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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 . . .



Office of Research and Creative Activity Funding Opportunities

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

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. More information.

Faculty: Apply for UCRCA, Due Today: Receive The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is inviting a second round of applications. Applications are due today, Feb. 4, 2013. More information.

Questions? Please contact us through the ORCA website.

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Contest for Tickets to Battles on Ice Day One

Durango This Saturday, UNO will take on the University of North Dakota in its first-ever outdoor hockey game. As part of the Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice, UNO and North Dakota will face off in an important WCHA matchup, with the regular-season title hanging in the balance. We want to help get you to the game by giving you the chance to win tickets!

Every day this week, starting today, there will be a Maverick hockey trivia question. If you know the answer, or think you know, email it with a subject line of "ATTN: Battles on Ice Trivia" to with your name and contact information. If your answer is correct, you will be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to Saturday's game. You can only answer once each day, but each day is a new chance to enter, so if you answer all five questions correct, you will have five entrys

Please make sure all submitted answers are sent by 2 p.m. the day that question appears. The correct answer to each of the questions will be revealed in the following edition of eNotes.

Today's Question
How many overtime periods did it take for UNO to defeat the Alaska Nanooks in game three of the first round of the 2008 CCHA playoffs?

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Box Office Opens for UNO Theatre Productions

Starting today, the UNO Theatre Box Office is open and selling tickets to two productions, which will be performed in February and March as part of the "UNO Theatre Play Festival."

The productions include the regional premiere of "Or," by Liz Duffy Adams and the world premiere of “The Archaeology of Dreams” by Caridad Svich. “Or,” is directed by Sarah Fogarty Campbell and “The Archaeology of Dreams” is directed by Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro.

The preview for "Or," will be Feb. 12 with performances running Feb. 13-16, 27 and March 1. The preview for "The Archaeology of Dreams" will be February 19 with performances running Feb. 20-23, 28 and March 2.

For tickets visit or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY. The box office, located on the WFAB first floor, opens Monday, Feb. 4.

For previews, tickets are $5 for general admission. For performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/military/faculty/staff. Tickets are always free for all UNO students with a MavCard and $5 for all other students who present a valid school ID. The UNO Theatre Box Office now accepts all major credit cards.

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Employee of the Month: Susan Mininni Named February 'Oh' Award Recipient

Oh, what a difference you make, Susan "Sue" Mininni! Mininni is a staff assistant in the Facilities Management and Planning Department. The entire month of February, UNO will recognize Sue and her work.

Mininni is praised by her colleagues for her patience, caring nature, flexibility to move from one project to another easily, high production of work, and her ability to problem solve. She has worked in Facilities since 2004, and worked in the UNO Admissions office from 2001-2003. Prior to her arrival at UNO, Mininni spent 26 years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She is now in her 38th year working for the University of Nebraska system.

"I think it's a great honor to just be nominated, let alone be chosen as Employee of the Month. Being isolated from the campus for about four years when we were housed at Center 200 (the old Chili Greens building) made it difficult to participate in a lot of campus activities, but I am slowly getting reacquainted with the campus. I joined the Staff Advisory Council two years ago to help with this. I love working in Facilities with a great group of people and though some days can be challenging, hopefully, this is where I will be until I retire," said Mininni.

One of Mininni's nominators said of her "Sue is wonderful at running the Facilities Management and Planning office. Her caring nature reflects to everyone associated with our office. Her patience in training new associates is exemplary to no other. The way that she takes time and cares, specifically with payroll, and will take as long of time as needed to get the answers and associate pay issues taken care of is awe inspiring."

The nominator continued, "She is truly deserving of this award. I know the office is very fortunate to have her with us, and we wouldn't trade her for anything."

As Employee of the Month, Mininni received a certificate, lapel pin, choice of coffee cup or drink cup, a monetary award and use of a parking space. She also received a portrait with the Chancellor, as well as a letter of congratulations. Mininni will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Mininni photo.

Employee of the Month

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month --"Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!" -- program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

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New Subscription Policy for Electronic Campus Alerts

The collective safety and welfare of each member of the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) community is a mutual concern of us all. UNO has remained in lock step with appropriate communications and security technology to ensure the most effective capability is employed at UNO.

This week, we will take another step of integrating technology into our environment by simplifying and streamlining the UNO text messaging subscription capability. Subscribing to the UNO text messaging system allows UNO students, faculty and staff to receive emergency messages from UNO. The message provides timely information about safety or University related business operations, such as, campus closings or class cancellations due to facility impairments.

Students will be afforded an opportunity to manage their account through their MavLink portal. Faculty and staff can now subscribe/modify their account through a dedicated link into the UNO Alert Notification System. Click on “Sign up for Emergency Alerts” in the UNO Web Emergency Site link Both approaches will use your unique NUID number to maintain your account.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of this free capability. It is a non-intrusive means to receive notifications of emergency events affecting the campus.

If there are questions about this new process, please contact the UNO Information Center at 402.554.2800 or email

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Milo Bail Day at the UNO Bookstore Feb. 6

The first Milo Bail Day in the UNO Bookstore of the semester starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6

Get a special UNO long sleeve t-shirt (in grey or black) for only $10 (plus tax, while supplies last), enter our prize raffle for a UNO Bookstore gift card and get a FREE bag of fresh popped popcorn!

Questions? Contact Jodi Cramer

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College of IS&T Roundtable to Discuss Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) and Academia

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Bradley M. Kuhn, President and Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, on Monday, Feb. 11. Kuhn will talk on the possible points of collaboration between the Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) community and academia that can serve both students and researchers.

Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of the GNU/Linux operating system, and began contributing to various FLOSS projects.

The roundtable will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Pizza, salad and sodas will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The talk starts immediately at noon.

RSVP to Angela Nastase at by Feb. 10, 2013.

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Internship and Study Abroad Information Session for Graduate Students Feb. 26

Graduate students, have you thought about doing an internship or studying abroad? Please join us for a presentation by Megan Edwards, Master of Public Administration (MPA) student, who recently returned from conducting an internship and research in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She will discuss her experiences and what she did to set up her internship. Catie Miller, MPA student, Sarah Wernimont, MPA alumna, and Emily Hassenstab, Study Abroad Advisor at UNO, will also be at the session to answer questions.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013; 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Where: 208 CPACS and live streaming online

Please RSVP for the event on Facebook or email Dr. Eikenberry at If you plan to join via live streaming, please let Dr. Eikenberry know so she can send the link before the event.

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Volunteers Sought for Gait Study at Biomechanics Lab

Healthy subjects are needed to participate in a study taking place in the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory. The study is investigating the effects of simulated vascular disease on gait. For your participation, subjects will receive the opportunity to undergo a free gait analysis in the Biomechanics lab and have lower extremity vascular blood flow assessed.

Ideal participants should be greater than 40 years of age and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement or ACL injuries. Subjects would take part in a one time data collection lasting approximately one hour that would involve treadmill walking tasks and an intervention to briefly stop lower extremity blood flow. Collections will take place at a scheduled time during the next few months. For further information, please contact Troy Rand at or 402.554.3238.

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In the News

Adkins Quoted on LGBT Ordinance Story

Randy Adkins, political science chair, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story on the petition to overturn Omaha's recent ordinance which included LGBT members as a protected class.

Shires to Join Omaha Sports Hall of Fame

Rose Shires, volleyball coach, was recently named to the 2013 Class of the Omaha Hall of Fame. Shires is UNO's winningest coach with 429 wins.

O'Reilly Obit in Pittsburgh Morning Sun

Dr. Robert C. O'Reilly, professor emeritus of education, passed awar on Jan. 10 at the age of 85. His obituary, which ran in the Ralston Recorder, was picked up by the Pittsburgh Morning Sun. O'Reilly was a graduate of Pittsburgh State University.

Omaha World-Herald Covers Installation of Ice Rink at TD Ameritrade

On Friday, Feb. 1 the Omaha World-Herald sent a photographer to TD Ameritrade Park to watch the installation of the ice rink that will be used at this weekend's Battles on Ice matchups.

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Volunteers Sought for Dance Nebraska Feb. 15

Dance Nebraska, a dance party-fundraiser, is less than two weeks away and volunteers are still needed 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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Woods Named Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement

Starting Feb. 1 the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) newest building project, a $24 million, 60,000-square-foot Community Engagement Center (CEC), will be under the supervision of Sara Woods, who was recently named Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement.

Woods, a UNO alum, most recently served as associate dean for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

"I look forward to continuing the progress so many have made over the last two years making sure this new Community Engagement Center is successful, not just for UNO, but for Omaha and the rest of the metro area," Woods said.

In her new role, Woods will oversee the development of building operations and protocols; help identify potential long and short-term community users of the building; serve as a liaison between UNO and the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities; assist in accommodating the needs of CEC building residents; and manage building programming.

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