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Kerrey Bridge

Early Usage of the Kerrey Bridge: Some Empirical Findings and Thoughts on the Future

by Donald Greer and John Noble

In years and months leading up to the completion and opening of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge it was clear to anyone reading the Omaha World-Herald Public Pulse that there was at least a moderate amount of public controversy over this federally-funded project. ...continue

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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



$1 Million Gift to Benefit UNO Students Needing Financial Assistance to Attend College

A Dallas businessman is helping UNO make higher education more affordable for students in Nebraska and western Iowa who otherwise could not attend college.

Edward Pechar, a 1963 graduate of UNO (then Omaha University) and an Omaha native, made a $1 million gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to create full tuition scholarships. Pechar is owner and chairman of McCormick Distilling Company, Inc., located in Weston, Mo., with offices in Dallas. Read more.

GSO Pride Week Activities Continue Today

The Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency's Pride Week activities continue, today through Thursday, April 1-2, on campus.

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 remaining schedule of events.

For more information, contact the GSO at 554.4846.

Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk Promotion Planned for April 2

The Mainstream Boutique, 1826 N. 144th St., will donate 15 percent from each purchase made on Thursday, April 2, to the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk. 

To earmark proceeds from a purchase, shoppers need to state their team's name during checkout.  Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Jean McDonald at 496.6556.

Rep. Terry to Host Economic Town Hall April 6 at UNO

Nebraska U.S. Rep. Lee Terry will host an economic town hall meeting from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 6, at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) Building. Read more.

Applicants Sought for Turkey Study Abroad

UNO Religious Studies and UNO International Studies and Programs will offer a unique month-long experience to Turkey during the first day session of the summer semester, June 6 through July 7.

Students will earn six credit hours while traveling to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Ephesus and elsewhere in Turkey.  Classes will be held in Konya, the birthplace of the Persian poet Rumi and whirling dervishes.  Selcuk University will serve as the host institution.

In country costs for four weeks will be $1,500 to $2,200, depending on student interests.  Financial aid is available for those who qualify.  The priority application deadline is April 3, but late applications will be accepted.  For more information e-mail Bridget Blomfield at or Krista Cupich at to learn more.

Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Celebration

The annual Community Engagement Links, Teaching Circles, Research Triangles celebration will take place Monday, April 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) Collaborating Commons.

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs and Academic and Student Affairs the purpose of the organizational meeting is to celebrate the success of the Community Engagement Links, Teaching Circles and Research Triangles.

The campus community can join the sponsors as various participants lead an informal presentation describing the highlights and accomplishments over the past year. 

Active participants will receive $100 for the teaching circle and/or research triangle and/or community engagement link ($300 per person maximum). The funds will be transferred to the participants' home department. Department chairs, school directors will receive a list of the active participants for their department/school.

For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or

Applications Sought for 2009 Balanced Man Scholarship

The members of UNO's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity invite all male students to apply for the 2009 Balanced Man Scholarship.

Several scholarships totaling $2,000 will be presented to students who are leaders both in the classroom and in extracurricular campus activities. Individual Grade Point Averages will also be considered.

Students not affiliated with UNO's fraternities are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Friday, May 15.

To obtain the one-page application, send an e-mail to or call Balanced Man Scholarship Chairman Kellen Holl at (402) 679-9859.

April 11 Self-Defense Class Offered

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Wellness Stampede, Campus Security and Women's Resource Center have teamed up to host a two-hour self-defense class on Saturday, April 11, 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 9 to 11 a.m. class. It 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.

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

FMLA Workshop April 2

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.

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.

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.

Brennan Institute Labor Conference Set for April 4 at UNO

The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO will host the 10th annual Labor Community Conference Saturday, April 4. "Promoting the General Welfare" is the event's title and overarching theme.

The daylong conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UNO's Milo Bail Student Center, third floor. Read more.

Artist Martinez Celaya Returns to UNO Next Week

UNO will welcome internationally renowned artist Enrique Martínez Celaya for a return visit next week as a Visiting Presidential Professor, hosted again by University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. Martínez Celaya first came to Omaha last October for a week-long visit where he met with faculty, students and the public.

Martínez Celaya who paints, makes photographs, sculpts and writes – will spend April 6-10 at UNO. He will give a public lecture on Tuesday, April 7, at 6 p.m in the university's Collaborating Commons in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. The presentation is free and open to the public. Read more.

Classes for Certificate in Fundraising Management Offered

UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) has set its spring 2009 schedule of courses for the Certificate in Fundraising Management. This certificate program provides in-depth training in vital areas of fundraising.

CPACS offers the program, which is co-sponsored by the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Omaha Community Foundation and the United Way of the Midlands.

Registration deadline for each class is one week prior to the start of that class. They are:

- Strategic Planning, April 8-9;

- Capital Campaigns, April 16-17;

- Grant Writing, April 23-24;

- Public Relations and Marketing, May 6-7; and

- Board Development, May 13-14.

Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and held at the Omaha Home for Boys, 4343 N. 52nd St. (52nd and Ames St.). The cost is $249 per course and includes all class materials, refreshments, lunch and parking.

For more information or to register for a course, contact Melanie Kiper at 554.2133 or or visit the Web site at

Call for 2009 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of instructional materials grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles.

Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes.  Visit for UCAT themes.

The Committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The Committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month.  Application forms are also available on the UCAT Web site at

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

Surplus Property Available

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.