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Alien Bunny

Alien Bunny

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

If the Plattsmouth area can have its 'Ninja Cow,' then UNO can have an alien bunny. This rabbit was hunkered down under a campus tree and taking advantage of a ray of sunshine. The strange looking eye was actually caused by the camera's flash.


Sapp Fieldhouse

The Sapp Fieldhouse: If These Walls Could Talk

You probably walk past it every day but, unless you are an athlete, or in the athletic department, you can count the times you've been inside the Sapp Fieldhouse on two, or fewer, hands. continue. . .



IS&T to Host CSEdWeek 'Beyond Grace Hopper: Women in Computing Careers' Panel

The College of Information Science & Technology, as part of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), is proud to present today's panel on "Beyond Grace Hopper: Women in Computing Careers." The panel takes place in the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute Atrium today, Dec. 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments begin at 11:30 a.m.

Today’s panel will feature four women across industries and careers. During this panel, participants will hear the personal stories from each of the panelists as well as participate in an interactive question and answer session.

The panelists include:

*Theresa Giorlando from Mitre;
*Shonna Kadavy from Gavilon;
*Jodi Kennedy from Gallup; and
*Delana Rauterkus from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.

Questions? Email Stacie Petter at

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UNO Concert Bands Present 'Prevailing Winds XI - Fiesta!'

Warm winds will fill the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Recital Hall on a chilly December evening as the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band perform their annual fall semester-ending concert, "Prevailing Winds."

The concert, which will also include performances from both of UNO's Jazz Ensembles, will take place inside SPAC on the UNO campus at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 9. Professors James Saker, Courtney Snyder and Pete Madsen will be directing each of the student groups. Read more.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Guest Speaker

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation given by Jennifer Huberty, an associate professor and Varner Professor for the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).

The title of the talk is "Improving Self-worth to Increase Physical Activity Adherence in Women: Innovative Strategies." It takes place today, Dec. 9, in 211 HPER starting at noon.

Huberty earned her master's degree in kinesiology/exercise science from the James Madison University and her doctorate in exercise and sports science from the University of Utah. She does active research on physical activity evaluation and promotion, and behavior change strategies.

Huberty has been continuously funded since 2005 from various organizations including American Heart Association, Alegent Foundation, Center for Disease Control, Pacific Life and others. She has held various academic appointments and has more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at (402) 554.2573.

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Third Senior Vice Chancellor Search Candidate to Visit UNO on Dec. 12-13

B.J. Reed, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Nebraska at Omaha, will make his official visit to UNO and be interviewed for the position of senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs starting on Monday, Dec. 12. Dr. Reed is one of four finalists.

On Monday, Dec. 12, all faculty, staff, students and members of the public can attend Dr. Reed’s campus community forum. It starts at 3:30 p.m. and will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center’s Chancellor’s Room. A reception will follow.

Students are encouraged to attend a forum with Dr. Reed that will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center’s Jenkins Room on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The event runs from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m.

In addition to the forums, Dr. Reed will meet with a wide range of campus constituents, including faculty, staff and students. His official campus visit concludes Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The final senior vice chancellor candidate to make his official UNO campus visit is Dr. Gregory M. Sadlek, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Cleveland State University. He will visit is Thursday and Friday, Dec. 15 and 16.

Dr. Rajib N. Sanyal, dean of Miller College of Business, Ball State University, was the first senior vice chancellor candidate to visit campus. The second candidate to visit UNO was Dr. Angela Laird Brenton, dean, College of Professional Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Their visits occurred earlier this month.

Dr. Reed has served as interim vice chancellor for UNO Academic and Students Affairs since September. Since 2006, he has served as executive associate to the UNO chancellor. He became dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service in 2001. He earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri in 1977.

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

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Reserved Parking in Lot N - Men's Basketball Game

The south portion of Lot N, under the overhang of UNO's Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, will be closed this Saturday, Dec. 10.

These stalls will be reserved for Men's Basketball Game Premium Ticket Holders.

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

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Free Bowling for Students at Midnight Mojo on Dec. 10

UNO students are invited to the last Midnight Mojo event of 2011. This month's theme: free bowling. One week before commencement, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at West Lanes, just north of 72nd and Dodge streets, the event runs from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Midnight Mojo event is free and open to all UNO students. Students must present their MavCards to attend the event, which will include free bowling, free shoe rental, free food and free entertainment.

Students can catch the shuttle to West Lanes from University Village and Maverick Village at 9:45 p.m.; or they can drive to the bowling alley, which is located just blocks from the UNO campus. Read more.

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Criss Library to Extend Hours for Finals Week

Criss Library will extend its hours for finals week in December. The library will stay open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday next week to allow students additional research and study hours.

The library hours for Sunday through Thursday, Dec. 11 to 15:

* Sunday, Dec. 11 – Noon to 1 a.m.; and
* Monday, Dec. 12 through Thursday, Dec. 15 -- 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Good studying to everyone.

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Recording of Dec 2 Faculty/Staff Email Project Brown Bag Available Online

Anyone who missed the Dec. 2 email project brown bag, can hear and view an edited recording with slides is available at

As a reminder, the brown bag was an introduction to the campus Microsoft 365 faculty/staff email project that goes live March 19, 2012. The session covered the project background and timeline, Office 365 product features, and project issues and benefits.

For more information, contact Information Services Tech Support at (402) 554.4357 or

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HPER Building Winter Break Hours

The HPER Building will have special hours from Dec. 16 until Jan. 8 for Winter Break.

The hours are:

* Friday, Dec. 16, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
* Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
* Sunday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
* Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 23, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
* Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25, closed;
* Monday, Dec. 26 - Friday, Dec. 30, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
* Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.;
* Sunday, Jan. 1, closed;
* Monday, Jan. 2 though Friday, Jan. 6, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
* Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and
* Sunday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. t0 10:00 p.m.

For more information, visit:

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In the News


- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of UNO's International Studies and Programs department, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the influx of Omani students in the department's Intensive Language Program.

- Paul Kosel, assistant manager of UNO Security, was interviewed by KETV for a Dec. 6 story on UNO’s new texting service for anonymous crime reports.

- Rasheem Yaseer, assistant director of the Center for Afghan Studies, and senior Charles Fisher were interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald on Dec. 4 about the rise in instances of public prayer.

- Midnight Mojo was featured by WOWT on Dec. 8. The monthly event, which provides alcohol and drug-free late-night entertainment for students, wraps up 2011 on Dec. 10 with free bowling at West Lanes Bowling Alley.

- Freshman forward Josh Archibald from the UNO hockey team was mentioned by the Grand Forks Herald and Brainerd Daily Dispatch for his selection to the preliminary roster of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team. Head Coach Dean Blais will be coaching the team as they take on international competition starting Dec. 20 against Russia.

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

Krane's Article Has Highest Impact

Oxford University Press, in its August Publisher's Report announced that the article with the highest impact factor in the 2009 and 2010 issues of Publius: The Journal of Federalism was written by Dale Krane, Frederick W. Kayser Chair Professor in the UNO School of Public Administration. Krane's 2007 manuscript "The Middle Tier in American Federalism: State Government Policy Activism during the Bush Presidency," was the most cited article out of 50 articles published in the 2007 and 2008 volumes of Publius. It can be found in vol. 37, 3 (Summer): 453-477.

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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Parking Permits for Spring 2012 Available Starting Dec. 12

Parking Services will open sales for Spring 2012 Parking Permits starting Monday, Dec. 12. All permits are required to be purchased online. Please log on to to make your purchase.

All permits must be picked up at the Parking Office, 107 Eppley Administration Building, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faculty, staff and students will need to present their MavCard to pick up their permit.

The online purchasing system requires NetID username and password; primary vehicle information; and information on any additional vehicles that will be parking on campus. This information includes the vehicle's year, make, model, color and license plate number.

For any questions, call Parking Services at (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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Feedback Sought for Survey

UNO Campus Icon

Feedback is sought from all users. To better assess usability and opportunities for improvement in the university's web presence, the Office of University's Relations has engaged the services of Survey Monkey to make an electronic "UNO Website User Survey" available to its users.

This survey is intended to measure both navigational and user needs. It will help University Relations' staff continue to refine to meet individual (college/departmental/organizational) website requirements and align UNO's website with the current campus-wide rebranding campaign. Everyone's feedback is critical in guiding this effort. Individuals will also be given the opportunity to volunteer to be part of the focus group.

The survey for all users is posted online at The survey, which officially starts today, Dec. 5, will be posted through Sunday, Dec. 11, at which time it will be closed and the results tabulated.

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