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CCSW Awards

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UNO's Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) honored members of the UNO and Omaha community Wednesday, March 31, at the annual CCSW Awards Luncheon. Honorees pictured with Chancellor Christensen are: Outstanding Achievement Award winner Kathleen Oleson Lyons; Student Scholarship Award recepient Jas Min Lai; Outstanding Community Service Award winners Ellie Archer of the Women's Fund of Greater Omaha and John Fraser of the Methodist Health System.

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Taking Advantage of the Weather

Taking Advantage of the Weather

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

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Service to the Community

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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 Celebrates National Careers in Aging Week

UNO will celebrate National Careers in Aging Week today, April 6, with a mini-festival featuring "Careers in Aging and the Media" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

The program will feature an opportunity to view segments of the DVD "Aging in Nebraska," a co-production of the UNO School of Communication and UNO Television. Cathy Wyatt will lead a panel discussion about the making and meaning of the video, and how it relates to the Boomer market. 

Upsilon Nu, the UNO chapter of Sigma Phi Omega (the national gerontology academic honor society), the UNO Department of Gerontology and the UNO School of Social Work organized the event.

For more information contact Lyn Holley at 554.4814 or Nancy Kelley-Gillespie at 554.4886.

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Student Government to Host 'Pancake Palooza' Today

Students can grab a plate of free pancakes from the Pancake Man and learn more about Student Government's presence on campus today, 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 Research and Creative Activity Fair Begins Today

The UNO Student Research and Creative Activity Fair will take place today, April 6, through Thursday, April 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. today and Wednesday, April 6 and 7. The three-day event will conclude on Thursday, April 8, with an awards program starting at 4 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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'The Omaha News' to Reach Viewers Statewide Tomorrow

"The Omaha News," a live weekly newscast produced by UNO Television and advanced journalism students from the UNO School of Communication, will be broadcast statewide on Nebraska Public Television this Wednesday, April 7.

The weekly program covers news important to the people of Omaha. The "Omaha News" joins "Inside Art" and "Aging in Nebraska" as School of Communication programs produced in conjunction with UNO Television now broadcast on statewide television, in addition to The Knowledge Network (TKN) of Greater Omaha. Read more. Up to Top

UNO To Host Frozen Four Watch Party This Thursday

UNO will host an NCAA Frozen Four watch party for season ticket holders and prospective season ticket holders on Thursday, April 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Brewburgers at 108th and L streets. The event runs until 8 p.m.

The event will give season ticket holders a chance to socialize, renew their UNO hockey season tickets for the 2010-2011 season and watch one of two semifinals of the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit. Wisconsin plays RIT in the first game at 4 p.m. while Boston College and Miami follow in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m.

Members of the UNO hockey team will be on hand to meet fans at the event.

The Mavericks will make history beginning with the 2010-11 season as they skate for the first time as members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).  The Mavs were admitted to the WCHA last summer.  UNO concluded its 13th season of hockey and its 11th as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in March, posting a record of 20-16-6, the team's fourth 20-win season in school history.

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Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues April 14 with Political Science Lecture

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Wednesday, April 14, with a lecture by Orville Menard, UNO professor emeritus of political science.  His talk - "Omaha's 1919 Race Riot" - will begin at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  The event is free and open to the public. 

After teaching for 34 years at UNO, Menard retired in 1998.  He is the recipient of the UNO Outstanding Teacher Award and the Chancellor's Medal.  Menard initiated the European Studies Conference, the Arts and Sciences Honors Program, the Interdisciplinary Studies Major and a yearly scholarship for undergraduate political science majors.  He also has written on French, American and Nebraska topics.

The yearlong 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 554.2624.  For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit

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Masters and Music Series Continues April 18 with 'Body Rhythms'

The Masters and Music series at UNO continues Sunday, April 18, with a tribute to "Body Rhythms." The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

Friends of Art, a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History, sponsors Masters and Music. The series blends artistic imagery and musical composition. The April 18 installment will feature Joseph "Smitty" Smith, owner of Big Brain Productions, and musician Jason Domonkos.

Smith is a former United States Marine, a tattoo artist, a body piercer, a community leader and champion for legislation to protect legitimate tattoo artists and their clients in Nebraska. With his best friend and fellow Marine, Chris Blinston, he began tattooing other service personnel. The two opened Big Brain Productions in Omaha 10 years ago.

A proponent of contemporary music, Domonkos is active in the Omaha area as a percussion soloist, chamber musician and teacher.  He holds a bachelor's degree from UNO and recently completed his master's at California State University, Sacramento. He will present a host of global music using percussion instruments from cultures in Africa and the Middle East, which reflect a deep history and tradition of body art and music as cultural expression.

Tickets are $15 per person, $3 for students with ID and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shari Hofschire at 554.2402.

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Lambda Pi Eta April 20 Earth Day Event Cancelled

This event has been cancelled. Instead join Lambda Pi Eta and the Omaha community for Earth Day Omaha on Saturdy, April 17. For details, visit

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Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon April 30

The Women's Studies Program will host its annual spring luncheon Friday, April 30, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room. Tickets are on sale through Tuesday, April 27.

The cost is $10 for faculty and staff, and $3 for students. Rachel Tomlinson Dick, student director of the UNO Women's Resource Center, and Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of Counseling Center and University Division, will receive the 2009 Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies during the program.

To R.S.V.P., contact Mary Dunn at 554.2624.

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Participants Sought for Criss Library Web Study

The Criss Library is seeking UNO students, faculty and staff members 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study analyzing the navigability and content of the UNO Library Web site (IRB# 141-10-EX). Study subjects will be asked to complete a list of tasks within the library's Web site and complete a short anonymous survey within a one-hour time frame.

If interested in participating in the research study or for further details. contact Rene Erlandson at

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Aim for the Stars Science and Math Camps

For 13 summers, UNO's Physics Department has offered many science and math enrichment camps as an outreach to the community. This summer, Aim for the Stars has camps that are still open for children entering grades four through 10. 

Campers can learn about the earth in Dynamic Earth, Geology and Advanced Geology. Space is out there waiting to be explored in AstroAdventures, Astronomy and Advanced Astronomy camps.  Animals' habits are investigated at the zoo in Zoology Camps. Budding biologists and doctors can learn about the eating habits of barn owls and about other living organisms in Eco Excitement and The Wild Side. There are also opportunities to study science and math in the Fine Arts.

Visit or call 554.4999 for the scoop about all the camps available at Aim for the Stars Science and Math Camps.

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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.

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.

Audience members 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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Academic Regalia Notice for May 7 Commencement

Commencement for May graduates will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 7, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Avenue.  Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore at 554.2336 by Friday, April 16.

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UNO Women's Walk Popcorn Fundraiser

Vic's Popcorn has partnered with the UNO Women's Walk to kick off fundraising efforts before the Saturday, April 17, walk for women's athletics.

As part of the fundraising promotion, three-gallon UNO Maverick popcorn canisters are for sale. Prices are $28 for three flavors (plain, caramel and cheese) and $25 for plain. Proceeds from each canister will go to the UNO Women's Walk fund, which supports scholarships for women athletes.

Canisters will be delivered to campus addresses at no additional charge. To reserve a canister, contact Roxie Freeman at 554.2533.  Checks should be made payable to the "UNO Women's Walk."

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Fidelity Rep on Campus April 27

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be on campus for individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments will be held in 208 Eppley Administration Building (Accounting Department conference room).

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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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 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 to Top


- Janine Brooks, English graduate student and staff assistant in the Department of Chemistry, recently was nominated and elected the associate student representative for the High Plains Region of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society.  She will represent students from Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota as she performs her duties to the organization.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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