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Service to the Community

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The several hundred Seven Days of Service volunteers were spread out last week throughout the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities. UNO students, faculty and staff along with North High School students and faculty fanned out to contribute their time to such organizations as the Salvation Army, Lauritzen Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, Turning Point and Catholic Charities. Their work included painting, pulling weeds, spreading mulch and building houses.


Megan Schuster

My Ties and Cliff Hillegass

by Oliver B. Pollak

Cliff "Cliffnotes" Hillegass, an avid art and book collector, died in 2001. An estate auction at Omaha's Old Market Embassy Suites disposed of items unwanted by the corporation, family or friends.

"Ties," a black and white photograph, blue ribbon First Place Prize in Photography ... continue



Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Drill Today

This week has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state of Nebraska. Today, March 24, civil defense sirens will sound and alerts will be broadcast through the National Weather Service. Sirens will sound and UNO will also make two test announcements today sometime after 10 a.m. and again later in the evening.

The "alert system," which consists of speakers and strobes in the hallways of campus buildings, will be activated to provide the UNO community an opportunity to hear and see this system in operation. The alert system is provided to supplement the civil defense sirens in the area. Notifications to e2Campus cell phone subscribers will not be made.

Faculty and staff are not expected to move to their designated shelter areas, but everyone is encouraged to review shelter locations on campus. This information can be found in the UNO telephone directory on page 104.

Also, if faculty, staff and students are not yet signed up for E2Campus, individuals can still do so at The process is simple and provides UNO users with timely information regarding emergencies impacting campus activities. 

For more information on the drills, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596.

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UNO Alumni Association Issues Teaching Awards to Nine Faculty

The UNO Alumni Association celebrates the 14th year of its Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards program when it presents the honor to nine faculty members during the UNO Faculty Honors Convocation Breakfast Thursday, April 8.

Association President Lee Denker will present the awards, established in 1997 to honor distinguished teaching in the classroom. Peer committees in each college choose recipients, each of whom receives a $1,000 award. Denker will present recipients with commemorative tablets during the convocation breakfast in the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

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Five Artists Contribute to Food Bank Folio Project

Five of the Omaha metropolitan area's premier artists have collaborated with UNO's Print Workshop and printmaking students to create the Food Bank Folio Project.  The goal of this fundraising effort is to generate more than $10,000 for Food Bank for the Heartland.

"This is a win-win project for everyone – the artists, Food Bank for the Heartland, the students and the public," said Gary Day, the coordinator of the project and a UNO professor of art and art history.  "The artists get to show their work and help the community; the Food Bank receives funding and attention; our students get hands-on experience; and the public gets an opportunity to buy some outstanding, affordable art." Read more.

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Tickets Deadline Extended for Annual CCSW Luncheon

The 2010 winners have officially been announced and will be honored at the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) 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. The deadline to purchase luncheon tickets has been extended until Friday, March 26.

The 2010 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award
- Kathleen Oleson Lyons, assistant director of the UNO Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics

Community Awards
- Women's Fund of Greater Omaha

- Methodist Health Systems

Undergraduate Scholarship Award
- Jas Min Lai

Legendary Women of UNO Award
- Olga "Jorgy" Jorgensen Strimple

Tickets cost $15 for staff, faculty and the general public, and are $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased from the MBSC Business Office, by phone at 554.2979 or by e-mail to Departments can reserve tables of eight for $120 by contacting Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or Read more.

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Today'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 today, 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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Today's AKD 'Roger and Me' Screening Postponed to April 1

The screening of "Roger and Me" originally scheduled for today, March 24, has been postponed to Thursday, April 1. It will still take place in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) at 5:30 p.m. Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), UNO's sociology honors society, has organized the event.

A panel that will discuss the economic and sociological implications of Michael Moore's film will follow the movie. Anyone with an interest in the effect corporations can have on a person's community and daily life is invited to attend. For details on the film, visit

For more information, contact John Powers at 319.2721.

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Richard Fellman to Present March 26 Talk on Fulbright Experience

The UNO community is invited to attend a brown bag session Friday, March 26, on "Impressions of Ukraine: A Country in Transition." It will take place at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

It will feature Richard Fellman, a Fulbright recipient from the Department of Political Science, who recently returned from Uzhhorod University in Ukraine where he spent the fall semester 2009 teaching American politics on a Fulbright Fellowship. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the university while there.

Fellman has practiced law in Omaha for 44 years, has taught at UNO for the past eight years, and has previously served as a State Senator and Douglas County Commissioner, in addition to being a Democratic nominee for the US House of Representatives. 

For more information, call Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado at 554.4859.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

UNO Athletics announces "This Week In Maverick Athletics," a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Present "Earth, Wind and Water" March 28

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Saker with associate conductor Courtney Snyder and graduate conductor Bruce Bender, will deliver "Earth, Wind and Water," the second concert of the spring semester performance season, Sunday, March 28. The event begins at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Recital Hall and will feature two guest composers, Rusty Banks and Michael Daugherty.  Read more.

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UNO Fitness Center to Offer Free Core Workshop

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

The UNO Fitness Center will offer a free 30-minute session on effective core exercises on Wednesday, March 31. Dress for activity as there will be a hands on demonstration provided by staff and Kris Berg, professor with the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Sessions will begin at noon and 5 p.m. in 103 HPER.

Call the fitness center at 554.3221 to reserve a spot. HPER activity card not required.

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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Big Idea Contest for Students Stresses Social Impact, Market Potential

A new contest at UNO is designed to give students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates, the opportunity to pitch ideas for new products or services that show the greatest potential to improve lives and succeed in the marketplace.

Submissions for the 2010 Big Idea Contest are due Friday, April 2. Submissions will be evaluated based on technical feasibility, market potential and social impact. Applications are available for download at and can be submitted via email to Read more.

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Student Government to Host "Pancake Palooza" April 6

Students can grab a plate of free pancakes from the Pancake Man and learn more about Student Government's presence on campus Tuesday, April 6, during "Pancake Palooza."

From 9 a.m. to noon, the first 500 students in line on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza will receive their pancakes for free.  After the first 500 plates are served, pancakes will be available for $3 per plate.

Representatives from campus organizations will also be available to speak with students about their activities and getting involved at UNO.

For more information, contact the Student Government Office at 554.2620.

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Student Learn Over Lunch "Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation"

The UNO Speech Center will sponsor a free student workshop on "Moving from Paper to Presentation: A Transformation" Wednesday, April 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon (Omaha) Room. 

Students are invited to learn more about adjusting to a broader audience, reorganizing main themes for more structure and integrating story telling and visuals to enhance content. Free pizza and pop will be provided. 

To register for this session, contact a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 554.3201 or Space is limited so students must register in advance.

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Annual Diversity Week Set for March 28-April 1

Faculty, staff and students at UNO will have an opportunity to learn about cultures other than their own Sunday, March 28, through Thursday, April 1, during 2010 Diversity Week.

The ninth annual event - coordinated by the American Multicultural Student Agency (AMS), a Student Government agency, and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) - will feature a variety of multiethnic artistic presentations and performances. Free food will be served at all events. For a complete list of activities click on

For more information, contact Jacqueline Chavez at 554.3696 or

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Mav-Rec Aquatics to Host Triathlon Clinic

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

Campus Recreation will hold its Spring 2010 Triathlon Clinic on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

This clinic is intended to give athletes the background, tools and motivation to give it a "tri." It is appropriate for beginners and those with some triathlon experience. The clinic will consist of: swimming, biking, running, injury prevention and stretching. Participants will compete in a full Indoor Triathlon on Saturday afternoon, April 24.

The price for participation is $40 (includes T-shirt) if registered before Tuesday, April 13, and $50 for those who register after April 13.

Registration forms can be found online at or by calling Pat Philippi at 402.554.2223.

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 UFO Study Group Radio Program Fridays on MAVRADIO

The UNO UFO Study Group hits the airwaves this semester. Listeners can join John Powers, the group's president, and Dave Pares, faculty adviser, every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on the MAVRADIO online stream ( for a lighthearted, but informative, show on UFOs and the science behind them.

Listeners can send questions to, and the hosts will try to answer questions on the air.

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Save the Date - You Look MAVelous! Keynote April 28 by Transplant Survivor

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

Save the date. You Look MAVelous! will welcome Dr. Joann Schaefer for a keynote address on "A Positive Attitude Can Overcome Life's Challenges" Wednesday, April 28. Dr. Schaefer, a liver transplant recipient and the state's chief medical officer, will speak at 11 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (repeat session) at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch and a healthy snack and beverages will be available.

You Look MAVelous! – UNO's fitness and weight loss challenge – is sponsored by Human Resources, Mav-Rec Wellness and Student Health Services.

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 Up to Top

Green Tip of the Week

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In the Market for a New Appliance?
Make sure and buy Energy Star and notice the savings from using less energy, which will far outweigh the cost of the slightly higher ticket price.  Full-sized Energy Star refrigerators, for example, use 15 to 30 percent less energy than conventional units.

(Courtesy of Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (9th Edition) by Jennifer Thorne Amann, Alex Wilson and Katie Ackerly)

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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