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Veterans Day

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.



International Education Week Signature Event is Today

International Education Week festivities continue today with UNO's signature event, Café Internationale. Everyone is welcome to attend this open house from 2 to 4 p.m. in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall featuring: refreshments, music, country display tables and presentations by international students. Also, globally themed gifts and baked goods will be for sale at the Global Marketplace, and students from Beveridge Middle School will join UNO international students for intercultural presentations and activities.

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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College of IS&T Round Table Today

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) welcomes several guest speakers from Texas Instruments (TI) for today's (Nov. 15) Round Table. The topic of discussion is "Texas Instruments Software Development and Open Source in a Global Environment." It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Presenters from TI include: Tim Carlson, senior legal counsel, Jack Manbeck, manager open source review board and Eric Thomas, software product manager.

Texas Instruments (TI) is a global and diverse technology company, with markets and products that meet the technical needs of products for smart grid, automotive, thin client, medical imaging, cellular, small cell and many other markets. This presentation will provide insight into how Texas Instruments has integrated Open Source software and community development into its product development cycle. The presentation will help the audience understand and appreciate how Open Source plays a role in what TI does, lessons TI has learned and challenges TI and other companies still face. The presentation is designed to be interactive and open for discussion.

Subs and sodas provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Talk starts at noon.

Questions? Contact Angela Nastase at 402.554.4150 or

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Theta Chi Fraternity Annual Car Smash is Today

Pick up that hammer and take a swing! Theta Chi Fraternity's Annual Car Smash is today, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building parking lot.

Theta Chi will have a vehicle waiting for you to help put out of commission. To participate, just bring $1 for three hits or $5 for one-minute of havoc. Proceeds raise money for the fraternity's outreach efforts.

Questions? Contact Eric Schlichting at

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Psychology Awareness Week Info Booth Today in MBSC

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 today, 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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UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble Performs Today 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. today, 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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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. A previews runs tonight, Nov. 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.

"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 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 For more information contact Sarah Fogarty Campbell at

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Health Risk Assessment and Enhanced Benefits

The Health Risk Assessment (HRA) program will be offered again this fall online as part of the Annual NUFlex enrollment in Firefly Employee Self Service (  All active (benefits-eligible) employees, retirees, and ancillary insureds have the opportunity to complete the HRA beginning Monday, Nov. 19. The program will run until Friday, Dec. 7. The HRA survey must be completed each year in order to receive the enhanced wellness and preventive services benefit for the following calendar year.

Participation is voluntary; however, by completing this short survey, you will receive a personal health report that will help you assess and monitor your personal health status. Employees who are enrolled in the university's Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan and complete the HRA will also be eligible for enhanced wellness and preventive services benefits for themselves as well as their covered family members. Enhanced wellness and preventive services include:

- Increased annual adult preventive care allowance from $250 to $300

- Increased dependent child (under age 2) preventive care allowance from $500 to $600

- 100 percent coverage up to $2,500 for routine preventive colonoscopy once every 10 years beginning at age 50 (Services must be provided by a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Provider)

- $0 co-pay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark's mail service only

It is important that you print out the Personal Health Summary as confirmation of your having completed the HRA.  That will be your proof of completion and will guarantee you will receive the enhanced benefits.

NUFlex Informational Meetings:

Annual NUFlex informational meetings will be offered live online again this year, which will allow you to view the presentation anywhere at any time (24/7).  To view a meeting online, visit at one of the following times:

- Monday, Nov. 19, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

- Monday, Nov. 26, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The number of participants is limited for each informational meeting, so we suggest you log in at least 10 minutes before the sessions begins. The agenda will be available online before the meetings at These online NUFlex informational meetings will be recorded and available on the university's benefits webpage shortly after the meeting to allow viewing at your convenience. If you experience any connection or technical issues, please contact the Adobe Connect Support line at 1.800.422.3623.

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Olympic Gold Medalist, Oglala Member to Visit Campus Nov. 16

UNO is bringing Olympic Gold Medalist and Oglala Lakota tribe member Billy Mills to campus this Friday, Nov. 16, for two events - an event with students from Omaha South High School and a speech. Mills' visit to UNO is part of a month-long celebration of Native American heritage at UNO.

Mills gained international fame when he won the gold medal in the 10,000-meter run in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He is the first and currently only American to win Olympic gold in the event.

Mills was born in Pine Ridge, S.D. and attended the University of Kansas on an athletic scholarship. He was named an NCAA All-American cross-country runner three times during his time at Kansas. Mills joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from the University of Kansas and was a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps reserves when he competed in the 1964 Olympics. Read more.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker Nov. 16

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation this Friday, Nov. 16, by Julie Masters, a professor and chairperson for the UNO Department of Gerontology.

Title of the Talk: Aging Inmates in the 21st Century

Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Masters completed her bachelor's from UNO and continued her education at the University of Northern Colorado for her master's and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her doctorate. She has several current and recent research activities including Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease – the impact of caregivers, Healthy Aging and Anticipatory Socialization, and An Exploration of Aging Prisoners in Nebraska. The latter of these topics will be the subject for this presentation and will provide participants with an overview of aging inmates in the 21st century and how research in gerontology can serve to reduce the challenges of aging in a prison environment.

For more information, contact Amanda Fletcher at 402.554.3442.

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Cheer on the Mavericks Men's Basketball Team against the Huskers on Sunday!

Make plans to head to Lincoln this Sunday, Nov. 18, to cheer on UNO's men's basketball team against the Huskers. The game is at 2 p.m. in the The Bob Devaney Sports Center, 1600 Court St., in Lincoln, Neb. Wear your best UNO gear! For details, visit

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Free Fall Nutrition Seminar Nov. 20

Learn how to enjoy all your favorite treats this holiday season guilt-free on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Registered dietitian Julie Denker will present this session from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 138 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Denker will show you how to avoid gaining those unwanted pounds over this upcoming holiday season.

Tips will include:

- Deck the kitchen with healthier ingredients

- Lower-calorie treats

- Holiday meal makeovers

Questions? Contact Mark Joekel at

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Campus Security Offers Holiday Safety Tips

The Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community of some common sense safety tips to practice during the holiday season.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- Avoid leaving valuables or packages in plain view in a vehicle. Place them in the trunk or between the seats. When possible, do so before parking.

- During the holiday break, take valuables home from campus offices and residence halls.

- Anyone who is going to be working on campus late in the evening or when few people are around should consider advising Campus Security so that an officer can pay special attention to the area.

- Anyone entering a locked residence hall or campus building should make sure the door closes completely. Strangers should not follow anyone into a secure building.

- Students who live on campus and are leaving town for the holidays should make sure they have someone keeping an eye on their residence and leave emergency contact information.

For more information, call Campus Security at 402.554.2648.

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UNO Theatre Holds Auditions for Liz Duffy Adams' 'Or,'

The UNO Department of Theatre is holding auditions for the first show of the spring semester, Liz Duffy Adams' "Or," directed by Sarah Fogarty Campbell. UNO students, alumni and actors at large are invited to participate in the auditions.

"Or," will be running in repertory with Caridad Svich's "The Archaeology of Dreams," and will be starting rehearsals in early January. Auditions for the remaining two shows, Caridad Svich's "The Archaeology of Dreams" directed by Thais Flaitt "Giannoccaro" and Steven Gooch's "Female Transport," directed by Dr. Douglas Paterson will be held in early January.

Auditions for "Or," will be held on Monday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for all interested actors in 333 Weber Fine Arts Building. Monologues and scenes will be available for reading and distributed upon arrival; prepared audition monologues are not required. Sign-ups are not required for auditions, but if you would like to schedule a time please call the Stage Management office at 402.554.3167.

Performances of "Or," run Feb. 12-16, 27, and March 1. Performances of The Archaeology of Dreams run Feb. 19-23, 28 and March 2. Performances of Female Transport run April 10-13, 17-20.

For more information about auditions contact the UNO Theatre Department Stage Management at 402.554.3167. For more information about UNO's 2012-13 Mainstage Season contact Sarah Fogarty Campbell at or 402.554.3167. Learn more about UNO Theatre on the web by visiting

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Roundtable Discussion on 'Using Blackboard Tools in Online Women's and Gender Studies Classes' Nov. 29

Join UNO Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) faculty for an informal discussion on "Using Blackboard Tools in Online Women's and Gender Studies Classes" on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The round table will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 543 Kayser Hall and feature Dawn Cripe, WGS distance education coordinator, and Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of WGS.

Refreshments will be served.

R.S.V.P. to Karen Falconer-Alhindi ( by Monday, Nov. 26..

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In the News

Goodrich Program Profiled in Omaha World-Herald

In honor of its 40th anniversary this year, the Omaha World-Herald profiled the College of Public Affairs and Community Service's Goodrich Program. Program chair Imafedia Okhamafe and Chancellor John Christensen were quoted in the story.

Sarah Edwards Mentioned in Film Screening Preview

Sarah Edwards, chair of the teacher education program in the College of Education, was mentioned in a Thursday, Nov. 8 preview for a free film screening of "August to June," which follows students through a full academic year. There was a discussion, featuring Edwards, after the film.

Petrow Quoted in Story on Flood Joining Governor's Race

Greg Petrow, associate professor and graduate program chair in political science, was quoted in a story in Tuesday, Nov. 11's Omaha World-Herald about State Sen. Mike Flood opting to join the governor's race for 2014. Current governor Dave Heinemann is ineligible due to term limits.

Davidson Featured in Story About Elevator Pitches

In Tuesday, Nov. 13's story about a competition to make business pitches to investors, Marlina Davidson, a lecturer in the School of Communication and head of UNO's Speech Center, was featured in a photo that ran with the story.

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Financial IQ Seminar is Nov. 16

On Friday, Nov. 16, 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. It will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Umonhon Room. The seminar is open to all UNO faculty, staff and retirees.

West will feature information on:

- Getting out of debt

- Powering down debt

- Understanding your credit report

- Protecting yourself against identity theft

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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