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Hockey Under A Night Sky

photos by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

The UNO Maverick hockey team traveled to the great outdoors at TD Ameritrade Park to play North Dakota in the Mutual of Omaha 'Battles on Ice' on Saturday, Feb. 9. The game was delayed as the playing surface thawed a bit from the warm afternoon and a brief shower chased fans to the concourse, but the game continued into the night. Unfortunately, the Mavs lost by a score of 5-2.



UNO Theatre Previews 'The Archaeology of Dreams' on Stage Tonight

The UNO Theatre Department presents Caridad Svich's "The Archaeology of Dreams," a seriocomic, kaleidoscopic exploration of the intersection between origin, history, and memory. “The Archaeology of Dreams,” is directed by Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro. A preview runs tonight, Feb. 19, with performances Feb. 20-23, Feb. 28, and March 2 in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances.

"The Archaeology of Dreams" tells the story of a child who is born in the U.S. in the year 1963. A President is about to be assassinated, a country singer dies, a senator falls from grace, and two surfers look for bliss in the imagined Scottish skies.

Tickets for "The Archaeology of Dreams" are on sale now. Visit or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY. The box office is located on the first floor of UNO's Weber Fine Arts Building. 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 UNO students who present a valid UNO ID and $5 for all other students who present a valid school ID. The UNO Theatre Box Office now accepts all major credit cards.

The final play of the season, “Female Transport” by Steven Gooch, opens for previews on April 10.

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Wellness Wednesdays Continue Feb. 20 in HPER

The next Wellness Wednesday is set for Feb. 20. This week's seminar focuses on nutrition knowledge, and will be led by Hy-Vee dietitian Karisa Jansen. The seminar runs from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 112 HPER.

For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 402. 554.2008 or

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OLLAS Speaker to Discuss Free Market in Latin America

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies is bringing a special guest speaker to campus Friday, Feb. 22. Dr. Lissette Aliaga-Linares will present "Reimagining Informal Work: Street Traders, Contested Space and Policies in the Latin American Free Market City" at 3:30 p.m. in the 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

Dr. Aliaga-Linares obtained her Sociology and Demography from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in Sociology at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima-Peru. She has conducted research in, or about, a number of Latin American countries including Peru, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Brazil. Her work balances qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research and plays close attention to policy as causes and effects of urban phenomena.

She is currently collaborating with “WIEGO” (Women in the Informal Economy Globalizing and Organizing network), an agency that facilitates the Exchange of organizing and research strategies for informal workers such as domestics, street vendors and others. Her research on urban segregation, migration, urban poverty and informal work represent a unique comparative perspective to think and re-think research and engagement in Omaha. Visit her personal website for more information:

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'Meet the Veteran' Event Feb. 21

Post-9/11 Veterans face an unemployment rate much higher than the national average.' Meet the Veteran' will provide insight on how to break down the barriers Veterans face when seeking employment in the civilian workplace.

Stop by the Milo Bail Student Center's Grand Room, on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. to meet Tommy Garret, a retired Air Force Colonel, and president and CEO of the Garrett Group, an information security and intelligence consulting firm in Bellevue, Neb.

Garret will share valuable insights on smoothing the transition from the military to the civilian work environment, and teach attendees how to utilize and capitalize on their military training and skills in the civilian workplace. The event will also highlight what job opportunities are available for veterans who have a college degree.

Registration for this hour-long event is required. Please contact Matthew Clausen at or Traci Miller at for more information or to register.

Free lunch will be provided.

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Big Band Showcase, Album Release at UNO Feb. 22

The talents of some of jazz's skilled musicians will be on display Friday, Feb. 22 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) as the Jim Widner Big Band will perform a public concert.

The concert coincides with the release of the group’s latest album, which was recorded last summer during the UNO Jazz Camp. Members of the band will be on hand after the show for autographs. The show, which begins at 8 p.m. in the SPAC Recital Hall is $10 for the general public; $5 for students and seniors; and free with a MavCard.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Jim Widner Band includes some of the top musicians from Los Angeles and New York, including members who have worked with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson.Read more.

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Giron to Curate Latest Student Art Exhibition, Reception Feb. 22

Local artist Mike Giron will select works by University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) undergraduate studio majors to display as part of the Spring 2013 Juried Art Student Exhibition.

Approximately 40 undergraduate studio art majors will be represented in the show, which opens with a public reception at the UNO Art Gallery on Friday, Feb. 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The annual juried exhibition is a chance for the Art and Art History Department to showcase the many areas of concentration available in its bachelor of art and bachelor of fine arts degree programs. This showcase features works in book arts, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, intermedia, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

This competitive exhibition will also feature presentations of the Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Scholarships, which will be awarded during the reception. The exhibition continues through Thursday, March 28. Read more.

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Child Welfare Community Forum Feb. 23

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Grace Abbott School of Social Work and the Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) are sponsoring a community forum on Child Welfare in Nebraska, on Saturday, Feb. 23. The forum will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center at UNO.

This event is free and open to the public. The community members will have an opportunity to raise question and comments. Depending upon the time, the audience will have a chance to engage in table talk discussions on solutions and challenges.

The first presentation will be presented by Thomas Pristow, Director of Children and Family Services, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The second presentation will be presented by Dave Newell, Executive Director Nebraska Families Collaborative. Each presenter will respond on the status of Child Welfare in Nebraska from their respective organizations. They will then be open to questions and feedback from the audience.

The second part of this event will be a panel presentation with Carolyn Rooker, Executive Director Voices for Children, Sarah Helvey, Nebraska Appleseed Center, and Jack Dunn, Executive Director of Progressive Research Institute of Nebraska. They will respond to a series of questions about how to make the child welfare system better from an advocate and community engagement process.

For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Barron-McKeagney at or by phone 402.554.2923, or A’Jamal Byndon at or by phone 402.578.6729.

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Brown Bag on Funding Innovative Research Feb. 25

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) holds brown bag events throughout the academic year to assist faculty and staff with their pursuits for external funding. Join SPR staff Monday, Feb. 25 for "How to Find Funding For Your Innovative Research." It will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, Chancellor's Room. This Brown Bag is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).

Pizza and sodas will be provided on a first come, first-served basis. Attendees can also bring their own brown bag lunch.

For more information about the brown bag, view this flier.

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Department of Black Studies Lecture Series Begins Feb. 26

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a two-part lecture series presented by the UNO Department of Black Studies:

Part One: Tuesday, Feb. 26
"Examining White Privilege and the Epistemic Roots of Race and Racism"
Dr. Omowale Akintunde, Associate Professor in the Department of Black Studies, will lecture from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, Dodge Room.

Part Two: Tuesday, March 19
“Black History Month: The African is Not a Toaster”
Dr. Nikitah Imani, Chair of the Department of Black Studies, will lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, Gallery Room.

For further information, please contact the Department of Black Studies at 402.554.2412.

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'Your President is Black: Now What?' Event Feb. 27

All UNO faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the "Your President is Black: Now What?" event, on Wednesday Feb. 27 at 3.p.m in the Milo Bail Student Center, Fireplace Lounge.

The event will provide a chance for students to engage in dialogue about what it means to have a Black president, what role race may play in politics, and what students want from the President.

Free lunch and drinks will be provided.

This event is sponsored by Student Organizations & Leadership Programs, American Multicultural Students, African American Organization, Zeta Phi Beta, Phi Beta Sigma, and the Maverick Diversity Coalition.

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UCAT Announces 2013 Curriculum Development Grants

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is pleased to announce curriculum development grants for 2013. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of UCAT's designated themes (found at

Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate UCAT college representative by March 10, with final drafts due to Center for Faculty Development by March 21, 2013. The Committee will fund grants up to $1,500 for each award. Application forms are available at

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Participate in the New Website Survey

On Sunday, January 27, 2013, UNO launched Phase I of our new website.

Feedback and suggestions are encouraged, and can be sent to

We are also conducting a survey of website users. Please take 10 minutes and fill out this anonymous survey:

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In The News

Student's Viral Photo in New York Times

Graduate student Stephanie Sands was named as the originator of a popular viral photograph of exploding manhole covers in downtown Omaha as part of a New York Times peice on the original Omaha World-Herald story, written by columnist Matt Hansen.

Daily Nebraskan Covers Robotics Expo

The fourth annual Robotics Expo, which is a collaboration between UNO and UNL, took place all day Saturday, Feb. 16 and the event was covered by The Daily Nebraskan, UNL's student newspaper.

'Show the O' Campaign in Omaha World-Herald

The UNO Alumni Association is celebrating its 100th year in 2013 and is asking alumni to take a picture of themselves with a UNO "O" flag. The story was picked up by the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, Feb. 18.

Active Shooting Training Photo Used in Oregon Paper

An Associated Press photo of an active shooter training on the UNO campus in 2007 was used as part of a story on an upcoming active shooter training at an Oregon middle school.

International Studies Grant for Reporting on KETV

KETV broadcast a story on Sunday about reporter Julie Cornell and photographer Andrew Ozaki, who will be traveling to Sudan to produce a documentary on the work of Dr. Joseph Dumba, an Omaha doctor who grew up in the Kajo Keji region of South Sudan. The documentary is funded through the Andy Awards, a program established in International Studies and Programs, which provides funding for international research.

Drozd in Wahoo Newspaper

David Drozd, research coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in a Thursday, Feb. 7 issue of the Wahoo Newspaper, discussing a new bill that proposes the elimination of the state income tax on Social Security. The story was also picked up by the Benckleman News-Chronicle.

Decker in Alliance Times-Herald

The Tuesday, Feb. 12 issue of the Alliance Times-Herald featured a report on the Nebraska economy made by the Nebraska Business Finance Council, of which Chris Decker, professor of economics, is a part.

Phi Delta Kappa Talks International Students at NU

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Mary Lou Kristensen provided a report at a Holdredge meeting of Phi Delta Kappa about the number of international students at the University of Nebraska campuses.

Midlands Business Journal Covers Joint Degree

On Friday, Feb. 15, the Midlands Business Journal provided a brief mention of a joint degree program between UNO and UNMC in the area of biomedical informatics.

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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 9:00 to 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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Dealing with Difficult Students Workshop Feb. 21

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 Thursday, 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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Donations of Professional Attire Sought for Career Closet by Feb. 22

In preparation for the spring career fairs, the UNO Career Center, in partnership with Delta Epsilon Iota, is organizing a Career Closet to provide students with free professional attire.

They are seeking donations of gently used, cleaned clothing items students may wear to career fairs and/or job interviews.

Acceptable items include: full suits, jackets/blazers, professional shirts, slacks, skirts, professional dresses and ties. All sizes are needed; current styles are appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in the UNO Career Center, 111 MBSC, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Feb. 22.

Questions? Contact the UNO Career Center at 402.554.3672 or

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English Department to Co-Host Canadian Author Feb. 28

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

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 Šiauliai 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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Students to Write Stories About UNO Volunteers

Each semester, students in a newswriting and reporting class write stories for a special section of the Gateway. This semester, they will write profiles of UNO employees and students who regularly volunteer in the community. Examples could be the employee who walks dogs each Saturday at the Humane Society or the student who helps serve meals at the Siena Francis House. It could be members of a sports team or a department who pick up garbage along a highway each quarter.

The instructor, Kevin Warneke, is looking for suggestions of students, employees or groups who regularly volunteer. Please send suggestions to

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