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UNO Course Profiles: Cuba at the Crossroads

video by Charley Reed

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado teaches a class that looks at where Cuba could be going in the future now that it is 50 years after the revolution.


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2012-13 Parking Permit Sales – Avoid Lines – Purchase Online Today

Purchase parking permits online today, Aug. 3, by 5 p.m. to have a permit mailed. Parking permits for the 2012-13 academic year are now available to purchase online at, click on MavPark.

The site will require a NetID username and password (same as your Blackboard login) and vehicle information on vehicles owned that will be parking on campus.  This information includes the vehicle's year, make, model, color and license plate number. Before going online, have this information available.

Permits are purchased online and must be displayed Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

Parking Services will mail your permit on Aug. 7 for all orders received by today, Aug. 3.  After Aug. 3, online orders must be picked up at the following locations:

* Eppley Administration Building – Auditorium: Monday, Aug. 13 to Friday, Aug. 17

* Milo Bail Student Center – Council Room (third floor): Monday, Aug. 20 to Friday, Aug. 24;

The attached "flyer" provides updates on parking services for Fall 2012.

The Parking Services Website provides information on Parking Rules and Regulations, and Parking Maps, visit

For questions, call the Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Mav-Rec Wellness Morning Stretch This A.M. in MBSC

Mav-Rec Wellness will offer a morning stretch program on Mondays and Fridays this summer. The program will be held at different buildings on campus. Today's Morning Stretch will be in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. 

The stretching is non-strenuous, and done in the standing or sitting position, so that all employees can attend regardless of attire. It is from 7:45 to 7:55 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Employees can take part, and make it to their worksites by 8 a.m.

Those who can't participate are encouraged to stretch at their worksites on their own. Click on this link for a list of stretches.

Questions?  Dave Daniels (402.554.2008/ or Whitney Prenzlow (402.554.3185/

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Landow Quoted in Omaha World-Herald

Paul Landow, professor of political science and former mayor Mike Fahey's chief of staff, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story Tuesday about Mayor Jim Suttle's recently-announced pay increases for nine key city administrators. Landow commented on the political ramifications of the decision during an election year. Read more here.

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FAUST to Present 'The Aliens'

The Fine Arts University Student Theatre (FAUST) at UNO presents Annie Baker's "The Aliens," directed by Steve Hartman. There will be a preview on Wednesday, Aug. 8 with, performances Aug. 9-11 and 16-18. All shows will be outdoors at the Castle of Perseverance, just north of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Aug. 8 will be a TAG Night Out.

Steve Hartman directs this full-length play as a part of his undergraduate honors thesis. Read more.

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Blackboard Facelift Scheduled for Aug. 13

Blackboard will be unavailable on Monday, Aug. 13, from 6 a.m. to approximately noon to install Service Pack 9 (SP9).  Please be aware that, prior to noon, there may be intermittent connectivity due to system testing as Blackboard is brought back online.

This virtual facelift will not affect the functionality of Blackboard. The tools and features students and faculty have grown accustomed to will remain the same; however, the upgrade includes a few additional options for faculty in areas such as the grade center and a new text editor.  The most significant impact of the upgrade, and the one you will notice immediately, will be the look and feel of Blackboard. The user interface has been updated to a more modern theme in order to enhance usability.  Additional enhancements include course-to-course navigation, automatic regrading in tests/quizzes, and applying negative points to questions within tests. 

To get a closer look at these improvements and more:

- Attend an Information Services (IS) webinar Aug. 14 at noon. Simply go to and click on Enter as a Guest.  No registration is required.

- Review the updated Blackboard Help section on the API Website (  This information can also be accessed by clicking the Help icon within Blackboard.

- Go to Upgrade Central (

- Review this brief Blackboard video highlighting the new themes and interface.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (HELP) or email

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UNO Participants Sought for Aug. 25 Methodist Hospital/UNO Women's Triathlon

If you've ever wanted to participate in a triathlon, the Methodist Hospital/UNO Women's Triathlon is the perfect place to start. Join other area women on Saturday, Aug. 25, for the 8 a.m. triathlon at Wehrspann Lake and Chalco Hills Recreation Area, 8901 S. 154th St.

"This is a fun, noncompetitive introduction to the sport—no rigorous training required. We won't be recording your times or giving awards, so the pressure's off," said Todd Samland, UNO head women's swimming & diving coach and event organizer. "It's all about participating in a fun fitness event for women of all ages—so bring your mom, your daughter, or your best friend and try the sport!"

The entry fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. All proceeds from the event go towards UNO's swimming and diving team.

For details and an entry form, click on this link.

"Even if you're a triathlon veteran, this event is the perfect way to challenge yourself—and challenge a friend to compete with you," Samland said.

Questions? Contact Coach Samland at 402.554.2346 or

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Sidewalk Closing Notice

A section of the sidewalk on the northeast side of Arts and Science Hall will be closed for approximately one week beginning on Monday, Aug. 6. This closing is for the installation of new underground high voltage electrical lines for both Arts and Science Hall (ASH) and Kayser Hall (KH). All entrances to both ASH and KH will remain open at all times.

Contact Larry Morgan or Wayne Miller at 402.554.3600, if you have any questions.

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