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Senior Successful On, Off Stage

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Senior Rachel Samson, when not shelving books at Criss Library, takes center stage at UNO productions every season. Listen as the theatre major, who heads to graduate school at the University of Central Missouri, shares her experiences at UNO on the stage, behind the scenes and in the classroom.

the Big Picture


Up, Up and Away

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Chancellor John Christensen and children from UNO's Child Care Center added some color to the sky Tuesday (4-21) morning as they released balloons as part of the Week of the Young Child 2009. The national event was established to focus public attention on the rights and needs of young children.

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Studying, Striving to Serve

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

As a School of Public Administration graduate student, Kenny McMorris enjoys working with UNO professors who offer what he calls "real world experience." As executive director of 100 Black Men of Omaha, McMorris holds close the success of Omaha's African American youth.

100 Black Men of Omaha



Health Notice Update

The Nebraska Health and Human Services System has issued a Health Alert Network Advisory throughout the state regarding the recent Swine Influenza cases that have been reported in several countries.  The UNO Incident Command and Emergency Planning group are monitoring the situation and will update the campus community as warranted. 

Individuals exhibiting flu-like symptoms should stop by Student Health Services in the Milo Bail Student Center and visit the staff.  Health Services staff can also be reached at 554.2374.

What follows below is a Center for Disease Control Health Advisory that came out April 26.  It includes basic advice on how to prevent the spread of flu.

CDC Health Advisory

UNO Bookstore "Book Buy Back" Begins Wednesday

The "book buy back" event in the UNO Bookstore begins this Wednesday, April 29, and continues through Friday, May 8. Individuals must have a current picture ID to participate.

Estimated buy back prices can be viewed at click on cash for books link. Bookstore hours during the book buy back period are:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, May 2
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Next NBDC Workshop on Government Contracts April 29

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting takes place Wednesday, April 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St.

The event - titled "Government Markets: An Overview of Government Markets including Town, City, Country, State and Federal Contracting agencies" - is free but requires pre-registration at due to the limited seating.

Additional workshops in the series are planned for the following dates. Individuals can sign up for any individual workshop.

Workshop dates:

- Wednesday, May 27
"Register Your Company"

- Wednesday, June 24
"Finding Bidding Opportunities"

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor. For more information, call 554.6252.

Civic Participation Forum This Week

A Civic Participation Forum is set for this week on Wednesday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The campus community can come see and hear about the 2008-2009 Civic Participation projects. This is also an opportunity to learn how to become a Civic Participation grantee.

For more information, contact Alice Woll at 554.2427.

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

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

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.

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

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 11

Starting Monday, May 11, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only. There will be no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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.

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 today, 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.

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.


Presidential Election TV Coverage Nabs First-Place Prize
A four-hour live broadcast of America's presidential election and other elections around the country, produced by University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Communication students, received a first-place Eric Sevareid Award from the Northwest Broadcast News Association at the Midwest Journalism Conference, March 27-28 in Bloomington, Minn.

A group of 50 students, faculty and staff produced the Nov. 4 broadcast of "The Omaha News Vote 2008: Election Day." Read more.