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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.



UNO Campus Rec to Host 'Wrap Up Your Heart in Healthy Nutrition' Talk Today

Wellness Stampede

Today, Feb. 22, celebrate National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day with a free heart-healthy nutritional presentation. Join nutritionist, Julie Denker, 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.

Today's 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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U.S. Twentieth Century Candidate Visit Today

The first candidate for the Department of History's position in U.S. Twentieth Century history will be on campus today.

Today, Feb. 22: 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.

Thursday, Feb 23: 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.

Monday, Feb 27: Brian Drake, a candidate for the Department of History's position in U.S. Twentieth Century history earned his B.A. from Michigan, his M.A. from Georgia, and his doctorate from the University of Kansas.  He has published a number of articles and essays on various aspects of environmental history. His book, The Unnatural State: Conservatives, Libertarians, Anarchists, and the Postwar American Environmental Movement from the University of Washington Press will appear later this year. He will be speaking on "Defending the Body Politic: Fluoridation and Environmentalism on the Postwar American Right." It will be held Monday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. in MBSC Gallery Room.

All lectures are open to the campus community. Questions? Contact Jo Headrick at

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UNO Theatre Previews 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' Tonight

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 tonight and Thursday, 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. Tonight's preview 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 65th 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 Celebrates Black History Month Today 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 today, Feb. 22, in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Today's 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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UNO Hosts Great Plains Jazz Festival Feb. 24-25

UNO's annual Great Plains Jazz Festival returns this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, with a pair of special concerts, on campus and off.

On Feb. 24, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center's Recital Hall, on the UNO campus, two visiting musicians, John Harner and Dave Pietro, will perform their show "Jazz I and Jazz Too."

Harner is a recently retired middle school band director from Ohio and former lead trumpeter of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He also played many hotels in Las Vegas from 1977 to 1984, performing for entertainers that include Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Doc Severinsen, Vic Damone and many others. Read more.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility to Host Guest Speaker Friday

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation this Friday, Feb. 24, by Dr. Vassilios Vardaxis, professor and doctor of physical therapy at Des Moines University.

* The Title of the Talk: "Bilateral lower extremity dynamics pre and post unilateral total hip arthroplasty"

* Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation

* Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Vardaxis earned his master's in biomechanics of sports at McGill University, and a doctorate in biomechanics from the McGill University. His research interest is focused on the biomechanics of the human body and its relation to the onset of pathology as related to movement and load. Specifically, they study differences in gait and balance resulting from change or intervention (e.g., age, rehabilitation protocol, surgery) aiming to understand the relationships between the performance of activities of daily living, body structure, external forces and muscle function and pathology. Currently, Dr. Vardaxis is a member of Board of Directors of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. He also serves as a peer-reviewer for many biomechanics-based journals.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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Photoshop Basics March 2

The UNO Academic Partnership for Instruction is offering Photoshop Basics in 112 Criss Library Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2.

Using the basic Photoshop tools participants will learn how to enhance, compose, and publish images for use on the web, in print media, and for video display. Though taught in Photoshop CS4, the techniques demonstrated can be used in earlier versions of Photoshop, as well as, most standard photo and image editing programs.

To register, visit

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CCSW Awards Luncheon – Save the Date!

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will host its 26th annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Thanks to the generosity of the Senior Vice Chancellor and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, tickets will be discounted again this year for staff, faculty, students, and the general public.

Luncheon tickets will be on sale in the MBSC Business Office soon. Watch eNotes for more information on dates and a number to call for tickets.

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2012 award recipients. The Outstanding Achievement, Community Service and Student Scholarship awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding commitment to gender equity. The CCSW Legendary Women of UNO Award will also be presented.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the luncheon, visit or contact the CCSW co-chairs Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4802 or or Renae Rust at 402.554.2559 or

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Email Training Survey

Information Services (IS) is coordinating with college technicians and faculty/staff representatives to prepare the campus for the new email system implementation on March 19.  Please take few minutes to complete a short survey to help IS assess campus training and support needs.

Note: You have to log out of your personal Google account before you will be able to access the survey using your Net ID and password. If this is the first time you have used your UNO Google account, you may see an acceptance screen first. Please enter the passphrase and accept.

For more information about the email project, visit the project site. If you have questions, contact Information Services Tech Support at 402.554.4357 or

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Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) Offered

The Center for Faculty Development is committed to the support of faculty growth and development. Staff works with instructors at their request to help them improve the quality of teaching they offer to their students.

Now is an excellent time to schedule Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) for your classes. TABS is designed to help instructors identify and effectively use their particular teaching strengths, to isolate specific teaching problems and to develop improvement strategies directed at these problems.

For more information on the confidential TABS process, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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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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Green Tip of the Week

Don't Recycle Your Pizza Boxes
On campus or at home remember -- you can't recycle pizza boxes. The oil from pizza contaminates cardboard boxes, making the boxes impossible to process into clean recyclable material.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips and event reminders. For more information, visit

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