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Seven Days of Service

It was time for mud on the shoes and paint on the hands as volunteers this week participated in UNO's Seven Days of Service. The semi-annual event took several hundred volunteers into the North Omaha community to help such groups as the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity with neighborhood projects. UNO students, staff and faculty were joined by students from Omaha North High School, Millard West and Millard South High Schools and UNO alumni to work at eight different community locales.

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Mixing Math with Sports Stats

What really are your chances of successfully completing the March Madness bracket? Practically impossible, but are there any tips that can increase your odds?

It's possible, says UNO math professor and statistician Andrew Swift, pictured above.

There are more than 9 quintillion (that's 9 billion billion) different ways to complete a March Madness bracket, so the chance of getting it correct are much smaller than winning the lottery.

However, unlike the lottery, not every combination is equally likely. Thus, identifying which combinations are most likely is certainly an advantage.

By taking the results of all the regular season games and performing some statistical analysis, Dr. Swift has identified which games have the most chance of being upsets, and thus increasing the odds of a successful bracket.

View Dr. Swift's completed bracket, based on his calculations.

Click the play arrow to listen to a March 21 interview Dr. Swift conducted with hosts of "The Big Show with Matt Perrault" on KXSP (590 AM).

First CFAM Finalist for KVNO and UNO TV Assistant Dean of Media Operations and General Manager Visit Today

Mike Hilt, one of two finalists for the position of assistant dean of Media Operations and general manager, KVNO and UNO TV, in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM), will be interviewed this week.

The campus community is invited to attend Dr. Hilt's open forum today, March 25, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 107i Arts and Sciences Hall.

Dr. Hilt, a UNO School of Communication professor, has served as interim general manager of UNO Television and KVNO, since 2007. He earned his master's degree from the University of Kansas and his doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been a member of the UNO faculty since 1988.

Robert Franklin is the second finalist. He is the manager of radio station KASU, on the campus of Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, Ark.), and an assistant professor in the Department of Radio and Television at the university. He will be interviewed next week.

Dave Ogden, School of Communication associate professor, has chaired the search committee.

UNO Faculty Showcase Fundraiser Recital Tonight

A faculty showcase recital featuring music by UNO faculty composers and performed by faculty artists will take place tonight, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Proceeds from the concert fund travel expenses for UNO faculty to perform this concert at the College of Music Society Great Plains/Great Lakes Super Regional Conference on Saturday, March 29, in Normal, Ill. This evening's recital is free for all UNO students with ID. A good-will offering is suggested for all other concertgoers.

The program will include:

- Fanfare for Trombone and Computer by Jeremy Baguyos
Peter Madsen, trombone

- "Songs of Soulmates" by Christopher Stanichar
Wendy Eaton, mezzo-soprano
Susan Hatch-Tomkiewicz, English horn
Christopher Stanichar, piano

- "Algona 1964" from Waterwords by Kenton Bales
Wendy Eaton, mezzo-soprano
Darren Pettit, alto saxophone
Christopher Stanichar, piano

- "Zephyrs" for flute and vibraphone by Barry Ford
Christine Erlander Beard, flute
Mike Pollock (UNO alumnus substituting for Tomm Roland), vibraphone

For more information, contact Dr. Beard at 554.2685.

WRC Hosts Women's History Month Activities This Week

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) will host three events in honor of Women's History Month this week. All events are free and open to the public.

Events include:

Today through Thursday, March 25-27
- The Binding Project
Milo Bail Student Center

The Binding Project blends education, art and dialogue to establish a community of empowerment by creating a focal point for the shared healing and strength of those dedicated to shattering the silence of sexual violence.  Look for tables in the MBSC where faculty, staff and students can make their own wrist band out of zip ties. For details, visit

- These Hands are Not For Hurting
A giant sheet of butcher paper is available in the MBSC so faculty, staff and students can trace their hands on the paper and sign their names. This action will speak to personal commitments to nonviolence and support for sexual assault survivors. The paper is located on the Student Organizations Leadership Programs Office and the WRC office windows.

Friday, March 28
- "Take Back the Night" (co-sponsored by Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance)
Pep Bowl in front of the Eppley Administration Building

The event will feature music, guest speakers and a candle light vigil to raise awareness about sexual assault and abuse. Read more.

For more information, contact Jenn Piatt, WRC director, at

Music Faculty to Perform at Joslyn Castle's "Flute Friends"

"Flute Friends," a music and lecture series at Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St., will feature UNO faculty performances this Wednesday, March 26. The cost is $20. 

The program will feature Department of Music faculty members Christine Beard, flute; Shannon Salyards, soprano and Susan Tomkiewicz, oboe.  The program will feature solo and chamber music by John Coriglino, C.P.E. Bach, Dan Welcher, Georg Phillip Telemann and Eugene Bozza.

For more information, contact the Joslyn Castle at 595.3209.

HR to Present "Managing Your Unemployment Costs"

Human Resources and Talx will present "Managing Your Unemployment Costs" on Wednesday, April 2. Designed for deans, directors and department heads, it will take from to 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Claims for unemployment compensation are rising which affects the university as an employer. The presentation will focus on what can be done to protect the university from high unemployment costs.

Participants will learn:

- Unemployment compensation and claim processes;

- Unemployment costs and how to reduce them;

- Qualification/disqualification; and

- Guidelines for supervisors.

R.S.V.P by calling Human Resources at 554.2321. Light refreshments will be provided.

Deadline Extended for SIS Survey through March 27

The University of Nebraska is moving ahead with plans to begin implementing a new Student Information System (SIS). As part of the process, Information Technology Services (ITS) invites faculty and staff to participate in the readiness assessment online survey questionnaire. The deadline for participation has been extended to Thursday, March 27.

To help better prepare for this important project, ITS staff have enlisted the aid of the consulting firm of Collegiate Project Services (CPS). CPS has been gathering information from key project participants, and university officials who will be impacted by this project. This information will be used to produce a Readiness Assessment Report, which will describe the readiness of the university to begin the replacement SIS implementation(s). The report will also include recommendations that CPS feel are important to the success of the university's SIS implementation project.

The online questionnaire should take less then 60 minutes to complete and can be done anonymously. It should be done in one session. The survey can be accessed at Survey - UNO.

For more information, contact Bret Blackman in the UNO ITS department, at 554.2227.

Exercise Physiology Lab to Offer Cholesterol Screening

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will offer cholesterol screening, Monday, March 31, for faculty, staff and students.

The screenings will take place in the Exercise Physiology Lab, 103 HPER Building, from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is $20.

To schedule an appointment, call 554.3221.

Energy Presentation by Tenaska March 26

UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center, College of Business Administration and Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center all welcome a campus presentation about clean coal production set for Wednesday, March 26. Read more.

Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Stuart Wheat, UNO webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates for use by the UNO campus community. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training session on the UNO Web templates this spring.

This training will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays - March 26, April 2 and April 9 - in the 104 Durham Science Center computer lab.

More training sessions will be added depending upon level of interest. To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King, instructional design specialist for academic partnerships for instruction, at 554.3140 or

Available sessions:

March 26
- Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structures or to create a new structure. ITS staff will use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout, keep track of site navigation, as well as the naming structure. Different organizational elements of the template, campus examples, and how the template can best be used for college or department sites will be discussed. This is an essential session to attend before working with the Web templates.

April 2
- Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development
This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages or department sites. ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences. The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles. Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.

April 9
- Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the university's model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation. Additionally, ITS staff will cover adding graphics and using fonts in the session. Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional Web site. Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.

To register for training:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "Ok" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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

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.

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 p.m. in 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, Dr. 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.

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 take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Milton R. Abrahams Library, 5111 N. 90th St.  Read more.

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. After she speaks, concurrent sessions will 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.

Difficult Dialogues to Discuss "What UNO Do You Attend?"

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs and the Greek Week Committee will host a Difficult Dialogue event - "What UNO Do You Attend?" - Tuesday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with one another about the inclusivity of clubs and Greek Letter organizations, as well as how they feel about being a student at UNO. Student leaders will facilitate this event for other students. The topics of race, sexual orientation and religion will be part of the afternoon's discussion.

"What UNO Do You Attend?" is Ford Foundation/UNO grant-sponsored activity. The Ford Foundation launched the national Difficult Dialogues project in 2005 by inviting proposals from all accredited, degree granting, non-profit institutions with general undergraduate programs. UNO was one of just 27 institutions to receive funding.

Students interested in attending should call 554.2711 or e-mail to register.

Fly Fishing and Archery Classes Offered in HPER

UNO Campus Recreation have announced 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


Human Resources Announces New Hires for February 2008

The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of February 2008):

- David Brodersen, groundskeeper I, Grounds;

- Stephen Brown, custodian, Custodian Services;

- Joseph Grant, enrollment specialist II (residency), Admissions Processing;

- Tamara Harms, clerical assistant II, Student Health Services;

- Danielle Herzog, promotions specialist, Criss Library;

- Mikala LaBenz, enrollment specialist II (processing), Admissions Processing;

- Cindy McGann, clerical assistant II, Jimmy Spenser,

- William Pickett, managing director, Student Affairs;

- David Ross, groundkeeper I, Grounds;

- Jimmy Spencer, refrigeration central technician II, Maintenance and Operations (promotion);

- Susie Stika, sales clerk textbook department, Bookstore;

- Tycee Strawmier, assistant director of injury prevention and care, Campus Recreation;

- Diane Sunde, project coordinator, Planning and Architecture; and

- John Workman, custodian, Custodian Services.

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