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The ABCs of the Alumni House

The ABCs of the Alumni House

Before it was the Thompson Alumni Center, one of the few places on campus that can be considered iconic to UNO's image in Omaha, the plot of land on the west end of campus was owned by two Omaha families: The Storzes and the Shirleys. continue . . .



New UNO Website Launched Today

This morning, UNO has a new UNO homepage! Please take time today to look through the new pages including top level pages for the Home page, Admissions, Academic, Athletics and Alumni pages.

Below you will find the Frequently Asked Questions about the new website Phase I:
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please email

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First CPACS Dean Search Candidate to Visit UNO Today

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 today, 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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'Drop In Pressure' Class Starts Today

'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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Dealing with Difficulty Students Workshop

Do you have students that argue about course requirements? Do you have students with attendance issues? Are you concerned that a student may need help due to difficulties outside of the classroom? If so, then please plan to attend an interactive workshop from the Center for Faculty Development where you can learn about classroom management techniques, share classroom experiences, talk about student mental health issues and find out services available to UNO students.

The workshop will be held on Feb. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor’s Room. Discussion leaders will be Cathy Pettid, director of counseling – university division; Connie Schaffer, assistant professor – College of Education; and Mike Hansen, lecturer – College of Education.

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

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Faculty Merit Pay Discussion Panel on Jan. 31

Ever wonder how other departments decide how merit pay is allocated? Interested in exploring alternatives to your department's merit procedures? If so, then this panel presentation is for you.

The panel will be held in the Criss Library Faculty Lounge on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Panel participants will talk about the process their respective departments use to award merit, followed by a discussion of the issues, problems, and best practices.

The panel will include Mary Ann Powell, from sociology; Tracy Bridgeford, from English; Joe Brown, from psychology; and Don Greer from HPER.

The UNO chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is sponsoring this event. Questions can be directed to Thomas Sanchez at 402.554.4977 or

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Study Abroad Fair Jan. 30

International Studies and Programs is hosting a Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 30 for students looking to enhance their education through exploring a different country.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

For more information on UNO’s Study Abroad programs, visit or email

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Speech Center to Hold 'Learn Over Lunch' Series

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentations skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

To register for one or more sessions, or for more information, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or by email at

Space is limited so you much register in advance.

Sessions include:

Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Noon – 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Tower Room

Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation
Wednesday, March 13
Noon – 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room A

Creating Visual Aids That Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides
Wednesday, April 17
Noon – 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Tower Room

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Board of Regents Approves Housing Increase

Board of Regents Approves Housing Cost Increase

The Omaha World-Herald reported on Friday, Jan. 25 that the Board of Regents approved an increase in rates for student housing across the University of Nebraska system. Housing at UNO has the potential to now range from $5400 to $6800.

Holloway in Fremont Tribune

Peggy Holloway, instructor of voice, was mentioned in a story by the Fremont Tribune about a performance she gave at the Sinai Lutheran Church’s Festival Sounds series on Sunday

Blizek Wraps Up Sundance Blog

Bill Blizek, professor of philosophy and religion, posted his final blog from the Sundance Film Festival on the Omaha World-Herald's website on Friday, Jan. 25. Blizek had been covering the festival all week for the paper.

Graduation Rates at UNO Higher than Peer Institutions

The Omaha World-Herald reported on Friday, Jan. 25 that both UNO and UNK's six-year graduation rates, which are at 43 and 66 percent respectively, are higher than their peer institutions. UNL's at 66.7 was slightly lower than comparable institutions.

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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. 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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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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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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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, January 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, January 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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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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2013 IRB Education Series Begins Jan. 31

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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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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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 equity 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 student 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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'Spotlight on CPACS' Lecture on Jan. 30

Join the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) on Wednesday, Jan. 30, as 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, present "Binge Drinking Among Young Adults in Nebraska and On-Campus: Behaviors, Perceptions, and Prevention."

The presentation will begin at noon and end at 1 p.m. in the 132 CPACS Commons. Lunch will be served.

This event is 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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