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Wrestling Pins Down Sixth National Title

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The UNO Mavericks collected their second straight national wrestling title Saturday night (3-13) before a home crowd at the Sapp Fieldhouse. UNO hosted the 2010 National Championships that brought the nations top 160 wrestlers to campus. The Mavericks scored 131 points, 59 points ahead of runnerup Augustana College.

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Kathy Krause

February Employee of the Month: Kathy Krause

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Kathy Krause, assistant to the senior vice chancellor for budget, has been a vital member of the campus community for two decades. Her knowledge of budget-related topics is very helpful to colleagues. Visit this link for details.



New School of Interdisciplinary Informatics Focuses on Expanding Role of IT Integration

The UNO College of Information Science and Technology's new School of Interdisciplinary Informatics is a direct response to the expanding role of Information Technology (IT) within various disciplines, said Dean Hesham Ali.

"Our college has nurtured many interdisciplinary collaborations with UNO colleges, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a number of business partners," Ali said. "The School of Interdisciplinary Informatics will serve as the hub of these interdisciplinary activities, and will further support and strengthen partnerships with regional and local corporations and government agencies."

Ali said the school also will strengthen and grow IS&T's partnerships with the public sector and not-for-profit organizations. Read more.

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UNO Spring Football Begins Today

The UNO football team will begin spring workouts starting today, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. at Caniglia Field. The Mavericks will have four weeks of practice and finish with the annual Spring Game presented by Cox Communications on Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m. All practices and scrimmages are open to members of the news media and the general public.

The complete spring schedule is available at

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Today's Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture to Highlight Women's Studies

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues today, March 23, with a lecture by UNO Women's Studies graduate Monica Brasile.  Her talk - "Complex Negotiations: Doulas as Advocates for Childbearing Women" - will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.  Read more.

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Maverick Productions to Host Comedy Event Tonight

Maverick Productions will present a comedy and poetry event tonight, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Maverick Lounge, near the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The event will feature three comedians and three slam poets. One comedian and one poet were selected from tryouts of UNO students on Feb. 25.

Contact Phil Kotta, Maverick Productions, at for more information.

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Deadline Extended for Salvation Army's 2010 KETV 7 Can Help Kids Back-to-School Program

Seven Days of Service has been asked to launch the kick off of the Salvation Army's 2010 KETV 7 Can Help Kids Back-to-School Program. The UNO community, along with metropolitan area students, is donating new school supplies to the program. The donation deadline has been extended through Wednesday, March 31.

UNO drop-off locations include: Thompson Alumni Center, Criss Library and Milo Bail Student Center.

School supplies needed include:  rulers, spiral notebooks, erasers, school glue, crayons, backpacks, theme paper, markers, 2-pocket folders, pens and pencils.

For more information, contact the Service-Learning Academy at 554.2427.

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Campus General Education Forum This Thursday

The General Education AQIP Action Project Steering Committee invites faculty and staff to attend a campus forum to discuss recommendations regarding the UNO general education program.  The event will take place Thursday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the MBSC U Mon Hon (Omaha) Room. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the presentation and discussion and provide feedback.

Anyone with questions can contact members of the steering committee.  The members are:                

- Deborah Smith-Howell, Academic and Student Affairs;

- David Boocker, dean, College of Arts and Sciences;

- Dana Richter-Egger, director, Math and Science Learning Center;

- Joseph Brown, Department of Psychology;

- Shelton Hendricks, Department of Psychology/Faculty Senate ;

- David Conway, associate dean, College of Education;

- Deepak Khazanchi, associate dean, College of Information Science and Technology;

- Scott Tarry, Aviation Institute;

- Julie Masters, Department of Gerontology;

- Lisa Sandlin, Writers Workshop; and

- Kath Henebry, College of Business Administration.

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Author to Give Book Reading in Student Center

In addition to the Thursday, March 25, lecture that noted scholar and author Michael Shelden will give at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, Shelden will give a free book reading and signing on campus earlier in the day.

Shelden, the author of the biography Mark Twain: Man in White, will start his reading at 2:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room of the Milo Bail Student Center.  There is no cost to attend.

His lecture at the alumni center, also free and open to the public, starts at 7 p.m.

Shelden received his undergraduate degree from UNO in 1973. He has received considerable recognition for his biographies of George Orwell and Graham Greene. The Pulitzer Prize committee placed his Orwell: The Authorized Biography on its 1991 finalist list.

Shleden is a professor of English at Indiana State University where he teaches literature and writing. For 12 years he was a features writer for The Daily Telegraph (London) and a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun. His work has also appeared in The Shakespeare Quarterly, Victorian Studies, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

The Centennial speaker series is part of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences' centennial celebration, which highlights the college's many departments and alumni. Established in 1909, Arts and Sciences is the university's first college and largest academic unit. For more information, call 554.3558. For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit

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UNO to Hold Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

The UNO Student Research and Creative Activity Fair will take place April 6-8. The event is held in conjunction with the annual Honors Program Senior Symposium. The university expects more than 120 undergraduate and graduate students to take part.

The Milo Bail Student Center will host activities from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7. The three-day event will conclude on Thursday, April 8, with an awards program starting at 7 p.m.

"As a student-focused university, UNO provides a variety of quality research and creative activity opportunities for its students," said Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity.

Poster presentations and exhibits will be on display each evening. Oral presentations and performances are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. A special session will be dedicated for UNO Honors Symposium presentations.

The events are free and open to the campus community and public. Call 554.2286 for more information.

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SOLP to Host "Healthy Relationships" Speaker April 14

Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will sponsor its second event this spring focusing on healthy relationships. "Healthy Relationships 101," will take place on Wednesday, April 14, in collaboration with the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

Felicia Harlow will give the presentation. Snacks will be provided, and the event is open to all. The first event was held on Feb. 22. 

Healthy relationships start with a focus on self-care and well-being, according to Harlow. In this program, Harlow focuses on positive self-image and the positive feelings, thoughts, choices and behaviors that are the foundational ingredients of healthy dating and friendships.

Audiences will learn the true meaning of relationships and how to recognize the signs of an unhealthy one. In addition, they'll learn how spiritual health attracts healthy relationships, come to understand how balanced living contributes to healthy relationships and walk away with quick and easy self-care techniques for healthy living in college.

Contact SOLP at 554.2711 with questions.

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This Wednesday's 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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OBSC to Present March 25 Lecture at UNO

The Omaha Behavioral Science Colloquium (OBSC) will present "The Civilizing Process, the General Theory of Crime, and the Faces of Violence in 19th Century France" Thursday, March 25. Hugh P. Whitt, professor of sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will give the lecture.

The presentation will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, Collaborating Commons.

OBSC is a newly established interdisciplinary forum for scholars in social and behavioral sciences working in and around Omaha. The core constituents are the faculty and graduate students working at UNO, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health and Creighton University.

For more information, contact Jukka Savolainen at

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ITS to Offer Adobe InDesign Training March 25

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host its next Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing II class on Thursday, March 25. The class will be held from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 Criss Library.

Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing II is a follow up of the first Adobe InDesign class. Skills learned in the previous class will be reinforced. This class gives participants the opportunity to build on what they have learned and acquire intermediate skills in the software.

In this next level of InDesign, users will create a brochure. While designing the brochure, participants will address document planning, layout and bleeds as well as tools for publishing concerns.

While the Adobe InDesign I class is not required, some familiarity with the Adobe InDesign software is desired.

For class details or to register, go to

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March 26 Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture to Focus on Physics

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Friday, March 26, with a lecture by Steve Whitten, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University in San Marcos.  His talk - "Undergraduate Physics Meets Molecular Biology: A Natural Fit" - will begin at 3 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall East.  Read more.

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Asian Cultural Night is Sunday, March 28

Lion dancers, singers, free food and traditional dancers are part of Asian Cultural Night on Sunday, March 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Hosted by UNO's Asian Student Association, the free event will also include dinner and other demonstrations celebrating Asian culture. The event is designed to spread cultural awareness to the campus community.

For more information, contact Cindy Nguyen: or 677.0991.

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Political Alienation Panel Discussion March 29

Why does political alienation exist in a country said to be free? What do non-theists and LGBT have in common? What allows for the imposition of a moral majority in our political system? A Political Alienation Panel Discussion, featuring experts from various backgrounds and areas of expertise, will seek to answer these questions.

Audience questions will also be answered at the event on Monday, March 29, at 6 p.m. in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. The panel discussion is free and open to all.

This event is co-sponsored by the UNO Secular Student Alliance, the Gender and Sexual Orientation Student Agency and Queers & Allies.

For more information, contact John Powers at 319.2721.

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UNO 2010 Benefits Fair April 1

All faculty and staff are invited to come meet the university's benefits vendors and take the opportunity to ask questions, get help, enjoy refreshments, receive preventive health screenings and learn more about employee benefits on Thursday, April 1.

"Our campus wellness programs will be represented at the fair, so please come and find out more about the many wellness opportunities on campus," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits in Human Resources.

The fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Free blood pressure screenings by Student Health Services will be available. Screenings for cholesterol and diabetes will also be available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for $20. Both the cholesterol and diabetes screenings require a fast (abstaining from food or drink, except for tap water, for 12 hours before the test.) No appointment is necessary.

"Our wellness focus continues with dietician Karisa Jensen from HyVee and nutritionist and educator Cindy Brison from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Douglas/Sarpy County on hand to provide nutrition information, recipes and health tips," Scarpello said.

Participating vendors will include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Eye Med Vision Care, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, University Optical, Social Security Administration, UNO Faculty Employee Assistance Program, UNO Human Resources, UNO Child Care Center, Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union, Campus Rec - Mav-Rec Wellness – HPER and Humana (individual insurance for unexpected medical bills).

Contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465 for more information.

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Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO.  The zoo offers memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $78 per household.  The membership includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safari and Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and other benefits.

Memberships remain at $78 until Sunday, April 4, and increase to $88 after that date.  To access an order form, click on this link.

Memberships are being sold in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building.  For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or

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The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing group, has received recognition by a juried panel of the National Dance Association's Second Annual Film Festival. The group's dance video, "New Year's Eve," filmed and edited by Jeff Curtis was shown March 19 at the 2010 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance (AAHPERD) Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

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