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Thanks for the Memories!

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.



Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman is directing that flags at all state buildings and facilities be lowered to half-staff today, Sept. 11, in observance of Patriot Day.

The remembrance honors the victims lost in the 2001 terrorist strikes in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Nebraska residents are encouraged to fly flags at half-staff in recognition of Patriot Day. Read more.

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CCSW Voter Registration Schedule Announced

The Chancellor's Commission on Status of Women (CCSW) in conjunction with the Douglas County Election Commission announces voter registration is back. Voter Registration tables will be set up around UNO each Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Sept. 11, through Thursday, Oct. 11.

Make sure your voice is heard and register to vote any of these convenient locations listed below:

Tuesday, Sept. 11 - University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute Atrium
Thursday, Sept. 13 - Outside the Criss Library

Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Mammel Hall Atrium
Thursday, Sept. 20 - Milo Bail Student Center Commons 

Tuesday, Sept. 25 - Outside the Criss Library
Thursday, Sept. 27 - Scott Conference Center (Student Dining Area)

Tuesday, Oct. - Scott Conference Center (Student Dining Area)
Thursday, Oct. 4 - Milo Bail Student Center Commons 

Tuesday, Oct. - Criss Library - Atrium
Thursday, Oct.11 - Mammel Hall Atrium

Times may vary due to deputy registrar availability. Questions email Beth Down at

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Zephyrus to Perform at Strauss Tomorrow Night

Zephyrus (comprised of UNO faculty members Christine Beard, flute and Tomm Roland, percussion) will present a recital of "World-Inspired Music for Flute & Percussion by North American Composers" this Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The program will include works inspired by the traditional music of India, Native American music, Chinese folk tunes, and Latin American music, written by Canadian composers Mizi Tan and Michael Colquhoun, and American composers Katherine Hoover, John Bergamo, and David Claman.

The recital's finale will be the world premiere of "Elements" by UNO faculty composer Barry Ford. Admission is free with a UNO Mavcard, $5 adults and $4 students/seniors.

This Wednesday's concert is a preview of the duo's upcoming performances at the IV Festival Flautas del Mundo (World Flutes Festival) in Mendoza, Argentina on Sept. 20 and 21. While in Mendoza, the duo has also been invited to work with flute and percussion students at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo.

Formed in 2010, Zephyrus has quickly gained national recognition as being a serious force for championing contemporary music for flute and percussion. In 2011 the duo was invited to perform at the conference of the National Association for College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) in Gainesville, Fla., and at the highly acclaimed Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, Calif., where they premiered two new works written for them by American composers David Claman and Barry M. Ford. Selected as a winner in the College Music Society's chamber ensembles competition, Zephyrus will also perform new works for flute/percussion at the CMS National Conference in San Diego, CA in November 2012. Bearch and Roland were also recipients of UNO's Faculty Research International (FRI) grants which will support Zephyrus in an exchange with faculty at the Carlos  Gómez  Conservaotry in  Belém , Brazil later this fall.

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NU Board of Regents to Meet Sept. 14

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Sept. 14, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live. Following are highlights of the September Board meeting. Read more.

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Morrice Comments on Owen's Appointment as Marketing Director

Pelema Morrice, associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Marketing, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, Sept. 10, about the hiring of Erin Owen, currently communications director of graduate studies, as the new director of marketing for UNO. Owen officially takes on the role Monday, Sept. 17. Read more here.

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Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series to Feature Rainbow Rowell Tomorrow

Spend the lunch hour this 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.

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UNO Library Friends to Host Book Discussion This Wednesday

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book "I Am a Man": Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice, at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Thompson Alumni Center. I Am a Man chronicles what happened in 1877 when Chief Standing Bear set off on a six-hundred-mile walk to return his son's body to the Ponca's traditional burial ground. It shows his efforts to reclaim his lands and rights, culminating in Standing Bear's successful use of habeas corpus to gain access to the courts and ultimately his freedoms.

The discussion leader will be the author, Joe Starita. Starita was an investigative reporter and New York bureau chief of The Miami Herald, where one of his stories was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is now a professor at the University of Nebraska's College of Journalism and the author of The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge, which garnered a second Pulitzer Prize nomination, won the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association Award, and has been published in six languages.

All are welcome to attend. Ample, free parking is available at the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Linda Riviera,

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Sisters of Girl Slain in Birmingham Church Bombing to Speak at UNO

Nearly 50 years after their sister was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., Sarah Collins Rudolph and Junie Collins Williams will share their story with members of the Omaha community as part of a special presentation at UNO.

Rudolph and Williams will join Tracy Snipe, associate professor of political science at Wright State University, at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 13, two days prior to the anniversary of their sister's death at the hands of a Klu Klux Klansman in 1963. Read more.

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Service Learning Academy Sessions Available

The Service Learning Academy is providing two upcoming opportunities for UNO faculty members to learn more about offering service learning as a teaching strategy. The sessions provide an overview of service learning pedagogy as well as tips for developing reciprocal relationships with community partners, methods of effective student reflection, and the various forms of support the Service Learning Academy can provide to faculty teaching service learning classes.

The sessions will be offered on:

Friday, Sept. 14: 2:30 to 4 p.m.: U monhon  Room: Milo Bail Student Center

Thursday, Oct. 25: 2:30 to 4 p.m.: U monhon  Room: Milo Bail Student Center

Interested faculty only need to attend one of the sessions. Please R.S.V.P. to or 402.554.3196 by Sep. 10 and indicate which of the sessions you will be attending.

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Moving Company Auditions This Sunday

Love to dance? Auditions for UNO's famed Moving Company will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Dance Lab (Room 228) of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Dancers do not need to prepare a solo.

For more information, call 402.554.2670, or visit

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Speech Center Consulting Room Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has started its fall hours. Hours are generally 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To make an appointment, call 402.554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses.  Visit to find out more information. Call 402.554.3201 or send an e-mail to to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to classrooms to introduce students to the center and to talk about presentation skills can call the Speech Center at 402.554.3201 or send an e-mail to

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Constitution Day Public Lecture & Discussion Next Week

Criss Library will host a Public Lecture & Discussion by Samuel Walker on Monday, Sept. 17. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on the main floor of the Criss Library.

Walker, UNO Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, will address "Presidents and Civil Liberties:  Obama and Romney in Historical Perspective" in light of the research that informed his latest book, published by Cambridge University Press.  His study of the Presidents extending from Woodrow Wilson through Barack Obama is the first comprehensive treatment of their actions most pertinent to civil liberties.

Free and open to the public.

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Christensen to Present State-of-the-University Address Sept. 19

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Chancellor John Christensen will deliver his annual state-of-the-university address on Wednesday, Sept 19.

Christensen is expected to discuss UNO's efforts to build capacity, implementation of an enrollment management plan, and strategic priorities across the campus, as well as progress on long-range goals. He will also discuss UNO's recent enrollment numbers and campus accomplishments during the past year.

The address begins at 10 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. UNO faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the free event. A reception at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom will immediately follow Christensen's remarks.

For more information, call 402.554.3502.

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