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WFAB: The Fine Arts Building That Almost Wasn't

WFAB: The Fine Arts Building That Almost Wasn't

Even though the fermentation of the ideas for a new Fine Arts building began as early as 1970 when a large section of West Omaha was purchased and/or donated by several families, it took almost two decades to get anything mobilized. continue . . .

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Women's Basketball Gets Last Second Win

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO junior Jamie Nash scored two free-throws with 3.1 seconds left on the clock Thursday (Feb. 2) to give the Mavericks a 69-68 win over Sioux Falls. Freshman Cathleen Cox was UNO's leading scorer with 20 points in the game.



Talking Hands to Host Free Webinar Tonight

Talking Hands, the UNO sign language student group, will host a free webinar to discuss deaf/hard of hearing children's successful bimodal/bilingual development tonight, Feb. 9, in 214 Roskens Hall at 6 p.m.

Tonight's webinar is provided by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center and is titled "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ASL/English Bimodal Education-Part 2."  The speakers will be Susanne Scott, cochlear implant/bilingual specialist from Clerc Center and Dr. Laurene Simms, professor of education from Gallaudet University. 

For more information about the webinar, visit or contact Julie Delkamiller at and/or Jonathan Scherling at

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UNO Athletes Excel in the Classroom


UNO's 272 student-athletes achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 during the fall semester which ended in December.  The grades mark another milestone of academic achievement for Omaha's Team.

Eighty-seven UNO student-athletes made the Dean's List in the fall of 2011 which is 32 percent of the athlete population. An additional 32 student-athletes were named to the Chancellor's List which signifies achieving a grade-point average of 4.0. Read more.

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Annual Omaha Table Talk Ethnic Potluck Dinner Discussion Next Week

Registration continues for the third annual Omaha Table Talk Ethnic Potluck Dinner and Discussion at West Hills Church, 3015 South 82nd Ave. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Omaha Table Talk is a program housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO. It's designed to build social capital and improve race relations in the community with the help of UNO students, faculty and staff. Deadline for registration is Monday, Feb. 13.

The event will provide information on "A Post-Racial Society: American Reality or Myth?", as well as a panel discussion. For details, call 402.561.7594 or visit

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Course Redesign Scholar to Present Feb. 16 at UNO

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.

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.

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.

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

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Tips on Writing a Conference Paper Set for Feb. 21

Graduate students: Do you have questions about preparing a paper for a conference? If so, join the UNO Writing Center staff on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons.

Presenters Nora Bacon and Kathy Radosta from the UNO Writing Center will talk about writing a conference paper.  They both will help answer questions such as "how can I get my paper on the program of a professional conference?" and "how can I prepare for questions?"  Pizza and beverages will be served.

R.S.V.P. to For more information, visit:

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Nominations Deadline Next Friday 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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Deputy Registrar Training Offered Next Week

Openings available for TIAA-CREF representative campus visit set for Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus for individual appointments with employees.

Appointments can be made by calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614.

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UNO Housing Showcase Set for Feb. 25

A campus-wide UNO Housing Showcase is set for this Saturday, Feb. 25. Open to future UNO Mavericks or anyone else who wants to get a glimpse into college life, just stop in the Scott Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to tour any of UNO's five residence halls.

Choices include any or all five of UNO's residence halls:

- Maverick Village

- University Village

- Scott Court

- Scott Hall

- Scott Village

Also, while on the Pacific Location visitors can partake in open houses from 1 to 3 p.m. at both the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute and Mammel Hall.

For housing information, visit

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2012 Service Learning Seminar Faculty Registration Available

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy will host a Service Learning Seminar March 19-23, at the Thompson Alumni Center. This seminar is an excellent way for faculty to learn how to utilize service learning as a method of teaching while partnering with P(re)K-12 teachers and local nonprofit agencies.

UNO faculty participants receive a $400 professional development stipend for participation as well as project implementation support. Visit for seminar details.

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