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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.



UNO Mail Services Now Accepts MavCard

UNO Mail Services is proud to announce starting today, Feb. 13, the department now accepts MavCard as a means of payment for all postage sold at the service counter. Forms of payment include cash, personal or business check and MavCard. No other forms of debit or credit cards will be accepted.

Mail Services can handle most personal domestic and international packages. Service window hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Questions? Contact Mail Services at 402.554.2337.

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Deadline Today for Omaha Table Talk Annual Potluck Dinner and Discussion

Omaha Table Talk will be hosting its third annual Ethnic Potluck Dinner and Discussion this Thursday, Feb. 16, with a focus on promise of a post-racial society in America. College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) at UNO, Omaha Table Talk is a program that brings diverse racial and ethnic groups together over dinner to discuss issues of race. The theme for this year is "A Post-Racial Society: American Reality or Myth?"

To help guide the discussion, the potluck dinner will feature fine dining from around the world. Guests are required to bring a dish that represents one of the cultures that help make the United States such a diverse country.  Read more.

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Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

UNO faculty and staff are asked to submit nominations for student employees to be 2012's Student Employee of the Year. The nomination form and guidelines can be found at Nominations should be sent to Tim Rochford (, HR, EAB 205) by Wednesday, March 7.

The ceremony to celebrate nominated student employees will take place on Monday, April 23, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 3 to 4 p.m. Nomination letters should discuss the student employee's dedication and professionalism, responsibility and reliability, initiative and creativity and the uniqueness of their contribution to the university. The student selected as the Student Employee of the Year will receive a $100 check provided by the UNO Alumni Center.

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Time is Now: Apply for Summer and Fall Study Abroad Trips

It's time to apply for summer and fall study abroad opportunities, and UNO students have many adventures to choose from, including:

Irish Literature: Uncover history on "the island of saints and scholars" from the earliest medieval period to Ireland's modern poetry, drama, music and film. The tour through Dublin, Galway, Connemara, the Aran Islands and Sligo stops at famous sites and a few places off the beaten path. (Travel July 28 to Aug. 10. Earn six English credits.)

Chile's Modern History: Explore the streets of Valparaíso and Santiago, stroll the beaches of Viña del Mar and Horcón, and visit Isla Negra, former home of Pablo Neruda, in South America's "country of poets." Learn the contemporary history of Chile and see first-hand how the country has become more engaged with the world. (Travel June 8 to June 29. Earn three history credits and three optional credits in international studies.)

European History: Hike to the top of the Eiffel Tower and explore the labyrinth beneath the Colosseum. Study Europe's past in two of the world's most historic cities, Paris and Rome. (Travel May 21 to June 8. Earn three history credits and three optional credits in international studies.)

Fall Exchanges: If you want to study abroad for a full semester or two, consider this fall's exchange programs in Europe and Asia. Students pay UNO tuition and can use their UNO scholarships while studying at universities overseas. Deadlines are approaching.

For more information on these opportunities and others, contact Study Abroad Advisor Emily Hassenstab at, 402.554.2293.

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UNO Celebrates Black History Month with Events This Week

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

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.Up to Top

Course Evaluation Teaching Circle Tomorrow

The Course Evaluation Teaching Circle will meet Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 12:30 p.m. in 202 Eppley Administration Building. Anyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend.

For information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at

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Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk Brown Bag Wednesday


The UNO Athletic Department will be holding an informational brown-bag lunch session to discuss the Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk this 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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Speech Center to Offer Spring Learn Over Lunch Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided. To register for one or more sessions or for more information, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or Space is limited so you must register in advance.

* Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness
Wednesday, Feb.15: from noon to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) U Mon Hon Room

* Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation
Wednesday, March 14: from noon to 1 p.m. in MBSC U Mon Hon Room

* Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides
Wednesday, April 18: from noon to 1 p.m. in MBSC Chancellor's Room

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Deputy Registrar Training Offered This Week

(Editor's note: Training is from 11 a.m. to noon not what was previously reported). Lisa Wise from the Douglas County Election Commissioner's office will be on campus to offer deputy registrar training this Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10 to 11 a.m 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

"Any faculty, staff or student interested in being trained as a deputy registrar is invited to attend," said Renae Rust, CCSW faculty co-chair.

This training, which is open to other groups if they pre-register, is being held for the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW), Women's Resource Center (WRC) and Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences honorary) members. Those who attend the deputy registrar training will, upon completion, be eligible to help register people to vote in the upcoming voter registration initiatives on campus and throughout the community. 

"CCSW is thrilled to bring this initiative back and is excited to collaborate with other groups on campus," said Elizabeth Kraemer, CCSW staff co-chair.

To assure a seat, email Beth Down at

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Course Redesign Scholar to Present Wednesday

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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Water Crisis Talk to be Simulcast at UNO Feb. 16

Valmont Industries' executives Mogens C. Bay and E. Robert Meaney will discuss the global supply and quality of water for agriculture this Thursday, Feb. 16, in a presentation titled "Is a Global Water Crisis Avoidable?,"  the third program in the 2011-12 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues series on water and global security.

The 7 p.m. lecture will originate from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and be simulcast to audiences gathered in Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, McCook, North Platte, Omaha and Scottsbluff. In Omaha, at UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) 132 the Collaborating Commons. Read more.

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Health Services to Host Fitness Friday Events

Wellness Stampede

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will pass away from a coronary-related death. Living a healthy lifestyle and knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI and weight are important because they can reduce your chances of getting heart disease.  

UNO Health Services staff will be on location offering free blood pressure checks, weight and BMI measurements. Information will be available about heart disease and what resources Health Services can offer students and employees. Join Health Services staff on one the dates below:

- Friday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Atrium in Mammel Hall

- Friday, Feb. 24: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., first floor concession area in Arts and Science

Questions? Contact Kayla Baumberger at

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Movin' After School Free Family Event This Saturday at UNO

Movin' After School is hosting its fourth free family event called "Get Your Family Movin'" this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Exhibitors from local organizations including the Omaha Bike Project, Omaha Police Department Crime Prevention and others will be at the event.

The UNO Men's Soccer and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Women's Volleyball teams will provide fun physical activities and exercises for children. Former Nebraska Cornhuskers, Zach Potter, Todd Peterson, Ty Steinkuhler, Tyler Wortman and Nate Swift, will also be there to play games with the kids and support healthy living. An inflatable obstacle course will be available for children to enjoy. Raffle prizes will be given away during the event. Read more.

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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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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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