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2011 BFA Student Exhibit

video by Charley Reed

Six Bachelor of Fine Art Students from UNO will be featured in the final exhibition of the Fall 2011 semester at the UNO Art Gallery. The showcase opens Nov. 11 with a 4:30 p.m. reception.


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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is at half-staff today, Nov. 29, in honor of Jessica Thomas, a graduate student in Speech Pathology. Thomas passed away late last week at the age of 30.

Services were held Nov. 26 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Read more.

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First Senior Vice Chancellor Search Candidate to Visit UNO on Dec. 1-2

Rajib Sanyal, dean of the Miller College of Business at Ball State University, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs starting this Thursday, Dec. 1. Dr. Sanyal is one of four finalists.

Students are encouraged to attend a forum with Dr. Sanyal that will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center's Aksarben Room on Dec. 1.  The event runs from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m.

Later that same day, all faculty, staff, students and members of the public can attend Dr. Sanyal's campus community forum.  It starts at 3:30 p.m. and will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center's Dodge Room.  A reception will follow.

In addition to the forums, Dr. Sanyal will meet with a wide range of campus constituents, including faculty, staff and students. His official campus visit concludes Friday, Dec. 2.

The three other senior vice chancellor candidates and their official UNO campus visit dates are being finalized, but will take place before the end of December. The other candidates are:

* Dr. Angela Laird Brenton, dean, College of Professional Studies, University of Arkansas at Little Rock;

* Dr. B.J. Reed, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Nebraska Omaha; and

* Dr. Gregory M. Sadlek, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Cleveland State University.

Dr. Sanyal came to Ball State University in 2009 to be the dean of the Miller College of Business. Prior to that, he had been at Northern Michigan University from 2005 through 2009 where he had served dean for that institution's College of Business.  He earned his doctorate in Business Administration from Georgia State University in 1988.

For more information on all of the candidates, visit the Web at .

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Criss Library Sponsors Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time during the Scholastic Children's Book Fair. Criss Library will sponsor the event today and Wednesday, Nov. 29-30, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for Girls, Inc. Proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. Sponsored by the University Library Friends.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

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NUFlex Annual Enrollment Under Way - Info Meeting Today

Human Resources is offering another informational meeting today, Nov. 29, to review all issues related to the annual enrollment for NUFlex Benefits. The annual NUFlex enrollment will be available online at Firefly - Employee Self-Service through Friday, Dec. 2. No changes will be possible after Dec. 2.

Today's meeting is open to all faculty, staff and their families. The meeting will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 2 to 3 p.m. It will cover changes to the NUFlex plan and will review the online enrollment process. The Benefits staff will be there to answer any questions.

In addition to the meetings on campus, there will also be online meetings available to all faculty and staff. The online NUFlex informational meetings will allow those interested to view the presentation from the comforts of their home or office. You may view the online meeting agenda by accessing the following link:

In order to view one of the live meetings, please access the following link: These online NUFlex informational meetings will be recorded and will be available on the university's benefits webpage shortly after the live meetings at to allow viewing at your convenience.

- Thursday, Nov. 17 (Nov. 16 meeting feed)
2:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Nov. 30 (Nov. 29 meeting feed)
10 a.m.

Please note that there is a limit to the number of participants who can access each live online meeting. Logging in at least 10 minutes before the session is advisable. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Adobe Connect Support line at 1.800.422.3623.

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Lot O Closing - UNO Swim Meet

Lot O will be closed all day this Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, for the UNO Swim Meet. This lot will be reserved for team buses and emergency vehicles.

For any questions, call the Parking Services Office at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Make-A-Wish Bowling Fundraiser Saturday

The Goodrich Organization, comprised of the students of the Goodrich Scholarship Program, will hold its 15th annual Make-A-Wish bowling fundraiser.  Everyone is welcome. All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time:  Registration starts at 12:30 p.m., Bowling starts at 1 p.m.
Location: West Lanes, 151 N. 72nd St. (one block north of 72nd and Dodge)
Cost:  $10 per person (includes shoe rental, two games of bowling and two raffle tickets)
Raffle:  Raffle tickets are $1
Prizes:  Several raffle prizes will be drawn during the event, including a custom-drilled bowling ball from Tom Kelley's Pro Bowling Shop, a half-hour massage and many more.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Troy Romero (, 402.554.3466) or Molly Moberg (

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The Moving Company's 2011 Fall Showcase Is Dec. 4

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing ensemble, will present its 2011 Fall Showcase featuring community partners on campus Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m. and with a repeat performance at 4:30 p.m.

The fall showcase will be held in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Dance Lab. Tickets will be available at the door.

Community partners include: Omaha International Folk Dancers; The ARTery: Saturday Scholarship Ballroom Dance; Omaha Public Library: Maurice Sendak Project; African Culture Connection: African Dance and Drums; South High's Dance Company: La Fuerza; Jewish Community Center's Dance Training Group and Reach for It: A Program of Dance for Persons with Parkinson's.

There is a $5 admission fee and children 12 and under are admitted free. Seating is limited. For event details, call 402.554.2670.

The Moving Company operates under the auspices of the College or Education and School of HPER.

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- Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of Political Science, was recently elected treasurer of the American Political Science Association (APSA) at the 2011 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash. His term will run from 2012 until 2014. Previously, he served on the APSA Council from 2008-2010, and was the president of the Latino Caucus of the APSA for 2007-2008.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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UNO to Make Blankets, Provide Free Testing for World AIDS Day

UNO will commemorate this year's World AIDS Day by encouraging students to give back to those affected with AIDS and HIV, as well as keep themselves informed about other sexually transmitted diseases.

Every year, countries all over the world dedicate Dec. 1 to World AIDS Day; a day to remember those affected by AIDS and HIV, and to raise awareness of the importance of testing for STDs. This year, UNO volunteers will commemorate the event by making fleece blankets for Project Harmony, an Omaha-based child advocacy group, in the Milo Bail Student Center(MBSC) Fireplace Lounge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more.

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Next 'STEM Engagement Link' Set for This Friday

STEM Engagement Link. All interested faculty are invited to participate in an informal discussion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education from noon to 2 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 2, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Lunch will be provided and faculty are welcome to drop in and out of the event or to stay for the entire time.

The format of this meeting will involve discussion of project ideas in STEM education and research. Please send brief descriptions of project ideas to Organizers hope that this discussion will allow UNO to explore commonalities and potential collaborations in STEM education and research. Please come to share and learn even if you do not wish to submit an idea.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Creative Activity.

Questions? Contact Christine Hoffman at or 402.554.2263.

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Course Evaluation Teaching Circle Dec. 7

The Course Evaluation Teaching Circle invites anyone interested in discussing the new course evaluation instrument to join them. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. in 111 College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at

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UNO's Dec. 17 Commencement to Offer New Traditions

Significant, and exciting, changes have occurred with UNO's commencement planning.  The December commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the UNO Fieldhouse.

In order to better serve the campus community, UNO will hold two ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The 10 a.m. ceremony will involve graduates of the Colleges of Education, Engineering (UNL), Arts & Sciences, and Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The 2 p.m. ceremony will include the Colleges of Business Administration, Information Science and Technology, Public Affairs and Community Service and Education & Human Services (UNL). Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend either ceremony or both. A reception will be held following each ceremony in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Field house doors open at 8 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony and noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony. Students will line up in HPER 128 and Faculty by the HPER Maverick Café area. Platform Party will assemble in HPER 143.

"We want to focus on our students and what they've accomplished," said Thomas Wallace, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. "We also want the family and friends of students in the ceremonies to come to UNO and see our beautiful campus."

A faculty, staff and student committee, has been meeting to work out the logistics of the ceremony. Previously, the university had been renting the Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha for commencements.

"The Civic Auditorium remains a good event location, but we feel the UNO campus is a more appropriate venue for such a milestone in the lives of our students. This is a break from what has been done in the past, and it involves many people, but it places our students and our university in a great spotlight," Wallace said.

Anyone attending commencement and who also needs to rent regalia should contact the UNO Bookstore at 402.554.3879 as soon as possible.

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