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UNO Celebrates Kwanzaa

video by Charley Reed

On Dec. 2 at noon, UNO will be hosting its annual Kwanzaa celebration and banquet for all UNO students, faculty and staff. The event is free to attend.


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First Senior Vice Chancellor Search Candidate to Visit UNO Today, Tomorrow

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 today, Dec. 1. Dr. Sanyal is one of four finalists.

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

Later today, 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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UNO to Make Blankets, Provide Free Testing for Today's 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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'12 Opehlias' Continues On Stage Tonight

The play "12 Ophelias," written by Caridad Svich, continues on stage tonight, Dec. 1, in the Weber Fine Arts Building. Cindy Melby Phaneuf, theatre professor, has directed the production.

Press release materials describe "12 Ophelias" as a theatre song poem about broken society, love and being lost. The play is a lyrical retelling of Shakespeare's "Hamlet"

In addition to tonight's performance, the show will also run through Dec. 3. Curtain for all performances is 7:30 p.m.

For tickets visit or call the box office at 402.554.7529 (PLAY). The box office is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building.

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Energy Star Names UNO as Top School for IT Sustainability

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UNO was recently named as one of the top five colleges and universities who have contributed to Energy Star's Low Carbon IT Power Campaign Power Management Pledge.

The recognition highlights the important advancements made by UNO's Information Servicesdepartment, led by UNO Technical Services Manager Andrew Burker and Desktop Manager Seth Korber, towards reducing the university's environmental impact.

According to Energy Star's website, the Low Carbon IT Campaign is "a nationwide effort to assist and recognize organizations for reducing the energy consumed by their information technology equipment." Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy, designed to help Americans save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Read more.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker Tomorrow

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation given by Dr. George Casale, an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at University of Nebraska Medical Center.

*Title of the Talk: "Translational Studies of Peripheral Arterial Disease, by Quantitative Wide-Field Fluorescence Microscopy: Instrumentation, Principles and Practice"

*Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building

*Date: Friday, Dec. 2

*Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Casale earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Providence College, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Notre Dame. He has held various academic appointments since 1980 and has been at UNMC since 1984.  He has numerous publications and is currently a co-investigator for an R01 grant.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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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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Join the 2011-12 Winter Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge

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New for 2011, Activate Omaha is introducing the "Bike Omaha Winter Cycling Challenge." The challenge started Nov. 1 and runs until March 31. Bikers can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting will count (both miles and number of trips).

"It's easy and fun! No meetings to attend, no practice required, and plenty of bike parking available," said Mike Grube, co-captain. "Winter biking is a great way to keep up or improve your fitness level over the winter months and it's a lot of fun (really!)."

To sign up, go to:

For more info contact Co-captains: Mike Grube at or Angie Eikenberry at Check out this video:

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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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