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UNO Centennial Gala Celebration

More than 600 people attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Gala Celebration held Saturday, February 21 at Omaha's Qwest Center. The keynote address for the celebration was given by Harvard economist Roland Fryer. Fryer spoke on the challenges facing America's schools.The University of Nebraska Foundation and the UNO Alumni Association hosted the event. Proceeds from the gala go towards establishing two community fellowships at UNO. Students from UNO's Moving Company, Theatre Department and the Chamber Choir performed at the gala. Jim Young, Union Pacific Railroad chairman and UNO alum, spoke at the gala's closing.

Centennial site | Jim Young's remarks


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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, March 4, to honor the memory of professor June Mecham. She passed away March 1 at the age of 35.

Dr. Mecham served as an assistant professor in the Department of History since 2005.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 9302 Blondo St., in Omaha. Dr. Mecham's students have organized the "June L. Mecham Memorial Fund" to benefit her family. Donations in her honor may be made at any Mid-City Bank location.

Masters and Music Series Continues March 8 with "Rhythm and Hues"

The Masters and Music series at UNO continues Sunday, March 8, with a tribute to textiles and "Loom." "Rhythm and Hues" will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

Friends of Art, a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History, sponsors Masters and Music. The series blends artistic imagery and musical composition.

Tickets are $15 per person, $3 for students with ID and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund.

Artist presenters will include Mary Zicafoose, a textile artist, and "loom" creators Brent Crampton and Jay Kline. Zicafoose owns a fiber studio in Omaha and her tapestries include rugs and other signature woven pieces.  She is past recipient of the Nebraska Individual Artists Fellowship Award.  The creation of Crampton and Kline, for two and a half years loom has been a monthly dance event at Espana Tapas restaurant in downtown Benson.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shari Hofschire at 554.2402.

Deadline Extended for Student Poster Applications for Research and Creative Activity Fair

The deadline for student poster applications for participation in UNO's inaugural Centennial celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity -- on the evenings of March 24-25 -- has been extended through Friday, March 6.

By the extended March 6 deadline, students must complete the application form found at, and provide a 250 word abstract.  The final poster does not have to be finished by this deadline.

Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Multiple student authors are permitted. Monetary awards for best paper, presentation, and performance will take place at a 7 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, March 26, in the MBSC. The event will feature keynote speaker Royce Engstrom, UNO alum and provost of the University of Montana. All are welcome to attend.  

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, Graduate Studies, and the Centennial Committee have provided support for this event. 

For more information, contact Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286.

Chinese Language Classes Offered at PKI

The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will offer non-credit Chinese language classes this spring. Taught by an experienced instructor who is a native Chinese speaker, classes will take place Wednesdays at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).

To view the full class schedule click on this link.

For more information, call 402.472.2175 or (toll free) 866.700.4747, or send an e-mail to

Social Work to Host Book Event March 24

The UNO School of Social Work will host a book launch of The Grace Abbott Reader on Tuesday, March 24, at the university's Collaborating Commons in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.  The book's editor, John Sorensen, will speak at the 5 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public.   Read more.

2009 Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarship

The UNO-AAUP will award two Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarships ($1,000 each) to UNO graduates entering a graduate or professional program during or after the summer of 2009. Students who graduated from UNO during the summer or fall of 2008 or will graduate this spring are eligible.

Dr. Kolasa, a political science professor, was a long-time leader in the UNO-AAUP. Although the awards will be predicated upon the student's acceptance into a graduate or professional program, acceptance need not be shown at the time of application.

The student should submit:

-A letter of application -- including proposed area of study, the reasons for their interest in the chosen field and overall GPA;

-A brief statement indicating their view of the importance of academic freedom in American universities;

-A resume; and

-Two or more letters of recommendation sent from people familiar with the applicant that address potential for success in graduate/professional school; leadership qualities, especially in the area of community service; and activities that indicate the student's breadth of interests beyond the chosen field of study.    

All materials should be sent by Friday, April 3, to:

UNO-AAUP Scholarship Committee,
c/o Dr. Ann Antlfinger, Biology Department,
AH 114

For questions, contact Dr. Antlfinger at 554.2256.

UNO Ambassadors Program Seeks Qualified Students

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2009-10 school year.  Twelve student ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program. 

Ambassadors represent the University at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, and other individuals and organizations on campus.  They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve.  

Criteria for selection include:  27 credit hours earned by May 2009 and a 2.5 GPA; full time student status in the 2009-10 school year; superior communication skills; and a strong interest in service to the University.

Applications are available in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building.  Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 27.  Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed.  For more information, call Chris Liewer at 554.3520.

Participants Sought for HPER Study

Research in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation are currently looking for healthy, non-obese females aged 19-30 who currently take the oral contraceptive Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo to participate in a research study investigating how oral contraceptive use impacts blood vessel function.

Individuals must be taking one of the forms of oral contraceptives listed above for at least four months. In addition, subjects should not have high blood pressure, must not be diabetic, have no history of heart disease and must not be taking any medications with the exception of oral contraceptives.  The study would require one one-hour screening session and four two-hour laboratory tests. 

Subjects will be compensated for their time participating in this study.

If interested, contact Jessica Meendering at 554.3252 or

"UNO Centers at a Glance" March 5

Ever wonder what goes on in the Math-Science, Speech and Writing Centers at UNO? At "UNO Centers at a Glance," the campus community can learn how the knowledgeable staff at these three UNO centers helps students and faculty with assignments, presentations and papers. Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), the session will take place on Thursday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the UNO Writing Center, 150 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Staff presenting will include Marlina Davidson, instructor with the School of Communication and Speech Center consulting coordinator; Dorianne Richards, lecturer for the Department of English and director of the UNO Writing Center; and Dana Richter-Egger, assistant professor of chemistry and Math Science Learning Center director. 

The workshop will address:   

- Student support (tutoring, study groups, supplemental instruction and peer mentoring);

- Collaboration with faculty and other campus units with related missions;

- Assessment of science education effectiveness;      

- UNO's "Speaking Across the Curriculum" program and the Speech Center's basic course room and speech consulting room; and      

- The Writing Center's individual consultations and writing workshops.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunches.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Aquatics Triathlon Clinic Set for March 7

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Mav-Rec Aquatics will conduct a Triathlon Clinic on Saturday, March 7, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Start time is set for 9 a.m.  At the clinic, participants will learn more about the sport. The cost to is $40 and registration forms are available online at or at 100 HPER.

Participants should bring their swimsuits, since part of the clinic will take place in the pool.

For more information, visit the Web or call Pat Philippi at 554.2223.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

UNO Spring Job Fair Set for March 10-11

The Career Center (formerly known as Career Exploration and Outreach) will host a two-day job fair at UNO on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10 and 11.

On both days, students will have the chance to network with more than 90 employers recruiting for full-time, part-time and internship positions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. March 10 is primarily dedicated to organizations that are non-profit, government, healthcare and university-related. March 11 is reserved for those organizations that are for-profit.  For more information about the job fair, contact The Career Center at 554.3672.

The spring 2009 job fair is sponsored by: ACI Worldwide, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Union Pacific, Securities America, Applied Underwriters, TD Ameritrade, National Indemnity, Gallup, Sitel, Harrah's Entertainment, ConAgra, Interpublic, First National Bank, C&A Industries, Northwestern Mutual, ConAgra, Streck, UPS, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ExxonMobil and InfoUSA.

In addition, listings for the spring on-campus interview season are now available through Maverick HireWire. Employers will be on campus throughout March and April interviewing for full-time and internship positions. Students can view employment listings for on-campus interviews by logging onto Maverick HireWire at or visit The Career Center Web site at Those who plan to apply need a resume uploaded to Maverick HireWire and should order a transcript from the Registrar to be delivered to The Career Center offices, located in 211 Eppley Administration Building.

Leadership Guru to Present on Campus March 11

The School of Public Administration will host Michael Maccoby, an international expert on leadership, Wednesday, March 11.  Faculty, staff and students can attend his presentation on "Leadership in Higher Education" at 3:30 p.m. in 132 CB Collaborating Commons.

Dr. Maccoby is a globally recognized expert on leadership, who for more than 35 years, has advised leaders in businesses, governments, unions and universities. He is president of the Maccoby Group in Washington, D.C., and has a doctorate from Harvard University, where he directed the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development from 1978-90. He is a fellow of the American Psychological and Anthropological Associations and the National Academy of Public Administration. He also teaches leadership at Oxford University's School of Business.

Registration is not required. For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625 or

UNO to Educate Students About Binge Drinking

About 44 percent of all college students take part in binge drinking. An estimated 30,000 of these students require medical attention every year.

To educate students on these consequences, UNO will hold U kNOw Choices: "Choose to Care," a binge drinking prevention event, Thursday, March 12. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nebraska Room of the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

"Students with Disabilities in the Classroom and Online" March 12

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor a Thursday, March 12, presentation on accommodating students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Kate Clark, disability services coordinator, will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

According to statistics, the number of students with disabilities pursuing higher education is rising, and faculty often have questions about how to accommodate their needs in the classroom and in online courses.

This session will include a discussion of the following topics:

- Universal Design for Learning theory;

- How to anticipate and plan for disability needs;

- How to make specific course components accessible before the class begins; and

- How to avoid foreseeable accommodation problems.

Attendees also will learn:

- How to create a course that is "universally designed" and requires little changes if a student with a disability enrolls;

- Instructional methods that take into consideration students with disabilities; and

- Specific ways to apply methods to tests, lectures, activities, Power Points and online course components.

To register, contact the CFD, 202 Arts and Sciences Hall, at 554.2427 or  Those who attend are invited to bring their lunches.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Clark at 554.2872.