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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.



Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The speaker will be Dr. Dan Shipp, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All those interested are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at 402.554.3598 or

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Holocaust Lecture Today 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.

Tonight, 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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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 Online Degree Program Ranked As One of Best by US News & World Report

A UNO degree with post-WWII origins has been recognized for its flexibility in the 21st century as one of the country's best online bachelor degree programs according to U.S. News & World Report.

UNO's online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree, the only fully-online bachelor's degree available in the University of Nebraska System, is in the top 5 percent of online degree programs in the country. The BGS ranked 11th out of 200 programs, ahead of offerings from the University of Florida, George Washington University and the University of Missouri.

"For over 60 years, the BGS degree has provided many students the access and flexibility needed to move them ahead in their career," said John Bartle, acting dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, which houses the BGS program. "This ranking recognizes the quality and relevance of the degree. Those looking to complete their bachelors degree or for an option that gives them greater flexibility find it in the BGS, and the online option makes it that much more convenient."

UNO's online BGS degree is designed with the modern adult learner in mind, featuring seven degrees and 18 areas of specialization including Computer Science, Nonprofit Administration and Criminal Justice.

The online degree program is part of UNO's larger BGS program, which houses over 40 degree specialties, which can be taken online, on campus or through a blend of those two options.

The degree's origins date back to the 1940s when the U.S. Government initiated its "Operation Bootstrap" program to help prepare those who served for post-military life through a strong, yet flexible education program. UNO's role in the program made the BGS degree one of the first of its kind in the country. Read more.

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2013 IRB Education Series Announced

Associate Vice Chancellor Scott Snyder and UNO's Office of Research and Creative Activity have coordinated with the UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board to develop a spring semester Institutional Review Board (IRB) Education Series for the UNO community. The series provides a great way for faculty, staff and students who are involved or interested in human subject research to understand and navigate the IRB process.

The series kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 31, with a presentation by Joe Brown, professor of psychology at UNO and vice chair of the UNMC/UNO IRB, who will share insights regarding "Recruitment and Compensation for Research Subjects: What is Ethical." The series continues with monthly presentations in February, March, and April, and features speakers who will discuss various human subject research topics.

All sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in UNO's Milo Bail Student Center, Gallery Room. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

See this link for the schedule of presentations and for registration information. UNO is not handling registration for these sessions. Attendees must register directly with IRB online here.

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- A. Olu Oyinlade (Sociology and Anthropology Department) was recently elected vice president and president elect for the Great Plains Sociological Association.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to

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UNO Housing Showcase Set for Feb. 23

A campus-wide UNO Housing Showcase is set for Saturday, Feb. 23. Open to future Mavericks or anyone else who wants to get a glimpse into college life, just stop in the Scott Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to tour any of UNO's five residence halls (last tour departing to Dodge Campus at 2:45 p.m.).

Choices include any or all five of UNO's residence halls:

- Maverick Village

- University Village

- Scott Court

- Scott Hall

- Scott Village

Also, while on the Pacific Location, visitors can partake in open houses from 1 to 3 p.m. at both the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute and Mammel Hall.

For housing information, visit

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Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) Available

UNO faculty members are invited to use this confidential, professional growth tool to assess teaching effectiveness. Instructors select a course and then the students share their opinions regarding performance, teaching skills and behavior. A trained Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) consultant reviews and analyzes data from students and then meets with the instructor.

TABS is designed to help instructors identify and effectively use their particular teaching strengths, to isolate specific teaching problems and to develop improvement strategies directed at these problems.

Contact the Center for Faculty Development today to schedule TABS for your class at 402.554.2427 or

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The UNO Council for Humanist Thought Meeting

The UNO Council for Humanist Thought (CHaT) meets every Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Tower Room. The UNO Council for Humanist Thought is a place where topics and issues facing atheists, agnostics, and the theistically challenged can be discussed in an open forum. It is a safe zone for conversations on the separation of church and state, among other things. The meeting is open to all and all are welcome!

Send your questions to

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In the News

Ken Kriz on Tom Becka

Ken Kriz, associate professor of public administration, was featured on the Tom Becka Show Tuesday, Jan. 15 to talk about Gov. Dave Heineman's proposal to eliminate individual and business income tax in exchange for eliminating current tax breaks on certain industries.

UNO Crime Analysis Mentioned in Omaha World-Herald, KETV

A report of a new long-term analysis by UNO researchers of violent crime trends in the city that will be submitted to Mayor Jim Suttle's office in the coming weeks was part of a story in the Tuesday, Jan. 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The analysis will be used by a new civilian steering committee to find ways to alleviate the crime problem in Omaha. The analysis and committee were also mentioned on KETV on Monday, Jan. 14.

Corbin Organizes Film Discussion

David Corbin, professor emeritus of public health, was mentioned in a story about the new film "Chasing Ice," which chronicles the changes affecting glaciers in Greenland and around the world. Corbin organized a post-show discussion of the film, which opened last Friday.

UNO Mentioned as Part of Crossroads Renovation Plans on Tom Becka

On Monday, Jan. 14, on the Tom Becka Show, a discussion about the future of the Crossroads Mall space on 72nd and Dodge included proposals from callers that would sell the space to UNO for future growth in on-campus housing and facilities.

Claussen Quoted in Obituary Editorial

An obituary feature on Marian Ivers, an Omaha philanthropist and former executive vice president of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, featured a quote from Associate Athletic Director Connie Claussen, who credited Ivers with helping get the Claussen-Leahy Run-Walk (formerly the UNO Women's Walk) off the ground.

Romero Elected to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Board

The 2013 board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands was published in the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, Jan. 14. One of the elected members is Troy Romero, an associate professor in the Goodrich program.

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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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UCAT Teaching Panel Discussion Set for Jan. 25

Are you interested in how your colleagues develop their courses, and what measures they use to gauge the effectiveness of a given course? If so, plan to attend the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) panel discussion of Curriculum Development and Assessment on Friday, Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons.

At the teaching panel, Drs. Jeanne Surface and Anita Saalfeld will share curriculum development and assessment information presented at conferences they attended followed by an open discussion of these topics. 

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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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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