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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



UNO to Host Reception Today for National Champion Wrestling Team

UNO Athletics will host a special congratulatory reception for the Mavericks' 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship wrestling team today, 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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Laptop Computer Thefts Reported on Campus

There have been several reported thefts of laptop computers recently on campus. Campus Security is working with the Omaha Police to investigate the thefts.

Most crimes are crimes of opportunity. Campus Security staff would like to offer faculty, staff and students some tips on how to prevent certain crimes. The tips:

- If possible keep laptops secured or locked away when not in use.

- When a person leaves his or her room or office, lock it up, even if it's only for a few minutes.

- In between class and office appointments is a potential target time. Securing equipment and personnel property even when leaving for a few minutes is, again, the best practice to follow.

- Report suspicious and unusual activity to Campus Security. Warding off thieves reduces the chance of becoming a target.

- The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

For questions or to report suspicious activity, contact Campus Security at 554.2911.

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Standard of Conduct Procedures Available Online

To: All Faculty and Staff Members
From: Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resource

Annually UNO updates and distributes the information required to comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, and the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved "Standard of Conduct for Employees and Students Regarding Alcohol and Drugs." These updates may be found on the Human Resources Web page under Employment at

For questions, call Human Resources at 554.2321.

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Stress and Healthy Dieting Tips Presentation Today

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

Faculty, staff and students are invited to learn more about healthy ways to cope with stress and learn about healthy dieting tips today, April 14.

Two 30-minute seminars will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room starting at noon. Senior level exercise students, who are currently taking practicum 2, will lead the presentations. A drawing for a free one-hour massage will also take place.

For more information, contact Brian Neppl 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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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. today, April 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

The tour highlights the continuing use of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy" in the U.S. military. Those attending can hear GSO guest speaker Eric Alva. Alva spent 13 years in the U.S. Marines and was the first American wounded in the Iraq War. Alva lost his right leg after stepping on a landmine on March 21, 2003. He returned to his home in San Antonio a few years later and announced that he was a homosexual. He has actively campaigned against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" since 2007.

For more information, contact Timothy Winchell at

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

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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 to Top

Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Reminder

Campus Security announces the Lot I performance parking schedule will begin today, 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 Theatre Previews 'The Fantasticks!' Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre presents "The Fantasticks!," directed by Doug Paterson. Previews run tonight and Thursday, 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 tonight will be a TAG Night Out.

An opening reception in the theatre's lobby is planned after the Friday, 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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Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Continues Tonight with Political Science Lecture

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues tonight, 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. Read more.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

UNO Athletics announces "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

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Free Bowling for Students at Midnight Mojo This Friday

UNO students are invited to the fifth Midnight Mojo event of the 2009-2010 school year. This month's theme: free bowling.

Happening Friday, April 16 at West Lanes, just north of 72nd and Dodge streets, the event runs from 10 p.m. to midnight. The Midnight Mojo event is free and open to all UNO students. Students must present their MavCards to attend the event, which will include free food, free bowling and free shoe rental. Read more.

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HPER Fitness Centers Reminder

The South Fitness Center will close on Friday, April 16, at 6 p.m. and reopen on Saturday, April 17, at noon. Fitness equipment will be moved in to the new areas of the Healthy, Physical Education and Recreation Building during that time.

The new North Fitness Center will be open with limited equipment on Monday, April 19, at 6 a.m.

For questions, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539.

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'How to Help Students with Sentence Structure and Style' April 19

Faculty can attend the "Toward Healthier Sentences: How to Help Students with Sentence Structure and Style" workshop on Monday, April 19, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room

In this workshop, Writing Program Administrator Nora Bacon will discuss the sources of common problems with sentence structure and style and will recommend strategies for helping students achieve better control over their prose. Attendees can also learn how sentence structure is addressed in composition courses and Writing Center consultations, and learn what to do when responding to class papers.

For more information, contact Adam Sempek at 554.3880 or

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Centennial Time Capsule Placement Ceremony April 28

All members of the UNO and Omaha community are invited to a celebration of the 2110 Time Capsules at the Criss Library, 2nd Floor on Wednesday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be a short program featuring music by UNO students and the signing of the 25-year and 100-year book of wishes.

The capsule contents are currently on display at Criss Library and will remain on display through the ceremony. The capsules will be placed in Mammel Hall in the days following the event.  Everyone is invited to contribute writings or small artifacts for the 25-year and 100-year capsules. Items may be sent to Suzanne Sollars at 419 Allwine Hall or brought to the ceremony. 

Those who plan to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 23, to Annie Bougger at For more information, contact Suzanne Sollars at

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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 ( for a lighthearted, but informative, show on UFOs and the science behind them.

Listeners can send questions to, and the hosts will try to answer questions on the air.

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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 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

See "HPER Headlines" to register.

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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 this month. 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 $2,500 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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Call for On-Campus Pedagogical Support Activities

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Pedagogical Activity Grants for university-wide pedagogical activities to enhance teaching/learning at UNO.

Examples of possible activities, but not limited to these, are: guest speakers, workshops and book discussions. All applications should connect to one or more UCAT themes. Visit for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals through Wednesday, April 21, or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award.  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 sent in "rtf" or "MS Word" document formats as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development, 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, contact 2009-2010 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or

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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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Alpha Kappa Psi Bake Sale Today

Alpha Kappa Psi will hold a Bake Sale today April 14, in the Milo Bail Center near the UNO Bookstore from 10 to 4 p.m. or until supplies run out. The proceeds go towards the growth of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, and for the formation of future charity events.

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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthdayTips 1: Go Green and Donate
Donate your unwanted used items to local charities instead of throwing them out.

(To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day will provide 40 "green" tips.)

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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