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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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23rd Annual UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women Awards Luncheon

Chancellor John Christensen and 128 luncheon participants congratulated the 2009 recipients of the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Awards at the 23rd annual luncheon. Held March 24 at the Milo Bail Student Center, the keynote address, 'UNO at 100,' was presented by Les Valentine, Criss Library university archivist, and highlighted the UNO Centennial. ...continue



School of Social Work to Host Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon April 3

The School of Social Work will host the 12th annual Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon on Friday, April 3, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Gandhi Award honors an individual or organization that exemplifies Gandhi's principles of non-violence, selfless service and social action, which are consistent with social work values. It is an opportunity to celebrate social workers and their work toward social justice and improving social conditions. Read more.

UNO Student Group to Host Saudi Arabian Carnival in Lincoln

The Saudi Student Associations at UNO and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will co-host a carnival in Lincoln Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, to showcase the unique culture of Saudi Arabia.

The interactive event, which is free and open to the public, kicks off at 10 a.m. on April 3 in Kauffman Hall on the UNL campus, 630 N. 14th St. Each section of the carnival will represent a different region in Saudi Arabia. Read more.

College of Education to Honor Four Outstanding Alumni

The College of Education will honor four outstanding alumni Wednesday, April 8, at its 21st annual Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall.

The college annually selects graduates who have distinguished themselves as outstanding professionally or in service to the community. One hundred twenty-nine alumni have been recognized since the program began in 1988. Past honorees have been invited back this year to help celebrate as part of the university's 100th anniversary. Read more.

African Culture Connection to Present "The Coronation" April 16 at UNO

African Culture Connection (ACC) will hold its first performance of "The Coronation"on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Additional shows are planned for Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts, and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College.

Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $7 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the UNO and Creighton University Multicultural Affairs Offices, and at The Arts Center Office at Iowa Western Community College.

"The Coronation" is a traditional African story told through dance and song by ACC artists. Internationally renowned dancers and drummers from Seattle, Paris and Benin, West Africa, will join local artists on stage.

ACC is a non-profit organization comprised of professional artists with the mission of providing African culture and arts experiences to the public. Charles Ahovissi, ACC co-founder and artistic director, is a professional dancer, drummer, choreographer, educator and costume designer from Benin, West Africa. He is an approved teaching and performing artist through the Nebraska and Iowa Arts Councils.

Event sponsors include The Moving Company, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs and Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts.

For more information, visit or call Ahovissi at 238.8259.

UNO Phi Delta Kappa Chapter to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

The UNO Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional educator's association will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with several events.
 The celebration includes a Friday, April 24, dinner that begins at 5:30 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The dinner will feature chapter charter member Joe E. Hanna, who will speak on the transition of education during the past 50 years. Hanna, a former Omaha Public Schools associate superintendent, was president of Graceland College and served a faculty member in the UNO College of Education. Read more.

"Healthy Relationships" Seminar Today

What are signs of a healthy relationship? How can a person avoid or improve unhealthy relationships? All students are invited to attend a seminar today, March 31, on relationships, assertiveness and effective communication.

The session is presented by the UNO Counseling Center as part of its "Be Your Best" series and 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.

William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship Applications Due April 1

The application deadline for the William Gerbracht Memorial Scholarship is Wednesday, April 1. The scholarship is for dependents of UNO faculty and staff who are graduating high school seniors and will be incoming freshmen at UNO for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The scholarship covers full tuition (after use of the employee dependent scholarship) and may be renewed for up to three years. If the student applicant has not filed the online general scholarship application, click on this link for the form.

A memo from the faculty or staff member stating the student is his/her dependent must also be sent to the Office of Financial Aid for the student to be considered for this scholarship. For more information, contact Jean Phillips at or 554.2487.

CCSW to Co-host "Interviewing and Resume Writing Skills"

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will co-host a presentation and panel discussion on "Interviewing and Resume Writing Skills" Thursday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Experts from Human Resources and the Career Center will offer advice on interviewing and critique participants' resumes. The event is open to all faculty, staff and students, including their spouses and significant others. Refreshments will be served.

Shuttle parking is available to off-campus visitors. For parking details, click on this link.

The event is held in conjunction with the CCSW's Susan B.'s Coffeehouse Series. During the fall and spring semesters, the series sponsors campus and community guest speakers and initiatives. Programs are educational, informal and social.

For more information, contact Charlotte Russell at 554.2321 or

MBSC to Host "Basketball & BBQ" April 6

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) will host "Basketball & BBQ," an event that features a free barbecue meal and a viewing of the NCAA final basketball game on big-screen TVs. The finals take place Monday, April 6.

Food will be served at 7 p.m., and the game tips off at 8:20 p.m. Prizes will be given away throughout the night, including a portable DVD player, an MP3 player, MavCards preloaded with money, hats and T-shirts. All students are welcome to attend this event.

"If you loved the free food and fun at Welcome Week, this is the spring version," said Erin Cron, assistant director of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs. "If your organization, residence hall or learning community is looking for an end-of-the-year social, this would be a great one! Free food, a great basketball game, giveaways and more."

For more information, contact Cron at or 554.2711.

Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

Registration is under way for a dozen computer technology workshops offered by the College of Information Science and Technology that are designed for students ages 11 to 17. Space is limited.

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at

"Is the Print Newspaper Dead?" Discussion Set for April 16

Faculty can participate in an informal discussion with colleagues from across campus about the current crisis in print newspaper publishing at an event set for Thursday, April 16. "Is the Print Newspaper Dead?" will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dundee Dell, 50th and Underwood streets.

Faculty can bring copies of articles regarding the problems with newspapers and enjoy the casual atmosphere. The session starts at 4:30 p.m., but attendees can stop by anytime.

Items of discussion will include:
- As newspapers across the country shrink, close, or move to the Internet, should publishers, journalists and readers be concerned?
- Does it make any difference to faculty or UNO students if all the news that is fit to print is not printed but only posted?
- Does a university faculty member have a responsibility to respond to this crisis?

For more information, send an e-mail to


- William L. Blizek, philosophy and religion, participated in a panel on "Teaching Ethical Issues in Education through Film (Ethics SIG)" March 20-23 at The Philosophy of Education Society's 65 Annual Meeting in Montreal. The session - chaired by Daniel Vokey from the University of British Columbia - also featured panelists Michael S. Katz and Susan Verducci from San Jose State University, and Megan Laverty from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

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