News You Can Use 1-19-12


By Natalie McGovern, News Editor

UNO Student Government Offers Metro Bus Passes for Spring 2012

 No car? No money? No problem!

Avoid cold walks to campus by visiting the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Student Government offices for your free Metro Bus Pass courtesy of UNO’s MavRide program.

MavRide, now in its second year, is providing 600 free passes to UNO students to ride Omaha’s Metro bus system.

Students can claim a free bus pass, on a first-come-first-serve basis, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday January 9, in the Student Government office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center near the Fireplace Lounge. The free passes are valid for the Spring 2012 semester.

In an effort to meet students’ needs, Student Government has partnered with Omaha’s Metro to provide free public transportation. Student Government strives to make UNO the best that it can be, by providing programs such as MavRide to assist students in completing their education.

For more information, call the Student Government offices at (402) 554.2620.

Fourth Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Scheduled for Feb. 10

 The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is bringing back its annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair for a fourth year.

Every year since 2009, the ORCA has helped students share their research and creative activity with the UNO and Omaha communities. This year the event will take place on Friday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Nearly 150 diverse student applications, including posters, presentations and performances have been submitted for this year’s fair.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the campus and Omaha community to experience the exciting student scholarship going on at UNO,” said Scott Snyder, associate vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity. “We welcome all students, faculty, staff, and members of the Omaha community to attend and learn more about UNO’s outstanding student scholars and artists.”

Final judging and awards for the best presentations will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the MBSC. A complete schedule of events can be found at

Questions about the fair can be directed to Wendi Jensen, coordinator at ORCA, by phone at (402) 554.2286 or by email at

NET Radio and KVNO Radio in Omaha Announce New Partnership

NET Radio and KVNO Radio in Omaha recently announced a new partnership that will increase efficiencies for both stations and enhance classical music broadcasting across the state.

“This joint venture is an exciting opportunity for both organizations as we work together to provide statewide public radio and save financial resources,” added NET General Manager Rod Bates. The two stations have been collaborating since 2010, informally sharing news staff and news reporting.

KVNO Radio is part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM). NET Radio is licensed to the state of Neb. through the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission (NETC).

The partnership between KVNO and NET Radio will expand the audience for KVNO Radio to cover the entire state of Neb., while offering NET Radio a strong partner in the Omaha metropolitan area.

“This collaboration will leverage the strengths of both operations,” said Gail F. Baker, Dean of UNO’s CFAM. “NET Radio will help us sustain our current excellence while also expanding our reach.”

Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, NET Radio host Lora Black’s “Afternoon Concert” will be simulcast on NET Radio and KVNO Monday through Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. CT and her show “Classics by Request” will air Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. CT.

During the overnight hours, Clifford Jones and other KVNO hosts present classical music, broadcast on both NET Radio and KVNO beginning at 10 p.m. CT. The overnight programming includes the shows “Modern Classics,” “Nocturnes,” “Starlite Classics,” and “Saturday Night Classics.”

KVNO can be heard on 90.7 FM in Omaha. NET Radio is heard on 91.1 FM in Lincoln and surrounding areas.

The statewide radio network also includes Alliance (KTNE 91.1 FM), Bassett (KMNE 90.3 FM), Chadron (KCNE 91.9 FM), Hastings (KHNE 89.1 FM), Lexington (KLNE 88.7 FM), Merriman (KRNE 91.5 FM), Norfolk (KXNE 89.3 FM) and North Platte (KPNE 91.7 FM).

For information about KVNO, please contact Michael Hilt at (402) 554.4855 or by email at For information about NET Radio, please contact Nancy Finken at (402) 472.9333 ext. 265 or by email at

Nebraska Business Development Center, CBA to Host Business Development Seminar Jan. 27

The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration (CBA) and the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) are partnering to hold a full-day seminar on Friday, Jan. 27 focusing on the best practices of business development for companies of all sizes.

The seminar, titled “Capture the Contract,” will be held at Mammel Hall, located at UNO’s Pacific Street Campus on the corner of 67th and Pine Streets, and cover the process of writing a proposal to secure a business contract – called capture planning. Specific topics will include establishing in-house business development processes, finding opportunities and authoring a proposal.

Carl Dickson, founder of, will be leading the seminar. Dickson has over 20 years experience in helping companies, including 97 of the Fortune 100, secure commercial and governmental contracts. The event is sponsored by NBDC Veterans Assistance and Services Program (VASP), whose mission is to assist military connected entrepreneurs succeed in business. The event is open to all businesses.

Doors open for the event at 8 a.m. with the seminar beginning at 8:30 a.m. The day’s events are planned to wrap up around 3 p.m.

To register online, please visit the NBDC website. For more information, please contact Jason Bousquet at (402) 554.6629 or by email at