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March Employee of the Month: Tyrome Williams

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Tyrome Williams, building assistant in Criss Library, is the go-to person for a wide range of tasks. His enthusiasm and ability to quickly adapt to change make him a valuable asset. Visit this link for details.

Through the Lens

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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.



UNO Will Celebrate Honors Week Starting April 5

UNO will hold Honors Week–a campus celebration of outstanding students and faculty–starting Monday, April 5. The week spotlights three university-wide events: the Honors Program Senior Theses Symposia, the Faculty Honors Convocation and the Student Honors Convocation. Details on all three events, including reservation information, can be found by following this link – Read more.

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Today's Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture to Focus on Physics

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues today, 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" - begins at 3 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center's Bootstrapper Hall East. Read more.

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Richard Fellman to Discuss Fulbright Experience

The UNO community can attend a brown bag session today, March 26, on "Impressions of Ukraine: A Country in Transition." It takes place at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Richard Fellman, a Fulbright recipient from the Department of Political Science, will give the presentation. He recently returned from Uzhhorod University in Ukraine where he spent the fall semester teaching American politics on a Fulbright Fellowship. Fellman 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 U.S. House of Representatives.

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

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Jim Young to Speak About NU Capital Campaign Tuesday

Jim Young, Union Pacific CEO and chair of the NU Capital Campaign, will give a presentation for faculty, staff and students Tuesday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. His 45-minute talk will focus on the campaign.

Those who want to attend should RSVP to the Faculty Senate office, 554.3598, or e-mail Sue Bishop at

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2010 Diversity Week Starts March 28

Faculty, staff and students can learn about cultures from around the globe during Diversity Week, happening Sunday, March 28, through Thursday, April 1.

The eighth annual celebration of diversity will feature a variety of multiethnic artistic presentations and performances, with free food served at all events. Read more.

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‘Last Glimpse' Display of Time Capsule Contents at Criss Library

Items for the Centennial Time Capsule are now on display at Criss Library, second floor. The Placement Ceremony will be Wednesday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m., and the campus community is invited to attend.

Anyone with ideas for additional time capsule items has until April 28 to submit them. For more information, see or the University of Nebraska at Omaha 2110 Time Capsule's Facebook page. For more information, contact Suzanne Sollars at

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Criminology and Criminal Justice to Host Awards and Recognition

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will host its annual awards and recognition luncheon Friday, April 2, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The event recognizes significant achievements by outstanding community members, faculty, staff and students from the Omaha community and university. Reservation and ticket information is available at and from Geri Murphy at or 554.3589.

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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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Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is April 16

The 13th annual UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is Friday, April 16. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street. The day will begin with a performance by the Siena/Francis House singers at 9 a.m.

Dennis Culhane, professor of social policy, psychology and policy research and evaluation at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead the symposium, which starts at 9:15 a.m. His presentation is titled "The Dynamics of Homelessness." Read more.

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Sigma Kappa to Hold Dodgeball Tournament

The Sigma Kappa sorority will host a co-ed dodgeball tournament Saturday, April 10, to raise funds for its national foundation, which supports gerontology, Alzheimer's research and the Maine Sea Coast Mission.

Tournament check-in begins at 4 p.m. The first ball will be thrown at 5 p.m. The Armbrust YMCA, 5404 S. 168th St., will host the event.

Participants must be at least 16 years old. The cost is $60 per team, $10 for individuals. Registration is due by Saturday, April 3. Registration forms are available in the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs-Office in the Milo Bail Student Center.

For more information, contact Ashley Lambrecht at 209.0164 or

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School of Public Administration to Host Conference in May

The UNO School of Public Administration will host the 23rd Annual Public Administration Theory Network Conference Thursday through Sunday, May 20 to 23, at the Embassy Suites in downtown Omaha. Registration and program information are available at:

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Campus Recreation Closed April 4

UNO Campus Recreation will be closed Sunday, April 4. For additional hours, visit at

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In the News

In the News

KIOS (91.5 FM) interviewed Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, March 22 on the political impact of health care reform in the United States.

KIOS (91.5 FM) spoke with Bob Bernier, Nebraska Business Development Center, March 23 about a new grant to help veterans, National Guard members and reservists start or expand small businesses.

WUSB (Stony Brook, N.Y.) interviewed Bill Blizek, Religious Studies, March 23 about the recent textbook controversy in Texas.

John Crank, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was featured in Robert Nelson's column in the March 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Crank spoke on gang violence in Omaha.

Marlina Davidson, School of Communication, wrote a guest column March 22 for Silicon Prairie News on Omaha's first Social Impact Forum held in February.

David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the March 15 issue of the Grand Island Independent and the March 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the 2010 Census. He was also interviewed by KIOS (91.5 FM) about the 2010 Census.

Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, Women's Studies, was quoted in the March 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series, featuring UNO alum Monica Brasile, who spoke on "Complex Negotiations: Doulas as Advocates for Childbearing Women."

Boyd Littrell, Department of Sociology, wrote a "Midlands Voices" column on historian Howard Zinn that was published in the March 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

The March 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a "Midlands Voices" guest column by Thomas A. Petrie, emeritus professor of Education, on academic excellence in today's classrooms.

Steven Shultz, Department of Economics, was quoted in the March 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the Niobrara River.

Julie Soukup, graduate student, was quoted in the March 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about a formalwear collection drive for local high school students. Psychology students at UNO organized the event earlier this month.

The annual Seven Days of Service volunteer project was covered by the following media outlets: Omaha World-Herald, The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs), KFAB (1110 AM), KETV (ABC 7), KPTM (Fox 42), WOWT (NBC 6), KMTV (CBS 3) and the Lincoln Journal Star.

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

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

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.

'Rave On!' Star to Perform at April 12 Fundraiser

Billy McGuigan, a UNO alumnus and nationally-recognized actor, singer and musician based in Omaha, will perform a benefit show for a UNO alumna at the Omaha Community Playhouse on Monday, April 12.

The 8 p.m. performance, titled "Billy's Birthday Bash for Lara," is to raise money for Lara Marsh's transplant-related expenses and to celebrate Marsh's 40th birthday – a milestone for anyone living with cystic fibrosis.


Marsh, a graduate of the UNO Department of Theatre, is in need of a life-saving double-lung transplant due to cystic fibrosis, which she has lived with since childhood. Volunteers are helping to raise the $100,000 needed for expenses not covered by insurance. Double-lung transplant costs often exceed $500,000.

Proceeds from McGuigan's benefit performance will be applied to Marsh's Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) account to be used toward transplant-related expenses. Read more.

Auditions for Crab the Dog April 10 at Creighton University

Nebraska Shakespeare will hold auditions for the role of Crab the dog in "Two Gentlemen of Verona." Auditions run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 10 at Creighton University's Lied Center, 24th and Cass Streets.

The dog must be trained for basic commands. Festival organizers are looking for a large-sized canine. Crab will be on stage multiple times and stationary about three minutes in one scene. All large breeds are encouraged to enter; character is everything.

Rehearsals are June 18 through 23. The dog needs to be available each day, with hours determined at a later date. Performance dates are June 24 through 27, July 8 and 10.

To apply, send an email to or call (402) 556-4396.

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

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.

Student Art Exhibition Continues

The UNO Department of Art and Art History presents the Spring 2010 UNO Student Art Exhibition 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.

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