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"The Birds"

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Thespians from the UNO Department of Theatre's final production of the season, "The Birds," will take to the stage this week. A preview performance will take place Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. See story below for details.

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Faculty Honors Convocation

Thirty UNO faculty members were honored Thursday, April 10 at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation in the Milo Bail Student Center. ...continue

College of Education Honors Graduates Today

The College of Education at UNO will honor five graduates today, April 16, at its 20th annual Alumni Luncheon at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year's honorees are Gerry Kuhlman, Loral Langemeier, Michael Nuschy, Margie Reed-Schmidt and Lisa St. Clair. Read more.

SIS Downtime Expected through This Afternoon

The Student Information System (SIS) and E-BRUNO for students and E-BRUNO for faculty will be unavailable through this afternoon, April 16. The system is expected to be back online by noon. For the most current information on the downtime status, refer to http://ebruno.unomaha.edu/

Rock Musical 'The Birds' to Premiere at UNO

The UNO Department of Theatre will present the world-premiere rock musical "The Birds," based on the comedy by Aristophanes, starting this week.  Jeffrey Bell composed the original music for the show, which is directed by D. Scott Glasser.

A preview performance will take place Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., with performances running April 18-20 and April 23-27. All performances will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. Read more.

French Film Festival Continues with "Viva Laldgèrie" April 20

Thanks to a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE), the UNO community has received a taste of what only few could see on the big screen. The next film in the campus French Film Series, "Viva Laldgèrie," will run on Sunday, April 20. As with previous movies in the series, the screening is free and open to the public.

"Viva Laldgèrie" is an Algerian movie that examines the lives of four young women in Algiers today. The movie is rated R. Read more.

College of IS&T to Host Information Assurance Round Table April 23

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology will host a round table discussion titled "Hard Problems and New Opportunities in Information Assurance" Wednesday, April 23.

Roger Schell, co-founder and president of Aesec Corporation, will lead the discussion. It will take place at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) from noon to 1:15 p.m. The 279 PKI location is subject to change based on anticipated attendance. Watch eNotes for details.

Pizza and beverages will be provided on a first-come first-served basis at noon. R.S.V.P. to Cheryl Christeansen, staff assistant, at 554.230 or cchristiansen@unomaha.edu, by Monday, April 21.

Summer and Fall Book Orders Due to Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore staff would like to remind faculty to turn in summer and fall book orders as soon as possible.

"By turning in book orders early, the Bookstore is able to save students money by buying back books and searching for used textbooks," said Scott Dickey, manager of course materials.

For questions about book orders, contact Dickey at 554.2541 or sdickey@unomaha.edu.

Weight Watchers On Campus Openings Still Available

Openings remain available for the Weight Watchers on Campus program. All meetings are held weekly in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The next meeting is set for this Friday, April 18, starting at 12:15 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 15-week session is $180. 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 $60.

For details or to join, contact Jessica Dozark, a fitness/wellness graduate student, at 554.3917 or jdozark@mail.unomaha.edu.

2008 UNO Benefits Fair April 17

Working at UNO is a good deal. To learn more, faculty and staff can attend the 2008 UNO Benefits Fair.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom on Thursday, April 17. 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, including free blood pressure screenings. 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 total cost for both screens is $20.

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

For more information, contact Scarpello at 554.3660.

2007-08 Teaching Circle/Research Triangle Celebration

Various Teaching Circle and Research Triangle participants will lead an informal presentation describing the highlights and accomplishments over the past year.  The event will take place Friday, April 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs and Academic and Student Affairs are all sponsors of the presentation.

For more information, contact Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies, at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu.

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.

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.

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

The 23rd annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk takes place Saturday, April 19, and athletics needs volunteer help with data entry and counting funds the at 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.

Call for Serving Urban Youth Mini-Grant Proposals

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 the instructor intends to enhance with this project.

Submit electronic applications to Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at chartmankurtz@mail.unomaha.edu.  For questions, contact Hartman-Kurtz, community liaison, at 554.2712.

Utility Project Temporarily Closes Parking Lots Q and O

On the Dodge Street location, parking lots Q and O will be partially blocked off for utility verification work this week. The contractor will be working in this area and parking lot restrictions will continue through Saturday, April 19. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/parking/index.php or contact Robert Fuder, construction engineer, at 554.2284.

Deadline April 23 for Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon

Karen Falconer Al-Hindi will receive the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies at the annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon on Friday, May 2.

The cost to attend the noon 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. 

Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi is the director of UNO Women's Studies and has research interest in feminist geography and gender and work issues.

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 http://coe.unomaha.edu/hper/, and click on the "Reserve your spot now" link.

Spring Graduate Faculty Meeting Set for April 28

The Office of Graduate Studies will host the Spring Graduate Faculty meeting on Monday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. All UNO graduate faculty members are invited to attend.

Reports from Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies, and the individual UNO Graduate Council committees will be presented. Submit items for discussion to Nicole Kersten in Graduate Studies at nkersten@mail.unomaha.edu, no later than Friday, April 18. Refreshments will be served.

Participants Sought for HPER Research Study

Adults 45 years or older with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, hypertension, obesity and/or prolonged immobilization of limbs are invited to participate in a research study at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, Exercise Physiology Lab.

Participants will be asked to make two visits to Exercise physiology lab at HPER in a period of four months. Those who take part will be paid $15 for the first visit and $25 for the second time towards compensation for time and travel expenses.

Study participants will be informed (at no cost) of their serum cholesterol levels, aerobic capacity, and static and dynamic balance measures. They will also be asked to answer questionnaires about depression and quality of life.

For more information, call 554.3221 or send an e-mail to vhanumanthu@mail.unomaha.edu.