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September 21, 1977: Gerald Ford Visits Campus

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On this day in UNO history former president Gerald R. Ford, a native of Omaha, visited to the UNO campus as adistinguished visiting professor of political science. During his visit, Ford provided a lecture in the Eppley Auditorium.

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Changes Announced to Blackboard Mobile

Beginning this week, students and instructors can purchase a mobile app to access Blackboard. This app provides access to your Blackboard courses and organizations from iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and webOS smartphones. To watch a short demonstration video, click here.

This app is available for download through the App Store and Google Play. iOS and Android devices on all carriers and networks are eligible to use the application. Once the app is downloaded, you can elect to subscribe for $1.99 for one year of access, or pay a one-time fee of $5.99 for unlimited access.

Blackboard Mobile features include: 

- Notifications for new announcements, new graded items, a test being posted, and many other course activities.

- Students have instant, on-the-go access to the latest announcements, and instructors can post announcements anywhere, anytime.

- Check grades anywhere, anytime. Instructor must be using the Blackboard Grade Center.

- Access content uploaded by instructor.

Go to Blackboard Mobile Learn for additional feature information.

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Fitness Fridays Continue Today in Criss Library

It's Fitness Fridays. Join UNO Health Services today, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Criss Library. Staff will conduct free blood pressure checks and weight and BMI measurements.

Click on this link for this semester's full schedule. Information will also be available regarding Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) fitness classes and upcoming Health Fair and Health Risk Assessment (HRA).

For more information, contact Julie Kalasek at 402.554.2374 or

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HPER to Host Parents' Day Out This Saturday

Wellness Stampede

Take advantage of Parents' Day Out at the UNO Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building this Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can swim, learn arts and crafts, watch movies, and do so much more!

Cost is $20 for UNO activity cardholders or $25 for the general public. You can download the registration form at or stop by the HPER and pick one up.

For information, contact Nicole Wood at 402.554.4941 or

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UNO In the News

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- Christensen, Reed Discussed Academic Changes at UNO

Chancellor John Christensen and Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs BJ Reed talked with the Omaha World-Herald about proposed changes to the academic year, among other ideas for the future, as a follow up to the chancellor's State-of-the-University Address on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The address was also covered by KETV.

- Morrice Talks to KPTM About Enrollment

Pelema Morrice, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Marketing, talked with KPTM on Wednesday, Sept. 19, about UNO's plans to grow enrollment, including a proposed move to a trimester-like system. 

- Drozd Quoted on Census Data

David Drozd, research coordinator for UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was cited in a CBS News Money Watch story about the higher-than-average household income for residents of Nebraska and Iowa.

- Hutt Discusses Jesus' Wife Claims on KFAB

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Curtis Hutt was a guest on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB Wednesday, Sept. 19. Hutt discussed recent claims by a Harvard researcher that a piece of papyrus may indicate that Jesus had a wife.

- Owen Talks UNO on KFAB

Director of Marketing Erin Owen was featured on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB Wednesday, Sept. 19. Owen discussed her new role as UNO's head of marketing as well as her history as a producer for Meet the Press with Tim Russert. 

-Drozd Covers Employment Rate by Race

David Drozd, research coordinator for UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Omaha-World Herald Thursday, Sept. 20, about how the 2008 recession appears to have affected minorities in Omaha more than whites and how their job losses are worse, according to new census data.

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Mavs Extend Partnership with First National Bank


Nelligan Sports Marketing announced that it has renewed its relationship with First National Bank as a corporate sponsor of UNO Athletics. The five-year agreement makes First National Bank "The Official Bank of the Mavs."

"First National Bank has been a long-time corporate partner of the Mavericks, and we are very excited that it will continue to be for the next several years," said Trev Alberts, UNO's Director of Athletics. "First National Bank has long seen the value in its association with our athletic department, and we look forward to growing that relationship as we continue our transition to Division I."

First National Bank will maintain a substantial presence at all Maverick home games and other activities sponsored by the athletic department throughout the year. Read more.

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Debora Wisneski Presents at TEDx Talk in Ohio

On Sept. 14, Debora Wisneski, a faculty member in the department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, was an invited presenter at the TEDx Talk at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The TEDx conference series is a global initiative for sharing creative ideas in technology, arts and other areas of innovation on a community-by-community basis. At the TEDx Talk, Dr. Wisneski spoke about the economics of early childhood and her topic title was "We're not fighting! We're SAVING!: Understanding Early Childhood Education from Different Perspectives." The video of Wisneski's talk will be available in October. 

In addition to her work at UNO, she is currently the president of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to

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Colloquium Next Week on 'Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places'

Susan Chandler, associate professor at the University of Nevada Reno School of Social Work, will present a one-hour colloquium on her book, Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places. The colloquium will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 6 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

Dr. Chandler will talk about her extensive interviews with maids, cocktail waitresses, cooks, laundry workers and pit bosses. She will detail a world of enormous profitability dependent on the labor of women assigned to stereotypical female occupations—making beds and serving food on the one hand and providing sexual allure on the other. Casino Women will be awarded the 2012 Oral History Association Book Award in October.

Dr. Chandler's colloquium is sponsored by the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work.

For more information, contact Christiana Bratiotis at 402.554.2921.

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Bicycle Repair Workshop on Oct. 2

UNO Bikes! will hold a Bicycle Repair Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Criss Library garden (north side of building).

To get more information, click on here or go to this link.

Space is limited, register through the Criss Library Facebook page or call Linda Riviera at 402.554.2640.

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Division of Continuing Studies Open House Set for Oct. 4

Mark your calendars. The Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) will host an Open House on Thursday, Oct. 4. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 207 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. This will be an opportunity for anyone wishing to stop in and learn more about the Bachelor of General Studies degree.

DCS will also provide information and answer questions about various topics, including Blackboard, mavlink and academic advising. Jim Shaw from the UNO Criss Library will also be on hand to answer questions about using the libraries resources. Free food will be available.

Please contact Karen Kempkes at 402.554.4921 for further information.

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Fidelity Representative Offers Fall Financial Counseling Sessions

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this fall for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

- Friday, Oct. 5

- Thursday, Oct. 18

- Thursday, Nov. 1

- Monday, Nov. 26

- Friday, Dec. 7

- Friday, Dec. 21

To make an appointment with Cronick, call 1.800.642.7131.

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Participants Needed for Research Study of Moms Following Perinatal Loss

Jennifer Huberty from UNO is asking for women who have suffered perinatal loss (loss of a baby shortly before or after birth) within the last year to participate in a research study with other stillborn moms related to physical activity to combat depressive symptoms. Participants do not have to reside in Omaha.

If interested in participating in the study, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer Huberty, associate professor physical Activity in Health Promotion
Office: 402.554.3251

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