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UNO Celebrates International Education Week

video by Charley Reed

International Studies and Programs Dean Thomas Gouttierre discusses the importance of International Education Week and how UNO is celebrating the occassion.


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Allwine Preserve Burn

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's Dr. Tom Bragg and Alicia Mullarkey, manager of the Allwine Prairie Preserve, gathered their volunteers together Friday (Nov. 11) morning to burn three plots at the Biology department's preserve at 156th & State streets. Beautiful fall weather and very little wind made for a safe environment for the annual burn.




Annual Café Internationale Event Today

Don't forget Café Internationale is today at UNO. Café Internationale is the premiere event for International Education Week. Today's open house event will include refreshments, music, country display tables and international student presentations. Photo contest winners and prizes will also be announced. The campus community is invited to stop by 241 Arts and Sciences Hall from 2 to 4 p.m.

Service Learning Academy Brings UN Refugee Agency, Lutheran Family Services to Central High

Service Learning Academy (SLA) is bringing the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) Deputy Director Cathy Finney and Nellie Beyen, of Lutheran Family Services, to speak to 200 Central High School students.

The event, which is part of a part of a P-16 service learning project developed in partnership with Hike to Help Refugees, will take place today, Nov. 17, at 9:20 a.m. Read more.

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Native American Artist to Showcase Work at UNO Today

UNO will welcome artist Donel Keeler to campus today, Nov. 17 to showcase and share his depictions of Native life in America.

Keeler has won many awards, including the People's Choice Award from the Black Hills Powwow and the Northern Plains Indian Art Market Award.

Keeler, who is part Dakota Sioux and part Northern Ponca, uses mostly acrylic paints to present stylized representations of traditional Native artwork. His subjects have included include buffalo, horses, Native hunters and other aspects of Native life. Read more.

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Councilman Thompson to Speak at UNOrthodox Event Today

UNO's semesterly UNOrthodox series returns today, Nov. 17, with special guest Councilman Franklin Thompson.

Thompson, who has served Omaha's Sixth District since 2001 and is also a professor of education at UNO, will be speaking about local government at the event. Thompson's presentation, titled "Local Governance During Tough Economic Times," will run from noon to 1 p.m. in the 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons.  Read more.

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Study Break @ OPL This Evening

Join Omaha Public Library (OPL) staff for a "Study Break @ OPL" event tonight, Nov. 17, at the W. Dale Clark Swanson Branch, 1901 W. Dodge Rd., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The UNO community is invited to get familiar with OPL's services and resources. Come relax with food, games, music and eBook downloads.

Free shuttle services will be available between W. Clarke Swanson Branch and UNO campus at the following locations: Scott Village, Maverick Village, University Village, Durham Center and the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information, contact John F. Carlotto at or 402.444.4852.

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Poet Joy Harjo to Speak Tonight at UNO

Joy Harjo, a nationally known poet and author, will speak at UNO tonight, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Her presentation, sponsored by UNO's Dual Enrollment Program and Department of English, will be in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and is of Cherokee descent. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. She is known primarily as a poet. Her collection In Mad Love and War (1990) received an American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. She most recently authored a memoir, Crazy Brave. Read more.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker Tomorrow

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility cordially invites the campus community to attend a presentation this Friday, Nov. 18, by Dr. Vassilios Vardaxis, a professor of Physical Therapy at Des Moines University in Iowa.

*Title of the talk: "Bilateral lower extremity dynamics pre and post unilateral total"

*Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building

*Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Vardaxis earned his master's in biomechanics of sports at McGill University, and a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the McGill University. His research interest is focused on the biomechanics of the human body and its relation to the onset of pathology as related to movement and load. Specifically, they study differences in gait and balance resulting from change or intervention (e.g., age, rehabilitation protocol, surgery) aiming to understand the relationships between the performance of activities of daily living, body structure, external forces and muscle function and pathology. Currently, Dr. Vardaxis is a member of board of directors of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. He also serves as a peer-reviewer for many biomechanics-based journals.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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Funding Opportunity Available for Graduate Research and Creative Activity

The Office of Research and Creative Activity and the Office of Graduate Studies are pleased to announce a funding opportunity for Graduate Research and Creative Activity (GRACA). Awards of up to $5,000 are available for UNO graduate students to support scholarly activities. For additional details, the request for proposals, and an application portal, visit

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R.S.V.P. Today for Kwanzaa Celebration 2011

Come learn about, participate and celebrate Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, community, and culture at UNO on Friday, Dec. 2. Festivities will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. R.S.V.P. is required.

"Don't miss out on this great event that will feature a dynamic keynote speaker, amazing free food, entertainment, activities, and more," said Helen Kang, assistant director of Cultural Programs for SOLP.  "R.S.V.P. is required to ensure your spot."

Space is limited. To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail including your name and (if applicable) any dietary need/vegetarian requests to by Wednesday Nov. 23.

This event is sponsored by Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, African American Organization, American Multicultural Students, Impact Movement, National Council of Negro Women, UNO National Pan-Hellenic Council and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

For more information, contact Kang at 402.554.2711 or

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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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UNO UFO Study Group

If you have an interest or a question about UFO's, come to the next UNO UFO Study group meeting. The group meets every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in 287 Durham Science Center.

"We are dedicated to the rational and scientific understanding of the UFO Phenomenon, so no tin foil hats allowed," said John Powers, student organizer.

"Our meetings are a great place to ask some of the best UFO investigators in Nebraska the questions you always wanted to ask!"

Email any questions you may have to

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