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Taking Advantage of the Weather

Taking Advantage of the Weather

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO junior Lindsey Schuetz, also known as the Hello Kitty Hat Girl, found her place in the sun Tuesday in UNO's Pep Bowl.


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

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 2010 Benefits Fair Today in Student Center

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This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

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 today, 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.

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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Cliqbook Goes Live Today for UNO Travelers

Starting, today, April 1, UNO, in conjunction with Travel and Transport Inc., will release the new online travel booking tool, Cliqbook. This tool will allow travelers and travel arrangers real-time access to airline, car and hotel databases worldwide.

Cliqbook will replace Travelport as UNO's online booking method. Cliqbook is the most robust tool and the industry leader for online booking.  It has more functionality than what is offered on Travelport. Travel and Transport Inc. selected Cliqbook after an extensive review of online booking tools because it has the look and feel of the consumer travel websites such as Travelocity, Orbitz and others while having the ability to easily incorporate the university's corporate travel policy. 

"As we prepare for the release of this new tool, we will be uploading your current profiles into the new system," said Ken Hultman, manager of Accounting Services. "If you are a travel arranger and currently have access to certain traveler profiles, you will have the same access in Cliqbook."

Starting today, the current URL address ( that directs users to Travelport, will simply be redirected to the new Cliqbook site. Users login and password will be the same as used for Travelport.

When logging into the new Cliqbook site, users will be required to access his/her profile to review personal data and click "save."  From that point, users will be ready to utilize the new tool for travel arrangements.

"We look forward to the release of the new online tool and are confident that our travelers and travel arrangers will truly enjoy the option of booking travel online with the new Cliqbook tool," Hultman said.

Cliqbook will include Southwest Airlines information. Users will be able to compare side-by-side Southwest costs versus other airlines.

"Individuals need to be aware that if one books on Cliqbook there will be an $8 fee, but if users go to the Swabiz site there is not a fee," Hultman said. "If someone is using Swabiz, they will not be able to use Travel and Transport for flight problem resolution."

Contact Hultman at 554.3514 with any concerns or questions about the new Web site.

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UNO Extends Contract for Coach Blais

UNO Athletics Trev Alberts announced March 31 that the university has extended the contract of head hockey coach Dean Blais an additional two years.  Blais, who took over the UNO hockey program in the summer of 2009, is now under contract through the 2014-2015 season. Read more. Up to Top

AKD to Host Free Screening of 'Roger and Me' Tonight

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), UNO's sociology honors society, will host a free screening of the Michael Moore film "Roger and Me" in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) tonight, April 1, starting at 5:30 p.m.

A panel that will discuss the economic and sociological implications of Moore's movie 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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Biology Graduate Research Symposium on Monday

The Graduate Program Committee for the Department of Biology invites anyone interested to attend its First Annual Graduate Research Symposium on Monday, April 5, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., in the 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Graduate students will give 12 minute presentations followed by three minutes of questions from the audience.

The schedule of presentations is posted at

For more information, contact LaReesa Wolfenbarger at

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UNO to Host "Day of Rhythm" April 7

The UNO Department of Music and The Nebraska Percussive Arts Society will present "Day of Rhythm" - a day of clinics for percussion and rhythm section players - on Wednesday, April 7, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center at UNO.  A concert featuring selected clinicians is planned for 7:30 p.m. that evening.

The clinics are free, but the evening concert costs $15 for general admission and $10 for students and Percussive Arts Society members.

Morning sessions are primarily for percussionists, with sessions on hand drumming, All-State preparation and orchestral percussion.  The clinics will feature faculty and students from the UNO Department of Percussion, including Tomm Roland, department chair; Ken Yoshida, principal percussion with the Omaha Symphony; and Jason Domonkos, UNO artist faculty in percussion.

Afternoon clinics will focus on playing as a rhythm section and will include individual sessions for bass, piano and drums, followed by a group clinic for all rhythm section players.  Featured artists include Dana Murray, UNO percussionist, and New York jazz musicians Orrin Evans and Grammy Award-winning bassist Eric Revis.  The trio will also perform during the evening concert.

For more information, contact Roland at 554.3155 or

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April Is National Mathematics Awareness Month

Since 1991, April has been the month for celebrating mathematics and its applications. This year, the theme of Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) is "Mathematics and Sports." The UNO Department of Mathematics will celebrate this event through several activities.

"This year we are organizing the Mathematics Symposium ‘MAM at UNO' featuring talks by our students on their mathematics research," said Dora Matache, assistant professor of mathematics.

The schedule of events is listed below.

Friday, April 9
"MAM at UNO"
Symposium and student poster session
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
256 Durham Science Center (DSC)
Students from the Kerrigan Research Minigrants Program will present the results of their research in mathematics under the supervision of mathematics faculty members.

Monday, April 12
"Preservice Math Teachers Party"
Monday, April 12
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
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The UNO Department of Mathematics will host a party where opportunities available for future math teachers will be presented.

Friday, April 16
"Is NFL overtime unfair? Using mathematics to answer this and other sports questions"
Guest lecture
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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Andrew Swift from the mathematics department will give a talk accessible to all undergraduates with an interest in mathematics (and/or sports).

"We hope you will join us in the celebration of mathematics and encourage your students to attend the events," Matache said.

For more information about MAM at UNO, visit the Web at For more information regarding the Kerrigan Research Minigrants program go to

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Maverick Productions to Host Third Annual Day at the Zoo April 18

Students, faculty and staff can join Maverick Productions along with the Animal Ambassadors for a fun-filled day of exotic encounters at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo on Sunday, April 18.

"Day at the Zoo" tickets are available for a reduced rate in the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office. Students may purchase tickets for $3 (two per student limit), additional student tickets and faculty/staff may purchase tickets for $6.75. Standard admission is $11.50.

"This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the savings and enjoy the zoo with other members of the UNO community," said Erin Cron, assistant director of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs.

The Animal Ambassador program is a special feature where zoo keepers bring out animals for UNO patrons to interact with and learn about. The Zebra Picnic Pavilion will host the Animal Ambassadors from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Maverick Productions at 554.2623.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice to Host Awards and Recognition Lunch Tomorrow

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon will take place on Friday, April 2, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the William H. And Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

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

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EC UNO to Host Omaha Premier Tomorrow of 'Tapped'

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The Environmental Club at UNO (EC UNO) and Repower Nebraska will host a screening of the new film "Tapped" on Friday, April 2, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building starting at 6:30 p.m.

The film examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on health, climate change, pollution and the nation's reliance on oil.  The film's director, Stephanie Soechtig, and producer, Sarah Olson, will attend the showing and host a post-viewing discussion.  The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

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William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies to Host Conference April 10

Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for Saturday, April 10, by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO.  The 11th annual conference, titled "Promoting the General Welfare," will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. Early registration is under way through Friday, April 2.

The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops.  Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference. Read more.

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Tai Chi Master Ding to Make Campus Visit This Saturday

Tai Chi Master Shuide Ding, who was invited by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Confucius Institute from China, will perform a Tai Chi show at UNO on Saturday, April 3, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room at 2 p.m.

Ding is a master of Yang style Tai Chi.

The Omaha Chinese Culture Association, UNO International Studies and Programs, UNL Confucius Institute, Omaha Martial Arts School and Lincoln Tai Chi Association will co-host his performance.

The admission is free and open to the public. A discussion session with Tai Chi fans will follow the show.

Visit for additional information on workshops in Lincoln.

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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.Up to Top

University Village and Maverick Village to Host Campus Blood Drive

Give the gift of life. University Village and Maverick Village have teamed up to host a blood drive on Tuesday, April 6, in the University Village Clubhouse from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

Making an appointment is easy -- just visit and enter 1346 as the sponsor code and click "submit". Walk-ins are also always welcome. The need for blood is constant and every unit counts.

For questions about eligibility or other inquiries, contact Meghan Pile at or visit

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Event Next Thursday to Raise Awareness of Intimate Partner Violence

College age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted, according the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

To draw attention to the issues of sexual violence and abuse, The Women's Resource Center at UNO will present a "Take Back the Night" rally Thursday, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Plaza. Read more.Up to Top

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 the 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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UCAT Offers Designated Conference Grants

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is offering a Designated Conference Grant and accepting applications. See details below:

Applicants are invited to join UCAT's engaging and reflective conversations on "Creativity" as part of the larger 2010 Carnegie Academy for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Summer Institute. As noted by experts, for innovation to flourish, organizations must bring together diverse, talented individuals who can collaboratively exchange knowledge and creatively shape future directions. This year's theme invites an exploration of innovative teaching practices and creative ways to study and assess students' learning while challenging faculty to creatively turn new and imaginative ideas into reality, as students' need to solve tomorrow's yet-undefined/undiscovered problems has never been greater.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) serves as a useful lens by which to examine UCAT's attitudes, motivations and dispositions as they relate to teaching and learning. SoTL aptly frames an exploration of whole-brain thinking (right-brain artistry and intuition with left-brain logic and planning); personality-creative connections; creativity as a core competency; or creativity as learning, recognizing the inherently creative essence of humanity.

For more information, go to the Institute Web site: Registration for this Institute will be paid for by UCAT. Additional information and application form for this conference are available on the UCAT Web site at The Institute will be held June 3, 4 and 5 at Creighton University.

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Call for On-Campus Pedagogical Support Activities

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Pedagogical Activity Grants for university-wide pedagogical activities to enhance teaching/learning at UNO.

Examples of possible activities, but not limited to these, are: guest speakers, workshops and book discussions. All applications should connect to one or more UCAT themes. Visit for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site ( Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 202.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or

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