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Poetry Reading Today in MBSC

Poet Desmond Egan will read samples of his work at noon today, March 13, at the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The event, hosted by Maverick Productions, is free and open to the campus community.

Egan is a full-time writer, who has authored 18 books of poetry, one book of prose and two translations of Greek plays. Eighteen collections of Egan's poetry have been published in translation in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, Japan, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary and China.

Egan also served as the artistic director of The Hopkins International Conference, a literary festival in Ireland. Two books have been published in the U.S. about his work: Desmond Egan: the Poet and his Work, edited by Hugh Kenner; and Desmond Egan, written by Brian Arkins.

For more information on Egan's visit to UNO, call 554.2711.

UNMC Researcher Speaks on Dementia Research Today at HPER

Kalpana Padala, an assistant professor and a research geriatrician at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), will present "Statins and Dementia" in 200 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) today, March 13, at 1 p.m.

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, which will sponsor the free presentation, invites the campus community and public to attend.

After getting her bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery at the Kamataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, India, Dr. Padala earned her master's degree from UNMC and completed her residency in family medicine followed by a fellowship in geriatric medicine at UNMC. She also completed a Special Research Fellowship at the Palo Alto VA system from 2007 to 2009.

In addition to practicing family and geriatric medicine, Dr. Padala‘s research focuses on the effects of statins on cognition. Her studies are funded by a Clinical Research Center Grant at UNMC and by the Vada-Kinman Oldfield's Foundation. Recently, she received an AMDA Foundation/ Pfizer Quality Improvement Research Award to study the effect of Wii-fit for activity, balance and gait in assisted living.

For more information, contact Nick Stergiou at 554.3247 or Ka-Chun Siu at 554.3773 or

UNO UFO Study Group March 14

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. Meetings will take place every Saturday in the same location and time. All are welcome to come with an open mind and ask questions.

For more information, contact John Powers at

UNO Students Surrender Spring Break to Volunteer

The UNO Service Learning Academy again has organized UNO's Seventh Annual Seven Days of Service Saturday, March 14, and Monday, March 16, through Saturday, March 21.

Students from UNO, the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, Omaha North and Benson high schools, and the Omaha Public Schools Career Center will landscape, renovate and repair six to eight homes in Omaha and Council Bluffs. The students will also renovate the Salvation Army children's playground, the Stephen Center and Bellevue's Camp Eppley. Read more.

Blackboard and Lotus Notes Unavailable March 15

Blackboard and Lotus Notes e-mail will be out of service on Sunday, March 15, due to routine maintenance.  Services will be unavailable starting at 6 a.m. and will be back on-line no later than noon that day.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

KVNO Spring Pledge Drive Slated for March 17-27

Classical 90.7 FM KVNO kicks off its Spring Pledge Drive at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 17. The station needs volunteers willing to stop by for an hour or two to help take pledge calls.

"We are planning to take pledge calls 12 hours per day for 11 days," said Patti Aroneseno, KVNO membership assistant and volunteer coordinator. "If you've never joined us before, Classical 90.7 pledge drives feature plenty of food, fellowship and fun."

KVNO remains the premier classical music station in Nebraska, and relies on community financial contributions for more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue.

"We remain extremely grateful for the generosity of volunteers that lend their time, listeners that pledge donations and sponsors that underwrite our programs," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO membership manager. "Our ability to provide this unparalleled public service for nearly 37 years hinges on the loyal support we continue to receive from the entire community."

For more information on volunteering during the pledge drive, or to make a contribution, contact Aroneseno at 559.5866.

Criss Library to Close Early on March 20

The Criss Library will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20, for renovation construction work.  Power outages affecting the library only have been scheduled for that time. Regular hours resume on Saturday, March 21. Read more.

ITS to Host Adobe Publishing Brown Bag

Interested in creating professional quality newsletters, brochures and flyers?  Join Information Technology Services (ITS) staff as they host a brown bag demonstration of desktop publishing using the Adobe InDesign software package on Thursday, March 26.

The brown bag will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room at 10 a.m.  All UNO faculty and staff are can attend and no registration is required.

The focus of the demonstration will be the simple creation of a newsletter or brochure.  Software benefits, limitations and price will also be discussed.  Opportunity for hands-on training with Adobe InDesign will be announced during this session.

Contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or for more information.

UNO Students Prep for "Relay for Life" Awareness Event

UNO's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer invite faculty, staff, students and members of the Omaha community to participate in this year's "Relay for Life" Friday though Saturday, March 27-28, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event. The money raised by teams and individual participants fund cancer research and provide services for cancer patients and their families.

The 12-hour event at UNO will allow teams to "camp out" with at least one member of their fundraising team walking or running inside the Sapp Fieldhouse track.

"The event symbolizes the fact that cancer does not sleep or stop to take a rest," said Christine Geistkemper, event organizer. "Relay for Life raises awareness about cancer and cancer research while recognizing and celebrating survivors and honoring and remembering those who have lost their battle against cancer."

For more information, contact Geistkemper at 968.7188, or visit

UNO to Hold First Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

The first UNO Student Research and Creative Activity Fair is slated for Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26. This centennial year, in conjunction with the annual Honors Program Senior Symposium, UNO has invited all undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the fair.

The Milo Bail Student Center will host activities from 5-9 p.m. on March 24 and 25. The three-day event will conclude on March 26, with an awards program and keynote address by Royce Engstrom, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Montana and a UNO alumnus. Dr. Engstrom will present "The Coffee Pot on the Bunsen Burner." The keynote address and awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

"As a student-focused university, UNO provides a variety of quality research and creative activity opportunities for its students," said Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity.

Poster presentations and exhibits will be on display each evening. Oral presentations and performances are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. A special session will be dedicated for UNO Honors Symposium presentations.

The events are free and open to the public. Call 554.2286 for more information.

Spring Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues March 31

Patrice Proulx, professor of foreign languages, will present "Figuring the Danse Macabre in Nancy Huston's Dolce Agonia" Tuesday, March 31, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public. All colloquia will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Complimentary boxed lunches are available for the first 20 attendees at each event.

The remaining presentation:

- Thursday, April 9
"Technology and Women-focused Nonprofits (tentative)"
Presented by Kelsey Kalal, UNO student
MBSC Gallery Room

For more information, call 554.3834.

TABS Presentation Set for April 2

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host a Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) session Tuesday, April 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Presenters include Lana Danielson and Saundra Wetig, from the Department of Teacher Education and TABS consultants.

TABS is a confidential teaching analysis completed by faculty/staff members and their students with the goal of identifying teaching strengths, isolating specific teaching problems and developing improvement strategies. During the session, attendees will have a chance to become familiar with the TABS instruments, followed by a question-and-answer period.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Individuals planning to attend are invited to bring their lunches. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive has started at UNO.  The zoo offers memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $73 per household.  The membership includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safar, and Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and other benefits.

Memberships remain $73 until Sunday, April 5, and increase to $83 after that date. To access an order form, click on this link.

Memberships are being sold in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building.  For questions, contact Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or

Free Seminars Offered at HPER

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Exercise science practicum II students from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will conduct three Saturday seminars this semester.

All seminars are free and will take place from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in 110 HPER.

They are:

- March 14
Weight lifting

- March 28
Power lifting

- April 4
Training at target heart rate and aerobic conditioning

For more information, contact Jessica Dozark at 554.3917.

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

Call for Summer Curriculum Development Grant Proposals for 2009

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of curriculum development grants 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.

In addition to full-time faculty, adjunct faculty are permitted to apply. Also, doctoral students who are the instructor of record for a course and who are playing an active role in curriculum development for that course/program are allowed to apply for summer grants. 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 will 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

Surplus Property Available

UNO surplus property has furniture available for department use.

Items include:

- Two and four drawer file cabinets;

- Bookcases;

- Desks;

- Five foot whiteboards; and

- Small bulletin boards.

All items are available for viewing at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. To set up a viewing appointment, call Tom Feldman at 554.2222.

In the News

In the News

- The March 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald profiled the March 8 Artificial Music Initiative concert at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. The article quoted Jeremy Baguyos, director of the music ensemble, along with students Neal Dueland, Paul Morrison, Austin Sailors and Michael Beard.

- John Kretzschmar, William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies, was quoted in the Feb. 19 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star about workplace unions.

- The Feb. 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured two photos from Low Brass Day, held last month at UNO and organized by Pete Madsen, Department of Music.

- An editorial published in the Jan. 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald referenced the book Roadside Geology of Nebraska, written by Harmon Maher, George Engelmann and Robert Shuster, Department of Geology and Geography.

- The Feb. 25 issue of The Omaha City Weekly featured an article quoting Julien Fielding and Bill Blizek, Department of Philosophy and Religion, about the 2009 Omaha Film Festival.

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the March 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Chuck Hagel's new visiting professor position at UNO. The article also quoted Steve Shorb, dean of the Criss Library, about Hagel's political archives being housed at UNO.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Feb. 12 issue of the Los Angeles Times about the television portrayal of law enforcement.

- Mark Wohar, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Feb. 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald, where he compared The Great Depression to the current economic crisis.

- The March 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Lori Young, director of the Women's Resource Center, about the 50th anniversary of the Barbie doll.

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

- UNO School of Communication researchers Marshall Prisbell, Karen Dwyer, Robert Carlson, Shereen Bingham and Ana Cruz published an article, "Connected Classroom Climate and Communication in the Basic Course: Associations with Learning," in Basic Communication Course Annual #21, 2009, pp. 145-177.

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

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

Spring 2009 Student Art Exhibition Under Way
The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition at the UNO Art Gallery runs through Friday, April 3.

The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition is a juried exhibition open to participation by UNO students enrolled in studio art classes. Submitted artworks come from a variety of media, including two-dimensional, three-dimensional and intermedia. Art and art history majors in UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media are also eligible for the Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Scholarship Awards.    

The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition will also present the Hexagon Installation Program. The facility features a unique, hexagon-shaped gallery and each spring semester UNO art students compete to create an "installation‚" in the space. The installation is a site-specific artwork that emphasizes interaction between the viewer and the artwork. This year the Hexagon Installation will feature Anne Thome. Thome has created an eerie garden with palm-sized wooden structures.    

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. 

For more information, contact 554.2796 or Kara Wentworth at

The Moving Company's Centennial Exhibit On Display Through April 3
UNO's modern dance performing ensemble, The Moving Company, is commemorating the university's 100th anniversary with a photo exhibit, "A Legacy of Dancers: 1935-2008," through Friday, April 3, at Criss Library.

Before coming to the library, the 66 archival photos preserved by UNO archivist Les Valentine had been on display throughout various campus buildings.  The collection of archival photos documents the history of The Moving Company as one of the oldest modern dance companies in continuous existence in the United States.

The collection will be permanently installed in the newly renovated School of HPER in 2010, when The Moving Company celebrates its 75th anniversary. Funding is made possible by a Centennial mini-grant.

For more information on these and other events hosted by The Moving Company, visit or call 554.2670.

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.