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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



Author to Give Book Reading in Student Center Today

In addition to today's, 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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Campus General Education Forum Today

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 today, 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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HPER Hosts 12th Annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) hosted its 12th annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon March 23 at the Milo Bail Student Center. There they honored those part-time and joint appointment teachers celebrating a teaching anniversary and announced the winners of the part-time and Joint Appointment, "Teachers of the Year Award."

The Director of the School of HPER, Daniel Blanke, presented each of the following teachers with a certificate in honor of their many years of hard work and dedication to the students of HPER. This year's anniversary winners were as follows:

For five years: Marcia Adler, Marty Hebert, Nathan Neuhaus and Michael Roberts.

For 10 years: David Daniels and Russell McKune

For 15 years: Michele Merrill

For 25 years: Susan Newell

For 30 years: Joseph Kaminski

The event concluded with Blanke announcing the winners of the Teacher of the Year Award. Both were nominated by their students and peers and were presented with a plaque of appreciation. The 2010 winner of the joint appointment teacher of the year went to Coach Bob Herold. Craig Johnson was presented with the teacher of the year award for a part-time instructor. For details on both winners go to:

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The Fitness Center at HPER to Offer Cholesterol Screening Monday

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

The Fitness Center at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will offer a cholesterol screening on Monday, March 29, for UNO faculty, staff and students.

The screening will be held in the Exercise Physiology Lab (103 HPER Building) from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The cost is $25. Individuals interested should fast for a minimum of 8 hours prior to screening.

To schedule an appointment, call 554.3221.

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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MavCard Offers "Twofer Tuesday" Promotion

Load up your MavCard! "Twofer Tuesday" will get MavCard holders two hot dogs for the price of one on Tuesdays in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court but only if purchased with a MavCard.

For MavCard details, visit

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Ninth Annual Poker Run/Walk Next Week

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This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Campus Recreation and Mav-Rec Wellness will host the 10th annual Poker Run/Walk Wednesday, March 31. The start time is noon on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

All interested faculty, staff and students can participate in this free event.

The 1.75 mile course will cover the UNO campus. At specific sites throughout the course, each contestant will receive a playing card. At the end of the course, all poker hands will be shown, and the person with the best hand will be the winner. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Top prize this year is an iPod.

To register, stop by 100 Healthy, Physical Education and Recreation Building. For details, call 554.2539.

Watch eNotes for possible rain date announcement (Wednesday, April 7).

To schedule an appointment, call 554.3221.

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 Writers Series 2010

The Writing Center will sponsor the UNO Writers Series on Thursday, April 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall. This year's event features five student writers of creative non-fiction: Emily Borgmann, Travis Heermann, Fran Higgins, Patrick Kinney and Lauren Vanderneck.  Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Writing Center for an evening of readings and refreshments.

For additional information, contact the Writing Center at 554.2946 or at

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Graduate Social Work Student to Present at Symposium on April 13

Shawna Kolbek, graduate student in the School of Social Work, will present an overview of her work from a special studies project in which she studied the impact of economic/financial issues of people in poverty and social workers' response to these issues. The symposium will take place on Tuesday, April 13, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service.   

The topics covered will address the emerging role social workers have in working with clients to help overcome financial obstacles. Kolbek has been researching and working closely with Reeta Wolfsohn, founder of The Center for Financial Social Work, who taught the first graduate level course on Financial Social Work at the University of Maryland in 2009.

The presentation will include:  information relevant to individual and group social systems in the environment, financial institutions role in the oppression of the unbanked and underbanked populations, the future role of social work's service provision and policy as it relates to client's financial well-being, and an overview of the Financial Social Work Change Model and how it relates to micro-mezzo-macro financial issues.  Please consider including this symposium as part of an individual classroom learning experience.   

This content is relevant for all people, especially social worker's who work with diverse populations as financial problems continue to burden the nation's social environment.

For more information, contact Ivory Welbourn at 554.3057.

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Registration Begins for Annual Public Administration Theory Network Conference

The UNO School of Public Administration will host the 23rd Annual Public Administration Theory Network Conference Thursday through Sunday, May 20-23, at the Embassy Suites Old Market/Downtown, 555 S. 10th St. Registration and program information are available at:

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Mav-Rec Archery Classes Start Saturday

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

Brush up on archery skills with instructor Dan Leazenby. Classes start this Saturday, March 27, for youth and adults in the brand new Golf/Archery Lab, located in 003 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

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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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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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 the 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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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 who graduated from UNO during the summer or fall of 2009 or will graduate this semester 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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Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

The College of Information Science & Technology summer workshops are now available for registration online. A variety of computer technology topics will be offered starting Monday, June 7, through Friday, July 30. All are appropriate for student ages 11-17.  Space is limited.

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at

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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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