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December 2, 1997: KBUL Hosts Concert Fundraiser at Saddle Creek Bar

On this day in UNO history, KBUL Radio, now UNOMavRadio, hosted a special concert fundraiser at the now-defunct Saddle Creek Bar in preparation of its January 1998 launch. Artists at the show included The Jonstones, Scott's Wallet, and RocketShip Disco.

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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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Weather Postpones Tonight's (Saturday, December 3, 2011) Choral Concert

A UNO Choral Concert that had been scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 3, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center has been postponed due to the weather.

Deadline Today for NUFlex Enrollment and Health Risk Assessment

Today Friday, Dec. 2, is the last day to enroll for university benefits for 2012. Enrollment is done online at Firefly - Employee Self Service ( No changes will be permitted after Dec. 2.

Employees will need to complete the enrollment even if they do not plan on making any changes to their coverages in order to enter annual pledge amounts for Health Care and/or Day Care Reimbursement Accounts, and to designate a tobacco designation for Voluntary Life Insurance. Employees will also need to go to to complete the Health Risk Assessment in order to receive enhanced benefits with medical coverage. The username at the Wellstream site will be "UNO" followed by an individual's 8-digit NU ID#. The password will be "wellness".

Anyone with questions regarding annual enrollment should contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465 or Esther Scarpello at 402.554.3660.

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UNO to Celebrate Kwanzaa Today

Half a dozen organizations at UNO will join together today, Dec. 2, to celebrate Kwanzaa with a celebratory banquet in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Reservations were required in advance for attendance.

In addition to a free banquet, this year, UNO's annual Kwanzaa celebration will include a special keynote speech by Rev. Kenneth Allen, senior pastor at Omaha's Zion Baptist Church. Events will start at noon and continue until 1:30 p.m. Read more.

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Faculty/Staff Email Project Brownbag Today

UNO Information Services (IS) will host a Faculty/Staff Email Brownbag today, Dec. 2, in the U mon hon Room of the Milo Bail Student Center from noon to 1 p.m.

Today's brownbag is an introduction to the campus Microsoft 365 project. The session will include a question and answer session following a presentation covering:

*Project background

*Project timeline

*High-level Microsoft 365 email/calendar product features

*Project issues and benefits

Please bring your lunch and join IS staff for this informational session. No registration required.

For more information, contact Information Services Tech Support at 402.554.4357 or

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'STEM Engagement Link' Is Today

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. today, 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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Conversation with the Artist Michael Croswell Today on Campus

Join UNO Theatre Chair D. Scott Glasser in welcoming Michael Croswell for a conversation with the artist. Croswell will lecture on "Composing and Soundscapes for the Theatre" today, Dec. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in UNO Theatre, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

He has worked on many productions with the UNO Department of Theatre and the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. Croswell, a guest artist, created the score and soundscape, and is performing in the current UNO Theatre production of "12 Ophelias" (a play with broken songs).

"My recent work has been shifting towards multi-media performances that combine music and visual imagery," Croswell said. "I want to integrate my eclectic background and experience into a focused body of work that is realized onstage in theatrical settings."

Croswell is a composer who creates original music in unique settings, combining electronics, guitar, brass, woodwinds, voice and handmade PVC instruments.  A Minneapolis based composer, sound designer, and musician with extensive experience in theater and electronic music, his recent works include compositions for Caridad Svich play "Alchemy of Desire" for the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and a string quartet for ARENA Dances and ETHEL as part the Music in Motion program. He is also involved in an exciting new program in Minnesota schools called Saint Paul Listens, designed to raise awareness of living composers and bring composing into the classroom.

His music has been licensed by CBS television for episodes of "48 Hours" and "48 Hours Mystery." He has released five CD's with his ensemble METAPHOR. He is a recipient of a McKnight Composer Fellowship through the generous support of The McKnight Foundation and The American Composers Forum, where he has been a member since 1987.

Questions? Email Thomas S. Lowe at

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'12 Opehlias' Continues On Stage Tonight

The play "12 Ophelias," written by Caridad Svich, continues on stage tonight, Dec. 2, 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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Online Scholastic Book Fair

Did you miss the Criss Library's Scholastic Book Fair?  Fear not, you can shop through the online book fair through Sunday, Dec. 4. Books will be delivered to the library so there's no shipping charges. You'll be notified by email when your books arrive. 

Shop the online book fair at this link.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

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MaverickPR to Sponsor Santa Paws Event Dec. 4

Pet lovers are invited to bring their furry friends to the Bookworm in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific Streets, this Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. to get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus – all for a worthy cause.

Proceeds from the Santa Paws event will go to the Hearts United for Animals animal shelter. Hearts United for Animals is a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization dedicated to the relief of suffering. Their major areas of effort are to end overpopulation of domestic animals and the suffering of dogs in large breeding establishments. Hearts United for Animals is a 501(c)(3) organization that receives no government funding and exists solely on donations and the all-volunteer staff. Read more.

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In the News


- Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the UNO School of Communication, was interviewed by KETV about the recent purchase of the Omaha World-Herald by Berkshire Hathaway.

- Thomas Goutierre, dean of UNO’s International Studies and Programs department, and Gina Johanningsmeier, a student adviser for IS&P, were interviewed by the Norfolk Daily News in a Nov. 21 issue about the “Nebraska Neighbors” program which allows international students at UNO to visit rural Nebraska.

- Janet West, Economics, was featured in a Nov. 27 Omaha World-Herald story about Latron Louis, a former gang member who has turned his life around by working at Girls Inc. West’s wallet was found and returned by Louis two years ago and she visited Girls Inc. to thank him personally.

- Freshman Sarah Minor was the focus of a Nov. 30 Omaha World-Herald article, as her father, who had been on a one-year tour of duty in Iraq, surprised her over lunch.

- Julie Masters, chair of UNO’s Gerontology Department, was quoted by the Daily Nebraskan about the Gerontology Department’s recent announcement that they will be teaming with UNL’s College of Law to offer a dual-degree problem in elder law.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 402.554.2762.

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In Print

- Dr. Bridget Blomfield, assistant professor of Religious Studies, had an article, "Adab: Courteous Behavior in the Classroom," published in Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies, edited by Judith Simmer-Brown and Fran Grace. The article focused on the practice of Adab and how non-Muslim students and Muslim students benefitted in their classroom experience from the lesson.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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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 This Sunday

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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