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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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Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair Concludes Today at Criss Library

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 again today, Nov. 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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RSVP Deadline Today for Annual Campus Holiday Open House

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. Click on this link to view a special invitation.

Those planning to attend should RSVP to Donna Hathaway at by end-of-business today, Nov. 28.

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UNO Theatre Presents '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. Performances continue tonight, Nov. 28, and run through Nov. 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 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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Death Penalty Dialogue to be Simulcast Statewide Tonight

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," tonight, Nov. 28, as part of the 2012-13 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.

Tonight's 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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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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Ensemble A.M.I. to Perform with The Penrose Stairs Nov. 30

Ensemble A.M.I., a performing student ensemble at the UNO Department of Music, and The Penrose Stairs will share a concert this Friday, Nov. 30.

The Penrose Stairs will be playing original compositions, and A.M.I. will be performing an eclectic mix of songs by Rush, The XX, and U2.

The one-and-a-half hour concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for high school and college students with student ID and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert. For UNO faculty, staff and students, the concert is free with a current UNO ID. Read more.

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HPER Pool to Close for Swim Meet

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) pool will be closed Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, due to the UNO Mutual of Omaha swim meet. Normal hours will resume on Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information, visit

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Campus Reception Dec. 3 for Shelton Hendricks

Save the date! On Monday, Dec. 3, there will be events celebrating the UNO career of Dr. Shelton Hendricks, a former Arts and Science Dean, a Faculty Senate Senator and a professor of Psychology.

Faculty, staff and former students are invited to attend:

Campus Retirement Reception
2 to 4 p.m.          
Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room    

Questions? Contact Marie Lee at 402.554.2581 or

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Physics Colloquium Set for Dec. 7

"Everything you know is wrong: Living in a Dark Universe," will be the topics of discussion at UNO's Physics Colloquium on Friday, Dec. 7. Gintaras Duda, professor of physics at Creighton University, will present.

Dr. Duda's lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 169 Durham Science Center (DSC).

This talk will explore the current state of cosmology and the dark sector. Surprisingly, although some interesting puzzles remain, modern science is closing in on understanding our universe and our cosmos.

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Call for Applications: Graduate Research and Creative Activity Grants

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) and the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) announces the availability of funding for the Graduate Research and Creative Activity (GRACA) awards.

GRACA grants support faculty-mentored UNO graduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $5,000 per student may be used to support student travel for data/information collection, project-related supplies and operational expenses, analysis and/or a summer stipend.

Eligibility is restricted to UNO graduate students who pay tuition and fees through UNO. Students must be enrolled during both spring and fall 2013 semesters (with no plans to graduate before December 2013). Students are required to identify a UNO faculty mentor who must approve the submission of the GRACA proposal. The faculty mentor must be a member of the graduate faculty.

Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 (11:59 P.M. CST)

To find out more information and apply, visit If you have additional questions, please contact ORCA and OGS at

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Faculty Research International Grants Now Available

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) announces the availability of Faculty Research International (FRI) funding. FRI grants will support the establishment of new research and creative activity partnerships among UNO faculty and international collaborators. Awards of up to $5,000 are available to individual UNO faculty members to support travel-related expenses for UNO faculty, affiliated UNO graduate students and/or their international partners.

Successful proposals will describe how funds will be used to support the establishment of new scholarly partnerships among UNO faculty and collaborators outside of the United States. Successful applicants will articulate a clearly defined narrative of the proposed research/creative activity partnership, a timeline describing project activities and a detailed budget and budget justification. In addition, proposals must describe how nascent partnerships will be sustained after expenditure of the FRI funds.

Eligibility is restricted to current tenure-track or tenured UNO faculty. Collaborative research involving multiple UNO faculty members is encouraged.

Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 (11:59 P.M. CST)

To find out more information and apply, visit Additional questions? Contact ORCA at

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In the News

UNO MaV USO in Omaha World-Herald

UNO's Military and Veteran's Services Office was featured in the Nov. 27 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Hayley Patton, director of MaV USO was quoted in the story along with a veteran student. The story also touched on UNO's recent ranking as the No. 6 university for military friendliness in the country.

Relationship Between Amatos, UNO focus of Omaha World-Herald Story

UNO's plans to build a new arena south of Aksarben Village and its impact on Amatos was the focus of an Omaha World-Herald feature on Monday, Nov. 26. Owner Sam Amato says he will be a great neighbor for UNO as they move forward with construction on the arena.

 NU Faculty from Omaha, Lincoln Discuss Engineering Merger, Split

Faculty in Omaha and Lincoln who would be affected by a proposed merger of two University of Nebraska engineering programs say they want to test the idea before moving forward.

Jerry Deichert on KFAB

Jerry Deichert, director of UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was featured on the Crash Davis Show to discuss the large increase in per-capita income for rural areas of Nebraska that have helped protect the state from the country's overall economic woes.

Center for Public Affairs Research Referenced in Story on Housing Development 

UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research was referenced for their data on Nebraska's population increases as part of a larger story on a new housing development being led by outdoor retailer Cabelas. 

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Mallory Kountze Planetarium Science Store Clearance Sale!

The Mallory Kountze Planetarium Science Store is having its very first clearance sale! The Science Store, in the Durham Science Center (DSC), has been selling gizmos, gadgets and thingamajigs for years. If you haven't had a chance to check the store out, now is the time. See what's on clearance and explore the other wonders the Science Store has to offer. Store hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you need assistance, please go to the Physics Office in 129 or 144 DSC.

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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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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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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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