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The work of artist Chris Knudtson will be on display in the Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery beginning Friday, May 10. Knudtson's work draws entirely from popular culture and features mosaics, paintings and scale models from famous movies, television shows and video games. Knudtson's work will be on display in the Criss Library, during regular library hours, until June 21.

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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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2009.04.02

New Income Tax Withholding Reminder

Effective April 1, the University of Nebraska implemented revised tax withholding tables that may reduce the amount of income tax withheld from employee wages.

The new tables, prescribed by the Department of Treasury, reflect the "Making Work Pay" credit and other changes resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

UNO employees do not have to submit a W-4 Form, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, to get the automatic withholding change. Employees not wanting their withholding reduced may want to file a new W-4 form.

A circumstance to consider when refiling is being located in a higher tax bracket due to a combined income, a result of being married or having more than one job. Filing a new W-4 will enable employees to claim fewer withholding allowances on line five or request additional amounts to be withheld on line six.

For additional help, read IRS Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding?, contact UNO Payroll at 554.2325, or visit the IRS Web site at http://www.irs.gov and use the "Withholding Calculator."

Hagel to Join Leadership Society, Will Speak to UNO Students April 7

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel will speak with students at UNO Tuesday, April 7.

At 10 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building's Collaborating Commons, Hagel's student forum will focus on public service and the role it plays among citizens and college students. Read more.

Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk Promotion Is Today

The Mainstream Boutique, 1826 N. 144th St., will donate 15 percent from each purchase made today, 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.

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

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will co-host a presentation and panel discussion on "Interviewing and Resume Writing Skills" today, 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 crussell@unomaha.edu.

"Consider This" to Spotlight New Fitness and Wellness Programs

The next edition of "Consider This" will highlight changes in the world of fitness and wellness, in particular, Pilates, yoga and tai chi. These mind and body programs are designed to save time, promote balance and change perceptions of exercise from "no pain, no gain" to "no pain, no strain."

Host Cathy Wyatt's guests will include Cindy Cook, a fitness and wellness expert; Sandi Herzog, a mental health practitioner and certified biofeedback specialist; and Liah Frazier, a client and Omaha attorney.

The program airs tonight, April 2, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

NET1
- Sunday, April 5
11:30 a.m.

NET2
- Friday, April 3
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, April 7
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

NBDC April Class Schedule

UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) offers UNO employees a 10 percent discount off four or more enrollments for business classes.

All classes will take place at ESU3, 6949 S. 110th St.

April schedule:
- Friday, April 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Enterprise Business Analysis;
- Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., PMP Exam Prep;
- Monday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Requirements Elicitation and Methods;
- Tuesday, April 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Process Mapping for Business Improvement;
- Tuesday, April 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Leading Organizational Teams;
- Thursday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Running Productive Meetings;
- Monday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Communicating Projects Visually;
- Thursday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Secrets of Dynamic Presentations; and
- Friday, April 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Agile Project Management and Best Practices.

Visit https://nbdc.unomaha.edu/NBDCstore/store.cfm for details, registration and dates through August 2009.

UNO Planetarium and Observatory Open This Weekend

In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA), the Mallory Kountze Planetarium at UNO will offer weekend showings.

All IYA showings will honor Galileo, who in 1609 used the telescope to open up the field of observational astronomy. The planetarium and observatory is located in 135 Durham Science Center. To view the complete schedule of shows and prices, visit the planetarium Web site at http://www.physics.unomaha.edu/planet/.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Salute Sister City Association with Concert

UNO's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Saker, will celebrate Omaha's international relationships with "Hands Across the Sea: A Sister Cities Celebration" on Sunday, April 5.

"We're proud to give this concert," Dr. Saker said. "UNO musical groups have had the privilege of playing in many of Omaha's sister cities over the years." Read more.

Malcolm X Festival Set for April 14-16 at UNO

Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson, known nationally for his books on the African-American experience, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Eighth Annual Malcolm X Festival and Conference at UNO. The festival, sponsored and organized by the UNO Department of Black Studies, runs April 14 through 16.

"Having a scholar of Dr. Dyson's caliber at the festival is extremely exciting," said Omowale Akintunde, chair of the Black Studies Department. "He's a dynamic speaker and truly a cutting-edge intellectual on the topic of race in America." Read more.

Deadline April 3 for SAC Recognition Award Nominations

UNO faculty and staff can submit nominations for the annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Award. All UNO faculty, managerial/professional and office/service staff members in good standing are eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

Guidelines, past winners and the nomination form can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Nominations are due Friday, April 3. The nomination form and supporting materials should be sent, via campus mail, to:
SAC Secretary
P.O. Box 130

The award will be presented this spring at the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council Banquet. For more information, call Laura Lamblin, SAC representative, at 554.2322 or llamblin@unomaha.edu.

Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Ends April 5

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO. The zoo offers memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $73 per household.

A zoo membership includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safari 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.

To purchase a membership, visit the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building. For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or choffman@mail.unomaha.edu.

ITS to Offer April 7 Intermediate Web Templates Topics

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a two-hour course in Intermediate Web Templates Topics on Tuesday, April 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

This hands-on session will cover basic HTML coding, using lists and creating outlines, using Div boxes and the proper way to use tables with the template to display data. Before taking this course participants will need to have:
- Taken the previous "Web Template" course:
- A test Web site setup; and
- Access to Adobe Dreamweaver software.

To register for training:
- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;
- Select the correct month, and click "Go";
- Click the "Register" link next to the event;
- Enter a SAP Personnel number. (This is the six-digit number located on employee check stubs and university picture ID);
- Click "Sign Up";
- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;
- An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration. Add the class to Lotus Notes calendar.

- ITS requires a minimum sign-up of five people by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

April Is National Mathematics Awareness Month

Since 1991, April has been the month for celebrating mathematics and its applications. This year, the theme of Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) is "Mathematics and Climate." The UNO Department of Mathematics will celebrate this event through activities, including the Mathematics Symposium, "MAM at UNO."

"This year we are organizing the Mathematics Symposium ‘MAM at UNO' featuring talks by our students on their mathematics research," said Dora Matache, assistant professor of mathematics.

The schedule of events is listed below.

Friday, April 10
"MAM at UNO"
Symposium and student poster session
9 a.m. to noon
256 Durham Science Center (DSC)
Students from the Kerrigan research mini-grants program will present the results of their research in mathematics under the supervision of mathematics faculty members.

Thursday, April 16
Guest lecture on "The Lowdown on Climate Change"
2:30 p.m.
115 DSC
Robert Smith from the UNO Department of Chemistry will give the talk, which is aimed at students.

"We hope you will join us in the celebration of mathematics and encourage your students to attend the events," Dr. Matache said.

For more information about MAM at UNO, visit the Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/~wwwmath/MAM/mam.html. For more information regarding the Kerrigan research minigrants program go to http://avalon.unomaha.edu/wwwmath/minigrants/researchminigrants.html.

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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu.

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

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

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

Items or 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 e-mail mknudtson@unomaha.edu.