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Something New to Look At

Something New to Look At

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Installers were busy Wednesday (3-3) putting the finishing touches on the new scoreboard and video screens in UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse. The screens and scoreboard were the gift of David and Peggy Sokol in memory of their late son D.J. Sokol. A combination video screen-scoreboard will be installed later at Caniglia Field. Sponsorships are being sold for all of the scoreboards and screens.

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Welcome Center Renovation

Welcome Center Renovation Under Way

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



CCSW Awards Luncheon Tickets on Sale in the MBSC

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) will host its 24th annual awards luncheon Wednesday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Tickets cost $15 for staff, faculty and the general public, and $10 for students.

Luncheon tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office and can also be purchased by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to through Wednesday, March 24. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $120 by contacting Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2010 award recipients. The awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding commitment to gender equity. The inaugural CCSW Legendary Women of UNO Award will also be presented.

The CCSW serves as an advisory to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the luncheon, contact CCSW co-chairs Chiarbos Jensen or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or

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Computer Science Graduate Research Program Tomorrow

The Department of Computer Science will host a series of short presentations by UNO master's students Friday, March 5. Students will present a brief introduction to their thesis and project research topics from 3 to 6 p.m. in 160 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Details are in the attached program below. The university community is invited to attend.

Spring 2010 Computer Science Graduate Research

For more information, contact Harvey Siy at 554.2834.

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"Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" Student Learn Over Lunch March 9

"Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism" is planned for Tuesday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon (Omaha) Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Learn Over Lunch will learn about how to evaluate the documents they are using, effectively cite sources when delivering a presentation and how to avoid common research mistakes.

Space is limited so students must register in advance, which can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or

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API to Offer Photoshop Photo Retouching Class March 11

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer "Photo Retouching: Improving Image with Photoshop CS4" on Thursday, March 11. In this class, participants will learn the use of basic Photoshop tools, blending modes and filters to correct common photographic problems. The class will take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

Topics to be covered include:

- Straightening and cropping to improve composition;

- Retouching damaged areas;

- Removing color casts;

- Recovering details from over or underexposed photos; and

- Using the Adobe Camera Raw feature in CS4 dialog to quickly adjust photographs.

To register go to: and have a SAP Personnel number.

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March 24 Smart Money Seminar to Offer Tax Return Tips

Human Resources will present a Smart Money Seminar in collaboration with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska on Wednesday, March 24. Financial educator Tahnee Markussen returns to UNO with another seminar filled with practical tips and information to help consumers get the most out of their money.

"Budgeting Your Tax Return & Creating Reserves To Pay For Expenses You Know Are Coming" will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

The seminar is free and open to the entire UNO community. This will be a brown bag seminar, so participants are invited to bring a lunch.

Contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 for more information.

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Mav-Rec Archery Classes

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

Brush up on archery skills with instructor Dan Leazenby. Classes for youth and adults will be held in the brand new Golf/Archery Lab, located in 003 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building on four Saturdays.

The dates and class times:

March 27, April 3, 10 and 17
Noon to 1 p.m. for youth, ages 7 to 17.
1 to 2 p.m. for adults, ages 18 and up.

The cost:
- $15 for students;
- $20 for Activity Cardholders; and
- $25 for others.

For questions, call 554.2539.

The mission of the 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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UNO Women's Walk Popcorn Fundraiser

Vic's Popcorn has partnered with the UNO Women's Walk to kick off fundraising efforts before the Saturday, April 17, walk for women's athletics.

As part of the fundraising promotion, three-gallon UNO Maverick popcorn canisters are for sale. Prices are $28 for three flavors (plain, caramel and cheese) and $25 for plain. Proceeds from each canister will go to the UNO Women's Walk fund, which supports scholarships for women athletes.

Canisters will be delivered to campus addresses at no additional charge. To reserve a canister, contact Roxie Freeman at 554.2533. Checks should be made payable to the "UNO Women's Walk."

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Reception for UNO Alum Mark Martinez Tomorrow

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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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 on-line. Just go to the UNO On-Line Reservations and Food Service Scheduling Page at It's available 24-7 from any computer.

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Lead and Healthy Homes Conference Set for March 15-16

The Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) will host the "Lead and Healthy Homes Conference" on Monday and Tuesday, March 15 and 16. It will be the first conference of its kind bringing together experts in lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes to educate the metropolitan community.

Invited major speakers for the event include Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy and Shaun Donovan, who serves as secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Likely attendees for the conference include health care providers, landlords, real estate professionals, housing rehabilitators and remodelers, researchers and community organizers.

Early registration is now underway for the event through Sunday, March 7. The cost is $50 per person. A link to register, along with more information and a complete listing of topics and speakers, is available online at .

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NBDC to Host March Two-Day SBIR Workshop

On March 24 and 25, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will host a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) workshop providing participants with better opportunities to position themselves for SBIR grant funding of their new innovations and research and development (R&D) efforts.

"If you're a researcher with a new innovation that has commercial potential, a small business conducting R&D as part of your business strategy, or an entrepreneur with a start up idea and you need that critical seed money to fund your efforts, then the SBIR program may be a good avenue for you to get that funding you need," said Lisa Tedesco, a SBIR consultant for NBDC.

On Wednesday, March 24, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) SBIR program directors will discuss their programs, topics of interest for funding and will meet one-on-one with attendees to discuss their ideas and projects to provide feedback on potential for funding.

On Thursday, March 25, Jim Greenwood, SBIR trainer and consultant, will conduct an in-depth SBIR proposal preparation workshop providing the ins and outs of successful SBIR proposal strategy and will provide one free proposal review to all attendees of the workshop, good for one year.

Registration and agendas are available at For more information, contact Tedesco at 554.6270.

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HPER Climbing Wall Now Closed

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Climbing Wall has closed, due to construction of the new-elevated jogging track. It will reopen in August. Campus Recreation staff appreciate everyone's patience and understanding during this renovation phase. Up-to-date construction information can be found online at

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The Thompson Alumni Center

The William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center (Thompson Center) is available at no cost to UNO colleges, departments and student groups for meetings, conferences, seminars, luncheons and other university-related events (excluding revenue-generating functions).

The beautiful Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that can accommodate groups large and small. Its hi-tech offerings include ceiling-mounted projectors, an audio and video distribution system, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. UNO groups also can utilize an affordably priced catering menu.

UNO faculty and staff also receive a 10-percent discount on room rental for personal events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties or professional/community group functions.

Revenues help the UNO Alumni Association's mission of supporting UNO.

Visit to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or

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UNO Employee Discount Program Available

UNO is partnering with PerkSpot to offer a new Employee Discount Program for all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and students.

PerkSpot is an innovative online resource that offers discounts and rebates on goods and services from some of the top brand names in the U.S. UNO has become first campus in the University of Nebraska system to use the PerkSpot service.

"We have partnered with PerkSpot to help save you and your family money with discounts on a wide range of products and services from some of the best nationally known companies," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "You will find valuable offers from your favorite merchants through PerkSpot including: Target, Barnes & Noble, AMC Theatres, Sprint, Dell and many other merchants."

For easy reference, a Web site with a listing of participating local stores and online vendors, is available for faculty, staff, retirees and students to view. To take advantage of the UNO Employee Discount Program, eligible participants need to first register for an account with PerkSpot.

To register:

- Visit;

- At the right of the screen, click the "Sign up" button;

- Type the required information at sign up screen;

- Enter "group code" -- UNO;

- Register a work or personal e-mail address;

- Add first and last name;

- Type a work and personal zip code;

- Create a password; and

- A confirmation e-mail containing "how to login" instructions will be sent. Individuals must respond to this e-mail to be signed up for the service.

PerkSpot staff will add new deals and offers daily.

"An easy way to find out what offers are new is to watch for the Widgets on the site," Anderson said. "You can also sign up to get e-mail alerts sent directly to your in box."

PerkSpot will host the clearing-house of offers for UNO participants. Individuals can recommend other merchants be added to UNO's listing. To do so or for site questions, contact PerkSpot customer service at

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at

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