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UNO December Commencement 2012

photos by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

The University of Nebraska at Omaha held its December commencement with two ceremonies on Dec. 15, 2012, at the Sapp Fieldhouse. More than 700 graduates were presented with doctorate, masters and bachelors degrees at the ceremonies.



Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman is reminding Nebraskans to fly U.S. and Nebraska flags at half-staff pursuant to President Obama's proclamation signed Dec. 18 regarding the death of Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate.

The flags will be at half-staff on Dec. 18 and remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment. That date is yet to be determined.

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Parking Request for Today and Dec. 20

To help facilitate snow removal in the surface lots, Facilities and Parking Services are asking for your cooperation by parking in the lower levels of the East or West Parking Structures today, Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 20.

Gates to both structures will be open and the top level (V Lot) on the East Structure will be closed. The forecast for high winds and snow may create travel challenges out of the surface lots over the next couple of days. 

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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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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Mavericks Step Up in Hockey Polls


The Omaha hockey team reached its highest ranking of the season in the weekly college hockey polls released Dec. 17.

The Mavericks were ranked 12th in the latest poll from the website, up one spot from last week. The Mavs also gained one spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, moving up to 13th. It's their highest ranking in either poll this season. Read more.

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UNO Faculty Member Joins National Board of Directors for Financial Literacy

A member of the College of Business Administration (CBA) will be bringing her expertise to New York City in 2013 to help foster financial literacy education nationwide.

In January, Mary Lynn Reiser, co-director of the UNO Center for Economic Education, will start a three-year term as a member of the nonprofit Council on Economic Education (CEE) Board of Directors, a 30-member board that represents both corporate and private businesses. In her role, Reiser will represent the 204 Centers of Economic Education located across the country. Read more.

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Becoming a Fitter You in 2013!

Get fit. Lose weight. Find the new you. To help, Campus Rec will offer a brand new fitness program this New Year called Becoming a Fitter You! Participants do not need to be Campus Rec activity card holders to participate. Classes will be held at various times Monday through Thursday in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) building.

The program starts Monday, Jan. 7. The cost is $36 for students/member and $60 for nonmembers.

The schedule is:

- Mondays or Wednesdays: 6:30 a.m. or noon

- Tuesdays or Thursdays: noon or 5:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Skyler Brooke at 402.554.3185 or

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In the News

John Crank Interviewed on KMTV

John Crank, a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was featured on KMTV Monday, Dec. 17, to discuss his part on a task force designed to provide a proposal on how to cut down the use of illegal weapons in Omaha.

IPD Student from Kazakstan Mentioned in World-Herald

Togzhan Mukatayeva, a recent graduate of UNO's International Development Program, was mentioned in an Omaha World-Herald story about the program's newest graduating class.

UNO Mentioned in Sen. Nelson Editorial

Sen. Ben Nelson, whose time in the senate is ending soon, provided an editorial about his time in office for the Omaha World-Herald. In the editorial, Nelson mentions his ability to secure federal funds for projects in Omaha, including funding for cyber counterterrorism research at UNO.

Hockey Team Moves Up in Polls

The Men's Hockey team moved up in both national polls after splitting their series with Minnesota State-Mankato over the weekend. KETV covered the Mavs' move up to No. 12 and No. 13 in the national polls at the season's midway point.

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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 called Introduction to Theatre, which will be 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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HR Presents New Site for Faculty and Staff to Update Beneficiaries

Make sure that in case of a tragic event your money is paid out according to your current wishes. Human Resources has a new website ( where faculty and staff can update their beneficiaries for their Life Insurance, Retirement Plans, Dependent Life Insurance and AD&D Travel Liability. Links to forms and websites make it easy for faculty and staff to update their beneficiaries in order to ensure all their wishes are clear should anything happen.

The site also includes information to help you understand some of the unique features of beneficiary designations.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Now Being Accepted

The campus-wide Excellence in Teaching (EIT) award committee is now accepting nominations for 2013. This award was established in 1969 to recognize superior efforts, dedication and exemplary conduct in the performance of the university's first task -- the education of its students. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 18, 2013. Nominee application packets are due Feb. 15, 2013.

Refer to the following page - - for nomination information, requirements, forms and procedures. For questions, contact members of the committee or Paul Barnes (, Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

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