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Swimmers Last Home Competition

Swimmers Last Home Competition

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



Retirement Reception Today 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. today, Jan. 30, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. 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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Masters and Music Series Continues This Sunday with "Copper and Brass"

The Masters and Music series at UNO continues this Sunday, Feb. 5, with a tribute to "Copper and Brass." The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

Friends of Art, a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History, sponsors Masters and Music. The series blends artistic imagery and musical composition. The Feb. 5 installment will feature Printmaker Francisco Souto and the UNO Faculty Brass Quintet.

Souto was born in Venezuela and received his B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art and his M.F.A. from the Ohio State University. His multi-layered prints mix traditional and digital media in mezzotints that chart the fragments of his life recreating personal memories and addressing life's dilemmas. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Souto has an international resume of exhibitions and awards in Japan, Taiwan, Egypt, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, France, Italy, U.K., and the U.S., all accomplished in the last 12 years.

The UNO Faculty Brass Quintet, led by Dr. Pete Madsen and Jason Johnson, will perform excerpts from their performance series entitled "Dance Music Through the Ages:  From the Galliard to Gaga."

Tickets are $20 per person, free for UNO students with ID, and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund. A wine/hors d'oeuvres reception will follow the program.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shari Hofschire at 402.554.2402 or

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Retirement Planning Seminar Next Month

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars next month with "IRA Education Workshop." The seminar will take place on Friday, Feb. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This seminar is geared towards anyone eligible for an IRA. Participants will learn:

* What is an IRA
* How to choose the right IRA
* Decide between different IRA investment options
* Learn about Roth IRA conversions.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 402.554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk Brown Bag Feb. 15


The UNO Athletic Department will be holding an informational brown-bag lunch session to discuss the Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk on Wednesday, Feb 15, at the Sapp Fieldhouse from noon to 1 p.m. This session will let you know the opportunities that are available to you, your departments and colleges on how to become participants, form a team and have a booth.  

"Bring your brown-bag lunch and we'll provide the drinks, as Trev  Alberts welcomes you to be a part of our event," said Pam Schwarting, director of community relations for Athletics.   

Contact Schwarting to reserve a spot at 402.554.3689.

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Strong Bones Fitness Class Offered in HPER

Interested in joining a supervised fitness class aimed at strengthening muscle and bone, reducing the risk of falling and enhancing movement quality in everyday life? Then join, Strong Bones. For more information, call 402.554.3221.

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Retirement Reception Wednesday for Stella Cameron

The university community is invited to a retirement reception for Stella Cameron, accounts payable clerk of Accounting Services, from 2 to 5 p.m. this Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Cameron is retiring after 24 years of service with the university.

For more information, contact Teresa Carlson at or 402.554.4937.

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Campus Strategic Planning Forum This Week

You're invited. An all-campus strategic planning forum will take place this 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. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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

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IS Offers Feb. 3 Adobe Connect 8.0 Brown Bag

UNO Information Services will host an Adobe Connect Brown Bag this Friday Feb. 3, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from noon to 1 p.m. Join IS staff for a demonstration and see how Connect 8.0 can benefit you.

The Brownbag will demo Adobe Connect 8.0 a web collaboration, e-learning system used at UNO to conduct online classes, meetings and presentations with participants worldwide. Connect sessions can be live and/or recorded for 24/7 playback. Each session can incorporate, audio, video, slide presentations, white boards, website display, polls, file exchange and desktop sharing. And its new user interface makes creating online classes even easier.

In short, most of the instructional technologies used in on-campus classes are available in Adobe Connect for teaching online.

Registration is not required. Questions? Contact Ted Turgeon at

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STEM Engagement Link This Friday

Please join the STEM Engagement Link this 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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Request for 2012 Student Tech Fee Proposals

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs requests proposals for potential funding by UNO Student Technology Fees.  By Friday, Feb. 3, submit a one-page proposal and Excel budget sheet to Joyce Crockett at  It is important that you work with the dean of your college as they have been asked to submit a college prioritized project list. Final decision will be made in May 2012.  

Criteria when reviewing proposals:

- Leveraging (or potential to leverage) other funding sources

- Matching funds

- Congruency with the university and college strategic plans

- Innovation

- Breadth of impact, depth of impact

- Collaboration within and between units

- Leveraging existing technologies or facilities

- Suitability of budget for the purpose

- Update to IT Infrastructure

- Funding cannot be used for salaries

If you have questions, contact Joyce Crockett at 402.554.3364 or

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Feb. 6 Session on Dealing with Difficult Students

If you are dealing with difficult students, on Monday, Feb. 6, session was planned with you in mind. Join Center for Faculty Development guest speakers for an interactive 60-minute workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

* Do you have students that argue about course requirements?

* Are you concerned that one of your students may need help due to difficulties outside of the classroom?

* Do you have students that regularly arrive late for class, leave early or come and go multiple times during a class session?

At the workshop, faculty members can learn classroom management techniques, share classroom experiences, talk about student mental health issues and find out about services available to UNO students.  

The discussion will be led by Connie Schaffer - College of Education; Cathy Pettid - director of Counseling Center/University Division; and Mike Hansen - College of Education.

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

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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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Maverick Watch


Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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