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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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TIAA-CREF Appointments Available Today

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus for individual appointments with employees today.

Appointments can be made by calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614.

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Wellness Wednesdays Continue Today in HPER

The next Wellness Wednesday is set for today, Feb. 27. This week's seminar focuses on a holistic approach to wellness, and will be led by HVI Exercise Physiologist for Alegent-Creighton Health, Maggie Sweigart. 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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Reminder: 'Your President is Black: Now What?' Event Canceled

The 'Your President is Black: Now What?' event previously scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge, has been canceled.

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OASA Bulletin Spring 2013 Now Available

In the past year, we've had many changes in Academic and Student Affairs. We've introduced new people to the campus and Omaha as well as familiar people in new roles here at UNO. With this bulletin, OASA wants to take the opportunity to re-introduce our newest faces and roles and a new space. Read more here.

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Criss Library To Introduce New WMS System March 1

On March 1, Criss Library will convert its online library catalog to the new WMS system.

The new system is from OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative. “Catalog users will notice some differences in the way they search for books and other items” said Steve Shorb, Dean of the Criss Library. “Search results will look a little different, too, and will include results from nearby libraries in addition to those from our own collection. Overall, the new system should help researchers find more information, faster” he said.

Criss library is the 100th library to implement WMS, with many more libraries expected to follow. Savings due to the new system will enable the acquisition of a collection of 300,000 scholarly electronic books. The additions will increase the libraries current holdings of 700,000 print and electronic books to over 1 million volumes.

The new e-books can be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time, with renewals for longer loan periods. Most of the new e-books can be downloaded to a laptop, iPad or Kindle.

For information on the new system, contact Criss Library at 402.554.2661.

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HPER Pool Closed March 1

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Pool will be closed due to a swim meet starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1, and will open at 6 a.m. on Monday, March 4.

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Speech Center Learn Over Lunch Series March 5

"Communicating Across Cultures: Presentation Skills for Non-Native Speakers" is planned for Tuesday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Lunch and Learn will learn how to adapt a presentation for multicultural audiences, understand common miscommunications and how to avoid them, learn tips for presenting in English (for non-native English speakers), and increase your comprehension of speakers with heavy accents.

This workshop is open to all students but is especially helpful for non-native English speakers.

Space is limited so you must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or

Free pizza and pop will be provided.

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'Coping With Life's Transitions' Seminar March 6

The "Coping With Life's Transitions: Dealing with Stress On and Off the Job wellness seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 6 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room.

This seminar is open to all faculty, staff, retirees and students. The seminar will be presented by Marlene Schneider, the Counselor for the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program (FEAP).  

The seminar will look at tips and strategies on how to deal with the major life transitions we all experience: serious illness or death of an employee, a family member, a friend or co-worker, or perhaps the death of a pet, job changes, the end of a relationship, aging parents and retirement.  Learn how to effectively handle these situations both personally and as a supervisor or coworker.

The next seminar will be on Thur. March 28 and will deal with Coping With Life's Transitions: Moving Forward.

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Department of Black Studies Assistant Professor Second Candidate Presentation March 6

The Department of Black Studies will be hosting three finalists for the Assistant Professor vacancy. All university staff and faculty are invited to the candidates' job talks. The second candidate will present on Wednesday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

Dr. Rebecca Davis, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, will present "The black experience in World War II and the impact it had on the coming fight for equal rights in the postwar years."

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Writing Center to Host ESL Workshop March 6

The UNO Writing Center will hold the "English as a Second Language (ESL) Workshop: Building Better Sentences" on Wednesday, March 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 154 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

ESL Specialist Kathy Radosta will present a workshop for ESL students who want to gain or improve their skills in writing more fluent, interesting, and expressive sentences.

This is a free workshop, but space is limited, so call or email to register today.

For more information or to register for this workshop, email the UNO Writing Center at or call 402.554.2946.

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56th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference March 7-9

The 56th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference, sponsored by the UNO Department of History, will run from March 7 to March 9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Omaha.

The theme for this year's conference will be "Life Must Be Lived as Play: competition, sport & leisure in human history," although papers on all topics of history are presented.  

UNO students may attend panels for free upon presentation of a valid MavCard at the registration desk.  Non-UNO students who would like to attend may register at the conference.  

Further information, including a PDF of the 2013 program, is available here:

Any questions may be directed to Dr. Jeanne Reames, conference coordinator, UNO Department of History, at

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2013 IRB Education Series Continues March 11

The UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board Education Series continues on Monday, March 11, with a presentation by Sue Logsdon, IRB administrator and compliance coordinator. Sue will speak to us about the importance of reporting non-compliance to the IRB with her talk, "Oh, no! I've Screwed Up!" The series concludes with a presentation about data security and research on April 16 by Sheila Wrobel and Sharon Welna.

All sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the 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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Office of Academic and Student Affairs to Sponsor Asperger's Webinar March 13

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is sponsoring the "Asperger's Disorder: Practical Strategies for Identifying, Understanding and Supporting Students" webinar on Wednesday, March 13 from noon until 1:30 p.m.

The webinar will be held in 301 Allwine; please feel free to bring your lunch.  Dr. Meribeth Jackson, UNO Coordinator for Services to Students with Disabilities, will be available after the webinar to answer questions.

Questions?  Contact Rita Henry at or call 402.554.2946.

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API to Offer 'Introduction to Photoshop' Class March 14

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer an "Introduction to Photoshop" class on March 14 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 232 Criss Library.

This hands-on class will demonstrate the use of the Photoshop CS6 editing tools and introduce basic techniques to enhance, compose, and publish images for use on the web, in print media, and for video display.Though taught in the CS6, most of the techniques shown during class can be used in most standard photo and image editing programs.

To register, visit

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New York Times Representative On Campus March 27

All faculty members are invited to a reception with Paul Wilson, Educational Representative, The New York Times, on Wednesday, March 27 from 3-5 p.m. in the Faculty Commons of the library, #305.

Faculty members interested in using the Times in classes, having free home delivery of the paper, or developing curriculum to post on the Times website are encouraged to attend. Faculty involved with the Newspapers in Curricula initiative will be available to answer questions about the use of newspapers in their classes. Refreshments and Times materials.

Questions? Contact Maria Knudtson:

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In The News

Shorb Talks Book Binding

The work of Houchen Bindting Ltd., which is based out of Utica, Neb., was featured in the Tuesday, Feb. 26 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Criss Library dean Steve Shorb talked about UNO's relationship with the company.

Drozd Talks Number of College-Aged Adults Leaving Nebraska

David Drozd, research coordinator for UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in a story in the Norfolk Daily News about the large number of college-aged adults leaving the state compared to other states.

Drozd Discusses Income Taxes

Drozd also talked with the Omaha World-Herald over the weekend on the idea of governor's pushing for eliminating income taxes.

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Student Leader of the Month - February Nominations

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office sponsors the Student Leader of the Month Award. If there is a student you know that would be a candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP would love to have you nominate them for this award.

In order to nominate a student, follow this link to fill out the nomination form.

We will select one student a month at our staff meeting. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if we receive multiple nominations per month. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and we will set up the best time to present the award.

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'PowerPoint: Not Just for Presentations' Session March 1

Learn the power of PowerPoint by joining the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS) as they help you create interactive PowerPoints.

The training session will take place on Friday, March 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in 538 Kayser Hall. During this session, participants will learn how to use PowerPoint to create non-linear, interactive course materials which can be used for test preparation, in class activities, games, supplemental resources, and to help accommodate students with various learning styles.

Participants will first create a sample presentation flow chart and a story board to be used in their development of a short non-linear presentation. Previous experience with basic PowerPoint is recommended.

To register for this session, visit

Questions? Contact IS Customer Services at 402-554-4357 or

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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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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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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). Everyone is welcome to attend.

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

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Participate in the New Website Survey

On Sunday, Jan. 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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