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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.

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2012.11.14

International Education Week Continues with Day of Service at Open Door Mission

International Education Week festivities continue today, Nov. 14, as UNO international students head to the Open Door Mission for an afternoon and evening of service. Today is the last day to vote for your favorite in the international photo exhibition on the second floor of the Criss Library. You can also help select the online photo contest winner on the UNO Study Abroad Facebook page.

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 http://world.unomaha.edu/iew.

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Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, 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 Today 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 (310 Allwine Hall) at noon today, Nov. 14, entitled "Supporting Argumentation and Modeling Practices in K-12 Science Classrooms." It is open to the UNO community and the general public.

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 (bchase@unomaha.edu).

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

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Grace Abbott School of Social Work is sponsoring a symposium today, Nov. 14, on "Sex Work in China's Pearl River Delta: Accumulating Sexual Capital as a Life Advancement Strategy." Today's 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 today, 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 pszto@unomaha.edu.

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UNO Theatre Previews 'Mirror of the Invisible World' on Stage Tonight

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 tonight through Thursday, 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. Tonight's preview is 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 them and builds each 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/unotheatre 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 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 http://www.facebook.com/unotheatre. For more information contact Sarah Fogarty Campbell at uno.theatre.publicity@gmail.com.

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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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2012/img/thisweekmavs1112.pdf.

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UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Perform Nov. 15 at Statewide Conference in Lincoln

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) has been chosen to perform for the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) Professional Conference in Lincoln.

The concert will be presented at 4 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) campus. There is no admission charge and the general public is welcome to attend.

Groups for the conference are chosen by a juried process and are eligible to perform only once in a three-year period. This marks the 12th appearance by the ensemble at the annual conference since its conductor Dr. James Saker founded the group in 1978. Read more.

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Who's Who Nominations Open

The Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office is proud to sponsor the annual Who's Who In American Colleges & Universities nominations. Faculty and staff are asked each year to nominate students that are junior status or higher for the Who's Who Award. Candidates nominated are considered on the basis of:

- Strong leadership on campus and in the community

- Engagement and success in academic life

- Great potential for future success

- Completed 58 or more credit hours or be graduate student status

- Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Click here for Who's Who Nomination Form.

Nominations close Monday, Dec. 17. Questions can be directed to Ben Jager (bjager@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2711).

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Criss Library Sponsoring Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time during the Scholastic Children's Book Fair.  Criss Library will sponsor the event Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27-28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for Compass Ministries Funtastic Learning Club. Proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. The fair is sponsored by the University Library Friends.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at mcast@unomaha.edu.

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Hamilton Named Secretary of the National Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Consortium

Mary Hamilton School, a senior community service associate for the UNO School Public Administration, was elected secretary of the National Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Consortium at their annual business meeting in Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 13-14, and will take office later this month. Formed in 1979, the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium establishes and preserves standards for the Certified Public Manager® (CPM) designation.

A Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government and in nonprofit organizations. The program's primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of state, local and federal government. It is a comprehensive course of study by which public and nonprofit managers can acquire and apply the best practices and theory to their management behaviors and strategies using prescribed sets of professional competencies. The curriculum uses theory as the foundation and applies it to practical problems facing the participant, their agency/department, and the citizens. Those who complete the program are awarded the Certified Public Manager® designation which is a registered service mark of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

The purpose of the consortium is to promote CPM programs by providing and monitoring accreditation standards, facilitating program development, encouraging innovation and developing linkages with programs and organizations with similar concerns.

Dr. Hamilton was the founder and inaugural director of the Nebraska Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program sponsored by the school. She is currently a consultant and member of the program's Advisory Board.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to enotes@unomaha.edu.

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In the News

Crank Interviewed About Gun Amnesty

John Crank, director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was interviewed by WOWT on Friday, Nov. 9, about a gun amnesty program that took place over the weekend. Crank mentioned how events like gun amnesty programs are one piece to a larger puzzle in solving the issue of crime in Omaha.

Johansen Talks Global Warming

Bruce Johansen, professor of communication, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, Nov. 12, about global warming and its impact. Johansen has written many articles and a book on global warming.

Bartle Discusses Fiscal Cliff

John Bartle, interim dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, Nov. 11, about the changes that will come as a result of the hard deadline on budgetary issues in Congress for Dec. 31, otherwise known as the "fiscal cliff."

Scherer Helps Preview 'Lincoln'

Mark Scherer, chair of the Department of History, was featured in an Omaha World-Herald story on Sunday, Nov. 11, that previews Steven Spielberg's new movie "Lincoln," which looks at Lincoln's efforts to pass the 13th amendment and send it to the states for ratification.

Benjamin-Alvarado Comments on Nebraska's Immigration Views

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, Nov. 11, about Nebraska's changing views on immigration and immigration reform in the wake of the 2012 election.

Hassebrook Lauds UNO's Public Administration Offerings

Regent Chuck Hassebrook, in commenting on the approval of the University of Nebraska's Rural Futures Institute to the Daily Nebraskan, gave praise to UNO's School of Public Administration, saying that programs like UNO's can "look at what rural communities can do to foster their own leadership, which can lead to a better future."

Eikenberry Talks Bikes, Winter Preparedness

UNO Bikes, in collaboration with Activate Omaha and Omaha Bikes, put on a safety clinic for bikers on Sunday, Nov. 11, which was covered by WOWT. Angie Eikenberry, associate professor of public administration and UNO Bikes member, was featured in the story. The event was also previewed in the Omaha World-Herald.

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Join the Winter Bike Commuter Challenge, Attend Winter Cycling Clinic

Join Team UNO for the 2nd annual Activate Omaha Winter Bike Commuter Challenge. The challenge officially started on Nov. 1 and runs until March 31. You can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting will count toward helping Team UNO. To sign up, go to:  http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/qBF2K3IxvuY. Please make sure you indicate that you work or go to school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha when you join.

Learn all of the tips and tricks you'll need to stay warm and safe this winter by checking out this helpful video on winter cycling: http://www.streetfilms.org/winter-biking-primer/. For more information, contact Mike Grube at mgrube@unomaha.edu or Angie Eikenberry at aeikenberry@unomaha.edu.

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