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Annual Veterans Day Remembrance

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UNO Air Force ROTC, Detachment 470, hosted its annual 24-hour guard vigil on campus Nov. 8 in honor of American Prisoners of War (POW) and those Missing in Action (MIA). Shown above, cadet Tyler Vanderzwaag keeps a vigil in the UNO Pep Bowl.



A Note on Veterans Day from Chancellor John Christensen

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Veterans Day is marked by parades, speeches and remembrance programs across the country. In the midst of our hectic schedules and busy lives, on Nov. 12, 2012, let us take time to remember, recognize and honor those whose sacrifices have meant so much. Please say "thank you" to these heroes who have fought to protect our freedom and honor.

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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. 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.    

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

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Milo Bail Student Center Offers Veterans Day Discounts

On Monday, Nov. 12, in honor of Veterans Day, any UNO students, faculty or staff who are U.S. Military Veterans will receive 20 percent off their purchase in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court, the Library Café or the MavRec Café. Tell your cashier you're a veteran to receive your discount. MBSC staff thank you for your service to our country!

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'Be a Santa to a Senior' Kick-off Event is Today

UNO Department of Gerontology invites the campus community to their kick-off event for "Be a Santa to a Senior" today, Nov. 12, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in 211 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

"This is the third year for this very important opportunity to give to others in our community," said Julie Masters, chairperson and associate professor of gerontology. "‘Be a Santa to a Senior' is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care in partnership with Sigma Phi Omega (Gerontology Honor Society) and local non-profit and community organizations who work to identify older adults in our community who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season."

A tree will be set-up in the Gerontology Department main office with a senior's gift request written on a  "Be a Santa to a Senior" tree ornament. Those wanting to participate will have an opportunity to select an ornament from the tree and return the unwrapped gift and ornament to the Gerontology office. Volunteers will collect, wrap, and deliver the gifts to the seniors.

Questions? Contact Julie Masters at 402.554.3953.

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'Spotlight on CPACS: Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service' is Today

The first forum in the series, "Spotlight on CPACS: Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service," will take place today, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CPACS Commons (Room 132 and 132 D).

"The Future of Nebraska Public Policy" will feature State Sen. John Harms (Scottsbluff), chair of the Planning Committee of the Legislature. Sen. Harms will be joined by CPACS Interim Dean John Bartle, and Jerry Deichert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research.

At the beginning of today's event, a portrait of CPACS's founder Robert Spire will be unveiled by his widow Elaine. It will later be permanently displayed in the CPACS dean's office.

This forum will focus on the work of the Planning Committee to identify emerging trends and challenges for the state and the long-term implications of these trends for public policy. The committee is charged with identifying long-term issues of significance to the state and setting goals and benchmarks for the state. CPACS faculty, staff and students have been deeply involved in preparing policy reports and data analysis for the committee. The forum will discuss trends identified and policy implications for the state. The campus community and general public are invited to attend. Lunch will be served.

Questions? Contact Sara Woods at

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International Education Week at UNO Kicks off Today with Annual Gildersleeve Lecture

International Education Week at UNO kicks off today, Nov. 12, with the Fourth Annual Gildersleeve "Know Your World" Lecture from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. This year's speaker, journalism Professor Chris Allen, will discuss his Fulbright experience in Oman.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the atrium of Mammel Hall, stop by the Study Abroad table to learn about new opportunities to study overseas. Also in Mammel Hall, check out the gifts and baked goods at the Global Marketplace and Bake Sale, which benefits UNO's International Student Emergency Loan Fund.

This week of globally themed events, organized worldwide by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, celebrates international education and promotes the importance of intercultural exchange.

For a full schedule of events, visit

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Psychology Department Presents Research Colloquium Today

The UNO Psychology Department presents a Research Colloquium by Kristina Bauer today, Nov. 12. Her lecture is titled, "Motivational Influences on Learning and Transfer." It will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room.

Questions? Contact Marie Lee at 402.554.2581 or

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'Mavericks Add Game at Texas Tech


The Omaha men's basketball program has added a road game against Texas Tech (TTU) to its 2012-13 schedule, head coach Derrin Hansen announced recently. The Mavericks will face the Red Raiders this Wednesday, Nov. 14, at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

The matchup will be the Mavs' third game of the season and their first of two scheduled contests against Big 12 opponents this year, as they also face Iowa State on Dec. 9. Additionally, it marks the first meeting in school history between UNO and TTU. Read more.

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Psychology Awareness Week Info Booth Set for Nov. 15

It's School Psychology Awareness Week Nov. 12-16. To commemorate, the UNO School Psychology graduate program will have an information booth in the entrance of Milo Bail Student Center this Thursday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come by and learn more about this exciting profession. School psychologists work in schools with children, teachers, and families to promote successful outcomes for children and youth.

Questions? Contact Samantha Bayer at 402.750.6490.

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Webinar Nov. 13 on 'Creating Financial Literacy Programs to Improve Student Persistence'

"Creating Financial Literacy Programs to Improve Student Persistence" is a webinar that will be broadcast this Tuesday, Nov. 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Financial constraints are the No. 1 cause for the nearly half of all students who drop out of college, according to the nonpartisan public policy research firm, Public Agenda. Of the students surveyed, 71 percent marked, "I needed to go to work and make money," and another 52 percent marked, "I just couldn't afford the tuition and fees." Finances and financial stress strongly impact student persistence and retention.

Financial literacy has been a buzzword for both student affairs and financial aid professionals for many years, but few institutions have implemented effective, comprehensive programs that address their students' needs and impact retention. Join UNO for a program that will help you develop a comprehensive financial literacy program -- even on a shoestring budget -- through targeted collaboration and a team of peer mentors.

Everyone interested should feel free to bring a lunch. Coffee and water will be available. 

For more information, contact Rita Henry at

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Faculty Senate to Meet Nov. 14

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Vice Chancellor Bill Conley will begin his presentation on "Parking on the UNO Campus" at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All are welcome to attend.  For more information contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator, Sue Bishop, at 402.554.3458.

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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 this 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, 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 in grades 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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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 this 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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