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Snow, Ice and Blue Sky Brighten Campus

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Monday (Feb. 6) wasn't your typical winter day. The UNO campus and surrounding neighborhood were encrusted with ice and snow. The results were numerous photogenic scenes.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is lowered to half-staff today, Feb. 16, in honor of student Kyle Ienn. He passed away Jan. 31 at 40.

Ienn was an undergraduate in UNO's fire protection technology program.

Services were held Feb. 4 at Ralston High School.

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UNO, North High Join Together With Goodwill for Service Learning Project

Omaha North High Magnet School students will visit Goodwill Industries today, Feb. 16, as part of a semester-long P-16 (Preschool through College) service learning project.

Throughout the semester, UNO's Service Learning Academy, UNO public relations students, North High textile students and Goodwill have been working together to organize a refashioned fashion show, to be held at UNO's Milo Bail Student Center on Friday, March 9. Thursday's visit to Goodwill, 4805 N. 72nd St., will allow the nonprofit organization to provide a presentation on their mission and history.

As part of their visit, the North High students will design a window display for the Goodwill location. Read more.

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Economist, Ex-Freddie Mac VP to Speak at UNO Tonight

Economist Michael G. Bradley will speak at UNO tonight, Feb. 16, discussing the recent global financial crisis. The presentation is part of a series presented by UNO's College of Business Administration (CBA).

This entry in the CBA's speaker series will take place in the Marvin and Virginia Schmid Auditorium in Mammel Hall. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. with the program running from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.  Read more.

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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 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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Deputy Registrar Training Offered Today

Lisa Wise from the Douglas County Election Commissioner's office will be on campus to offer deputy registrar training today, Feb. 16, from 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 Today

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.

Dr. 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 today, 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 This Evening at UNO

Valmont Industries' executives Mogens C. Bay and E. Robert Meaney will discuss the global supply and quality of water for agriculture this evening, 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 Collaborating Commons. Read more.

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Outlook/Office 365 Calendar Links on Leave & Travel Request Emails

As you are aware, the university is migrating from Lotus Notes to Outlook/Office 365 over the next few months. In order to accommodate adding "Leave and/or Travel" requests to calendars for both systems, an extra set of links for Outlook/Office 365 have been added to the "Approver and Requestor" emails.

Make sure that you click the link that corresponds with the email system you are using to ensure that the entry gets added to your calendar correctly. Once everyone has migrated to Outlook/Office 365, the Lotus Notes links will be removed.

Click on this link for examples of the new Leave Request emails.

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Mavericks To Play UND in Outdoor Game


The UNO hockey team will play North Dakota in an outdoor game at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.  The Omaha Sports Commission, Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), UNO, Omaha Lancers and Mutual of Omaha made the announcement jointly Feb. 14.
The event will be dubbed the "Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice." The Mavericks and Fighting Sioux will be the second game of the day while the Omaha Lancers will play United States Hockey League opponent the Lincoln Stars to open the day at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets for the two games will go on sale Monday, Oct. 1, and prices will start at $30. One ticket will cover both games. Read more.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Guest Speaker Friday

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites the campus community to attend a presentation this Friday, Feb. 17, by Dr. Natalia Dounskaia, associate professor of Department of Kinesiology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.

* Title of the talk: "Directional Preferences of Arm Movements"

* Location: Room 211 HPER

* Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Dounskaia has had extensive academic training and has been funded by National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Her research area is human motor control and the major goal of her research is to investigate how movement control strategies used by the central nervous system (CNS) are adjusted to the biomechanical properties of human limbs. As well as impairments in control of multi-joint movements caused by Parkinson's Disease and age-related deficits in control of multi-joint movements. Dr. Dounskaia earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Moscow Institute of Electronic building, Moscow, Russia. She then obtained his doctoral degree in physics and mathematics from Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Control Science, Moscow, Russia.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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Black Studies to Host Campus Visits for Assistant Professor Position

Four finalists for the position of assistant professor in the Department of Black Studies will visit UNO next week. All "Job Talks" will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) and are open to the campus community.

The schedule follows:

* Monday, Feb. 20
Dr. Douglas Mpondi, adjunct instructor of social studies, Columbus State Community College
Job Talk: 1:15 to 1:50 p.m. in MBSC State Room

* Thursday, Feb. 23
Dr. Nicholas Creary, assistant professor of history, Ohio University
Job Talk: Noon to 12:45 p.m. MBSC Jenkins Room

* Friday Feb. 24
Dr. Manfred Wogugu, visiting professor of black studies, UNO
Job Talk: 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. MBSC Chancellor's Room

For details, contact Felicia Dailey at

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'Times Talks' Series Comes to UNO Feb. 20 & 28

Students are invited to share conversations over lunch with faculty moderators on Feb. 20 and Feb. 28. Times Talks are informal conversations dealing with current issues in the news. The faculty group, Newspapers in Curricula (NiC), encourages faculty to invite any interested and interesting students to participate. Free lunch for the first 15 students. Contact Maria Knudtson at for additional questions.

* "Religion /Politics: What happens in the mix?"
Monday, Feb. 20
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room
Hosts: Dr. Rory Conces and Dr. Paul Williams

* "Do You Trust What You Read? The News. The Story. Checking Your Sources"
Tuesday, Feb. 28
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
MBSC Gallery Room
Hosts: Marlina Davidson, Courtney Fristoe and Adam Tyma

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Nominations Deadline This 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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Spring Job Fair at UNO Is March 6

On Tuesday, March 6, The Career Center will host a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The fair will feature more than 70 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Professional attire is expected and students should bring copies of their resume. For more information about the Job Fair and other services, contact The Career Center at 402.554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

The Spring 2012 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, National Indemnity, Gallup, ConAgra, Interpublic, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Werner Enterprises, NorthStar Financial, Streck, TD Ameritrade, Telvent DTN, Verizon Wireless and ExxonMobil.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center V02 Max

Endurance athletes: What is your maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max)? VO2 max is a very strong predictor of endurance performance. Have your VO2 max assessed at UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. The cost is $90. Call 402.554.3221 for an appointment.

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