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Celebration at the Sapp

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Almost 2,000 were in attendance Wednesday (Feb. 15) night for the last men's basketball game to be played in UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse. The men's program will move to the new Ralston Sports and Events Arena next fall. Wednesday's game also was Alumni Night with former players and coaches honored throughout the game. The Mavericks defeated the University of Nebraska-Kearney 85-68 with UNO's Alex Welhouse scoring 24 points.



Registration Begins for 2012 Mav Kids Summer Day Camp

Wellness Stampede

Registration for 2012 Mav Kids Summer Day Camp is underway for the UNO community. Open registration for the general public will begin this Sunday, Feb. 26.

Campers will join Mav Kids Summer Day Camp staffers as they explore different weekly themes and enjoy exciting activities all summer long.

Weekly themes and details are available at the Mav-Rec Youth Programs website at:

The camp is open to children currently in kindergarten up to age 14. Cost for UNO students and Campus Recreation members is $135 per week and $150 per week for non-members.

Visit the Mav-Rec Youth Programs website for registration details or call Lisa Medina at 402.554.2859.

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'Times Talks' Series Comes to UNO Today

Students are invited to share conversations over lunch with faculty moderators starting this week. 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?"
Today, 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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Black Studies Hosts Campus Visits for Assistant Professor Position This Week

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

The schedule follows:

* Today, Feb. 20
Dr. Douglas Mpondi, adjunct instructor of social studies, Columbus State Community College
Ph.D. Ohio University Athens
Job Talk: "Conflicts in Africa: Reflections on Zimbabwe" from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. in MBSC State Room

*Thursday, Feb. 23
Dr. Nicholas Creary, assistant professor of history, Ohio University
Ph.D. Michigan State University
Job Talk: "Literary Cultural Nationalism in the Twentieth Century African Atlantic World" from noon to 12:30 p.m. MBSC Jenkins Room

* Friday Feb. 24
Dr. Manfred Wogugu, visiting professor of black studies, UNO
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Job Talk: "African Development and the HIV/AIDS Crisis" from 1:30 to 2 p.m. MBSC Chancellor's Room

For details, contact Felicia Dailey at

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UNO Introduces New Office of Institutional Effectiveness

UNO is creating a new Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE), comprised of three currently existing administrative areas, in order to enhance the quality of UNO programs, services, operations and processes.

The OIE, which will function as a division of the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA), will operate under the direction of Russ Smith, the acting director of UNO's Office of Institutional Research (OIR,) and report to UNO Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed.

The creation of OIE, and appointment of Smith as director, takes effect Thursday, March 1. Smith has been a member of the UNO faculty since 1986, and previously served as director of the Center for Public Affairs Research and School of Public Administration. Read more.

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Feb. 23 Spring Volunteer Fair Provide Volunteer Opportunities to Campus

About 30 area nonprofit agencies will offer volunteer opportunities for UNO students, faculty and staff at the Spring Volunteer Fair this Thursday, Feb. 23.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room, representatives from local nonprofits will educate students, faculty and staff about their organizations and provide ways to volunteer.

At UNO, more than 75 percent of incoming freshmen indicate that they expect and seek community service activities while undergraduates. According to the Service-Learning Academy at UNO, students, faculty and staff have engaged in the community through university-sponsored service days since 2003, contributing more than $1.3 million in volunteer hours of service.

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UNO Philosophy Colloquia to Feature Lecture on Aristotle's Politics

Cathal Woods, an associate professor of philosophy from Virginia Wesleyan College, will speak at UNO this Friday, Feb. 24. The event, which will be held in 290 Arts and Sciences Hall, is part of the UNO Department of Philosophy's ongoing Colloquia Series.

Dr. Woods' presentation is titled "'Traditional' Citizenship And The ‘Modern' Polis in Aristotle's Politics."

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628 or

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UNO Theatre Presents 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' This 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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UNO Holds No Limits! Conference:'Beyond Violence: Dare to Speak'

In the United States, 1.3 million women and 835,000 men annually are physically assaulted by an intimate partner according to the American Bar Association.

To help educate the campus and community on these issues, UNO Women's and Gender Studies Program will hold its No Limits! Conference, with the theme "Beyond Violence: Dare to Speak" on March 2 and March 3. All events are free and open to the public.

The two-day event will highlight the impact of domestic violence and sex trafficking in the U.S. with three keynote events. Additionally, students will present creative writing and scholarly papers during the conference. Student presentations address a wide variety of topics, including literary interpretation, gender in advertising, sexuality and gender violence. Read more.

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Heartland Community Flute Choir Concert Tomorrow

UNO's award-winning Heartland Community Flute Choir will perform a concert of rock-inspired music this 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.

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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U.S. Twentieth Century Candidate Profiles

Two candidates will be on campus this week for the Department of History's position in U.S. Twentieth Century history. Both talks are open to the campus community.

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." It will be held at 3 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

Feb 23: Dr. Benjamin Greene, a candidate for the Department of History's position in U.S. Twentieth Century history earned his B.A. from Indiana and his M.A. and doctorate 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." It will be held at 3 p.m. in MBSC Council Room.

Questions? Contact Jo Headrick at

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UNO Campus Rec to Host Free Nutrition Presentation Wednesday

Wellness Stampede

National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day with a heart-healthy nutritional presentation. Join nutritionist, Julie Denker, this 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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UNO Celebrates Black History Month with Storytelling Event

February is Black History Month. UNO is celebrating with three events being held on campus throughout the month. The final event will take place this week in the Milo Bail Student Center.

The final event is "Power of Storytelling: Hidden Truths of Changing Omaha," which features personal accounts from students and community members.

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. Read more.

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World Civilizations Film Series Continues This Friday

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. this Friday, 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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UNO Housing Showcase This Saturday

A campus-wide UNO Housing Showcase is set for 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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Hoodie Sale at UNO Book Store

The UNO Bookstore is having a special perfect for the cold winter weather. Buy any hoodie at the regular price and get a pair of Russell sweatpants for only $10. The sale runs through Friday, Feb. 24. Limited to stock on hand, in-store only.

UNO Bookstore hours:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks at

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