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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.



History Department to Host Middle East Forum Today

The UNO Department of History is pleased to announce today's 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 today, 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 alumnus 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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Holocaust Lecture Tonight at Criss Library

UNO and the Council for Holocaust and Genocide Studies reminds the campus community the second lecture accompanying the "Future, Beware," a Holocaust photography exhibit is tonight, Jan. 24.

Tonight at 7 p.m., Gerald Steinacher, Ph.D., UNL's Hyman Rosenberg Professor of Judaic Studies, will present a lecture titled "Escaping Nuremberg: How Adolf Eichmann Fled Justice."

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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Funding Deadlines Reminder

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

Graduate Students: Receive Up to $5,000 in Funding, Proposal due today, 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. For more information, visit

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. For more information, visit

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. For more information, visit

Faculty Research International (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. The deadline for applying is Thursday, Jan. 31. FRI page at

Questions? Please contact us through our website at

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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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Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Services Offered at UNO in February

Evaluation and treatment for orthopedic problems and sports injuries will be offered in Health Services during the month of February.

Dr. David Brown, team physician for the Athletic department, is UNO's orthopedic physician from OrthoWest. He will be holding office hours for faculty, staff and students in the Health Services Clinic, located near the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building atrium. Dr. Brown will be on campus twice: Feb. 4 and 18.

"We want faculty and staff to know about this benefit of being able to schedule an appointment here on campus with him," said Marcia Adler, director of Health Services. "His office would submit the office visit charge through the faculty/staff's insurance plan." 

Appointments are available to students, faculty and staff and can be made by calling Health Services at 402.554.2374.

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Public Administration in the Republic of Moldova

Tatiana Saptefrati, Fulbright Scholar in Public Administration, will present a lecture and discussion of "The Organization and Functioning of Public Administration in Moldova" at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb.1, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Dean's Conference Room (CB 109A).

The Republic of Moldova is an eastern European, post-communist nation which is in the process of developing and maintaining a democratic political system and viable economy. Students, faculty, and professional staff interested in the challenges faced by the recently independent nations of eastern Europe are welcome to attend.

Dr. Saptefrati is the director of instructional programs in the National Academy of Public Administration in Chisinau, Moldova. Questions about her work at UNO can be addressed to her academic host Prof. Dale Krane in the School of Public Administration at

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In the News

Gershovich Discusses Israeli Elections on KFAB

Moshe Gershovich, professor of history, was on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB to discuss Tuesday's parliamentary elections in Israel and what the impact might be on relations between the country and the United States. 

Blizek Talks Sundance

A new blog post about Sundance from Bill Blizek, professor of philosophy and religion, was featured online at the Omaha World-Herald Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Black-Jew Dialogues Previewed by Omaha World-Herald

The Omaha World-Herald previewed the Black-Jew Dialogues, a special entertainment event provided by UNO's Schwalb Center, on Sunday, Jan. 20. The event was held Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Petite Musique Previewed by Omaha World-Herald

A special music series, which premiered with performances from three UNO faculty members, was previewed by the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, Jan. 20. The performance took place Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Alberts Mentioned in Hastings Tribune

In an article about Jason Peter, who served as a keynote speaker for a TeamMates fundraiser, Peter mentioned the help UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts provided as a mentor when both were players on the Husker football team.

Morgan, Volkman Quoted on Making Smart Investments

George Morgan, finance instructor, and David Volkman, chair of the Department of Finance, Banking and Real Estate, were quoted in a story in the Tuesday, Jan. 22, issue of the Omaha World-Herald focused on managing savings and making smart investments in the stock market.

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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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'Introduction to Video Editing' Class to be Held Feb. 1

On Friday, Feb. 1, The Academic Partnership for Instruction will offer 'Introduction to Video Editing.'

This hands-on class walks through the process of creating a basic video using Windows Live Movie Maker. Attendees will learn how to add video, audio, music, a title sequence, and ending credits to create a complete movie. Once editing is done, the movie will be exported for playback on a computer. The movie creation process taught in this class can be used with any standard video-editing program.

Class will be held Friday, Feb. 1, in 543 Kayser Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

To register go to:

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UCRCA Invites a Second Round of Applications, New Deadline Date

The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting a second round of applications. The submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The guidelines for submission are available on the SPR web page:

All proposal materials must be submitted electronically in a single PDF document (including signed cover sheet) to: Please name your file using the following format: UCRCA_your last name_ full-proposal (or minigrant).PDF.

Examples of funded proposals are available on the SPR web page.

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Nominations Sought for 2013 CCSW Awards

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award, Community Service Award and Scholarship Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations at UNO and in the metropolitan community who have brought attention to women's issues, advanced women's issues and/or gender equality issues.

This year's recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 27, at the CCSW Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale at the MBSC Business Office closer to the date.

CCSW will also honor a student scholarship award winner at the luncheon. To apply UNO students must meet the following qualifications: be an undergraduate who will graduate after fall 2013 and must show significant contributions towards: (1) addressing improving the status of women or gender issues at UNO in their academic work or activities and/or (2) have academic excellence in fields where women are underrepresented.

The criteria for each award, scholarship, and its past recipients are available online at All nominations must be returned electronically by Friday, Feb. 15, to:

For additional questions, contact CCSW co-chairs Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4202 or or Stacie Petter at 402.554.2077 or

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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 nonprofit 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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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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