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No Limits Conference Set for March 6-7

Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi discusses the upcoming No Limits conference. The campus community and public can attend any or all of the conference for free. For more information, visit the conference web page.

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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 5, in honor of UNO retiree John Burke. He passed away Feb. 28 at age 77.

Burke, a mail carrier for Mail Services, retired from the university in 2008. He had been with UNO for more than 20 years.

Funeral services were held March 2 at Cutler-O'Neil-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs.

Missouri Valley History Conference Returns to Omaha

The annual Missouri Valley History Conference, organized by the UNO Department of History, continues its half-century tradition for three days starting today, March 5, through Saturday, March 7.

This year's conference features a number of topics including Nebraska history and other worldwide themes. Two guest lecturers are scheduled to speak at two luncheons during the conference. Both luncheon presentations take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 555 S. 10th St. Read more.

International Culture Fair Contiues Today

International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency, will continue its culture fair today, March 5, on campus.

International students from across campus will share artifacts and information about their countries of origin from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International Culture Fair in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room. The event is free, and all are welcome.

The 37th annual International Banquet will take place Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom/Nebraska Room. A free dance will follow the banquet in the MBSC Fireplace Lounge until midnight.

The banquet theme is Muvuca, the Carnival of Cultures, and will feature international cuisine and performances from countries represented on campus. Tickets remain on sale in the MBSC Business Office and cost $8 for UNO students and $25 for all other tickets. The event sells out every year, so those planning to attend should purchase tickets early.

For more information, contact Gabriela Earl at or Erin Cron at or 554.2711.

Deadline for Reimbursement Claims Is March 31

Just a reminder that the last date that any health care reimbursement and/or dependent day care reimbursement claims for 2008 must be received by Human Resources (HR) by Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m.  Any relevant expenses incurred by Dec. 31, 2008, may be claimed. 

HR staff would like to remind the campus community that contributions not used will be forfeited. To view existing balance use the Employee Self Service on Firefly. Follow the following prompts:

- Visit;

- Click on "Employee Self Service";

- Chose "Benefits";

- View "FSA Claim" form.

Reimbursement account claim forms and additional information are located at  The Web site also includes a detailed explanation of services as well as a listing of over-the-counter items that are eligible for reimbursement from employee health care reimbursement account.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.366 or Tim Rochford 554.2465.

"Consider This" To Explore Affording Higher Education in this Economy

A difficult economy and the cost of education have forced some to consider revising their dreams -- perhaps delaying or even canceling plans for college. 

On the next edition of "Consider This," advice from a college counselor, a parent and a high school junior that may encourage non-college bound students to reconsider.

Host Cathy Wyatt's guests will include Judy Quest, a college counselor, Rebecca Reilly, a parent of a high school junior and Annie Reilly, a high school junior.

The program airs today, March 5, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Air dates and times are:

- Sunday, March 8
11:30 a.m.

- Friday, March 6
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, March 10
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Wellness Stampede and WRC Offer Self-Defense Classes

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Wellness Stampede and Women's Resource Center (WRC) have teamed up to host several two-hour self-defense classes in 110 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

UNO student Eliss Hall, a fifth degree black belt and owner of two Martial Arts Academies, will lead the class.

Each class will focus on knowledge and techniques to keep participants safe. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and prepare to work out. Cost is free for UNO students and Campus Recreation Activity Cardholders and $10 for non-activity cardholders and the public.

The class schedule:

- Friday, March 6
2 to 4 p.m.

- Saturday, April 11
9 to 11 a.m.

To register, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539.

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

"Service-Learning 101" Consultations Offered

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why is it valued by UNO?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service learning: integrating community service projects into coursework so students apply course concepts, see their relevance to the world of work and the community, and gain satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that both meet genuine community needs and apply course concepts, the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will offer "Service-Learning 101," a two-hour workshop. This spring it is being offered to UNO faculty as an individual or small group consultation.

All faculty, including those new to service learning and those with projects in development, are welcome.

To schedule a consultation, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or

Democracy Matters at UNO Welcomes Herman Cain this Month

The former chairman of Godfather's Pizza will speak about his experiences in leadership at UNO in late March.

Herman Cain, a former Omaha resident and prominent businessman who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, is the next speaker of the Democracy Matters lecture series. Read more.

Annual UNO Friends of Shakespeare Dinner and Membership Drive

The UNO Friends of Shakespeare Committee is looking for UNO faculty and staff to host Friends of Shakespeare dinners or events as part of the annual Nebraska Shakespeare Membership Drive.

Hosts invite friends, family, neighbors or colleagues to share food, drink and a fun Shakespeare experience.  Attendees are asked to donate a minimum of $35 per person to Nebraska Shakespeare to attend the event and become a member of Friends of Shakespeare.

For more information about how to get involved as a host or as a guest, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849, Mary Lynn Reiser at 554.2357, Janet Pol at 554.3605 or visit the Nebraska Shakespeare Friends Events Web site at http://

Call for 2009 Summer Curriculum Development Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of curriculum development grants for this summer to increase capacity building in teaching and learning.

The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:

- Curriculum development and assessment;

- Diversity;

- Instructional technology and e-Portfolios;

- Interdisciplinary integration;

- Promoting critical thinking; and

- Undergraduate and graduate mentoring, advising and research.

Adjunct faculty are permitted to apply. Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each person receives up to $500 and provides a separate report).

The committee will accept proposals during the month of March and fund grants up to $500 for each award. The committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $500 amount. Proposals are due by Saturday, March 21. Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site (

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application in "rtf" or "MS Word" document as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the CFD in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, contact Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or

Fall Study Abroad Opportunities Available in Austria

UNO students interested in spending the fall 2009 term at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) in Austria can check out the variety of courses offered in English. 

"A stay at MCI offers the perfect opportunity to gain knowledge, experience and independence and last but not least – friends," said Krista Cupich, Study Abroad advisor. "All financial aid applies including FAFSA, national and university scholarships and grants."

To view pricing information and a full listing of fall courses, click on this link.

If interested in starting the application process for the fall, contact Cupich at

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