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Flippin' for Food

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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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 to Host State Geographic Bee Today

Students from across Nebraska will gather at UNO today, April 9, to celebrate geography and compete for prizes during the annual State Geographic Bee.  The champion will receive a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals.

Registration will take place from noon to 1 p.m.  Preliminary rounds will start at 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, and the final round will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Awards will be presented at a ceremony set for 4:45 to 5 p.m.

The bee, conducted by the National Geographic Society (NGS), is a nationwide event with participants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.  It was developed in 1989 in response to a concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.

Those taking part in the UNO state bee competition include Nebraska students in grades four through eight who won their respective school bees and earned top scores on a written exam prepared by the NGS.  The state bee is the third level of the national competition, which began last fall with competitions in thousands of schools nationwide.

Jeffrey Peake, associate professor of geography/geology at UNO, will moderate the event.  Judges will include Randy Bertolas, professor of geography at Wayne State College; Rex Cammak, assistant professor of geography/geology at UNO; Kathleen Fimple, Nebraska State Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education; Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO; and Vicki Tinnon, instructor of geography at Wayne State College.

For more information, contact Peake at 554.2663.

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Nebraska Census Participation Good, But Relative Ranking Slips

Two weeks after the initial look at how United States residents are returning their 2010 Census forms, Nebraska continues to be among the five best states regarding current participation rates. The latest "real time" data released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that Nebraska is now tied for having the 5th best participation rate nationally, at 67 percent, after being tied for 2nd best last Monday.

Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and Indiana have all surpassed Nebraska in Census participation during the last week. Wisconsin, as in 2000, leads the country in participation, currently with a 72 percent rate. Nebraska is now tied with Michigan and South Dakota, the latter having lead the nation in last Monday's data release. Read more.

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Peace Corps Growth Allows for New Opportunities

Peace Corps has just opened about 1,500 new opportunities for people to teach, work with youth, perform HIV/AIDS education, share business or information technology skills, raise environmental awareness or improve agricultural practices.  Each position is uniquely challenging and provides an opportunity to work within an international community on sustainable development initiatives. 

Students looking for opportunities to build their skills, who are eager to make an impact on peoples' lives and who are ready to experience life in another culture, in rural communities or large cities, should apply at, by Monday, April 26, for priority consideration.   

Applicants need a relevant degree in one of these fields listed above. Applicants with a bachelor's degree outside of these fields are also highly encouraged to apply, but must have a willingness to gain at least three to six months of teaching, tutoring, HIV/AIDS or agricultural volunteer work prior to departure.

For more information, go to or contact Valerie Flynn at or 214.253.5406.

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Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Notice

Campus Security announces the Lot I performance parking schedule will begin Wednesday, April 14. Gates will close at 3:30 p.m. on all fine arts performance dates to allow for event parking.

Faculty and staff can park in the lot until 6 p.m.

Lot I, which will be used for the Welcome Center and Weber Fine Arts events, is located west of the Durham Science Center. Visit for performance dates.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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UNO Counseling Center Presents 'Finals Week Preparation' Seminar April 15

Students can finish strong during finals week with the help of the "Finals Week Preparation" seminar presented by the UNO Counseling Center. Information on test anxiety, stress management and test taking strategies will be covered.

Join the Counseling Center for lunch Thursday, April 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Sandwiches will be served. 

For more information, call Kathy Keiser at 554.2409.

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25th Annual UNO Women's Walk Next Saturday

The campus community and public can join UNO Athletics for the 25th Annual UNO Women's Walk on Saturday, April 17, at the Sapp Fieldhouse. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. Organizers will have activities for kids, booths for adults, door prizes and more as walkers raise money for scholarships and program enhancements for UNO female student athletes. 

For more information, contact Roxie Freeman at 554.2533.

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4th Annual 'Trek to Campus' April 22

Sustainability GraphicThis event has been designated a Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Want to lose weight, save money and help save the environment?  Then join in the 4th annual "Trek to Campus" on Thursday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

"Trek to Campus" - an annual event organized by the "Organization and Administration of Physical Education" class at UNO - promotes using alternative methods of transportation.  To participate, students, faculty and staff are asked to either ride their bike, walk, carpool or ride the bus to campus.  In the case of rain, the event will take place Thursday, April 29, at the same time.          

Participants who stop by the "Trek to Campus" booth in the UNO Pep Bowl, directly south of the Eppley Administration Building, are eligible for food and prizes. 

For more information, contact Julie Cobos at 203.6781 or

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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UNO Women's Studies Program Film Series Concludes April 20

The UNO Women's Studies Program spring film series concludes on Tuesday, April 20. This final film, "The Trip to Bountiful," will be shown at 7 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

A panel featuring Laura Grams, assistant professor of philosophy, and Julie Masters, associate professor of gerontology, will follow the film. This event is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Bridget Blomfield at 554.2940.

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Deadline Monday 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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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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UNL Guest Lecturer to Present Climates of Change Brown Bag Talk

The UNO Department of Sociology/Anthropology will sponsor a brown bag presentation on "Climates of Change: Prehistoric Human Responses to the Younger Dryas Cold Event and El Ninos in the Americas" on Monday, April 19.

Alan J. Osborn, adjunct professor of anthropology with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Anthropology and Geography, will present the lecture. It will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at 319.2721.

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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 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.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

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In the News

In the News

- The April 8 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on Afghan President Hamid Karzai, quoting Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies.

- Jennifer Huberty, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, was profiled by KPTM (Fox 42) April 7 for her new health-based book club, Fit Minded (formerly Women Bound to Be Active).

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the April 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on racial profiling complaints directed toward the Omaha Police Department.

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

- B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, recently published Budgeting for Public Managers with John W. Swain.

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

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.

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

To apply, send an e-mail to or call 556.4396.

‘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.

Local musician Billy McGuigan has received national attention and critical acclaim for his portrayals of Buddy Holly. The show at UNO will be the first time in nearly two years that "Rave On" has played locally. 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 goal of 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.

UNO Theatre Presents The Fantasticks! April 14-24
The UNO Department of Theatre presents The Fantasticks!, directed by Doug Paterson. Previews run April 14-15 with performances on April 16-17 and April 21-24 in the UNO Theatre at the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on April 14 will be a TAG Night Out.

An opening reception in the theatre's lobby is planned after the April 16 performance. UNO students will interpret the April 21 production in American Sign Language, and a talk back session is planned following the production on April 23. Read more.

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

BFA Student Exhibition Opens with Reception Tonight
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 tonight, 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 be 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.

Games Are Focus of New Art Exhibition at UNO
An art exhibition born from and inspired by videogames, sports, board games and other toy games opens this month at UNO. 

Game Play: A Juried Exhibition of Artwork About or Inspired by Games runs Monday, April 19, through Friday, May 21, at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery inside Criss Library. Read more.

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.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, 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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