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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.



UNO Schwalb Center to Host Today's 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 campus today, 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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'Spotlight on CPACS' Lecture is Today

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. The first lecture is today, Jan. 23.

Today, 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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UNO Career Center to Sponsor Reverse Career Fair Today

Stop by the Reverse Career Fair today, Jan. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the 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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UNO Campus Signage Update

UNO Campus Signage construction continues this week until mid-March 2013. Regular updates will be provided. Please direct all questions to Diane Sunde, Facilities Management and Planning, 402.554.2267.

This week (Jan. 21-27) sign removal and installation work will be in progress at the following building locations: Thompson Alumni Center, Arts and Sciences Hall,  Kayser Hall, Eppley Administration Building, Milo Bail Student Center, Strauss Performing Arts Center, Sculpture and Ceramics Studio and Landscaping.

Next week (Jan. 28-Feb. 3) sign removal and installation work will be in progress at the following parking lot locations: Lot H, Lot I, (2) Lot G, Lot F, (2) Lot K, Lot L, Lot M, Lot E, Lot D, Lot N, (2) Lot S, Lot R and at the following building locations: Child Care Center and Weber Fine Arts Building.

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Stump the Chump:  Blackboard Edition Jan. 25

Have you been using Blackboard and wonder why you can't...?  Please join fellow faculty as they try to "Stump the Chump" with the UNO Blackboard technical experts and trainers this Friday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall. No Blackboard idea is off limits! Create your own Blackboard training experience! 

This interactive session is intended to expose participants to scenarios/solutions they may not have encountered yet in teaching with Blackboard. All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, but registration for this session is requested. To register, go to and click the link in the Register For box. 

Contact Information Services Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or for more information.

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Spring Faculty Book Discussion Title Announced

"Not Quite Adults" by Settersten & Ray has been selected for the spring faculty book discussion on Wednesday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Study Commons, 305 Criss Library. Jonathan Santo will lead the discussion of the authors' research-based look at current twentysomethings' slower path to adulthood. Plan now to be part of this interesting discussion. A limited number of books have been ordered, so request your copy today by contacting the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 and register to attend the book discussion at

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In the News

Blizek Visits Sundance

Bill Blizek, professor of religion and founding editor of UNO's Journal of Religion and Film, is providing a guest blog for the Omaha World-Herald as he visits the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

OPS Superintendent Enrolled at UNO

Mark Evans, the new superintendent for Omaha Public Schools, will be working on independent projects at UNO to earn his Nebraska superintendent endorsement. He is 12 hours shy of the requirement.

Alumni Nominated for Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards

Kevin Sullivan, Max Meyer and Andrew Stickman are UNO alumni and members of the Omaha Guitar Trio, which is up for an award as Best Jazz Band as part of the annual Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards. The trio formed while taking classes at UNO. The awards will be handed out Feb. 17.

Imani Talks MLK Jr.

Nikitah Imani, chair of the Department of Black Studies, was featured in an Omaha World-Herald article on Monday, Jan. 21, about Martin Luther King Jr.

Drozd Talks Tax Rates' Impact

David Drozd, research coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about the impact of lower taxes on population growth.

Crank Talks to Associated Press About Omaha Crime Rate

John Crank, professor of criminal justice, was quoted in a story by the Associated Press about Omaha's relatively high rate of homicides and violent crime. The story was picked up by the Lincoln Journal Star and WOWT.

Slivka Talks Extreme Temps

Dustin Slivka, assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation, was on the Crash Davis Show on Monday, Jan. 21, to discuss how the body reacts to extreme cold and extreme heat, and what tips and tricks people can use to continue exercising outside in the cold weather.

Landow Talks Mayoral Race, Presidential Inauguration

Paul Landow, associate professor of political science, was on the Crash Davis Show on Monday, Jan. 21, to discuss the Omaha mayoral race, which is predicted to be the most expensive in the city's history, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama, which happened earlier that day.

Kriegler Previews Jupiter, Moon Pairing

Dave Kriegler, lecturer in the Department of Physics, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about Jan. 21's astronomical oddity of having Jupiter and the Moon side-by-side in the night sky. It will be 13 years before the phenomenon occurs again.

Allen, Wilson Discuss Impact of Dear Abby

Chris Allen and Sherrie Wilson, both associate professors of communication, were quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Friday, Jan. 18, about the recent passing of columnist Dear Abby.

WOWT Covers UNO Day of Service Events

WOWT was on hand at Blessed Sacrament to cover about 200 volunteers, who cleaned up the facility and made fleece blankets as part of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The event was coordinated by UNO's Student-Community Leadership and Service office.

Students Learn City Planning

Elementary students from North Bend met with Robert Blair, associate professor of public administration, and Jerry Diechert, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research, as part of the Future Problem Solvers program. The program was covered by the North Bend Eagle.

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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 this 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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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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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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Nominations Sought for 2013 Service Learning Faculty Award

Each year, the Service Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the practice of service learning in his or her work. This recognition carries an honorarium of $500.

To be nominated, a faculty member must:

- Demonstrate the ability to develop and teach an effective service learning course that identifies at least one course objective to be understood and met through service learning, utilizing all the appropriate steps of the service learning pedagogy: (1) development of a reciprocal partnership with a community partner, (2) orienting the students to the agency, (3) issues and project expectations, (4) providing a meaningful service to the community partner, (5) evaluating outcomes of students and community partners and (6) requiring reflection/critical thinking about the experience in a structured way.

- Be supportive of service learning at UNO (i.e. through attendance at faculty/student presentations, Teaching Circles and mentoring faculty/students, etc.)

- Demonstrate a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues (i.e. professionalism and cultural competency) and the capability of developing reciprocal, collaborative relations with community partners.

- Participate in scholarly dissemination about the pedagogy of service learning through presentation at peer-reviewed conferences and/or publication in scholarly journals, on-line journals or books.

- Hold a full or part-time teaching appointment with UNO.

The award will be presented at the Faculty Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 11, at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet and for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at 402.554.3055 or

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Nominations Sought for 2013 Service Learning Student Award

Each year, the Service Learning Academy recognizes one or a team of UNO student(s) who has excelled in the understanding/ integration of course objectives through the collaboration, planning and implementation of a community service learning course project. This recognition carries an honorarium of $250.

To be nominated, a student must have demonstrated and upheld in an outstanding way, the key principles of effective academic service learning:

- Mastering and integrating the course's academic objective(s), as demonstrated in the service learning course project activities and outcomes.

- Establishing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with community agency partner(s) and student team members.

- Leading in identifying, creating and implementing strategies in the process of project implementation.

The award will be presented at the Student Honors Convocation, Friday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Nominations must be submitted to the UNO Service Learning Academy no later than Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Please refer to the nomination form for a listing of specific items to be included in the nomination packet and for details of how to document your nomination. For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at 402.554.3055 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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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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Mavericks To Play UND in Feb. 9 Outdoor Game

The UNO hockey team will play North Dakota in an outdoor game at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday, Feb. 9.  The Omaha Sports Commission, Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), UNO, Omaha Lancers and Mutual of Omaha made the joint announcement last February.

The event will be dubbed the "Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice." The Mavericks and Fighting Sioux will be the second game of the day, while the Omaha Lancers will play United States Hockey League opponent the Lincoln Stars to open the day at 12:30 p.m. Read more.

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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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