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Kara Wentworth

Student Employee of the Year Kudos

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Kara Wentworth, a part-time student employee in the Department of Art and Art History, received the 2009 Student Employee of the Year Award on April 13 at a ceremony in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Follow this link for details.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare on Stage

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A Midsummer Night's Dream will be on the UNO Weber Fine Arts stage Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, and again Wednesday through Saturday, April 22-25. The theatre opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. 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.

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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.



Four Finalists Named for UNO Athletic Director

UNO Chancellor John Christensen announced late last week that the athletic director search committee has recommended four names for further consideration.

The finalists for UNO athletic director:
- Trev Alberts, television and print college football commentator and analyst;
- Nolan Beyer, athletic director for Millard South High School in Omaha;
- Bill Danenhauer, athletic director and head football coach at Dana College in Blair, Neb.; and
- Mike Marcil, commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The finalists have been reviewed by the committee and completed a set of phone interviews. Calls to references are now being made. Dr. Christensen will visit by phone with each candidate recommended for consideration and will also receive further search committee input. Read more.

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags are lowered to half-staff today, April 20, to honor UNO student Drew Hanson, who passed away earlier this month.  Hanson was a senior who studied business administration.

Funeral services were held April 15 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Omaha.

Hanson's family has requested memorials be made in his honor to the American Juvenile Diabetes Association, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church or the Creighton Prep High School Scholarship Fund.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology to Host Candidate Presentation Today

Benjamin Gibbs, a candidate for a position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will give a presentation titled "Do Fortunes Reverse? Gender Gaps in Math Skills Before and After School-Entry?" today, April 20, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council 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.

Risk Management Launches Web Site

Business and Finance has launched a new Risk Management Web site, now available at This site includes information about the university insurance program, liability exposure and other topics.

For more information, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322.

The Crop to Host Poetry Reading April 28 in the MBSC

In conjunction with National Poetry Month, the Writer's Workshop student organization, The Crop, will sponsor a poetry reading Tuesday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Students and faculty are invited to read works by their favorite published poets in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireside Lounge.

To reserve a reading time slot, contact Cat Dixon at

"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.

Fieldhouse Canopy Restoration Under Way

Restoration of the canopy above the main entrance of the Sapp Fieldhouse continues through Friday, May 1.  Access to the building is available from the west garage door or the northeast doors.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 960.9819.

Solar Energy Advocacy Group to Host International Expert, Awareness Events

The Nebraska Solar Energy Society (NSES), whose Web site is housed at the College of Engineering at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, will host several awareness events this week in conjunction with Earth Day.  Richard Komp, an international solar energy expert who holds a doctoral degree in physical chemistry and a minor in physics, will participate in a variety of the activities. Read more.

"Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness" Student Workshop April 21

The Speech Center will host a Learn Over Lunch workshop titled "Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness" on Tuesday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.  Free pizza and pop will be provided.

Students who attend the workshop will learn how to capture their audience's attention, establish credibility and importance, make their audience ready to listen and keep its attention focused until the end.

Space is limited, so students must register in advance.  To register or for more information, contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or

ITS to Offer "Web Templates: Widgets!" Course

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will host a "Web Templates: Widgets!" course on Tuesday, April 21, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

Widgets are modules of code that can be used with UNO Web templates to increase the capabilities of college and departmental Web pages with audio, video and other special features.

This hands-on class will teach attendees how to use the Calendar, I Want to:, Now Hear This-Multi, UNO Tube-Single, RSS and Mavr Widgets, which will be used with the WTA_01 Web template.


- Must have attended the basic Web template class;

- Must have a test site setup; and

- Must have access to the Dreamweaver software.

To register for this training:
- Go to;
- Select the correct month, and click "Go";
- Click "Register" next to the event;
- Enter a personal SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and UNO photo IDs);
- Click "Sign Up";
- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

Al Caniglia Stadium Repairs Begin Today

Starting today, 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, capstones 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," said Walt Burr, project coordinator for Facilities Management and 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.

Call for 2009 UCAT Travel Grant Proposals

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) has funds available for travel grants designed to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. Applications are encouraged for interdisciplinary conferences focusing on teaching and learning, as well as for disciplinary conferences with tracks or sessions focusing on several themes. Visit for a list of links to designated conferences and UCAT themes.

The committee will accept proposals through Tuesday, April 21, or until funds are expended, and will fund grants up to $800 for each award.  Application forms are available on the Center for Faculty Development Web site at

For more information, contact Kathy Henebry at 554.3153 or

UNO Benefits Fair April 22

The 2009 UNO Benefits Fair will take place on Wednesday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Faculty and staff can participate in preventive health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.  A monitor will also be available to measure body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage. No appointment is necessary.

The cholesterol and diabetes screenings will be offered from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at a cost of $20. Individuals being screened for cholesterol and diabetes should abstain from food and drink, except for tap water, for 12 hours before.

The Tdap vaccine - used to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis in adults - will be available at a cost of $45.  Anyone with UNO's Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance can have a claim filed for possible reimbursement if they have a $250 routine care benefit that has not been used up.  An insurance deductible does not have to be met to use the routine care benefit money.

The following vendors will attend the benefits fair: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Eye Med, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, Caremark, Social Security Administration, UNO Faculty Employee Assistance Program, UNO Human Resources, UNO Child Care Center, Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union, Metro Rideshare and Hy-Vee.

Refreshments will be served.  Hy-Vee Nutritionist Karissa Jansen will offer nutrition information and healthy cooking and shopping tips.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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 businesses.

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.

New York Psychiatrist and AIDS Advocate to Present at "Grand 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.

The Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Office of Student Equity and Multicultural Office at UNMC have sponsored this "Grand Rounds" event.

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

"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 Building.

"Career Advising in Action: Try It and Apply It" is an online workshop that allows for interactive group work within the allotted 60 to 90-minute timeframe.  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.  Participants will then rejoin the workinar to share thoughts and ask questions.

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

Adobe Connect Brown Bag April 24

The campus community can join UNO faculty and Information Technology Services (ITS) staff on Friday, April 24, for 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.

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

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, associate dean and professor of the College of Business Administration; Leah Pietron, associate professor of information systems and quantitative analysis (ISQA) with the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T); Paul van Vliet, associate professor of ISQA with IS&T; and Ted Turgeon, instructional design specialist with ITS.

Faculty presenters will discuss their experiences 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.

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

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