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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.

the Big Picture


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.



Student Government Day Celebration April 21 on the MBSC Plaza

Student Government will host its annual Student Government Day celebration Tuesday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

At the event, students can learn about Student Government activities, how student fees are used and how to become a senator. The first 500 students to attend and show their MavCards will receive free pancakes from the Pancake Man. All attendees after the first 500 can pay $3 for a refillable plate of pancakes. A raffle for prizes will take place at noon.

For more information, contact Megan Schmitz at 554.2285 or

24th Annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk April 18

The 24th annual Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk will take place, rain or shine, Saturday, April 18, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

The Women's Walk is the marquee fundraiser for women's athletics and is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. All money raised will provide scholarships for UNO's female athletes. Read more.

Creighton University, UNMC and UNO to Host "Kicks For a Cure" April 17-18

The University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) Eppley Cancer Center, Creighton University (CU) and UNO plan to score more points in the fight against women's cancers with the fourth annual "Kicks for a Cure." The two-day event will take place today through Saturday, April 17-18, at CU's Michael G. Morrison, S.J. Stadium. Read more.

Closing Notice for University Drive South

Due to site utility work required for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Renovation and Addition Project, UNO will close University Drive South Monday, April 20, through Sunday, May 3.

The drive will also be closed from the intersection of University Drive South and East in Elmwood Park, as well as west to Lot S (east side of the Central Utilities Plant - CUP). Access to both Lots S and the CUP will be available from the west on University Drive South. The HPER Building, Sapp Fieldhouse, Allwine Hall, College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building and the Ceramic/Sculpture Studio will remain accessible from University Drive South (from the west) and Maverick Plaza.

Facilities Management and Planning staff thanks the UNO community for their continued patience during the construction of the HPER Building renovation and addition and campus utility tunnels projects.

For more information, contact Audrey Buckley at 554.4104.

New York Psychiatrist and AIDS Advocate to Present at "Great Rounds" April 22

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, a New York psychiatrist, will guest speak Wednesday, April 22, at the College of Public Health's "Grand Rounds" at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

Dr. Thompson Fullilove is a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She will speak at noon in Room 1010 at the UNMC College of Nursing. A student question-and-answer session with Dr. Thompson Fullilove will follow the talk from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

After several years of work as a community psychiatrist, Dr. Thompson Fullilove joined the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at its founding in 1986. She moved to New York in 1990 and continued to study AIDS and other inner-city neighborhood issues.

Her work on AIDS is featured in Jacob Levenson's The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS in Black America. Most recently, with support of a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator Award, she has studied the long-term consequences of urban renewal for African Americans. As part of that work, she co-founded NYC Recovers, an alliance of organizations concerned with the social and emotional recovery of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. This project provided the data for her book Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It.

For more information, contact Stephon McNeil at

April 22 Event to Celebrate Entrepreneurship

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization will honor entrepreneurship at UNO Wednesday, April 22, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Faculty, staff and students can speak with more than 20 local entrepreneurs who will host information tables about their business.

The following entrepreneurs will give keynote presentations:
- Doug Nielsen, NetShops;
- Frank Klesitz, Final Rep Fitness;
- Marshall Widman, BallStars; and
- Mark Javitch, Action Inkjet.

Free food and drinks will be served, and door prizes will be presented.

For more information, contact Dale T. Eesley at 554.2706

Maverick Productions to Host Day at the Zoo April 19

Students, faculty and staff can join Maverick Productions and the Animal Ambassadors Sunday, April 19, for a day of exotic encounters at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.

Discounted zoo admission tickets remain on sale in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office (MavCard Office) for $6.75 with a MavCard (regular admission is $11.50). There is a limit of two tickets per student. UNO faculty and staff can also purchase tickets at the $6.75 rate.

The Animal Ambassador program is a special feature where zookeepers bring out animals for UNO patrons to interact with and learn about. The Zebra Picnic Pavilion will host the Animal Ambassadors from noon to 2 p.m.

"This is your opportunity to experience the animals in an up-close and personal way," said Nicki Baker with Maverick Productions.

For more information, contact Baker at or 350.3563.

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 poetry reading Sunday, April 19, at The KANEKO-UNO Library in conjunction with 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.

"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 titled "Finals Week Preparation." Discussion topics include test anxiety, stress management and test taking strategies.

The 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.

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.

Members of Teaching Circles can apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and that address one or more UCAT themes. Visit for UCAT themes.

The committee will accept proposals through Tuesday, April 21, or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Application forms are also available on the UCAT Web site at

"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 Chancellor's Room. Refreshments will be provided.

The webcast speakers include David Cillay, associate dean of Instruction and 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 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.

The webcast is open to all faculty and staff, and no R.S.V.P. is required. For more information, contact Dave Cassiday at 554.4833 or

In the News

In the News

- WOWT (NBC 6) and KPTM (Fox 42) interviewed Randy Adkins, political science, on April 13 about mayoral endorsements.

- Omowale Akintunde, Department of Black Studies, was interviewed by KETV (ABC 7), the Omaha World-Herald and KFAB (1110 AM) to preview the Malcolm X Festival taking place this week at UNO.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Chancellor John Christensen April 12 about UNO's search for an athletic director.

- An April 13 presentation by Don Greer, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, about the future of baseball in Omaha was covered by the Omaha World-Herald, WOWT (NBC 6) and KIOS (91.5 FM).

- The April 10 issue of U.S. News and World Report featured an article offering exercise tips for adults above age 40. The article quoted Jennifer Huberty, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, April 15 about recent layoffs at Qwest Communications in Omaha.

- An article about the Bethsaida Excavations Project was published in the April 10 issue of The Jerusalem Post.

- An organ donation awareness event at UNO, organized by the Public Relations Student Society of America and Maverick Solutions, was previewed in the April 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Takes to the Stage Tonight
The UNO Department of Theatre will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, tonight, April 17, at the Weber Fine Arts Building Theatre.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. Performances will run Saturday, April 18, and Wednesday through Saturday, April 22-25. All proceeds from the Tuesday, April 21, performance will be donated to assist Lara Marsh, a UNO alumna in need of a life-saving, double-lung transplant.

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 or by calling 554.2335.

For more information, contact Darla Waldo at 554.2406 or visit

Swing Dance Tonight in the MBSC
The sounds of jazz and the echoes of swift feet dancing in time to live music will come together tonight, April 17, at the Big Band Swing Dance in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Marty Hebert, a dance instructor with the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, will offer dance lessons at 6:30 p.m. Live music and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. and features performances by UNO's award-winning jazz ensembles. Read more.

CFAM to Host Transplant Benefit for Alumna April 19
The UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) will host a benefit performance, art exhibit and silent auction Sunday, April 19, to raise money for Laura Marsh, a UNO theatre alumna needing a double-lung transplant.

The benefit, "A Breath of Fresh Art," begins at 2 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The goal of the event is to raise $10,000 for Marsh's surgery. 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 Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Student Thesis Works at UNO Art Gallery Through May 1
The works of four UNO bachelor of fine arts thesis candidates are on display in the UNO Art Gallery through Friday, May 1.

The exhibition features four installation artists - Ryan Carroll, Angela Drakeford, Ramanda Fuelberth and Ashley Rodriguez-Reed - that focus on the interaction of the work, the viewers and the gallery space. Read more.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.