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Welcome Back!

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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.



Parking Services Office Hours for First Week of Spring 2013

Parking Services office hours for the first week of Spring 2013 are below:
Today, 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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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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Mavs Gain Ground in Weekly Hockey Polls

The UNO hockey team, coming off a sweep of visiting Colorado College last weekend, moved up in both weekly college hockey polls.

The Mavericks are ranked 13th in the polls put out by website and by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine. The ranking represents a move of three spots in the poll and a jump of two spots in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

The top five of both polls are nearly identical.'s top 20 poll has Minnesota first followed by Boston College, Notre Dame, New Hampshire and Quinnipiac. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll has the same five teams but has Notre Dame second and Boston College third. Read more.

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API to Host Webinar on Perfecting the Blend: Designing Blended Course Interactions

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services, is sponsoring a live online seminar: "Perfecting the Blend: Designing Blended Course Interactions," on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. In this webinar, faculty from the University of Central Florida Drs. Kelvin Thompson and Susan Wegmann will cover the newest, research-based techniques for improving blended courses. 

Topics will include: 

- Designing interactions that support seamlessly integrated blended courses

- Fostering student-student and teacher-student interaction

- Creating ideal interaction opportunities in both teaching formats 

No registration is required. Beverages and cookies will be provided. If you are unable to attend, this webinar will be available as an archive link on the API website ( on Thursday, Jan. 17. If you have any question, please contact API at 402.554.2024.

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TIAA CREF Rep Openings for February Announced

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates: Feb. 5, 19 and 27.

Appointments can be made by calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614.

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In the News

Reed, Caroll in KPTM Story on Chuck Hagel

Sr. Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed and MaV USO Director Jen Caroll were interviewed as part of a story from KPTM about the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a UNO alum and distinguished professor, to head the United States Department of Defense.

Reed Talks Hagel on KFAB

Sr. Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed talked with KFAB host Crash Davis about former Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination for Secretary of Defense. Reed partnered with Hagel in 2009, as dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, to bring in guest speakers that could speak to UNO public administration students.

Hagel Connection Mentioned on Seattle NBC Affiliate

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel's bachelor of general studies degree, with an emphasis in history, was mentioned as part of his biography on a story presented by Seattle's NBC affiliate, KING.

Roland Talks Rapping Parents

Tomm Roland, interim chair for the Department of Music, was quoted in a Sunday, Dec. 23, story on the Omaha World-Herald's Momaha blog and the Scottsbluff Star-Herald on Sunday, Jan. 6, about the increasing trend of popular rappers altering the content of their songs to reflect their new roles as parents.

UNO Center for Public Affairs Research Mentioned In Nemaha County Herald</p>

The UNO Center for Public Affairs Research, along with several other organizations, were listed the Nemaha County Herald as helping teach courses for the Nebraska Association of County Officials conference in December. Students of the program graduated at the end of that month.

Dalstrom Research Mentioned in Omaha World-Herald

Harold Dalstrom, emeritus professor of history, was mentioned in the Saturday, Jan. 5, issue of the Omaha World-Herald for research he did that looked at blizzards from 1949 and 1950, which included one story of the Northwestern football team being stranded in Wyoming for several days after a bowl game victory until a train was able to pick them up and drop them off at Omaha's Union Station. The team promptly spilled into the station and celebrated their rescue and victory.

UNO Student Crafts Own Beer

Marketing and management student Kelly Fitzgerald was profiled in the Omaha World-Herald for her hobby of craft brewing. With her degree Fitzgerald hopes to one day open a brewpub.

UNO Students React to Tuition Freeze

KPTM interviewed several UNO students to get their reactions on the announcement Monday that tuition will be frozen at current rates for Nebraska residents over the next two years in exchange for more help from the state.

Juvenile Justice Institute Mentioned in Story on Truancy

Information from UNO's Juvenile Justice Institute was used in a Lincoln Journal Star story about schools looking into ways to curb the problem of truancy in schools.

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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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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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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 (11:59 P.M. CST)

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

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