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Swimmers Last Home Competition

Swimmers Last Home Competition

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UNO's swim team will host their last home meet of the season on Friday, January 27. The Iowa State Cyclones will visit UNO's HPER Building for the meet beginning at 6 p.m.

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UNO Chancellor Discusses Branding

video by Charley Reed

UNO now has a fully developed Brand Guide. It is available online at along with other useful materials for campus communicators. In this short video, Chancellor John Christensen talks about the importance of UNO's new brand look.


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NU Board of Regents to Meet Today in Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, 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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Teaching for Understanding in Science: Designing Learner-centered Instruction

The Biology Department invites faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about developing and implementing learner-centered instructional materials and teaching strategies for introductory STEM courses.

Nationally recognized expert on innovative teaching practices, Diane Ebert-May from Michigan State University will present the workshop today, Jan. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

For more information, contact the Biology Department at 402.554.2641 or

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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) today, 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

For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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Faculty Workshop Today on '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 today, 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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English Department to Host Second Tenure-Track Candidate

The Department of English will host a second finalist for its post-Romantic British literature position this week. Dr. Tanushree Ghosh will be on campus today, Jan. 27, to visit and tour. Dr. Ghosh will present a talk entitled, "'Light, more light': Ethical Spectatorship and Liberal Reform in Walter Besant's Children of Gibeon," today 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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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff this Saturday, Jan. 28, to honor the memory of retiree Donald Knoepfler. He passed away Jan. 2 at age of 81.

While at UNO, Knoepfler served as chairperson of the Department of Communication. He is remembered for his work in the classroom and television studio as well as his counsel to generations of UNO students. He retired in 1996 after more than 24 years of service to the university.

Services were held Jan. 14, at Bruton Parish Church, in Williamsburg, Va.

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Nebraska High Schools, UNO Team for Concert at Holland

Students from more than 100 Nebraska high schools will be joining students from UNO's Maverick Honor Band, Honor String Orchestra, Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and UNO Choruses for a concert at the Holland Performing Arts Center this Sunday, Jan. 29, as part of this year's Bands, Orchestra and Chorus at the Holland (BOCH) Honors Festival.

The BOCH Festival is an annual three-day event that features over 100 Nebraska high school music programs.  In its fourth year, the BOCH Festival features students who were nominated by their high school music teachers and were chosen through a competitive audition process for membership in one of the five festival music ensembles. These ensembles include two concert bands, a women's chorus, a mixed chorus and a string orchestra.

The Jan. 29 concert is the concluding event of the festival, which opens today, Jan. 27. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the 2:15 p.m. show, which will feature Serese Cole of WOWT as the master of ceremonies. Read more.

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UNO Announces Major Gift Toward Academic Success


The UNO athletic department and the University of Nebraska Foundation announced Jan. 24 a leadership gift by local benefactors Brian and Carey Hamilton toward the construction of an on-campus Academic Excellence Center that will carry their name.

"We are very grateful to the Hamiltons for their support of our student-athletes and the investment that they have made in the students' academic success," said Trev Alberts, UNO's Director of Athletics.  "It is fitting that our first major facilities investment helps us strengthen the academic support for our athletes during their transition to Division I.  The Brian and Carey Hamilton Academic Excellence Center will put us on par with many of our peer institutions in Division I." Read more.

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Course Redesign Scholar to Present Feb. 16

UNO's Center for Faculty Development and the Academic Computing division of Information Services invite you to a presentation on course redesign by Dr. Michelle Miller, NCAT scholar and chair of the Northern Arizona University's Department of Psychology.

The campus-wide presentation will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons.

Miller will highlight methodologies and models from the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT).  Examples of successful efforts in integrating technology, reducing course costs, and improving efficiency will also be presented.

Register for the presentation online at or contact the Center for Faculty Development at or 402.554.2427.

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In the News

In the News

- Loree Bykerk,professor of political science, was interviewed by WOWT on Jan. 20 about Bob Kerry's possible run for Ben Nelson's soon-to-be vacant senate seat.

- HPER After Dark, a special drug-and-alcohol-free event organized by UNO, was featured on KETV on Jan. 22. The event, held on Jan. 20, was part of the monthly Midnight Mojo series of events.

- Chancellor John Christensen was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald on Jan. 24 about the promotion of B.J. Reed to Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs from the interim position he has held since September.

- Kenneth Kriz, associate professor of public administration, Mark Wohar, distinguished professor of economics, and Chris Decker, professor of economics, were featured by the Omaha World-Herald for creating a new Omaha Economic Index, which the World-Herald will use to report on Omaha’s economy every month.

- Mike Grube, an information technology specialist, was interviewed by KETV about the university’s new Fix It station for bicycles. The station, which is located in the HPER parking garage, was installed last month and is open for public use.

- Athletic Director Trev Alberts was quoted by WOWT about a recent gift given to the UNO Athletic Department through the University of Nebraska Foundation. The gift, funded by Brian and Carey Hamilton, will be used to construct a new, on-campus Academic Excellence Center for student athletes.

- Dave Kriegler, lecturer of physics, was featured on the Crash Davis show Jan. 25 to discuss the upcoming rise in solar storm activity.

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

- Dr. Michele Marie Desmarais, Department of Religious Studies, co-edited a book titled Sanskrit Sadhuta Goodness of Sanskrit: Studies in Honour of Professor Ashok Aklujkar. It is co-edited by Dr. Desmarais and Yoshichika Honda. Chikafumi Watanabe was editor on the book. Dr. Desmarais's chapter in the book is called "Close Relations: Pandits, Pedagogy and Plasticity." Publisher for this book was D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd. in New Delhi.

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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Retirement Reception Monday for Marion Fortin-Wavra

The university community is invited to a retirement reception for Marion Fortin-Wavra, director of Testing Center, from 2 to 5 p.m. this Monday, Jan. 30, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.  Marion Fortin-Wavra is retiring after 35 years of service with the Testing Center.

For more information, contact Lisa Paskewitz at or 402.554.2779.

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Fit Minded Session Starts Next Week

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.

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