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February 19, 1967: UNO Competes in, Loses College Bowl

information UNO Alumni Association, photo Criss Library

On this day in UNO history, a four-person team of scholars from the University of Omaha traveled to New York City to represent the university on the nationally-televised 'General Electric College Bowl.' The team ultimately lost to their opponents - Texas University.



Health Services to Host First Fitness Friday Today

Wellness Stampede

UNO Health Services wants to remind the UNO community that 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.  

Starting with today's Fitness Friday event, 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:

* Today, 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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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Guest Speaker Today

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites the campus community to attend a presentation today, 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 Health, Physical Education and Recreation

* Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Dounskaia has had extensive academic training and has been funded by the 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 in Moscow. She then obtained his doctoral degree in physics and mathematics from Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Control Science.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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Art Gallery Preps for Spring 2012 Student Exhibition

Omaha artist Tim Guthrie will select works by UNO's undergraduate studio art majors for the Spring 2012 Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Approximately 40 full-time students will be represented in the show that opens with a public reception tonight, Feb. 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

Since 2006, Juror Tim Guthrie has been awarded four Independent Artist Fellowships from the Nebraska Arts Council, and, in 2008, the Omaha Arts and Entertainment named him Best New Media Artist and named his Nuclear Dichotomies show Best Exhibit. Guthrie, who also teaches at Creighton University, exhibits his work nationally and internationally. Read more.

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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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Nebraska Robotics Expo in Ashland Tomorrow

More than 800 elementary, middle and high school students – and their robots – will embark on the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland this Saturday, Feb. 18, for the annual Nebraska Robotics Expo.

The Nebraska Robotics Expo is a collaboration between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), UNO and others. Events at the expo include the Nebraska FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament, the Junior FIRST LEGO Fair and the CEENBoT Showcase. This year's events will also feature the expo's first Creative Visual Arts Expo, which will include robotic-themed artwork created by students showing student creativity and understanding of robotics.

Gov. Dave Heineman opens the expo at 8:30 a.m. with events starting at 9 a.m. The day wraps up with closing ceremonies at 4:15 p.m. Read more.

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Feb. 21 Heartland Community Flute Choir Concert

UNO's award-winning Heartland Community Flute Choir will perform a concert of rock-inspired music on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The performance will include music composed by Ricky Lombardo, Gary Schocker, Robert Dick, Doug Borwick, Giovanni Dettori based on or inspired by the music of Queen, Lady Gaga, Billie Holiday, Cass Elliot, Mahalia Jackson and Janis Joplin.  The finale is a choreographed work for flutes and percussion entitled "Robot Samba" featuring members of the UNO percussion ensemble.

Now celebrating its ninth season, the Heartland Community Flute Choir (HCFC) was founded in 2003 by UNO Professor of Flute, Christine Beard. A non-auditioned ensemble boasting more than 40 adult and student members from Nebraska and western Iowa, the HCFC plays on C flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes, and performs a variety of literature consisting of original works for flute choir and arrangements of classical masterpieces, as well as traditional and popular tunes.

In 2009, the HCFC became the first flute ensemble and first group from Nebraska to ever be selected to perform at the International Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Ill. The HCFC was also invited to perform at the 2008 National Flute Association Convention held in Kansas City, Mo., and embarked upon their first European tour to Amsterdam, Belgium and France in May 2011. Upcoming engagements include an invitation to perform at the St. Louis Flute Society Festival in May 2012, and the HCFC's 10th anniversary season 2012-2013 will include the release of their first CD, and a concert hosted by the Sioux City Chamber Music Society.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Dr. Beard at or visit the official HCFC website at

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UNO Theatre Presents 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' Next Week

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Tennessee Williams' classic "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is directed by graduate student Mark J. Schnitzler as part of his graduate thesis project. Previews run Feb. 22-23 with performances on Feb. 24-25 and Feb. 29-March 3 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Feb. 22 will be a TAG Night Out.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the Pulitzer Prize winning drama of seething passions that beset a wealthy Southern family whose lives are stripped of pretense in a shattering moment of revelation. Gathered together for a celebration of Big Daddy's sixty-fifth birthday, the family's conflicts are suddenly, relentlessly exposed in an explosive series of climaxes that forces each of them to part with the half-lies that have shielded them from reality.

For tickets, visit or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY. The box office, located on the first floor of UNO's Weber Fine Arts Building. For previews, tickets are $5 for general admission. For performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Tickets are always free for all UNO students who present a valid UNO ID and $5 for all other students who present a valid school ID. UNO Theatre now accepts all major credit cards. For more information, contact Sarah Fogarty at

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Upcoming World Civilizations Film Series

The History Department is again sponsoring its international film series during the spring semester.  Each film is hosted by a History Department faculty member, and each will begin with an explanation of the film's setting, and will be followed by an audience discussion.  Please bring your own snacks and join faculty at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Feb. 24, for "Crossfire," hosted by Dr. Jerry Simmons. 

Film censorship and film noir are longstanding research interests of Dr. Simmons, and "Crossfire" is the 1947 story of recently demobilized World War II soldiers suspected in the anti-Semitic murder of Joseph Samuels, whom the soldiers met in a bar.

For more information, visit the History Department website at or contact Jo Behrens at 402.554.2584.

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Mavs to Promote Organ Donation on Feb. 24


The UNO Athletic Department is teaming up with Nebraska Organ Recovery System and the Omaha Police and Fire Departments to promote awareness of organ donation at the UNO hockey game against Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 24.

The event began with a campus-wide effort to register new donors.  Those interested in registering can still do so on-line at  Current registered organ donors can purchase tickets for the game at a special discounted ticket price of $5 by logging on to Read more.

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U.S. Twentieth Century Candidate Profiles

Two candidates will be on campus next week for the Department of History's position in U.S. Twentieth Century history.

Feb. 22: Dr. Danielle Battisti, a candidate for the Department of History's position in U.S. Twentieth Century history earned her B.A. from Colgate University and her doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has published several articles and essays examining the role of Italian immigrants in the shaping of American society in the post-WWII era. Dr. Battisti will be speaking on "Refugees, Relatives, and Reform: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform during the Cold War."

Feb 23: Dr. Benjamin Greene, a candidate for the Department of History's position in U.S. Twentieth Century history earned his BA from Indiana and his MA & PhD from Stanford. His book, Eisenhower, Science Advice, and the Nuclear Test-Ban Debate, 1945-1963 was published by Stanford UP in 2007. He will be speaking on "'Captive of a Scientific-Technological Elite': Nuclear Testing, the Environment, and the Politics of Science."

Questions? Contact Jo Headrick at

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A Discussion of UNO's Course Evaluation Instrument

All UNO faculty members are invited to join a discussion of UNO's course evaluation instrument on Tuesday, March 13. This discussion will be lead by Dr. William Addison from Eastern Illinois University whose research is focused on student evaluation of instruction.  He will speak at a campus forum and answer questions about UNO's recently adopted course evaluation tool, the SEEQ.

Plan to join Center for Faculty Development staff on March 13 in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to gain a greater understanding of the multidimensionality of our instrument, maximize your course evaluation potential and learn how our course evaluation instrument can be used for professional development.

For more information, click on this link.

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

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Thompson Center Wedding Discount Available

Getting married? Now get the perfect setting for your perfect day — the Thompson Center, one of Omaha's most popular venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions. From Valentine's Day until the end of March the Thompson Center is offering a 50 percent DISCOUNT ON INDOOR ROOM RENTAL for weddings through April 2013.

Ask for the Valentine's Day discount and book your wedding today!

Visit for more information, or call Gina Ray at 402.554.3368.

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In the News

In the News

- Chris Decker and Mark Wohar, economics, along with Ken Kriz, public administration, were quoted by the Omaha World-Herald about Omaha's recent economic numbers, as measured by the Omaha Economic Index.

- Dan Hawkins, sociology, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the new trend of men receiving bouquets of flowers for Valentine’s Day.

- Hugh Reilly, communication, was interviewed by the Daily Nebraskan about his new book, “Bound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian Wars.” The books was also reviewed by the Omaha World-Herald.

- Robert Woody, psychology, was interviewed about his involvement with the psychology of music for an article in Volante, the student newspaper of the University of South Dakota.

- Barbara Pickering, communication, was interviewed by KPTM about the religious and political aspects of the federal government’s recent birth control mandate.

- Carson Holloway, political science, was a guest on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB. He was asked about recent and upcoming constitutional challenges to everything from same-sex marriage to healthcare.

- Jenn Huberty, HPER, was interviewed on KMTV’s Morning Blend for UNO’s “Movin’ After School,” which will be hosting a free family event this Saturday, Feb. 18.

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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TIAA CREF Rep Openings Available this Month

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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