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February 11, 1960: Peter Fonda's Acting Debut

information UNO Alumni Association, photo Criss Library

On this day in UNO history, actor Peter Fonda ('Easy Rider,' 'Escape from L.A.') performed as John Lawless in Omaha University's production of 'The Happiest Millionaire.' Fonda would spend two years at OU before leaving to act professionally.


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 . . .

Through the Lens

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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.



Fourth Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Is Today

UNO Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is bringing back its annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair for a fourth year.

Every year since 2009, the ORCA has helped students share their research and creative activity with the UNO and Omaha communities. This year the event will take place today, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Nearly 150 student applications of a diverse nature, including posters, presentations and performances have been submitted for this year's fair. Read more.

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Retirement Planning Seminar Today

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars today, Feb. 10, with "IRA Education Workshop." Today's seminar will take place 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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UNO to Host Girl Scout World Thinking Day Celebration

Girl Scouts from throughout the region will visit UNO's campus this Saturday, Feb. 11, to celebrate World Thinking Day. First held in 1926, this global celebration encourages girls to honor international friendships and reminds them that they are part of a larger global community.

At this year's World Thinking Day event, UNO international students will host display tables featuring games, crafts, music, clothing, and other traditions from their home countries. Girl Scouts and their families can learn how to use chopsticks and to count and spell their names in foreign languages, using passports to log their journey throughout the day. Read more.

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Reserved Parking in Lot N - Men's Basketball

The south portion of Lot N, under the overhang of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be reserved this Sunday, Feb. 12.

These stalls and the west row of stalls in Lot N, will also be reserved on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

All 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 Campus Rec to Host Free Nutrition Presentation

Wellness Stampede

Celebrate National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day with a heart-healthy nutritional presentation. Join nutritionist, Julie Denker, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 112 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Denker will discuss ways to "Wrap Up Your Heart in Healthy Nutrition." She will be giving healthy tips and recipes for on-the-go meals.

This program is part of the Live Healthy Nebraska 100-Day Wellness Challenge but is open to the entire UNO community.

Please contact Whitney Prenzlow with questions at 402.554.3185. More information can be found online at:

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Open East Garage Parking During Show Choir Festival

The Department of Music will be hosting the Annual Show Choir Festival in Strauss Performing Arts Center on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15-16. There will be increased traffic and parking demand on the Dodge Campus. 

The East Parking Garage behind Arts and Sciences Hall will be open all day during the Festival. Visitors, students, faculty and staff may park in the garage during the Festival. Please consider parking at the Crossroads or Pacific Campus and riding the Shuttle Bus.

For any questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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In the News

In the News

- Randy Adkins, chair of the Political Science Department, was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald about Bob Kerrey's decision not to run for Ben Nelson's soon-to-be vacant senate seat and the options it leaves for Nebraska Democrats.

- Don Leahy, associate athletic director, was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald about the use of the “Omaha” call sign by Eli Manning, quarterback of the New York Giants.

- Angela Eikenberry, assistant professor of public administration, was interviewed by Crash Davis on KFAB about the fallout from Susan G. Komen’s decision to deny funding to Planned Parenthood.

- Charley Reed, media relations coordinator, was interviewed by WOWT, KETV, and KFAB about storm damage to the soccer dome on UNO’s Center Street Campus.

- Helen Kang, assistant director for cultural programming, was interviewed by KIOS about UNO’s upcoming activities in honor of Black History Month.

- The UNO Brass Ensemble helped close out KETV’s 10 o’clock newscast on Feb. 7. The collection of UNO students were performing earlier that day as part of the annual “Brass Day” event on campus.

- Jonna Holland, associate professor of marketing, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about last weekend’s Superbowl ads and the future of using social media instead of traditional, broadcast media to promote those ads.

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.

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UNO Celebrates Black History Month with Events

February is Black History Month. UNO is celebrating with three events being held on campus throughout the month. All of the events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room.

Black History Month began in 1976 when President Gerald R. Ford expanded Negro History Week, which was created in 1925 by Carter G. Woodson, a historian from Harvard University.

The first of the three events is a public forum discussion called "The Beauty of Blackness," which looks at the overlaps and divisions between the concepts of female beauty and blackness. Read more.

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Productive and Simple Research Management:  A Workshop on RefWorks

Criss Library offers an overview of the easy-to-use RefWorks -- an online research management tool for simplified which allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies.  The next workshop is Wednesday, Feb 15, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in 112 Criss Library.

 Workshop attendees will learn how to:

* Organize and save citations from all sources

* Automatically export citations from databases -- without redundant typing

* Share bibliographies with collaborators, students, and researchers via the web

* Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style

Register at

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