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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 UNO Today

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 UNO today, Feb. 28. An open forum 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 3:30 p.m. in 412 Roskens Hall. Today's forum will be followed by a reception. Read more.

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Writing Center Tenure-Track Candidate on Campus Today

The Department of English will host a third candidate for its tenure-track Writing Center Director position today, Feb. 28. Bobbi Olson, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will deliver a 1:30 p.m. presentation on, Re-Orienting Writing Center Pedagogy: A Strengths-Based Approach, in 150 Arts and Science Hall.

For more information, contact Joe Price at 402.554.3476.

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Tonight's UNO Bands' Performance to Feature Latvian Conductor

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., tonight, 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.

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Final Times Talks' Series Event Today

Times Talks' series, last event is today, Feb. 28.

All students are invited to these informal, lunch conversations dealing with current issues in the news. Today's topic, "Do You Trust What You Read? The News. The Story. Checking Your Sources," starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Free lunch for the first 15 students. Hosts include Marlina Davidson, Courtney Fristoe and Adam Tyma.

The series is sponsored by the faculty group, Newspapers in Curricula (NiC). Contact Maria Knudtson at for additional questions.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics


This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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'Future Self' Wellness Seminar March 12 & 14

Wellness Stampede

Can you answer these simple questions: Have you met your future self? How many years will you live and how will you get there? What will your life be like? 

Come to the 2012 Wellness Seminar -- "The Future Self" -- for some practical tips that can help you achieve the answers and a clearer vision of your future. The presenter will be Julie Masters, chairperson of the UNO Department of Gerontology.

Masters' approach is informative with lots of humor and practical suggestions. There will be two opportunities to attend Masters' free presentations: Monday, March 12, at College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Wednesday, March 14, at 220 Mammel Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Both presentations will give participants a process for realizing their future self; including financial, spiritual, social, physical and environmental components.

"Don't miss this opportunity to start planning how to turn your vision of your future self into reality," said Esther Scarpellor, fringe benefits manager at UNO. "Get a glimpse of what is in store and see Julie's presentation that was highlighted in a recent UNO Magazine article"

In addition to each presentation, there will be information tables from Campus Recreation, Student Health Services, Counseling, Faculty Employee Assistance Program, Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women and Human Resources.

All faculty, staff, students and retirees are invited to attend. To help you get started on the process participants can complete the life expectancy calculator at Completing the calculator is not a requirement for attending the presentation and reservations are not required.

Event sponsors include: Human Resources and Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women.

Questions? Contact Scarpello at 402.554.3660 or

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People: Forensics Team Places Second in Nebraska, Prepairs for National Tournament

The UNO Forensics Team is once again on its way to national prominence after a successful weekend at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association State (NIFAS) Tournament.

The UNO team took first place in the "Quality Award" category, which is presented to the team with the highest success ration per events entered. UNO also took second place in the Team Sweepstakes category with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln taking first and Hastings College taking third.

The Nebraska tournament one of the most difficult outside of the national forensics competition. Five schools in the American Forensics Association's (AFA) top 20 competed; UNO was one of two ranked in the top 10. Read more.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to People appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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PKI Student Capstone & Research Conference

The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) invites students to submit their abstracts for consideration to participate in the second annual PKI Student Capstone & Research Conference held on Friday, April 27.

Presentations will evaluated by independent, outside judges from industry, military and government.  First, second and third place winners will be acknowledged at the awards banquet that evening. 

For additional information or to submit an abstract, visit

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PKI Summer Academies

The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) is now accepting applications for the summer 2012 Summer Academies. Eligible participants must be rising high school juniors or seniors and must submit all required materials by Friday, April 13. Students will room & board at Scott Residence Hall, experience hands-on workshops in Engineering and Information Science & Technology and enjoy evening excursions to local Omaha attractions. 

There is no cost to attend PKI Summer Academies thanks to generous sponsors.  For more information or to apply visit and click the "Outreach" menu. Up to Top

UNO Theatre Presents 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Tennessee Williams' classic "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," directed by graduate student, Mark J. Schnitzler, as part of his graduate thesis project. Performances continue this week on Wednesday, Feb. 29, through Saturday, 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.

"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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FEAP Program on Teaching Kids about Boundaries on Wednesday

Parents can learn how to teach their kids to set healthy boundaries with adults in their lives at a talk set for this week at UNO. UNO's Faculty Employee Assistance Program will offer "Talking with Children About Adults in Their Life and What to do if a Boundary Seems Blury" this Wednesday, Feb. 29, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

The presenter will include Lynda Madison, a private practice psychologist and associate professor in pediatrics and psychiatry at UNMC. She is author of several books, including Keep Talking: A-Mother-Daughter Guide to the Pre-Teen Years, Parenting with Purpose and The Feelings Book: Food and You.

Registration is required. R.S.V.P. to Stella Watts at 402.554.2321.

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Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

UNO faculty and staff are asked to submit nominations for student employees to be 2012's Student Employee of the Year. The nomination form and guidelines can be found at Nominations should be sent to Tim Rochford (, HR, EAB 205) by Friday, March 9.

The ceremony to celebrate nominated student employees will take place on Monday, April 23, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 3 to 4 p.m. Nomination letters should discuss the student employee's dedication and professionalism, responsibility and reliability, initiative and creativity and the uniqueness of their contribution to the university. The student selected as the Student Employee of the Year will receive a $100 check provided by the UNO Alumni Center.

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2012 Service Learning Seminar Faculty Registration Available

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy will host a Service Learning Seminar March 19-23, 2012, at the Thompson Alumni Center. This seminar is an excellent way for faculty to learn how to utilize service learning as a method of teaching while partnering with P(re)K-12 teachers and local nonprofit agencies.

UNO faculty participants receive a $400 professional development stipend for participation as well as project implementation support. 

Please visit for seminar details.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center Resting Metabolism Test

Were you aware that 60 percent of all calories burned are determined by your resting metabolism? Have your resting metabolism measured at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center. The cost is $60. Call 402.554.3321 for an appointment.

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