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Student Showcase Opens Feb. 22

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Denise Brady, Art Gallery coordinator, finishes hanging the last of the artwork at the UNO Art Gallery for the juried student art exhibit, which opens Feb. 22. The exhibit runs through Thursday, March 28.

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UNO Emergency Alert: 10 a.m. Start for UNO Friday, Feb. 22

Due to the recent winter storm, UNO will open campus at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22. All classes and events held before that time are cancelled unless otherwise indicated. Previously designated staff should report to work as indicated by their supervisors.

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University-Wide Brown Bag Today

The Center for Collaboration Science is sponsoring a university-wide brown bag from noon to 1 p.m., today, 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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Reminder: Tech Talk 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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Reminder: OLLAS Speaker Event Postponed

In the Tuesday, Feb. 19 issue of eNotes, an item was posted about a guest speaker coming to campus on Friday, Feb. 22 for the Office of Latino and Latin American Studies. The speaking event featuring Dr. Lissette Aliaga-Linares has been postponed due to the anticipation of inclement weather. Stay tuned to eNotes for a revised date and time.

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Donations for Career Center Closet Due Today

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. Today, is the last day to drop off donations. Donations can be dropped off in the UNO Career Center, 111 MBSC, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact the UNO Career Center at 402.554.3672 or

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UNO Juried Student Art Exhibit Reception Tonight

Local artist Mike Girón 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 tonight, 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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Big Band Showcase, Album Release at UNO Tonight

The talents of some of jazz's skilled musicians will be on display tonight, Feb. 22, at the 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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UNO Housing Showcase

A campus-wide UNO Housing Showcase is set for Saturday, Feb. 23. Open to future Mavericks or anyone else who wants to get a glimpse into college life, just stop in the Scott Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to tour any of UNO's five residence halls (last tour departing to Dodge Campus at 2:45 p.m.).

Choices include any or all five of UNO's residence halls:

- Maverick Village

- University Village

- Scott Court

- Scott Hall

- Scott Village

Also, while on the Pacific Location, visitors can partake in open houses from 1 to 3 p.m. at both the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) and Mammel Hall.

For housing information, visit

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PKI Spring Open House

The University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) will open its doors for a Spring Open House on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This open house allows prospective students and their families a chance to learn about the programs available in the UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering (Omaha campus).

Participants can also take this opportunity to tour PKI's state-of-the-art facility and UNO's south campus residence halls, visit with PKI students, faculty and advisors from UNO and UNL, and take part in lab demonstrations. In addition to the Open House, there will also be a UNO Housing Showcase from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tours begin at the Scott Conference Center, located on UNO’s Pacific Street Campus (6510 Pine Street).

For additional information contact PKI at 402.554.3333.

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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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7th Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching

The UNO Master of Arts in Language Teaching program will sponsor the 7th Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 1-5 p.m. in 306 and 380 Arts and Science Hall (ASH).

For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at or 402.554.2862.

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Thursday's Postponed Hockey Game to be Played Saturday

The Omaha hockey team's exhibition game against the U.S. National Under-18 Team scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21 was postponed due to impending inclement weather in the Omaha area. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:07 p.m. at the CenturyLink Center.

All tickets for the game will be honored for the rescheduled game on Saturday.

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Student Body President and Vice President Discussion Feb. 27

UNO Student Government will be holding its Student Body President and Vice President Discussion, part of the student body elections, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center, Fireplace Lounge.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend and ask questions of the two students who are running for those positions.

If you cannot attend but would like to ask the candidates a question, please email Stephanie Montgomery, Student Government’s public relations officer, at before Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.

UNO’s Student Government is the voice of the student body. For more information, please visit or call 402.554.2620.

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College of IS&T Round Table March 1

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Dr. Gautham Pallapa, Software Manager for the Platform, Infrastructure and Automation Group at West Interactive Corporation, on Friday, March 1. Pallapa will talk on the "Multi-Channel Service Problem: Challenges, Testing, and Solutions."

With the increasing popularity of smart phones, there is an imperative need for interactive customer services to handle user interactions on a variety of channels, such as voice, web, mobile, email, chat, and social media. This introduces the necessity of information continuity across diverse channels, shifting the focus from isolated channel-specific to seamless migration of interaction among channels. Pallapa will introduce interactions on various channels, and discuss approaches to effectively test these interactions, using real world use cases.

Pallapa's current projects include developing automation for multi-channel context-aware platforms handling web, voice, mobile, and social channels. He received his doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington, focusing on user behavior, context awareness, and user privacy in smart systems.

The roundtable will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 164 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Pizza, salad and sodas will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The talk starts immediately at noon.

RSVP to Angela Nastase at by Feb. 28.

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Recipient of 2013 Faculty Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity Announced

The selection committee for the 2013 Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity has announced Professor Anna Monardo, Writer’s Workshop, is the recipient of this Award. She has been notified of her selection and will be presented with her Award at the April 11, 2013 Faculty Honors Convocation.

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Writing Center Announces Extended Hours at Satellite Location

The Writing Center is pleased to announce that they will be extending consultation hours at their Criss Library Satellite location to include hours on Sundays.

Hours of availability:

Monday – Thursday 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.
Students can drop in for 15 or 30 minute consultations, to receive one-on-one guidance for their writing needs.

The Writing Center’s Criss Library Satellite is located just past the circulation desk on the main floor of the library.
To schedule an appointment at either of the Writing Center’s two other locations (Arts and Sciences Hall or Mammel Hall), visit or call 402.554.2946.

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Reception for Dr. Hank Lazer at Criss Library Feb. 25

UNO Faculty are invited to a reception for Dr. Hank Lazer, Provost, University of Alabama on Monday, Feb. 25.  Dr. Lazer is visiting UNO to discuss Creative Campus, a successful engagement initiative at UA to bring art to the surrounding community. 

He will be offering advice to UNO on how to apply this model to the Nebraska Watershed Project and other service learning and community engagement activities. 

The reception is from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Criss Library Faculty Study.  Refreshments will be served.

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International Banquet March 2

The 41st Annual International Banquet celebrating UNO's international students will take place Saturday, March 2, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. We will have a buffet dinner with food from around the world, performances by UNO international students, and a fashion show at the end of the banquet where students show off their traditional clothing.

Tickets are $10 for students with a valid UNO ID, $15 for faculty and staff, $20 for the general public, and $12 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased in the MBSC Business Office, second floor. Dress for the banquet is formal attire.

International Student Services (ISS), an agency of Student Government, will sponsor the banquet.

ISS will also host an International Culture Fair on Thursday, Feb. 28. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MBSC Nebraska Room. In this event, international students set up tables with various items to showcase their country & talk with people about their home. Frequentl, they will write names in other languages, do henna tattoos, teach how to use chopsticks or fold origami or other activities. There will be free food & door prizes.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact ISS Director Natalie Hatfield by email at

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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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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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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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