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UNO Celebrates Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Research projects and creative works by undergraduate and graduate students were on display at the fourth annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair (RCAF) on Feb. 10. UNO students from all levels – undergraduate, graduate and doctoral – showcased their work during the event. More than 150 submissions were judged this year. Above: Graduate Student Alex Torres and Professor Kris Berg discuss her entry.

2012 Student RCAF Awardees

Through the Lens

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Mavericks Take on the Gophers

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Conference rival Minnesota came to town last weekend and the two games provided plenty of ice excitement. Unfortunately the Golden Gophers won in overtime 3-2 on Friday (Feb. 24) and by the same score on Saturday. The Mavericks will host the University of Denver this weekend. Friday's game will begin at 6:30 pm while Saturday's is at the regular 7:05 pm.


Hayden House

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. . .



UNO No Limits! Conference: 'Beyond Violence: Dare to Speak' Starts Today

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" today 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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55th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference Continues Today, Tomorrow

The 55th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference continues today through Saturday, March 2-3, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Omaha. UNO students are allowed free admission to any panel with presentation of their student ID card. The UNO Department of History organized the conference.

Conference theme:

Friday luncheon keynote address:
"Navies, Privateers & Pirates: aggression on the seas from antiquity to the present"

Guest speaker: Philip De Souza, School of Classics, University College Dublin

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker Today

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation today, 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 Hosts Model United Nations for High School Students

UNO will host the 2012 Model United Nations this evening, Saturday, and Sunday, March 2-4. Two dozen high school students from Creighton Prep, Mercy, Bellevue East and Omaha Northwest will participate in the event in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

The Model UN is a hands-on, interactive approach to teaching students about parliamentary procedure and international relations. This year, students will gain a greater understanding of the recent Syrian uprising as they debate potential intervention from the perspectives of different countries.

The Model UN at UNO is sponsored by International Studies & Programs and Sigma Iota Rho, the International Studies Honors Society. For more information, contact Shane Pekny at

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UNO, Methodist to Host 'Frog Fling' Tonight


You may have heard of teddy bear tosses at hockey games, but tonight, 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.

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UNO Theatre Presents 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' This Evening

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 and Saturday, March 2-3, at 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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UNO, OPS Partner to Host 2nd Annual CultureFest This Sunday

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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Information Services Announces Email Contest Winners

Information Services (IS) would like to thank everyone who participated in the "Get in Shape" email contest. Everyone helped IS reduce UNO's total email weight by over 200 GB. In addition, UNO did not add any extra pounds from the average 1.5 million emails the campus receives monthly.

Congratulations to the winners!

iPad 2 – Chantel Crockett and Jodi Cramer.

Kindle Fire – Marie Arbelaez, Joyce Neujahr, Scott Vlasek and Tim Scott.

Office Home Software – David Brown, James Connelly, Wendy Cross, Trenton Fredericksen, Rosemary Hamlin, William Johnson Jr., Chris Marshall, Victor Medina, Owen Mordaunt, Andrew Newman, Russell Nordman, Kathleen Peterson, Peter Smith, Russell Smith and Jamie Wilkinson.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. Prize winners will be contacted this week to schedule a pick up.

For more information, contact Information Services at 402.554.4357 or

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Mav-Rec Massages Offered This Monday

Wellness Stampede

UNO Campus Recreation to offer Massage Monday next week. The chair massages, administered by Mav-Rec Licensed Massage Therapists, will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building atrium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost for the 15-minute massage is $15. Massages will be given on first come, first serve basis.

For more questions, contact Whitney Prenzlow at 402.554.3185.

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Collaborative Student Event Next Week

Please consider attending the Secular Student Alliance's semester finale event, in collaboration with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), on Thursday March 8, at 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. This event will feature speakers from both student organizations and audience participation via live text-in questions.

“This event is important because it will be representative of the civil discourse that can happen when two groups come together for an educational purpose in an intelligent academic atmosphere,” said Luke Hoffman, president of Secular Student Alliance.

If you are unable attend feel free to pass this announcement along to any other interested parties, including any community or organizational calendars you might have access to.

For more information, email

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Fitness Fridays Continues March 9 in Eppley

Wellness Stampede

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Join UNO Health Services on Friday March 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the employee break room in the Eppley Administration Building, where staff will be conducting free blood pressure checks and weight and BMI measurements. 

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people aged 50 or older.  Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. However, many people who are at risk for the disease are not being screened according to national guidelines.  Staff will have information available about colorectal cancer screenings and information about what they offer at UNO Health Services for students and employees.

If you have any questions, contact Kayla Baumberger at

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'Style Proud' Fashion Event at UNO March 9

UNO Service Learning Academy P-16 project, which brings together UNO public relations students; Omaha North High Magnet School textile and fashion students; and Goodwill Industries, will culminate on Friday, March 9, with the inagural 'Style Proud' recycling fashion show.

The event, which will be held at the Milo Bail Student Center, begins at 1:30 and will feature displays of original fashion created by Omaha North students from clothing donated by Goodwill Industries. Taking cues from shows like "Project Runway," Style Proud will feature a panel of local "celebrity" judges. The judges were featured in last year's Omaha Fashion Week and Fashion Loud fashion shows.

Prior to the fashion show, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m, for the students to ask questions of local professionals in the fashion industry. Exhibitors will be available for the students to ask questions of local professionals in the fashion industry. The goal of the event is to connect young people in the community with design professionals. Read more.

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UNO to Host 2012 Paranormal Symposium March 10-11

The UNO Paranormal Society and the UNO UFO Study Group are co-hosting the 2012 Paranormal Symposium Sunday through Monday, March 10-11, on the campus of UNO.

The 2012 Paranormal Symposium is designed to look at the logical, scientific and rational explanations of UFOs and other paranormal phenomenon.

Both days' events run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) 101 and will feature a variety of local experts. Saturday, March 10 will focus on ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, while Sunday, March 11 will focus on UFOS and extraterrestrials. Registration for both days begins at 9 a.m. A one-day pass costs $10 while a two-day pass costs $15. All are welcome to attend. Read more.

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In the News

In the News

- Paul Landow, political science, was interviewed on Wednesday, Feb. 29 by KIOS-FM, KVNO and KFAB about Bob Kerrey's decision to run for Ben Nelson's open senate seat.

- Randall Adkins, chair of the Political Science Department, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald, March 1, also about Bob Kerrey’s decision to run for Ben Nelson’s open senate seat.

- Rami Arav, philosophy and religion, was mentioned in several dozen stories, including ones from Fox News and The Globe and Mail, about the discovery of evidence that links Christianity to the time Christ lived, rather than centuries after his death. While not personally discovering the artifact, Arav was part of a group that helped open the area for excavation.

- Richard Stacy, public health education, was quoted in the Kearney Hub about Nebraska being ranked 8th in Gallup’s national well-being index. The index ranks all states based on their residents’ sense of well-being.

- Bill Blizek, philosophy and reliigon, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Feb. 26 about that night’s Oscar ceremonies. Blizek, who is also the founding editor of UNO’s Journal of Religion and Film, spoke to this year’s Best Picture nominees being more uplifting than in years past.

- Dave Kriegler, physics, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Feb. 25 about an unusual alignment of Venus, Jupiter and Earth’s moon which was visible in the night sky that weekend.

- Lisa Sample, criminal justice, was interviewed by KMTV on Feb. 27 about sex offenders and exhibitionists in relation to an incident that happened at Village Pointe over the weekend.

- Matt Hansen, athletics, was interviewed by WOWT on Feb. 27 about a “Frog Fling,” which the university will run on Friday, March 2 during the UNO-Denver hockey game to raise money for Leap for a Cure.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 402.554.2129.

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In Print

- Bryce Hoflund, assistant professor in the School of Public Administration at UNO, just published "Building a Network Administrative Organization's Social Base: Lessons from the National Quality Forum," which appears online first in Sage Publications' Administration & Society. The paper, presents the results of an empirical study of how one network leader built the social base of a network administrative organization that was created to improve health care quality. To view the full article, click on this link.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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Student Leader of the Month Nominations Sought

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office (SOLP) sponsors the Student Leader of the Month Award.

If there is a student that you know of that you think would be a candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP staff encourages you to nominate them for this award. In order to nominate a student, follow this link to fill out the nomination form.

One student will be selected a month at each SOLP staff meeting. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if we receive multiple nominations per month, to be considered again. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and will set up the best time to present the award.

Questions? Contact Ben Jager at 402.554.2711.

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