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Wheelchair Test Drive

Wheelchair Test Drive

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO students Kelsie Olson (right) and Lisa Jensen (left) got the feel of using a wheelchair on campus last Thursday (4-8) as part of a program sponsored by the UNO Network for disABLED Students. Students were invited to taste life on wheels over a campus route.

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Donating Their Faces

Donating Their Faces

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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



Test Scanning Moves from E-BRUNO Today

In preparation for the shut down of the E-BRUNO system this fall, Information Technology Services (ITS) will move Test Scanning Services from E-BRUNO to its own Web page at starting today, April 13. UNO faculty attempting to request or retrieve scanning results from E-BRUNO will be redirected to this Web address. 

If anyone has previously book marked or linked to this service, reset it to

For more information about test scanning, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

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UNO College of Education to Honor 10 Individuals Tomorrow

The UNO College of Education will honor four alumni and six individuals who have served more than 10 years as supervisors of student teachers at the 22nd Annual Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon on Wednesday, April 14 in the Bootstrapper Hall at the Thompson Alumni Center.

During the 22-year tenure of the awards, 133 of the more than 17,000 living alumni have been honored. Read more.

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National Day of Silence Vigil This Friday at Memorial Park

The campus community and public can join Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and the UNO Student Agency of Gender & Sexual Orientation (GSO) in raising awareness of anti-LGBT harassment, bullying and violence in schools. A candle light vigil will be held at the Memorial Park footbridge on Friday, April 16.

Those attending will stand in support of the right of LGBT students to attend school safely. Candles will be provided for the 8 p.m. National Day of Silence event.

For more information, contact Timothy Winchell at

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Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues April 19 with Geology Lecture

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Monday, April 19, with a lecture by J. Michael Timmons, geologist and program manager of the Geologic Mapping Program (STATEMAP) at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. 

His talk - "Collaborative Geologic Research and the Trail of Time: A Partnership of Research and Geoscience Education at Grand Canyon National Park" - will begin at 7 p.m. in 169 Durham Science Center.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Timmons completed his undergraduate studies at UNO in 1995.  The University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque was the site of his graduate work, including master's thesis studies on the Late Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks of the Chuar Group in the Grand Canyon.  Timmons received a doctorate in geology from UNM in 2004.  His dissertation featured work on the Late Mesoproterozoic Unkar Group of the Grand Canyon.

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 554.2662.  For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit

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NiC to Host April 19 Discussion at Dundee Dell

Faculty can come and have an informal discussion with colleagues from across the campus about the changing nature of media and how it affects students on Monday, April 19, at the Dundee Dell, 50th and Underwood St., beginning at 4 p.m.

Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) colleagues will consider the media changes in today's world and how faculty can incorporate these changes into courses. Geitner Simmons, the editorial page editor of the Omaha World-Herald, will attend the NiC event.

Pre-register by e-mailing by Monday, April 19, so food can be ordered. Drop-ins are also welcome.

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Campus Recreation to Host Spring Open House April 22

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

Campus Recreation will host the Mav-Rec Spring Open House on Thursday, April 22. This event is to celebrate the opening of the beautiful new west addition of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The new area features the 5,700-square-foot North Fitness Center, Campus Recreation offices, personal training offices and 13,000 square feet of new gymnasium space. Student Health Services is also located in the new addition, but will not open until May.

The entire addition and renovation project is scheduled to be completed in August.

Open house schedule of activities:

- Free admission to the UNO community;

- Ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon;

- Free chair massages from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.;

- Fencing demonstration at 12:15 p.m.; and

- Snacks, tours and door prizes.

Editor's note: All UNO and University of Nebraska Medical Center  students, faculty, staff, alumni, dependents and spouses are eligible to use the HPER facility for free on Thursday, April 22. Current students and activity cardholders may sign in two guests at no charge. All members of the UNO community without a Mav Card must stop by HPER 100 to sign in.

More information about the HPER/Campus Recreation renovation can be found online at:

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 Inter-Tribal Student Council to Host Pow Wow April 24

The UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council (ITSC) will host an all nations pow wow Saturday, April 24, in the Sapp Fieldhouse.  Grand entry starts at noon, and dancing continues until 8 p.m. Admission is free, and traditional Native American food will be served. 

The pow wow theme is "Honoring Our Past and Celebrating Our Future."  The public is invited to join in the festivities, which bring together Native Americans and non-Natives to honor the generations with indigenous dance, song, arts and traditional crafts.  Read more.

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Retirement Reception for Kathy Menke May 4

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Kathy Menke Tuesday, May 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.  Kathy Menke is the assistant dean in UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service and is the director of the Division of Continuing Studies.

For more information, contact Karen Kempkes 554.4921.

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UNO to Host Reception Tomorrow 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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SOLP to Host 'Healthy Relationships' Speaker Wednesday

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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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.

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Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Reminder

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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Maverick Productions to Host Third Annual Day at the Zoo 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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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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4th Annual 'Trek to Campus' April 22

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This 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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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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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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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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Wieczorek Named 2010 Miss ANTSO Nebraska
Amy Wieczorek, a senior community health major at UNO, recently competed as a Nebraska state finalist in the American National Teenager Scholarship Organization (ANTSO) Nebraska State Pageant and was named the 2010 Miss ANTSO Nebraska.

In addition to the title, Wieczorek won first-place trophies in speech and community service, as well as for most promising model.  She also was named the 2010 Miss Nebraska Personality for congeniality.

To support her title and platform highlighting drunk driving awareness, Wieczorek will participate in many events during the next few months.  In July, she will compete at the national level in Philadelphia.

For more information, contact Wieczorek at (308) 383.5050 or

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