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Mozart on Rollerskates

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As part of the Spring KVNO Pledge Drive, Mozart was on hand Monday morning along Dodge Street outside the UNO Alumni Association. The 'skating composer' worked at drumming up support and memberships. The spring drive concludes Tuesday for UNO's classical radio station.

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KVNO Spring Pledge Drive Underway

The spring seven-day pledge drive for UNO's KVNO Radio is underway with a goal of $80,000. The drive started Wednesday and will conclude on Tuesday, March 18. ...continue

PWSA to Host 10th Annual Rites of Spring March 29

The creative expression of women throughout the Omaha area will be highlighted Saturday, March 29, at the 10th annual Rites of Spring celebration, sponsored by the UNO Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA).
 The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Milton R. Abrahams Library, 5111 N. 90th St. Read more.

Latina Scholars' Omaha Visit to Focus on Literacy

Latina scholars and authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy - experts on bilingual families, story collection and bilingual literature - will visit five Omaha Public Schools and attend two community events in Omaha this April to promote literacy. Activities are free and open to the public.

The duo's visit was organized and cosponsored by the Omaha Family Literacy Partnership (OFLP) - a nonprofit community service outreach program promoting family literacy housed in the UNO College of Education - along with a grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council and in collaboration with the Omaha Public Library and Omaha Public Schools. Read more.

MavCard System Down Today for Upgrade

MavCards will not work on campus today, March 18, due to an upgrade on the campus card system. However, MavCards will still function as usual for door access.

MavCard Services staff anticipates the system will work as usual Wednesday, March 19.

For more information, contact Mary Cunard, manager of MavCard Services, at 554.2220 or

CCSW Awards Luncheon Tickets on Sale in the MBSC

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will host its 22nd annual awards luncheon Wednesday, March 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

Tickets cost $13 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $10 for students. Luncheon tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office and can also be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to through Monday, March 24. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $104 by contacting Esther Scarpello, CCSW treasurer, at 554.3660 or

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2008 Award recipients. The awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to women. The 2008 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award
Sheri Noren Everts
Interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Community Service Award
Douglas County Health Department

Student Scholarship Award
Danielle Ray
Junior majoring in exercise science in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

A reception for the honorees will be held prior to the luncheon from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

The CCSW serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

For more information about the luncheon, contact CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or, or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or

SPR to Host March 27 Presentation by Matt Hammons

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag event Thursday, March 27, featuring Matt Hammons, federal relations coordinator for the University of Nebraska.

Hammons will speak about "University of Nebraska Federal Appropriations Request Process" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. The entire campus community is welcome to attend and bring a lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact SPR at 554.2286.

15th Annual Brooks Lecture to Feature Alan Steinweis March 27

Alan E. Steinweis will deliver the Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture Thursday, March 27, at UNO. His presentation, "Diagnosing and Combating Holocaust Fatigue," begins at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall. It is free and open to the public.

"Holocaust fatigue" is a term describing the phenomenon in the United States and beyond that involves a diminishing patience for hearing and learning about the Holocaust. The causes and manifestations of Holocaust fatigue may be linked to the growth of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiment. In his lecture, Steinweis will highlight the causes and symptoms of the phenomenon and suggest how it can be combatted through a rethinking of the way the Holocaust is taught and commemorated. Read more.

Chair Massage Service Available in HPER this Spring

Looking for a way to reduce stress? UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage on campus this spring.

A station will be set up in 103 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, March 28 and April 18. Andrea Porter, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $10 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.

For more information, call 554.2539.

Annual Colloquia on Language Teaching Set for March 29

The UNO Master of Arts in Language Teaching program will sponsor the second annual Colloquia on Language Teaching Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at UNO. The event is free and open to the public.

The colloquia will begin with a coffee meet and greet at 8:30 a.m. on the third floor of Arts and Sciences Hall. Aleidine Moeller from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will deliver the keynote address, "Motivating Students through Assessment in the Language Classroom: What, How and Why?"

Dr. Moeller's address begins at 9 a.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. The following concurrent sessions feature presentations on a variety of topics from teaching vocabulary to second language assessment.

For more information, contact Melanie Bloom, assistant professor of foreign languages, at, or the Department of Foreign Languages at 554.4841.

Fly Fishing and Archery Classes Offered in HPER

UNO Campus Recreation announces two new adult instructional classes for the spring semester.

They are:

Fly Fishing 101
Instructor: Mike Kelly, certified casting instructor
Date: Sunday, March 30
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Room: 112 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building
Cost: $60 - UNO students; $80 - UNO activity cardholders; and $100 - non-activity cardholders and general public
Ages: 18 and up
Registration: Call 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER

Adult Archery Class
Instructor: Dan Leazenby
Dates: Saturdays in April (5, 12, 19 and 26)
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Room: 230 HPER (golf/archery/fencing lab)
Cost: $15 - UNO students; $20 - UNO activity cardholders; and $25 - non-activity cardholders and general public
Ages: 18 and up
Registration: Call 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER

"Teaching in the U.S. and Africa - Experiences of a Science Educator" March 26

Carol Mitchell, professor of science education at UNO, will present "Teaching in the U.S. and Africa - Experiences of a Science Educator" on Wednesday, March 26. Hosted by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), the event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Dr. Mitchell conducted two Summer Science Professional Development Institutes for Teachers and Summer Science Institutes for middle and high school students in Maseru, Lesotho (Africa), in 2006 and 2007. Anyone interested in the advancement of teaching in a different country/culture, community leaders, parents and all those interested in the education of K-12 students can attend.

Those attending will learn about:

- The country and schooling;

- The work involved in the Teachers' Professional Development and the Middle and High School Students' Institute;

- How to improvise and adapt classroom teaching/learning; and

- The importance of hands-on experiences.

To register, contact the CFD, 220 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunches. Desserts and drinks will be provided.


UNO Concerto-Aria Competition Results Announced
UNO students Erika Jeck (piccolo) and Jaymeson Pon (piano) are the winners of this year's UNO Concerto-Aria Competition, and Marc LaFerla (baritone) received an honorable mention.

The competition features UNO music students who perform for an outside panel of judges. The winners will perform with the UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra or UNO Chamber Orchestra during the 2008-09 season.

UNO Library Education Program Recognized Nationally
The UNO School Library Media Education Program has received national recognition from the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. The recognition puts the UNO program on a prestigious list with other highly regarded and recognized programs across the country that are dedicated to producing outstanding candidates for 21st century school libraries.

"While the accreditation process was long and arduous, it was worth every minute to bring recognition to the UNO College of Education and its support of libraries and library education," said Becky Pasco, associate professor of education and coordinator of library science education programs.

The UNO School Library Media Program has a robust enrollment in all its endorsement and degree options, and has candidates from six regional states.

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