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Pallav Deka

Badminton Club Member Takes First Place

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Pallav Deka (above), a member of UNO's Badminton Club housed in the Campus Recreation Sports Club program, recently won the singles men class competition at the Midwest Badminton Championship. Deka, a graduate assistant in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation's Exercise Physiology Lab, beat Ben Hussey, who is ranked sixth in the nation.

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A Balancing Act of Education and Recreation

Jared Spence, like many UNO students, juggles a heavy load of undergraduate classes and multiple campus activities. Listen as Spence, a first-year freshman, talks about what brought him to UNO and how he stays organized as a highly-scheduled student.

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Calculus: The Musical

Calculus: The Musical

Who would think that high school students would be laughing in the aisles at a topic like calculus? That was the scene Friday (March 20) in the CPACS lecture hall as several hundred area high school students watched Calculus: The Musical. The show provided a fun activity and served as a recruiting tool for dual enrollment high school students who are taking calculus courses. The calculating entertainment was provided by the Know Math Theatre of Cincinnati.



GSO Hosts Pride Week Activities on Campus This Week

The Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will host Pride Week today, March 30, through Thursday, April 2.

Along with the support of Mulitcultural Affairs, Inter-Tribal Agency, College Democrats and Safe Space and Ally Training, GSO is offering educational, inspiring and fun events to show UNO's support and pride of the LGBTQI community.

Click on this link for a schedule of all the week's events.

For more information, contact the GSO at 554.4846.

Responses Sought for UNO Employee Directory Questionnaire

Faculty and staff should have received a March 27 e-mail to participate in a survey regarding the UNO Employee Directory.

The Vice Chancellor's Office for Business & Finance is gathering relative information on the directory. Questions will revolve around whether content in the current directory provides:
- The most accurate information;
- Timely, updated and easily retrievable information;
- A format that supports individual information service needs; and
- A cost-effective method to capture and distribute required information.

Input from all faculty and staff is appreciated. Deadline for responses is Friday, April 3.

For more information, contact Dick May at 554.2854 or

June L. Mecham Memorial Gathering April 2

The UNO Department of History will host a memorial gathering Thursday, April 2 for June L. Mecham from 4 to 6 p.m.

A professor of history, she passed away March 1 at the age of 36 after a long struggle with cancer. Dr. Mecham's friends, colleagues, students and family will gather to honor her memory at First Christian Church, located directly across from UNO at 6630 Dodge St.

For more information, contact Sharon E. Wood at or 554.2514.

Safe Spaces

GLBT Meeting Set for April 8

The next Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) meeting will take place Wednesday, April 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon Hon Room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at or 554.2321.

Students, Entrepreneurs Can Attend Infotec '09

The UNO College of Information, Science & Technology invites UNO students to sign up for The Entrepreneurs Track at "Infotec '09." The Tuesday, April 14, entrepreneur's event is free for 60 students and 40 entrepreneurs.

The free student and entrepreneur registration includes lunch and the AIM banquet (total value of $295). To see the list of nationally prominent speakers and to sign up for free:
- Visit;
- Choose "sessions, and
- Click on "free."

For information, contact Jerry Wagner at

Academic Regalia Notice for May 8 Commencement

Commencement for May graduates will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 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 17.

Summer Nene Field Ambassador Scholarships Available

A UNO student who applies can become the 2009 Nene Field Ambassador. This year, the selected student will spend two months studying and living in Belgium.

The Nene Field Ambassador pays all expenses. The student selected will study at University Gent/Ghent and the University of Antwerp.

The student selected will study at University Gent/Ghent and the University of Antwerp May 26 through July 26. An intensive Dutch-language course for part of the experience.

The student will enjoy the Belgian lifestyle and culture, be hosted by UNO's partner university and experience a week-long festival in Gent. Plans are also being made for the student to participate in the Utrecht Network Summer School in the Erasmus "Intensive Programme": Democracy, Inclusion and Active Citizenship (University of Antwerp).

The student will also eligible to earn UNO credits (at an additional cost) or receive transfer credits for participation in the academic programs in both Ghent and Antwerp.


- Applicants must meet a 3.0 G.P.A. requirement; and

- Must be full-time UNO students (currently enrolled in 12 or more UNO credits) with freshman, sophomore or junior class standing.

Applications are now available in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall or online at the Study Abroad Web site at The application deadline is Wednesday, April 8.

Students who (1) submit complete applications and (2) meet eligibility requirements will be interviewed during the afternoon of Friday, April 10. Students will be notified of their interview time on Thursday, April 9.

Career-Development Workshop Set for March 31

Professionals from various communication fields will offer advice at a career-development workshop Tuesday, March 31, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

"How to Launch Careers in Tough Times" will provide students with an opportunity to talk one-on-one or in small groups with professionals from advertising, event planning, print and online media, public relations, television, radio, and training and development. The session will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students will hear advice on writing resumes, interviewing and creating portfolios and can bring resumes and portfolios to be critiqued. The workshop is designed like an open house where students can come and go as they please.

Participating professionals:
- Tom Becka, radio personality, KFAB-AM;
- Leia Baez, reporter, Omaha World-Herald;
- Valerie Cutshall, special sections editor, Suburban Newspapers;
- Laurie Dutcher, reporter/photographer, NTV in Kearney;
- Jim Fagin, deputy director of communications for Sen. Ben Nelson;
- Greg Fisher, newscast director, KPTM-TV;
- Kristine Gerber, owner, Eventive Marketing;
- Patricia Harrold, president and owner, Career Life and Mentoring;
- Adam Jacobs, producer, WOWT-TV;
- Sarah Julius, corporate employee development trainer, WEST Corp.;
- Gary Koenig, copywriter and advertising executive, Koenig Marketing;
- Rusty Lord, meteorologist, WOWT-TV;
- Rob Meyers, videographer/editor, Glad Tidings Church;
- Jen Peterson, survey design editor, Gallup;
- Caitlin Roth, meteorologist, WOWT-TV;
- Stacy Seier, marketing and volunteer coordinator, Youth Emergency Services;
- Susan Suggs, marketing/communications director, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture;
- Molly Susemihl, senior media buyer, Vente Inc.;
- Dave Webster, graphic designer and agency owner, Webster Design Associates; and
- Randa Zalman, senior account supervisor, Redstone Communications.

Michelle Perone, director of the UNO Career Center, will attend to critique resumes and cover letters. The workshop is sponsored by the School of Communication and its student organizations - the Ad Club, National Broadcasting Society and the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 or

Former Gang Member to Speak at UNO March 31

Maverick Productions will bring Joey Ray Lucero, an actor from the 2006 movie "Gridiron Gang" and a rehabilitated third generation gang member, to campus Tuesday, March 31. During his presentation, Lucero will share his experience of being a gang member and the strides he made to overcome gang life. Read more.

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.

"Healthy Relationships" Seminar March 31

What are signs of a healthy relationship? How can a person avoid or improve unhealthy relationships? All students are invited to attend a Tuesday, March 31, seminar on relationships, assertiveness and effective communication presented by the UNO Counseling Center as part of its "Be Your Best" series.

The "Healthy Relationships" seminar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. Food will be provided.

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

April 2 FMLA Workshop This Week

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) seminars originally set for March 24 and 26 have been postponed until Thursday, April 2. The seminars have been combined to a morning workshop instead.

Human Resources will present an overview on the FMLA Act April 2 for supervisors and employees from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. FMLA obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees.

Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager in the UNO Office of Human Resources will lead the workshop. Scarpello has more than 20 years of experience in the area of benefits and human resources, and is certified in Benefits and Compensation from World at Work.

To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3660.

Submissions Sought for Sustainability Graphic

The UNO Task Force on Sustainability, formed by the vice chancellor for Business & Finance, invites the campus community to create a graphic identifier (name and logo) for its cause. To learn more about what it means to be sustainable, visit the Web site at Join the effort to help the university community be more sustainable.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 10. The winning graphic identifier will be used on all print and online publications. For more information, contact Patrick Wheeler at 554.3921 or

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.

Participants Sought for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:

- often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;

- trouble sleeping or staying asleep;

- change in appetite;

- loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and

- feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about this UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.


Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at