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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.



NU Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, 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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Reception Today 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:  Today, Jan. 25: 2 to 4 p.m.

Where:  UNO Welcome Center

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Holocaust Lecture Tonight at Criss Library

UNO and the Council for Holocaust and Genocide Studies reminds the campus community the final lecture accompanying the "Future, Beware," a Holocaust photography exhibit is Sunday, Jan. 27.

The key and final lecture of the exhibit will be given on Jan. 27 to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Paul Jascot, Ph.D. and professor of history and at and architecture at DePaul University, will present the lecture. The 7 p.m. lecture is titled "The Ambitions of the SS in the East: Visualizing the Built Environment of Auschwitz."

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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UNO Launches New Website Jan. 28

On Monday, you will see a new UNO homepage! The main changes you will notice are new design and copy for the top level pages for the Home page, Admissions, Academics and Financial Aid pages. We made every effort to keep the most common links easily accessible. Below you will find the Frequently Asked Questions about the new website Phase I.

Frequently Asked Questions

So, take some time on Monday to look at the new additions. If you have any comments or questions, please email

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First CPACS Dean Search Candidate to Visit UNO on Jan. 28

Barbara Turnage, professor in the School of Social Work at Middle Tennessee State University, will visit UNO and be interviewed for the position of dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) starting on Monday, Jan. 28. Dr. Turnage is one of three finalists.

All faculty, staff, students and members of the public can attend Dr. Turnage's campus community forum on Jan. 28. The forum will take place in the Thompson Alumni Center from 4 to 5 p.m.

The two other dean candidates and their official UNO campus visit dates will take place mid-February. The other candidates are:

* Dr. David Forde, associate dean, Liberal Arts and Life Sciences, University of North Texas at Dallas

* Dr. John Bartle, interim dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Dr. Turnage came to Middle Tennessee State University in 2011 as a professor of Social Work. Prior to that, she had been at Arkansas State University from 2006 through 2011 where she had served as chair for the Department of Social Work. She earned her doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University in 1988.

Nancy Edick, dean of the College of Education, chairs the search committee. For more information, email her at

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UNO Releases Dean's and Chancellor's Lists for Fall 2012

Over 3100 UNO students received recognition for their academic achievements in the Fall 2012 semester.

There were 663 students named to the Chancellor's List at UNO for the semester, which includes a grade point average (G.P.A.) of 4.0 for courses taken at UNO during the semester with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.

There were over 2500 students named to the Dean's List at UNO for the semester, which includes at least a G.P.A. of 3.5 for the same minimum of 12 credit hours completed. Read more.

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Student Members Sought for Phi Alpha Theta

The Phi Alpha Theta, UNO history honor society, is conducting a membership drive through Monday, Feb. 4. Student membership details can be found online at this link. For questions, email:

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Volunteers Sought for Dance Nebraska

Dance Nebraska, a dance party-fundraiser, is four weeks away and still needs volunteers for the night of the event! Volunteering jobs include registration, helping with activities, and assisting event leaders and emcee. If interested, visit today!

Autism Action Partnership and UNO are also encouraging college students from across the state to raise money for children and young adults with autism by attending Dance Nebraska on Friday, Feb. 15, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Feb. 1 Workshop Offered by Finalist for the Position of Writing Center Director

On Friday, Feb. 1, the Writing Center will present a workshop on Understanding the Development of a Disciplinary Writer. The workshop leader is Michelle Miley, a finalist for the position of UNO Writing Center director and assistant professor of English. Miley is a doctoral candidate in rhetoric, composition, and pedagogy at the University of Houston (UH) and assistant director of UH's Writing in the Disciplines program.  In the workshop, she will explain how faculty can support students' writing development as they move toward "insider" status in their disciplines, from the freshman year through graduate school. 

The workshop is scheduled for Feb. 1, from 1:30 to 2:30 in 210 Arts and Science Hall. For more information, contact the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or

A second finalist will present a workshop the following Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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Retirement Planning Seminar – IRA Education Workshop Set for Feb. 5 and 6

Retirement Planning Seminar – IRA Education Workshop – planned for February. This seminar helps participants understand what an IRA is, choose the right IRA, decide between different IRA investment options and learn about Roth IRA conversions. The workshop will be held twice – Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room and Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the MBSC Jenkins Room. The workshop is presented by Human Resources and TIAA-CREF. 

Contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465 or Esther Scarpello at 402.554.3660 for more information.

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In the News

UNO Theatre Helps Fight Domestic Abuse

The Department of Theatre at UNO has given back to the Midwest community by providing a theatrical set designed like an apartment to Project Harmony in order to help train its employees how to identify domestic abuse.

Brazilian Teachers Take Six-Week Course

The Lincoln Journal Star picked up a story about high school teachers from Brazil coming to UNO to take advantage of UNO's International Professional Development program.

Black-Jew Dialogues in Jewish Press

Moshe Gershovich, professor of history and director of the UNO Schwalb Center, wrote a piece for the Jewish Press on the social-justice comedy 'The Black-Jew Dialogues,' which visited UNO on Wednesday, Jan. 23

Boern Profiled in Jewish Press

The Jewish Press also profiled Waitman Boern, UNO's Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in their Friday, Jan. 18 issue.

Akintunde Visits DC with Students for Inauguration

In a story from KETV on Wednesday, Jan. 23, Omawale Akintunde and his students were featured after returning from visiting Washington D.C. for Monday's Presidential Inauguration.

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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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Nominations Sought for Administrative Professional of the Year Award

Start the new year off applying for or submitting a nomination for the 2013 Administrative Professional of the Year Award. It's a terrific opportunity to recognize UNO's hardworking administrative professionals! The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is seeking applications for worthy administrative professionals. This award has been given in the past to several UNO administrative professionals, and the award has provided a unique opportunity to be recognized in the community for their important contribution.

The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 25. Nomination forms are available at this link.

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