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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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English Department to Co-Host Canadian Author Today

Author Julija Sukys will be on the UNO campus today, in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 10 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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P-16 Initiative to Partner With Students, Community Members Today

UNO students from Dr. Paul Williams' and Dr. Curtis Hutt's Religious Studies classes, and Central High School students, will be holding interviews for Project Interfaith's RavelUnravel program from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge, today. The interviews are part of their P-16 service learning project. The RavelUnravel program explores the tapestry of religious and spiritual identities that make up communities and the complexities of how we construct and deconstruct identity. All on campus are invited to share their religious identities in three minute recorded interviews.

Also, UNO students from Professor Arturo Miranda’s Spanish Language class, and students from Millard West’s Advanced Placement Spanish class, will be fostering cultural and generational understanding by partnering with seniors at the Intercultural Senior Center today and again on Thursday, March 7. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the students have been preparing for the Intercultural Senior Center by learning about Latin American music and traditional games, while improving conversational Spanish skills.

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'Service Learning 101' Offered Today

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why do educators value it? For many UNO faculty members, community engagement means service learning.

To assist faculty in designing service learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service Learning Academy offers Service Learning 101, a two-hour workshop to be offered today, Feb. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Redick Room.

Faculty new to service learning and those with projects in development are welcome. Please bring a syllabus for a course you would like to add a service learning component to. If you do not have a syllabus developed yet, please bring your course learning objectives.

To register, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook in the Service Learning Academy, 114 MBSC, 402.554.3055 or by e-mail at

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Petite Musique Concert Tonight

UNO's Petite Musique series returns this evening, Feb. 28 with performances from two local musicians.

Starting at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Recital Hall, on UNO’s Dodge Street Campus, professional musicians Danielle Meier, double bass, and Jennifer Novak Harr, piano, will perform. The concert is designed to last for no longer than one hour in length. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for all students.

Meier will also be providing a special masterclass to area youth prior to the concert, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in 105 SPAC. The masterclass is free and open to the public.

The next Petite Musique event will take place Friday, March 15. More information can be found at

Questions? Contact Stacie Haneline at or by phone at 402.554.4897.

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This Week in Maverick Athletics


This Week in Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on this link

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility 'Robot Teams' Talk March 1

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility cordially invites you to attend a presentation given by Dr. Prithviraj Dasgupta, on Friday, March 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in 211 HPER. Dr. Dasgupta will discuss "Coordination and Planning in Robot Teams."

Dasgupta is currently an Associate Professor at UNO in the department of Computer Science. He has previously studied computer engineering at Jadavpur University in India and the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research interests involve multi-agent/multi-robot systems, swarm robotics, and game theory and computational economics. Dr. Dasgupta is well-published in journals such as the International Journal of Intelligent Systems, and is well funded through granting agencies such as the Department of Defense.

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CBA to Host Omaha Mayoral Candidate Debate March 14

UNO's College of Business Administration will host the inaugural Omaha mayoral candidate debate on March 14 at 7 p.m. in Mammel Hall's Virginia Schmid Auditorium.

Hosted live on The Mighty 1290 KOIL-AM both over the air and on-line, this long-form debate will take place before a live community audience and feature current Mayor Jim Suttle, former Gubernatorial candidate Dave Nabity, Omaha City Council Member Jean Stothert, Nebraska Senator Brad Ashford, and former Omaha Council Member Dan Welch. The candidates will address issues and concerns as posed by the 1290 KOIL broadcasters Tom Becka and Clint Bellows along with KETV City Hall Reporter Todd Andrews.

UNO's Dean of the College of Business Administration, Louis Pol, weighed in on the debate: "Education and post-graduation employment are critical issues for our university and the entire community. We look forward to hearing the candidates' plans for our city."

Due to the demand to participate in a debate of this magnitude, The Mighty 1290 KOIL-AM will broadcast the debate live over the air on 1290AM; and stream the entire debate live via the station's website at A limited number of tickets will be available on the KOIL website and on-air host Tom Becka will provide listeners with free tickets during his program airing weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m.

The debate will be moderated by Mike'l Severe of NRG Media. For more information and for tickets to the debate visit the station's website

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Sen. Ben Nelson Public Lecture March 28

Continuing its commitment to education and engagement, 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.

Beginning this semester, 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.

On Thursday, March 28, 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.

In his lecture, Nelson will speak to how the partisanship in Congress has hindered and/or distorted the foreign policy process. A question-and-answer period will follow the lecture. Nelson will also speak the following week on Tuesday, April 2.

For more information, contact Benjamin-Alvarado at 402.554.4859 or the Department of Political Science at 402.554.2624.

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In The News

Benjamin-Alvarado Talks Hagel Confirmation, Sequester

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science, was interviewed on KIOS Wednesday, Feb. 27 about the recent confirmation of former Nebraska senator and UNO graduate Chuck Hagel.

Kolok Discusses Creative Campus with Alabama School Paper

Alan Kolok, professor of biology and director of the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory, was interviewed by the Alabama University Crimson White about a professor from Alabama was making to campus this week to discuss Creative Campus – a model for sharing research and education with the community.

Spenner Overcomes Hurdles

Sammi Spenner, a junior on the track and field team at UNO, was profiled in the Omaha World-Herald on Tuesday, Feb. 26 about her recent successes at the Summit League Championships. Due to UNO’s transition to Division I, Spenner’s efforts can not be included on any NCAA charts and she cannot compete for a national championship.

Petite Musique Covered by KVNO

The new ‘Petite Musique’ series at UNO, which began in January, was profiled on KVNO Tuesday, Feb. 26. The series includes faculty and area musicians performing short pieces of music as a survey into the varying styles and options music has to offer.

UNO Partnership with UNMC in OWH

On Thursday, Feb. 21 the work of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and UNO was featured in the Hemingford Ledger. Through a partnership with 19 hospitals across the state, UNO and UNMC aim to help improve mobility and lower the risk of falling.

Pair of Students Gets Grant to Make Feature Film

Students Nick and Emily Boyer were mentioned in the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, Feb. 24 after earning a grant from UNO to work on the group’s first feature film, titled “Air.”

NBDC Events Previewed by OWH

The Nebraska Business Development Center was featured in the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, Feb. 24 for a set of workshops the organization, which is part of UNO’s College of Business Administration, is holding in March.

Visiting Brazilian Teachers Thank Beatrice

Teachers from Brazil who are part of UNO’s International Professional Development Program provided a thank you note, which was published in the Beatrice Daily-Sun, after their visit to the city at the end of January.

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Tech Talk: Free Tools Brown Bag 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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Spring Volunteer Fair 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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'Careers in Aging' Panel March 8

The UNO Department of Gerontology & Grace Abbott School of Social Work will host a "Careers in Aging" panel on Friday, March 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 222 CPACS.

Representatives from five local, age-related organizations will participate in the panel. These organizations include: Home Instead Senior Care, Immanuel Pathways, Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, Vetter Health Services, and Hillcrest Health Systems.

Students who attend the panel can get advice on job hunting, learn about the diverse careers in aging, gain the inside scoop on interviewing, and network with professionals. Please let your students know of this great opportunity.

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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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Spring Faculty Book Discussion March 27

"Not Quite Adults" by Settersten & Ray has been selected for the spring faculty book discussion on Wednesday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in 214 Roskens Hall.

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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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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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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Photos Sought for UNO Alumni Association 'Show the O' Site

Can you help the UNO Alumni Association "Show the O?"

As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, the association has launched “Show the O,” a campaign that provides alumni and friends with a large “O” flag then asks them to have themselves photographed holding the flag in front of some notable icon where they live or are traveling to.

The photos are displayed on an interactive website that includes a clickable map and photo gallery indicating all the locations around the world where “O” flags have traveled, plus brief information about participants.

Alumni, faculty, staff and students can visit the site to request a flag be sent to them (flags are to be returned). Participants also can download an “O” flyer that can be printed and used for photos.

The Alumni Association was founded June 6, 1913, by the Class of 1913 — a group of 13 graduates. Since then the university has graduated nearly 110,000 alumni — more than 94,000 of whom are living.

Visit today and help Show the O!

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