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Students Donate Through Seven Days

For several hundred UNO and area high school students, spring break was spent giving back to the community. The seventh annual Seven Days of Service took the students out into the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities from March 14-20 to help build trails and clear dead trees at Lauritzen Gardens, build and paint several Habitat for Humanity homes, build a garage for the Stephen Center and help landscape the UNO campus. The student's labor was worth an estimated $95,000.



Deadline Is Today for CCSW Awards Luncheon Tickets

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will host its 23rd annual awards luncheon Tuesday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The deadline for ticket sales in the MBSC Business Office is today, March 20. Tickets cost $14 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $10 for students.

Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to by 5 p.m. today. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $112 by contacting Laura Grams, awards subcommittee chair, at 554.2629 or All proceeds help support the CCSW Student Scholarship Award.

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2009 award recipients. Les Valentine, Criss Library university archivist, will also give a Centennial presentation. The awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to women.

The 2009 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award
- Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of UNO Counseling Services-University Division; and
- Effie Swinarski, childcare assistant with the UNO Child Care Center.

Community Service Award

Student Scholarship Award
- Lulu A. Ferdous, UNO junior majoring in aviation

The CCSW serves as an advisory group to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the luncheon, contact CCSW co-chairs Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or, or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or UNO encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone anticipating need of any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided should contact Maring or Bohan Brown prior to the luncheon.

Criss Library to Close Early Today

Criss Library will close at 3 p.m. today, 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.

Borders Offers Educator Discount through March 25

Current and retired UNO faculty and staff can enjoy a discount at Borders during the company's "Educator Appreciation Week."

Borders will offer a 25 percent educator discount on select in-store merchandise to UNO faculty and staff through Wednesday, March 25. To obtain the discount, individuals must present their university ID.

In conjunction with the bi-annual Educator Appreciation Event, three Borders locations will host a reception this evening, March 20, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Locations participating in the reception:

Omaha locations
- 72nd and Dodge streets,
- 132nd and Maple streets; and

Papillion location
- 77th Street and Olson Drive.

For additional information, visit or contact Wendy Nelson at

Summer Faculty Seminar Informational Sessions

Members of the campus community can attend an information session to find out more about the first annual Summer Faculty Seminar set for Monday through Friday, June 1-5, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

This weeklong event, modeled after the highly successful North and South Omaha Seminars, will bring together UNO faculty, Omaha Public School magnet teachers and representatives of community agencies. The purpose of this seminar is to design effective, collaborative, ongoing PK-12 school/university community engagement projects.

Three informational sessions will take place Friday, March 27, to find out more information about what participants will be doing in June.

All information sessions will take place on March 27 in 203 Library Conference Room. Each session will outline what participants will be doing in June.

Times are:
- 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Rolls/doughnuts and coffee/water provided;
- Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Bring a brown bag lunch, and the hosts will provide cookies and lemonade/water; and
- 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Cookies and lemonade/water provided.

To sign up for one of these sessions, send an e-mail to Sarah Hanify at

UNO 2009 Faculty and Student Honors Convocations

UNO Honors Week - a campus celebration of outstanding students and faculty - will take place on campus Monday, March 23, through Friday March 27. The week spotlights three university-wide events - the Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation.

The Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24 and 25, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Anyone attending should R.S.V.P. to 554.2696 by Friday, March 20.

The Faculty Honors Convocation features the recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, mentoring, service-learning, and distinguished professorship awards. The Faculty Convocation takes place Thursday, March 26. Breakfasts starts at 7 a.m. with the program at 7:30 a.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. The campus community is invited to attend. Anyone planning on attending should R.S.V.P. to Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or by Monday, March 23.

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with the graduate scholarships, undergraduate major honorees and awards given by college deans, the senior vice chancellor, the service-learning academy and the Athletic Department. The Student Convocation will be held on Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center followed by a reception in the MBSC Ballroom. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in support of these outstanding students. Anyone planning on attending should R.S.V.P. to Hoffman at 554.2263 or by Monday, March 23.

"The Faculty and Student Honors Convocations are opportunities for all campus units to celebrate together the extraordinary accomplishments of faculty and students throughout the university," said Steve Bullock, interim assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. "Faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the university are also encouraged to participate in the many college, department, and organization events which showcase and celebrate faculty, student, and staff achievements"

For more information on the Faculty and Student Honors Convocations contact Dr. Bullock at 554.2262 or by e-mailing For more information regarding the Student Honors Symposium, contact Rosalie Saltzman at 554.2598.

Democracy Matters at UNO Welcomes Herman Cain Next Week

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

OLLAS Charla Event to Focus on College Success

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will host its next Charla Series event on Tuesday, March 24. The event, titled "Success in College: It takes more than just hope," will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. Read more.

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

In the News

In the News

- John Amend, director of Facilities Management and Planning, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald following the March 13 water main break beneath Dodge Street. KMTV (CBS 3), KPTM (Fox 42), KETV (ABC 7), WOWT (NBC 6), KFAB (1110 AM) and KIOS (91.5 FM) also covered the water main break.

- The March 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about Athletic Director David Miller interviewing with Upper Iowa University. Chancellor John Christensen was also quoted in the article.

- Chris Decker, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the March 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald, where he discussed job losses and the economy in Omaha and Nebraska.

- On March 19 the Associated Press, Omaha World-Herald and KPTM (Fox 42) highlighted a new report produced by the Center for Public Affairs Research about population changes in Nebraska counties. David Drozd was mentioned in the coverage.

- The March issue of Nebraska Report published a column by Bruce Johansen, School of Communication, about global warming.

- Student Heather Nasif conducted interviews March 11 with KETV (ABC 7), WOWT (NBC 6) and KKAR (1290 AM) about a binge drinking awareness presentation organized by Maverick Solutions, a student-led public relations firm housed in the School of Communication.

- Andrew Swift, Department of Mathematics, conducted interviews with the Omaha World-Herald, KETV (ABC 7) and KMTV (CBS 3) earlier this week. Swift and student John Price conducted mathematical research to complete the March Madness basketball bracket.

- The Seventh Annual Seven Days of Service volunteer project, organized by the Service-Learning Academy March 14-21, received coverage from the following media outlets: KMTV (CBS 3), KPTM (Fox 42), KETV (ABC 7), WOWT (NBC 6), KFAB (1110 AM), KIOS (91.5 FM), The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs), the Omaha World-Herald, Twister 93.3 FM and

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

- Robert Woody, psychology, wrote an article titled "Ethical Considerations in Multiple Roles in Forensic Services." It appeared in the current issue of the professional journal Ethics & Behavior.

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

UNO's Heartland Community Flute Choir To Perform March 24
UNO's Heartland Community Flute Choir (HCFC), under the direction of Christine Beard, associate professor of flute, will perform their spring concert at the College of Saint Mary's (CSM) Chapel on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m.

The spring-themed program includes music by UNO faculty composer Kenton Bales; UNO faculty pianist Cole Burger will also perform with the ensemble, and UNO alumn Cindy Bassett is the featured flute soloist. Prior to the concert a "meet and greet" will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the CSM Fine Arts Gallery. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The HCFC was founded in 2003 by Dr. Beard and is co-sponsored by UNO and Gemstone Musical Instruments. A non-auditioned ensemble boasting more 30 members, the HCFC plays on C flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes, and performs a variety of literature consisting of original works for flute choir and arrangements of classical masterpieces, as well as traditional and popular tunes.

Since its inception, the HCFC has captivated audiences across the state with its enchanting sonorities and diverse repertoire which has included three world premiere performances of new arrangements for flute choir. In addition to giving an average of four local concerts in and around Omaha each year, the HCFC was selected to perform at the 2008 National Flute Association Convention held in Kansas City, MO; the 2008 BEMIS Creativity Festival in Omaha; the 2006 North Central Division MENC Conference; the 2006 ARTSaha! festival in Omaha; and the 2004 Nebraska Music Educators Association Convention. The HCFC rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the UNO campus.

For more information, contact Beard at or visit the HCFC Web site at

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.