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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.



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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UNO Theatre Holds Auditions for Spring 2013 Season

The UNO Department of Theatre is holding auditions for the Spring 2013 Season. UNO students, alumni and actors at large are invited to audition.

Upcoming Mainstage productions include: Caridad Svich's "The Archaeology of Dreams," an imaginative, highly theatrical reflection of icons of the 1960s, directed by Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro, and Steven Gooch's "Female Transport," a powerful and evocative journey of female prisoners on a ship bound for the penal colony of Australia, directed by Dr. Douglas Paterson.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Both sessions will be held in 333 Weber Fine Arts Building. Two contrasting audition monologues are encouraged; however, monologues and scenes will be available for reading. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Performances of "The Archaeology of Dreams" run February 19-23, 28 and March 2. Performances of "Female Transport" run April 10-13, and 17-20.

For more information about auditions, contact the UNO Theatre Department Stage Management at For more information about UNO's 2012-2013 Mainstage Season contact Sarah Fogarty Campbell at Learn more about the UNO Theatre on the web by visiting

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Parking Services Office Hours for First Week of Spring 2013

Parking Services office hours for the first week of Spring 2013 are highlighted below:

Monday, Jan. 7 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11 - 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, call the Parking Services Office at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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In the News

Morgan Talks Economic Outlook for 2013 in Nonpareil

George Morgan, finance instructor, was quoted in the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil on Wednesday, Jan. 2, about local investors' outlook for 2013. The key to growing markets, Morgan says, is economic and political stability.

Adkins Reflects on Increased Level of Political Partisanship

Randy Adkins, chair of the Political Science Department, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald Story on Tuesday, Jan. 1, about the high level of partisanship in government and dealings with the fiscal cliff. Adkins says the level of disagreement is as high as it has been over the last 100 years.

Adkins Discusses Ben Nelson's Senate Legacy

Randy Adkins, chair of the Political Science Department, was quoted in a Omaha World-Herald feature from Sunday, Dec. 30, on the legacy of outgoing Sen. Ben Nelson. Adkins says Nelson is the last in a dying breed of moderate senators who are able to help establish consensus between parties.

Wolff on KETV's Chronicle to Discuss Job Market

Jessica Wolff, director of the UNO Career Center, was a guest on KETV's public affairs show, Chronicle, on Sunday, Dec. 30. On the show Wolff discussed the opportunities offered at the Career Center for UNO students.

UNO Artist in Residence Puts on New Year's Eve Performance in Council Bluffs

Joey Gulizia, a three-year artist in residence with UNO's Department of Music, was featured in the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil on Friday, Dec. 28, as part of a preview for a concert he would perform on New Year's Eve. He has also been touring recently with Mannheim Steamroller.

Huberty Quoted in NET Story on Obesity Epidemic in Nebraska

Jennifer Huberty, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation, was quoted in a story from Thursday, Dec. 27, on the NET News website, and included in a corresponding radio story, about the problems facing many Nebraskans due to poor eating habits and a lack of exercise.

Eikenberry in World-Herald, Nonpareil Stories About Holiday Philanthropy

Angie Eikenberry, associate professor of public administration, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story from Monday, Dec. 24, and a reprint of the story in the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil on Wednesday, Dec. 26, about the increased levels of philanthropic donations to local shelters during the holiday season.

Gilbert Honored with Jaycees Outstanding Young Omahan Award

Dan Gilbert, special assistant to the senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, was named as one of 2012's 10 Omahans, between the ages of 21 and 40, who demonstrate a commitment to community service, as well as personal and professional development.

Drozd Quoted in World-Herald Story About New Building Projects in Omaha

David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research coordinator, was quoted in a story from the Monday, Dec. 24, issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the large number of headquarters that were built and expanded in 2012 or are being built or expanded in Omaha in 2013. Drozd says a key factor in the increase is due to Nebraska and Omaha's recent population growth, as shown in the 2010 Census.

Mavs Sing for the Holidays

As part of a feature on KETV on Sunday, Dec. 23, the Maverick men's basketball team spread some holiday cheer with a rendition of Mariah Carey's "All I Need for Christmas Is You"

Reiser's Nomination to National Economic Board Covered by Associated Press

Mary Lynn Reiser, co-director of UNO's Center for Economic Education, was recently named to a national economic literacy board. Her appointment was reported by the Associated Press and picked up by the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star.

Alberts Talks Athletic Budget with Omaha World-Herald

On Sunday, Dec. 23, Athletic Director Trev Alberts discussed the finances for UNO's athletic programs with the Omaha World-Herald. Alberts says severe measures taken to correct UNO's financial woes from the 2000s have proven successful.

Fellman Pens Op Ed in Support of Hagel for Department of Defense

Richard Fellman, political science instructor, wrote an editorial in support of Former Sen. Chuck Hagel's possible nomination as the next Secretary of Defense. Fellman was also formerly a Nebraska state senator.

Williamson Editorial in Omaha World-Herald

Mary Williamson, a former professor, administrator and consultant, was featured in an editorial feature, honoring her life after passing away earlier in December at the age of 88.

Backland Plumbing Credits UNO Class For Helpful Research

Chris Roseland, vice president of Backlund Plumbing, credits a UNO marketing class with providing helpful research that helped determine many residential customers still use the Yellow Pages, more than anything else, to help select a plumbing firm.

Ebdon Featured in Story on Fire, Police Pensions

Carol Ebdon, professor of public administration, was quoted in a story on Friday, Dec. 21, about the police and fire pension boards planning on 8 percent returns for investments. The boards had received criticism for overly optimistic expectations.

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Jan. 8 Website Forum

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, there will be two open forums with an overview of UNO's new website development (Phase I). The new website is scheduled to go live at the end of January.

Jeremy Ryan, vice president for digital services at Lipman Hearne in Chicago, will be on campus to share the overview and preview of Phase I of UNO's new website. This will be an opportunity to see the new homepage, offer any feedback and to ask any questions you may have:

Open Campus Forum I
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – MBSC Chancellor's Room

Open Campus Forum II
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – MBSC Chancellor's Room

So, please reserve the time and come to one of these open forums!

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UCRCA Invites a Second Round of Applications, New Deadline Date

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting a second round of applications. The submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The guidelines for submission are available on the SPR web page:

All proposal materials must be submitted electronically in a single PDF document (including signed cover sheet) to: Please name your file using the following format: UCRCA_your last name_ full-proposal (or minigrant).PDF.

Examples of funded proposals are available on the SPR web page.

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Free Home Delivery of The New York Times Spring Semester

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 metro area. For details and directions, contact Maria Knudtson at

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New Course Seeks to Broaden Participation in Computer Science

In an increasingly digital world, America's competitiveness in the global economy is threatened by lack of attention to computer science education. The importance of broadening computing literacy was the topic of a recent Twitter conversation ( conducted as part of National Computer Science Education Week. In order to compete in the 21st century workforce, students must be empowered to create tomorrow's technology. In this context, UNO is offering a new course beginning in spring, CSCI 1200 - Computer Science Principles.

It is aimed for students in all majors seeking an overview of computer science or considering a career in computing. The course will use mobile app development on Android platforms as a vehicle for teaching computer science concepts.

For more information, visit or contact Jon Youn ( or Harvey Siy (

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Now Accepting Applications--5th Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

The Office of Research and Creative Activity at UNO is pleased to accept applications for the 5th Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair. The Fair will take place on Friday, March 8, 2013, in the Milo Bail Student Center.

All UNO students (undergraduate and graduate) and Engineering students from the Pacific Street campus are encouraged to apply. Registration materials are available at

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

For more information, contact the Office of Research and Creative Activity at 402.554.2286 or

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