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Maverick Mojo on Display

More than 130 students and parents visited the UNO campus on Monday, April 7 to participate in the academic year's last Maverick Monday. ...continue

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags are lowered to half-staff today, April 11, in honor of student Jeffrey Cashell. Cashell, 28, passed away last week. He was a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences who majored in psychology.

Memorials in Cashell's honor can be made to the Nebraska Humane Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Budgeting 101 Set for Monday at Alumni Center

Chancellor John Christensen invites all students, faculty and staff to an overview of UNO's budget and a briefing on the university's tuition model on Monday, April 14, at 10 a.m. in Centennial Hall at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Dr. Christensen, Julie Totten, interim vice chancellor for business and finance, and B.J. Reed, dean of College Affairs and Community Service and executive associate to the Chancellor, will conduct the one-hour session.  The presentation is titled "Budgeting 101."

SHRM Student Conference at UNO Today, Tomorrow

More than 125 college students will converge on Roskens Hall at UNO Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, to take part in the 2008 North Central Regional Student Conference and Human Resource Games.  This is the first time the event will be held in Omaha. Read more.

Weight Watchers On Campus Free Open House Today

The Weight Watchers on Campus program will host an open house meeting this today, April 11. The event, which is free and open to all interested members of the campus community, begins at 12:15 p.m. in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

"Thank you all again for your encouragement and continued support for bringing this healthy lifestyle program to UNO and keeping it here," said Jessica Dozark, graduate assistant with Campus Recreation.

At the open house, weigh-ins will start at 12:15 p.m. and the meeting will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Advantages of the "On Campus" meetings are:
- No registration fee;
- Fits busy schedules;
- Great support from co-workers;
- Receive healthful recipes;
- Lifestyle enhancing tips; and
- Learn time-saving skills. 

The cost of the 17-week session is $186. A three-part payment plan is available, and payments will be collected at the open house meeting. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card in three installments of $62.

For more information, contact Dozark at 554.3917 or

Wellness Stampede Hosts "Bound for Beijing 2008" Challenge

The Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program, is presenting a challenge to the campus community for spring and summer. The "Bound for Beijing Wellness Challenge" starts Sunday, April 13, and runs until Sunday, Aug. 24 (the closing ceremonies of the 29th Olympic games). All faculty, staff and students are eligible to participate. 

Points are given on a regular basis throughout the 17-week challenge. In addition, there are certain "Beijing Bonus Points" given for completing certain activities during each individual week.

"If you don't see an activity listed, use your best judgment on what category it fits into. It is intended that you obtain the ‘Beijing Bonus Points' in the week that the activity is listed," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO.  "However, this may not be practical. Give yourself the points, even if the activity was done in another week."

For example, a participant can earn 50 points for getting a massage during the week where there is a "Beijing Bonus Points" for receiving a massage. For a list of "Beijing Bonus Points" activities, click on this link.

Score sheets will be turned in throughout the challenge. Everyone reaching 2008 Points (that's 2,008) will receive a "Bound for Beijing 2008" T-shirt.

Registration fee is $5. To register, stop by the Campus Recreation 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008.

Volunteers Needed for Omaha Recycling Study

The Recycling Committee of the Green Neighborhood Council has partnered with UNO, the City of Omaha, the Nebraska State Recycling Association and Firstar Fiber to conduct a capture rate study. The study's results will create a promotional campaign to raise the city's recycling rates from the 11 percent it achieved in 2007 to 35 percent.

The first phase of the study involved canvassing randomly selected neighborhoods throughout Omaha to determine the number of recycling bins used and the types of materials recycled.

The work was completed by volunteers and local college students who used handheld computers donated by the School of Public Administration at UNO. About 1,000 addresses were canvassed over the two-week period.

During the last two Saturdays in April, volunteers will return to these homes and ask residents to complete a brief survey regarding their attitudes toward recycling. Each survey will be completed by the volunteer and should take only a few minutes. The surveys, in conjunction with the field data, will be analyzed to determine current trends and opportunities for further education on recycling.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Paula Wells at or 556.4504.

UNO Puts Some Swing in Spring

The UNO Music Department wants to teach Omaha how to swing dance by holding a fundraiser with live jazz bands and swing lessons on Friday, April 18.

Swing dance lessons start at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. UNO Jazz I band, Jazz II band and "Omaha Prime," a 10-piece student/faculty jazz ensemble, will provide the music for the night.  Read more.

Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon May 2

Mark the calendar. The annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon will be held Friday, May 2, at noon.  At this year's event, Karen Falconer Al-Hindi will receive the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. 

The cost to attend the luncheon is $10 per person, or $3 for students. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, April 23.For more information or to make reservations, contact Mary Dunn, political science, at 554.2624. 

Call for Serving Urban Youth Mini-Grant Proposals

The Service Learning Academy, with funding through the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE), is asking for Serving Urban Youth Project mini-grant proposals. Prospective proposals should address the collaborative development of course projects with pre-K – 12 youth in disadvantaged circumstances, either with youth serving community organizations or the public schools.

Approximately 10 proposals will be funded for $800 each to cover costs of the project (supplies, transportation and program activities) during the summer 2008 or fall 2008 semesters. Funding cannot cover faculty stipends or conference travel. Preference will be given to applicants who participated in the intergenerational community dialogue on March 21.  Proposals are due by Monday, April 21.  Recipients of funding will be notified by Monday, April 28. 

Proposals should be no more than three pages (including budget) and contain the following information:

- Purpose of project, based on how it addresses challenges of health and safety of Omaha youth in disadvantaged circumstances, as identified in the dialogue and planning sessions in March 2008 mentioned above. 

- Potential student learning outcomes as linked to course learning objectives.

- Brief project description, nature of student involvement and name and contact information of community partner organization(s) and contact person. 

- A budget outlining planned expenses.

- Attach a draft or previous course syllabus which you intend to enhance with this project.

Submit electronic applications to Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at  For questions, contact Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712.

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 the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America Regional Conference.  The event is Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 10A Roskens Hall.

"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.

Library to Forgive Overdue Fines at the Ballpark April 12

Criss Library will cheer on the Maverick baseball team Saturday, April 12, in conjunction with "Library Day at the Ballpark."

UNO will take on Minnesota Duluth with games at 1 and 3 p.m. at the ballpark at Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road.

Those who stop by the library booth at the doubleheader will receive a goodie bag and a coupon to waive an existing library fine. Some restrictions apply.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog, promotion and marketing specialist at Criss Library, at 554.3213 or

History Department Welcomes First Amendment Scholar April 14

The UNO Department of History will host the 10th annual Winchell Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14.

This year's lecturer is Floyd Abrams of New York City. Abrams is considered one of the nation's foremost First Amendment attorneys and scholars. He has appeared and argued in a number of historically significant Supreme Court cases involving the First Amendment, including New York Times v. U.S. (the Pentagon Papers litigation) and Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart. Read more.

2008 UNO Benefits Fair April 17

Working at UNO is a good deal. To learn more, plan on attending the 2008 UNO Benefits Fair.

The event will be held Thursday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All faculty and staff are invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

"The fair is a great opportunity to learn more about the fringe benefits associated with being a UNO employee," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits in Human Resources. "New this year, the Douglas County Extension Service will conduct healthy cooking demonstrations, as well as provide samples."

Participating vendors include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caremark, Eye Med, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, the Social Security Administration, the UNO Employee Assistance Program and Human Resources.

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer preventive health screenings at the fair. Free blood pressure screenings will be available. SHS also will offer screens for cholesterol and diabetes from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on a walk-in basis. No appointments are necessary. Both screens require a fast (abstaining from food and drink) for 12 hours. The cost is $15.

The Douglas County Extension Service will provide healthy cooking demonstrations and free samples.

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

Registration Under Way for 10th Annual Maverick Stampede

UNO will host the 10th annual Maverick Stampede Sunday, April 27. The 8K run, 4K run/walk and 1K Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. at Center location, 6808 Spring St. (formerly known as Chili Greens Golf Course).

Again this year, a 1K Kids Fun Run for children ages 12 and under will take place. The race was founded by John Noble, associate professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). Each year since 1999, the Organization and Administration of Physical Education class at UNO has used the Maverick Stampede as an opportunity to gain hands-on organizational skills while promoting fitness and physical activity in the community.

The entry fee for the 8K run and 4K run/walk is $18 for faculty/staff and the public, and $15 for UNO students and Omaha Running Club members. The cost for the 1K Kids Fun Run is $12. Individuals may register online at Registration brochures also are available in 100 HPER Building.

Participants who register prior to Monday, April 14, will receive a free Maverick Stampede T-shirt. Race information packets will be available in 101 HPER Building on Friday, April 25, from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free gift will be awarded to the first 300 people who pick up their packets.

Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each designated race group. All children runners participating in the Fun Run will receive a medal. Free snacks are available following the race, and door prizes will be awarded.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Hegge, student, at or Dr. Noble at 554.3250 or

In the News

In the News

- School of Communication associate professor Chris Allen was a guest on "The Tom Becka Show" April 9 on KFAB (1110 AM). Allen previewed the "Death, Murder, and Mayhem" conference April 16-19 in Omaha.

- Student Scott Bradley was featured in a March 13 article in the Omaha Star about the Web site. The Web site, developed by members of Beta Alpha Si, educates college students about the dangers of debt.

- Art professor Larry Bradshaw was mentioned in the March 13 issue of the Sparta Independent (Sparta, N.J.) about an art exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery.

- The March 31 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about the recent 5K run organized by UNO students in honor of Brittany Williams. Student Kiley Clemens, who helped organize the March 30 fundraiser, was quoted.

- Student Joey DeLoa Davis, a member of Lambda Theta Nu sorority at UNO, was quoted in the March 27 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the Latina Youth Leadership Conference held March 28 at UNO.

- David Drozd of the Center for Public Affairs Research was quoted in the March 20 issues of the Scottsbluff Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.) and the Kearney Hub (Kearney, Neb.) about the growth of Nebraska's urban population.

- WOWT (NBC 6) and KPTM (Fox 42) interviewed student Keegan Niederdeppe April 8 about an organ donor awareness event organized at UNO by the Public Relations Student Society of America.

- Kathe Oleson, Service Learning Academy, was quoted in the March 18 issue of the McCook Gazette (McCook, Neb.) about Seven Days of Service, the annual UNO volunteer event that occurs during spring break.

- Mary Overton, staff secretary in the University Division Counseling office, and her daughter, Heather Overton, were featured in the March 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about an epilepsy advocacy group they formed. Heather works in Telecommunications at UNO.

- The 2008 Airline Quality Ratings, released April 7 during a press conference in Washington, D.C., were featured locally in the Omaha World-Herald, KETV (Fox 42), KMTV (CBS 3), KPTM (Fox 42), WOWT (NBC 6) and KKAR (1290 AM). The results received significant national coverage on all cable news outlets and in USA Today. The study is a joint project between the Aviation Institute and Wichita State University.

- The March 13 issue of the Mirror-Sun (Lyons, Neb.) newspaper featured a story on the UNO Forensics team. The team traveled to Decatur, Neb., last month for a performance.

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

- The U.S. Department of Justice has published "Police Accountability: Current Issues and Research Needs" by Sam Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice. The report is posted online at

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

Annual UNO Honors Recital April 15
In conjunction with Honors Month, the UNO Department of Music will host its fourth annual UNO Honors Recital on Tuesday, April 15. The event will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

"The UNO Department of Music is proud to honor these talented young musician-scholars during UNO Honors Month and applauds them for their outstanding achievement in music performance and academic excellence," said Christine Beard, assistant professor of flute and coordinator of woodwind studies at UNO. Read more.

Chamber Orchestra to Perform Final Concert of the Season April 20
UNO's Chamber Orchestra will perform their final concert of the season on Sunday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

Works on the program are inspired by Spain, including Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville and De Falla's El amor brujo. Christine Beard, professor of flute, will join the orchestra in a performance of Gates' Suite Comique, and Wendy Eaton, mezzo-soprano, will join the orchestra for Da Falla's work. Christopher Stanichar, director of orchestral activities, will conduct the program.

For tickets and more information, call 554.3427.

UNO Music Department Draws on Beatles' Music Inspiration for Fundraiser
The music of the Beatles has inspired this year's "Rocksemble," a concert by the UNO Percussion Ensemble set for Wednesday, April 23.

Paired with guest performers, the cast of Yesterday & Today, the UNO Percussion Ensemble hopes to entertain with songs of yesterday, raise money for instrument purchase and fund a trip to Japan set for next year. The concert starts at 8 p.m., in the Strauss Performing Arts Center on UNO's campus.  Read more.

Mike Vax Big Band Concert at UNO Set for April 30
The UNO Symphonic will host one of the nation's premier jazz groups, the Mike Vax Big Band, on Wednesday, April 30. While on campus, members of the band will present a free workshop open to all UNO students.

"This is a rare opportunity to hear and see just a top flight big band that is still actively touring and recording," said Pete Madsen, coordinator of UNO Jazz Studies.  "Anyone who is a fan of jazz, really of music, should consider coming out to the concert."  Read more.

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

UNO Art Gallery to Present Spring Thesis Exhibition
The UNO Art Gallery will present the work of five UNO BFA thesis candidates in the "Spring 2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition." The exhibition will open Friday, April 11, and run through Friday, May 2.  An opening reception will be held April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Read more.

National Poetry Month Observed at the Criss Library
April is national poetry month. To celebrate, the Criss Library is encouraging all students, 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.

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.