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A Snow Scene to Remember

A Snow Scene to Remember

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

A snow scene from outside the Del and Lou Ann Weber Fine Arts Building (left) and the Durham Science Center (right) on Dec. 20, 2012, one day before winter break after a 6-10 inch snowfall.



Psychology Department Presents Research Colloquium This Morning

The UNO Psychology Department presents a Research Colloquium by Daniel Krenzer from Mesa County Valley School District in Grand Junction, Colo., today, Jan. 15. The lecture is titled, "Behavior and Cognition: Elements of Contemporary School of Psychology." It will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Questions? Contact Marie Lee at 402.554.2581 or

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API to Host Webinar Today 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," today, Jan. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

In today's 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 ( this Thursday, Jan. 17. If you have any questions, please contact API at 402.554.2024.

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UNO to Celebrate MLK Day Through Service Projects

The UNO and its Student-Community Leadership and Service (SCLS) office is celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with days of service in Omaha and, for the first time, Crete, Neb.

On Monday, Jan. 7, SCLS began a partnership, which runs through Friday, Jan. 18, with Crete Elementary School to organize a food drive and the making of approximately 150 to 200 fleece blankets to be donated to families in need. Third graders from the Crete 21st Century Learning Community, an afterschool learning enhancement program, are helping coordinate the donations with the Blue Valley Community Action Center.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, SCLS will be working with volunteers from UNO and around the metro at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 6316 N. 30th St., Habitat for Humanity and Carver Bank, 2416 Lake St., which the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is renovating as a North Omaha cultural center. Read more.

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Nominations Sought for Administrative Professional of the Year Award

Start the new year off applying or submitting a nomination for the 2013 Administrative Professional of the Year Award. It's a terrific opportunity to recognize UNO's hardworking administrative professionals! The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is seeking applications for worthy administrative professionals. This award has been given in the past to several UNO administrative professionals, and the award has provided a unique opportunity to be recognized in the community for their important contribution.

The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 25. Nomination forms are available at this link.

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Criss Library Research Study

The UNO Criss Library is seeking UNO students, faculty and staff members 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study analyzing the navigability and content of the UNO Library website and discovery platform. Study subjects will be asked to complete a list of tasks within the UNO Library website and complete a short anonymous survey within a one-hour time frame.

If you are interested in participating in the research study (IRB No. 513-12-EX) and/or for further details, contact Rene Erlandson at

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In the News

Adkins Quoted on Mayoral Race

Randy Adkins, chair of the Department of Political Science, was quoted in a story on the upcoming mayoral race, which features five candidates, including incumbent Jim Suttle.

AP Photo of Kerrey Features UNO

An Associated Press story on former Sen. Bob Kerrey, who will be serving as the executive chairman of a new nonprofit educational institute, features a photo of Kerrey talking with students during a visit to UNO prior to the November 2012 elections. Kerrey was hoping to return to the senate, but was defeated by Republican Deb Fischer.

Holocaust Exhibit Featured

A photography exhibit titled "Future, Beware!" - currently on display in the Criss Library – was featured in the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, Jan. 14. The exhibit is coordinated by Waitman Beorn, Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The exhibit was also previewed in the Jewish Press.

Paterson Discusses Race and 'Memphis'

Doug Patterson, professor of theater, was quoted in a preview for "Memphis," a Tony-award-winning play about a white disc jockey who falls for a black singer, which will be shown as part of a day-long event featuring dialogues and workshops about diversity and discrimination in Omaha.

Bragg on Glacier Creek Project

Tom Bragg, professor of biology, was quoted in a story on the Glacier Creek watershed, which was donated to UNO's Allwine Prairie Preserve last year. Bragg is director of the preserve project.

UNO Center for Economic Education Opens Fifth 'Bank in a School'

The Omaha World-Herald briefly mentions the opening of the fifth "Bank in a School" at Hoover Elementary. The program, organized by U.S. Bank and UNO's Center for Economic Education creates local partnerships between banks and schools to help encourage financial literacy and habits of saving and spending smartly at an early age.

UNO Mentioned in Story on New Teacher Candidate Test

UNO's teacher preparation program was mentioned in a story about a debate happening within the Nebraska Board of Educators to require students to take a second state test before being allowed to teach. Currently they are only require to take one before beginning their schooling.

Tuition Freeze Reflects Nebraska's Priorities

UNO was mentioned and UNO student Justine Goeden was quoted in a story from the Omaha World-Herald, which was also picked up by the Kearney Hub, about the proposed tuition freeze across the NU system.

Hagel's Time at UNO Mentioned in Profile

The Omaha World-Herald produced a profile on Secretary of Defense nominee and former Sen. Chuck Hagel, which included a mention of his schooling at UNO after his time serving in Vietnam.

Pollak Talks Jewish Cookbooks

Oliver Pollak, emeritus professor of history, published a column in the Jewish Press on Friday, Jan. 4, about the long history of Jewish cookbooks.

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Holocaust Lecture Jan. 17 at Criss Library

UNO and the Council for Holocaust and Genocide Studies announces the opening of "Future, Beware," a Holocaust photography exhibit, along with three accompanying lectures throughout the month of January.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., Waitman W. Beorn, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history and Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, will give a lecture titled "Auschwitz: A History of the Camp from Incarceration to Extermination."

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. Read more.

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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.

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 Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Silo Ice Climbing Trip Jan. 19

Join the UNO Outdoor Venture Center for a day of ice climbing on man-made ice in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this Saturday, Jan. 19, from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. All equipment and transportation is provided.

Participants must dress warmly in layers that allow freedom and movement. Outdoor Venture Center staff recommends you pack a lunch and water, and snacks and hot beverages are for sale on site. The registration cost is $73 for UNO and $87 for the general public. No experience is necessary; participants must be at least 18 years old to go on the trip. More information is available at or at

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UNO Schwalb Center to Host Popular 'Black-Jew Dialogues'

The Black-Jew Dialogues (BJD), which has toured the U.S., Canada and the U.K., will bring its unique blend of entertainment and education to UNO on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The Black-Jew Dialogues is written and performed by Emmy-award winner Ron Jones and stage veteran Larry Jay Tish. The 1 p.m. performance at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom is being co-hosted by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies and UNO Department of Black Studies. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

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Nominations Sought for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award

The annual Senior Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership through influential participation in campus organizations and community volunteer work in addition to scholarly achievement.

Nominations/Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 30. Application packet information can be downloaded at Paper packets are available in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) Office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, across from the Fireplace Lounge. Materials can also be sent to you via campus mail.

A nominator may be from faculty or staff, but must be from the UNO campus. The application must be presented to the nominee by the nominator. All nominees must be undergraduates enrolled at UNO with a 2.5 cumulative GPA, will be graduating in December 2012 or May 2013, and possess leadership experience. For questions regarding this award or nomination packet, contact Barb Treadway-Janousek at or 402.554.2711.

This award will be presented at the SOLP Student Leader Reception, and at the Honors Convocation.

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