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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 . . .




Due to water damage, Durham Science Center (DSC) 209 will be closed on Thursday, January 31 and all UNO Math Lab activities will temporarily take place in DSC 104. The information Services (IS) DSC 104 open computer lab and computer classroom will be closed to allow for the temporary relocation of Math Lab activities. We will update the campus on the status of the UNO Math Lab after an evaluation of damages is complete.

UNO Flag Lowering Today

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today in honor of Geneva Williams, who passed away last fall.

Williams' family will be receiving a posthumous Bachelor of General Studies degree from the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), in her honor, today.

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Service Learning Academy's P-16 Initiative to Serve at OPS Family Night Tonight

As part of a project with the Service Learning Academy's P-16 Initiative, Susan McWilliams' 'Current Trends in Early Childhood Education' class will be serving OPS' Native Indian Centered Education (N.I.C.E) January Family Night featuring John Zeretzke, flute maker and founder of Flutes Across the World.

The event will begin at 5:15 p.m. tonight at OPS' Teacher Administration Center (TAC) Cafeteria. If there are questions about the event, please contact Julie Dierberger at

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Brazilian Teachers Begin Three-Day Trip to Beatrice

Last week, 32 high school-level English teachers from Brazil started a six-week professional development course at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, the program will help the teachers improve their English skills and teaching methods, as well as immerse them in U.S. language and culture.

Today, Jan. 31, the teachers will depart on a three-day trip to Beatrice, where they will learn about secondary education in a smaller community and visit local attractions, including the Homestead National Monument. Along the way, they will stop at the State Capitol and meet Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale. Read More.

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2013 IRB Education Series Begins Today

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 today, 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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Faculty Merit Pay Discussion Panel Today

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 today, 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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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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Show Choir Festival Parking - February 6 & 7

The UNO Department of Music will be hosting the Annual Show Choir Festival in Strauss Performing Arts Center on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7.

There will be increased traffic and parking demand on the Dodge Street Campus from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The East Parking Garage, behind the Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), will be open during the festival. Visitors, students, faculty and staff may park in the garage during the festival. Please consider parking at Crossroads Mall or on the Pacific Street Campus and riding the shuttle bus.

For questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Rubrics: Pedagogy and Practice Training Announced

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), is offering a hands-on training session on using Rubrics in Blackboard. This session will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 from 9 p.m. - 10:30 a.m. in Kayser Hall 543.

It will cover both the pedagogical reasons for using rubrics and the technical skills to use the rubric feature within Blackboard. Participants will be asked to bring an example assignment complete with the corresponding learning objectives.

Space is limited, so register early. To register, please visit

Questions? Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP) or

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Nebraska and Iowa High Schools, UNO Team for Concert at Holland

Student musicians from Nebraska and Western Iowa will be joining students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Maverick Honor Band, Durango Honor Band, Honor String Orchestra, Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and UNO Choruses for a concert at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 3 as part of this year's Bands, Orchestra and Chorus at the Holland (BOCH) Honors Festival.

The BOCH Festival is an annual three-day event that features over 100 high school music programs and 450 students who were chosen to participate on the basis of a competitive audition process and nominations from their music teachers.

Tickets for the Sunday performance, which begins at 1:15 p.m., are available at the door, or in advance at Ticket Omaha. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Anyone wishing more detailed information about these events may contact James R. Saker, festival coordinator, at 402.554.3446.

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In the News

UNO Student Source of Popular Photo

The Omaha World-Herald ran a story on Tuesday, Jan. 30 about a photo that appears to show a line of open manholes in Downtown Omaha, with fire coming out of them. Reporter Matt Hansen traced the photo, which had founds its way to many online media sites, to UNO grad student Stephanie Sands.

McGinnis Quoted on Innovation Acceleration

Mike McGinnis, director of the Peter Kiewit Institute was quoted in a Wednesday, Jan. 30 story from the Omaha World-Herald on Omaha's Innovation Accelerator program, which helps provide infrastructure and financial support to innovative ideas. McGinnis mentioned that he would like to see the program be used on faculty and student research taking place at PKI.

Reed Mentioned in Belleve Leader Story on Conflict over Consulting Fees

BJ Reed, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, was mentioned in an article in the Bellevue Leader on Wednesday, Jan. 23, about a dispute over consulting fees. Reed had previously provided consulting free-of-charge to the Bellevue City Council, but could not continue after taking his current job.

Brazilian Teacher Visit in Holdrege Paper

The Holdrege Citizen picked up an Associated Press story about 32 Brazilian high-school teachers who are taking a six-week professional development program at UNO.

UNO Athletic Trainers Help Figureskating Champs

UNO was mentioned, along with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in a story about the then-upcoming Figure Skating Championships, held at the Century Link Center. UNO provided athletic training assistance for the athletes during the compeition.

CAPOW! in OWH Photo Feature

Dan Sullivan, professor emeritus of chemistry and CAPOW! director, was shown performing his educational chemistry showcase, CAPOW!, at Ponca Elementary in a Saturday, Jan. 26 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

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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 in 543 Kayser Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

To register go to:

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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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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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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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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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UNO Housing Showcase Set for Feb. 23

A campus-wide UNO Housing Showcase is set for Saturday, Feb. 23. It is open to future Mavericks or anyone else who wants to get a glimpse into college life. Stop by the Scott Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to tour any of UNO's five residence halls. The last tour departs to the Dodge Street 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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Fan Voting Open For Hobey; Walters a Frontrunner

Fans of UNO hockey are encouraged to vote for junior left wing Ryan Walters in the first phase of fan ballotting for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, given each year to the top player in Division I college hockey.

Fan voting opened Jan. 7 at the official Hobey Baker Award website,, and will remain open until Sunday, March 10. The second phase of fan voting, which begins on Friday, March 22, will include the top 10 finalists for the award. Fan voting accounts for one percent of the total ballot in each phase of the process.

Walters is one of 77 players nominated for the award. He leads the WCHA and the country with 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points, all career highs. He is averaging 1.50 points-per-game to rank fourth in the country. His goal total leads the NCAA. He has now scored points in six straight games (5-4-9) and has points in 14 of the last 15 games (13-17-30). Read more.

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