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UNO Announces A.D. Candidates

UNO Announces A.D. Candidates

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Chancellor John Christensen, left, spoke with local reporters April 17 about the four individuals who have been selected as candidates for athletic director. Christensen said he hopes to have someone hired by the end of the semester.

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Student Employee of the Year Kudos

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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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HPER Expansion

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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.



Athletic Director Candidate Forum Slated For Today

UNO Chancellor John Christensen has announced that Trev Alberts, one of the recommended candidates being considered for the university's athletic director position, will visit campus today and Wednesday, April 21-22.

Alberts has worked as a television and print college football commentator and analyst.  While at UNO, he will meet with various campus groups, community groups, student athletes and Dr. Christensen.  A campus community and public forum will take place today, April 21, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom starting at 4 p.m.

"At this point in the process, it's very important to get input and listen to all the people who care about UNO Athletics and our university," Dr. Christensen said.  "We need the right person in place to lead the department forward.  I've said it before - UNO's athletic excellence offers a tremendous opportunity to someone."

For more information, call 554.3502.

Volunteers Unite on Global Youth Service Day

More than 400 students from UNO and area high schools will give Omaha a "spring cleaning" during Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Global Youth Service Day is recognized by millions across the world as a day dedicated to improving cities, neighborhoods and parks. Read more.

Spring Master of Public Health Capstone Presentation Today at DRC

Christine Arach Ross, a master of public health administration student, will present her project - "Mortality of Low Birth Weight (LBW) Infants in the State of Nebraska According to Level of Care at the Hospital of Birth" - today, April 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 8003 Durham Research Center, located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

For more information, call 561.7567.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed about externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

Click on this link to view those receiving grant awards totaling $804,088 for the period of March 1-31.

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit

NBDC "Secrets of Dynamic Presentations" Workshop April 23

The Nebraska Business Development Center will host a training workshop on the "Secrets of Dynamic Presentations" Thursday, April 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  at ESU #3, 6949 South 110th St., in La Vista.  The workshop fee is $250.

Those who attend the workshop will gain knowledge needed to deliver professional and polished presentations. Practical techniques and tips will help participants communicate their ideas and reinforce their messages, helping them focus on the audience and their objectives.

For more information, call 595.2900.

Jung Retirement Reception May 1

A retirement reception for Anthony Jung, professor of German, will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.  All members of the UNO community are welcome to attend and help celebrate Dr. Jung's 40-year career at UNO.

For more information, call 554.2862.

Undergraduate Colloquium April 30

The Department of English and the UNO Writing Center will host an undergraduate colloquium Thursday, April 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.  A reception will take place after the presentations.

The four finalists and their presentation topics are:
- Zach Jacobs, "Charlotte Smith and Edmund Burke: The Nature of the Sublime";
- Jasmine Maharisi, "Reconnecting: Oaxaca, Mexico";
- Daniel McCarville, "Excalibur and Authority: Idylls of the King as Political Philosophy"; and
- Sarah Vollmer, "Civilized Savagery: A Post-Colonial Look at The Middle Five."

For more information, contact Carol Dillon, chairperson of the Undergraduate Colloquium Committee at or the UNO Writing Center at 554.2946 or

Pathways to Harmony Program Offered May 22

The next Pathways to Harmony program will take place Friday, May 22, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.  The professional development program brings students, faculty and staff together to explore diversity.

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of Equal Employment Opportunity with Human Resources. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

Fidelity Representative to Offer Counseling Sessions This Summer

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this summer for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days. To make an appointment with Cronick, call 1.800.642.7131.

Available dates are:
- Wednesday, June 3;
- Monday, June 29;
- Monday, July 13;
- Monday, July 27;
- Tuesday, Aug. 4; and
- Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Student Government Day Celebration Today on the MBSC Plaza

Student Government will host its annual Student Government Day celebration today, 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

"Finals Week Preparation" Seminar Today

Advice on how to finish strong during finals week will be presented today, 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.

Closing Notice for University Drive South

University Drive South will remain closed through Sunday, May 3, due to site utility work required for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Renovation and Addition Project.

The drive is also 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.

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 from 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 more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 or

"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

Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon May 1

The 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. Suzanne Moshier, professor of biology and women's studies faculty member, will receive the 2009 Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies during the program.

For more information, contact Mary Dunn at 554.2624.

Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

The College of Information Science and Technology will offer a dozen computer technology workshops this summer that are designed for students ages 11 to 17. Space is limited.

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at


Student Investors Take Top Honors at National Competition
Graduate students representing the Maverick Investment Program, housed in the College of Business Administration, earned first-place honors at the University of Dayton's ninth annual student portfolio competition, held March 26-28 in Ohio.

UNO won first place in the graduate division for its fixed-income portfolio. The Maverick Investment Program is led by David Volkman, chair of the college's Department of Finance, Banking and Law. Read more.

SOLP Reception Honors Students, Faculty and Staff
On April 2, outstanding UNO student organizations, student leaders, faculty advisers and staff members were recognized at the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Annual Leadership Reception.

The reception was held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom to honor students, faculty and staff members who greatly contributed to on-campus organizations and programs. Nominees and award recipients were chosen following a nomination, application and selection process. Winners received plaques noting their achievements. Read more.