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UNO Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

Harmon Maher, interim associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity, discusses the second annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair set for April 6 and April 7.

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CCSW Awards

CCSW Awards

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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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2010.04.07

UNO Hosts 'Day of Rhythm'

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

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Criss Library Children's Scholastic Book Fair Today

The Criss Library, along with the UNO Honors Program and University Library Friends, will sponsor a Children's Scholastic Book Fair today Wednesday, April 7.  It will be held on the main floor of the library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For every item purchased, get a second item for free, at this buy one get one free book fair.  

Donations will be accepted to support Liberty Elementary School and all proceeds benefit the library's juvenile book collection.  For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at mcast@unomaha.edu.

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Philosophy Open House Today

Interested in philosophy? The Department of Philosophy invites the campus community to learn about earning a degree in philosophy at UNO. Anyone can stop by 205 Arts and Sciences Hall between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, April 7, to get information.

Participants can:

- Meet and get to know philosophy professors;

- Meet and get to know philosophy majors/minors;

- Learn the benefits of incorporating philosophy minor in a UNO academic career;

- Bring questions and explore the answers with others; and

- Bring ideas to discuss in an informal setting.

Snacks will be served.

For more information, call Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628.

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BFA Student Exhibition Opens with Reception This Friday

The campus community and public can join the Department of Art and Art History in celebrating the thesis work of UNO bachelor of fine arts (BFA) candidates Eun Young Cho, Melanie Martinez, Laurie Sewell, Maggie Svoboda and Johnny Wells at a reception for the artists this Friday, April 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The graduating students' paintings and installations will be on exhibit beginning with the reception and through Friday, May 7. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Gallery hours will begin Monday, April 12, through Friday, May 7. They are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 3 pm. and Tuesday and Thursday noon to 5 p.m. Appointments at other times are welcome. Call the Art Gallery at 554.2796 to schedule an appointment.

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'Rave On!' Fundraiser Set for April 11

The UNO Department of Music and The Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra will present a performance of "Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience" on Sunday, April 11, at 3 p.m. UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center will host the one-time-only event, which is a fundraiser for the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra.  Read more.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

"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 http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/thisweekmavs0405.pdf.

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ConAgra CEO to Present Interactive Lecture Sunday

UNO faculty, staff and students can attend a lecture that Charles M. "Mike" Harper, former CEO of ConAgra, will give on Sunday, April 11, in downtown Omaha. The presentation is being coordinated by the University of Chicago's alumni association.

Harper plans on giving an interactive lecture on management philosophy. He worked at ConAgra for nearly twenty years, and saw it grow from a small milling and grain company to one of the largest and most respected companies in America.  The event will take place at the Magnolia Hotel, 1615 Howard St., and will run for 2 to 5 p.m.  Tickets cost $20.

Harper received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1950. During his business career he also served as a director of Burlington Northern Inc., Norwest Corporation, Peter Kiewit & Sons and Valmont Industries, Inc.

More information, including online registration, is available at http://alumniandfriends.uchicago.edu/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=mjJXJ7MLIsE&b=4626599&ct=7995591.

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Deadline April 12 for Women of Wisdom Awards Luncheon Tickets

UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative, formerly the Program for Women and Successful Aging, has announced the winners of the sixth annual Women of Wisdom Awards. Recipients will be honored at a luncheon and community-wide program, "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom and Lifelong Learning," set for Thursday, April 15. The keynote speaker will be the bestselling author of A Thousand Acres, Moo and Horse Heaven, Jane Smiley. The deadline to purchase luncheon tickets is Monday, April 12. Read more.

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Chair Massage Service Available in HPER Next Friday

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

Looking for a way to reduce stress? UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 16. Angie Maji, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $18 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if there are openings.

For more information, 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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HPER Student Awards Banquet April 23

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will host its annual Student Awards Banquet, Friday, April 23, at William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. 

A discounted rate is available to those who register by Friday, April 9. A social hour, combined with bidding on silent auction items, will begin at 6 p.m.  The dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. 

For more details, visit the HPER Web site at http://coe.unomaha.edu/hper/. See "HPER Headlines" to register.

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Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues April 8 with Biology Lecture

The College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Thursday, April 8, with a lecture by Jim Krupa, an associate professor of biology at the University of Kentucky.  His talk - "Evolution, Education and Why Good Teaching Matters" - will begin at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

Krupa received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from UNO and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Oklahoma.  His areas of expertise are evolutionary biology, animal behavior and ecology. Read more. Up to Top

Wheelchair Test Drive is Thursday at UNO

Students, faculty and staff are invited to experience life on wheels in a wheelchair test drive on Thursday, April 8.

From 9 a.m. to noon, members of the UNO Network for disABLED Students will offer individuals the opportunity to navigate campus in a wheelchair: from the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza, through Roskens Hall, and back. Read more.

http://www.unomaha.edu/news/releases/2010/03/30_wheelchair.php

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Admissions and Records & Registration Training and Walk-in Help Sessions Offered in April

UNO's Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team will offer walk-in sessions every Monday and Wednesday this month in 106U Eppley Administration Building from 9 to 11 a.m. Individuals do not need to register. Anyone who currently has access to PeopleSoft SIS account is welcome to attend.

These sessions will give staff and faculty a chance to ask specific questions and receive hands-on assistance.

There will also be training sessions offered for faculty and staff who need a PeopleSoft SIS account. Visit the training calendar to register at http://www.unomaha.edu/nesis/tabpages/facstaff/training/trainingcal.php.

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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 (http://www.fightstheocean.com/mavradio/player.swf) for a lighthearted, but informative, show on UFOs and the science behind them.

Listeners can send questions to unoufostudygroup@gmail.com, and the hosts will try to answer questions on the air.

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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: http://www.creighton.edu/CASTL. 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat. The Institute will be held June 3, 4 and 5 at Creighton University.

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Golfers Sought for UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League

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

The UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League is looking for individuals who would like to start a team, join an existing team or become a sub for a team.

The league meets at Elmwood Park Golf Course on Thursday nights, May 13, through Aug. 12. The first tee time is 4 p.m. and the last is 4:45 p.m. It takes approximately two hours to complete round. The league is open to all levels of golfers.  Space is limited.

For more information or if interested, call Mike Kult at 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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Aim for the Stars Summer 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/aimforthestars 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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Green Tip of the Week

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Volunteer at Earth Day 2010
Earth Day Omaha is looking for volunteers. Anyone from UNO who would like to help out should go to http://www.earthdayomaha.com/volunteer.php to sign up. Recruit friends and family members to join Earth Day Omaha festivities on Saturday, April 17. There will be something for everyone, no matter how young or young at heart they are. Check out http://www.earthdayomaha.com for details regarding the schedule of events.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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