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October 26, 1997: Snow Storm Shuts Down Campus

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On this day in UNO history, the 'October Snowstorm of 1997' hit Omaha, along with other parts of the Midwest. A total of 83 trees were destroyed during the storm, causing $141,950 in damage, on the UNO campus alone.

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Speedy UNO Runners

Speedy UNO Runners

photo by Mark Joekel

Kudos to the UNO running team that finished third in the 2012 Division A Women's Corporate Cup Run.The 10k run was held in downtown Omaha on Sept. 16 to raise awareness and funds for the 200,000 Nebraskans who suffer from lung disease. The UNO team is pictured at the Oct. 16 awards ceremony from left to right: Rosemary Edzie, Jennifer Rock and Jean Phillips.



NU Board of Regents to Meet Today in Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, Oct. 26, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m., and the Board meeting begins at noon. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at

Following are highlights of the October Board meeting. Read more.

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ACS Midwest Regional Meeting Today in Omaha

American Chemical Society (ACS ) Midwest Regional Meeting visits Omaha today, Oct. 26. Several UNO students and faculty will be in attendance at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center, 3321 S 72nd St., from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

UNO Department of Chemistry Emeritus Professor, Jim Carroll, serves as the general chair for this year's regional meeting. Today, participants can attend two sections of "Symposium in Drug Development and Discovery," which will feature renowned scholars from the Midwest region. Robert Smith, professor of chemistry at UNO, has organized a section of the symposium. Speakers in his section include: Richard Silverman, professor of chemistry at Northwestern University and the inventor of Pfizer's $3 billion Lyrica. Dr. Silverman will speak at 8 a.m. today. Other invited speakers in his symposium include other famous endowed professors from University of Missouri, University of Kansas, University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Nebraska Medical Center.

For more details, click on this link.

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Midnight Mojo to Host Free Halloween Event Tonight

Maverick Productions will host Midnight Mojo's Boo Bash tonight, Oct. 26, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Commons. All UNO students are welcome to attend. The event will include two Halloween-themed movie showings: "Young Frankenstein" at 9 p.m. and "Shaun of the Dead" at 10:30 p.m. Maverick Productions will be providing free food and pumpkin carving stations at the event. Read more.

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Master of Social Work Degree Information Session Oct. 27

Anyone interested in pursuing a master's degree in social work can attend this Saturday, Oct. 24, information and recruitment session. At the event, staff and faculty from UNO School of Social Work will discuss the social work program and admission requirements. It will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. 208 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)

If planning to attend, R.S.V.P. to Michelle Nelsen at

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NCNW Community Sale is Oct. 27

Members of the UNO Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), will host their annual Community Sale in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The UNO campus community and the public can shop for specials on gently used and new items sold at discounted price.

Proceeds go toward annual NCNW Heritage Ball and Adopt-A-Family. The funds received from the community sale benefit a number of local Omaha families who are in need, providing them with essential everyday items, as well as gifts they would not otherwise receive, to make the holiday season a joyous occasion for them and their families.

Call 402.554.3696 or email Marquisha Spencer for more information.

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PKI Fall Open House Set for Oct. 28

The University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) will open its doors for a Fall Open House this Sunday, Oct. 28, from noon to 3 p.m.

This Open House allows prospective students and their families a chance to learn about the programs available in the UNO College of Information Science & Technology and the UNL College of Engineering (Omaha campus). Participants can also take this opportunity to tour PKI's state-of-the-art facility and UNO's south campus residence halls, visit with PKI students, faculty and advisors from UNO and UNL, and take part in lab demonstrations.

For additional information contact PKI at 402.554.3333.

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College of Business Administration to Host Fall Open House Oct. 28

On Sunday, Oct. 28, the College of Business Administration will have its fall Open House for prospective students.

Mammel Hall will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with building tours and refreshments available, as well as information on undergraduate business programs and scholarships.

If you have questions, contact Noelle Blood at 402.554.2303 or

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Janet West to Retire after 45 Years at UNO

Please join the College of Business Administration in celebrating professor Janet West's 45 years of service to UNO at a retirement reception on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Mammel Hall atrium. Refreshments will be provided.

In Dr. West's own words she recounts her 45th year and upcoming retirement at the 2012 Service Awards:

This is not just my 45th year at UNO, but also my last year at UNO. When I came to UNO, it was not UNO but the Municipal University of Omaha. The Department of Economics was in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the department offices were in the Engineering building where the KVNO office is today. The department moved to the College of Business Administration (CBA) and Roskens Hall in the mid-1970s. When I first started teaching at UNO, I was often the youngest person in the room and the only woman in the room. My career has included being the co-director of a Service-Learning program in the 1970s, to being the co-director of the CBA travel course, and to being a leader in the UNO chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the collective bargaining representative of the UNO faculty. While at UNO, I raised five children, two of whom are UNO graduates. My career at UNO has been wonderful. I have had great department colleagues as well as faculty colleagues in every department on campus.  Many of my students have become life-long friends. The staff in Roskens Hall and now in Mammel Hall have been so helpful and supportive. I could not have lasted 45 years without their assistance.

For reception questions, contact Noelle Blood at 402.554.2303 or

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Advanced Blackboard Grade Center Training Offered Nov. 2

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a Division of Information Services (IS), announces a Blackboard training opportunity. Join API on Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall for Advanced Blackboard Grade Center. 

This session will include setting up Weighted Grades, Calculated Columns and creating Smart Views. Participants should have a good working knowledge of basic Grade Center functions prior to attending this session. To register, visit

Questions? Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (HELP) or

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NU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Open House Set for Nov. 5

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification is the only credential that includes real life education, experience, and networking on how nonprofits fundraise, operate and community impact. Nonprofits are everywhere and in places you wouldn't expect such as healthcare, law and schools. In fact, one in 10 people work for a nonprofit. Join more than just another organization; join a family that extends nationwide.

If you are interested in learning more about the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification, stop by the open house on Monday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in 112 College of Public Administration and Community Service (CB).

For more information, contact Lindsey Scott at

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In the News

Gershovich, Kilinc, Hutt on KFAB

Moshe Gershovich, history, Ramazan Kilinc, political science, and Curtis Hutt, religion, were featured on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to preview the following day's Middle East Forum.

Gershovich Talks Middle East Forum on KIOS

KIOS, Omaha's NPR affiliate, interviewed Moshe Gershovich, professor of history and director of the Nathan and Hanna Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, about Thursday's Middle East Forum, which he participated in with professors Ramazan Kilinc, political science, and Curtis Hutt, religion.

KETV Covers Dating Coaches

KETV was on campus Wednesday, Oct. 24 to cover a visit from Ethan Fixell and Dave Ahoot, two college dating coaches who came to UNO courtesy of Maverick Productions.

KMTV, KPTM Cover Groundbreaking Ceremonies

KMTV and KPTM were on hand Wednesday, Oct. 24 to cover the two groundbreaking ceremonies that signaled the official start of construction on a new Biomechanics Research Building and Community Engagement Center. The buildings are scheduled to be open in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

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CCSW Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouse Series to Present Green Dot Session on Oct. 29

Green Dot will be featured during the Monday, Oct. 29, Susan B. Anthony Coffeehouse Series event, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Faculty, staff and students are invited to come learn "What's with the Green Dot?"

Hosted by the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and Voices Against Violence (VAV), come find out more about the Green Dot initiative on campus and how you can make a difference.

Participants are invited to bring your lunch. Dessert will be provided.

Questions? Contact Emily Nguyen at 402.554.2409.

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UNO Writing Center to Offer Two Free GRE Preparation Workshops

Anyone planning to take the GRE will benefit from this workshop introducing the GRE Analytical Writing Section, which includes an Issue Task and an Argument Task.  Sponsored by UNO Writing Center, the workshop will be offered twice: Monday, October 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday, October 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Both workshops will be held in the Writing Center, located in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

Seating is limited, so register soon. Stop by the UNO Writing Center, or contact consultants via e-mail ( or phone (402.554.2946).

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Sen. Hagel Forum, Exhibit at UNO Nov. 2

Former U.S. Senator and UNO Alumnus Chuck Hagel is the focus of two events being held at the Criss Library this election season.

On Friday, Nov. 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Hagel will hold a town hall about campaigns, current issues and his victorious campaign in 1996 against then-governor Ben Nelson and Attorney General Don Stenberg.

The town hall is part of a larger exhibit in the Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery focused on Hagel's '96 campaign. The exhibit, called "Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate" features artifacts from the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives, which were donated to UNO by Hagel and his family. Read more.

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UNO's Information Security Office reminds you to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Do you own your online presence? Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. Its okay to limit how and with whom you share information. Learn more at

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