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Welcome Center Renovation Under Way

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Work has begun on the former annex building south of UNO's Durham Science Center. The former Hayden House–which had housed the Goodrich Program and Gerontology–is being turned into UNO's new Welcome Center, where Student Recruitment and Orientation will be located. An elevator and internal staircase are being added as a crew installs a new roof. Inside the building, new heating and air conditioning will be installed. The ground floor of the structure will be preserved as much as possible. The anticipated opening for the Welcome Center is mid-summer.



"Reaching and Retaining Students" Webinar March 3

"Reaching and Retaining Students: Effective Academic Advising Strategies," an online Webinar by the National Academic Advising Association, will take place Wednesday, March 3, at 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.

The campus community is invited to attend and learn about six strategic approaches to effective advising. For more information, contact Rita Henry at

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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 $730,968 for the period of Jan. 1-31.

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

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NBDC Receives Grant to Help Veterans

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist veterans, National Guard members and reservists start or expand small businesses. Read more.

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4th Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching Set for March 27

The UNO Master of Arts in Language Teaching program will sponsor the 4th Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching on Saturday, March 27. The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on the UNO campus.

The colloquium will begin with a meet and greet at 12:30 p.m. on the third floor of Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). Sabine Fleshner, a German teacher at Central Middle School, will deliver the keynote address - "The Global Connected Student: Web 2.0 Technologies as a Way to Develop Cultural Awareness and Understanding" at 1 p.m. in 306 ASH.

Concurrent sessions will feature presentations on a variety of topics from second language writing to the integration of technology in the language classroom.

For more information contact Melanie Bloom at or the Department of Foreign Languages at 554.4841.

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EC UNO Campus Screening of 'Coal Country' Today

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The Environmental Club of UNO (EC UNO) will host a free screening of "Coal Country" today, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

A documentary about mountaintop removal mining, "Coal Country" tells of the struggle around the use of coal, which provides more than half of the electricity in America. In Appalachia, miners, residents and activists are locked in conflict: Is mining and processing coal essential to providing good jobs, or is it destroying the land, water and air?

For details on the film, visit

For more information, contact Gill Cromwell at 533.9989 or

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

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University Honors Program Speaker Series Continues Today

The University Honors Program will host a speaker series event today, March 1, featuring Donald Baum, associate professorand chair of the Department of Economics. The event is open to all UNO students, faculty and staff, and the public.

Baum's talk will begin at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. He will discuss two major problems in health care, the uninsured and increasing health care costs.

For more information, contact Neil Huben at

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Secular Student Alliance to Host Free Screening Today of 'Zeitgeist Part 1'

The UNO Secular Student Alliance (SSA) will host a free screening of "Zeitgeist Part 1: The Greatest Story Ever Told" today, March 1, at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

The film's writer and director, Peter Joseph, attempts to persuade viewers that the authors of the New Testament borrowed pagan religions and astrological sources to explain its readings, and also that Jesus never existed.

A brief moderated discussion will follow the screening.

SSA is a student organization that provides people with a place to come and talk about life in a religious world.

For more information, contact Correlius McGreevy at

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President of AAC&U to Lecture at UNO

Carol Geary Schneider, the president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), will give the inaugural Kent A. Kirwan Liberal Arts Lecture at UNO on Tuesday, March 2. Her lecture, which will focus on the ongoing importance of Liberal Education in American higher education, is being held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences.

"We are extremely gratified that Dr. Schneider will be in Omaha," said David Boocker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education."

The lecture starts at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. There is no cost to attend. Read more.

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March/April TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

TIAA-CREF announces its campus visit schedule for March and April. A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments on the following dates (all Tuesdays):
- March 2 and 16
- April 13 and 27

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3614.

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Spring 2010 Pearl Blizek Lecture March 3

Julien Fielding will give the Spring 2010 Pearl Blizek Lecture in Religion and Art on Wednesday, March 3. "Reimagining Hindu Art in Popular Culture" will begin at 3 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall, followed by a reception.

Fielding is as a part-time lecturer with the UNO Religious Studies Program. Her area of expertise is Eastern religion and film.

The Pearl Blizek Lecture Series is a collaboration between the UNO Religious Studies Program and the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, call 554.2392.

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Campus Food Drive Competition Under Way for Catholic Charities of Omaha

A campus food drive for Catholic Charities of Omaha is under way through Thursday, March 11. The competition, "Hunger Doesn't Take a Break," is open to all UNO students, faculty and staff. Read more.

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ITS Offering Desktop Publishing Workshop

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer "Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing I," a class in beginning Adobe InDesign, on Thursday, March 4. The workshop will take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

This session provides a hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using this software package. While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to insert and manipulate text and graphics, and create a "master" template to use for future designs. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful, but not necessary.

Upon completion of the training the learner will be able to:
- Identify where on the Internet to get a full color UNO logo;
- Find in the software all of the tools used in the creation of a poster;
- Find in the software all of the tools used in the creation of a newsletter with master pages;
- Demonstrate how to move in the document using the appropriate tools;
- Demonstrate how to place and manipulate a photo;
- Demonstrate how to input and manipulate text;
- Explain how to use the appropriate tools to insert and manipulate other elements;
- Describe how to obtain the software;
- Demonstrate how to setup a new document;
- Describe what Desktop Publishing is;
- Summarize the main types of products that can be created with InDesign; and
- Discuss the basic principles of good design.

To register, visit or click here.

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UNO UFO Study Group Meetings This Week

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Wednesday, March 3, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and on Saturday, March 6, in 285 Durham Science Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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Final RefWorks Workshop March 6

Criss Library will offer its final RefWorks workshop Saturday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in library lab 107. The session will provide an overview of RefWorks, an online research management tool that allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies.

Workshop attendees will learn how to:
- Organize and save citations from all sources;
- Automatically export citations from databases without redundant typing;
- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students and researchers via the Web; and
- Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

For additional information or to register for the session, send an e-mail to Linda Parker at

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Washington, D.C., Trip to Educate Students, Faculty

UNO College of Education faculty and students will travel to Washington, D.C., this March for the 2010 UNO National Culture Walk.

The event, planned for Sunday through Thursday, March 14-18, will take participants to the National Holocaust Memorial, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Archives for tours and special workshops for pre-service teachers. A nighttime tour of the city's monuments and visits to schools and meetings with educational leaders are also part of the itinerary. Read more.

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MBSC Offers New Online Reservations and Scheduling Page

Have an upcoming event on campus? Need to reserve a room? Groups can now check availability and request rooms at the Milo Bail Student Center online.

For more details, visit the UNO Online Reservations and Food Service Scheduling Page at The site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any computer.

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Maverick Watch


Winter sports are under way at UNO. Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view this week's Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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