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Donating Their Faces

Donating Their Faces

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Members of UNO's Theta Chi fraternity 'donated' their faces Wednesday (April 7) for the Pie-A-Chi fund raiser. Whipped cream on a paper plate was on the menu for fraternity members as they raised money for suicide prevention.

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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

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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.



Student Employee of the Year Award Reception Today

The 2010 Student Employee of the Year Award Reception will take place today, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. This year, 11 outstanding student nominees will be recognized. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students who would like to attend.

The keynote speaker will be Lee Denker, president and CEO of the UNO Alumni Association. The reception occurs during National Student Employment Week, April 11-17. The Student Employee of the Year winner will receive a $100 prize provided by the UNO Alumni Association.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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Amazing Race, Family Feud This Week for 2010 Greek Week

Fraternities and sororities will again host Greek Week at UNO, happening today, April 12, through Friday, April 16.

The event, which is themed "Best Greek Week Ever," is designed to unite UNO's Greek community and build awareness about Greek life on campus. A number of events are planned to celebrate Greek Week. Read more.

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UNO to Host Reception Wednesday for National Champion Wrestling Team

UNO Athletics will host a special congratulatory reception for the Mavericks' 2010 NCAA Division II National Champions in wrestling Wednesday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Sapp Fieldhouse. Everyone is invited to attend.

Athletic Director Trev Alberts will present welcoming remarks. Members of the 2010 championship team will join Head Coach Mike Denney and Assistant Coach Ron Higdon at the reception.

For more information, contact Dave Ahlers at 554.3387.

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National Mathematics Awareness Month Event Today

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 with two activities this week.

"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:

Today, April 12
"Preservice Math Teachers Party"
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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Deadline Today 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 today, April 12. Read more.

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GSO to Host Voices of Honor Tour at UNO

The Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will host a campus visit of the National Voices of Honor tour at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

The tour highlights the continuing usage of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy" to discharge competent and highly skilled Americans from the U.S. military because of their sexual orientation.

Join GSO for guest speaker, veteran Eric Alva. Alva spent 13 years in the Marines and was the first American wounded in the Iraq War. He returned to his home in San Antonio a few years later and announced that he was a homosexual.

For more information, contact Timothy Winchell at

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'Service-Learning Course Design: What Faculty Need to Know' This Wednesday

Creating an effective and meaningful service-learning course can require careful planning and logistical know-how. In "Service-Learning Course Design: What Faculty Need to Know," presenter Barbara Jacoby will provide an explanation of the components of a successful service-learning course. The Web seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon (Omaha) Room.

This 90-minute audio online seminar is for faculty members in all disciplines who seek to invigorate teaching and learning through integrating course content with real-world experience.

Discussion topics include:
- What service-learning is and what it is not;
- Fundamental principles of service-learning;
- Finding worthwhile service experiences;
- Developing mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations;
- Evaluating service experiences and learning outcomes;
- Handling logistical issues, such as risk management, transportation, and safety;
- Choosing reading and reflection activities to achieve desired learning goals;
- Evaluating student performance; and
- Preparing students for work at the service site.

Attendees will receive a step-by-step course design worksheet. Participants can register by e-mail to

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UNO UFO Study Group to Host 'Dan Aykroyd: Unplugged on UFOs' April 17

The UNO UFO Study Group will host a screening of "Dan Aykroyd: Unplugged on UFOs" Saturday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. The film highlights one man's search for the truth behind an understudied, yet far reaching topic. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at 319.2721.

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

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 a 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. To register, visit the training calendar at

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UNO Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Celebration Continues This Week

UNO will host several events on campus throughout April to celebrate Asian-Pacific culture. This week's featured event is "American National Images of China: Is History Repeating itself?", with presenter Elizabeth Dahl, assistant professor of political science. All activities are free and open to the public. Read more.

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Graduate Social Work Student to Present at Symposium Tomorrow

Shawna Kolbek, 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 Building.

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.

For more information, contact Ivory Welbourn at 554.3057.

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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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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, 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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Academic Regalia Deadline This Friday for May Commencement

Commencement for May graduates will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 7, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. 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 UNO Bookstore at 554.2336 by Friday, April 16.

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Chair Massage Service Available in HPER This 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 on Friday, April 16.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 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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25th Annual UNO Women's Walk This 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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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 U.S. Marine, a tattoo artist, a body piercer, a community leader and a 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 earned a bachelor's degree from UNO and recently completed his master's degree at California State University, Sacramento. He will present a host of global music using percussion instruments from cultures in Africa and the Middle East, that 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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Campus Eraser Drive for Salvation Army Through May 7

In an effort to assist the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program, the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has launched a campus campaign to collect new pink erasers.

The collection runs through Friday, May 7. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to donate new pink erasers at drop boxes across campus.

UNO has engaged in a friendly competition with Creighton University, which is collecting rulers for the Salvation Army program. UNO's goal is to provide 5,000 pink erasers.

Pink erasers can be purchased at the UNO Bookstore at a cost of four for one dollar.

For more information, contact SAC members Kim Kronschnabel (554.3497) or Kent Lavene (554.3008).

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