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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.



Mavericks Host Bowling Green in CCHA Playoffs This Week

The UNO hockey team will host the Bowling Green State University Falcons in the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Playoffs beginning Friday, March 5, at Qwest Center Omaha. Tickets for the best-of-three series are on sale now at the Sapp Fieldhouse and at the Qwest Center box offices. Read more.

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President of AAC&U to Lecture at Thompson Alumni Center Tonight

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 tonight, 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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Union Pacific's Young Featured at MBA Speaker Series Tomorrow

Union Pacific CEO Jim Young and will be featured Wednesday, March 3, during the 2010 MBA Leadership Speaker Series at UNO.

Hosted by UNO's College of Business Administration, the series brings noted UNO graduates back to campus every semester to share their knowledge and experience with UNO students and faculty. Nissan Vice President Susan Brennan spoke on Feb. 2 in conjunction with the series. Read more.

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Reception for UNO Alum Mark Martinez March 5

Join the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) in celebrating the professional accomplishments of Mark Martinez, a UNO alum of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Goodrich Scholarship programs. Martinez was recently named a U.S. Marshall and has had a very successful criminal justice career in Omaha. 

The reception will be held in CPACS 132D Collaborating Commons from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 5.  All members of the university community are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Candice Batton at 554.4452.

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UNO UFO Study Group to Air Bermuda Triangle Program Saturday

Join the UNO UFO Study Group in exploring the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle this Saturday, March 6. The group will present the History Channel MysteryQuest program "The Devil's Triangle" at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

The program will investigate the rogue waves, the missing ships and the wildest plane trip ever. There will be a Q&A session after the show with one of the featured researchers of the group, Dave Pares, professor of geography at UNO.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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UNO Theatre Presents Gross Indecency Continues on Stage Tomorrow

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Moisés Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, directed by Amy Lane. Performances continue March 3-6 in the UNO Theatre inside the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. A group discussion will be held in the theatre after the Friday, March 5, production. Read more.

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Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Reminder

Campus Security announces that the new Lot I parking schedule will continue Wednesday, March 3. Gates will close at 3:30 p.m. on all Fine Arts performance dates to allow for event parking.

Faculty and staff can park in the lot until 6 p.m.

Lot I, which will be used for the Welcome Center and Weber Fine Arts events, is located west of the Durham Science Center. Visit for performance dates.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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Center for Collaboration Science Annual Conference This Friday

The Center for Collaboration Science will hold its 4th Annual Conference on Friday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. The conference will focus on advances in collaboration research and theory. Wim Veem, author of Homo Zappiens: Growing Up in the Digital Age, will be the keynote speaker.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact the center at 554.3010 or

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International Culture Fair Set for March 3-4; Banquet Takes Place March 6

International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency, will hold its culture fair Wednesday and Thursday, March 3-4, on campus.

Both days, international students will share artifacts and information about their countries of origin from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International Culture Fair in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

The 38th annual International Banquet will take place Saturday, March 6, starting at 6 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. A dance will follow the banquet until midnight. Formal attire is expected.

The banquet theme is "World Peace" and will feature international cuisine and performances from countries represented on campus. Tickets are now on sale in the MBSC Business Office and cost $10 for UNO students, $12 for children under age eight and are $25 for the public.

The event sells out each year, so those planning to attend should purchase their tickets early.

For more information, contact Joy (Hyun-Ji) Lee at 554.2937.

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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.  "Reimaging 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 in 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 Religion Studies Program and the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, call 554.2392.

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Mav-Rec Intramural Sports Session 4 Registration Ends Thursday

Campus Recreation provides recreational opportunities for all UNO students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Intramural Sports Program at UNO offers competition on a team or an individual basis. Men's, women's and co-rec divisions are available to match skill and experience level. Registration for "Session 4" will end Thursday, March 4, by noon.

The following sports are available this session:

- 4x4 flag football;

- 5x5 soccer; and

- softball.

To sign up a team, stop by 205 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Deposit and a team name are required at the time of registration. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted for the deposit. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, as sports fill up fast. The deposit will be reimbursed if the following qualifications are met: attendance at the captain's meeting and no team forfeits for the season.

Registration forms can also be found online at

Individuals who don't have a team can sign up as a free agent and will be placed on a team. For more information, call the Intramural Department at 554.2634 or visit

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Next Retirement Planning Seminar March 5

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars this month with "Investing For Life's Goals." The seminar will take place Friday, March 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This seminar will review the basic concepts and strategies that employees should grasp in order to make reasonable investment decisions.

Topics discussed will include:

- How to define goals and time horizon;

- Understanding risk and return tradeoff;

- Diversification across different asset classes; and

- Case studies of typical investors.

For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host five Spring Faculty Recruitment Workshops through April. The third one takes place this Friday.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee they must have attended one of these recruitment workshops within the past two years.

All workshops will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The remaining workshop dates and times are listed below.

- Friday, March 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room;

- Thursday, March 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m. MBSC Council Room; and

- Tuesday, April 20, 8:30 to 10 a.m. MBSC Council Room.

To R.S.V.P., contact Jerri Maxwell at or 554.3892. For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or, James McCarty at 554.2262 or, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or

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RefWorks Workshops Schedule Announced

On Saturday, March 6, Criss Library will offer an overview of the easy-to-use RefWorks - an online research management tool which allows researchers to gather, manage, store and share citations and bibliographies.

The session will take place in 107 library from 10 a.m. to noon. In the RefWorks workshop, a researcher 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.

To register, e-mail Linda Parker at

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Swing, Latin and Ballroom Dance Lessons Offered This Spring

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This event has been designated a Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars"? Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host swing, Latin and ballroom dance sessions this spring. All classes take place in Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Lower Multipurpose Room.

The schedule:

- Session one: March 7, 14 and 21 (Sundays).

- Session two: April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 (Sundays).

- Swing - 3 to 4 p.m.

- Ballroom and Latin - 4 to 5 p.m.

- Students - $15 and $13 for a friend

- Activity cardholders - $20 and $18 for a friend

- Others - $25 and $23 for a friend

(Those wishing to take both classes should add $5 per person.)

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call 554.2539.

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

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The Spring Job Fair at UNO is on March 10

The Career Center will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom on Wednesday, March 10. The fair will feature more than 70 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Professional attire is expected and students should bring copies of their resume.

For more information about the job fair and other services, contact The Career Center at 554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

The Spring 2010 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, National Indemnity, Gallup, ConAgra, Interpublic, First National Bank, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Streck, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ExxonMobil and NorthStar Financial Services Group.

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Register Now for Seven Days of Service

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to volunteer during the eighth annual Seven Days of Service, March 13 and March 15-20 in Omaha and Council Bluffs.

The annual event, organized by UNO's Service-Learning Academy, brings together the campus community with local high school students, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Work days begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Volunteers select which days they work. Shuttles to and from the worksites will be available at the Milo Bail Student Center.

The 15 community projects include refurbishing homes for Habitat for Humanity in Omaha and Council Bluffs, as well as indoor and outdoor projects for the Salvation Army, Lauritzen Gardens, Catholic Charities of Omaha and the Bellevue Little Theatre.

Volunteers will receive a free Seven Days of Service T-shirt and lunch.

Last year more than 1,200 campus and community volunteers helped make a difference in the community. More than 1,500 volunteers are expected this year.

Visit to register, or call the Service Learning Academy: 554.4083.

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Human Resources Announces New Hires
The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of January 2010):

- Jessica Eby, enrollment specialist II, Admissions Processing;

- Kristin, Echtenkamp, service desk supervisor (first floor), Criss Library;

- Nancy Gleason, office assistant, Student Organization and Leadership Programs;

- Ashira Jones, education specialist, Multicultural Affairs;

- Joshua "Josh" Jones, campus security officer, Security & Traffic

- Bryan "Josh" White, compliance officer, NCAA Compliance; and

- Robyn Wisch, news and public affairs coordinator, Radio.

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