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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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Town Hall 2012 is Today on Campus

Join the UNO community today, Nov. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at UNO's Criss Library for a town hall with former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel. Hagel, a UNO alumnus, 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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Sen. Hagel to Help Dedicate Veteran Services Office Today

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel will be on campus today, Nov. 2, to officially dedicate the UNO Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO).

Hagel, a UNO alumnus, will join Chancellor John Christensen for the event, which begins with a 4:30 p.m. ribbon cutting outside the MaV USO space inside the Eppley Administration Building on the northeast corner.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be a reception and program scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The UNO MBSC is located on the north side of university's Dodge Street Campus. Read more.

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Goodrich Celebrates 40 Years

UNO will reach a milestone in its rich history of college access, community engagement and academic achievement today, Nov. 2, when it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Goodrich Scholarship Program. The event is also part of the yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

In 1972, State Sen. Glenn Goodrich's budget amendment offered students who planned on attending UNO a merit-and-need-based, first-of-its-kind scholarship program; thus Goodrich Scholarship Program was born. Today, the program boasts over 1,400 alumni who continue to maintain their community service and contribute as lawyers, educators, nurses, doctors, social workers, engineers, artists, business professionals, elected officials, directors of non-profit organizations, technologists, writers and law enforcement officers, among many others.

"Goodrich has always been about students and, this Nov. 2, gives us another opportunity to celebrate publicly and ceremonially our student-centered program," said Imafedia Okhamafe, chair of the Goodrich Program. "Goodrich embodies the very fabric of what UNO and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service stands for. Thus, Goodrich lives the CPACS strategic plan of ‘placing students at the center of the educational enterprise, achieving academic excellence consistent with being a metropolitan university of high distinction, and actively engaging with the community.'"

This evening's invitation-only program will be held at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons starting at 6 p.m. Read more.

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Lithuanian Women's Chorus 'Pavasaris' to Perform on Campus Tonight

For 15 years UNO and Siauliai Lithuania University have had an impressive collaboration of educational, artistic and musical exchanges involving student artists, actors, scholars and musicians as well as faculty and administrators from both schools. To celebrate this anniversary, the Pavasaris (Spring) Women's Chorus from Siauliai University will present two performances on campus.

Under the leadership of conductor Maestro Gediminas Ramanauskas the group will perform a sample of their program at 12:15 p.m. today, Nov. 2, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. This brown bag lunch performance is free and open to all faculty and students.  

This evening the Pavasaris Women's Chorus will present its formal concert at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. They will be joined by UNO's Chamber Choir conducted by Matt Harden. Although there is a charge for admission for the evening performance, all university students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a MavCard.

The final opportunity to hear the group will be Sunday, Nov. 4, when they perform a Concert at St. Anthony Parish, 5402 S. 32nd St., that will be hosted by the Omaha Sister City Association. This concert also is free and open to the public.

In addition to these concerts Pavasaris will present concerts in Omaha area schools and join with other choirs from around the state of Nebraska for a gala choral festival in Lincoln at the Lied Center on Saturday, Nov. 3. UNO's Chamber Choir also will participate in the "Sing Around Nebraska" festival.

For more information, contact James Saker at 402.554.3446 or

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UNO Officials Travel to Peru for Research, Education Partnership

Researchers from UNO will be traveling to Lima, Peru, this Saturday, Nov. 3, along with several other university officials, as part of an inter-university agreement with the Universidad Antonio Ruiz Montoya.

Funded by a grant from the University of Nebraska Foundation, the focus of the trip will be to establish a study-abroad and service learning specializing in water quality and water access in Latin America.

"Water issues in Peru are dramatic and urgent," reads a part of the NU grant, "[so] it is important to first connect the faculty and students from UNO with community leaders and agencies with an eye toward immediate, albeit modest, short-term successes."

B.J. Reed, senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, and Scott Snyder, associate vice chancellor for research, will join College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Boocker and faculty from biology, psychology and UNO's Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) on the trip. Read more.

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Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Wraps Up Literacy Week on Nov. 3

The sorority of Lambda Theta Nu, Inc. presents Literacy Week. The weeklong event officially concludes with a Dia de Los Muertos family event at the W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., this Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will include: face painting, arts/crafts and reading. It is free and open to the general public.

For more information, call Rachael Lopez at 402.714.8729.

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SAP Support Team Reminds Users 'Do Not Install Microsoft Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 (IE10)'

Microsoft has released the Windows 8 operating system and the Internet Explorer (IE10) browser. This operating system and browser will not work with Firefly or the SAP GUI. In addition, Mozilla has not yet announced support for the Firefox browser with the Windows 8 operating system.

Your SAP support team will continue their efforts in supporting these new products and will inform you of any further developments.

For more information, contact UNO Helpdesk at (402) 554.HELP (4357).

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Multicultural Affairs: Academic Workshop Series 2012

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will be conducting a series of academic workshops for the Fall 2012 Semester! Workshop topics Include: Textbook reading strategies, how to succeed in a large lecture hall, and study tools and test taking. All workshops are free for students and aim to address critical issues for academic welfare of students.

Each event will be free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided for attendees.

Workshop: Textbook Reading Strategies
Date: Monday, Nov. 5
Time: 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Venue: Milo Bail Student Center State Room (third floor)

Workshop: How to Succeed in a Large Lecture Hall
Date: Monday, Nov. 12
Time: 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Venue: Milo Bail Student Center State Room (third floor)

Workshop: Study Tools and Test Taking
Date: Monday, Nov.19
Time: 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Venue: Milo Bail Student Center State Room (third floor)

For more information, call Valerie Thompson at 402.554.2830.

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Mav-Rec Massages Offered Nov. 5

UNO Campus Recreation will offer Massages Monday next week. The chair massages, administered by Mav-Rec Licensed Massage Therapists, will be held on Monday, Nov. 5, in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost for the 15-minute massage is $15. Massages will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Next date is set for Monday, Dec. 3, near the Roskens Hall south atrium.

For contact information, visit

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UNO Professor Darryll Lewis to Present UNOrthodox Talk on 'Officiating in the NFL'

The student-nominated, UNOrthodox speaker series returns this fall semester. Darryll Lewis, associate professor of law in the College of Business Administration, will present a talk entitled "Officiating in the NFL: The Men, The Monster, The Machine." He will be speaking from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

Dr. Lewis will discuss what it takes to become an NFL official and what specifically lead him down this path. Additionally, he will discuss the ins and outs of the day-to-day life of an NFL official ending with insights into officiating unions.

The UNOrthodox speaker series is a unique approach to generate honest and thought-provoking conversations at UNO. Developed through a partnership between Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Student Government and other campus partners, the UNOrthodox speaker series is designed to spark new ideas for the campus and our community.

The event is only open to the UNO campus community.

For more information, call Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at 402.554.2711.

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Lot M Open, Lot Q Closed & Shuttle Bus Route Change

The renovation and expansion of Lot M, south of Criss Library, will be completed and re-opened on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Lot M will be designated faculty/staff parking until 2:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. faculty/staff and student parking is allowed. The east drive to Lot M will be one-way entrance only due to construction along the east side of the lot. The west drive will be two way entrance and exit.

Lot Q, west of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Lot Q will be closed permanently.

This lot is site of the new Community Engagement Center scheduled to open Spring 2014.

Faculty, staff and student garage parking permits are available for purchase in both the East Garage, south of Arts and Sciences Hall; and, the West Garage, west of Maverick Village.

The East Garage offers $2 parking after 12:30 p.m. for those without permits. Crossroads parking is available with no permit requirements. Free shuttle service is available from the Crossroads parking garage to the Dodge campus from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Due to closing of Lot Q, the Pacific/Dodge shuttle bus drop off and pick up will be located in Lot M, south of the Criss Library effective Wednesday, Nov. 7.  The Pacific/Dodge shuttle is available from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. The Lot M shuttle stop will be the permanent drop off and pick up location.

Contact the Parking office at 402.554.PARK (7275) if you have any questions.

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Maverick Diversity Coalition Dinner to Connect Students Who Want to Impact UNO

Maverick Diversity Coalition (MDC), UNO's official diversity and social justice program board, invites all UNO students to join them over dinner and would appreciate any support from faculty and staff to let their students know about this.

The dinner is a chance for students to:

- Tell us what they want to see happen on campus

- Learn more about MDC and how we can be an advocate/ally for them     

- Network and connect with other student organizations

- Learn of a great way for organizations to build their membership, increase resources, and better achieve their goals and mission

- Have meaningful conversations over amazing food

Dinner will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. Please click on this link to download a flier or find out how to attend.

Event is sponsored by Student Organizations & Leadership Programs. Questions? Contact Helen at 402.554.2711 or

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In the News

Landow Talks Mayoral Race on WOWT

Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed on WOWT on Wednesday, Oct. 31, about a new fire union contract being presented to Mayor Mike Fahey. Landow handicapped how this contact would impact next year's mayoral election.

KETV Previews Health Fair

Thursday, Nov. 1's Health and Wellness Fair was previewed that morning by KETV.

Landow Previews Omaha's Presidential Impact

Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, was featured in a story in the Omaha World-Herald about Omaha's potential impact in next week's presidential election.

Adkins Addresses Senate Race in San Francisco Chronicle, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Randy Adkins, chair of political science, was featured in an Associated Press article about the tightening race between Republican candidate Deb Fischer and Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey for Nebraska's open senate seat.

KIOS Covers Sokolof Lecture

KIOS-FM, Omaha's NPR affiliate, previewed the Nov. 1 Ruth Sokolof Lecture with Moshe Gershovich, professor of history at UNO and director of the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies. This year's lecture focuses on the Civil Rights Movement and the role of Jews in helping achieve equality for African-Americans.

Shuster Addresses Origins of Hurricane Sandy in World-Herald

Bob Shuster, chair of geography and geology, was featured in a column from Mike Kelly about the causes of Hurricane Sandy and whether they were man made, natural or both.

UNO Paranormal Society Featured in Papillion Times

The UNO Paranormal Society, and Paranormal Summit held earlier this month, was featured in an Oct. 31 issue of the Papillion Times. The story focused on local groups who study and hunt for ghosts.

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Still Accepting Nominations for the 2013 Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity

The Office of Research and Creative Activity is accepting nominations for the 2013 Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity (ADROCA). The award seeks to recognize preeminent achievement in research or creative activity by UNO faculty members. Any tenured member of the graduate faculty whose primary home department/school is at UNO is eligible for the Award(s) for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

Nominations may be submitted in hardcopy to the Office of Research and Creative Activity EAB 203 or electronically to

Find out more here:

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Lecture Nov. 5 with John Calvert on Recent Developments in Egypt

John Calvert, associate professor of history from Creighton University, will speak at UNO on Monday, Nov. 5. His talk, "The Spectrum of Islamist Politics in Egypt Today" will take place in 384 Arts and Sciences Hall from 10 to 10:50 a.m.

The lecture is co-organized by the Department of Political Science and Center for Islamic Studies at UNO.

Dr. Calvert's research focuses on the Muslim Brotherhood, jihadi organizations and the intersections of Islamism and nationalism in Egypt. He is the author of Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism (Columbia University Press, 2010).

For more information, contact Ramazan Kilinc at 402.554.2683 or

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