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Creation of Art Goes Beyond the Brain

Technology plays a sizable role in the work of art student Shaun Benak. Listen as Benak, who'll join the San Jose State University art graduate program this fall, discusses how art is perceived by all walks of life. Benak is depicted in his 2008 work above, Untitled.

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HPER Expansion

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Steel workers continue to assemble the jigsaw puzzle of steel girders to the east side of UNO's HPER Building (April 14). The east side addition will house general purpose room for Campus Recreation, a new elevator and receiving and storage space.

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2009.04.16

UNO PRSSA to Host Organ Donor Awareness Event Today

A team of UNO public relations students will hold "Be a Team Player: Become an M.V. (Most Valuable) Donor" today, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the plaza outside of the UNO Milo Bail Student Center and in the Nebraska Room. Read more.

Middle Schoolers Visit UNO for Head Start on College Preparation

Students who begin preparing for college in middle school have a greater chance of success in higher education, according to the ACT Policy Report. Nebraska middle schoolers are no exception.

As part of a local public relations campaign to promote early college planning, 25 Marrs Junior Academy of Finance students will visit campus today, April 16, in partnership with Student Enrollment Services. Read more.

Paint-a-Bike, Earn-a-Bike Service Learning Project Under Way

The "Paint-a-Bike, Earn-a-Bike" program under the umbrella of the Omaha Metro Bike Blast (http://www.unomaha.edu/bikeblast), has started. This effort is a collaborative venture of many community volunteers, the UNO Service Learning Academy, Metro Community College Service Learning and the Community Bike Shop Omaha. The goals are to build social capital, encourage physical activity and become more environmentally friendly by using non-polluting transportation.

With this year's project, more than 35 children between the ages of 10 and 14 have the opportunity to paint a bike at two different locations: Bancroft Market at 10th and Bancroft and the First Congregational Church gym at 36th and Harney. Read more.

Bravo! Now Taking Messages

The Business & Finance Wall of Fame has a new name. Bravo! is now open to all UNO employees and is a visible place to post written messages about the great work university employees are doing to make UNO better every day.

To submit a posting, e-mail twhite@mail.unomaha.edu. Compliments can be for any reason. The new Bravo! page can be found at http://www.unomaha.edu/bnf/bravo.php.

Sociology and Anthropology Department to Hold Candidate Presentation Today

Miguel Ceballos, a candidate for a position in the Sociology and Anthropology Department, will give a presentation titled "Is Assimilation Unhealthy for Mexican

Immigrants in the United States?: Acculturation, Return Migration, and Maternal and Infant Health" today, April 16, in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room starting at 3 p.m.

The presentation is free and open to the campus community and the public. For more information, call 554.2626.

"Is the Print Newspaper Dead?" Discussion This Evening

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 this evening, 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 mknudtson@unomaha.edu.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Takes to the Stage Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre will present a preview performance tonight, April 16, of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf at the Weber Fine Arts Building Theatre.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. Performances will run Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, and Wednesday through Saturday, April 22-25.

The William Shakespeare romantic comedy follows four youths as they travel into an expansive and enchanted world of warring fairies, mismatched love and mystical mischief.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Season memberships and group rates also are available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, via e-mail at unoboxoffice@mail.unomaha.edu or by calling 554.2335.

For more information, contact Darla Waldo at 554.2406 or visit http://www.unotheatre.com.

"Consider This" Guests Reflect on Earth Day

The next edition of "Consider This" host Cathy Wyatt and guests will discuss Earth Day, which began in 1969.

Guests will include Richard Komp, an international solar energy expert and educator; Bing Chen, chair of the Department of Computer and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute; and Daniel Lawse, 2009 Friend of the Environment Award recipient. The group will talk about progress made and not made in cleaning up the environment.

The program airs tonight, April 16, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

NET1
- Sunday, April 19
11:30 a.m.

NET2
- Friday, April 17
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, April 21
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.

Al Caniglia Stadium Undergoes Repairs

Starting Monday, April 20, contractors will make repairs to the walls on the north and south ends of the western part of Al Caniglia stadium. This project will require the removal and replacement of large amounts of brick, cap stones and railings.

Due to the nature of these repairs, and for the safety of everyone, it will be necessary to close down access in and out of the tunnel one end at a time.

Contractors will start on the north end and when complete will move to the south. The area will be well signed, fenced and cordoned off. This project should be complete by Sunday, Aug. 1.

"It is important that all faculty, staff and students are aware of this and follow the warning signs," Walt Burr, project coordinator for Facilities Management & Planning. "No matter how careful we are this is a construction site and some falling concrete and brick cannot be avoided. Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated."

For more information, contact Burr at 554.2582.

"Finals Week Preparation" Seminar April 21

Advice on how to finish strong during finals week will be presented Tuesday, April 21, at a UNO Counseling Center seminar. Information on test anxiety, stress management and test taking strategies will be covered.

The "Finals Week Preparation" seminar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. Pizza will be provided. The session is part of the "Be Your Best" series.

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

Panel to Discuss Media Changes at High School Conference on April 23

Three local media practitioners will discuss the changing face of today's media at the UNO School of Communication's annual High School Journalism and Broadcasting Conference on Thursday, April 23.

LeAnne Morman, WOWT-TV backpack journalist; Matt Tompkins, imaging director for Clear Channel Radio in Omaha; and Karyn Spencer, Omaha World-Herald reporter, will discuss "A Fresh Twist on the Traditional: New Media Trends" starting at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Hugh Reilly of the School of Communication will moderate the discussion.

More than 300 students from the Omaha metro area are expected to attend this year's conference. Of those, 90 also will visit UNO in the morning before the conference to learn about campus media facilities and visit the School of Communication.

The program also will include a recognition ceremony for the winners of a high school journalism and broadcasting contest sponsored by the School of Communication. Students from area schools will receive awards for contest entries in 23 categories, such as Best Feature Story, Best Newspaper, Best News Broadcast, Best Ad and Best Sports Photograph.

For further information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 or swilson@mail.unomaha.edu.

UNO Creative Writing Students to Share Works

The UNO Writer's Workshop will host a reading of the B.F.A. creative writing students Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public and is hosted by the writer's workshop student organization -- The Crop.

For more information, contact Dianne Hradsky at dhradsky@mail.unomaha.edu.

GSO to Host April 17 Day of Silence Candlelight Vigil

The UNO Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will host a candlelight vigil Friday, April 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Memorial Park foot bridge in support of the "Day of Silence."

The "Day of Silence," a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is a student-led day of action when concerned students, from middle school to college, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment -- in effect, the silencing -- experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies.

Students, faculty and staff should also be aware that some students will be taking a vow of silence on April 17 in support of this cause.

For details, visit the table in the Milo Bail Student Center on April 17 or call the GSO office at 554.4846.

Deadline April 17 for Academic Regalia Orders

Commencement for May graduates will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement should order their academic regalia from the Bookstore, 554.2336, by Friday, April 17.

"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 work on activities 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 ksup@unomaha.edu.

Adobe Connect Brown Bag April 24

Join UNO faculty and Information Technology Services (ITS) staff on Friday, April 24, as they host a brown bag demonstration of Adobe Connect. Sponsored by ITS Academic Partner for Instruction, "Web Conferencing & Online Instruction: Lessons Learned by UNO Faculty" will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Adobe Connect is a web conferencing collaboration tool for conducting online courses, office hours, advising, student presentations and student group work. It allows two-way audio and/or video communication, multimedia and application sharing, whiteboard display, breakout sessions and polling.

Presenters will include Lynn Harland, College of Business associate dean and professor; Leah Pietron, College of Information Science and Technology associate professor of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis (ISQA); Paul van Vliet, College of Information Science and Technology associate professor of ISQA; and Ted Turgeon, ITS instructional design specialist.

Faculty presenters will discuss their experiences in using Adobe Connect for student projects in a capstone Management Information Systems course and for discussion in a graduate level business course. A brief demonstration will be included. In addition, ITS staff will discuss the costs and logistics of using Adobe Connect along with an opportunity for participants to try a free version of the software.

All UNO faculty and staff can attend and no registration is necessary. Participants are invited to bring their lunches.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Service at 554.4357 (HELP).

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.