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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.



Peace Corps Rep on Campus Today, Tonight

What do Morocco, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Senegal, Lesotho and Cape Verde have in common?

These are six countries where eight UNO alumni are currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, making a difference around the globe in various sectors such as agriculture, health, youth development, environmental protection, education, community development and business.

UNO has had a total of 77 alumni serve as a Peace Corps Volunteers in 75 countries around the globe. You have an opportunity to continue UNO's legacy abroad upon graduation.  
For more information, choose one of two opportunities to meet Omaha recruiter Linda Tucker today, Jan. 24:

*Information table
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Arts & Sciences Hall, International Programs Office

*General Information Meeting
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Questions? Contact Anne West-Leclou at 402.554.3822.

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Reserved Parking in Lot N - Men's Basketball Game Tonight

The south portion of Lot N, under the overhang of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, will be closed tonight, 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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UNO to Open Military and Veteran Services Office

UNO announced Jan. 23, that it will soon be opening a new office dedicated to military, veterans and their families.

The office will be called the Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) and will be located on the first floor of the Eppley Administration Building. It will also feature a virtual presence for those who are currently deployed or stationed elsewhere.

"MaV USO continues our commitment as a military friendly school to provide one-stop support for our military veterans and active duty military students," said B.J. Reed, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. "It's an exciting day for UNO and the students who give so much to our country." Read more.

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NU Board of Regents to Meet Friday

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Jan. 27, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at Following are highlights of the January Board meeting. Read more.

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Jan. 27 Faculty Workshop 'Putting Writing to Work in Your Classroom'

Writing can serve as an important learning tool. Students studying business, education, law enforcement, biology, psychology, or any number of subjects can benefit from using writing exercises to sort out ideas, synthesize important concepts, reflect on learning and set new goals. Faculty members across the curriculum can encourage students to use writing to learn by providing specific strategies and incorporating in-class writing exercises. 

Jaclyn Wells, director of the River Bend Writing Project and candidate for the position of UNO Writing Center Director, will lead "Putting Writing to Work in Your Classroom: Strategies for Using Writing to Learn." It will be held this Friday, Jan. 27, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 210 Arts and Science Hall

This one-hour workshop is open to faculty members from all departments. It will include:

- Brief presentation on using writing-to-learn (WTL)

- Demonstration of WTL exercises

- Time for discussion

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

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Nominations Sought for Mary Ann Lamanna Award

The Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO Women's and Gender Studies program. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service or a combination of the three.

Nominees may be UNO students, faculty, staff, alumni or others who have provided exemplary service.

Deadline: Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 24.

To nominate a person or persons for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies, please submit the following in electronic form to Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi (

- A 1-2 page nomination letter describing the nominee's accomplishments and their relevance to the UNO Women's Studies program. The nominator must be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty, staff).

- The nominee's/nominees' resume or c.v.

- Additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support) are welcome but not required.

The person(s) selected will receive the award at the annual Women's Studies luncheon. This year's luncheon will take place on Friday, April 27. A listing of past winners can be found at this link.

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Academic Partnership for Instruction Blackboard 9.1 Tomorrow

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a Division of Information Services (IS), will be offering a series of workshops designed to teach faculty about ways to use Blackboard 9.1 to enhance student learning. The next workshop is Wednesday, Jan. 25. All workshops will be held in the 112 Criss Library.

For full course descriptions and to get registered, please visit

Questions? Contact the IS Help Desk at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or email

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NBDC, CBA to Host Business Development Seminar This Friday

The UNO College of Business Administration (CBA) and the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) are partnering to hold a full-day seminar this Friday, Jan. 27, focusing on the best practices of business development for companies of all sizes.

The seminar, titled "Capture the Contract," will be held at Mammel Hall, located at UNO's Pacific Street Campus on the corner of 67th and Pine Streets, and cover the process of writing a proposal to secure a business contract – called capture planning. Specific topics will include establishing in-house business development processes, finding opportunities and authoring a proposal. Read more.

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Digital Measures Faculty Annual Review Workshops

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will be holding three open workshops available to all full-time faculty. These workshops will cover the basics of using Digital Measures to generate reports for annual reviews. The workshops will be held at the following times:

* Thursday, Feb. 2 – 145 Arts and Science Hall  (4 to 5 p.m.)

* Wednesday, Feb. 8 – 107 Weber Fine Arts Building (9 to 10 a.m.)

* Friday, Feb. 10 – 260 Peter Kiewit Institute (2 to 3 p.m.)

If you are unable to attend any of the available workshops and have questions about generating reports, contact Dan O'Dell at

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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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