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Fat Tuesday Banquet

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Students at UNO's Scott residence halls celebrated Fat Tuesday (Feb. 21) with a Mardi Gras style banquet.



Third Buffett Early Childhood Institute Candidate to Visit NU Today, Tomorrow

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 today 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

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U.S. Twentieth Century Candidate Visit Today

The third candidate, Brian Drake, for the Department of History's position in U.S. Twentieth Century history will be on campus today, Feb. 27.

He 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 today at 3 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Drake's lecture is open to the campus community. Questions? Contact Jo Headrick at

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UNO Critical Reasoning Series Is Today

Join UNO's Philosophy Program for its first Critical Reasoning Series event of the semester today, Feb. 27.  "IQ vs RQ: What is Rationality? Thoughts on Stanovich's Tri-Process Theory" will be discussed.

The presenter is Cathal Woods, associate professor of philosophy at Virginia Wesleyan College. It will start at 4 p.m. in 290 Arts and Sciences Hall.

This interdisciplinary talk will use Keith Stanovich's recent innovations in the "dual-process" tradition as a framework for thinking about critical reasoning courses, logic and/or rationality.

For more information, email

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UNO Welcomes Professors from Meiji University This Week

Nine professors from Meiji University in Tokyo are participating in a faculty development workshop on the UNO campus this week. They are learning U.S. postsecondary teaching methodologies, observing classes and interacting with faculty and students. 

Meiji University is a 130-year-old institution and consistently ranks among the top universities in Japan. This is the third year that Meiji professors have come to UNO for faculty development, and this year's group is the largest yet. UNO's International Professional Development program designed the custom workshop with the support of the Center for Faculty Development.

Questions? Contact Shane Pekny at

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UNO Ambassadors Program Seeking Qualified Students

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2012-13 school year. Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program. 

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve.  

Criteria for selection include:  27 credit hours earned by May 2012 and a 2.5 GPA; full time student status in the 2012-13 school year; superior communication skills; and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications will be available beginning this Thursday, March 1, in the Office of Student Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building.  Application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, April 2. Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed. 

Call Nate Duggins at 402.554.2415 if you have questions.

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UNO, OPS Partner to Host 2nd Annual CultureFest March 4

The UNO Service Learning Academy, in partnership with Omaha Public Schools (OPS) will host CultureFest 2012 from 2 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, March 4, at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center. This event is free and open to the public.

CultureFest is the result of a P-16 service learning project combining students from UNO, Crestridge Magnet Elementary, Beveridge Magnet Middle School and Omaha South High Magnet School.

Students from each school will come together to share culture and explore the world through performances, exhibits, hands-on activities, ethnic food, drumming, dancing and sampling international candies. The activities will immerse participants in other cultures and broaden our understanding of the world in which we live. For the Greater Omaha area this is a chance to discover and celebrate some of the various cultures and ethnicities represented in our community. Read more.

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March 5 'Pizza and Politics' to Feature Deputy Secretary Maxwell

On Monday, March 5, the UNO IC Scholars Program and the Political Science Department invites members of the campus community to "Pizza and Politics" featuring Ray Maxwell, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. The program will start at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Prior to his current position, Deputy Secretary Maxwell served as office director of Regional and Multilateral Affairs for the Office of Regional and Multilateral Affairs in the Near East Bureau (NEA/RMA) in Washington, D.C. From 2008-2009 he served as the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2009, he served as Deputy Chief de Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria.

The UNO IC Scholars Program is a federally-funded career and professional development program for students with an interest in public service in the areas of national security and intelligence, under the auspices of the Intelligence Communities Center for Academic Excellence (IC/CAE) Program. The UNO program is also member of the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium. The Consortium members include Bellevue University, Creighton University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and UNO.

Questions? Contact Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado at 402.554.4859.

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March Symposium Hosted by UNL and Homestead Monument

"1862-2012: The Making of the Great Plains" is March 28-30 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Registration is open for the UNO community. The University of Nebraska's Center for Great Plains Studies' spring symposium will feature: 10 invited speakers, 74 paper presenters and 24 e-posters. Register now at

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Latvian Conductor Featured in Tomorrow's UNO Bands' Performance

The Concert Bands at UNO have announced a very special concert, "Colours, Textures, Transformations," featuring the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) and the University Concert Band. The concert will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The performance will feature Maestro Janis Purins, conductor of the University of Latvia Wind Orchestra and professor of music at the Latvian Academy of Music, who will lead each ensemble in a selection by a Latvian composer. Of particular note is the United States premiere of an original composition, "Romance," for Clarinet and Wind Orchestra by Jekabs Medins that Tyler Goudlock, a clarinet graduate student, will perform. Read more.Up to Top

UNO Holds No Limits! Conference: 'Beyond Violence: Dare to Speak' This Week

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 UNO's Women's and Gender Studies Program will hold its No Limits! Conference, with the theme "Beyond Violence: Dare to Speak" this Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. 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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Photoshop Basics Offered This Friday

The UNO Academic Partnership for Instruction is offering Photoshop Basics in 112 Criss Library Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m. this 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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Strong Bones Fitness Class Offered in HPER

Interested in joining a supervised fitness class aimed at strengthening muscle and bone, reducing the risk of falling and enhancing movement quality in everyday life? Then join, Strong Bones. For more information, call 402.554.3221.

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