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UNO Theatre Productions Open Feb. 12

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The UNO Theatre Department presents a pair of plays written and directed by women. The first play is 'Or,' about Restoration playwright Aphra Behn, and the second is 'Archeology of Dreams,' about key cultural figures from 1963. The premiere of 'Or,' opens Tuesday, Feb. 12 and and the premiere of 'Archeology of Dreams' opens Tuesday, Feb. 19. Tickets can be purchased at the Weber Fine Arts Box Office.

News Release



OLLAS Charla Series Features Immigration Update Today

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will continue its 2012-2013 Charla series at noon today, Feb. 12, with a conversation with Chuck Pratt in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room.

Pratt will present a lecture titled “Immigration Update: An insider’s perspective on the latest developments in immigration policy.” He will also share helpful information about the risks associated with the unauthorized practice of immigration law.

Pratt is a Community Relations Officer with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS). Officer Pratt will provide information and answer questions about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Secured Communities, and Temporary Protective Status (TPS) programs.

This Charla (which means “chat” or “conversation” in Spanish) is sponsored by OLLAS and is part of an annual series of lectures provided for the UNO community and larger Omaha communities. This event is co-sponsored by Justice For Our Neighbors – Nebraska.

The event is free, and open to the UNO community and the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Yuriko Doku, 402.554.3835, or visit the OLLAS website:

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2013 IRB Education Series Continues Today

As you know, UNO's Office of Research and Creative Activity and the UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board have developed a spring semester IRB Education Series for UNO faculty, staff and students who are involved with or interested in human subject research.

The series continues on Tuesday, February 12, with a presentation by Ernest D. Prentice, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNMC and Institutional Official for the UNMC/UNO IRB and the UNMC/UNO IACUC. Previously, he served as the Executive Chair and the Co-Chair of the IRB. Ernie will help us to understand the importance of AHRPP (Human Subject Protection Program accreditation) in reducing the risk of non-compliance and enhancing the University’s standing with federal agencies that sponsor research.

The series continues with monthly presentations in March and April by speakers who will discuss various human subject research topics.

All sessions will be held from 12 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.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative sessions.

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With Zipcar, Get Wheels When You Want Them

Students at UNO can now have wheels with no strings attached.

Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing service, is now on campus. With Zipcar, members can reserve self-service, on-demand cars by the hour or day, 24-7. Any 18+ UNO student can become a member today for only $25.Enter promo code LAUNCH2012 on your application and you’ll get $40 in free driving* so you can give it a try on us.

Wondering how it works? There are four simple steps to Zipcar freedom. Join today at Once you’re a member, reserve a car online or on your phone for as short as an hour or as long as 4 days. Let yourself into the car with your unique Zipcard. (The keys are already in the car.) Drive away. (Just make sure to return the car at the end of your reservation.)

With Zipcar parked right at on campus, it’s easy to get downtown, do errands, or even road trip. And since Zipcar covers gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day, you can enjoy the freedom of the open road without any of the extra costs.

Interested? Join today at or follow us on facebook.


Zipcar reserved parking stalls are located in the northwest corner of Lot N, northwest of Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Zipcars do not require a UNO Parking Permit. Zipcars may be parked for up to one hour in any white painted stall in all UNO surface parking lots, except Reserve or Handicap (unless valid handicap permit displayed) stalls, drive aisles or fire lanes. Zipcars are to be returned to their reserve stalls when not in use.


*Offer expires Oct. 31, 2013. For more information on ID and/or documents needed for international students please refer to

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UNO Theatre Production of "Or," Opens for Previews

The UNO Theatre Department's first performance of 2013 is a preview showing of "Or," which is written by Liz Duffy Adams and directed by Sarah Fogarty Campbell. The showing is tonight with the house opening at 7 and curtain at 7:30 p.m.

The play is the first of two back-to-back premieres, with “The Archaeology of Dreams,” by Caridad Svich, premiering next Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Tickets for both plays are on sale now at the UNO Theatre Box Office or can be purchased by going online at or by calling 402.554.PLAY. Read More.

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Nominations for Senior Vice Chancellor's Leadership Award Extended

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 Friday, Feb. 15. 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 Bill Pickett at or 402.554.4001.

This award will be presented at the SOLP Student Leader Reception, and at the Honors Convocation.

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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.

This week (2/11/13) sign removal and installation work will finish up 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. Sign removal and installation work will continue at the following parking lot locations: A, J, T, U, V, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15.

New work scheduled for this week includes the installation of vertical pedestrian identifiers for Durham Science Center, Weber Fine Arts Building, Welcome Center, Criss Library, CPACS, Allwine Hall, Eppley Administration Building, Kayser Hall, and Milo Bail Student Center; also, vertical vehicular identifiers for Peter Kiewit Institute and Mammel Hall.

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UNO Magazine Publishes Spring Issue

The Spring 2013 issue of UNO Magazine is in the mail, headed for the homes and businesses of more than 77,000 readers!

This issue focuses on "100 Years of Mavs at Play" and includes a year-by-year timeline recounting memorable - and quirky — moments in UNO sports history. Other features include:

* Feeling Fit — Think you're fit? At UNO, they can tell you just how fit - and fat! - you really are.
* Crossed Up - Former Mavs Kyle Kasperbauer and Stacie Wemhoff Tovar chase the title of "Fittest on Earth."
* Big Wheels - Mike Kult is helping youth make a name for themselves in wheelchair athletics.
* Fields of Dreams - From coast to coast, former Mavs are making their living throwing, kicking, punching and more.

We also explore the proposed UNO sports arena, the growth of youth sports, and the moonlighting of Professor Darryll Lewis, an NFL referee. We offer running advice, give several bootcamp workouts and provide tips for spotting and treating a concussion.

Can't wait to get your copy? Visit to see UNO Magazine online. View it as a 'flipbook,' download it as a PDF, or click to see individual stories.

Thanks to all who worked so hard on this issue — writers, photographers, designers, story sources and others. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. I'll be mailing extra printed copies to sources early next week.

If you have a comment about the magazine, please do so on our Facebook page.

Enjoy the read!

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Brown Bag Lunch Feb. 14 on Professional Development Session for Education Students

Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society at UNO, and the department of Educational Leadership will sponsor a brown bag lunch on professional development for education students this Thursday, Feb. 14. The topic will be "Tragedy in the Schools/Crisis in the Classroom." The session will be held at noon in 213 Roskens Hall.

All education undergraduates are invited to bring their lunch.

For more information, email Deborah Gleich-Bope at

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English Department to Co-Host Canadian Author Feb. 28

Canadian author Julija Sukys will visit UNO on February 28. She will read from her latest book, "Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Simaite," in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

The book tells the story of a little-known university librarian and Holocaust rescuer who entered the Vilna Ghetto (Lithuania) for three years under the pretense of collecting unreturned library books. In reality, Simaite was bringing in medicine, food, and other forms of aid, then carrying out and hiding letters, manuscripts, and even children. Sukys painstakingly sifted through a collection of thousands of letters and scores of letters scattered to archives around the world. Fragment by fragment, she succeeded in painting a nuanced portrait of a compelling and courageous life.

This presentation at UNO is sponsored by the UNO Department of English. The author’s visit to Omaha is coordinated by the Omaha Friends of Siauliai Committee (Omaha Sister Cities Association), with financial support provided by the Journal of Baltic Studies, housed at Creighton University.

Julija Sukys, currently of Montreal, Quebec, serves as the Technical Editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies, and is the author of several other works. The campus community is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Joe Price at 402.554.3476.

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Professor Richard B. Felson to Visit UNO March 7

Dr. Richard B. Felson, an internationally recognized scholar of interpersonal violence, will visit the UNO campus on Thursday, March 7. He will give a presentation of his research on sexual assaults at 10:00 am in CPACS room 132. The title of the talk is: Sexual assault as a crime against adolescents.

Dr. Felson is Professor of Sociology at The Pennsylvania State University. The visit is co-sponsored by the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the University of Nebraska Substance Abuse and Violence research cluster (SAVI). Everybody is welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jukka Savolainen at or 402.472.3677.

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In The News

Men's Basketball Profiled in Washington Post

As part of a larger story on the transition of Division II programs to Division I, the UNO men's basketball team was featured in an Associated Press story that ran in the Washington Post on Friday, Feb. 8

World-Herald Provides 360 of Battles on Ice

UNO alum Chris Machian shot a 360 panorama of the national anthem, performed by Chicago's Jim Cornelison at Saturday's Battles on Ice game between UNO and North Dakota.

Tree Campus Designation in World-Herald

UNO's designation as a Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation was mentioned in the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, Feb. 11

Berg Talks 'Exergames'

Kris Berg, professor HPER, was quoted in a story in the Lexington Clipper-Herald, taken from the Omaha World-Herald, about the exercise benefits of games like the Wii Sports franchise.

Arav Event in Journal Star

Rami Arav, associate professor of philosophy and religion, was mentioned in a Lincoln Journal Star story about upcoming faith-and-values events. Arav presented a lecture on his work on the Bethsaida excavations on Monday, Jan. 11.

Grandgennett on Lincoln PBS

Nealy Grandgennett, professor of teacher education, was quoted on an NET program about Nebraska philanthropy. Grandgennett discussed the importance of donations to UNO by George Haddix for STEM research and programs.

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Faculty Senate to Meet Feb. 13

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. in Mammel Hall, Room 320-A. The speaker will be Dean Steve Shorb, Criss Library. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All those interested are welcome to attend.

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs BJ Reed will be available to answer questions and/or converse with Senators and Faculty from 1:45-2 p.m. in the same room, before Dean Shorb’s presentation.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator, Sue Bishop, at 402.554.3598 or

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KANEKO-UNO Library presents The Curiosity Review Book Club

Starting in 2013, the KANEKO-UNO Library will be hosting our own book club featuring titles that both assuage curiosity and encourage creativity.

Titled “The Curiosity Review,” this book club will focus on a variety of books, including fiction, non-fiction, contemporary, historical, and maybe even some weird books! An inquisitive mind and an appetite for good food and conversation are all you need to join!

Sound interesting? Join us Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. for dinner and drinks, at the KANEKO-UNO Library, located at 1111 Jones Street.You do not have to read the book prior to this meeting. In fact, we’ll have chances at this meeting for you to win the first book. Just come and enjoy some dinner and wine and conversation while we discuss the direction the book club should go.

To RSVP, or inquire about additional information, please email or call Lindsey Bailie at the KANEKO-UNO Library at 402.932.3486 or

Remember to ask how you can get a free copy of the first book.

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Writing Center Workshop Series on Citing Sources Continues Feb. 14

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.

A second workshop on the MLA style will take place Thursday, Feb. 14:
Where: Writing Center (ASH 150)
When: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Workshops on the APA style are scheduled for the third week in February:
Where: Milo Bail Student Center (Jenkins Room)
When: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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 for 2013 CCSW Awards Due Feb. 15

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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Nominations for 2013 HPER Excellence in Teaching Award Due Feb. 18

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation 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 Monday, Feb. 18, to HPER 207 or

For additional questions, contact Stacy Sliva at 402.554.2761 or

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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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Save the Date: Campus Strategic Planning Forum April 3

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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