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Trev Alberts

Alberts Visits UNO

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Trev Alberts, a candidate for UNO athletic director, visited with the campus community and local media April 21. While at UNO, Alberts also spoke with coaches, student athletes and administrators.

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Women's Walk

Successful Women's Walk

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Saturday's (April 18) rain forced more than 700 walkers into the UNO Sapp Fieldhouse, but it didn't dampen their fund-raising spirits. The walkers raised more than $270,000 for women's athletic scholarships at the 2009 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk. The money raised exceeded the goal set at the beginning of the campaign. Since its start in 1986, the walk has raised more than $3.75 million for women's athletic scholarships.



Researcher to Speak on Aging and Motor Variability Research Today

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility will host a talk by Jacob Sosnoff, an assistant professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, today, April 24, at 1 p.m. in 200 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Sosnoff's presentation - "Aging and Motor Variability: What Are the Underlying Mechanisms?" - is free and open to the public.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science at Ithaca College, Dr. Sosnoff earned his master's and doctorate degrees in kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his post-doctoral research as a fellow in the Center of Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Sosnoff's research focuses on the underlying neurophysiological and behavioral factors responsible for fluctuations (i.e. variability) in performance across the lifespan. The research interest is based on the rationale that a better understanding of these mechanisms will facilitate the development of practical interventions capable of minimizing the negative aspects of the aging process.

Several foundations fund Sosnoff's studies, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Mary J. Neer Disability Research Fund.

For more information, contact Nick Stergiou at or 554.3247, or Ka-Chun Siu at or 554.3773.

OLLAS and ACLU Nebraska to Host Director of National Immigrants Rights Project Today

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nebraska Foundation will host a conversation with Lucas Guttentag today, April 24, in South Omaha. Guttentag, director of the ACLU's National Immigrants' Rights Project, will discuss the ACLU's defense of immigrant rights. Read more.

Criss Library Offers Updates Via Twitter, Blog

Faculty, staff and students can now stay current on the happenings at Criss Library by subscribing to its Twitter page. To sign up, visit

Anyone who is not a Twitter subscriber can receive up-to-date information via the library's "Breaking News" blog at

For more information, call 554.2640.

UFO Study Group to Meet April 25

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. All are welcome to come with an open mind and ask questions. Additional meetings will take place each Saturday at the same time and location.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

Ortman/Watanabe Retirement Reception May 14

The College of Business Administration and Department of Accounting will host a retirement reception Thursday, May 14, for Richard Ortman, professor of accounting, and Judith Watanabe, associate professor of accounting. The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room and recognize the duo's many years of service to the university.

Anyone planning to attend should R.S.V.P. to Darryl Burgdorf at or 554.3650.

Children Sought for ADHD Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry needs children ages four and five to take part in a research study on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Children who are unable to sit still or have trouble following directions and paying attention may be eligible to participate.

For more information, call 552.6239.

NBDC "Microsoft Word 2003 - Level 1" Workshop May 6

The Nebraska Business Development Center will host a training workshop on "Microsoft Word 2003 - Level 1" Wednesday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ESU #3, 6949 S. 110th St., in La Vista. The workshop fee of $180 for UNO employees ($225 for others) includes materials.

Workshop participants will learn to:
- Open, close and save Word files;
- Use document templates and wizards to create new files;
- Become familiar with navigating the Word environment;
- Type, edit and format documents;
- Spell-check and set up pages before printing;
- Copy and paste information utilizing the Office clipboard;
- Undo and redo changes;
- Distinguish the difference between character, paragraph and document formatting;
- Troubleshoot by displaying hidden markers;
- Set four kinds of tabs;
- Create bulleted and numbered lists; and
- Insert, edit and format tables.

For more information or to register, visit

Star to Perform Today at MBSC

Singer, songwriter Ryan Star will perform today, April 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The event, sponsored by Mav Radio, is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Star released the 2005 music compilation "Songs from the Eye of an Elephant." He also was a competitor on the 2006 CBS reality show "Rock Star: Supernova."

In addition to performing a few songs, Star will host a question-and-answer session and meet with fans. Free food and prizes will also be available.

For more information, contact Chris Prudhon at 402.312.4427 or

Global Youth Service Day April 25

The Service-Learning Academy continues to accept volunteer registrations for Global Youth Service Day activities planned for Saturday, April 25. Online registration is available 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, 6523 Western Ave. 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.

Zeta Tau Alpha Kickball Tournament Benefit April 25

The Gamma Mu chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at UNO will host its 13th annual Kick Out Cancer kickball tournament at noon on Saturday, April 25, to raise funds for breast cancer research and education. The event will take place at Al F. Caniglia Field and features raffles for prizes and food for tournament participants. Read more.

Spring Graduate Faculty Meeting April 27

The Office of Graduate Studies will host the Spring Graduate Faculty meeting Monday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room. All UNO graduate faculty members can attend, and refreshments will be served.

Deborah Smith-Howell, dean for Graduate Studies and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the individual UNO Graduate Council committees will present reports.

For more information, contact Nicole Kersten at

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

In the News

In the News

- The April 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published a profile on the UNO Lifelong Learning Initiative, quoting Patty Adams.

- The April 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published a "My Five" feature on Edwardene Taylor Armstrong, Department of Black Studies. Armstrong identified her five favorite things.

- The April issue of B2B Quarterly magazine featured an article about Aksarben Village, quoting Lee Denker, UNO Alumni Association.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the April 16 issue of the Ashland Gazette about population changes in Saunders County.

- Bruce Johansen, School of Communication and Native American Studies, was quoted in the April 6 issue of Kumpanni (Helsinki, Finland) about non-European concepts of democracy from Africa, Asia and Native America. Kumpanni is a magazine published by Finland's Foreign Ministry.

- The April 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published a guest column by John Kretzschmar, William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies. The Employee Free Choice Act was the focus of Kretzschmar's column.

- Michelle Perone, Career Center, was quoted in the April 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Perone offered tips for college graduates seeking full-time employment.

- Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, was featured in the April 20 issue of the Wichita Business Journal. Dr. Robinson accepted a position at Wichita State University as vice president for the Division of Campus Life and University Relations.

- An April 21 community forum at UNO featuring Athletic Director candidate Trev Alberts was covered by the following media outlets: KMTV (CBS 3), KETV (ABC 7), WOWT (NBC 6), KPTM (Fox 42), the Associated Press, Lincoln Journal Star and 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

- Elizabeth Dahl, assistant professor of political science, had an article - "Reconciliation and the Therapeutic Impulse: What Does It Mean to 'Heal'?" - published in Human Rights & Human Welfare, Vol. 9 (April 2009): 55-73.

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

Final Performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Tonight, Saturday
The final performances of the Department of Theatre's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, take place tonight and Saturday, April 24-25, at the Weber Fine Arts Building Theater. The house 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. 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

Nebraska Cello Ensemble to Perform at UNO April 26
The Nebraska Cello Ensemble will perform Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The program will include the works of Jackson Berkey, Sousa and Faure, along with the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for cello orchestra.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. UNO faculty, staff and students can attend for free with their MavCard ID.

The ensemble began in 1974 under the direction of David Low, professor of music. It brings together cellists who perform music specifically written for combinations of celli or celli and other instruments or voices.

The group has a history of commissioned works. It was awarded several Nebraska Arts Council grants for works by Robert Walter, composer at the University of the Redlands (California); Joseph Baber, composer at the University of Kentucky; and Jon Polifrone, composer at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

For more information, call 554.3427.

On Exhibit

Student Thesis Works at UNO Art Gallery Through May 1
The works of four UNO bachelor of fine arts thesis candidates remain 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.

Apollo Artifacts on Display at Criss Library through May 28
Artifacts commemorating America's 1969 venture to the moon are on display at Criss Library through Thursday, May 28. The items are on loan from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The display, "Project Apollo Exhibit," features an astronaut spacesuit and helmet from the Apollo mission and 13 self-standing panels mounted with photographs depicting the Apollo Program.

For more information, call Criss Library at 554.2640.

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.