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Mirror of the Invisible World

Cast for 'Mirror of the Invisible World'

photo by Robbie Jones

Meet the cast for the fall UNO Department of Theatre production of Mary Zimmerman's tale of love, loss and adventure, 'Mirror of the Invisible World.' Pictured from left to right: Liah Burke as the Russian Princess, Kristin Tripe as Turandot, Ryann Woods as the Prince, and Raydell Cordell III as King Bahram. Previews and performances continue this week in the UNO Theatre.

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NUFlex Open Computer Lab Available Today for Annual Enrollment

Benefit-eligible faculty and staff who would like some assistance with the 2013 annual enrollment may take advantage of an Open Computer Lab being held today, Nov. 27, in 104 Durham Science Center from 10 to 11 a.m.

Only a few days remain for 2013 NUFlex enrollment. Since this year's enrollment is online only, Human Resources is offering an open computer lab for employees requiring access to a computer or additional assistance.

The next open lab will be offered:

- Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. in 543 Kayser Hall

Go to and log in for online NUFlex enrollment, which ends Friday, Dec. 7. For password help, contact ITS Customer Service Helpdesk at 402.554.4357.

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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 today 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

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Global Health Awareness Week Under Way at UNO

Students United for Global Health (SUGH) invite faculty, staff and students to participate in Global Health Awareness Week today through Friday, Nov. 27-30. Events officially kick off with two "Focus on Malaria" lectures today on campus. For a complete listing, click on this link.

Questions? Contact Ashley Krienert at

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UNO Invites Aviation Ambassador for Tonight's Lecture

The UNO Aviation Institute is set to welcome Duane Woerth, U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to the Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture Series tonight, Nov. 27.

Ambassador Woerth will speak at the lecture series, which begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception before the official program begins at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Read more.

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Death Penalty Dialogue to be Simulcast Statewide Nov. 28

J. Kirk Brown, Nebraska solicitor general, and Michael Radelet, professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, will discuss "The Death Penalty: Justice, Retribution and Dollars," Wednesday, Nov. 28, as part of the 2012-13 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.

The 7 p.m. event will originate from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and be simulcast to audiences gathered in Omaha, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff. The Lied Center will be simulcast UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS 132), the Collaborating Commons. It will be free and open to the public.

Brown has been solicitor general since 2003. He has been Nebraska's primary counsel in capital cases and was counsel of record in Nebraska's three most recent executions—State v. Otey (1994), State v. Joubert (1996) and State v. Williams (1997).

Radelet's research has focused on capital punishment, problems of erroneous convictions, and racial bias and ethical issues in capital cases and executions.

The dialogue will be moderated by Susan Poser, dean of the UNL College of Law. Free and open to the public, the simulcasts begin at 7 p.m. Free tickets are required for the Lied Center only and are generally available at the door, but may be obtained in advance ensuring that you will have a seat.

The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues was established to promote better understanding of world events and issues for all Nebraskans.

The simulcasts, sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the local institutions, allow more Nebraskans to have the opportunity to benefit from outstanding speakers and community discussion. Details about the E.N. Thompson Forum are available at

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NU Board of Regents to Meet Nov. 29 in Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Thursday, Nov. 29, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. The board meeting begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

During its brief meeting, the board will consider approval of the program statement and budget for construction of a cancer research center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (addendum V-B-1). The $110 million research center, part of the larger cancer center project at UNMC, will be funded with $50 million in state funds and $60 million in private funds. Read more to obtain a full agenda for the meeting.

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R.S.V.P. By Today for Kwanzaa Banquet & Celebration!

All UNO faculty, staff, and students are invited to join us for UNO's annual Kwanzaa Celebration this Friday, Nov. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click this link for event details.

Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture. Beyond providing a full course meal, the event features activities, dialogue, and a candle ceremony to engage participants about the Kwanzaa and its principles.

R.S.V.P. for this event by end-of-business-day today by sending: your name, role (student, faculty, staff) and any dietary needs to Marquisha Spencer at

Event is sponsored by Student Organizations & Leadership Programs.

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Computer Science Education Week Event on Mentoring Set for Dec. 6 at PKI

The College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) is hosting a panel on mentoring in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week. It will feature four professional women from several organizations in the Omaha area with formal and informal mentoring programs. The event, "Beyond Grace Hopper: Women in Computing Careers," is open to all that would like to learn more about mentoring. It will be on Thursday, Dec. 6, at noon in the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) atrium.

Panelists will discuss the value of mentoring, how to find a mentor, what to discuss with a mentor, as well as take questions for the audience.

They are:

- Dara Hunter, Union Pacific

- Shonna Kadavy, Sogeti USA

- Colleen Maciejewski, Woodmen of the World

- Mayi Sreenivas, Union Pacific

Questions? Contact Stacie Petter at 402.554.2077 or

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Nominations Sought for Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies

The Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO Women's and Gender Studies program.  This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service or a combination of the three.

Nominees may be UNO students, faculty, staff, alumni or others who have provided exemplary service.

Deadline: Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 22.

To nominate a person or persons for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies, please submit the following in electronic form to Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi (

- A 1-2 page nomination letter describing the nominee's accomplishments and their relevance to the UNO Women's and Gender Studies program.  The nominator must be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty, staff).

- The nominee's/nominees' resume or c.v.

- Additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support) are welcome and strengthen the nomination but are not required.

The person(s) selected will receive the award at the annual Women's and Gender Studies luncheon. This year's luncheon will take place on Friday, April 26, 2013.

Previous winners include Dr. R. Ogle (Criminal Justice & Women's Studies), Dr. S. Maher (English & Women's Studies), Dr. K. Falconer Al-Hindi (Geography & Women's Studies), Dr. S. Moshier (Biology & Women's Studies), M. Rosen-Atherton (University Division Counseling and Women's and Gender Studies), R. Tomlinson Dick (B.A, Women's Studies, 2010), Dr. P. Proulx (Foreign Languages and Literatures & Women's and Gender Studies, and Marcia Adler(University Health Center and Women's and Gender Studies).

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In the News

Claussen's Gift Featured in Omaha World-Herald, on KMTV

On Friday, Nov. 23, news of Assistant Athletic Director Connie Claussen's $100,000 gift to the UNO Athletics Department was covered by KMTV, Lincoln Journal Star and by the Omaha World-Herald. Claussen has worked at UNO for 50 years and is the founder of the annual Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk, which was formerly known as the Women's Walk.

Breazeale on WOWT

Michael Breazeale, assistant professor of marketing, was featured on WOWT on Friday, Nov. 23 to discuss Black Friday deals and their impact on retailers.

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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" this 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 Falconer Al-Hindi (

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College of IS&T/ISQA Round Table Nov. 30

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) and Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis (ISQA) Round Table will welcome Varun Grover, a William S. Lee (Duke Energy) Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, this Friday, Nov. 30. Dr. Grover will talk on "The Playground for Information Systems Research: Moving to the Edges."

His talk discusses the general state of Information Systems (IS) research with a particular emphasis on the scripts researchers follow to successfully conduct and publish research. Dr. Grover has published extensively in the information systems field, with more than 200 publications in major peer-reviewed journals. Nine recent articles have ranked him among the top four researchers based on number of publications in the top Information Systems journals. Dr. Grover is senior editor for MISQ Executive, and senior editor (emeritus) for MIS Quarterly, the Journal of the AIS and Database and serves as associate or advisory editor for numerous other journals. Dr. Grover has given numerous keynote speeches at international conferences and participated in speaker series in more than 30 universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

He is currently working in the areas of IT value, system politics and process transformation and recently released his third book (with M. Lynne Markus) on process change.  He is recipient of numerous awards for his research and teaching, including awards from University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Association for Information Systems, Decision Sciences Institute, Anbar, and PriceWaterhouse and is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems.

The round table will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Subs and soft drinks will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The talk starts immediately at noon.

R.S.V.P. to Angela Nastase at 402.554.4150 or, by Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Deadline Nov. 30 for Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar

UNO faculty are invited to participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum. The seminar will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Thursday, Jan. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Faculty who participate will have an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives – using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write). Participants will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

On Wednesday, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending reading assignments to evaluating, integrating, and citing information from print and electronic sources. Thursday's sessions will focus on best practices designing assignments, responding to and evaluating students' papers and supporting multilingual writers. Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues and consider similarities and differences across disciplines. 

The seminar is supported by the Writing Center and the Center for Faculty Development. Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses. 

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center website, on the Faculty Resources page:

Applications are due Friday, Nov. 30, and applicants will be notified on Monday, Dec. 3.

For more information, contact Nora Bacon at the UNO Writing Center (, 402.554.2946).

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International Film Series Starts with 'Bye, Bye Brasil'

The History Department is again sponsoring its international film series during the fall and spring semesters.  Each film is hosted by a History Department faculty member, and each will begin with an explanation of the film's setting, and will be followed by an audience discussion.  Join Maria Arbelaez, associate professor of History, this Friday, Nov. 30, for "Bye, Bye Brasil."

"Bye, Bye Brasil," is a 1980 film by director Carlos Diegues that examines the rural regions of Brazil through the eyes of traveling circus performers. The film will be shown in 438 of Arts and Sciences Hall at 3 p.m.

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, visit the History Department website or contact Jo Behrens at 402.554.2584.

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Student Leader of the Month - November Nominations

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office sponsors the Student Leader of the Month Award. If there is a student that you know of that you think would be a candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP would love to have you nominate them for this award. In order to nominate a student, follow this link to fill out the nomination form.

SOLP will select one student a month. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if SOLP receives multiple nominations per month, to be considered again. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and we will set up the best time to present the award.

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Mav Kids Parents Day Out Set for Dec. 2

The next Mav Kids Parents Day Out event is set for Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Parents Day Out is for children ages 6-12 and includes dodgeball, swimming, arts & crafts, lunch, movies and much more! So get your holiday shopping done and drop the kids off with Mav-Rec!

Registration is $20 for all UNO students and Mav-Rec members, and $25 for non-members. You can download the registration form at

For more information or questions, contact Nicole Wood at 402.554.4941 or

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Liberty Elementary School Winter Clothing Drive Under Way

The University Honors Program is collecting warm winter clothing for the children at Liberty Elementary School in downtown Omaha. Items needed include coats, hats, mittens and socks.

Donation boxes are located in:

- Milo Bail Student Center

- Durham Science Center

- Ideas Room in Roskens Hall

- Honors Program in 208 Kayser Hall

- Criss Library

- Mammel Hall

- Arts and Sciences Hall

- Allwine Hall

- University and Maverick Villages

- Scott Clubhouse

The collection will continue until the last day of class, Friday, Dec. 7.

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