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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.

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2012.11.16

Olympic Gold Medalist, Oglala Member to Visit Campus Today

UNO is bringing Olympic Gold Medalist and Oglala Lakota tribe member Billy Mills to campus today, 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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International Education Week Concludes with Nebraska Neighbors Trip

International Education Week 2012 wraps up today, Nov. 16, as UNO international students depart for two days of intercultural exchange in West Point, Neb. Continuing a 35-year tradition of rural outreach known as Nebraska Neighbors, the students will visit schools, main street businesses, farms, and a music studio. Also, participants in International Professional Development will attend a luncheon with the local Kiwanis Club and, Tandoori Chicken Masala will be the international cuisine served at Chuck's Wagon in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court.

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 more information, visit http://world.unomaha.edu/iew.

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Fitness Fridays' Continue Today in DSC

It's Fitness Fridays' time. Join UNO Health Services today, 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 Assessments (HRA).

For more information, contact Julie Kalasek at 402.554.2374 or jkalasek@unomaha.edu.

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Financial IQ Seminar is Today

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 today, Nov. 16. 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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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker Today

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

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

Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER)

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Masters completed her bachelor's degree from UNO and continued her education at the University of Northern Colorado for her master's degree and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her doctorate. She has several 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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UNO Mathematics Department's Calculus Bee is Today

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

At today's 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 bkallman@unomaha.edu.

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UNO Theatre Presents 'Mirror of the Invisible World' 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. Performances start tonight, Nov. 16, and run through Nov. 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 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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Cheer on the Mavericks men's basketball team against the Huskers on Sunday!

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Make plans to head to Lincoln this Sunday, Nov. 18, to cheer on UNO's men's basketball team against the Huskers. Special pricing is available for UNO fans! The game is at 2 p.m. in the Bob Devaney Sports Center, 1600 Court St., in Lincoln, Neb. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.huskers.com/ticketpromo, and entering promotional code: UNNEOM. You can also purchase tickets at the venue.

The cost:

* Print-At-Home Promo tickets $4 - $7

* Day of tickets $5 - $10

To view a seating chart of the Devaney Center, click on this link.

Remember to wear your best UNO gear!

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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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Psychology Department Presents Research Colloquium Nov. 19

The UNO Psychology Department presents a Research Colloquium by Christopher Lake from Bowling Green State University on Monday, Nov. 19. The lecture is titled, "Response Latitudes: Using Item Response Theory to Assess Attitude Involvement." It will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Questions? Contact Marie Lee at 402.554.2581 or mglee@unomaha.edu.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Panel Discussion

Join UNO on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at noon in Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room for a panel discussion where transgender speakers and advocates will share their stories and experiences and discuss issues the transgender community faces. Q&A will follow.

Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) Agency and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs presents this event in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

There will be free pizza and food at the event. Please click on this link to download a flier.

For more information, contact Helen Kang at 402.554.2711 or helenkang@unomaha.edu.

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Soles4Souls Location Available in HPER

In coordination with Bellevue West DECA, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building and Campus Recreation are collecting shoes to help provide relief for those in Haiti. You can stop by the main entrance of the HPER building and drop your donations off in the Soles4Souls bin located by the control desk. Donations can be made through Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Questions? Contact Mark Joekel at mjoekel@unomaha.edu.

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Middle East Forum Set for Nov. 29

The Middle East Project Fund at the UNO Department of History will host the second meeting of the Middle East Forum on Thursday, Nov. 29, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room. The Forum is free and open to all UNO students, faculty, staff, as well as off-campus guests.

As always, guests are encouraged to bring lunch and questions as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Curtis Hutt will moderate a panel of experts from UNO. These experts will address current issues that relate to the region and place them in context and perspective. UNO experts include: Moshe Gershovich, professor of History and director of both the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish studies as well as the Middle East Project Fund, and Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of Political Science.

Topics for the November forum may include:

- The future of U.S. foreign policy during President Obama's second term

- Ramification of General Petraeus's resignation from the CIA

- The tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank

- Other regional developments

Future meetings are planned for Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 14 and April 18 in 2013. 
For questions, contact Moshe Gershovich at 402.554.3175 or mgershovich@unomaha.edu.

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International Film Series Starts with 'Bye, Bye Brasil'

The History Department's international film series will begin this fall with a Brazilian film on Friday, Nov. 30. "Bye, Bye Brasil," is a 1980 film by director Carlos Diegues that examines the rural regions of Brazil through the eyes of a traveling circus of vagabond performers out to make money off the provincial residents of backwater towns. The film tells the story of relationships among troupe members who include a magician, an exotic rumba dancer, a deaf-mute strongman and a young, impressionable accordion player. The film will be shown in 438 of Arts and Sciences Hall at 3 p.m. 

"Bye Bye Brasil," hosted by Maria Arbelaez, associate professor of History, will begin with an explanation of the film's setting; it will be followed by an audience discussion.  The remaining films in the department's series will be shown during the spring semester. Please watch the History Department web page for those announcements.

For more information on this event, visit the History Department web page or contact Jo Behrens at 402.554.2584.

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UNO Women's Club Annual Brunch and Boutique is Dec. 8

Give your holiday shopping a kick-start at UNO Women's Club (UNOWC) Annual Brunch and Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Mammel Hall Atrium.

- Shopping from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

- $10 per person brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Club profits will be donated to the UNOWC scholarship fund.

Make it an afternoon and bring a friend. R.S.V.P. for brunch required to gpearson@nufoundation.org.

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HR to Host Seminar on Medicare, Medicare Supplement Policies and Social Security

Human Resources presents an informational seminar on "Medicare, Medicare Supplement Policies and Social Security" for faculty, staff and retirees on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room, with a repeat presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m., also in the MBSC State Room. 

The seminar will feature Nicole Rossitto from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Howard Johnson, an advocate for seniors and a Medicare advisor for those planning their retirement. Please come to learn more about the options available to those reaching this important stage in life. 

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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In the News

Breazeale Talks "Black Friday" Shopping

Michael Breazeale, assistant professor of marketing, was quoted in a Nov. 15 Omaha World-Herald article about Black Friday shopping and how it is currently creeping into the actual Thanksgiving holiday.

Spanish Tour Guides Mentioned in World-Herald

The Nov. 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald previewed a special service-learning project that will take place on Saturday at the Joslyn Art Museum. At 11:30 a.m. students from UNO's advanced conversational Spanish classes will provide a guided tour of a number of Joslyn artworks; admission is free for the event.

Gerontology's "Poetry Across the Generations" Mentioned in McCook Daily Gazette

The Department of Gerontology's annual "Poetry Across the Generations" competition, which asks youths and elders to submit and perform poetry with the goal of bridging the generational gap between the two age groups. Two students from McCook Senior High School placed first and second in the competition and read their poems for the McCook School Board during its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Walker Featured in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in a story about the questionable use of a taser by a Kenosha Police Department officer.

Gouttierre Interviewed About Andy Award

Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, was interviewed on KETV about the Andy Award, which UNO has bestowed upon journalists and photographers for impressive international reporting. This year the winners were KETV's Julie Cornell and photographer Andrew Ozaki.

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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 https://connect.unl.edu/nuflex 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 begin. The agenda will be available online before the meetings at http://go.nebraska.edu/meetingagenda. 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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