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Women's Walk Raises Over $300K

Saturday's Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk raised $313,778 for women's athletic scholarships. A total of 986 walkers took part in the 23rd edition of the walk on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus. ...continue

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American Slang 101

UNO broadcasting student Munira Amini produced this segment on UNO Intensive Language Program students participating in a class on American jargon for the 'Omaha News.'

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'The Birds' Lands at UNO

UNO's Department of Theatre is staging the rock musical 'The Birds,' at the Weber Fine Arts Building. Based on the comedy by Aristophanes and directed by UNO's D. Scott Glasser, ...continue

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Dave Webber to Speak at Today's Journalism/Broadcasting Conference

Dave Webber, sports director at WOWT-TV, will speak today, April 24, at the UNO School of Communication's annual high school journalism/broadcasting conference.

His presentation, "What Young Professionals Really Need to Know," starts at 12:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. A student lunch will precede the talk. Read more.

Botany of Beer Seminar April 25

The UNO Department of Biology will host a presentation on the process of beer-making Friday, April 25, at noon in 301 Allwine Hall.

"The Botany of Beer" will be presented by Robert Wallace of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University in Ames.

Dr. Wallace will discuss the plants and fungi used in making beer. His talk is part of the department's Graduate Seminar Series held every semester at UNO.

For more information, call 554.2641.

UNO GSO to Host Breaking the Silence Vigil Tonight

UNO will observe the National Day of Silence Project tonight, April 24, with a vigil that runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

The UNO Student Agency of Gender & Sexual Orientation (GSO), in partnership with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education (GLSEN) Omaha Chapter, sponsors the vigil. The project is a collective effort sponsored as a day of action to call attention to the importance of equality without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression.

Tonight's event will feature free refreshments, keynote speakers, an open microphone to share experiences and a social period. Keynote speakers will include:

- Meredith Bacon, professor of political science;

- JohnCarl Denkovich, director of UNO GSO; and

- Anthony Armstrong, co-chair of GLSEN Omaha.

For more information, contact Denkovich at

Free Poetry Reading and Dessert Reception Tonight

April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, the Criss Library will host a poetry reading tonight, April 24, with Megan Gannon and Twyla Hansen. The poets will read from their original works beginning at 7 p.m. and a dessert reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Gannon holds a bachelor's from Vassar College and master's from the University of Montana. She has worked teaching college English, English as a Second Language, and the first grade. She also has taught in the Gambia, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Gannon's poems have appeared in Third Coast, Seneca Review, New Orleans Review, Laurel Review and many others. She has been nominated for various honors in both teaching and writing, and she was the recipient of an individual artist's fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, as well as a prize from the Academy of American Poets. Most recently, her poem "List of First Lines" was selected by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins for inclusion in The Best American Poetry of 2006.

Hansen will read from her book Potato Soup, which won the 2004 Nebraska Book Awards competition for poetry. She was raised in northeast Nebraska on land her grandparents farmed in the late 1800s as immigrants from Denmark. Her latest book, Prairie Suite: A Celebration, is a poem-drawing collaboration with ornithologist Paul Johnsgard.

Her writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Prairie Schooner, Organization & Environment, Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, Poets Against the War and many others. Her work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2001 and 2003. Her previous poetry books are Sanctuary Near Salt Creek, In Our Very Bones and How to Live in the Heartland. Hansen earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog at

Free April 25 Jazz Concert and Barbeque at Criss Library Garden

Celebrate National Jazz Month with a jazz concert and a Kansas-City style barbeque from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Criss Library Garden, off the newly renovated first floor.

The library will remain open until 6:30 p.m. (past the regular Friday close of 5 p.m.). All are invited to this free event to enjoy the sounds of The Pat Higgins Jazz Trio and the taste of the beginning of spring. The rain location is the Criss Library second floor café.

For more information, contact Dani Herzog at

UNO School of Communication Alumni Panel Set for May 1

Alumni from the UNO School of Communication will participate in a panel Thursday, May 1, on campus. The event begins at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Jeremy Lipschultz, Robert Reilly Diamond professor and director of the School of Communication, will moderate. Read more.

Discount Available to "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose

UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible for a ticket discount to the June 6-22 productions of "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

To receive the discounted ticket price of $20 (main floor) and $15 (balcony), to interested need to fill out an order form and return it to The Rose Theater. Click on the link below to access the ticket order form. To have a form faxed to a campus office, call 554.2358.

"The Wizard of Oz" Ticket Order Form

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 402.502.4625 or

Second Life Topic of April 25 Discussion at PKI

The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at UNO will host a roundtable discussion later this month on the potential of Second Life in teaching, research and practice. Second Life is a 3D virtual world with capabilities that can be used by "residents" to socialize, connect, communicate and create objects and artifacts.

The free event begins 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, at 164 Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). Read more.

COS Demonstration Planned for Grant-Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration will take place on Friday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in 204 Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the COS online "finding funding" resources available to faculty, professional staff and graduate students who are planning to write grant proposals during this academic year. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger, assistant director of SPR, at 554.2286.

Annual Spring Graduate Faculty Meeting April 28

The Office of Graduate Studies will host its annual 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.

For the first half of the meeting guest Terry Hynes, incoming senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, will attend followed by reports from the dean of Graduate Studies and the individual standing UNO Graduate Council Committees. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Nicole Kersten at

Political Science and Film Streams to Screen Final Movie April 29

Americans live in a democracy, but how often do they think about what democracy is? The UNO Department of Political Science and NET Television & Radio invite members from the campus community to the final screening in UNO's and NET's film series that helps everyone think more deeply about their place in America.

VOTE DEMOCRACY! encourages everyone - particularly young Americans and new voters - to get involved in the democratic process. The Tuesday, April 29, screening of, "An Unreasonable Man," begins at 6 p.m. The movie will be shown at Film Streams, 1340 Webster St., and is free and open to the public. UNO's American Politics expert, Loree Bykerk, will lead a panel discussion following the film.

For more information, contact Mary Dunn at 554.2624.

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.

Academic Regalia Notice for May 9 Commencement

Commencement for May graduates will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement should order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, 554.2336, by Friday, April 25.

Call-for-Proposals for the 2008 CUMU Conference

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) has issued a call for proposals for its 2008 conference. This year's conference, hosted by University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University is titled "The Metropolitan University of the 21st Century: Building Bridges to Regional Stewardship."

UNO is among the 80 participating CUMU institutions. Founded in 1982, CUMU's primary goal continues to be the enhancement of internal and external understanding of the metropolitan mission.

All conference abstracts should be submitted online at The deadline for consideration is Thursday, May 15, 2008. Additional Oct. 18-21 conference information will be made available at a later date at