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March Employee of the Month: Janet Padrnos

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Janet Padrnos, administrative technician I with Cashiering/Student Accounts, recently was named Employee of the Month for her compassion and dedication to her job.

Padrnos has worked in Cashiering/Student Accounts her entire 14 years on campus.  She offers aid to students and departments, be it explaining a billing statement or doing deposits. 

In her nomination, a colleague wrote, "Janet is the ideal worker.  She does her job, no matter how tedious, and she does it without hesitation.  She will drop everything she's doing at a moment's notice to help a student, staff member or faculty member."

(Pictured above:  Padrnos with UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

Colleen Heavicam

Culture on Campus

An Omaha World-Herald editorial on March 19 focused on the UNO Print Shop and its artistic and cultural impact on the metropolitan community. ...continue

To learn more about the Printed in Omaha exhibit, follow this link to the full press release. The exhibit closes on Saturday, April 5.

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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.

Conley Named Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

Chancellor John Christensen announced today, March 27, that William Conley has been named vice chancellor for Business and Finance.

Conley will join the UNO administration Thursday, May 15. He succeeds Julie Totten, who was named interim vice chancellor for Business and Finance in 2006. Read more.

Malcolm X Festival April 2-3 at UNO

The Department of Black Studies will host the 2008 Malcolm X Festival Wednesday and Thursday, April 2-3, at UNO. All presentations, which are free and open to the campus community and public, will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center, unless otherwise noted. Read more.

"Consider This" to Feature Home Modifications

Illness or injury can cause people to modify their day-to-day routines, starting at home. The next edition of "Consider This" will feature an effective, practical and affordable way to approach home improvements made necessary by health-related issues.

This week on "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt will speak with:
- Bev Van Phillips, a home modification expert, occupational therapist and real estate agent;
- Rick Fischer, a home modification expert; and
- Joanne Fiore, a home modification recipient.

The program will air tonight, March 27, at 11 p.m. on KYNE-TV and be rebroadcast according to the following schedule:

Nebraska NET1 (statewide)
- Sunday, March 30
11:30 a.m. (CT)

NET2 (NET's cable network)
- Friday, March 28
12:30 p.m. (CT)

- Tuesday, April 1
12:30 p.m. (CT)

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Rogers to Present "Mathematical Biology - Waiting for Our Newton" Today

Jim Rogers, assistant professor of mathematics, will give a talk on "Mathematical Biology - Waiting for Our Newton" today, March 27, at 2:30 p.m. in 115 Durham Science Center.

His talk will present ideas on the type of new mathematics that might be needed. He will also make the argument that the mathematical needs of the life sciences are in the realm of pure, not applied, mathematics.

For more information, call 554.3110.

Sociology/Anthropology Brown Bag April 4

Thomas Sanchez, assistant professor of sociology, will present "The Sociology of Everyday Life: Undergraduate Research in the Classroom" Friday, April 4, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. His presentation is part of the Sociology/Anthropology brown bag series.

For more information, call 554.3374.

London Study Abroad Program 35th Anniversary Banquet March 29

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its London Study Abroad Program at a banquet set for Saturday, March 29. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Anthony Moore, an officer with the London Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard, will be honored for his contributions and service to the program since 1972. Additionally, the first recipients of the William Wakefield London Study Abroad Awards will be recognized during the program.

To reserve a spot at the banquet, contact Bill Wakefield, Scott Diamond Professor and associate director for community outreach in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, at 554.3568.

"Bach" Birthday Concert "Tribute" Set for March 30

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble will celebrate the birthday of P.D.Q. Bach, the last and least child of composer J.S. Bach, with an April Fool's concert Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

P.D.Q. Bach - who was "discovered" by Peter Shickele, a professor at the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople - has shared his music in concerts presented around the world. Although the music of the (intentionally) forgotten son of J.S. Bach is often performed with Schickle as the conductor, Wind Ensemble Conductor James Saker will present the March 30 event.

The concert will include a variety of music in an intended humorous event filled with musical bloopers, tongue-in-cheek musical selections and physical gags including several works by the infamous composer himself.

No admission is charged for this concert, and members of the UNO Maverick football team will seat attendees. However, those who wish to leave will be required to pay. Football players will "assist" with the donations.

All contributions will benefit the Wind Ensemble's upcoming May European Tour to the Czech Republic, where the group will perform at the anniversary of the commemoration of the liberation of Czechoslovakia by the American soldiers at the end of World War II. The ensemble also will travel to and perform in Austria, Switzerland and France.

A silent auction will take place before the concert, beginning at 1 p.m. in the SPAC lobby, and close 30 minutes after the concert.

For more information, contact the Bands Office at 554.3352 or

SPR to Host Presentation by Matt Hammons Today

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

Hammons will speak about the 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 Today

Alan E. Steinweis will deliver the Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture today, 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.

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 a 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.

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.

"How to Cheat Online" Session Set for April 3

The Division of Continuing Studies will host a session on "How to Cheat Online" Thursday, April 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The event will be co-moderated by Christina Davis, manager of Distance Education Programs in the Division of Continuing Studies, and Lanyce Keel, director of Academic Partnerships for Instruction in Information Technology Services. Participants will watch a video by John Krutsch, Utah Valley State College, which will be followed by a roundtable discussion.

Participants will have a chance to:

- Share distance education experiences;

- Investigate assessment and technology techniques to ensure academic integrity in online courses; and

- Ask and learn about distance education issues.

The session is sponsored by the Division of Continuing Studies, Faculty Development Council and Academic Parternships for Instruction (ITS). A pizza lunch will be provided.

The event is open to all faculty and staff, and no R.S.V.P. is required. For more information about the event, contact Hayley Patton or Dave Cassiday from the Division of Continuing Studies at 595.2371 or or

Annual Aviation Institute Honors Convocation April 10

The UNO Aviation Institute will hold its annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 10, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. A reception will start the evening at 7 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

The event will honor the outstanding achievements of Aviation Institute faculty and students. Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to the Aviation Institute at 554.3424, by Friday, April 4.

UNO Students to Collect Food for Salvation Army

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority at UNO are leading the challenge to collect 10,000 canned food items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry and its North Omaha Feeding Program.

No Frills Supermarkets, Tenaska, Two Men and a Truck, and Channel 94.1 FM are sponsoring the fourth annual "Just Can It" food drive. 
The drive runs Monday, April 14, through Friday, April 18. Read more.