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Annual Veterans Day Remembrance

photo by Jeff Beiermann

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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Nov. 13, in honor of UNO retiree Ivory Bobb Jr. He passed away Nov. 6 at age 60. Bobb worked as an administrative tech in International Studies for more than 10 years prior to his retirement in 2010.

Mona Lisa King-Ward, a colleague of his, remembers Bobb's many contributions to UNO. "I worked with Ivory at UNO. He encouraged me to join different things on campus when I started 15 years ago. I had the pleasure to serve on many committees with him for the growth of the University and our students. He will be truly missed."

10 a.m. services will be held today at Capehart Chapel, 25th and Capehart Road, in Bellevue, Neb. Read more.

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Internationally-Known Illustrator to Visit Campus Today

UNO will welcome internationally-recognized artist and illustrator Hanoch Piven to campus today, Nov. 13, for a special lecture.

The lecture, which is part of a weeklong series of events in the Omaha area featuring Piven, will be held at 6 p.m. in 412 Roskens Hall, also known as the College of Education IDEAS Room.

The works of Piven, who was born and raised in Israel, have appeared across the word in publications such as Time, Newsweek and Rolling Stone, as well European publications like the London Times and Swiss Die WeltWoche. Read more.

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International Education Week Study Abroad Table Today

UNO's International Education Week celebration continues today, Nov. 12, with a Study Abroad table on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Stop by and learn about opportunities to study overseas. Also, take a look at the international photo exhibition on the second floor of the Criss Library. Go vote for your favorite – voting ends tomorrow!

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 at UNO, visit

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Webinar Today on 'Creating Financial Literacy Programs to Improve Student Persistence'

"Creating Financial Literacy Programs to Improve Student Persistence" is a webinar that will be broadcast today, 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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Homecoming Office Decorating Contest Winners Announced

The UNO Alumni Association sponsored a Homecoming Office Decorating Contest Nov. 7-9, with 30 units across campus participating in the "Let the Games Begin" event. Offices were judged on creativity, originality, Mav spirit and environmentalism.

"Our judges were really torn this year, and just like last year, it was close," said Elizabeth Kraemer, event organizer with UNO Alumni Association. "Everyone who participated are winners."

The results were officially announced at the Nov. 10 UNO Homecoming hockey match.

This year's "top" award winners:

* First Place – Information Services, Enrollment Marketing and Management and Student Affairs

* Second Place – School of Interdisciplinary Informatics

* Third Place – Political Science

Honorable Mention awardees:

* Best Use of Space – Campus Recreation

* Best Incorporation of "Going Green" - Office of Business & Finance

* Best Demonstration of Theme – UNO Athletics

* Best Maverick Pride – International Studies and Programs

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UNO Theatre Presents 'Mirror of the Invisible World'

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Mary Zimmerman's "Mirror of the Invisible World," a wondrous tale of love, loss and adventure. Mirror of the Invisible World is directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf and co-directed by Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro. Previews run Nov. 14-15 with performances Nov. 16-17, 28-30 and Dec. 1 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Wednesday, Nov. 14, will be a TAG Night Out.

Mirror of the Invisible World tells the story of King Bahram and his seven brides, each from a different country. He falls in love with all of them and builds each of them a pavilion of a different color. Each night he visits a new princess and she tells him a story. Their stories weave together familiar and strange tales of love, loss, and betrayal. Adapted by Mary Zimmerman from the 12th century Persian poem, Haft Paykar by Nizami Ganjavi, this play is sure to delight audiences with music, dance and story.

For tickets, visit or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY. The box office is located on the first floor of UNO's Weber Fine Arts Building. For previews, tickets are $5 for general admission. For performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/military/faculty/staff. Tickets are always free for all UNO students who present a valid UNO ID and $5 for all other students who present a valid school ID. The UNO Theatre Box Office now accepts all major credit cards.

Note: Suggested for mature audiences. Visit the department's Facebook page at For more information contact Sarah Fogarty Campbell at

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Submissions Sought for Spring Break 2013 T-shirt Design Contest

The UNO Bookstore is sponsoring a UNO Spring Break 2013 T-shirt design contest! The contest is open to all current UNO students. The winning design will be produced and sold at the March 6, 2013 Milo Bail Day in the UNO Bookstore, just in time for Spring Break. The winning designer will receive their shirt for free and a $75 UNO Bookstore shopping spree.

Visit for Contest Guidelines and other information. Submissions will be accepted Nov. 14-28.

Questions? Please contact Jodi Cramer

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The Moving Company's 2012 Fall Media Mix Showcase is Nov. 18

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing ensemble, will present its 2012 Fall Media Mix Showcase featuring dance, music, art, photography and poetry on campus Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. and with a repeat performance at 4 p.m.

The fall showcase will be held in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Dance Lab. Tickets will be available at the door.

Presenters will include: Jorge Ambriz, Jacob Duncan, Emily Jordan, Stephanie Kelley, Natasha Kessler, Danielle Laurion and Maya Taylor.

There is a $5 admission fee. Seating is limited. For event details, call 402.554.2670.

The Moving Company operates under the auspices of the College of Education and School of HPER.

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Fitness Fridays' Continue Nov. 16 in DSC

It's Fitness Fridays' time. Join UNO Health Services Friday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Durham Science Center. Staff will conduct free blood pressure checks and weight and BMI measurements.

Information will also be available regarding Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) fitness classes and upcoming Health Fair and Health Risk Assessment (HRA).

For more information, contact Julie Kalasek at 402.554.2374 or

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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 at noon 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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UNO Mathematics Department's Calculus Bee is Nov. 16

Join the UNO Mathematics Department for UNO's first Calculus Bee this Friday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. in 116 Durham Science Center (DSC). There will be a free pizza lunch for all who attend.

At the event, watch and cheer on the top 20 Calculus I students from a written Calculus Bee round go head-to-head in a speed round to decide who will be the Grand Deriver of UNO. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists. All faculty, students, and community members are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Brianna Kallman at

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Campus Holiday Open House Set for Dec. 5

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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