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September 12, 1976: Criss Library Opens

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On this day in UNO history, what is now known as the Criss Library was officially opened after several years of constructions, weather delays, work stoppages. Despite the loss of parking lot space at the time, studentscame to use and enjoy the library in large numbers. The library was renovated in 2005, including the addition of a second-floor study space, new carpet, and café.

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Kappa Delta Pi Scholastic Book Fair & Bake Sale Today, Tomorrow

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, and Student Education Association of Nebraska (SEAN) will host a scholastic book fair and bake sale today through Thursday, Sept. 12-13. The event will run each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Roskens Hall second floor entrance. Books for all ages are available.

All book proceeds benefit area schools. For more information, contact Saundra Shillingstad at 402.554.2807.

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Teaching & Technology Center Grand Opening Today

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 today, 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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UNO Facilities Development Plan Update - Open House Today

Campus is invited to attend an open house from noon to 2 p.m. today, 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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Black Studies Open House Is Today

Learn what UNO's Black Studies Department has to offer today, 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 184 Arts and Sciences Hall and enjoy light refreshments as well as meet current students, faculty and staff.

Questions? Call 402.554.2412.

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Presidential Professor Lecture Series Tonight at KANEKO

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 this week in Lincoln and Omaha. Tonight's lecture – the second in a four-part series – will be delivered at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is 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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Zephyrus to Perform at Strauss Tonight

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" tonight, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in 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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R.S.V.P. Today for Women's Archive Project Premiere

The UNO Women's Archive Project (WAP) will host a Premiere event this Friday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center. The WAP is a student-produced multimedia archive exhibiting the experiences and contributions of women affiliated with the University (formerly the University of Omaha).

The Premiere will celebrate the students' contributions to the WAP's preservation of UNO's rich and multifaceted histories with presentations and talks given by UNO students. All UNO faculty, staff, and students are invited. To attend, please R.S.V.P. Jennifer Formo at before Friday.

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Parking Lot 'M' Closing Reminder

Lot "M" is closing on Monday, Sept. 17, and will remain closed until further notice. The closing is due to its complete renovation and expansion for the future Community Engagement Center. Lot "M" is located directly south of the Criss Library and east of Weber Fine Arts Building. For questions or concerns, contact Robert Fuder at 402.554.2500.

Lot T, the bottom level of the East Parking Garage south of Arts and Sciences, is open to faculty, staff and students.

Nearly 150 student garage permits are still available and nearly 250 faculty and staff garage permits are available.

For those without garage permits, anytime after 12:30 p.m. entry costs just $2.

In addition to the open spaces, Lot T received new lighting over the summer.

For more information on these changes, visit For any questions, contact the Parking Services office at 402.554.PARK (7275) or

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Pacific/Dodge Shuttle Bus Route Change

Due to construction in Lot M, south of the Criss Library, the Pacific/Dodge Shuttle Bus will drop off and pick up in Lot Q, south of the Bell Tower starting Monday, Sept. 17, until the lot is completed later this calendar year.

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

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Omaha Hockey, Basketball Find New Home on Radio


The UNO Athletic Department announced Sept. 11 that it is bringing its hockey and basketball broadcasts to the top sports radio stations in Omaha, 1620 AM The Zone and 1180 AM The Zone 2.  The stations will combine to air nearly 60 games during the 2012-13 season.  The five-year agreement was brokered by Nelligan Sports Marketing, the multi-media rights holder for Omaha Athletics. Read more.

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Firefly/ESS Access for All UNO Employees

Firefly/ESS reminds its newest users. As an employee at UNO, a Firefly account has been created for all non-benefit employees (including student workers). Through Firefly non-benefit employees have access to Employee Self-Service (ESS), where they can:

* Submit Leave Requests (benefit eligible employees, if applicable to your department);

* View Benefit Enrollment (benefit eligible employees);

* View Paycheck stubs;

* View W-2 and W-4 information;

* View and/or update your personal addresses and banking information; and

* View and/or allocate credits for the Employee and Dependent Scholarship program (benefit eligible employees).

Firefly uses the NUID as the username. For mavlink users, Firefly uses the same ID and password.

For people who don't know their NUID and/or have not set their Firefly password, they will need to log into TrueYou, the university's identity management system. Go to:

In TrueYou, first indicate whether or not you know your NUID. If you don't, you will be asked to complete basic information and your NUID will be displayed in the next window. If you know your NUID, you will be asked to enter your NUID and SSN#.

You will then be asked to establish (and confirm) your new password. Password guidelines are provided on the 'Change Password' screen. The next step is a set of authentication questions of which you will need to answer four. In the future, if you need to reset your password you'll be asked to answer these authentication questions to verify your identity.

Once you have reset your password, you can log into Firefly: Click the 'Employee Self Service' tab to access the available features.

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Edick, Edwards Talk Culture Walks with Herald

College of Education Dean Nancy Edick and Chair of Teacher Education Sarah Edwards were quoted in a Sept. 8 story by the Omaha World-Herald on the semesterly Culture Walks organized to familiarize new and soon-to-be teachers with Omaha's different neighborhoods. The walks are particularly helpful because many teachers will have teaching assignments in areas of the Omaha metro that they are unfamiliar with. Read more here.

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UNO Career Center Announces New Hours and Advising Location

Starting this semester, the UNO Career Center announces new office hours and a new advising location at Thompson Alumni Center across campus. For a complete list, click on this link.

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Speech Center to Offer Fall Lunch & Learn Series for Students

Need help with a class presentation, or a speech for your organization? Attend the UNO Speech Center Learn Over Lunch Series. The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided while you learn to improve your presentation skills.

To register for one or more sessions or for more information contact the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or Space is limited so you must register in advance.

Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC Umonhon Room

Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 24
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC Umonhon Room

Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC Umonhon Room

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