News You Can Use 12-8-11


By Michael Wunder, News Editor

Free Bowling for Students at Midnight Mojo on Dec. 10

UNO students are invited to the last Midnight Mojo event of 2011. This month’s theme: free bowling. 

One week before commencement, on Friday, Dec. 10, at West Lanes, just north of 72nd and Dodge streets, the event runs from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Midnight Mojo event is free and open to all UNO students.

Students must present their MavCards to attend the event, which will include free bowling, free shoe rental, free food and free entertainment. 

Students can catch the shuttle to West Lanes from Universty Village and Maverick Village at 9:45 p.m.; or they can drive to the bowling alley, which is located just blocks from the UNO campus. 

The Midnight Mojo event, now in its third year, hosts free, late-night student activities that are sponsored by UNO.

Funding for Midnight Mojo comes from U kNOw CHOICES in connection with LiveWise. The LiveWise Regional Coalition is a nonprofit organization serving a five-county area (Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington) whose focus is to prevent the use or abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. 

For more information, contact Bill Pickett at or (402) 554-4001.

Student creative and research work sought for No-Limits Conference

The Women’s and Gender Studies department is seeking student submissions for its No-Limits Conference, “Beyond Violence: Dare to Speak” to be held March 2 and 3, 2012. Creative and scholarly work on any topic related to women’s and gender studies are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students. This includes but is not limited to art, music, theater, literature, poetry, blogs, traditional and social media, research papers and studies. The deadline for student proposals is Jan. 27, 2012. All proposals should be submitted to Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at

Parking Permits for Spring 2012 Available Starting Dec. 12

Parking Services will open sales for Spring 2012 Parking Permits starting Monday, Dec. 12. All permits are required to be purchased online.  Please log on to to make your purchase.

All permits must be picked up at the Parking Office, 107 Eppley Administration Building, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faculty, staff and students will need to present their MavCard to pick up their permit.

The online purchasing system requires NetID username and password; primary vehicle information; and information on any additional vehicles that will be parking on campus.

This information includes the vehicle’s year, make, model, color and license plate number.

For any questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

UNO’s Dec. 17 Commencement to Offer New Traditions

Significant changes have  been made regarding UNO’s commencement planning.  The December commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the UNO Fieldhouse.

UNO will hold two ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The 10 a.m. ceremony will involve graduates of the Colleges of Education, Engineering (UNL), Arts & Sciences, and Communication, Fine Arts and Media

The 2 p.m. ceremony will include the Colleges of Business Administration, Information Science and Technology, Public Affairs and Community Service and Education & Human Services (UNL). Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend either ceremony or both. A reception will be held following each ceremony in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Field house doors open at 8 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony and noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony. Students will line up in HPER 128 and Faculty by the HPER Maverick Café area. Platform Party will assemble in HPER 143.

“We want to focus on our students and what they’ve accomplished,” said Thomas Wallace, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs in a press release. “We also want the family and friends of students in the ceremonies to come to UNO and see our beautiful campus.”

A faculty, staff and student committee has been meeting to plan the ceremony. Previously, the university had been renting the Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha for commencements.

“The Civic Auditorium remains a good event location, but we feel the UNO campus is a more appropriate venue for such a milestone in the lives of our students. This is a break from what has been done in the past, and it involves many people, but it places our students and our university in a great spotlight,” Wallace said.

Anyone attending commencement and who also needs to rent regalia should contact the UNO Bookstore at 402.554.3879 as soon as possible.

UNO Bookstore Book Buy Back

The UNO Bookstore will be having their end-of-semester Book Buy Back and Rental Return Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 7-17. Current picture ID is required.

Estimated Buyback prices can be viewed at click on cash for books.

UNO Bookstore hours during Book Buyback:


 – Monday through Thursday

 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 5 p.


9 a.m. to 1 p.m.