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Flippin' for Food

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The Pancake Man was up to his usual tricks Tuesday (April 6) morning as he tossed pancakes through the air to UNO students. The free food was sponsored by UNO Student Government on the Student Center Plaza

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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.



UNO Hockey Season Tickets Now On Sale

UNO will offer greater savings to season ticket holders for the historic 2010-2011 hockey season. Season ticket holders will average a nearly 35 percent savings compared to comparable individual tickets purchased on game days. The Mavericks begin play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the nation's premiere conference, this fall. Read more.

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UNO Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Celebration Begins Today

UNO will host several events on campus beginning today, April 8, to celebrate Asian-Pacific culture. All activities are free and open to the public.

The event schedule:

Today, April 8
- "Tea Please!: Make it the American Way - The Chinese Tea Culture"
Presenter: Maorong Jiang, director of the Asian World Center at Creighton University
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room
Free food will be served.

Tuesday, April 13
- "American National Images of China: Is History Repeating itself?"
Presenter: Elizabeth Dahl, assistant professor of political science at UNO
12:30 to 2 p.m.
132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB) Collaborating Commons

Wednesday, April 21
- "Slumdog Millionaire" film screening and discussion
Presenters: Birud Sindhav, associate professor of marketing and management at UNO; and Julien Fielding, adjunct faculty member with the UNO Religious Studies Program
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
132 CB (Collaborating Commons)

Event sponsors include UNO Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP), the Asian Student Association and Ladies of Various Ethnicities.

For more information, contact Valerie Thompson, assistant director of cultural programs with SOLP, at 554.2711.

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Free Screening Tonight of 'The Case for Israel: Democracy's Outpost'

The UNO Natan & Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies and the Jewish Community Center of Omaha will co-sponsor a free screening of the documentary "The Case for Israel: Democracy's Outpost" on Thursday, April 8. The 77-minute film, directed by Michael Yohay, starts at 5 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. Read more.

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'Take Back the Night' Rally Tonight at UNO

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 tonight, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Plaza. Read more.

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'Consider This' to Highlight 'Aging in Nebraska' TV Program

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt will interview the UNO student and professors behind "Aging in Nebraska," a one-hour television program produced by the young...featuring the old.

Wyatt's guests will include Chris Allen, an associate professor in the School of Communication; Daniel Wolfe, a student in the School of Communication; and Lyn Holley, assistant professor in the Department of Gerontology.

The program will air tonight, April 8, at 11 p.m. on NET.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at for dates and times.

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Amazing Race, Family Feud Planned for 2010 Greek Week

Fraternities and sororities will again host Greek Week at UNO, happening Sunday, April 11, through Friday, April 16.

The event, whose theme this year is "Best Greek Week Ever," is designed to unite UNO's Greek community and build awareness about Greek life on campus. Read more.

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UNL Guest Lecturer to Present 'The Quran Jihad, Peace and War'

The UNO Religious Studies Program will welcome guest lecturer Simon A. Wood, assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Anthropology, on Friday, April 16. He will present "The Quran Jihad, Peace and War" at 3 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. The public is welcome to attend at no charge.

Wood is the author of Christian Criticisms, Islamic Proofs: Rashi Rida's Modernist Defence of Islam. His expertise and research interests include modern Islam, Christian-Muslim relations, methodologies of religious studies and problematizing the notion of religious fundamentalism.

For more information, call 554.2628.

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UNO Library Friends Poetry Reading

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the UNO Library Friends will sponsor a poetry reading in the Criss Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Matt Mason and Sarah McKinstry-Brown will be the featured readers. The event will be held on the main floor of the library, near the cafe.

McKinstry-Brown has published work in Freedom to Speak: The 2003 National Poetry Slam Anthology, the Great American Road Show, as well as published book collections, Dancing With Statues (Morpo Press) and When You Are Born (Blue Light Press).

Mason's book, Things We Don't Know We Don't Know, was published by The Backwaters Press in 2006. He has also published poems in Prairie Schooner, The Laurel Review and Mid-American Review. Mason actively promotes poetry by organizing readings and discussions across the state of Neb.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

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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 Mini-grants Program will present the results of their research in mathematics under the supervision of mathematics faculty members.

Monday, April 12
"Preservice Math Teachers Party"
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
208 DSC
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.
115 DSC
Andrew Swift from the mathematics department will give a talk accessible to all undergraduates with an interest in mathematics (and/or sports).

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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Graduate Social Work Student to Present at Symposium on April 13

Shawna Kolbek, a 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.

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

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Maverick Productions to Host Third Annual Day at the Zoo Next Sunday

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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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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Call for Workshop Development Grant Proposals Summer 2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Workshop Development Grants to increase capacity building in teaching and learning. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of the following designated themes:
- Curriculum Development and Assessment;
- Diversity;
- Instructional Technology and e-Portfolios;
- Interdisciplinary Integration;
- Promoting Critical Thinking; and
- Undergraduate & Graduate Mentoring, Advising and Research.

Faculty interested in writing a proposal might want to consider working with support areas such as Information Technology Services (for technology related ideas), or the Criss Library (for student research related ideas). This might help generate proposal ideas or solidify thoughts into a proposal.

Tenure track faculty and full-time instructors are permitted to apply. Proposals may be individual or teams of faculty (each grant receives up to $2,500 per workshop).

The committee is accepting proposals in April. The committee will fund grants up to $2,500 per workshop for each award. The committee may choose to partially fund proposals in amounts less than the maximum $2500 amount. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. the 21st of April. However, the committee encourages all applicants to have their proposals pre-approved by their college UCAT representative to enhance their chances for approval by the full committee. 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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OLLAS to Host Fourth Annual Latino/Latin American Cumbre Summit

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will host Cumbre 2010, the fourth annual Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains Friday and Saturday, May 14-15, in Omaha.

"Human Mobility: The Promise of Development and Political Engagement" is this year's theme, featuring an impressive array of international, national and local presenters and participants, special and participatory sessions and a leadership capacity-building workshop. The summit's main language is English but there will be simultaneous interpretation in bilingual sessions.

The event, hosted in conjunction with the International Network of Migration and Development, will be held at the Embassy Suites hotel in Omaha's historic Old Market. Read more.

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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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