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Heydays of the Hayden House

On Oct. 8, 2010, UNO's new Welcome Center was unveiled with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Around $1 million had been invested in restoring what had most recently been the home of the Goodrich Program. With the renovation of the former-Engineering building to make-way for the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building, Goodrich had new home and something needed to be done with a building that, frankly, had too much history to get rid of. continue. . .

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Fat Tuesday Banquet

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.



FEAP Program on Teaching Kids about Boundaries Is Today

Parents can learn how to teach their kids to set healthy boundaries with adults in their lives at a talk set for today, Feb. 29, 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" 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 the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 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.

Today's presentation is free and open to the entire UNO community. For more information, contact Marlene Schneider at 402.554.3120.

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

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 tonight, 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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Emergency Management Concentration Coming to UNO

The UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering (COE) announced recently that the associate's degree in Fire Protection will transition into a bachelor's degree beginning in the Fall 2012 semester. The program will be offered as an Area of Concentration in the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS). The UNL Fire Protection Technology (FPT) Associate Degree program, offered through COE since 1968, has not accepted new students since the start of Fall 2011.

In addition, another Area of Concentration in the BGS has been created in Emergency Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management is currently in the approval process at UNO. Read more.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker This Friday

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation this Friday, March 2, by Jacob Bloomberg, a senior research physiologist at NASA Johnson Space Center Neurosciences Laboratory, in Houston, Texas.

* Title of the Talk:   Adaptive Effects of Spaceflight on Astronaut Sensorimotor Function

* Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation

* Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

At NASA, Bloomberg served as the team leader for the Sensory-Motor and Performance Group for Neurolab STS-90, discipline lead of the Joint U.S./Russian Sensory-Motor Investigations conducted on the Mir Space Station and was project scientist for the Human Life Science Experiments on STS-107. Bloomberg's research focuses on understanding the effects of space flight on human sensorimotor function with particular emphasis on development of integrative countermeasures to mitigate post flight disturbances in locomotor function. His current NSBRI project is developing a comprehensive sensorimotor adaptability training program to facilitate rapid adaptation to novel gravitational environments. He has been a Principal Investigator on studies conducted under NASA's Extended Duration Orbiter Medical Program, Shuttle-Mir, NASA-Mir Life Science Programs, and the International Space Station (ISS) Research Program.

He is currently the principal investigator in an interdisciplinary study on the International Space Station focused on determining the effects of space flight on functional tests that are representative of high priority exploration mission tasks and identifying the key underlying physiological factors that contribute to decrements in performance.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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UNO, Methodist To Host 'Frog Fling'


You may have heard of teddy bear tosses at hockey games, but come Friday, March 2, UNO hockey fans will be flinging frogs onto the ice at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Methodist Health System and UNO hockey are joining forces for the Leap-for-a-Cure "Frog Fling", with all proceeds going to the education and treatment of brain cancer at the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Read more.Up to Top

Goodrich Speaker Series Welcomes Claire Schmidt March 7

UNO welcomes Claire Schmidt of the University of Missouri for the Goodrich Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 7. Schmidt's talk on "'If You Don't Laugh, You'll Cry': The Occupational Humor of Social Workers" starts at 5 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. 

The stresses and challenges facing social workers often leave employees with the choice of laughter or tears. This talk explores the ways social workers use humor at work to process information, cope with job stress, reaffirm occupational identity and elude burnout. The occupational folklore of social workers includes sophisticated use of insider humor that allows employees to temporarily escape the pressures of the job while simultaneously evaluating and processing difficult situations.

For more information, contact Todd Richardson at 402.554.4027,

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NU Rural Futures Conference May 8-10 in Lincoln

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University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and Vice President Ronnie Green invite members of the UNO community to participate in the Rural Futures Conference on May 8-10 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Neb. NU is hosting this national conference to explore the creation of the Rural Futures Institute (RFI), a university-wide effort to help enable rural people and places in Nebraska, the Great Plains and around the world find unique paths to their desired futures.

Today, globalization and other unprecedented factors and trends are changing our world at an ever-increasing rate.  While this presents challenges, it also creates opportunities.  To succeed, the people – rural and urban alike – must anticipate and take advantage of the opportunities presented in the constantly changing environments.  

The vision for the RFI is to provide internationally recognized intellectual leadership through assisting rural Nebraska, the Great Plains and other similar regions across the world to create resilient and sustainable futures by building upon a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Drawing largely upon private funds and the resources of the University of Nebraska and those of its partners, the RFI will help enable rural people and places around the world find unique paths to their desired futures.

The conference objectives are to:

* Engage faculty and partners in a way that informs the development of the RFI

* Implant the seeds for a new culture of innovation around the role of higher education in supporting positive rural futures

* Excite faculty, staff, students, partners and stakeholders to become involved in the creation and future of the RFI

* Provide a setting for attendees to build robust interdisciplinary, multi-institution partnerships that include rural stakeholders to increase the quality of life for rural residents

Whether you see yourself as having expertise relevant to positively impacting the futures of rural places or not, RFI staff believe you do. Your input is valuable and you're invited to participate in the conference discussions focused to help shape the RFI.  

The conference registration fee is waived for NU administrators, faculty, staff and students. If you indicate on the registration form that you are with the university, there will be no registration charge.

Visit for more information and to register for the conference. Email if you have additional questions.

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2012 Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarship

The UNO AAUP will award two Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarships ($1,000 each) to UNO graduates entering any accredited university graduate or professional program during or after Summer of 2012. Students graduating from UNO during Summer or Fall of 2011 or Spring of 2012 are eligible. Applications are due by Friday, March 30.

More information about the scholarship and application instructions are available at the UNO AAUP website:

Questions may be directed to Loree Bykerk, (, 554.3613), who is chair of the scholarship committee.

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Teaching Analysis by Students 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, click on this link (or contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or Up to Top

Green Tip of the Week

Switching It Off

With modern electronics, "off" can still mean "on" when it comes to draw on electricity. To combat this use smart power strips, which automatically switches off other loads when not in use. To save electricity with low-tech power strips, switch it to off when the plugged in unit is not in use.

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

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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center Cholesterol Test

Know your numbers: High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors for all types of cardiovascular diseases. Have your cholesterol screened for $25 at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. Call 402.554.3221 for an appointment.

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