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Christmas to the Beat of a Different Drummer

Christmas to the Beat of a Different Drummer

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UNO's Faculty Brass Quintet (pictured above), along with percussionist Scott Shinbara, will offer some holiday cheer to those in attendance at the 7 p.m. Dec. 10 performance in UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. All MavCard holders receive free admission!

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The Gateway Hits Newsstands Today

The Gateway, the official student newspaper of UNO, last issue of the fall semester hits newsstands today, Dec. 11. Typically, the staff does not have an issue the last week of class. The Gateway's Tuesday issue is a double issue full of 24 pages focusing on holiday and alumni features. For more information, visit

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Clay Club Sale Begins Today

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. Starting today, Dec. 11, and running through Wednesday, Dec. 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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HR to Host Seminar on Medicare, Medicare Supplement Policies and Social Security Today

Human Resources presents an informational seminar on "Medicare, Medicare Supplement Policies and Social Security" for faculty, staff and retirees today, Dec. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center 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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Criss Library Online Scholastic Book Fair Ends Today

The Criss Library's Scholastic Book Fair concludes today, Dec. 11. Books will be delivered to the library so there are 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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Fall 2012 Online Grading Available through Jan. 4

The online grading window is open for Fall 2012 courses. The deadline for grade submission is Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Online Grading Dates are listed on this website ( Anyone who needs instructions for posting grades can visit the online tutorial here. Anyone with questions can contact Records and Registration at 402.554.2314.

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UNO Theatre Offering Introduction to Theatre Night Class Open to Community

The UNO Department of Theatre is now offering an evening course during the Spring 2013 semester, Introduction to Theatre taught by Instructor Shea Saladee.

The course is open to all members of the community and students at UNO. The course will be taught on campus at UNO on Thursday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. Students in the course will receive a broad introduction to the vital world of theatre. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to attend an exciting array of productions around the community.

If you are already a UNO Student you can register online for this course via mavlink. If you are a member of the community and want to receive more information about how to sign up and the cost of tuition, please contact Tanya Lawrence, College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media Academic Advisor at 402.554.2238. For more information about the course, contact Saladee at

Visit UNO Theatre on Facebook! Or learn more about UNO Theatre on the web by visiting

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Fidelity Representative Offers Spring Financial Counseling Sessions

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this spring semester for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

- Jan. 10 and 25

- Feb. 8 and 27

- March 15 and 28

To make an appointment with Cronick, call 1.800.642.7131.

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In the News

World-Herald Editorial on UNO-Military Relationship

An editorial from the Omaha World-Herald on Saturday, Dec. 8, gave credit to UNO's effort to make education as available as possible to veterans, active military and their family members.

Breazeale on WOWT

Mike Breazeale, assistant professor of marketing, was on WOWT Monday, Dec. 10, to discuss the increased popularity of gift cards as holiday gifts.

Lincoln Journal Star on UNL/UNO Engineering Merger

The Lincoln Journal Star reported on ongoing negotiations to merge UNL's Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering (CEEN), located at PKI in Omaha, and the Department of Electrical Engineering, located in Lincoln.

Walker Discusses Oakland Police Department

Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in an Examiner story on the Oakland Police Department, which is currently going through a series of significant reforms.

Smith-Howell in Chronicle of Higher Education

Deborah Smith-Howell, graduate dean and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs was quoted in a Dec. 9 story from the Chronicle of Higher Education that looked at whether schools with graduate programs should be more upfront about costs and prospective job opportunities given the current economy. Smith-Howell said UNO has tried to take those steps through offering financial literacy programs.

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Lambda Pi Eta Club Annual Warm Winter Drive Ends Dec. 12

To assist the homeless in the Omaha Metro area the School of Communication's Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, will be accepting donations for its third annual Warm Winter Drive through Wednesday, Dec. 12. Acceptable donations include: coats, hats, gloves, mittens, earmuffs, scarves, socks and blankets.

Donation drop-off boxes will be located in:

- 140 Arts and Science Hall

- UNO Criss Library's main entrance

- Mammel Hall's atrium

Donations will support the Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter.

For more information, contact Jake Thacker at

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Author Talk and Book Signing at Criss Library Dec. 13

UNO alum, journalist and author Leo Bigo will speak at Criss Library this Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. He will discuss his new book "Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film," and will be available to sign copies until 8 p.m.

Bigo has chronicled the career of the noted filmmaker ("Sideways," "The Descendants," "Citizen Ruth") in this new book, which has gathered praise from actress Laura Dern, critic Leonard Maltin and other film industry insiders.

Bigo is a 1982 graduate of UNO and is an arts and entertainment reporter based in Omaha.

The event is free and open to the public.

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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 December Commencement Ceremonies to Take Place Dec. 15 at Sapp Fieldhouse

UNO's 2012 December Commencement ceremonies will be held this Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Sapp Fieldhouse at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The 10 a.m. event will include graduates at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level for the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Education; Engineering (UNL); and Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The 2 p.m. event will confer the same degrees to the colleges of Business Administration; Public Affairs and Community Service; Education and Human Sciences (UNL); and Information Science & Technology.

Fieldhouse doors open at 8 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony, and noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony. There is open parking in campus parking lots during the commencement ceremonies. Lot N is reserved for designated handicap parking and Lot R is reserved for members of the Platform Party. Parking Lot Q is closed due to construction.

Faculty attending the ceremony should report to the Mav Café inside of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building before 9:15 a.m. if they are part of the morning ceremony, and 1:15 p.m. if they are part of the afternoon ceremony. Members of the platform party should report to HPER 109 F and students should report to HPER 128 at the same times.

Any questions should be directed to University Relations at 402.554.2129.

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