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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.



Brooks Lecture Welcomes Jennifer Michael Hecht

The 2010 Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture is 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the Milo Bail Student Center's Chancellor's Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Michael Hecht, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, will present "Doubt, Disbelief, and the Meaning of Life," demonstrating a long, strong history of religious doubt from the origins of written history to the present day all over the world. Hecht will discuss how non-belief, skepticism and doubt have paralleled and at times shaped the world's great religious and secular belief systems. Read more.

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Fall 2009 Dean's List, Chancellor's List on the Web

The fall 2009 Dean's List and Chancellor's List at UNO are available on the Web by clicking on the following links:

Fall 2009 Dean's List

Fall 2009 Chancellor's List

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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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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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Native American Book Fair Today, Tomorrow 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 today, 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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Fit for Kids Program Offered by Practicum Students

Wellness Graphic

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

"Fit for Kids," a free exercise program for kids of UNO students, faculty and staff, continues this semester on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER). The program, offered by School of HPER practicum II students, is geared toward ages four to 12.

The program's goal is to provide kids with a better foundation in health and fitness while education them on basic exercises and activities to stay healthy. Fun games will be part of all routines.

Parents must have HPER access for their children to participate. The free program runs through Saturday, May 1.

Anyone interested in the program can contact Nate Jordan at

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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"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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Women's Studies Film Festival Continues Tomorrow 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 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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Spring Job Fair at UNO This Wednesday

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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UNO UFO Study Group Meetings This Week

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Wednesday, March 10, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and on Saturday, March 13, 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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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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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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Spring 2010 French Film Series Continues Wednesday

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

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

 The remaining schedule:

 - Wednesday, March 10
7 p.m. 
"Le Dernier M├ętro"

- 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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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 12-13 NCAA Division II Wrestling Tournament Parking Notice

UNO will host the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13. The event will bring thousands of people to the university, and parking on campus will be affected.

"We realize the National Wrestling Tournament will further stress the parking situation on campus, and we thank the UNO community for its understanding as we bring this very prestigious event to our campus," said Trev Alberts, UNO director of athletics. "We also would welcome everyone to sample the action at Sapp Fieldhouse during this exciting weekend of wrestling."

UNO faculty, staff and students who plan on coming to the tournament, and who have parking permits, can park for free. Others coming to campus during those two days will be charged $5 per car starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 12, for certain parking lots. The following lots will be used in conjunction with the tournament:

- Fan parking will be in Lots M, Q, T, U and V;

- Teams in Lot Q (two rows reserved for team parking only);

- Event officials and NCAA personnel in Lot R;

- Event workers and members of the media in Lot T; and

- Ambulance parking in the Allwine Hall loading zone.

Team and official parking will be blocked off by 6 a.m. on both days to ensure that spots are available for the necessary personnel. Also, Lot U will not be available for fan parking until noon on Friday, March 12.

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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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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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Maverick Watch

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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