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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.

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, March 28, in honor of Doug Loewens, who passed away March 26 at the age of 57.

Loewens, day circulation supervisor in Criss Library, had been with the university since Aug. 28, 2003.

Visitation with the family will be held this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westlawn-Hillcrest, 5701 Center St.  A service will be held Saturday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at Brookside Church, 11607 M Circle.

Civic Participation Forum Today

The Service Learning Academy will host a forum on Civic Participation today, March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The event is an opportunity for civic participation grantees to share what they accomplished in their projects this past year. Some of the presenters will include Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication; Brian McKevitt, psychology; Lyn Holley, gerontology; Kathy Danielson, teacher education; Kathe Oleson, Service Learning Academy; Susan Ely, English; and Don Greer, Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Faculty members considering pursuing a grant next year may be interested in attending this event to learn how to apply for civic participation mini-grants and hear what this year's grantees accomplished with the funds.

For more information, contact Paul Sather, Service Learning Academy director, at 554.6019 or

'Take Back the Night' Event Tonight

The UNO Women's Resource Center and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance will hold a "Take Back the Night" event tonight, March 28, that will feature music, guest speakers and a candle light vigil to raise awareness about sexual assault and abuse. The event will take place outside at the Pep Bowl near the Eppley Administration Building. Read more.

March 30 5-K Run to Benefit Williams Scholarship Fund

A 5-K run set for Sunday, March 30, at Elmwood Park will benefit the Brittany Williams Scholarship Fund. The UNO Greek Week committee has organized the event. Read more.

UNO 2008 Faculty and Student Honors Convocations

April 7-11, is Honors Week - a campus celebration of outstanding students and faculty.  The week spotlights three university-wide events - the Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation.   

The Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8-9, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom (MBSC).  If attending, R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 4, to 554.2696. 

The Faculty Honors Convocation features the recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, mentoring, service-learning and distinguished professorship awards.  The Faculty Convocation will be held Thursday, April 10, at 7 a.m. in the MBSC Ballroom.  The campus community is invited to attend.  No reservations are necessary. 

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with the graduate scholarships, undergraduate major honorees, deans, vice chancellor, service-learning and outstanding student-athlete awards. The Student Convocation will be held Friday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center followed by a reception in the MBSC.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in support of these outstanding students.  No reservations are necessary. 

"The Faculty and Student Honors Convocations are opportunities for all campus units to celebrate together the extraordinary accomplishments of faculty and students throughout the university. Faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the university are also encouraged to participate in the many college, department and organization events which showcase and celebrate faculty, student and staff achievements," said Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

For more information on the Faculty and Student Honors Convocations contact Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.2262 or For more information regarding the Student Honors Symposium, contact Rosalie Saltzman, director, UNO Honors Program, 554.2598.

Career Advice for Students by Communication Professionals April 1

Communication professionals from 20 different organizations will offer advice to students at UNO on Tuesday, April 1, in the Dodge Room of the Milo Bail Student Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read more.

HR to Present Performance Evaluation Workshop

Human Resources will present a performance evaluation workshop Tuesday, April 1. The event, which is designed for new and experienced supervisors, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Center Student Jenkins Room.

Participants will learn to:

- Improve communication and lessen conflict between supervisors and employees;

- Address "problem" evaluations effectively; and

- Write objective, clear performance evaluations.

The trainer will be Mary Sweaney, assistant director and manager with Human Resources.

To register or for more information, call 554.2321.

OLLAS Charla Series Features Alan Potash on Immigration

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will host a conversation with Alan Potash, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Plains States Region, Wednesday, April 9.

The event, part of the OLLAS Charla Series, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Read more.

Submissions Sought for UNO Calendar of Events

Want to increase attendance at a campus activity?  Try promoting it with the online UNO Calendar of Events.

Among other events, the calendar ( lists a call for poetry in Criss Library.  April is National Poetry Month, and students, faculty and staff are invited to share their own poetry or favorite poems by posting them in the library.

"Please make submitting items to the calendar a regular part of your work routine," said Beverly Newsam, public relations technician in University Relations and Calendar of Events administrator. "The calendar can be a useful tool for the campus and community, if it's utilized."   

Calendar items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site ( and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.  Categories for submissions include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, performances and miscellaneous.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below. All submissions are edited by University Relations for grammar and spelling before they are posted.  Usually, events show up on the calendar within 24 hours of their submission. 

(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to

2. Click on the "Logon" button.

3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.

4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.

5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.

6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.

7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.

8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.

9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to submit events to the calendar, but it is well worth it for everyone," Newsam said. "Those with questions should call University Relations or stop by 108 Eppley Administration Building."

For more information, call 554.2129.

College of Education Raffle Under Way

The College of Education (COE) will hold a raffle on campus through Wednesday, April 16, to benefit a variety of student organizations and activities. The raffle, part of the 10-year Building a Legacy of Excellence campaign, concludes April 16 at the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon.

Tickets cost $1 each and are sold in the Milo Bail Student Center and COE Dean's Office, 334 Kayser Hall, according to the schedule below:

Milo Bail Student Center (first floor)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 1

- Thursday, April 3

- Tuesday, April 8

- Monday, April 14

334 Kayser Hall
- Now through April 14

Raffle prizes include Body Basics and The Juice Stop gift cards, Rose Theater tickets, personal training sessions from Kennedy Fitness, a technology package, UNO package, Omaha package, party for 10 at Hu Hot Mongolian Grill and two Maverick hockey season tickets.  The grand prize is $500.

For more information, contact Marsha Grandick, special projects assistant, at 554.3485 or

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.

Exercise Physiology Lab to Offer Cholesterol Screening March 31

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.

Applications Sought Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The UNO Faculty Senate is accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. The deadline is Friday, April 4.  For the 2008-2009 academic year, the following four scholarships will be awarded:

- One $650 full-time undergraduate scholarship;

- One $350 part-time undergraduate scholarship;

- One $650 full-time graduate scholarship; and

- One $350 part-time graduate scholarship.

The senate encourages students who are eligible to apply.  Paul L. Beck Memorial Scholarship history, criteria and applications can be found on the Faculty Senate Web site at this link. Applications are also available in the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For over a quarter century the UNO Faculty Senate has sponsored the Paul L. Beck Memorial Scholarships.  The scholarships originated in 1970 when Paul Beck, a long-time member of the UNO Department of History, urged faculty and staff to go beyond the classroom to assist capable students in their educational pursuits.  Although small, these scholarships make a statement in support of scholarship and academic excellence at UNO. 

"It is the Senate's hope that enough money can be raised over time to increase the fund and, in turn, increase both the amount and number of scholarships. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Paul L. Beck Memorial Scholarship Fund this year," said Lisa Boucher, chair of the Faculty Senate Educational Resources and Services committee. "Your gift, no matter how large or small, will be very much appreciated and support UNO's missions of placing students first and supporting academic excellence."

Checks for the Paul Beck endowment fund should be made payable to UNO and sent to Debra Wilcox, Accounting, EAB 208.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop, Faculty Senate coordinator, at 554.3598.

In the News

In the News

- Political science professor Randy Adkins was a guest on "The Tom Becka Show" on KFAB (1110 AM) March 24 to discuss his new book, The Evolution of Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections: Landmark Documents, 1787-2008. Adkins was also interviewed by KETV (ABC 7) March 24 about the efforts to recall Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey.

- The Omaha World-Herald featured a story on Kris Berg, co-director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, March 24. Berg discussed the benefits of aerobic exercise.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed student Scott Bradley March 25 about the Web site. The Web site, developed by members of Beta Alpha Si, educates college students about the dangers of debt. Student Andrew Suing was also interviewed for the story.

- KPTM (Fox 42) interviewed political science professor Loree Bykerk March 25 about political scandals.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Lincoln Journal Star, Norfolk Daily News (Norfolk, Neb.) and an Associated Press article about changes in Nebraska's population.

- The March 25 issue of The Hawk Eye newspaper (Burlington, Iowa) mentioned Interior Places, the latest work of nonfiction essays by associate English professor Lisa Knopp.

- Jenn Piatt, director of the Women's Resource Center, was interviewed by KFAB (1110 AM) March 27 about Take Back the Night, an event to raise awareness about sexual violence.

- Campus minister Fred Richart was interviewed by KPTM (Fox 42) March 26 about a volunteer trip with UNO students to New Orleans during spring break. Student Erin Fosnaugh was also interviewed for the story.

- Hank Robinson, director of the Juvenile Justice Institute, was a guest on "The Good Morning Show" on KFAB (1110 AM) March 24. He discussed the case in South Dakota where an inmate sought temporary leave to spend time with his dying daughter.

- Andrew Swift, assistant math professor, was interviewed by WOWT (NBC 6) March 27 about his March Madness statistical research. Swift also discussed his research on "The Big Sports Show with Matt Perrault" on 590 AM (KXSP) March 21.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

"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

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

"Printed in Omaha" on Display at UNO Art Gallery
"Printed in Omaha: A Retrospective Exhibition of the UNO Print Workshop" remains on display through Saturday, April 5, at the UNO Art Gallery. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.