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Senior Successful On, Off Stage

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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.

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Up, Up and Away

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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

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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.

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A.D. Announcement Set for Today

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Chancellor John Christensen will announce UNO's next athletic director at a press conference today, April 29.  The event takes place at 11 a.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The campus community can follow the event through live Twitter updates at  Reporters from all of the city's major media outlets are expected.

Civic Participation Forum Today

A Civic Participation Forum takes place today, 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.

"Innovations in Online Student Retention" Session Offered

The Division of Continuing Studies will host a webcast on "Innovations in Online Student Retention" today, April 29, from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

The webcast speakers will include David Cillay, associate dean of Instruction & 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 do 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.

Refreshments will be provided.

The webcast is open to all faculty and staff, no RSVP required.  For more information about the event, contact Dave Cassiday at 554.4833 or

Today's Discussion to Focus on Sustainability

Students from the spring 2009 Leadership for Sustainability class at UNO will challenge an audience to become sustainability leaders – holistically, environmentally, socially and economically – during a forum that's free and open to the public set for today, April 29. Read more.

Faculty Recital Tonight

Pianist and UNO faculty member Cole Burger will present a recital featuring American composer Frederic Rzewski's 1976 masterpiece, 36 Variations on ¬°El Pueblo unido Jamás Será Vencido! The recital will take place tonight, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

For details, contact Burger at 554.4026.

School of Communication Celebrates Communication Week

The School of Communication at UNO will award more than $65,000 in scholarship money to 36 students at the 54th annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 30.

The banquet culminates a celebration of Communication Week, "Celebrating a Century of Communication." The event begins at 6 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

Deadline May 4 for Annual Intercampus Golf Classic

Registration is under way for the 16th annual University of Nebraska Intercampus Golf Classic. The event will be held Monday, May 11, at the Platteview Country Club in Bellevue Neb., with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

All University of Nebraska employees (faculty, staff and graduate teaching/research assistants) can take part. Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to play.

The four-person scramble emphasizes fellowship, fun and interacting with new people from other campuses. The tournament committee will assign individuals into playing foursomes based on skill level. Every attempt will be made to match players from different campuses. Requests for specific playing partners cannot be accommodated. Pairings will be available Friday, May 8.

The registration fee is $50 per golfer and includes an 18-hole green fee with cart, driving range with unlimited balls, team awards, individual pin prizes and lunch. The deadline for registration is Monday, May 4.

Registration forms are available by clicking on the link below. Payment should be made to "UNL Campus Recreation."

Registration form

For more information, contact Mark Powell at 402.472.4772 or

Anthony Jung Retirement Reception Set for May 1

A retirement reception for Anthony Jung, professor of German, will take place on Friday, May 1, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

All members of the UNO community can attend the 4 p.m. reception, which celebrates Dr. Jung's 40-year career at UNO.

For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at 554.2862.

Hoburg Retirement Reception May 5

Roger Hoburg, professor and former chairperson of the Department of Chemistry, will retire at the end of the spring semester. In celebration of his 43 years of service, the university community can attend a reception Tuesday, May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall.

For more information, contact Janine Brooks at 554.2651.

NBDC "Adobe InDesign CS3" Workshop May 4-5

The Nebraska Business Development Center will host a two-day training workshop on "Adobe InDesign CS3" Monday and Tuesday, May 4-5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ESU #3, 6949 South 110th St., in La Vista.  The workshop fee of $550 includes materials.

Through hands-on exercises, complete with insider tips and detailed color illustrations, participants will learn the latest techniques for page layout through Adobe InDesign CS3.  

Workshop topics include:

- Setting up documents;

- Working with text and type styles;

- Adding color and working with tables;

- Using transparency and other effects;

- Bringing in graphics to InDesign projects; and

- How to use the new features in InDesign CS3 (Adobe Bridge, drag and drop text editing, layer visibility and shareable swatches).

For more information or to register, visit

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.

Subjects Sought for Gait Study

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility needs healthy subjects for a new study that examines the effect of aging and vascular occlusion on gait variability. 

Ideal participants are male, older than 50 years of age and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacements or knee ligament injuries. Subjects will take part in a one-time data collection lasting approximately one hour that involves walking on a treadmill before and after a blood pressure cuff is used to reduce blood flow to the legs.  Subjects will receive a stipend for travel costs and a free screening for lower extremity vascular function.

Additional data will be collected at a scheduled time during the study using a state-of-the-art motion capture system identical to the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. The facility is located in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

For more information, contact Sara Myers at 554.3225 or

Participants Needed for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are sought by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:

- Often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;

- Having trouble sleeping or staying asleep;

- Change in appetite;

- Loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and

- Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about the UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.

Green Tip of the Week

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Efficient Use of Your Dishwasher
- Wash only full loads;

- Don't rinse, scrape food from dishes before loading;

- Air dry, instead of, using drying cycle;

- Check the filter for food particles; and

- Use the shortest cycle possible.

 (Courtesy of The Home Energy Diet by Paul Scheckel)

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit