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University Housing students took more than 500 toiletries and donated the items to the St. Francis House for the holidays. From left to right: Olivia Horner, Maverick Village Hall Council President; Joe Nabity, University Village RA; Caroline Nabity, University Village Hall Council President; and Kyle Schulze, Residence Hall Association NCC.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 5, in honor of staff member Walter Ryan. He passed away Jan. 2 at age 44.

Ryan was the information technology specialist in UNO Facilities Management and Planning. He had been with the university since Nov. 30, 2009.

Visitation starts at 5 p.m. tonight at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries, 1010 N. 72nd St. A service will also take place in the 72nd Street Chapel immediately after at 7 p.m. Read more.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics


This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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Criss Library Hours through Jan. 8

Criss Library hours through Jan. 8 are as follows:
- Today through Friday, Jan. 5-6:  7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 7:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Jan. 8:  Noon to 9 p.m.

Regular library hours will resume at 7 am on Monday, Jan. 9.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

NCHC Names Scherr Commissioner


The National Collegiate Hockey Conference, the new eight-school, Division I men's hockey conference that will start play in the 2013-14 season, announced Jan. 4 that highly respected, veteran sports executive Jim Scherr as its first commissioner. UNO is one of the eight member institutions in the new conference.

Scherr, who has more than 20 years in sports management leadership, including as the chief executive officer of the United States Olympic Committee and executive director of USA Wrestling, was introduced by Brian Faison, University of North Dakota athletic director, at a news conference at Penrose House in Colorado Springs, the headquarters city of the conference. Read more.

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President Milliken to Speak at Jan. 11 Faculty Senate

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will be the speaker at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after that presentation. The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending. 

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate office (402.554.3598).

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Nominations Sought for Excellence in Teaching Award

The UNO Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes superior effort, dedication and exemplary conduct in the education of students. Nominations for the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award (EIT) are due Friday, Jan. 20. The nomination form and criteria are available on the EIT website at

Nomination forms should be sent to Charlotte Swank, EAB 201, or For questions, contact Swank at 402.554.2967. Up to Top

Next Fit Minded Session Starts Jan. 30

Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, is inviting women who enjoy reading, being social and who also want to become healthier to consider joining the next session of Fit Minded, a physical activity book club.

Formerly known as research study "Women Bound to Be Active," Fit Minded empowers women to become physically active by focusing on increasing self-worth and physical activity through a book club format. Through reading and discussion, Fit Minded provides women skills and strategies so that they can be active on their own for a lifetime. Fit Minded also offers online resources, including blogging, chatting and activity tracking.

Session Six is forming now. Members will meet for an hour starting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evenings on the UNO campus starting Jan. 30, 2012. Fit Minded is facilitated by Dr. Huberty and her team.

To join Fit Minded, go to or send an email to The phone number for the group is 402.554.3395.

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Join the 2011-12 Winter Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge

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In 2011, Activate Omaha introduced 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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