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Vehicular traffic didn't stand a chance Friday morning on several roads in western Douglas county. Scrib's Moving and Heavy Hauling of David City were busy moving a donated barn and silo to UNO's Allwine Prairie Preserve on 144th & State Streets. The barn, which was built in the 1880s, will be used as classroom and laboratory space at the site.



Reed Selected as Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Chancellor John Christensen today announced Dr. B.J. Reed has been named senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at UNO. The appointment is effective Wednesday, Feb. 1, pending approval from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

"We are delighted that Dr. Reed has agreed to serve is this critical position," Christensen said. "His demonstrated leadership and extensive understanding of UNO's mission will allow him to continue the momentum the campus currently enjoys. B.J. also brings the creativity and imagination necessary for UNO to meet our future goals and opportunities."

Reed brings significant academic administrative experience, national connections and deep links to the Omaha community to the post. He has served as dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and was chair of the School of Public Administration at UNO. Since 2006, Reed has held the position of Executive Associate to the Chancellor. Most recently, he has served as interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

A professor of Public Administration, Reed is widely published in his field. He is a recognized expert in the areas of management, budgeting and strategic planning. Reed has served as president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and also chaired the organization's Council on Peer Review and Accreditation. He has chaired or served on 15 NASPAA site visits.

He also serves on the editorial boards of the Information Technology for Development Journal and the American Review of Public Administration and is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administrationand currently serves on its board of directors.

A strong advocate of community engagement, Reed serves on many Omaha boards including: Live Well Omaha, Omaha Community Partnership and the Brown Black Coalition. He chairs the Nebraska Humanities Council and is on the advisory board of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health.

Reed holds an B.A., and M.S. from Fort Hays State University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri.

The search attracted candidates from across the nation.

"I am honored to be chosen for the position of senior vice chancellor. I have devoted most of my professional life to UNO and I have never wanted to be anywhere else," Reed said. "My hope is that I can continue to contribute in a way that benefits UNO and the University of Nebraska."

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'Building a Healthier Nebraska' for State Health Care, Workforce Development

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On Jan. 18, University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken joined state senators and other university leaders to announce a four-part legislative proposal that would improve health care, drive workforce development and job creation, and create new opportunities for students in health fields across Nebraska.

The "Building a Healthier Nebraska" initiative seeks a $91 million investment from the state's cash reserve fund to support capital projects in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney. The state funds would be leveraged with more than $300 million in additional support from private donors, patient revenues and other sources. Read more.

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English Department to Tenure-Track Candidate

The Department of English will be hosting a finalist for its post-Romantic British literature position. Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, a Ph.D. candidate from Yale University, will also be on campus this Friday, Jan. 20, to visit and tour. Suhr-Sytsma will present a talk entitled, "Publishing the Troubles: Northern Irish Poetry and Journalism's Publics," Friday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. The campus community is invited to attend this presentation. 

For more information, contact the department at 402.554.2635.

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'Beat the Pack' Smoking Cessation Starting Jan. 25

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Get READY. Are you ready to quit smoking? If so, come to the free open house informational class of "Beat the Pack," a smoking cessation program, Wednesday, Jan. 25, at noon in 104S Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The Facilitator is Shandalee Ramet, UNO Health Education.

Participants will meet on the following Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in 104S HPER: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; March 7 and 14. The cost is $10 for faculty, staff and students.

For more information, review this link or call Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008.

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STEM Engagement Link Feb. 3

Please join the STEM Engagement Link on Friday, Feb. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room. The group will discuss grant funding opportunities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Send any opportunities you wish to discuss to

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Campus Security Remodeling Project Reminder

Campus Security remodeling project is currently under way. The service counter will be unavailable until the project is completed. During this time, call Campus Security directly at 402.554.2648 or use the courtesy phone in the south entrance of Eppley Administration Building (EAB) to call the office.

The project is expected to be completed in late January. Keys will be issued during the remodeling project at the Parking Office's designated counter across the hall. Individuals picking up keys should call Campus Security at 402.554.2648 before coming over to EAB.

Questions? Call Campus Security at 402.554.2648.

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Nominations Sought for 2012 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community who have brought attention to women's issues, advanced women's issues and/or gender equity issues.

This year's recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 28, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale at the MBSC Business Office closer to the date.

CCSW will also honor a student scholarship award winner at the luncheon. To apply UNO students must meet the following qualifications: be an undergraduates who will graduate after fall 2012 and student must show significant contributions towards: (1) addressing improving the status of women or gender issues at UNO in their academic work or activities and/or (2) have academic excellence in fields where women are underrepresented.

The criteria for each award, scholarship, and its past recipients are available online at All nominations must be returned electronically by Friday, Feb. 17, to:

For additional questions, contact CCSW co-chairs Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4202 or or Renae Rust at 402.554.2559 or

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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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