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photos by Tim Fitzgerald

University Relations will celebrate UNO photographer Tim Fitzgerald's 42 years of outstanding service to the campus community with a retirement reception Thursday, Aug. 30.

The event will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All of UNO is invited to attend.

During the summer of 1970, Fitzgerald began working in UNO's Office of Information where his duties included producing weekly public affairs programs about UNO for both radio and television. He also began a long association with the UNO Athletic Department by filming and producing a Maverick sports program for UNO Television. At the same time, he began photographing the UNO campus and Maverick sporting events for use in a variety of publications.

During his public relations career at UNO, Fitzgerald has worked with local and national news media, the UNO Alumni Association and internal communication at UNO. For the last 15 years, he has been manager of photography for UNO University Relations.

Join us in remembering the years through the eyes of 'Tim Fitzgerald' one last time.



Walk to Wellness Starts Today at UNO

Wellness Stampede

Faculty, staff and students can still join the Mav-Rec Wellness for "Walk-to-Wellness for fall 2012." The fall walking program officially starts today, Sept. 10, and runs through Friday, Dec. 7.

"If you can't make the official walk times, you can still get your teams together and go when it is convenient for people in your department," said David Daniels assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs.

Walkers will depart from various starting sites on campus. Click on this link for a walking group schedules. All walks are weather permitting.

Want to lead a walking group? Contact Daniels at 402.554.2008.

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Robert Graham Retirement Reception Is Today

Physics Department will celebrate Dr. Robert Graham's 44 years of service with a retirement reception today, Sept. 10.

Today's event will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. All UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Other than teaching here at UNO Dr. Graham's career also consisted of 19 years as chairman of the Physics Department. This university was still Omaha University at the time he was hired. His career in education began when he joined the "Future Teachers of America Association" as a sophomore while in high school in Minnesota.

He is either primarily responsible for, or contributed heavily to, the development and continued support of the Aim for the Stars Science and Math Camps for youngsters ages 10 through 15 years of age, and the C.A.P.O.W. traveling science show. Shows have been presented primarily by Dr. Sullivan at several schools and libraries in Nebraska, several times to all the Nebraska Indian reservations, and many cities in several states as far away as Florida, Washington, and even Toronto, Canada.

Other projects include the development of the Mallory Kountze Planetarium and the observatory at the Durham Science Center. He was one of the group that founded the "Nebraska section of the American Association of Physics Teachers" and was the only one to serve two terms as a president of the organization.

He also received the UNO Chancellor's Medallion in 2001.

For more information, contact Ashley Oseka at 402.554.2511.

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UNO Names New Director of Marketing

UNO has announced the appointment of Erin Owen as director of the new office of Marketing.  The appointment of Owen is effective Sept. 17.  In her new role, Owen will lead a comprehensive strategic marketing effort to support the university's enrollment goals as it moves toward 20,000 students by the year 2020.    

Owen will report to the office of Enrollment Management and Marketing (EMM) led by Associate Vice Chancellor Pelema Morrice.  Her duties will include providing strategic and creative direction for UNO's brand and image.   She will also oversee the development of advertising and marketing materials.  The office will also coordinate internal communications for the campus.   Read more.

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Presidential Professor Lecture Series on Art and the Mind Begins Tomorrow

The University of Nebraska's new Visiting Presidential Professor, renowned scholar, curator and author Jonathan Fineberg, begins his 2012-13 lecture series on art and the mind Sept. 11-12 in Lincoln and Omaha. The lectures – the first in a four-part series – will be delivered at the Sheldon Museum of Art, 12 and R streets in Lincoln, at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11; and at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12. The lectures are free and open to the public, and will each be followed by a reception.

Fineberg's lecture series is titled "The Origin of the Image: What Modern Art Tells Us About the Mind." His first lecture, "Motherwell's Mother: An Iconography in Abstraction," will focus on the work of Robert Motherwell and attempt to demonstrate a detailed iconography in his abstract art, showing that abstract form can carry significant and specific meaning. Read more.

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Teaching & Technology Center Grand Opening Sept. 12

Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services, as they celebrate the opening of the newest home for teaching and technology innovation on the UNO campus this Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 538 Kayser Hall.  The Teaching and Technology Center was developed by API to inspire, encourage, and support UNO faculty/staff who integrate technology into teaching to make learning more dynamic for our students.

All faculty and staff are welcome to meet the Center's friendly staff and check out new tech tools. Refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be given away.

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FUSE Information Meetings Set for This Month

Information sessions on undergraduate grants -- Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE) -- offered for students and faculty this month.

The FUSE grants support faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $2,500 per student are available to UNO undergraduates who will be enrolled through fall semester 2013. Interested in applying? Come to one of three information sessions, in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room, to find out more.

Wednesday, Sept. 12: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  

Thursday, Sept. 20: Noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28: 1 to 2 p.m.  

Griff Elder, the director of FUSE, will give a short presentation and take questions from the audience. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. For more information contact visit

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Deadline Approaching for Study Abroad Scholarships

The twice-annual Gilman Scholarship deadline is approaching, so students interested in studying abroad this spring or next summer should begin the application process now. Ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 each, the awards cover travel costs and other expenses for students who are otherwise unable to study overseas.

The application process can be found on the Gilman Scholarship website ( Applicants who get started well before the Oct. 2 deadline stand a better chance of submitting a winning application. Students should submit draft applications to Study Abroad Advisor Emily Hassenstab by Sept. 26.

The scholarship program favors students who would like to study in non-traditional locations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand; however all applicants are considered. It is open to Pell-eligible undergraduate students.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is congressionally funded and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

For fall 2012, two UNO students received Gilman scholarships: Spanish major Natalie Christiansen is studying in Peru, and Spanish and Psychology major Amanda Wiese is studying in Spain.

Students interested in the Gilman Scholarship should contact Study Abroad Advisor Emily Hassenstab,, 402.554.2293, as soon as possible.

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Kriz Talks Restaurant Tax

Associate Professor of Public Administration Ken Kriz was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald Thursday, Sept. 6, in regards to the Omaha restaurant sale tax and statistics that show more people are going out to eat, not less. Kriz was surprised by the data, especially given the still-tough economic times. Read more here.

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Input Sought for National Rankings and Recognitions

Help increase awareness of the accomplishments of UNO's students and faculty. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) currently maintains a National Rankings and Recognitions page: This information is useful in recruiting students and faculty, and in marketing UNO to the broader community. OIE is asking all deans, departments and faculty to review the current list and send any updates or items that aren't on the list to

OIE knows that the current list is incomplete, and is seeking information in several areas, including: significant student achievements such as selection for national awards, fellowships and scholarships; national recognition of faculty for achievements in their field; departmental awards/honors; teaching awards; serving as journal editor or editorial board member; election to national academy; and service on national boards and committees.

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Fifth Floor Kayser Hall Open House Sept. 12

The Center for Faculty Development, The Teaching and Technology Center and The Testing Center are now all located on the fifth floor of Kayser Hall.

This Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the campus community is invited to stop by to tour the newly opened spaces, enjoy some refreshments and enter your name for a door prize.

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Black Studies Open House Sept. 12

Learn what UNO's Black Studies Department has to offer this Wednesday, Sept. 12. The department will host an Open House for students interested in majoring or minoring in the discipline from noon to 1 p.m. Come by and enjoy light refreshments as well as meet current students, faculty and staff.

Questions? Call 402.554.2412.

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Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series to Feature Rainbow Rowell

Spend the lunch hour Wednesday, Sept. 12, with Wednesday Words: The Braided River reading series at its new location, KANEKO's KANEKO-UNO Library, 1111 Jones St., in Omaha's Old Market District.

Beginning in June, the reading series, which is free and open to the public, started holding events at KANEKO-UNO Library, with an inaugural reading by William Trowbridge, Missouri's Poet Laureate.

This month's featured writer is Omaha World-Herald Columnist Rainbow Rowell. She will read from her works Sept. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. Rowell is also author of Attachments, one of Entertainment Weekly's Best Summer Reads. Rainbow has two young adult novels coming out next year— Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, both from St. Martin's Press.

Wednesday Words originated in the fall of 2009 as a special reading series featuring award-winning writers from the Nebraska Arts Council's (NAC) Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) in Literature program. It has developed into an ongoing reading series recognizing award-winning writers from Nebraska, including NAC's IAF honorees. The reading series is sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, The Backwaters Press and KANEKO. 

View the event schedule for upcoming featured writers at this link.

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UNO Facilities Development Plan Update - Open House This Week

Campus is invited to attend an open house from noon to 2 p.m. this Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room to view the latest draft update to the UNO Facilities Development Plan. Planning consultants from Smith Group/JJR and HDR will provide an overview of the work to-date and then break into work groups to meet with attendees and receive feedback.

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