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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.

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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.



Annual Service Award Recipients List Announced

Human Resources has announced the recipients for the university's annual Service Award.

All full-time regular and part-time regular (non-temporary continuing appointments for a period of six months or more) UNO faculty and staff who have completed five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service within the University of Nebraska between Oct. 1, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2010 will be included in this year's ceremony.

The most current awardees list is available by clicking on the link below. Those listed have completed service at UNO and are eligible to receive an award:

2010 Service Award Recipients

Individuals are asked to review this updated list for any additions/corrections that still need to be made. If faculty or staff have not been included but are eligible for a service award, contact Mary Sweaney at 554.3668 or by Friday, March 12.  In addition, all employees who have retired or are intending to retire this year should be included.

The Service Award ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 4, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Individual recipients will be receiving more detailed information regarding gift selection and attendance notification in April.

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Next Retirement Planning Seminar Is Today

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars today, March 5, with "Investing For Life's Goals." The seminar will take place 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 your 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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mavlink (PeopleSoft) Service Indicator Training Offered in RH Today

Two training sessions specifically designed for service indicator placement and/or release in mavlink (PeopleSoft) are scheduled for today, March 5. Sessions will be held in 007A Roskens Hall at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and do not require registration. Anyone who currently has access to place holds on students' records are encouraged to attend.

Student holds were converted from SIS+ to mavlink (PeopleSoft) on March 4. At that point, use of the "Holds" and "Comments Screen" in SIS+ (148, 248, 348, 448 and 748) were shut off to avoid update of any holds until the conversion was completed and dual maintenance could begin on both systems.

For more information, contact the Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) mavlink team at 554.2563.

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Today's 'Consider This' to Examine Education & Aging

On the next edition of "Consider This" host Cathy Wyatt and guests examine how spending time in the classroom now can actually help ensure peace of mind years down the road on "Education & Aging."

Wyatt's guests will include Christopher Kelly, associate professor of gerontology at UNO, Pat Billings, licensed trainer at Powerful Tools for Caregivers and Dale Percival, co-founder of Taking Charge.

The program will air today, March 5, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at for dates and times.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

UNO Athletics announces "This Week In Maverick Athletics," a listing of the latest sports information. Hockey playoffs against Bowling Green at the Qwest Center and men's basketball at the MIAA playoffs in Kansas City are among the highlights. The details:

- The No. 20 UNO hockey team hosts a first round, best-of-three CCHA playoff series against the Bowling Green State University Falcons. The two teams will face off tonight, March 5, at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday, March 6, at 7:05 p.m. If a game three is necessary, it will be played on Sunday, March 7, at 7:05 p.m.

- The men's basketball team will begin their second straight MIAA postseason tournament as the No. 3 seed and play No. 6 Missouri Southern tonight, March 5, at 8:15 p.m. in the first round. Their game will be the last of the four first round games played today in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

For a complete listing, click on or visit

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Free Hockey Buses for Tonight, Tomorrow's CCHA Playoff

Student Government will again support the UNO Maverick Hockey team by providing free transportation today, March 5, and Saturday, March 6, to the playoff games against Bowling Green at Qwest Center Omaha.

Hockey buses will meet at the UNO Bell Tower at 6:45 p.m. tonight and 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.

"We want a big crowd to support our Maverick Hockey," said Megan Schmitz, the public relations officer for Student Government. "These are important games for UNO, and having students at the Qwest makes an amazing event even better."

The buses will return students to campus after the games both nights, as well. For details, call 554.2285.

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Native American Book Fair Next Week at Criss Library

Criss Library will host a Native American Book Fair sponsored by "Word Carrier Trading Post."  The book fair will be held on main floor of the Criss Library on Monday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information, visit the Web at or contact Word Carrier Trading Post (Phone-605.431.8231/Fax-605.791.2822) or Lily Mendoza y Ducheneaux (

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College of IS&T Round Table Monday

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology Round Table will welcome Katsuro Inoue, professor of computer science from Osaka University, on Monday, March 8.

Inoue will talk on software engineering research at Osaka University and code clone analysis. He is engaged in the study of software engineering, especially in empirical approaches, program analysis and software maintenance

The round table will take place form 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

R.S.V.P. to Krystal Peteler at 554.4150 or

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Women's Studies Film Festival Continues Next Week with ‘Iron Jawed Angels'

The campus community can join the Women's Studies program on Tuesday, March 9, for the program's screening of the HBO original movie "Iron Jawed Angels," starring Hillary Swank. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Directed by Katja von Garnier, "Iron Jawed Angels," recounts a key chapter in U.S. history - the struggle of suffragists who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. It focuses on two defiant women, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns.

Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science, will lead a discussion after the film. This event is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Bridget Blomfield at or 554.2940.

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Support Sigma Phi Epsilon on March 9

The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity will host a fundraiser at Mama's Pizza, 715 N. Saddle Creek Rd.

Patrons who dine at Mama's Pizza between 5 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, are encouraged to mention Sigma Phi Epsilon when paying their bill. Mama's Pizza will donate 12 percent of the night's sales to the UNO fraternity.

Money raised will be used for hosting student events on campus.

For more information, contact Jeff Gorman at 712.242.7109.

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March 10 Faculty Senate Meeting to Offer mavlink/NeSIS Presentation

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, March 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms.  Mark Goldsberry will give a presentation on the mavlink/Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation.  All interested are welcome to attend. 

For more information contact Sue Bishop, at 554.3598.

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Next Spring 2010 French Film Series March 10

UNO's French Honor Society invites all members of the campus community to view the final two films during its Spring 2010 French Film Series.

The movies being shown are in French with English subtitles and will be screened in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

The remaining schedule:

- Wednesday, March 10
7 p.m.  
"Le Dernier Métro"

- Saturday, April 10
1 p.m.
"Jeux d'enfants (Love Me If You Dare)"

For more information, contact Carolyn Gascoigne at

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NiC to Host March 11 "Times Talk Today" for Students

Students are invited to discover the surprises in the daily newspaper and consider the ways that daily newspaper reading can improve their student skills at "Times Talk Today" on Thursday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

NiC, the faculty group for Newspapers in the Curricula and the New York Times, sponsors the event in support of the Collegiate Readership Program.

Lunch and prizes will be available. For information, contact Maria Knudtson at

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2010 Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarship

The UNO-AAUP will award two Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarships ($1,000 each) to UNO graduates entering a graduate or professional program during or after the summer of 2010. Students graduating from UNO during the summer or fall of 2009 or the spring of 2010 are eligible.

Kolasa, a political science professor, was a long-time leader in the UNO-AAUP. Although the awards will be predicated upon the student's acceptance into a graduate or professional program, acceptance need not be shown at the time of application.

The student should submit:

- Letter of application, including proposed area of study, the reasons for their interest in the chosen field, and overall GPA;

- Brief statement indicating their view of the importance of academic freedom in American universities; 

- Resume; and

- Two or more letters of recommendation sent from persons familiar with the applicant that address potential for success in graduate/professional school; leadership qualities, especially in the area of community service; and activities that indicate the student's breadth of interests beyond the chosen field of study.

All materials should be sent by Friday, April 2, to:  UNO-AAUP Scholarship Committee,

c/o Ann Antlfinger, Biology Department, AH 114. 

For questions, contact Antlfinger (554.2256;

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Criss Library Announces Spring Break Schedule

Criss Library hours for the week of Spring Break will be as follows:

- Sunday, March 14
Noon to 9 p.m.

- Monday through Thursday, March 15-18
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Friday, March 19
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, March 20
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-Sunday, March 21
Noon to midnight

Regular library hours resume at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 22.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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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 question-and-answer 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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"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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ITS Announces Web Templates Intermediate Topics

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer two-hour courses in Intermediate Web Templates Topics on Wednesday, March 10, in 007A Roskens Hall.

This hands-on session will cover basic HTML coding, using lists and creating outlines, using Div boxes and the proper way to use tables with the template to display data. Before taking this course participants will need to have:

- Taken the previous "Web Template" course:

- A test Web site setup; and

- Access to Adobe Dreamweaver software

To register for training, go to, select the correct month and follow the links.

ITS requires a minimum of five people signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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The Spring Job Fair at UNO is on March 10

On Wednesday, 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. 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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In the News

In the News

- John Bartle, School of Public Administration, was interviewed Feb. 25 by KETV (ABC 7) about the new Omaha Police Department contract.

- Recent issues of the Lincoln Journal Star and featured an Associated Press article on the latest Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) report on health insurance in Nebraska. David Drozd and Jerry Deichert of CPAR prepared the report.

- The Feb. 25 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about truancy in Omaha high schools, quoting Kim Hawekotte, Building Bright Futures.

- Student Sosun Heravi and Joy (Hyun-Ji) Lee, International Student Services, were featured in the March 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the International Student Services culture fair, which was held earlier this week on campus.

- Student athletes Danny Pelster, Brady Randall and Nick Williams were featured in the Feb. 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The newspaper hosted a Nintendo Wii Olympics video game competition between UNO and Creighton University.

- Pete Simi, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was a guest March 3 on "The Tom Becka Show" on KFAB (1110 AM). Simi discussed the research behind his new book, American Swastika.

- The March 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a "Midlands Voices" column by Robert Smith, Department of Chemistry. Smith wrote about the relationship between pollution and carbon dioxide.

- The March 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a "Midlands Voices" column by Marc Swatt, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Swatt wrote about state homicide rates.

- In a story about the highly debated Omaha Police Department contract, KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, on March 2.

- A Feb. 26 presentation at UNO by North High School students, in partnership with the Service Learning Academy, was covered by KETV (ABC 7), Classical 90.7 KVNO and KIOS (91.5 FM). The engineering students developed blueprints for a proposed group home in North Omaha for paraplegics and quadriplegics.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2762.

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In Print

- Recent publication of five art posters for the Iowa Public Art Project features the curriculum written by Shari Hofschire and Joanne Sowell, UNO Center for Innovation in Arts Education and Department of Art and Art History faculty. Posters were distributed to educators throughout the region for use in classrooms. The curriculum is also available on the Web at The educational posters feature the recently installed public art works in Council Bluffs of nationally known artists Jonathan Borofsky, Jun Kanelo, Bill King, Brower Hatcher and Deborah Masouka.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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On Stage

UNO Theatre Presents Gross Indecency Continues on Stage Tonight, Tomorrow
The UNO Department of Theatre presents Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, directed by Amy Lane. Performances continue tonight and tomorrow night, March 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 tonight's production. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

Student Art Exhibition Continues
The UNO Department of Art and Art History presents the Spring 2010 UNO Student Art Exhibition this spring. The show will run through Friday, April 2, at the UNO Art Gallery.

Admission to the UNO Art Gallery is free, and the exhibit is open to the public. The gallery is located at the north end of the Weber Fine Arts Building. For hours, visit Read more.

Black History Month Items in Criss Library: "The Posters and Politics Exhibit"
"The Posters and Politics Exhibit," currently on display in the Criss Library Art Gallery, includes several items related to Black History Month.

"The Posters and Politics Exhibit" is from the personal collection of Sam Walker, professor emeritus with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The exhibit will be on display through Thursday, March 11. It is free and open to the public.

The featured works hail from World War I and World War II, along with the civil rights movement, American presidents and more. A descriptive guide to the exhibit is available in the rack immediately to the right of the entrance.

Among those civil rights items noted in Walker's collection:

Martin Luther King Jr.
- Honor King, End Racism (1968). The union bug on this poster indicates it is from Memphis.

- March . . . Rally (April, 1968). This poster is from a rally in San Francisco in April 1968, shortly after Rev. Martin Luther King's was assassinated. Speaker Jeannette Rankin is famous as the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against American entry into both World War I and World War II.

Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964
- James Cheney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner (1964-65). These prints portray the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in June 1964. The prints are by Ben Shahn, one of the great twentieth century American artists.

- Now With Your Hand, Pull the Lever Down (1964).

- You Can Register to Vote (1964).

Mississippi Voter Registration Effort During Summer of 1964
- Paul Robeson (early 1940s). One of the great African-Americans, Paul Robeson was a concert singer and political activist. This advertisement is from the mid-1940s when he was commercially very successful, with RCA Victor. During the Cold War he was denied a passport, blacklisted across the country and his singing career ruined.

- NAACP - Remember May 17th (1955). This brochure is from an NAACP celebration of the first anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education declaring racially segregated schools unconstitutional.

Racist Propaganda
- No Dogs, Negroes, Mexicans (1942). This sign from Dallas, Texas, in the early 1940s.

- Be a Real Citizen! This is a recruiting card for the Ku Klux Klan.

For more information contact Criss Library at 554.3206 or visit

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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