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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.



Author Talk and Book Signing at Criss Library Today

UNO alum, journalist and author Leo Biga will speak at Criss Library today, 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.

Biga 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.

Biga 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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Framing the Flame: Art that Ignites at Joslyn Today

Two UNO faculty members Adrian R. Duran (Art History) and Wanda Ewing (Studio Art) will be participating in an event at the Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. today, Dec. 13. Joslyn's "Late 'til 8" program starts at 6:30 p.m., and is free with regular museum admission. Not a member? The cost is $5 Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m.

For details, visit

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Teaching and Technology Center Announces Holiday Hours

The Teaching and Technology Center (TTC), located in 538 Kayser Hall, will be open by appointment only from Monday, Dec.17 through Friday, Dec. 21. During that week, the TTC staff will be available to assist you in Information Services, 110 Eppley Administration Building, or by telephone at 402.554.2024.

Regular hours of operation will resume after the holiday shut down on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. As a reminder, regular hours of operations for the Teaching and Technology Center are Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Nominations Sought for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award

The annual Senior Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work in addition to scholarly achievement.

Nominations/Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 30. Application packet information can be downloaded at Paper packets are available in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) Office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, across from the Fireplace Lounge. Materials can also be sent to you via campus mail.

A nominator may be from faculty or staff, but must be from the UNO campus. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 cumulative GPA, will be graduating in December 2012 or May 2013, and possess leadership experience. For questions regarding this award or nomination packet, contact Barb Treadway-Janousek at or 402.554.2711.

This award will be presented at the SOLP Student Leader Reception, and at the Honors Convocation.

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UNO Grad Students Collaborate with Lincoln Business for IT Project

Those that travel as part of their jobs know how much of a headache it can be to manually record your work hours. Luckily, graduate students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are working to solving that problem.

As part of a capstone course for their Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) degree at UNO, 19 students created a time-tracking system for Nebraska Air Quality Specialties (NAQS), based out of Lincoln. NAQS provides consulting related to federal environmental regulations to companies across the country. Read More.

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Free New York Times Faculty Home Delivery

Faculty who require use of the New York Times for assignments in class, and who have that requirement stated on the course syllabus, can receive free home delivery of the newspaper Monday through Friday in the Omaha area for the spring semester. For details and directions, contact Maria Knudtson at

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In the News

Christensen Joins Chancellors at Rotary Lunch in Omaha
UNO Chancellor John Christensen joined the chancellors of the University of Nebraska's other campuses (UNK, UNL, UNMC) and President J.B. Miliken at a rotary event on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The story was covered by the Associated Press.

UNO Helps Bring Banking to Elementary School in Council Bluffs
A partnership between US Bank and UNO has been bringing the lessons of banking into local elementary schools for several years. On Tuesday, Dec. 11, WOWT covered the project in action at Bloomer Elementary School in Council Bluffs.

Hockey Team’s Matchup with Mavericks of Mankato
The Omaha World-Herald and KETV have previewed this Friday and Saturday’s matchup against Minnesota State-Mankato at the Century Link Center. Mankato is coming to Omaha with a six-game win streak.

Doluony Leaves Men’s Basketball Team
Senior forward and transfer Koang Doluony has left the men’s basketball team effective Tuesday, Dec. 11 for personal reasons. Doluony was formerly at Indiana State and Omaha Bryan High School prior to that. The story was covered by the Omaha World-Herald.

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UNO Winter Commencement Ceremonies to Take Place Dec. 15 at Sapp Fieldhouse

UNO's 2012 Winter Commencement ceremonies will be held on 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 doctorial level for the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Education; College of 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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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 at or 402.554.2711.

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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 at 11:59 P.M. CST

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

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