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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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Financial IQ Seminar is Today

Human Resources and Metro Credit Union invite members of the UNO community to attend today's (Nov. 8) seminar on improving your financial IQ, presented by Dustin West from Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union. The seminar is open to all UNO faculty, staff and retirees. It will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.

The seminar will be repeated on Friday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to noon. Each seminar will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Both will feature:

- Information on getting out of debt,

- Powering down debt, understanding your credit report and

- Protecting yourself against identity theft

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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UNO Recognizes Veterans for Veterans' Day 2012

While Veterans' Day officially falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, the UNO community will be celebrating Veterans' Day in a variety of ways around that date. Today, Nov. 8, the UNO Veteran student organization will host a pizza lunch in MaV USO Veteran student lounge, located in 117 Eppley Administration Building (EAB), for all UNO veteran students from noon until the pizza is gone. On Friday, Nov. 9, the Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) will provide donuts to UNO veteran students, faculty, and staff in 117 EAB starting at 8 a.m.

UNO Athletics is hosting a Local Heroes Appreciation hockey game when the UNO Mavericks take on Minnesota Duluth at the CenturyLink Center this Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:07 p.m. UNO students will still receive their free admission to the game, but members of the United States Military, veterans, and their family members, as well as police officers and firefighters, will receive discounted tickets at $11.

On Monday, Nov. 12 – the official observance day for Veterans' Day 2012 – MaV USO encourages UNO faculty, staff, and students to join them and other colleges/universities in a national moment of silence at 1 p.m. CST. This is a time to remember those who have sacrificed in service to our country, as well as those who are continuing to serve at home and abroad. As well, on that day, the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, Library Café, and MavRec Café will be offering a 20 percent discount to all UNO students, faculty, and staff who are U.S. military veterans.     

For more information about UNO's Veterans' Day activities, contact Jen Carroll at 402.554.2353 or

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Tech-Talk Demo Today on Adobe Connect 9.0

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will present an 'Overview of Adobe Connect 9.0' today Nov. 8. This 'Tech-Talk' and 'demo' will explore the e-learning features of Adobe Connect 9.0 as it is used at UNO to support on-campus and online instruction.

The one-hour 'Connect' presentation will start at noon in API's new Teaching and Technology Center (TTC): 538 Kayser Hall.  Registration is not required so drop-in as your schedule permits. 

If you have a bit more time, and have not yet visited, be sure and ask about the services offered in the TTC Center.

AIP is a division of UNO Information Services.

Questions? Contact Christine Hoffman at 402.554.2263.

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Lot M, East Entrance Temporarily Closed

The east entrance to Lot M, south of Criss Library, will be closed until Monday morning Nov. 12.

The drive entrance is being widened to allow shuttle buses the ability to turn into Lot M.

When re-opened, this drive will be a one-way entrance only.

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

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Annual Batchelder Conference Opens at UNO Tonight

UNO will host the Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology tonight, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10. Now in its 14th year, the annual conference features biblical scholars from around the world as they unveil their latest findings.

Avraham Faust, Ph.D., will open the conference tonight at 7:30 p.m. with his talk, "The Ethnogenesis of Israel: How Israel Became a Nation." Faust is a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and an expert on Israelite society in the Iron Age.

Professor David Ussishkin from Tel Aviv University in Israel will deliver the conference's second featured address Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.: "Jerusalem at the Times of Solomon, Hezekiah & Nehemiah: An Archaeologist's View."

Twelve other scholars will present during the day on Friday and Saturday. For a full conference schedule, visit

UNO's Bethsaida Biblical Archaeology project will remain a major focus of the conference this year. Since 1990, UNO has led a consortium of institutions in uncovering and studying artifacts at this site on the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee. Read more.

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Campus Holiday Open House Set for Dec. 5

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Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. Click on this link to view a special invitation.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. to Donna Hathaway at by Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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College of IS&T Round Table Nov. 9

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) Round Table will welcome Dirk S. Hovorka, associate professor of information systems from Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia, Friday, Nov. 9.

Hovorka will talk on "Identification and Integration of Theory Domains in Information Systems (IS):  A Meta-theoretic Approach." His research interests focus on the philosophical foundations of information services research, with special interests in design; human-information interaction; the development of theory; and the evolving role of information systems in science. His research has been published in European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Communication of the Association of Information Systems, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, edited books and major IS conferences.

The round table will take place form 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Subs and soft drinks will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The talk starts immediately at noon.

R.S.V.P. to Angela Nastase at 402.554.4150 or, by today, Nov. 8.

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Seminar Nov. 14 on 'Supporting Argumentation and Modeling Practices in K-12 Science Classrooms'

Brian J. Reiser, professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, will give a seminar in the Department of Biology on Wednesday, Nov. 14, entitled "Supporting Argumentation and Modeling Practices in K-12 Science Classrooms."

Dr. Reiser's research examines how to make scientific practices such as argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. Reiser leads the Scientific Practices project to develop an empirically-based learning progression for scientific practices that specifies how learners can engage in constructing, applying, and refining scientific knowledge with increasing sophistication from elementary to middle school. Dr. Reiser is also on the leadership team for Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST), a collaboration with the University of Michigan developing a middle school project-based science curriculum, and led the Biology Guided Inquiry Learning Environments (BGuILE) project, developing software tools for supporting students in analyzing biological data and constructing explanations.

Dr. Reiser was a founding member of the first graduate program in Learning Sciences, created at Northwestern, and chaired the program from 1993, shortly after its inception, until 2001. Reiser is a member of the panel that wrote the National Research Council 2007 Report Taking Science to School, presenting research-based recommendations for improving science education K-8. Reiser is also a member of the team that developed the National Research Council 2011 Framework for New Science Education Standards that is guiding the design of The Next Generation Science Standards, being developed for 2013 release.

For more information, contact Bruce Chase (

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Student Leader of the Month - November Nominations

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office sponsors the Student Leader of the Month Award. If there is a student that you know of that you think would be a candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP would love to have you nominate them for this award. In order to nominate a student, follow this link to fill out the nomination form.

SOLP will select one student a month. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if SOLP receives multiple nominations per month, to be considered again. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and we will set up the best time to present the award.

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Teens Sought for ADHD Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is studying medications for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in teenagers, ages 13-17. Symptoms may include:

- Difficulty paying attention

- Making Careless mistakes

- Poor organization

- Trouble completing tasks

- Being forgetful

- Losing things

If this sounds like your son or daughter, please call to learn more about this clinical research study at 402.552.6240 or 402.552.6340.

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In the News

Landow Discusses Future for Democrats in Nebraska

After the victories of Deb Fischer and Lee Terry, Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, talked with the Nebraska Associated Press about the future of the Democratic Party in Nebraska, where they are without a single seat in federal office. The story was picked up by the Sioux City Journal. 

Steiner Talks High-Security For Inmates

Benjamin Steiner, assistant professor of criminology, was quoted in a story from the Lincoln Journal Star about changes to state correctional policies to limit the rights of inmates.

Kilinc Talks to Turkish TV About U.S. Elections

Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 by Bugun TV, a national television channel in Turkey, about the U.S. elections. He was asked both about the possible results (on Nov. 6) and the impact of an Obama victory on U.S. foreign policy (Nov. 7).

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Division of Continuing Studies Celebrates National Non-traditional Student Week

In honor and recognition of adult students attending UNO, the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS), is celebrating National Non-traditional Student Week through Friday, Nov. 9. DCS is celebrating all week with free food and prizes. Stop in 207 College of Public Affairs and Community Service and join DCS for the celebration.

For more information, contact Karen Kempkes at 402.554.4921 or

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