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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 are lowered to half-staff today, March 31, in honor of UNO student Nicholas Bauer, who passed away March 23 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Bauer was 26.

He was an undergraduate enrolled in the Construction Systems Department at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Bauer, who was born in Schuyler and raised in Morse Bluff, graduated from North Bend Central High School and Metropolitan Community College. He was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Morse Bluff and Knights of Columbus Council 3736 of North Bend.

Memorials have been established to the St. George Church Building Fund in Morse Bluff and the North Bend Senior Center.

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

Robert Franklin, 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 Franklin's open forum today, March 31, from 3 to 4 p.m. in 107i Arts and Sciences Hall.

Franklin has served as manager of radio station KASU, on the campus of Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, Ark.), since 1997. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Radio and Television at the university.

He earned a master's degree and a doctorate from Arkansas State University. Franklin earned a second master's degree from Jackson State University.

Mike Hilt is the second finalist. Hilt, a UNO School of Communication professor, has served as interim general manager of UNO Television and KVNO since 2007.

Hilt 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.

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

Exercise Physiology Lab Offers Cholesterol Screening Today

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will offer cholesterol screenings today, 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.

CCSW Women's Film Series Concludes Tonight with "Quick Brown Fox"

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women's (CCSW) film series concludes tonight, March 31, with "Quick Brown Fox" at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

The free film series has been held in conjunction with Women's History Month. "Quick Brown Fox," an Alzheimer's story about one family's journey with the disease, is the final in a series of four films directed by women about women's issues. Read more.

Firefly Informational Sessions This Week

Firefly, the University of Nebraska's online business portal, goes live Monday, April 14. Information sessions on Firefly will continue this week on Tuesday, April 1.

After April 14, all university employees will use Firefly to access Employee Self-Service (ESS). Additionally, SAP users will use the same portal to access SAP.

Within ESS, users can view:

- Benefit enrollment;

- Paycheck stubs;

- W-2 and W-4 information;

- Update address and banking information;

- Allocate credits for the Employee & Dependent Scholarship Program; and

- Submit leave requests (for units where electronic leave processing is used).

Rollout for user IDs begins this week. User IDs will be distributed via encrypted e-mail to the majority of employees.  A sealed mailer with user IDs will be distributed to individuals in areas with limited computer access.

Information sessions on Firefly continue to be offere. Employees do not need their ID to attend an informational session. All sessions
will be held in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium.  The dates and times are:

- Tuesday, April 1
1 to 2 p.m.

- Wednesday, April 2
9 to 10 a.m.

- Tuesday, April 8
1 to 2 p.m.

- Wednesday, April 9
9 to 10 a.m.

Questions can be directed to Teresa Carlson, SAP coordinator, at or 554.4937.

Presentation Skills for Non-Native English Speakers Student Lunch & Learn April 2

The UNO Speech Center will sponsor a free student workshop titled "Communicating Across Cultures: Presentation Skills for Non-Native English Speakers" Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

Students who attend will learn about tips for non-native English speakers presenting in English, how to adapt a presentation for multicultural audiences and how to avoid common cross-cultural miscommunications. Free pizza and pop will be provided.

To register for the session, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited, so students must register in advance.

Duo to Perform Cello-Piano Recital April 2 at UNO

Cellist David Low and Pianist Rimantas Vingras will present a cello-piano recital Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  Read more

Free Blood Pressure Screening April 3 in HPER

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will host a free blood pressure screening event Thursday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held in the HPER Building, near the first floor entrance. All faculty, staff and students can take part.

For more information, contact the Exercise Physiology Lab at 554.3221.

Volunteers Sought for April 19 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk

Mark the calendar. The 23rd annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk takes place Saturday, April 19. Athletics needs volunteer help with data entry and counting funds the morning of the walk. The check in for the walk starts at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m.

If interested in volunteering, call Roxie Freeman, Women's Walk secretary, at 554.2533.

HPER Student Awards Banquet April 25 at Anthony's

The UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will host its annual Student Awards Banquet Friday, April 25, at Anthony's Steakhouse, 7220 F St. Social hour, combined with bidding on silent auction items, begins at 6 p.m. The dinner and awards ceremony starts at 7 p.m.

For details or to register visit, and click on the "Reserve your spot now" link.

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.

NBDC May-August 2008 Catalogs Available

The new Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) May-August 2008 catalogs are available. 

Whether planning for individual career goals or the success of a department, NBDC is offering a variety of workshops.

UNO employees receive 10 to 20 percent savings for NBDC workshops. For more information, visit the Web at or call 595.2900.

NBDC Business and Technology Solutions is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development progra

Deadline April 4 for 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 ( 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.

HR to Present Performance Evaluation Workshop

Human Resources will present a performance evaluation workshop Tuesday, April 1. The event, 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.

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 take place in the Milo Bail Student Center, unless otherwise noted. 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.

Gandhi Symposium, Award Luncheon April 4

The 11th annual UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon will take place Friday, April 4.  The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Circle.

Michael Petit, president of the Every Child Matters Education Fund in Washington, D.C., will lead the symposium and speak at the luncheon, which starts at 12:15 p.m.  His presentation is titled "Making Children and Youth a Political Priority in 2008." Read more.

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.

Annual Student Honors Symposia in April

Faculty, staff and students can attend the Annual Honors Symposia featuring undergraduate research and creative activity. Symposia will be held on Tuesday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. 

The events begin with a light buffet at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. To R.S.V.P. call the Honors Program office, 554.2696. 

The student presenters are: Tiffany Ackerman, Jay Austin, Laurie Dutcher, Victoria Graeve, Bradley Haas, Mackenzie Jaeger, Sheila Korth, Jason Lavalleur, Aleece Nanfito, Sara Ourada, Michael Pray, Daniel Recek, Charles Reed, Matthew Riley, Christopher Schuck, Alexander Skillman, Janey Strobel, David Swenson, Anthony Swirczek, Abby Vandenberg and Alex Wright.

Call for 2008 UCAT Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of travel grants designed to increase capacity-building in teaching and learning.  Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on several themes.  Visit for a list of links to designated conferences and UCAT themes.

The committee will accept proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 for each award.  Proposals are due the 21st of each month.  Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at 

Maverick Watch


Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

At homeā€¦

Friday, April 4
- Softball vs. Missouri Western
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D St.
2 p.m., 4 p.m. (doubleheader)

Saturday, April 5
- Baseball vs. North Dakota
1 p.m., 3 p.m. (doubleheader)

- Softball vs. North Dakota
Claussen-Westgate Field, 8121 D St.
2 p.m., 4 p.m. (doubleheader)

Sunday, April 6
- Baseball vs. North Dakota
1 p.m., 3 p.m. (doubleheader)

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at