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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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NU Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, 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 today's meeting.

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Middle East Forum is Today

The Middle East Project Fund at the UNO Department of History will host the second meeting of the Middle East Forum today, 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 Gershovich at 402.554.3175 or

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Jeff Beiermann Named New UNO Photographer/Videographer

As of late, some may have noticed a new face behind the lens around campus. Introducing ... Jeff Beiermann as UNO's new photographer and videographer.

Beiermann, a staff photographer at the Omaha World-Herald (OWH), brings to the university more than 18 years of photojournalism experience.

"I have covered all kinds of news, sports and features for the Omaha World-Herald and chose to come to UNO to be part of the campus community not only as an observer but as a participant." Beiermann said.

Beiermann is a native of Clarkson, Neb., which is 100 miles northwest of Omaha.  He is married to Julie Anderson, an OWH reporter, and they have two boys: Will, 11, and Ben, 9.

Jeff Beiermann photo.

Jeff Beiermann

"I am a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader as well as a Dundee Presbyterian Church member," he said. "On my geeky side, I am a ham radio operator, and I have been since I was 14 years old."

Beiermann is working on a master's degree in public administration at UNO and he received his bachelor's degree in communications from Midland Lutheran College.

Beiermann joined University Relations on Nov. 1. He succeeds Tim Fitzgerald, who retired Aug. 31.

His photography studio is housed in 106 Eppley Administration Building. A new email account has been created for campus photography needs, email Beiermann directly at or call 402.554.3536.

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UNO to Make Blankets, Offer HIV Testing for World AIDS Day

HIV has affected an estimated 2 million Americans since 1981 with 50,000 becoming infected each year. Worse yet, nearly one in five of those living with HIV are unaware they are infected.

Numbers like these, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are exactly the information UNO wants to make students, faculty and staff aware of as part of this year's World AIDS Day events.

On Friday, Nov. 30, UNO's Student-Community Leadership and Service (SCLS) organization, in collaboration with UNO Health Services, welcome the Omaha community to join the UNO community make fleece blankets, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge of the Milo Bail Student Center.

Materials will be provided to make the blankets, which will be donated to those affected by AIDS and HIV.

UNO Health Services will also be offering free HIV tests to UNO faculty, staff, and students throughout the day. Read more.

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Lambda Pi Eta Holds Annual Warm Winter Drive

MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), are making a final push for donations of food, clothing and hygiene supplies to help fill 100 backpacks, which will then be donated to Youth Emergency Services (YES), a local non-profit that serves homeless and at-risk youth.

The "Say YES: Give Back with a Pack" drive began at the start of November and has extended its donation deadline to Dec. 7. Through the donations of the Omaha community, MaverickPR will fill more than 100 backpacks.

Donations needed include body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, gloves, first aid items and non-perishable food. Socks and underwear packages are especially needed. Donations can be dropped off in 140 Arts and Sciences Hall. Cash donations should be put in an envelope marked UNO PRSSA-YES Back pack drive.

For more than 35 years YES has served struggling youth, ages 12 to 21 in Omaha and Council Bluffs, by providing critically needed resources that empower them to become self-sufficient. YES served more than 800 homeless and at-risk youth in 2010-11 alone through shelter and advocacy programs.

Please contact John Haskell for more information at

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Criss Library Hosts Online Scholastic Book Fair

Did you miss the Criss Library's Scholastic Book Fair? Fear not, you can shop through the online book fair through Tuesday, Dec. 11. Books will be delivered to the library so there's no shipping charges. You'll be notified by email when your books arrive. Five free ebooks of children's favorites are available on the site. For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at or visit the online book fair at

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NUFlex Enrollment Continues Next Week

The 2013 NUFlex enrollment continues next week and faculty and staff have until Friday, Dec. 7, to make changes, update their tobacco designation, enroll in reimbursement accounts and complete the Health Risk Assessment to get enhanced benefits.

The 2013 NUFlex enrollment is online at You can review your current benefit choices and make changes for 2013. Your tobacco designation must be updated every year and, if you participate in the reimbursement accounts, the annual pledge must also be updated every year.  At the end of the online enrollment process, you should print your confirmation statement, making sure it reflects your tobacco designation, your reimbursement pledge (if any) and your benefits choices in general. If you do not see your reimbursement account pledge(s), then you have not correctly enrolled in the accounts. No changes may be made after Dec. 7. 

If you encounter problems during the enrollment process, please contact Human Resources at 402.554.2321.

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In the News

Moshe Gershovich on KFAB

Moshe Gershovich, professor of history and director of the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, was a guest on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB Wednesday, Nov. 28 to discuss Nov. 29's Middle East Forum and current events occurring in the Middle East. 

Men's Hockey Ranked No. 13/14

The Maverick men's hockey team is ranked 13th and 14th in the two national polls that cover college hockey. The story was covered by  and the Omaha World-Herald.

Walker Featured in Dallas Morning News

Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in a story by the Dallas Morning News about a police woman who performs as a rapper using lyrics that promote gun violence. Walker is an expert in police accountability. 

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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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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 2 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. RSVP 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

Click here for 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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