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submitted photo from Criss Library's Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, a UNO alumnus, will be on campus Friday, Nov. 2, to take part in a special town hall event. Artifacts from Sen. Hagel's 'Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate' archive exhibit are currently on display at the Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery. The exhibit remains on display through Sunday, Nov. 11. The above picture is from his 1996 senatorial campaign. Hagel will also be on hand Nov. 2 for the official dedication of the MaVUSO office.

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Employee of the Month: Melissa Wragge Named November 'Oh' Award Recipient

Melissa Wragge came to UNO for school in 2005 and never left. She is a native of Columbus, Neb. and earned her Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree from UNO in 2007. As a BGS student her main track was aviation studies and secondary areas of study included history and family and consumer science. Through her degree work she found her way first as a student worker in Aviation Institute, and then as a full-time staff assistant.

Today, seven years later, Wragge is a grants program manager in NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR and is UNO's November "Oh" Award recipient. The entire month of November UNO will recognize "Oh, what a difference you make Melissa Wragge!"

Wragge jokingly describes her job as "getting through the piles." "Every day is different in the grant world," she says. "My primary duties are to manage grants and keep track of spending. There's also lots of paperwork and sharing of information with our stakeholders."

One of Wragge's nominators said of her, "Melissa adapts easily to NASA's evolving goals for our program. When NASA changes the priority areas for our program every few years, Melissa is quick to update our forms and processes.  When changes are made in administrative procedures at UNO, Melissa adapts our office procedures to accommodate new rules, regulations and processes."

Another nominator said, "She constantly seeks opportunities for growth in her position and is always ready to assist others. Melissa is a reliable source of information regarding our program, grant regulations and compliance."

In addition to being adaptive and pro-active, the November Employee of the Month can be spotted in the skies above Omaha – she is a licensed private pilot.

When asked what this "Oh" Award means to her, Wragge replied, "I'm completely surprised and honored that I've been chosen out of so many employees at UNO."

She fondly remembers the exciting time period during which she married her husband Ryan and graduated a month after with her BGS degree. This September, The Wragges celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, they left their dog Tucker at home and traveled the friendly skies (Wragge as a passenger only) to a beach get away in Cancun, Mexico.

As Employee of the Month, Wragge received a certificate, portrait with the Chancellor, monetary award and use of a designated parking space. She will also be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Melissa Wragge photo.

Employee of the Month

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month --"Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!" -- program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

Wragge joins a distinguished group of "Oh" Award winners at UNO. Employee of the Month recipients since February 2012 include:

October – Marylyn May, Financial Aid;

September – Delores Bruckner, Food Services;

August – Christy Tilford, Undergraduate Admissions;

July – Diane Sunde, Planning and Architectural Services;

June – Marc Gordon, Criss Library;

May – Leon Brooks, Food Service,

April – David Brown, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;

March – Craig Adler, Registrar's Office;

February – Rebecca Karel, Milo Bail Student Center Business Office;

January – New "Oh" Award officially established.

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UNO Health & Wellness Fair is Today

It's here! The UNO Health & Wellness Fair is today, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon in 128 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

The fair is presented by Noodles & Company, UNO Health Services and UNO Campus Recreation, as part of its ongoing effort to inform, educate and empower the campus community to adapt a healthier lifestyle.

Today's fair will feature an affordable blood draw, free screenings, free chair massages, more than 50 vendors, demonstrations, door prizes and more. There will also be a blood drive, hosted in cooperation with the American Red Cross from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors can sign up online at

For more information on the 2012 UNO Health & Wellness Fair, visit

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Today's Cycle Yoga Postponed

Due to today's (Nov. 1) Health and Wellness Fair, Cycle Yoga will not be held at noon.

Questions? Contact Dave Daniels at

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Tonight's Sokolof Lecture Series to Focus on Connections Between Jews, African-Americans During Civil Rights Movement

Between Jews, African-Americans During Civil Rights Movement

Author and lecturer Stephen Berk is the featured speaker for the latest entry in the Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture Series, which will be held at the Thompson Center. Tonight's (Nov. 1) presentation will focus on the connections between Jews and African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement.

Berk, the Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Union College in New York, is considered an expert in the field of Jewish Studies. He has received the Holocaust Memorial Award from the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center and been named an Israel Hero by the Jewish Educational Resources of New York.

Tonight's lecture, which is sponsored in part by UNO's Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, will take place at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Read more.

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Presidential Professor Lecture Series on Art and the Mind Continues Tonight at KANEKO-UNO Library

The University of Nebraska's Visiting Presidential Professor, renowned scholar, curator and author Jonathan Fineberg, continues his 2012-13 lecture series on art and the mind tonight, Nov. 1, in Omaha. Tonight's lecture – the second in a four-part series – will be delivered at 6:30 p.m. tonight at KANEKO-UNO Library, 1111 Jones St. 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 second lecture, "The Ineffable, the Unspeakable, and the Inspirational: A Grammar," will attempt to hypothesize a grammar for unconscious thought in form, centered on the example of the non-verbal exchange between Calder and MirĂ³ through their materials.

Fineberg is the Gutgsell Professor of Art History Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and adjunct curator of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, N.Y. His work, "Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being, 3rd Edition," is used extensively as a textbook for modern art history classes in universities around the country. He is a graduate of Harvard University and is a trustee emeritus of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., where he was founding director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art. Read more.

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Regents Approve New Center for Urban Sustainability at UNO

With approval from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, UNO is now set to introduce a new Center for Urban Sustainability that will provide education, research and partnerships across the community, the region and globally.

The new center, which will be coordinated by UNO's Office of Academic and Student Affairs, will incorporate each of UNO's six colleges.

With the exploding world population, increasing global competition and growing demand for natural resources, finding solutions to these challenges will require an emphasis on innovative thinking and bold action. Through collaboration between education, business and the community, the new Center will establish strong research partnerships at UNO, engage in fundamental research, attract talented faculty from across the globe and appeal to both college-bound and non-traditional students interested in the 'green' economy. Read more.

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Dodge Intra Campus Shuttle Discontinued

Due to low ridership over the last two years the Dodge Intra Campus Shuttle has been discontinued.

In the past, this shuttle service looped around the Dodge Campus from November 1st through the start of spring vacation in March.

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

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Town Hall 2012

Join the UNO community this Friday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at UNO's Criss Library for a town hall with former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. Hagel, a UNO Alum, whose historic 1996 campaign resulted in victories over then Attorney General Don Stenberg and Governor Ben Nelson, will answer student questions about campaigns, current issues and the election.

For additional information or if you have any questions, contact Jessica Agler at 402.554.2496 or

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Alumni Sponsors Homecoming Decorating Contest

Although you may not be an athlete, you can still compete with the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest! 

Join your co-workers and sign up for this fun annual event being sponsored by the UNO Alumni Association. This is a great opportunity to show off your department's or office's school pride and compete for the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest trophy (and other prizes). Each office that signs up by Monday, Nov. 5, will get a bag of decorating goodies to help get you started in decorating. 

Judging will take place Thursday, Nov. 8. Judges will be seeking out the office that has the most Maverick spirit. The winner will be announced at the hockey game over Homecoming weekend and will receive the Homecoming Traveling Trophy and other prizes. Examples of what some offices have done in the past can be found on the second page of the registration form. To register, complete and return the attached form. Call Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4802 with questions. You can also download the form at

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In the News

Lipschultz Talks Hurricane Coverage on KFAB

Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, was on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB Tuesday, Oct. 30, to discuss the media's coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

Gouttierre Discusses Passing of Air Force Colonel

Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald column on Tuesday, Oct. 30, about recently deceased Lt. Col. Robb Hoover, who passed away the day before. Gouttierre knew Hoover through his work with the Omaha World Affairs Council.

Landow in Journal Star

Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in the Lincoln Journal Star on Monday, Oct. 29, as part of a story about how more Nebraska voters are registering as independents. The story also ran in the Kearney Hub that same day.

Decker Talks Business Growth in Omaha

Chris Decker, professor of economics, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday, Oct. 31, about recent economic numbers which indicate that more Omaha businesses are optimistic about hiring and earning capital than they were one year ago.

UNO, UNMC Collaboration Mentioned in Events Brief

A collaboration presentation with UNMC and UNO that discusses how to deal with loss and the end of life, and what to do to best honor loved ones, was mentioned in the Wednesday, Oct. 31, issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The event takes place Nov. 7 at UNMC.

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UNO Campus Master Plan Open House Nov. 2

The campus community is invited to an Open House for the UNO Campus Master Plan that will be held this Friday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Dodge Room on the third floor of Milo Bail Student Center. Master plan consultants SmithGroup/JJR will lead a brief presentation and then conduct breakout sessions to receive comments from attendees.

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Campus Recreation to Offer Youth Golf Lessons

This fall, Campus Recreation is offering youth golf lessons. The UNO women's golf team and head golf coach Tim Nelson will provide the instruction.

Lessons will take place Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Golf Lab (Room 003). The package includes four one-hour sessions of instruction for children ages seven to 17 years old.

There is still time to register. For pricing details see below:

UNO Student
Student - $25
Friend - $5 discount

Mav-Rec Member
Member - $30
Friend - $5 discount

Non Member
Non member $50
Friend - $5 discount

Questions? Contact Dave Daniels at

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Registration Continues for Faculty International Scholarship Seminar Series

The Faculty International Scholarship Seminar Series is intended to support faculty wishing to add an international component to their research and creative activity. Full participation is limited to faculty without substantial previous international research/creative activity experience. Funding from the seminar series will support seminar materials and international travel.

To register, click on this link. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 19.

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Book the Thompson Center for Your Holiday Party

Having a holiday party? The Thompson Center is decorated beautifully during the holidays, making it a great place to host your celebration. And here's an early gift — host your party at the Thompson Center and it will waive room rental — even for non-university events.

The Thompson Center accommodates groups of all size and its exclusive caterer, Brandeis Catering, was named Omaha's best caterer for a seventh consecutive year by B2B Omaha Magazine.

Contact Christine Morrice at 402.554.3368 or email to book your holiday party.

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