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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 . . .



UNO Emergency Alert: UNO Closed Thursday, Feb. 21

Out of an abundance of caution, and considering the safety of our faculty, staff and students first, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has cancelled all classes and activities on campus for Thursday, February 21st. Off campus classes are cancelled as well.

The winter storm is not expected until tomorrow afternoon, which does not present an issue in the morning, but would possibly put people at risk in their travel home in the afternoon or evening.

The closure of campus on Thursday will also enable our facilities team in cleaning campus streets and sidewalks to, hopefully, enable us to conduct classes and activities on Friday. However, a decision on Friday will be made later and our plan is to make this decision prior to 5am on Friday.

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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 today, 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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Spring Volunteer Fair Postponed Until March 5

*Editor's Note: Due to weather concerns, the Feb. 21 Spring Volunteer Fair has been postponed until Tuesday, March 5.

Over 40 nonprofits will be on hand, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room, to discuss job, internship, and volunteer opportunities.

For more information, visit

The volunteer fair is sponsored by the UNO Office of Student-Community Leadership and Service (SCLS). SCLS is dedicated to developing students as engaged community citizens and leaders of community stewardship through diverse, reciprocal mutually beneficial service opportunities that build and strengthen our communities and our world.

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'Meet the Veteran' Event Today

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, today, 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. Free lunch will be provided.

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

This event is sponsored by the Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) and the Veteran Students Organization (VSO).

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Sen. Ben Nelson's First Public Lecture Today

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is pleased to announce a new educational partnership between former Sen. Ben Nelson and the UNO Department of Political Science.

Senator Nelson will become the department’s “Politician-in-Residence.”  Part of the Nelson’s responsibilities will include team-teaching an upper-division course each semester.

His first public lecture will be today, Feb. 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons. Nelson will join UNO’s Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science, for a lecture titled “The Impact of Hyper-partisanship on American Foreign Policy." This lecture is open to all UNO faculty, staff and students, as well as the media.

*Notice: In the event of inclement weather, the lecture will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Dealing with Difficult Students Workshop Today

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 today, 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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Tech Talk: Free Tools Brown Bag Rescheduled for March 1

*Editor's Note: The Feb. 22 Tech Talk: Free Tools Brown Bag has been rescheduled for Friday, March 1.
The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services, invites you to a brown bag event on Friday, March 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Teaching & Technology Center, 538 Kayser Hall.

API members will give brief demonstrations of several freely available tech tools UNO faculty and instructors might consider using to support their teaching activities. Audio recording and screen capture tools will be featured along with flashcard / notetaking technologies such as Quizlet and StudyBlue.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch and to be prepared to share their ideas about and experiences with free, online tools they’ve found useful.

For more information, contact API at 402.554.2024.

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Physics Colloquium March 1

“Biophysical Imaging with Multiphoton Microscopy,” will be the topic of discussion at UNO’s Physics Colloquium on Friday, March 1.M.G. Nichols from Creighton University will present.

Optical imaging of living cells and intact tissues by non-linear, simultaneous multiphoton molecular excitation provides inherent three-dimensional diffraction-limited resolution while minimizing photodamage and peripheral photobleaching. The multiphoton laser scanning microscope raster-scans a focused, high repetition-rate femtosecond pulse train of infrared laser light across a biological sample and efficiently detects the resulting multiphoton excited fluorescence. This allows quantitative visualization of cellular processes and tissue architecture that had been problematic or impossible with conventional microscopies.

Nichols’ lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center (DSC).

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Change in Location Announced for Spring Faculty Book Discussion

The Spring Faculty Book Discussion of "Not Quite Adults" by Settersten & Ray, has been moved to 214 Roskens Hall on  Wednesday, March 27, at 4 p.m. The discussion had previously been scheduled for March 27 in 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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Criss Library Newsletter Available

The Spring Issue of the UNO Criss Library newsletter is now available.  You can access the “Criss Chronicles” by visiting this link.

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In The News

Ruth Marimo Visit Mentioned In Omaha World-Herald

Ruth Marimo's visit to UNO was mentioned in the Wednesday, Feb. 20 edition of the Omaha-World Herald. On Wednesday, Marimo spoke to members of the UNO community about her experiences as a person of African nationality who has dealt with the struggles of racism, sexism, and coming out in society. She also shared portions of her memoir, "Freedom of an Illegal Immigrant."

Sam Walker Quoted in Los Angeles Times

Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted in the Wednesday Feb. 20 edition of the Los Angeles Times, in regards to the impact police department budget cuts have on the case load of private detectives.

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Inclement Weather Announcement Reminder

When inclement weather arises locally, the university community has several options for getting the information about snow delays or closings. For the latest university information, you can:

• Dial 402.554.CALL (402.554.2255) for the latest weather announcements.

• Access the UNO Weather Announcements website at (Website visitors may need hit the "reload" or" refresh" button on their web browser first to ensure the current information).

• Listen to local radio/TV stations. Classical 90.7 KVNO Radio will also broadcast UNO closing information.

In addition, UNO Campus Security will issue weather announcements via:

• An overhead page into all buildings and dormitories

• A PC Desktop Alert. On-campus UNO network users need to install software that enables windows computers to receive emergency alerts. For installation information, visit or contact Information Technology Services Customer Services at 402.554.4357.

• Text messages. This alert will be directed to registered UNO Alert Notification System (formerlyknown as e2Campus) subscribers. Students, faculty and staff can learn more about the system and sign up at

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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) education 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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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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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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Fan Voting Open For Hobey; Walters a Frontrunner

Fans of UNO hockey are encouraged to vote for junior left wing Ryan Walters in the first phase of fan balloting for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, given each year to the top player in Division I college hockey.

Fan voting opened Jan. 7 at the official Hobey Baker Award website,, and will remain open until Sunday, March 10. The second phase of fan voting, which begins on Friday, March 22, will include the top 10 finalists for the award. Fan voting accounts for one percent of the total ballot in each phase of the process.

Walters is one of 77 players nominated for the award. He leads the WCHA and the country with 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points, all career highs. He is averaging 1.50 points-per-game to rank fourth in the country. His goal total leads the NCAA. He has now scored points in six straight games (5-4-9) and has points in 14 of the last 15 games (13-17-30). Read more.

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Call for Presenters

The Call for Presenters for the 2013 Aging with Passion & Purpose: Aging Well in the Age of Technology Conference is now open. The conference will be held on Oct. 20-21, 2013, on UNO's Dodge Street Campus.

The purpose of the fourth biennial conference on aging is to bring together professionals, administrators, service-providers, researchers, educators and students, caregivers, older adults, baby boomers, and others to gain awareness of how technology, in all of its forms, can impact the lives of individuals as they age by maximizing independence and quality of life.

The conference experience will provide attendees opportunities to share and learn knowledge and deepen their understanding of possibilities and also to connect with persons who have similar interests and goals in the field of aging.

CEUs will be offered at this event. The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m., March 31.

For more information go to or email

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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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