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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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Jan. 22, to honor the memory of UNO student and staff member Victoria Lee Vargas. She passed away Dec. 8 at the age of 26. Vargas, a senior in Political Science, was a part-time worker in Food Services. Services were held Jan. 19 at Missouri Valley Christian Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

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Speech Center Consulting Room Spring Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), begins its spring hours. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, call 402.554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit to find out more information. Call 402.554.3201 or send an email to to schedule an appointment. Faculty members interested in scheduling a consultant to come to your classroom to introduce your students to the center and to talk about presentation skills should call the Speech Center to schedule a visit.

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Petite Musique – A Series of Short Concerts Starts Tonight

Join UNO for the inaugural concert of the Petite Musique Concert Series! It will take place tonight, 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's 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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UNO Career Center to Sponsor Reverse Career Fair Jan. 23

Stop by the Reverse Career Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thompson Alumni Center, Bootstrapper Hall. What is a Reverse Career Fair? Employers want to meet UNO students. A Reverse Career Fair is a great way for student organizations and leaders to showcase their professional skills, and the skills they've gained as a result of being involved in student organizations.

Typically, employers set up booths and students walk around to meet recruiters representing each company. At the Reverse Career Fair, the UNO Career Center turns the tables and have student organizations set up booths and the employers walk around to meet with students representing each group.

For more information, contact Jessica Wolff at or 402.554.3672.

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NU Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln on Jan. 25

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet this Friday, Jan. 25, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m., and the Board meeting begins at noon. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at Read more.

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Office of Research and Creative Activity Announces Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) would like to remind students and staff of funding opportunities and their upcoming deadlines.

Undergraduates: Receive up to $2,500 in Funding, Proposals due Thursday, Feb. 7.
The Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE) grants support faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $2,500 per student are available to UNO undergraduates. More information.

Graduate Students: Receive Up to $5,000 in Funding, Proposal due Thursday, Jan. 24.
GRACA grants support faculty-mentored graduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $5,000 per student are available to UNO graduate students enrolled through Fall 2013. More information.

Faculty: Apply for UCRCA, Faculty Research International.
The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting a second round of applications. Applications are due on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. More information.

Faculty Research International 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. The deadline for applying is Jan. 31, 2013. FRI page.

Questions? Please contact us through ORCA website.

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International Teaching Opportunities Workshop Feb. 15

International Teaching Opportunities Workshop – Do you dream of teaching abroad?  If so, mark your calendar now and plan to attend on Friday, Feb. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 412 Roskens Hall. Emily Hassenstab, Study Abroad and International Exchanges Advisor, will share ideas for starting this process. Drs. Chris Allen and Charles Johanningsmeier will talk about their teaching experiences in Oman and Germany. 

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

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In the News

Arav's Op Ed Appears in Religion Today

Rami Arav, assistant professor of religion and director of Bethsaida Excavations and Research, wrote a piece on biblical archaeology that appeared in the January 2013 issue of Religion Today.

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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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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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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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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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