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February 'Oh' Award

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'Oh, what a difference you make!' — Becky Karel. Karel an office associate in UNO's Milo Bail Student Center, was honored last week as UNO's February 'Oh' Award recipient. Karel, who serves as assistant to reservations manager Sharon Larsen, has worked at UNO for the last four years. A native of Clarkson, Nebraska, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a graduate degree from UNO. Karel primarily helps students to reserve rooms in the student center. She also works with on-line reservations and reserving campus rooms for non-academic activities.

One nominator said of her, "Becky provides 'above and beyond' service every day. Any request a customer might have she will do her best to assist them. She has great customer service skills and she enjoys working with customers." Another nominator said, "Becky always goes above and beyond what is asked of her and she never has a 'bad' day when it comes to treating others with kindness and respect. Our main constant is that 'everything will change' and Becky is able to adapt to whatever the job is today."

Karel gives credit to Border's book stores for her customer service skills. She worked for 11 years for Borders in Kearney and Omaha. Besides being the first recipient of the updated Employee of the Month program, Karel was also honored at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Board of Regents.

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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.



Spring Volunteer Fair on Campus Today

About 30 area nonprofit agencies will offer volunteer opportunities for UNO students, faculty and staff at the Spring Volunteer Fair today, 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.

For questions, stop by the fair.

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Black Studies Hosts Campus Visits for Assistant Professor Position Today

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. 23
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
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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U.S. Twentieth Century Candidate Visit Today

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

* Today, 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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Criss Library Reception Tonight for New Art Exhibit

Art can mean many things to many people; however, for the artist, the work they produce is something that helps them find meaning in themselves. The latest exhibit in the H. Don & Connie J. Osborn Family Gallery, located in the, is titled "Unhung: Created By Design," and showcases everything from painting to photography to graphic design displays as examples of artistic expression from two local artists.

Teonne A. Wright, webmaster for the Criss Library, and Yvette M. Goodwin an instructor with the Growing & Building Together Academy of the Arts, will be showcasing their works in the Osborn Family Gallery from Feb. 20 through March 22. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held tonight, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Read more.

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Campus Security Is Open for Business in Eppley

Campus Security's remodeling project is officially complete. Still located in 100 Eppley Administration Building (EAB), but now in its newly renovated space.

Open for business; key distribution and lost and found is back at 100 EAB. The service counter also resumes normal counter hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Questions? Call Campus Security at 402.554.2648.

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Third Buffett Early Childhood Institute Candidate to Visit NU Next Week

The University of Nebraska has announced the third of four finalists for the position of founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Ruby Takanishi, president of the Foundation for Child Development in New York City, will visit NU Monday through Tuesday, Feb. 27-28. Open forums for faculty, staff and members of the public who are interested in meeting her and learning about her vision for the Buffett Institute are scheduled for:

* Feb. 27 at 4 p.m., Van Brunt Visitors Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 313 N. 14th St.

* Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m., 412 Roskens Hall at UNO

Each forum will be followed by a reception. Read more.

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11th Annual Malcolm X Festival is March 7 and 8

The UNO Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 11th annual Malcolm X Festival Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, on campus. Ameena Nuur Fort-Matthews, featured in the new documentary film "The Interrupters," will give a presentation during the afternoon of March 8.

This year's festival theme is "Juveniles and Justice: Law and the Prison Industrial Complex." Nuur Fort-Matthews will present "Making Our Communities Vibrant: Positive Interventions to End Youth and Community Violence" at 3 p.m. Her talk, and all other festival events, will take place in UNO's Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

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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, the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (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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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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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 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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Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Three scholarships are awarded: 

*One $ 1,000 Full-Time Undergraduate Scholarship

*One $ 1,000 Full-Time Graduate Scholarship 

*One $ 500 Part-Time Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarship

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's website:


Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, EAB 103, or the Faculty Senate Office, ASH 105. The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

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Join the 2011-12 Winter Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge

In 2011, Activate Omaha introduced the "Bike Omaha Winter Cycling Challenge." The challenge started Nov. 1 and runs until March 31. Bikers can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting will count (both miles and number of trips).

"It's easy and fun! No meetings to attend, no practice required, and plenty of bike parking available," said Mike Grube, co-captain. "Winter biking is a great way to keep up or improve your fitness level over the winter months and it's a lot of fun (really!)."

To sign up, go to:

For more info contact Co-captains: Mike Grube at or Angie Eikenberry at Check out this video:

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