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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.



Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Guest Speaker Today

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites the campus community to attend a presentation today, Jan. 20, by Dr. Karl Newell, professor of Kinesiology and Biobehavioral Health and head of Department of Kinesiology, University Park, Pa.

*Title of the talk: "Variability and Motor Control"

*Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building

*Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Newell is a leading scientist and researcher in the field of motor control and motor learning. He earned his undergraduate degree at Loughborough College of Education in England. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from University of Illinois. His research interests include coordination, control and skill of normal and abnormal human movement across the life span. Dr. Newell has been continuously funded since 1976 and has been successful in getting grants from agencies like, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. He has edited several books and book chapters, and has extensively published in leading journals including the Journal of Motor Behavior.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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Faculty Workshop Today on 'Effective Assignment Design'

Of all the steps faculty members can take to elicit excellent work from students, perhaps the most important is to design assignments that clearly communicate their goals and expectations. As any Writing Center consultant can attest, students sometimes find writing assignments puzzling; the instruction to "discuss," "analyze," or "reflect" may not be immediately clear.  Faculty who would like to improve the clarity of their assignments – and the quality of students' papers – are invited to a workshop on "Effective Assignment Design" offered by Dr. Aurora Matzke, a candidate for the position of assistant professor of English and UNO Writing Center Director.

The English Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Matzke to UNO and invites all faculty to attend the workshop. "Effective Assignment Design: Clarifying Outcomes for Students" is scheduled for today, Jan. 20, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the UNO Writing Center, 210 Arts and Science Hall. Seating is limited: to register, call the Writing Center at 402.554.2946. 

Dr. Matzke recently completed her dissertation at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami, she taught a wide range of undergraduate writing courses and graduate courses in composition theory and pedagogy. As assistant director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, she consulted with student writers, led workshops to facilitate consultant training, and collaborated with faculty across the disciplines to incorporate inquiry-based writing into their classes. 

For more information, contact Nora Bacon at or the UNO Writing Center at, 402.554.2946.

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English Department Tenure-Track Candidate on Campus Today

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 today, Jan. 20, to visit and tour. Suhr-Sytsma will present a talk entitled, "Publishing the Troubles: Northern Irish Poetry and Journalism's Publics," today at 2:45 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. The campus community is invited to attend today's presentation. 

For more information, contact the department at 402.554.2635.

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HR Announces New Employee of the Month Program

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Human Resources is pleased to announce the updated Employee of the Month program for UNO staff members. Human Resources will administer the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council and welcomes nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

New name:  "Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!"

- To recognize excellent service to university constituents and customers

- To recognize outstanding performance/project management

- To recognize the spirit of or example of UNO values.

New award value and gifts:
A lapel pin, coffee cup/drink cup, certificate and parking space.

The value of $200 net, which may be awarded in a variety of ways:

* As cash

* As MavCard money

* As selections from a gift catalog

* As a combination of cash and gift catalog selections.

- An on-line nomination form is submitted to the Human Resources Director, EAB 205. 

- Nominations may come from faculty, staff, students, vendors and other visitors to campus.

Office-Service and Managerial employees who

- Are employed at UNO for at least one year

- Are in good standing with no disciplinary documentation in personnel file.

Selection process: 
A committee will meet electronically to recommend and review nominees and select three awardees to honor throughout the quarter. The committee members rotate to encourage nominations from several groups and to avoid placing an onerous duty on one person.

- one representative from the dean/director level

- two representatives from Staff Advisory Council

- one representative from Human Resources

- one representative from the Faculty Senate

- one representative from the Office of the Chancellor.

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Reserved Parking in Lot N - Men's Basketball Game

The south portion of Lot N, under the overhang of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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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Call for Proposals for March 2012 No Limits! Conference

UNO's Women's and Gender Studies seeks proposals for the No Limits! 2012 Student Conference, which will take place March 2-3 at UNO.

The annual No Limits! Conference focuses on student presentations of research and/or creative activity. Proposals for presentations of creative and scholarly work are invited from undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates on any topic from any discipline related to: women's lives, masculinity, feminism, work, history, cultures or gender studies. Creative writing, visual arts, film, music, performance and scholarly papers are welcome. Students who wish to present their work should submit the following information available at this link to Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at with "No Limits" in the subject line. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 27.

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Diversity in our Classrooms - A UCAT Teaching Panel

There are many ways to incorporate diversity in a classroom. Join members of the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) on Friday, Jan. 27, for a teaching panel about diversity in their classes. It will be held, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The panel will also open the discussion to attendees, so all can share.

Panel presenters:

- Julie Delkamiller, assistant professor, Special Education Communication Disorders

- Anita Saalfeld, assistant professor, Foreign Languages

- Adam Tyma, assistant professor, Communication

- Wanda Ewing, assistant professor, Art and Art History

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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Campus Rec Announces Instructional Programs for Spring

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UNO Campus Rec will offer a variety of instructional program classes throughout the spring semester. The classes offered are: Women's Self Defense, Dance Lessons, Golf Lessons, Archery Lessons, Group Personal Training and a Martial Arts Academy. All classes are open to the UNO community and general public. More information:

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Criss Library Oxford English Dictionary Online

Word lovers rejoice. Criss Library is pleased to announce the availability of the Oxford English Dictionary Online. The OED is the definitive authority for the English language, with meanings and history for over 600,000 words. The Oxford English Dictionary Online is an essential database for research in many fields.  Visit the library website or search directly at

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In the News

In the News

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, was interviewed by Action 3 News on Jan. 13 about an November 2011 crash involving a police officer and an Omaha teen.

- Tom Bragg, professor of biology, was interviewed by KETV on Jan. 14 about the moving of a 130-year-old barn and silo to UNO’s Allwine Prairie Preserve. The barn and silo were donated by Bragg’s wife, Barbi Hayes of Omaha. Bragg and his wife were also interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald.

- Gracia kwete, a UNO student leader and volunteer, was interviewed by KETV on Jan. 16 during UNO’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events at Omaha North High School.

- Adam Tyma, assistant professor of communication, was interviewed by KIOS-FM, KFAB and KRGI on Jan. 17 about the Jan. 18 blackout of websites like Google, Wikipedia and Reddit in response to the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, which are being proposed in Congress later this month.

- Patrick O’Neil, assistant professor of aviation, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald on Jan. 14 about a recent incident involving a Lincoln man who was charged with making terroristic threats at the Omaha Eppley Airport.

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 402.554.2129. For more information, call Whitney Prenzlow at 402.554.3185.

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In Print

- Rami Arav, assistant professor of religion and director of Bethsaida Excavations and Research, recently wrote a review on "Khirbet Qeiyafa Vol. 1: Excavation Report 2007-2008," by Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor, Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society and Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2009. Dr. Arav's review appeared in the November 2011 issue of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

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 402.554.2243.

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Fit Minded is Still Taking Applicants for Next Session

If you are a woman who enjoys reading, being social, and desires to be healthy, Dr. Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, invites you to join the sixth session of Fit Minded 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 an online component which includes resources, blogging and chatting, activity tracking and much more.

Session six is forming now. Members will meet for one-hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at Mammel Hall starting Feb. 1. 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. Up to Top

Campus Strategic Planning Forum Feb. 3

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You're invited. An all-campus strategic planning forum will take place Friday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners can attend.

To be included in the gathering, contact Charlotte Swank at or 402.554.2967.

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