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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

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 4, in honor of UNO retiree Elizabeth Seng. She passed away Dec. 12 at age 89. Seng, worked as a supervisor in the University Library's Ordering Department, and retired from the University in 1988 after more than 26 years of service.

Robert Nash, a former colleague of Seng and collection development librarian at Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, remembers her many contributions to UNO. "I worked with Elizabeth (Betty) Seng from 1984 until her retirement in early 1988. She was a wonderful person and colleague who gave more than 25 years of excellent service to the university as supervisor of the library's Order Department. Her contributions were recognized in 1987 when she became the first recipient of the University Library Friends Distinguished Service Award."

Services were held Dec. 17 at Roeder Mortuary's 108th Street Chapel in Omaha. Read more.

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Criss Library Announces Schedule Changes

Criss Library hours for today through Sunday, Jan. 4-6, are as follows:

- Today, Jan. 4: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 5: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Jan. 6: Noon to 9 p.m.

Regular library hours will resume at 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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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 this 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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Holocaust Exhibit, Lectures at Criss Library in January

UNO and the Council for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are excited to announce the opening of "Future, Beware," a Holocaust photography exhibit, on Monday, Jan. 7, along with three accompanying lectures throughout the month of January.

The exhibit, which features work by Omaha's Ophir Palmon, visually chronicles an exploration of Holocaust sites in Poland and Israel by Jewish-American teens. The photographs will be on display in the Osborne Family Gallery on the first floor of the Criss Library on UNO's Dodge Campus. Read more.

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KANEKO-UNO Library Wednesday Words: The 2013 Series Begins!

The 2013 Wednesday Words Series begins the New Year with Nebraska Writer and UNO Professor Lisa Knopp on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday Words events, which are free and open to the public, are held at KANEKO's KANEKO-UNO Library, located at 1111 Jones Street, in Omaha's Old Market District.

Knopp is the author of five collections of essays, including most recently, What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte (University of Missouri Press 2012). Her essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, Missouri Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and Creative Nonfiction. Six of her essays have received "notable essay" citations in Best American Essays series. Knopp is an associate professor of English at UNO, where she teaches courses in creative nonfiction.

The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) partnership with KANEKO and the UNO Library continues in 2013 with many new opportunities for the series, so check out the new schedule at this link.

Wednesday Words originated in the fall of 2009 as a special reading series featuring award-winning writers from the NAC's Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) in Literature program. It has developed into an ongoing reading series recognizing accomplished writers from Nebraska, including NAC's IAF honorees. The reading series is brought to you by the NAC, KANEKO-UNO Library, The Backwaters Press and J.D. Hutton.

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Reception Jan. 25 for Kristina Wylie

Please join the UNO Welcome Center in bidding farewell to Kristina Wylie. She will be leaving UNO to take on new challenges at Syngenta in Greensboro, N.C. Please plan to stop by the Welcome Center to wish her good luck!  Here are the details:

What:  Farewell party for Kristina Wylie

When:  Friday, Jan. 25: 2 to 4 p.m.

Where:  UNO Welcome Center

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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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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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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 (11:59 P.M. CST)

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

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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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