p.m.
The second session focuses on making employee/faculty accommodations.  Anyone who supervises employees/faculty members is encouraged to attend this session (i.e. administrators, supervisors, leave coordinators).

This event is cosponsored by Human Resources and Academic & Student Affairs.  For more information, contact Charlotte Russell, interim EEO/AA/ADA specialist, at (402) 554.3490 or

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Oct. 16-17 Aging Conference to Celebrate Baby Boomers

A two-day conference on aging, hosted by UNO, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 17, at the Milo Bail Student Center.

An event hosted by a variety of campus entities and community partners, "Aging with Passion and Purpose: 'IT' Happens" is designed for professionals, administrators, service providers, researchers, educators, students, caregivers, older adults, Baby Boomers and others to gain perspectives on a long-anticipated and unprecedented population demographic shift.

As the country's oldest Baby Boomers begin turning 65 this year, perspectives on the future of aging may have a significant impact on social policy, health care, faith communities and human services for years to come. Read more.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Stay Informed on Green News

Want to find out about sustainability happenings at UNO and in the metropolitan community? If so, visit GreenUNO's official Facebook community page at this link.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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