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Relay for Life

UNO Honors Cancer Victims, Survivors

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The Sapp Fieldhouse was transformed March 27 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event. The 12-hour remembrance and celebration raised more than $20,000. The UNO event, now in its third year, drew 28 cancer survivors and about 220 participants. The event was organized by Christine Geistkemper and other UNO students.

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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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Student Elections Sept. 29 and 30

Michael Crabb (left) and Matt Nelson (right) are this year's candidates for UNO student president/regent. Click on the two soundfiles to hear them talk about their campus issues and concerns. Students can vote online at sguno.unomaha.edu starting Sept. 29.

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2009.04.03

UNO Announces New Integrated Advancement Model

UNO, the UNO Alumni Association and the University of Nebraska Foundation have signed an agreement to create a new systematic, integrated advancement model to enhance UNO's support from alumni, friends, members of the community and philanthropic entities. The new structure will utilize the strengths of all three entities as they work more collaboratively to support UNO's mission, vision, values and priorities.

"The UNO Alumni Association and the NU Foundation both have great histories of support for our university," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. "It is especially timely for these outstanding organizations to strengthen their collaborative efforts to advance UNO as we celebrate UNO's centennial anniversary and plan for the next 100 years."

Working from a newly created alumni/donor database shared by all four University of Nebraska campuses, the NU Foundation will manage the UNO Annual Fund on behalf of the UNO Alumni Association. Plans also call for the Alumni Association to expand its local and national programming and outreach efforts, allowing more alumni to connect with UNO.  New Web sites for both the Alumni Association and NU Foundation should be launched this summer.

Starting this month, the Alumni Association business office will coordinate all campus requests for alumni lists, record files, etc. These requests should be provided in writing to and will be processed as quickly as possible, but may take up to two weeks to fulfill.

Written requests for records by UNO personnel should be provided to Maria Flint-Malnack via:

E-mail - mflintmalnack@unomaha.edu;

Fax - 402.554.3787; or

Mail - Maria Flint-Malnack
Attn: Records Request
William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center

FFFF to Feature Terry Hynes Today

Terry Hynes will be featured on KVNO Classical 90.7 FM's "First Friday Faculty Focus" today, April 3.

"First Friday Faculty Focus" is an interview series that highlights the many contributions of faculty members to UNO and the greater community, said Cheril Lee, KVNO news director.

Dr. Hynes is senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Lee's interview with Dr. Hynes will air during the 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. newscasts.

For more information about the interview series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

Students Recognized at Honors Week

The following UNO students received recognition during Honors Week, March 23-27.

The annual, weeklong celebration celebrates academic excellence, campus leadership and volunteerism among UNO's best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students. Read more.

Criss Library Study Rooms/Media Equipment Notice

UNO faculty, staff and students can now self-book single and group study rooms and media equipment at Criss Library.  Instead of coming to the main service desk and asking staff to reserve items, patrons are now able to do this from the library's Web site at http://library.unomaha.edu/services/groupstudyroom.htm

For further assistance, contact the main service desk at 554.3206.

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/.

UNO UFO Study Group April 4

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. Meetings will take place every Saturday in the same location and at the same time. All are welcome to come with an open mind and ask questions.

For more information, contact John Powers at jcpowers@mail.unomaha.edu.

Participants Sought for April 18 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk

Participants are needed for the 24th Annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk on Saturday, April 18.  Proceeds go towards scholarships for women athletes. For more information or to join a team, visit http://www.omavs.com and click on the "Women's Walk" link.  Or call the Women's Walk office at 554.2533.

LGBTQI Ally Training Available

Safe Spaces

The UNO Safe Space/Ally Training Committee has doubled the number of Ally Training sessions for this semester. The committee will offer several sessions on various days and times to try to meet diverse schedules. The next session takes place next week.

Participants only need to attend one session and are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The remaining schedule for spring LGBTQI Ally Training:

- Monday, April 6
1 to 4 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room

- Tuesday, April 7
9 a.m. to noon
MBSC Council Room

Ally training is a three-hour interactive educational session for individuals who wish to understand more about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex campus community. Participants will discuss concepts about the community, explore how anti-LGBTQI bias hurts others and learn strategies for being a good ally.

Each session is limited to 12 people. To R.S.V.P., contact Charlene Wilcox at cwilcox@unomaha.edu.

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.

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 the NCAA final basketball game on big-screen TVs. The finals take place Monday, April 6. 

Food opens at 7 p.m., and the game tips off at 8:20 p.m. There will be prizes 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 ecron@unomaha.edu or 554.2711.

ITS Announces Web Templates Intermediate 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 is sent confirming this registration.  Add the class to Lotus Notes calendar.
- ITS requires a minimum of five people signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class.  An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Second Life Boot Camp Set for April 17

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will host an interactive presentation on "Second Life Boot Camp" Friday, April 17. Lynette Leonard, assistant professor with the School of Communication, will provide the boot camp tour of Second Life from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 007A Roskens Hall.

Integrating Second Life (SL), a 3-D virtual world, into classes can offer students an experience that transcends the traditional classroom. 3-D virtual worlds give students the opportunity to explore class concepts through observation, interaction, or collaboration with people from all over the world; enact visually-dynamic role plays and participation in immersive simulations of different cultures, time periods and contexts.

Participants in the workshop will enter a SL boot camp in which they will learn to use this classroom technology in a hands-on, supportive environment. By the end of the course, participants will have created professional avatars, accessed SL instructional resources and learned best practices from those with experience teaching in SL.

To fully realize the benefits of this short course, participants should register for a free SL account:
- Visit http://www.secondlife.com;
- Confirm that registration with SL; and
- E-mail their SL name to lleonard@unomaha.edu.

Participants without SL accounts can watch the training and receive assistance in registering for a free account at the end of the course.

To register, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or unofacdev@unomaha.edu. For more information, contact Leonard at lleonard@unomaha.edu. Refreshments will be provided.

"Service-Learning 101" Consultations Offered

What does "community engagement" mean? What does it look like? Why is it valued by UNO?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service learning: integrating community service projects into coursework so students apply course concepts, see their relevance to the world of work and the community, and gain satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that both meet genuine community needs and apply course concepts, the Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will offer "Service-Learning 101," a two-hour workshop. This spring it is being offered to UNO faculty as an individual or small group consultation.

All faculty, including those new to service learning and those with projects in development, are welcome.

To schedule a consultation, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz at 554.2712 or chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

In the News

In the News

- Student Sher Jan Ahmadzai was quoted in the March 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about President Barack Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan. Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was also quoted in the article. KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Gouttierre April 1 about members of a Nebraska National Guard unit who are putting their agriculture backgrounds to work in Afghanistan.

- Chancellor John Christensen was quoted in the March 30 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the departure of Athletics Director David Miller. Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance, was also quoted in the article.

- Chris Decker, economics, spoke to the Omaha World-Herald about job growth in Nebraska. The story ran March 28.

- The April 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest editorial about President Barack Obama's proposed budget written by Angela Eikenberry from the School of Public Administration.

- Students Roger Garcia, August Hogan and Steve Solorio were quoted in the March 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The students are members of UNO's Association of Latino American Students. The group recently removed graffiti from seven South Omaha parks.

- Shelton Hendricks, psychology, talked with The City Weekly about evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins' recent visit to Omaha. The article ran March 18.

- The March 30 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about the new flavor of Old Style beer, quoting Jonna Holland, marketing.

- Mark Leonard, economics, was quoted in the April 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on how economies respond to an influx of consumer spending.

- The April 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on the Conficker Internet worm, quoting Steve Nugen, Nebraska University Center for Information Assurance at the College of Information Science and Technology.

- Greg Petrow, political science, was interviewed March 26 by KPTM (Fox 42) about voter turnout at mayoral elections.

- The March 18 issue of The City Weekly featured results of the March Madness mathematical research conducted by Andrew Swift, mathematics, and student John Price.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Vincent Woolf, physics, recently had a paper titled "Calibrating M-Dwarf Metallicities using Molecular Indices: Extension to Low-metallicity Stars" published in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (February 2009, volume 121, page 117). Co-authors included Sebastien Lepine from the American Museum of Natural History (New York) and George Wallerstein at the University of Washington (Seattle).

The work extends the calibration a method the authors developed to estimate the concentration of elements heavier than helium in faint low-mass stars. This will be an important tool in a statistical analysis of these stars that will test models of the chemical evolution of the Galaxy.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Double Bass Soloist to Host Master Class
Renowned double bass soloist Edgar Meyer will host a master class for students at UNO Saturday, April 4.

The free, two-hour session begins at 11 a.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center and is part of Nebraska Bass Day. Read more.

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.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Spring 2009 Student Art Exhibition Ends Today
The Spring 2009 UNO Student Art Exhibition at the UNO Art Gallery runs through today, 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 kwentworth@mail.unomaha.edu.

The Moving Company's Centennial Exhibit On Display Through Today
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 today, 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/themovingcompany 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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.