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UNO Theatre Productions Open Feb. 12

photo by Steven L. Williams

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.

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Maverick Productions to Host Second Annual 'Bear-y Happy Valentine's Day' Today

It's back! Since the event was such a hit last February, Maverick Productions will be hosting the Second Annual 'Bear-y Happy Valentine's Day'

The event will take place today, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, Fireplace Lounge. Attendees can create a Valentine’s Day card for a child at Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and then build a stuffed animal from from a broad selection of cute and cuddly creatures.

All of the supplies for this event will be free so make sure you come and make your own something special for Valentine's Day!

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Middle East Forum Today

The UNO Department of History is pleased to announce the upcoming meeting of the Middle East forum, for which all UNO students, faculty and staff are welcome, as well off-campus guests

The meeting will take place today, Feb. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Umoho Room on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The Middle East Project Fund, which is part of the UNO Department of History, is sponsoring the forum.

The Middle East Project Fund, which is part of the UNO Department of History, is sponsoring the forum. As always, guests are encouraged to bring lunch, and questions, for a panel of experts including Curtis Hutt, the panel moderator and a visiting professor of religious studies; Moshe Gershovich, professor of history and director of both the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, as well as the Middle East Project Fund; and Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of political science. These experts will address current issues that relate to the region and place them in context and perspective.

Future meetings of the Middle East Forum are planned for March 14 and April 18.

For questions, please contact Dr. Moshe Gershovich at 402.554.3175 or

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Final CPACS Dean Search Candidate to Visit UNO Feb. 18

John Bartle, interim dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha, will be interviewed for the position of dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) starting Monday, Feb. 18. Dr. Bartle is one of two finalists.

All faculty, staff, students and members of the public can attend Dr. Bartle’s campus community forum on Feb. 18. The forum will take place in the Thompson Alumni Center from 4 to 5 p.m.

Dr. Bartle is the final candidate to be interviewed. Dr. Barbara Turnage, professor in the School of Social Work at Middle Tennessee State University, completed an interview visit earlier this month.

Dr. Bartle has served as interim dean for CPACS since 2011. From 2006 to 2011, he served as director of the School of Public Administration. Since 1994, he has served as professor in the Master’s of Public Administration program. He earned his doctorate in Public Policy and Management from Ohio State University in 1990.

Nancy Edick, dean of the College of Education, chairs the search committee. For more information, email her at

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Firefly Support Announcement for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 (IE10)

Windows 8

Firefly can be accessed with the Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise operating systems. The RT version of Windows 8 (tablet operating system) is not supported for any SAP/Firefly applications. SAP GUI users must use the Pro or Enterprise version; the base Windows 8 operating system is not supported for SAP GUI.

Internet Explorer 10

IE10 is the delivered Microsoft browser for Windows 8. There are two versions of IE10 available within Windows 8: the “Windows UI” version (formerly known as Metro), and the “Desktop” version. The Desktop version is the only one supported for Firefly; the Windows UI version is not supported.

Compatibility Mode

There are certain applications in Firefly that require using the Compatibility Mode of IE10 Desktop. These include the ability to change themes and display certain reports. You can access the Compatibility Mode from the toolbar in Internet Explorer. Click on Tools, then Compatibility View Settings. A pop-up window will appear and you can add/remove websites to be displayed in Compatibility View.

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Published UNO Authors Sought by University Marketing

University Marketing is compiling a list of faculty, staff or student authors. Have you written and published a book? If so, please email with your name, contact information and book title.

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In The News

Gouttierre Quoted on Afghan Drawdown

Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and head of UNO's Center for Afghan Studies, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story focused on the President's plan to draw down troops in Afghanistan.

Zipcar Debut in OWH, Local TV

The Tuesday, Feb. 12 launch of Zipcar on campus at UNO was featured on the Feb. 12 nightly news for WOWT and KETV, as well as in the Wednesday, Feb. 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

UNO Soccer Camp in OWH

In a special Sunday insert for the Omaha World-Herald on Feb. 10 included a feature on the soccer summer camp options offered from UNO's women's team. Head coach Don Klosterman ws quoted.

Drozd Talks Income Tax

David Drozd, research coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO, was quoted in a story in the Seward County Independent about a proposed bill in the Nebraksa unicameral thatt would eliminate the state income tax on Social Security benefits for the majority of Nebraksa seniors.

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Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Services Offered at UNO on Feb. 18

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 Feb. 18, he also saw patients earlier in the month, on Feb. 4.

"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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African Immigrant Jailed for Divorce to Share Personal Story on Campus Feb. 20

Omaha's Ruth Marimo spent three years in jail waiting to be deported after her now ex-husband turned her in as an illegal immigrant as punishment for asking for a divorce. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 Marimo will bring her story of struggle and self-acceptance to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Marimo is an African immigrant, lesbian and single mother of two. She will share parts of her memoir, “Freedom of an Illegal Immigrant,” from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room as part of Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A-and-book-signing session. Free food will also be provided.

Marimo moved to the United States from Zimbabwe at the age of 19 in 1999. Her memoir addresses every aspect of her identity from losing her mother to suicide at an early age through finally accepting her homosexuality after a six-year marriage.

As part of her visit to UNO, Marimo will speak about the dangerous of coming out in a very anti-gay culture, as well as the struggles of what it means to be an LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) in the United States, taken from the experiences of others she has met since writing her memoir.

UNO’s Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Maverick Diversity Coalition, American Multicultural Students and UNO Sociology Club are sponsoring this visit.

Any questions about the event should be directed to Helen Kang, SOLP’s assistant director for cultural programs, at or by phone at 402.554.2711.

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Informational Meeting for OLLAS' Cuba Summer Study Abroad Program Feb. 20

*Editor's Note: In a previous edition of eNotes, the meeting was listed as occuring on Feb. 19, the meeting will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies will host an informational meeting for all students, faculty, staff and alumni for its summer 2013 Cuba study abroad program on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in 286 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

This nine-day international, service learning and travel study program will be led by Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, UNO professor of political science and an internationally recognized Cuba scholar. The travel study program is offered in conjunction with a three credit hour, partially internet-mediated summer course (LLS 4950-861/8956-861). Course topics include: U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba, Cuba after the Castros, Cuba's medical diplomacy, the emergence of the Cuban oil industry, economic market reforms and sustainable development policy.

In Cuba, site visits will include community and cultural institutions; museums; urban organic farms and bio-reserves; and historic Old Havana (a UN World Heritage Site). We will have conversations with those in academics, economists, artists, urban planners, students and young professionals. In the metro Havana area, we will engage with local community service organizations in an on-going service learning project to renovate a community arts and cultural center.

The total cost of the trip is $2,650.00 (this includes roundtrip airfare from Omaha to Cancun, Cancun to Havana, lodging, ground transportation, most meals, visas, insurance, program fees and tips).

For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado at 402.554.4859 or

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Rubrics: Pedagogy and Practice Training Feb. 21

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 on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall. 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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University-Wide Brown Bag Feb. 22

Save the date! The Center for Collaboration Science is sponsoring a university-wide brown bag on Friday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in 214 Roskens Hall.

You are invited to come and hear what is going on in the UNO College of Education regarding Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and STEM collaborations across campus and in the community. Join us for this information and discussion hour.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Carol T. Mitchell at 402.554.2428 or

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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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Spring Faculty Book Discussion Title Announced

"Not Quite Adults" by Settersten & Ray has been selected for the spring faculty book discussion on Wednesday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in the faculty study commons, 305 Criss Library.

Jonathan Santo will lead the discussion of the authors' research-based look at current twentysomethings' slower path to adulthood. Plan now to be part of this interesting discussion. A limited number of books have been ordered, so request your copy today by contacting the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 and register to attend the book discussion at

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