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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 . . .



TIAA-CREF Representative on Campus Today

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus today for individual appointments with employees.

Steigelman-Simon will also be available for appointments on Feb. 19 and 27.

Appointments can be made by calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614.

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Retirement Planning Seminar - IRA Education Workshop Today and Wednesday

A Retirement Planning Seminar - IRA Education Workshop - is planned for today, Feb. 5, and Wednesday, Feb. 6. 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 – today, 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 UNO 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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Contest for Tickets to Battles on Ice Day Two


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, 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 entries.

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.

Yesterday’s Answer:
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? -- three

Today's Question:
UNO has made the NCAA Tournament twice, once in 2006 and once in 2011. Which two teams did they face in those games?

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February UNO Writing Center Workshop Series: Citing Sources in the MLA and APA Styles

Whether they are undergraduates writing research papers for class or advanced scholars writing for publication, many writers find themselves bogged down in the details of citation – quotation marks or italics? Comma or period? Author’s full name or just the initials?

The UNO Writing Center can help. The Writing Center’s graduate consultant, Kathy Radosta, has developed interactive workshops on the most frequently used citation systems. Workshops are free and open to any member of the campus community.

Two workshops on the MLA style are scheduled for the second week in February:

- Monday, Feb. 11, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in the Writing Center (150 ASH)
- Thursday, Feb. 14, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m, in the Writing Center (150 ASH)

Two workshops on the APA style are scheduled for the third week in February:

- Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room
- Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room

Light refreshments will be served. These workshops are FREE, but space is limited. Please register by contacting the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or

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Nominations Sought for 2013 HPER Excellence in Teaching Award

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) is seeking nominations for its Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes those part-time and joint appointment instructors who have best demonstrated excellence in teaching within the School of HPER.

The recipients of this award will be honored with a plaque at the annual HPER Joint Appointment and Part-Time Faculty Appreciation Luncheon in March.

The criteria for each award, scholarship, and its past recipients are available online at

All nominations must be returned by Friday, Feb. 18, to 207 HPER or

For additional questions, contact Stacy Sliva at 402.554.2761 or

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In The News

Tyma Talks 'Football Withdrawl'

Adam Tyma, assistant professor of communication, was quoted in a story in the Monday, Feb. 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on the abscence of football now that the Super Bowl is over. Tyma is a follower of the Minnesota Vikings.

Brazilian Teachers Visit Beatrice

On Friday, Feb. 1, visiting high school teachers from Brazil visited several schools in Beatrice, Neb. The teachers specialize in English-language education and are currently enrolled in UNO's International Development Program.

Breazeale on Tom Becka

On Friday, Feb. 1, Mike Breazeale, assistant professor of marketing, was a guest on the Tom Becka Show, on 1290 KOIL. Breazeale was discussing the popularity and production of this year's Super Bowl ads.

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UNO Campus Signage Update

UNO Campus Signage will continue construction this week and continue until mid-March, 2013. Regular updates will be provided. Please direct all questions to Diane Sunde, Facilities Management and Planning, 402.554.2267.

Due to the recent snowfall and extreme cold, removal and installation work will continue 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.

This week (Feb. 4) sign removal and installation work will be in progress at the following parking lot locations: A, J, T, U, V, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15.

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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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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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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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Dealing with Difficult 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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Nominations Sought for Administrative Professional of the Year Award

Now is the time to submit 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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UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a University event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university.

Twelve UNO Ambassadors are available during the spring semester to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor and other UNO dignitaries and organizations. Members of this select group wear UNO blazers or polos and act as official hosts and hostesses at a variety of events while interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. All ambassadors maintain full-time student status, but the group strives to honor as many requests as possible.

For more information or to obtain a request form, contact Liz Zaruba at 402.554.3531 or

Requests should be made a minimum of two weeks prior to an event.

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Criss Library Research Study

The UNO Criss Library is seeking UNO students, faculty and staff members 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study analyzing the navigability and content of the UNO Library website and discovery platform. Study subjects will be asked to complete a list of tasks within the UNO Library website and complete a short anonymous survey within a one-hour time frame. If you are interested in participating in the research study (IRB No. 513-12-EX) and/or for further details, contact Rene Erlandson at

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