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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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'Navigating Criss Library: What Grad Students Need to Know' is Today

Join Criss Library and the UNO Writing Center staff for "Navigating Criss Library: What Grad Students Need to Know," today, Nov. 6. This is a free workshop, but space is limited. It will be held in 112 Criss Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Grad students will learn to:

- Understand the resources that are available to them and how to access them (Artifacts: books, DVDs, CDs, government documents, maps, scores; Services: reference desk, theater room, study carrels for grad students, equipment check out, study rooms, RefWorks, Mac lab, media center with film-editing capabilities)

- Research effectively using the library's 250 online databases

- Get guidance from specialists in your discipline

To reserve your spot, call the Writing Center at 402.554.2946.

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Remember to Tune in for UNO Television & KVNO News Live Election Coverage Tonight

Broadcasting students, faculty and staff will provide live, up-to-the-minute results on Election Night, tonight, Nov. 6. Through the studios of UNO Television, live coverage will begin at 7 p.m. statewide on NET2 (Cox Cable Channel 16) and locally on The Knowledge Network (Cox Cable Channel 17). UNO student reporters and anchors will cover all of the major races in Nebraska along with results from across the country as the U.S. elects its next president. UNO Television will have reporters providing information live from election night events for the U.S senate and second district house candidates as well as Douglas County Election headquarters. You can also follow the coverage online at

KVNO News will be providing live election coverage on Classical 90.7 FM from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on election night, and throughout the evening online at KVNONEWS.COM.

Professor Dave Ogden will be anchoring coverage, with up-to-date reports as the numbers roll in. KVNO News will also be collaborating with student reporters from UNO's School of Communication, along with media partners NET News in Lincoln and Nebraska Watchdog in Omaha. UNO reporters will be covering all of the major races in Nebraska, providing on-the-ground reports from campaign headquarters to our live central station at KVNO.

Coverage begins when the polls close at 8 p.m. Follow the coverage online at KVNONEWS.COM and on Facebook and Twitter at and @KVNONews..

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on this link

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Steven N. Rodie Inducted into American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows

Steven N. Rodie, a courtesy associate professor in the Department of Biology and member of the UNO Environmental Studies faculty, was recently inducted into the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows. Fellowship in ASLA is one of the highest honors granted to members, and recognizes significant contributions to the profession and society in the areas of works, leadership, management, knowledge or service. Nominated by the Great Plains Chapter of ASLA in the Knowledge category, he was one of 33 members honored internationally as Fellows in the Class of 2012.

Steve's position was established at UNO in 1994 to teach UNO courses in landscape plants, landscape and environmental appreciation, and landscape design. Additionally, he coordinates academic transfer programs for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at UNO.  His contributions to the UNO campus include helping UNO to achieve Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, acquiring grant funding and developing the planting design for the new bioretention garden recently completed in front of the UNO Welcome Center, and providing landscape and plant expertise for several campus building and renovation projects.

Steve is an associate professor and landscape horticulture specialist at UNL, where he is also a faculty member in the Landscape Architecture Program in the College of Architecture at UNL. He is a registered landscape architect in Nebraska, Kansas and California, and has degrees from Colorado State University (B.S. in forest management) and Kansas State University (master's in landscape architecture). 

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

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Student Commencement Speaker Tryouts Set for Nov. 7

The campus community is invited to attend the upcoming student commencement speaker tryouts this Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. A selection committee consisting of students/faculty/staff will judge the tryouts.

At the tryouts, two students will be selected: one for the 10 a.m. and one for the 2 p.m. ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 15. A reception will follow the tryouts.

Questions? Contact Christine Hoffman at 402.554.2263.

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Brown Bag Lunch Nov. 8 on Professional Development Session for Education Students

Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society at UNO, and the Department of Educational Administration and Supervision will sponsor a brown-bag lunch on professional development for education students this Thursday, Nov. 8. The topic will be "Effective Parent/Teacher Communication: Many Useful Ways to Consistently Keep In Contact with the Parents of your Students." The session will be held at noon in 214 Roskens Hall.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

For more information, email Deborah Gleich-Bope at

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Music Department Hosts Peter Erskine Nov. 12-14

The UNO Department of Music is teaming up with drummer, composer and all-around jazz musician Peter Erskine for a concert and pair of free master classes in November.

As an artist-in-residence, Erskine will be on campus from Monday, Nov. 12, to Wednesday, Nov. 14, with the master classes bookending a public concert in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The Nov. 13 concert will also feature the UNO Jazz Ensembles and Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra. Tickets for the event are $10 for the general public; $5 for students and seniors; and free for anyone with a MavCard. Read more.

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Grace Abbott School of Social Work Symposium About 'Sex Work in China's Pearl River Delta' is Nov. 14

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Grace Abbott School of Social Work is sponsoring the symposium, "Sex Work in China's Pearl River Delta: Accumulating Sexual Capital as a Life Advancement Strategy." The speaker is Yu Ding, from the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Dr. Ding's talk examines the concept of sexual capital through an examination of female sex workers. The symposium will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m., in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons.

For more information, contact Peter Szto at 402.554.2330 or

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In the News

Drozd Discusses Demand for for Health Clinic

David Drozd, research coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research, was referenced in a story in the Nov. 5 issue of the Omaha World-Herald that discussed heightened demand for the OneWorld Community Health Clinic, a federally-funded clinic used by low-income citizens and families in Omaha. Drozd's analysis of recent data shows Omaha's poverty rate rose by five percentage points between 2000 and 2011.

MaV USO Dedication Featured by KMTV

KMTV Action 3 News made mention of the MaV USO dedication on Friday, Nov. 2, which featured statements made from former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel.

Adkins Tackles Electoral College Question

Randy Adkins, chair of the political science department, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald column on Sunday, Nov. 4, about the usefulness of the Electoral College. Adkins said that while the electoral college should be re-evaluated, he did not necessarily support moving to an election based purely on the popular vote.

Landow in San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle picked up an Associated Press story that quotes Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, on the recent influx of GOP support for Democratic senate candidate Bob Kerrey.

Landow in Kearney Hub

Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story picked up by the Kearney Hub on Friday, Nov. 2. The story addressed the possibility that Nebraska's second district could once again go for President Obama and be a deciding factor in the 2012 election.

Kriz on Crash Davis Show

Ken Kriz, associate professor of public administration, was featured on the Crash Davis show on Friday, Nov. 2, to discuss the most recent jobs report.

Erin Owen in Omaha World-Herald

Erin Owen, director of marketing for UNO, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald for a Saturday, Nov. 3, story on the recent passing of Letitia Baldrige. Owen, during her time as a producer for Meet the Press, got to spend time with Baldrige, who had been the social secretary for first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Benjamin-Alvarado Quoted in Alaska Dispatch

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science, was quoted in a Monday, Nov. 5, article in the Alaska Dispatch that focused on Cuba's recently failed attempts to find oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Benjamin-Alvarado provided insight into how it would affect Cuba's economy.

Benjamin-Alvarado Quoted by Politifact

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science, was quoted by Poltifact, a non-partisan political fact checking blog, about a recent campaign ad from Mitt Romney that ties President Obama to Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

Grandgennett on NET

Nealy Grandgenett, professor and Haddix Community Chair for teacher education, was featured on NET on Sunday, Nov. 4, to discuss the philanthropic pursuits of George Haddix and the impact they have had on STEM education at UNO.

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UNO Alert Notification Test

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m., UNO will conduct a campus-wide test of its emergency alert systems. This will coincide with the city-wide tornado sirens tests. UNO will test the overhead speakers, strobe lights, PC alert and text message alert systems at that time.  Any issues with the system can be reported to UNO Telecommunications by phone at 402.554.3036 or by email to

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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 this 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 this 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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Notice for Nov. 7 University Drive East and South Traffic Delays

Slight traffic delays may occur on University Drive East and South as heavy machine delivery trucks will be traveling the enclosed route this Wednesday, Nov. 7. Facilities Management and Planning appreciates campus commuters' cooperation and patience. For map of the area, click on this link.

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Financial IQ Seminar – Nov. 8 & 16

(Editor's note: Please note it is on Friday, Nov. 16, not Wednesday, as previously reported). Human Resources and Metro Credit Union invite members of the UNO community to attend a seminar on improving your financial IQ, presented by Dustin West from Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union. There will be two opportunities to attend:

Thursday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, Friday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to noon, in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Each seminar will feature information on getting out of debt, powering down debt, understanding your credit report and protecting yourself against identity theft. The seminar is open to all UNO faculty, staff and retirees.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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Screen Capture Basics Training Workshop Nov. 9

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), will be holding a new training workshop on Screen Capture Basics this Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall.

Through the use of screen capture programs, instructors can easily disseminate class resources while catering to students of multiple learning styles. Screen capture tools can be used to:

- Create tutorials and step-by-step video demonstrations;

- Allow students to demonstrate their work or problems;

- Provide student feedback by augmenting textual corrections with speech or drawings; and

- Create more engaging presentations.

In this hands-on session, attendees will learn not only how to use a free screen capture program, BSR Screen Recorder, but will gain a deeper understanding of the pedagogical advantages to using such technology.

Participants are invited to bring content with to aid in the creation of a sample demonstration. All faculty and staff are welcome, but space is limited to the first 10 registrants, so please register early. To register go to and select the workshop title from the Register for box.

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Aviation Institute Redbird Simulator Open House Nov. 9

The Aviation Institute is hosting an Open House this Friday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Open House will feature the Aviation Institute's new full motion Redbird Simulator.

The Redbird was added to the Aviation Institute during the summer of 2012. This new addition provides enhanced training for UNO student pilots. The event will be held in 120 College of Public Affairs and Community Service and is open to the community and all faculty, staff and students.

For more information, call Sara Martin at 402.554.2986.

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