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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 Flag Lowering Today

The flag will be flown at half-staff on Monday, March 4 in honor of Servalia Levels-Johnson, former instructor in the Goodrich Scholarship Program and School of Communication, who passed away at the age of 73 on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Levels-Johnson first came to UNO in 1972 and retired in 1980.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, March 9 at the Unity Church of Omaha, 3424 N. 90th St., from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Cards and condolences can be sent to:

P.O. Box 11712
Omaha, Neb. 68111

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UNO Introduces New Office of University Communications

Effective March 1, 2013, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is pleased to announce the establishment of the Office of University Communications located in Eppley 113. The previous departments of University Relations and University Marketing have merged to create this new strategic office. University Communications will oversee the overall marketing, brand management and media strategies for UNO. This office will serve as a resource for marketing and promoting all aspects of the University. Keep an eye out for additional information about the services available through University Communications throughout this semester.

The Office of University Communications includes the following staff:

Erin Owen, Director, direct line: (402) 554.2742

Emily Poeschl, Associate Director of Marketing, direct line: (402) 554.2557
Marketing and brand questions, strategy, planning, support

Charley Reed, Media Relations Coordinator, direct line: (402) 554.2129
Media release requests, interview coordination, weather announcements, ICO representative

Sarah Casey, Digital Communications Specialist, direct line: (402) 554.2762
Social media communications, eNotes oversight, website, electronic signage communication requests

Althea Satterfield, Graphic Designer, direct line: (402) 554.4151
Graphic design requests

Jeff Beiermann, University Photographer, direct line: (402) 554.3536
Photography and videography requests

Liz Renner, Web Content Strategist, direct line: (402) 554.3968
Phase I and Phase II website strategy

Teresa Queen, Graduate Assistant, direct line: (402) 554.4152
Marketing analytics

Stephanie Montgomery, Marketing Intern, direct line: (402) 554.3955
Convocation books, May & December commencement programs, student liaison

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Strategic Enrollment Management at UNO

Visit Strategic Enrollment at UNO to learn more and get involved with UNO's efforts to sustain and grow our vibrant student body. All faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. For more information and to get involved please visit:

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Milo Bail Day at the UNO Bookstore March 6

Milo Bail Day in the UNO Bookstore starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, for one day only.

Get a limited edition UNO Spring Break T-Shirt designed by student Jake Saddler for only $9 (plus tax, while supplies last), enter our prize raffle for a UNO Bookstore gift card and get a FREE bag of fresh popped popcorn!

Questions? Contact Jodi Cramer at

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South American Flutist to Play at UNO March 7

One of South America's most renowned flutists will perform a recital at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

Pablo Salcedo, from Mendoza, Argentina, will perform traditional and folk music written for the flute, along with other pieces featuring instruments such at the siku and ocarina. Salcedo will also perform some pieces with free-lance pianist Jennifer Novak-Haar.

The performance will take place at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on UNO's Dodge Campus. Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the door for general admission at $5 and is free with a UNO MavCard. Read more.

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Center for Faculty Development Workshop March 8

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Assessment Academy Grant Recipients Workshop on Friday, March 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in 132 CPACS Collaborating Commons.

This workshop will include two presentations. Jeanne Surface and Kay Keiser will share information about partnering with our community to prepare UNO graduates for leadership positions. Bridget Kratt’s presentation will focus on data rules and preparing successful program reports.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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In The News

Status of Tuition Freeze Uncertain

On March 1, the Omaha World-Herald reported in a story that funding levels and a possible freeze of tuition at University of Nebraska could be in jeopardy.

University president J.B. Miliken released this statement:
“I was surprised and disappointed by the preliminary recommendation from the Appropriations Committee. The University of Nebraska has ambitious goals to grow enrollments, expand programs in agriculture, medicine, engineering and other programs that directly affect Nebraskans, attract new talent to the state and contribute to Nebraska’s competitiveness in the knowledge economy – but all of these will require investment and we will not be successful without the partnership of the state. We have understood the economic pressures that led to five straight years of flat appropriations, but this is not a sustainable trend if we are to remain both affordable and competitive. We will continue to ask the Appropriations Committee to invest in the university as it is in other state priorities.”

Drozd Quoted on Working-From-Home Story

David Drozd, research coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald column focused on the recent decision of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer requiring her employees to have face time in the office. Drozd provided help to the author in tracking down statistics from the last U.S. Census on how many people work at home.

Former Mav Signs with Flyers

Anthony Stolarz, a former goaltender woth the Maverick hockey team, signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, March 1.

Steiner Discusses Furloughs on Becka

On Friday, March 1, Benjamin Steiner, crimonology and criminal justice assistant professor, appeared on the Tom Becka Show (1290 KOIL) to discuss the recent debate over prisoner furloughs between Mayor Jim Suttle and the unicameral.

Suttle Promotes UNO Partnership on KPTM, KIOS

On Thursday, Feb. 28 Mayor Jim Suttle gave his annual "State of the City" address, which included a mention about a partnership between his office and the College of Business Administration to train local farmers in farm-to-table development to help bring local produce to Omaha citizens. The story was picked up by local news affiliates KPTM and KIOS.

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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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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 Thursday, March 28 and will deal with Coping With Life's Transitions: Moving Forward.

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Department of Black Studies Asst. 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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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 132 CPACS Collaborating Commons. 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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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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MaV USO and Disability Services to Host Webcast March 11

The UNO Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) and the UNO Disability Services Office will be host a "Disability Services: Accommodating Student Veterans" webcast on Monday, March 11, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Umoho Room.

This event will emphasize how disability service administrators can train others on campus to better serve veteran students with physical and psychological disabilities and help them succeed academically and socially.

For more information, contact Jen Carroll, director of Mav USO, at 402.554.2353 or

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Fifth Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair March 8

The 2013 Student Research and Creative Activity Fair is fast approaching!

The 5th Annual Fair will take place on Friday, March 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center. A detailed schedule will be available in the next few weeks. Awards will be announced on Monday, March 11, 5 p.m. at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center. All are invited to attend both the Fair and awards ceremony.

For questions, contact Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at

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Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights March 12

A University of Iowa student who gained national attention for a speech defending the right for his parents to remain married under Iowa's same-sex marriage law will speak at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) as part of the annual Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights on Tuesday, March 12.

This lecture will take place in the Thompson Center of UNO’s Dodge Campus beginning at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend the lecture and the public is welcome to attend. Read More.

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Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year

UNO faculty and staff are asked to submit nominations for student employees to be 2013's Student Employee of the Year. The nomination form and guidelines can be found at

Nominations should be sent to Tim Rochford (Human Resources, 205 EAB) at by Friday, March 15.

The ceremony to celebrate nominated student employees will take place on Monday, April 22, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom (MBSC) from 3 to 4 p.m. Nomination letters should discuss the student employee's dedication and professionalism, responsibility and reliability, initiative and creativity and the uniqueness of their contribution to the university. The student selected as the Student Employee of the Year will receive a $100 check provided by the UNO Alumni Center.

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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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Criss Library To Introduce New WMS System March 1

Criss Library coverted its online library catalog to the new WMS system on Friday, March 1.

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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