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Organ Donation Focus of April 16 Event

Listen as student Jessica Legg of Maverick Solutions, UNO's student-led public relations firm, previews an organ donation awareness event happening over the lunch hour on Thursday, April 16, at the Milo Bail Student Center.

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photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The stairtowers and elevator shafts for UNO's new Mammel Hall were being poured Friday afternoon (April 3) in sunny weather at the site of the College of Business Administration's new building.



Hagel Speaks to UNO Students Today

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel will speak with students at UNO today, 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.

Artist Martinez Celaya's Free Lecture Is Tonight

UNO welcomes internationally renowned artist Enrique Martínez Celaya for a return visit 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 – is at UNO through Friday, April 10. He will give a public lecture tonight, 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.

First Cyberspace Conference in Omaha to Feature UNO Faculty, Students

Three faculty members from the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at UNO will serve as discussion facilitators during the 2009 Cyberspace Symposium today and Wednesday, April 7-8, at Qwest Center Omaha.

Dorest Harvey, Blaine Burnham and Alex Nicoll will represent the college as discussion facilitators. Read more.

Faculty Senate to Meet April 8

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, April 8, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. 

Steve Bullock, interim assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, will give a short presentation on System Portfolio Feedback beginning at 2 p.m. with the meeting immediately following.  All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Registration Under Way for School of HPER Awards Banquet

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will host its annual Student Awards Banquet, Friday, April 24, at the William H. & Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. 

The social hour, combined with bidding on silent auction items, begins at 6:30 p.m.  The dinner and awards ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m.

For registration and banquet details, visit

"Incorporating Student Presentations Into Your Class" Faculty Workshop April 10

"Incorporating Student Presentations Into Your Class" is planned for Friday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 183 Arts and Sciences Hall. 

Faculty who attend the UNO Speech Center workshop will learn about incorporating student presentations into a course, providing effective feedback to students on their presentations and using evaluation criteria for grading presentations.

To register for the session or for more information, contact the Speech Center at 554.3201 or  All those interested in attending are invited to bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

Student Employee of the Year Award Reception April 13

The 2009 Student Employee of the Year Award Reception will take place on Monday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.  This year 19 outstanding student nominees will be recognized.

The keynote speaker will be Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources.  The reception will be held during National Student Employment Week, April 12-18. The Student Employee of the Year winner will receive a $100 prize provided by the UNO Alumni Association.

For more information, contact Charlotte Russell at 554.2321 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

Scholastic Book Fair at Criss Library

The Criss Library, along with the UNO Honors Program and University Library Friends, will sponsor a Scholastic Book Fair next week.

It will be held on the main floor of the library on:

- Monday, April 13
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

- Tuesday, April 14
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Wednesday, April 15
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At this "Buy One, Get One FREE!" Book Fair, buyers can double their purchasing power.

Donations will be accepted to support Liberty Elementary School and all proceeds benefit the library's juvenile book collection.  For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

Global Youth Service Day April 25

The Service-Learning Academy is now accepting online registration for Global Youth Service Day. Online registration can be found at

Participants will volunteer from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Western Hills University Partnership Magnet Center (66th and Western). Location assignments will be given at that time. Directions and shuttles to all other sites will be available. T-shirts and lunch are complimentary.

For more information, contact Kathe Lyons 554.4083.

April 11 Self-Defense Class Offered

Wellness StampedeThis 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

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" tells a traditional African story 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.

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

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, 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;

- Confirm that registration with SL; and

- E-mail their SL name to

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 For more information, contact Leonard at Refreshments will be provided.

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 -;

Fax - 402.554.3787; or

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

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.

Participants Sought for HPER Study

Research in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation are currently looking for healthy, non-obese females aged 19-30 who currently take the oral contraceptive Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo to participate in a research study investigating how oral contraceptive use impacts blood vessel function.

Individuals must be taking one of the forms of oral contraceptives listed above for at least four months. In addition, subjects should not have high blood pressure, must not be diabetic, have no history of heart disease and must not be taking any medications with the exception of oral contraceptives.  The study would require one one-hour screening session and four two-hour laboratory tests.

Subjects will be compensated for their time participating in this study.

If interested, contact Jessica Meendering at 554.3252 or


Gruber and Shires Honored at School of HPER Luncheon
The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) hosted its 11th annual Part-time and Joint Appointment Teacher Appreciation Luncheon March 24.  Honorees included:  part-time teacher Beth Gruber and joint appointment teacher Rose Shires. 

Several anniversaries were also celebrated.  Full-time, part-time, joint appointment faculty along with all of the HPER office staff turned out.  Also in attendance were school administrators and members of the UNO Athletic Department.  Click on this link to learn more about all honorees.

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