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Official 'egg stuffer' Rebecca Whitney was busy Friday (April 10) helping to insert candy, coupons for free Zamboni rides and passes to UNO games into 3,000 eggs. Whitney is a student worker in UNO's athletic business office and she was helping prepare the eggs which were given away at an Easter egg hunt prior to Saturday's spring football game.

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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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Solar Energy Advocacy Group Welcomes International Educator

The Nebraska Solar Energy Society (NSES), whose Web site is housed at the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, will host several awareness events starting this week at UNO amd throughout Omaha and Lincoln in conjunction with Earth Day. Read more.

Malcolm X Festival Under Way 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 today through Thursday, April 14-16. Read more.

Fraternity and Sorority Greek Life Open House Today

The Fraternity and Sorority Greek Life Open House is today, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.

Learn more about fraternity and sorority life at the open house.  Free food will be served. For more information, contact Kelli Vomacka at 554.2711.

Ninth Annual Poker Run/Walk April 15

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede will host the ninth annual Poker Run/Walk Wednesday, April 15. The start time is noon on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

All interested faculty, staff and students can participate in this free event.

The 1.5 mile course will cover the UNO campus. At specific sites throughout the course, each contestant will receive a playing card. At the end of the course, all poker hands will be shown, and the person with the best hand will be the winner. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

To register, e-mail or stop by 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

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

Scholastic Book Fair at Criss Library

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

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

Today, 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. All proceeds benefit the library's juvenile book collection.  For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon May 1

UNO's Women's Studies Program will host its annual spring luncheon Friday, May 1, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room. Tickets are on sale through Tuesday, April 28.

The cost is $10 for faculty and staff and $3 for students.  Click on this link for a luncheon order form. The presentation will include honoring Suzanne Moshier, professor of Biology and Women's Studies faculty member, with the 2009 Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies.

For more information, contact Mary Dunn at 554.2624.

Fulbright Presentations April 15 for Faculty and Professionals

UNO will welcome Sabine O'Hara, vice president and executive director for Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), to campus Wednesday, April 15, for a series on Fulbright programs for faculty and professionals.

Both sessions will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room:

- Open session with presentations and Q&A
1:30 to 2:45 p.m.   

- Fulbright application workshop
3 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Krista Cupich at or 554.2293.

"Career Advising in Action: Try It and Apply It" Workinar April 23

UNO will host a workinar sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) on Thursday, April 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

"Career Advising in Action: Try It and Apply It" is an on-line workshop that allows for interactive group work within the allotted 60-90 minute time frame. Following a brief introduction by the NACADA presenters -- Joanne Damminger and Betsy McCalla-Wriggins -- participants will be given activities to work on together in small groups. After a certain period of time, participants will rejoin the workinar to share thoughts and ask questions.

Individuals planning to attend should e-mail Katie Sup Rezac at

Graduation Celebration for Young Alumni Set for April 30

Congrats upcoming graduates! UNO Young Alumni members will recognize the commencement of the university's first class of 2009 with a celebration. The group, a UNO Alumni Association affiliate, will meet Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at McKenna's, 7425 Pacific St.

All UNO graduates under the age of 40 are welcome to join the free celebration, which will feature networking opportunities, heavy appetizers, beverages and door prizes. 

For more information, contact Sheila King at 554.4802 or visit

Suicide Awareness Presentation April 15

UNO students from PSYC-3140 will conduct a service-learning project dealing with suicide awareness on Wednesday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Guest speakers at the free presentation will include Jenny Schulte and Marti Rosen-Atherton, both licensed mental health practitioners.

Co-sponsors include Jessiline Anderson's PSYC-3140 class, Student Health Services and the UNO Counseling Center.

For more information, contact Dr. Anderson at 554.2581 or

ASH Pizza Party and Study Abroad Info Session April 15

A pizza party and study abroad informational session for all students majoring within the College of Arts and Sciences Hall is Wednesday, April 15. Sponsored by the Department of English, the event runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 211 ASH.

For more information, contact Kristin Girten at 554.2885.

"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 Street and Underwood Avenue.

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

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 in Council Bluffs.

"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.

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.

CFAM to Host Transplant Benefit for Alumna

The UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) will host a benefit performance, art exhibit and silent auction to raise money for a UNO theatre alumna. Laura Marsh needs a double-lung transplant.

The benefit, "A Breath of Fresh Art," is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St. The goal of the event is to raise $10,000 toward Marsh's recommended double-lung transplant surgery. Read more.

UNL Professor, Writer to Celebrate National Poetry Month on April 19

Greg Kuzma, professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will host a reading at The KANEKO-UNO Library Sunday, April 19, as part of National Poetry Month.

Kuzma, whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker and The Paris Review, will read from his works at 2 p.m. The KANEKO-UNO Library is located at 1111 Jones St. in the Old Market. Read more.

Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness Student Workshop April 21

"Introductions, Conclusions & Audience Centeredness" is planned for Tuesday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Learn Over Lunch workshop will learn how to get their audience's attention, establish credibility and importance, get their audience ready to listen and keep their attention to the very end.

Space is limited so students must register in advance. Contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Free pizza and pop will be provided.

Global Youth Service Day April 25

The Service-Learning Academy is now accepting volunteer 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 at 554.4083.

"Innovations in Online Student Retention" Session Set for April 29

The Division of Continuing Studies will host a webcast on "Innovations in Online Student Retention" Wednesday, April 29, from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

The webcast speakers will include David Cillay, associate dean of Instruction & Technology at Washington State University; Jurgen Hilke, director of Distance Learning at Frederick Community College; and Vernon Smith, dean of Instruction at Rio Salado College.

The session will investigate:

-How do online courses and programs lose students;

-What can be done to prevent that attrition; and

-Roles of instructors and student support staff in improving retention.

Refreshments will be provided.

The webcast is open to all faculty and staff; no RSVP is required.  For more information about the event, contact Dave Cassiday at 554.4833 or

Call for 2009 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals for 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.

Teaching circles members can apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle that address one or more UCAT themes. To view the UCAT themes, visit

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 available on the UCAT Web site (


Students Honored at Annual UNO Religious Studies Awards Dinner
The UNO Religious Studies program held its annual honors and awards dinner April 2 at the Milo Bail Student Center.

At the dinner, David Swensen was named as the Ron Burke Scholar. He will receive a $2,500 scholarship award. Nikola Jordan and Andrew Neal were named Ron Burke Memorial Scholars. Each received $1,250 awards. Dr. Burke's family - Mary Burke, Denis Burke and Rosalie Burke - were present to assist in presenting the awards.

Swensen also was recognized as the Religious Studies Honors Student for 2008-2009. Humaira Qasimyar was recognized as a UNO Honors Student for 2008-2009.

Graduating seniors Blythe Fox, Humaira Qasimyar and Will Targy were given certificates of completion for their majors. Janet McClearen was recognized for the master's degree she will receive this year with a minor in religious studies.

Click on this link to learn more about all awards and honorees.

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