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A Foggy Saturday

A Foggy Saturday

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

Doug Wagner, part-time instructor at UNO, walks across campus on a foggy Saturday on Dec. 1, 2012.



UNO Hosts Archbishop Hanna, Patriarchate of Jerusalem at Interfaith Dialogue Today

As conflict continues in Israel and the Palestinian territories, UNO will host His Eminence Theodosius Hanna, Archbishop of Sebaste, Patriarchate of Jerusalem, for a first-time visit to Omaha today, Dec. 4. Sponsored by UNO's Muslim Student Association his talk is titled, "The Entanglement of Religion and Politics in Palestine."

Archbishop Hanna will speak at UNO from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room. The event is free and open to the public. He will speak on the current conditions in the region from his unique perspective as both a Christian and a Palestinian. The Archbishop is active both in interfaith dialogue in the region and the preservation of its Orthodox Christian heritage. He was elected to his current position as Archbishop of Sebaste, Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in 2005.

For more information, contact Ellana Haakenstad at

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UNO, Lewis and Clark Make Science Fun With 'Physics in a Box'

Making physics fun is the focus of a service-learning project between students from UNO's Department of Physics and Lewis and Clark Middle School students.

Tonight, Dec. 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. both student groups will meet in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room, to celebrate the completion of the project, known as "Physics in a Box." For the project each group of middle school students, led by a UNO team captain, created a box that contains the necessary materials to conduct an experiment based on Newton's Laws of Physics. Read more.

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Prep Week 2012 Schedule of Events

Are you stressed about finals? Join UNO during Prep Week (Dec. 3-6) for a variety of stress-relieving activities!

Today, Dec. 4:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out - Get free hot chocolate on the MBSC Plaza, Mammel Hall and PKI

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free chair massages in the MBSC Fireplace Lounge

* Noon to 1 p.m. – Relax with the UNO Jazz Combo and enjoy some free pizza in the MBSC Maverick Lounge!

Wednesday, Dec. 5:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out - Get free hot chocolate on the MBSC Plaza, Mammel Hall and PKI

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free chair massages in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Lobby area with free hot chocolate and popcorn. Plus, listen to some acoustic seasonal guitar music!

Thursday, Dec. 6:

* 7:45 a.m. until supplies run out – Get free hot chocolate on the MBSC Plaza, Mammel Hall and PKI

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free chair massages at the University Village and Maverick Village Clubhouses

* All Day – Play a round of golf on the Criss Library's Mav-Links Golf Course (main level). This four-hole course is a fun and relaxing way to spend some time in the library before and after you study.

* 3 p.m. until supplies run out – Free fruit in the Criss Library!

Plus, get some retail therapy in by checking out the UNO Bookstore's Holiday Sale (starting Dec. 3)! Buy one apparel item, get the second apparel item half off! Plus, get 20 percent off 2013 picture calendars, holiday books, children's books; and select hardbound and paperback bestsellers. Get fresh popped popcorn at Textbook Buyback starting on Dec. 5.

The Criss Library will offer extended hours for Prep Week: Monday through Thursday, Dec. 3-6, from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Questions? Contact Barb Treadway 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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Spring Permit Sales Begin Dec. 10

Permits for Spring/Summer 2013 go on sale Monday, Dec. 10.  At that time all annual permits will be half price, including East and West Garage.

Please check the expiration date of your existing permit.  If it expires on December 31, 2012, and you plan to park on campus during the Spring Semester, you will need to purchase a new permit.  If it expires on August 15, 2013, you will not need to purchase another permit.

All permits are required to be purchased online at  Permits must be picked up at the Parking Office, Eppley Administration Building, Room 107, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

You must present your MavCard to pick up permit.  Online purchasing requires NetID, username and password; vehicle information for all vehicles that will be parked on campus.  Information includes the vehicles year, make, model, color, and license plate number.

If your permit has expired or you no longer need/use it, please make sure you turn it back in to Parking Services or you destroy it. This avoids your permit falling into the hands of someone else that may use the permit on campus and collect tickets under your account.

For questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK(7275).

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UNO Music Faculty to Perform Holiday Songs Dec. 10

On Monday, Dec. 10, UNO invites you to celebrate the holidays, with members of UNO's music faculty providing the soundtrack.

UNO's Faculty Brass Quintet, along with percussionist Scott Shinbara, will present "Christmas to the Beat of a Different Drummer" at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, located on UNO's Dodge Street campus, beginning at 7 p.m.

The program, which includes faculty members performing on the trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba, will feature holiday carols, jazz renditions of Christmas classics and original arrangements by members of the ensemble. Tickets for the concert are $10 for the general public and $5 for students or seniors. Faculty, staff and students can use their MavCard to get in for free. Read more.

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Troop Letter Drive Under Way

Omicron Delta Kappa-UNO Circle is hosting a Troop Letter Drive through Friday, Dec. 14.

"The Troop Letter Drive is a way to gather kind words from home and send them in a package to troops overseas," said Angela Lopez, philanthropy chair for Omicron Delta Kappa-UNO Circle. "Of course, we ask that submitted materials be appropriate, but they can be written/donated by someone of any age." 

Items sought include:

- Letters

- Cards

- Drawings

- Reading Materials

The drop-off site for these materials is a box behind Lisa Paskewitz's desk in 108 Eppley Administration Building (Enrollment Management and Marketing).

The drive ends at noon on Dec. 14. Contact Lopez at with any questions.

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UNO Clay Club Sale Dec. 11-12

Everyone should have a ceramic gift for this holiday season! Come out and help support the clay club at UNO by purchasing handmade ceramic gifts created by students and local artists. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11-12, a variety of different items ranging from cups and bowls to sculptural pieces will be for sale.

The sale will run from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the Ceramics/Sculpture Annex (6405 University Drive South). Cash, credit and checks will be accepted.

For further information, contact Jess Benjamin,

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New Courses Available in the Language and Culture of Brazil This Spring

This spring semester, UNO will offer two new courses focused on the language and culture of Brazil. Portuguese, the primary language of Brazil, has become increasingly important to people worldwide as that country's cultural influence grows and it becomes a major market in international trade.

Portuguese is also very accessible for students who know some Spanish; with a little extra effort, they can communicate effectively throughout all of Latin America.

FLNG 1010: Elementary Portuguese I will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 to 12:25 p.m. This is a 5-credit, beginning-level Portuguese class and no prior experience in Portuguese is required.

FLNG 3530: Brazilian Language and Culture will be offered Monday and Wednesday  from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Students will learn about a wide variety of topics such as Brazilian music, history, current events, and much more. Students will also be introduced to basic phrases in Portuguese. As this class is instructed in English, no prior knowledge of Portuguese is required.

The instructor of both classes, Simone Calabrich, is visiting UNO from Brazil through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program. Each year, UNO hosts Fulbright FLTAs to teach critical languages for students seeking careers with international facets.

For more information on these courses, contact Simone Calabrich at For more information about the Fulbright FLTA program, contact Shane Pekny in International Studies & Programs, 402.554.2376.

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In the News

World AIDS Day Covered by KETV

The efforts of students and UNO's Student-Community Leadership Service program for World AIDS Day were featured by KETV on Friday, Nov. 30

Vlasek Interviewed About Blair Plane Crash

Scott Vlasek, director of the Aviation Institute, was interviewed by KETV about a plane crash in Blair, Neb. that took the life of its 92-year-old pilot.

International Students Travel to West Point, Neb.

The West Point View Point, out of West Point, Neb., published a letter from UNO student Yunsi Kuang, originally from China, about her experiences visiting West Point on Nov. 16 and 17. Kuang shared her positive reaction to the visit, which she took with 19 other classmates.

KPTM Covers PRSSA Santa Paws Event

On Sunday, Dec. 2, KPTM visited the Omaha Bookworm, which is where UNO student members of PRSSA, the Public Relations Student Society of America, were on hand to take photos of people's pets with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Proceeds from the event went to a national no-kill shelter for animals.

Omaha World-Herald Writes Editorial About Board of Regents

On Monday, the Omaha World-Herald published an editorial about the looming changes and decisions that will need to be made by the NU Board of Regents, including enrollment goals and strengthening a push for four-year graduations.

Hoeger Helps Preview 'It's a Wonderful Life' at Film Streams

Mark Hoeger, an adjunct professor of film history and appreciation, was quoted in a KVNO story about the classic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life," which will be showcased at Film Streams's Ruth Sokolof Theater in December.

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Last Chance to Donate to MaverickPR's Backpack Drive for Teens in Need

MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), is 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 this Friday, Dec. 7. Read more.

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Senior Thesis Showcase for UNO Art Students Ends Dec. 15

The Department of Art and Art History at UNO will be sharing the work of its soon-to-be studio art graduates with two exhibitions to close out the fall semester. The exhibition will showcase the work of both Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Art in Studio Arts (BASA) students.

Both shows run concurrently with the BFA show taking place in the Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery and the BASA show taking place in the Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery. The work will remain on exhibit through 5 p.m. on Dec. 15. Read more.

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Join the Winter Bike Commuter Challenge

Join Team UNO for the 2nd annual Activate Omaha Winter Bike Commuter Challenge. The challenge officially started on Nov. 1 and runs until March 31. You can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting will count toward helping Team UNO. To sign up, go to: Please make sure you indicate that you work or go to school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha when you join.

Learn all of the tips and tricks you'll need to stay warm and safe this winter by checking out this helpful video on winter cycling: For more information, contact Mike Grube at or Angie Eikenberry at

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