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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.

Enrique Martínez Celaya to Make Second Visit as Presidential Professor to NU

Internationally renowned artist Enrique Martínez Celaya – and Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska – will make a second visit to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln April 14-18, University President James B. Milliken has announced.

Last fall Milliken named Martínez Celaya – an artist and writer – as a Presidential Professor to the university for a three-year period (2007-2010). He joins former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser as Presidential Professor. Read more.

Malcolm X Festival Begins Today at UNO

The Department of Black Studies will host the 2008 Malcolm X Festival today 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.

Duo to Perform Cello-Piano Recital Tonight at Strauss

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

National Poetry Month Observed at the Criss Library

April is national poetry month. To celebrate, the Criss Library is encouraging all student, faculty and staff to share their own poetry or favorite poems that speak to them.

A set of blank panels will be put up in the center of the library for everyone to post their selected poems for the month. All are invited to post, read and enjoy.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog, promotions and marketing specialist, at 554.3213.

Preventing Plagiarism Two-part Brown Bag April 7

In a series of brown-bag meetings, UNO faculty will have an opportunity to discuss plagiarism, a serious and growing problem at universities everywhere. The first meeting in the two-part series is scheduled for Monday, April 7, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

"Of all the challenges a teacher can face, there are few as demoralizing as plagiarism," said Nora Bacon, coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum. "We design writing assignments in order to create learning opportunities; we want our students to engage in independent investigation, to synthesize what they've learned in class and from outside reading, to take ownership of knowledge.  When students plagiarize, they opt out of that learning opportunity, copying somebody else's ideas or language instead of creating their own."

Part I, scheduled for Monday, April 7 at noon in the MBSC State Room (and repeated on Tuesday, April 8 at 12:30 in the MBSC Gallery Room): 

- What do students learn in composition courses about citing sources and about academic integrity? 

- When a student cheats, what steps should the teacher take? and

- How can faculty do to create a campus culture that discourages plagiarism? 

Part II is scheduled for Monday, April 21, at noon in the MBSC State Room (and repeated on Tuesday, April 22, at 12:30 in the MBSC Gallery Room). Participants will discuss:

- Strategies for preventing plagiarism;
- Considering teaching strategies; and
- The pros and cons of plagiarism detection software.

Leading the discussion are Dr. Bacon, English; Melissa Cast-Brede of Criss Library; Rita Henry, Student Affairs; Lanyce Keel of Information Technology Services; Dorianne Richards, director of the UNO Writing Center; and Suzanne Sollars, president-elect of the UNO Faculty Senate.

To register for the brown-bag meetings, call the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or write to  For more information, contact Dr. Bacon at 554.3318 or

Alumni Reunion Events Sought for Centennial Invitation

UNO 100 Year

Got centennial reunion plans for 2008?

UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning Oct. 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908." This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and kicks off the next 100 years.

The centennial kickoff will coincide with Homecoming weekend. Special all-university events will be held for alumni and friends on Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11, coordinated by the UNO Alumni Association. Colleges, Departments and campus organizations are encouraged to invite their alumni back for this special weekend. A coordinated marketing plan for all weekend events will be implemented. Groups planning to have reunion activities, or those wanting to explore the possibilities should contact Sheila King, director of Alumni Activities, before Tuesday, April 15, at 554.4802 or

For other centennial plans visit

NU 4-in-1 and State Government Directories Available

The UNO Telecommunications Department has a limited number of University of Nebraska 4-in-1-telephone directories and new State Government Phonebooks available.

The State Government Phonebooks are free and available while supplies last. The NU 4-in-1-telephone directories consist of phone listings for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNO, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The cost is $22 per directory.

To order a copy or for more information, contact Stuart Martin, telecommunications, at 554.2799 or

ITS Announces Additional Web Template Training Sessions

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 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays - April 17, 24 and May 1- in the 207 Criss Library.

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:

April 17
Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
10 to 11:30 a.m.                                                                                                                    
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web Template and how it can be used in conjunction with your existing web site structure or to create a new structure.  We will use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout, to keep track of site navigation, as well as the naming structure.  We will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples, and discuss how the template can best be used for your site.  This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the web templates.

April 24
- Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development                                                                                 
10 a.m. to noon
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.

May 1
- Web Templates III: Content and Graphics                                                                                                      
10 a.m. to noon
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 calendar.php;

- 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";

- 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.

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.

"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 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, 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

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.

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 programs. The NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the UNO College of Business Administration.

Call-for-Papers for 2009 International Quilt Study Center & Museum at UNL

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has issued a call-for-papers for its 2009 symposium, "The Global Quilt: Cultural Contexts." The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug.15.

Visit to access information about the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and the symposium. The symposium link will lead to a detailed description of the 2009 symposium and guidelines for submission as well as registration.

For more information, contact Angela Konin, education coordinator at the center, at 402.472.7030.

UNMC Clinical Trial for Young Adults with ADD

A clinical trial for young adults ages 19 to 30 with Attention Deficit Disorders is being conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Study medication and study procedures will be provided at no cost to eligible participants.

For more information, call 552.6005 or e-mail