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Olympian Billy Mills

Olympic Gold Medalist Visit

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

Olympian Billy Mills, middle, talks with UNO's Ed Zendejas while walking around the Health, Physical Education and Recreation's indoor track with students from Omaha South Magnet School. Mills is the second Native American to win an Olympic gold medal.



Open Parking & Shuttle Bus Service – Thanksgiving Break

There is open parking on campus during Thanksgiving break, starting today, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25. No permits are required during this time. The East Parking Garage will be open.

Reserve, handicap, drive aisle and fire lane restrictions will be enforced.

Limited shuttle bus service will be provided between the Pacific and Dodge campuses today. Two buses will run on the Pacific/Dodge route from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. today only. Parking at the Crossroads and Crossroads shuttle bus service will not be available during Thanksgiving break.

No shuttles will be operating Thursday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 25.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275) if you have any questions.

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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

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Go Green with 2012 Online W2s

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Did you know the University of Nebraska is migrating to a new online W2 statement process? Each employee must enroll via the Firefly link to receive your W2 online. The current process allowing employees to receive both a paper and electronic W2 will cease on Monday, Dec. 31. The old online link will be replaced with a new one and provide you easy access to all your W2s starting with 2012. Go green! Just click on this link (, and enroll today!

Questions? Contact Lolita Schumacher at 402.554.2739 or

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Polls Are In: Mavericks Move In, Up


The UNO hockey team didn't play a game last weekend, but that didn't keep it from moving up in one college hockey poll and earning its first ranking in another.

The Mavericks are ranked 15th in the lastest poll from the website, their second straight week in that site's top 20 rankings. The Mavs also made their debut in the latest top 15 poll from USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, coming in 14th.

UNO has not been ranked in both polls since October 2011. Read more.

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Williams Named Vice President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

Reynolds Professor of Public Affairs Ethel Williams was elected as vice president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) at their annual October meeting and conference in Austin, Texas. She will serve as vice president in 2012-13 and will become president in October 2013.  NASPAA is the membership organization of graduate education programs in public administration, public policy, public affairs and public & nonprofit management. 

NASPAA's twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. It has 280 member programs located across the U.S. and around the globe. Programs award Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy and similar degrees. NASPAA's Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation is the authorized accreditor of these master's degree programs in the U.S.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to

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Holiday Hours at UNO for Thanksgiving Break

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, UNO and several of its facilities will be featuring special holiday hours and closings.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 21, no classes will be held on the UNO campus until Monday, Nov. 26, when all classes resume their regular schedules.

The UNO campus will be open on Nov. 21 but will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, through Saturday, Nov. 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. During this time only previously designated personnel will be expected to be on campus. The campus re-opens on Monday, Nov. 26. Read more.

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Group Ex. Classes and Open Lab Thanksgiving Hours

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will not be Group Ex. Classes or Open Golf/Archery Lab from Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25. Group Ex. Classes and the Open Lab will resume on Monday, Nov. 26.

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Public Screening and Panel Discussion of the Documentary, 'Miss Representation'

Join Criss Library for a film screening and panel discussion of the documentary, "Miss Represenation," on Monday, Nov. 26, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons (132/132D). Panelists include Cynthia Robinson, Peggy Jones, Ann Coyne, Shaista Wahab and Claudia Garcia. The moderator for this event will be Tracey Menten, Central High School faculty member.

A reception in the Criss Library will follow this event. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Marvel Maring at 402.554.2992 or

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Retirement Reception for Jan Boyer Dec. 7

Jan Boyer, Criss Library professor and cataloging/serials librarian, will retire on Monday, Dec. 31.

Criss Library will host a retirement reception for Boyer on Friday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Library Faculty Study. Please join in celebrating her distinguished career and 25 years of service to UNO. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact James Shaw at or 402.554.2225.

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In the News

Gouttierre on KPTM

Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, was interviewed by KPTM on Nov. 19 about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Patton on KFAB

Hayley Patton, director of MaV USO, was interviewed on the Crash Davis Show, Nov. 19, about UNO's recent ranking as the No. 6 most military-friendly university in the country.

Lipschultz in Huffington Post

Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, recaps what UNO School of Communication students learned about social media and other communication tools during the 2012 election.

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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, from 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, Feb. 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 office 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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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 and 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

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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's 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

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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

Who's Who Nomination Form

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

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