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Students make their way back to campus as classes resume today, Jan. 7, with the start of the 2013 Spring semester at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The semester ends with the last day of classes on April 26 and commencement on May.



Website Forums Today

Today, 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 home page, 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 Holds Auditions for Spring 2013 Season Tonight

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 tonight, Jan. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., 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 this 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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Governor Joins University of Nebraska, Nebraska State College System in Compact to Ensure Affordability for Nebraskans

Gov. Dave Heineman announced Jan. 7 that he has joined the University of Nebraska and Nebraska State College System in a proposed compact that would help ensure continued affordable access to higher education for Nebraska students and families.

"In Nebraska, we understand that education is the great equalizer and that's why education is a priority for me," said Gov. Heineman. "Investing in education is important to Nebraska's future. It is also critical that our postsecondary institutions manage their resources efficiently to control their costs."

Under the agreement, Gov. Heineman's proposed two-year budget includes the funding that would be necessary for the university and state colleges to freeze tuition for Nebraska students for two years. The governor is recommending that the University of Nebraska's state appropriations increase from its current level of $498 million to $541 million in fiscal year 2015, and that the Nebraska State College System's funding increase from $45.5 million to $49.6 million in fiscal year 2015. Read more.

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Eppley Break Room Officially Opens

With the start of the spring semester the new Eppley Administration Building Break Room has opened! Come visit, it's located in 106U (down the hall from Mail Services), the area includes a countertop, microwave, vending machines, seating for 12 and a television monitor. Facilities Management and Planning staff has appreciated your understanding and patience during the renovation process.

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UNO Campus Signage Update

UNO Campus Signage will begin construction this week and continue until mid-March 2013. Regular updates will be provided. Please direct all questions to Diane Sunde, Facilities Management and Planning, 402.554.2267.

This week (Jan. 7-13) sign removal and installation work will be in progress at the following locations:

- Allwine Hall:  northeast corner of the building

- College of Public Affairs and Community Service:  north entrance area and the other at the south building side

- Criss Library:  southeast corner of the building

- Durham Science Center: one near the covered pedestrian walk and the other at the south building side

- Eppley Administration Building:  building's south side along the pedestrian walkway

- Strauss Performing Arts:  building's south side along the pedestrian walkway

- Weber Fine Arts Building:  northwest corner area of the building and the other at the southwest corner of the building

- Welcome Center:  building's north side near the entrance

- Location near the rock fountain north of Allwine Hall

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MOOCS, Badges and UNO Faculty Program Set for Jan. 17

Faculty are invited to join Dan Gilbert from the Office of Student and Academic Affairs for an overview on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) and a discussion about their impact on the UNO Community. It will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Criss Library Faculty Study Lounge.

Student and Academic Affairs, the Center for Faculty Development and Criss Library sponsors, "MOOCS, Badges and UNO Faculty Program.

Contact Dan Gilbert at or 402.554.3123 for questions.

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Lot 8 Shuttle Bus Stop Closing Announced

The shuttle bus stop in Lot 8, west of Scott Residence Hall, will be permanently closed on Monday, Jan. 21. Alternate stops are available in nearby Lot 5, north of Mammel Hall, and Lots 9 and 14, north of Scott Court Resident Halls.

This change is being made to improve efficiency of the shuttle bus service between the Dodge and Pacific campuses. A joint study by Student Government and Parking Services showed this stop is underutilized and unnecessarily extends the overall time of this route.

For questions, contact the Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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In the News

UNO Mentioned in Story on Expansion of Hotel District

On Monday, Jan. 7, the Omaha World-Herald published a story on the expansion and revival of the Aksarben neighborhood's hotel options, including the Ramada Plaza on 72nd and Grover and the Courtyard Marriott in Aksarben Village. Kristi Jokela, director of sales for the Courtyard Marriott, credited commercial expansion and the expansion of UNO's footprint in the area with helping the hotel exceed residency expectations.

Nash Sets Assist Record

Over the weekend, senior guard Jamie Nash, women's basketball, set a new team record in career assists, earning her 475th during the team's 60-50 win over Fort Wayne.

UNO at Westroads College Fair

UNO was one of several colleges on hand at Westroads Mall for the Urban League of Nebraska's fifth annual winter college fair on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Hagel Nominated for Secretary of Defense Post

UNO alum and former Sen. Chuck Hagel was nominated as the next Secretary of Defense of the United States on Monday. Jan. 7. UNO is mentioned as Hagel's alma mater in a number of stories on the nomination, including ones from the Omaha World-Herald and Washington Post.

Hove Quoted on Keeping Kids Active

Dawn Hove, director of the UNO Child Care Center, was quoted in a Saturday, Jan. 5, story about keeping kids active even as the temperatures get colder during the winter. As part of the UNO Child Care curriculum, students regularly engage in exercise activities.

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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 this 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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Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty-six and one half cents ($.565) per mile as established by the IRS. The previous rate was fifty-five and one half cents per mile.

This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel. UNO's mileage reimbursement policy can be found at

For questions, contact Teresa Carlson at

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UNO Excellence in Teaching Nominations Deadline Jan. 18

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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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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Nominations Sought for Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies

The Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO Women's and Gender Studies program. This noteworthy work may involve teaching, research/creative activity, service or a combination of the three.

Nominees may be UNO students, faculty, staff, alumni or others who have provided exemplary service.

Deadline: Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 22.

To nominate a person or persons for the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies, please submit the following in electronic form to Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi (

- A 1-2 page nomination letter describing the nominee's accomplishments and their relevance to the UNO Women's and Gender Studies program. The nominator must be connected to the Women's Studies program (student major/minor, faculty, staff).

- The nominee's/nominees' resume or cover letter.

- Additional supporting materials (e.g. letters of support) are welcome and strengthen the nomination but are not required.

The person(s) selected will receive the award at the annual Women's and Gender Studies luncheon. This year's luncheon will take place on Friday, April 26, 2013.

Previous winners include Dr. R. Ogle (Criminal Justice & Women's Studies); Dr. S. Maher (English & Women's Studies); Dr. K. Falconer Al-Hindi (Geography & Women's Studies); Dr. S. Moshier (Biology & Women's Studies); M. Rosen-Atherton (University Division Counseling and Women's and Gender Studies); R. Tomlinson Dick (B.A, Women's Studies, 2010); Dr. P. Proulx (Foreign Languages and Literatures & Women's and Gender Studies; and Marcia Adler (University Health Center and Women's and Gender Studies).

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