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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 Today

The UNO Psychology Department presents a Research Colloquium by Adam Weaver from Green Hills Area Education Area in Council Bluffs, today, Jan. 17. The lecture is titled, "An Idiographic Approach to Research and Assessment in School-Based Settings." 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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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.

Today, 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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WIN Seeks NU's Winning Ideas

University of Nebraska organizations and groups striving to address critical community needs or wishing to make a significant local or state impact are invited to submit funding ideas to Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN). For information and to submit an online letter of inquiry, go to by March 1.

WIN will award two grants this year of equal value. One grant will be awarded to an organization or group directly affiliated with the University of Nebraska and another grant will be awarded to a Nebraska charitable organization. Last year, WIN awarded two grants of more than $75,000 each.

"Women Investing in Nebraska is pleased to announce its second grant funding year," said Lisa Smith, chair of WIN's executive committee. "We especially hope to hear again from organizations with bold, innovative ideas or ventures."

Last year WIN awarded the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing a grant to improve healthcare services to the elderly who live in rural areas around Kearney. The Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers received a grant to launch a statewide training initiative focused on preventing and reporting child abuse.

WIN was established in 2011 by the University of Nebraska Foundation and its women in philanthropy committee to connect women and involve them in local philanthropy. Members of WIN pledge to make a gift each year for three years. Its members pool their gifts and collectively grant 50 percent of their annual contributions to a Nebraska nonprofit organization and 50 percent to a University of Nebraska organization.

WIN is accepting new members. To learn more about membership and upcoming events, go to or call Tracy Edgerton at 402.458.1160 or 800.432.3216.

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Criss Library hours for Sunday, Jan. 20, will be noon to 9 p.m. The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Regular library hours will resume at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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Petite Musique – A Series of Short Concerts Starts Jan. 22

Join UNO for the inaugural concert of the Petite Musique Concert Series! It will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Featuring UNO's Faculty Trio - I, the Siren:

- Shelby VanNordstrand, voice

- Darci Gamerl, oboe

- Stacie Haneline, piano

I, the Siren will be premiering a new arrangement of Peter Lieberson's, "The Coming of Light," with poetry by Mark Strand, Shakespeare and Ashbery.

The concert will also feature three Aria's from Bach Cantatas and selections from Ralph Vaughn Williams, "Ten Blake Songs," for voice and oboe.

Join UNO for the first of many wonderful hour-long concerts with UNO faculty and musicians from Omaha!

The cost:

Adults - $5

Seniors  - $4

Students - Free

If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Haneline at or 402.554.4897.

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'Spotlight on CPACS' Lectures on Jan. 23 & 30

Join the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) faculty, staff and students for two "Spotlight on CPACS" events scheduled this month. CPACS hopes you and your students can attend both!

First, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, Mary Hamilton of the School of Public Administration and Rita Paskowitz, Master Story Teller, will present, "Ask Me Why I Care," focusing on how we as public employees can change public dialogue by sharing what we do to contribute to making democracy work.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Samantha Clinkinbeard and Michael Johnson from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, along with Mindy Anderson-Knott of the Survey, Statistics and Psychometrics Core Facility at UNL and Nate Bock, UNO Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol counselor, will present "Binge Drinking Among Young Adults in Nebraska and On-Campus: Behaviors, Perceptions, and Prevention."

Both presentations will begin at noon and end at 1 p.m. and will take place in the 132 CPACS Commons. Lunch will be served.

These are both part of the "Spotlight on CPACS" series running to celebrate the college's 40th anniversary. 

For more information, contact Sara Woods at 402.554.3914 or

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History Dept. to Host Middle East Forum

The UNO Department of History is pleased to announce the upcoming meeting of the Middle East forum, for which all UNO students, faculty, and staff are welcome, as well off-campus guests.

The meeting will take place Thursday, Jan. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the U Mon Hon Room on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The Middle East Project Fund, which is part of the UNO Department of History, is sponsoring the forum.

As always, guests are encouraged to bring lunch and questions as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Curtis Hutt moderates a panel of experts from UNO including Moshe Gershovich, professor of History and director of both the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish studies as well as the Middle East Project Fund, and Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of Political Science.

These experts will address current issues that relate to the region and place them in context and perspective. Topics for this meeting of the forum may include President Obama's nomination of former UNO alum, Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, the results of the January 22 Israeli parliamentary elections, and the continued humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Syria.

Future meetings of the Middle East Forum are planned for Feb. 14, March 14, and April 18.

For questions, please contact Dr. Moshe Gershovich at 402.554.3175 or

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Drop In Pressure Class Offered

Drop In Pressure encompasses blood pressure reduction exercises through the use of relaxation techniques and stress management. Comfortable, research-based health discussions will mold the class structure. Participants will gain applicable knowledge, mindfulness, and develop valuable relationships within this 12-week class. The class details follow:

Dates: Jan. 28 – April 24

Location: 135 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building

Times: Mondays: 7 to 8 a.m. and Wednesdays: 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Cost: Students - $18; Mav Rec members - $24 and Non-members - $36

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Course Evaluation Instrument Workshop Set for Jan. 29

Get to know UNO's Course Evaluation Instrument and its use in Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) by attending a workshop at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the IDEAS room, located in 412 Roskens Hall.

Saundra Shillingstad and Carolyn Gascoigne will share ideas about using the UNO course evaluation instrument to become more aware of your skills and achievements and to identify new approaches to help you meet your teaching objectives. Register for this workshop today by contacting the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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Student Leader of the Month - January Nominations

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office sponsors the Student Leader of the Month Award. If there is a student you know that would be a candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP would love to have you nominate them for this award. In order to nominate a student, follow this link to fill out the nomination form.

We will select one student a month at our staff meeting. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if we receive multiple nominations per month. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and we will set up the best time to present the award.

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Healthy Participants are Needed for a HPER Biomechanics Study!

Healthy subjects are needed to participate in a study taking place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Biomechanics Laboratory.  The study is investigating the effects of simulated vascular disease on gait. For your participation, subjects will receive the opportunity to undergo a free gait analysis in the Biomechanics lab and have lower extremity vascular blood flow assessed.

Ideal participants should be either between the ages of 19-35 or greater than 40 years of age and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement or ACL injuries. Subjects would take part in a one-time data collection lasting approximately one hour that would involve treadmill walking tasks and an intervention to briefly stop lower extremity blood flow. Collections will take place at a scheduled time during the next few months.

For further information, contact Troy Rand at or 402.554.3238.

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Service Learning Seminar March 18-22

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy has designed an interactive training that provides an opportunity for faculty to learn about how to utilize service learning as a pedagogy; to connect faculty to K-12 instructors and community non-profit partners and to explore mission-focused teaching techniques in a living laboratory while meeting community-identified needs. 

Participation in the training will yield a course plan developed between the UNO and PK-12 instructor to be implemented within the next 18 months. Participants receive a $400 professional development stipend as well as project implementation support in the form of: graduate assistant time, project materials, transportation and food. Applications accepted at

Questions?  Contact Julie Dierberger at 402.554.3268 or

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In the News

Jones Teaches Fremont Students About Art

Peggy Jones, professor of black studies, met a group of Fremont Middle School students on Tuesday, Jan. 15, to learn about the history of railroads through artwork housed at the Sheldon Museum of Art. The story was picked up by the Fremont Tribune.

Omaha Economic Index Released for January

The Omaha World-Herald's Omaha Economic Index, compiled by Ken Kriz, public administration, Chris Decker, economics, and Mark Wohar, economics, was recently released for January 2013. The publishing of this report marks the first full year since the index was created.

Volkman, Reed, Pol in Story About Education-Business Partnerships

In the Omaha World-Herald's special Outlook section, published Sunday, Jan. 13, David Volkman, chair of the department of finance, Lou Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration, and B.J. Reed, sr. vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, were all featured in a story about how colleges are teaming up with businesses to better prepare students for the workforce.

UNO, US Bank Bring Financial Literacy to Hoover Elementary

The UNO Center for Economic Education, which has partnered with US Bank to bring financial literacy into schools, was mentioned in a story in the Council Bluffs Daily Non-Pareil about the newest addition to the "Bank in a School" program – Hoover Elementary in Council Bluffs. The story was also covered by WOWT.

Hockey Alum, Zanon, Profiled by Omaha World-Herald

With the NHL returning from a lockout this week, the Omaha World-Herald interviewed UNO alum and current Colorado Avalanche defenseman Greg Zanon.

Faculty Art Exhibit Previewed by The Reader

UNO's Faculty Art Exhibit, which opened Friday, Jan. 11, was previewed by The Reader on Thursday, Feb. 10.

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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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Save the Date - Campus Strategic Planning Forum April 3

Save the Date. An all-campus strategic planning forum will take place Wednesday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners can attend. Watch eNotes for more details.

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