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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

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2010.04.15

NU Board of Regents to Meet Tomorrow in Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, April 16, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at http://www.nebraska.edu. Read more.

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Artist Enrique Martínez Celaya to Headline Final Public Events as Visiting Presidential Professor

Internationally renowned artist Enrique Martínez Celaya will headline two final public events as University of Nebraska Visiting Presidential Professor during a trip to Nebraska April 19-23, NU President James B. Milliken has announced.

Milliken named Martínez Celaya, an artist and writer, as a Presidential Professor in fall 2007 for a three-year period. Presidential Professors serve as public scholars who enrich the cultural and educational life of the university and the state, and public lectures are a key component of the appointment. Read more.

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Local Teachers Achieve National Recognition

The College of Education at UNO hosted a reception April 13 for local teachers in the Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium (MOEC) Cohort who have participated in the National Board Certification process or recently completed the portfolio component of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

"The commitment and dedication of the teachers who participate in the NBPTS process is celebrated," said Nancy Edick, dean of the College of Education. "This certification is the gold standard in the profession, and reflects the quality of teachers we are fortunate to have in the metro area."

Teachers who were recognized include those who participated last year and who recently received notice from the National Board Office that they had successfully completed the process. Last year's recipients who were honored: Amy Burk, Omaha Public Schools; Simon Rohde, Tom Neumann, Janet Larson, Millard Public Schools; and Amy Studts, Westside Community Schools.

The teachers who participated in the most recent cohort who were recognized at the event: Ericka Boston, Lisa Wagner and Linda Wood, Omaha Public Schools; Lisa Baribeau, Deb Kruse, Elizabeth Leach, Judy Stucky, Westside Community Schools; John Becker, Larissa Knudson, Amanda Lorimer, Samantha Morrissey, Katie O'Brien and Betsy Tonniges; Millard Public Schools; and Cheryl Vanicek, Papillon-La Vista Public Schools.

For more information, contact Connie Schaffer at 554.3096.

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Criss Library Reader's Garden Now Open

Spring is here! The Criss Library Garden will now be open, weather permitting, on days with a forecasted high above 50 degrees. Garden hours during the spring semester are from 7 a.m. until dusk. Summer hours will be 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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UNO Counseling Center Presents 'Finals Week Preparation' Seminar Today

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 today, 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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Gerontology Students Plan Senior Health Day Tomorrow

A group of undergraduate gerontology students at UNO have organized a wellness education and activity day on Friday, April 16, at the North Omaha Senior Center, 2415 Grant St. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., guest speakers will present on a variety of age-related topics. Read more.

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UNO Spring Game Kicks Off Saturday

Spring football for the University of Nebraska at Omaha concludes on Saturday, April 17, with the annual Spring Game presented by Cox Communications. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. from Al F. Caniglia Field on the UNO campus.

Admission to the game is free. The Mavericks will present several team awards at halftime. Read more.

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Hardstyle Kettlebell Demonstration April 18

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

Campus Recreation and SG Human Performance LLC will team up to offer the UNO Sports Strength & Conditioning Bootcamp this summer for athletes looking to improve in all aspects of their physical performance.

The bootcamp will incorporate Hardstyle Kettlebell Training from certified licensed Kettlebell instructors Mark and Nikki Snow. The methods are proven to increase durability, coordination, mobility and strength for sport specific situations and can be adapted to each athlete's ability. These techniques are also taught in the NFL and in collegiate programs across the country.

A five-week session will be offered this summer starting on June 1 and July 5, respectively. All workouts will take place at the UNO Indoor Dome located at 6808 Spring street. Space is limited.

Coaches and athletes who are interested in seeing a demonstration of Hardstyle Kettlebell training can attend a free open house on Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at the UNO Indoor Dome. Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by e-mailing sghumanperformance@gmail.com.

More information can be found online at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/bootcamp.php.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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Nobel Prize Winner to Lecture on Economics April 23

The Nebraska Council on Economic Education and the UNO Center for Economic Education, in partnership with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, will host a presentation by Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass C. North.

North's lecture, "History of World Development," is 6 p.m. Friday, April 23 at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. Tickets to the lecture are free and available to the public, but must be reserved via e-mail to tickets@nebraskacouncil.org. Read more.

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Applicants Sought for IS&P Global Diplomat Program

UNO International Studies and Programs (IS&P) will take applications from UNO students through Monday, April 26, for the IS&P Global Diplomat Program.

Starting in August, students selected as Global Diplomats will assist IS&P in a variety of ways through May or August 2011. Some possible activities include promoting campus internationalization efforts, giving campus tours, attending and assisting at social events, making airport pickups and offering settling-in assistance and shopping help to international guests. Fifteen students will be selected for the program.

Criteria for a strong application will include the following:
- Academic excellence in at least two full-time semesters earned at UNO by May 2010 and maintenance of a 2.5 GPA;
- Full-time student status in the 2010/2011 school year;
- Strong leadership and communications skills and strong interest in service to UNO and the international student population; and
- Experience in cross-cultural settings.

Selected students will wear UNO IS&P Global Diplomats polo shirts to events and will receive $100 for the Fall 2010 term and $100 for the Spring 2011 term. Applications may be picked up at the front desk in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall. Applications must be returned by Monday, April 26, at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Jennifer Stahl, International Student Advisor, at 554.2293 or jstahl@unomaha.edu.

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Academic Regalia Deadline Friday for May Commencement

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

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Closing Reminder for HPER Fitness Centers

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 into the new areas of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building during that time.

Provided the Fire Marshall approves the new HPER west addition, 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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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 tickets cost $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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4th Annual 'Trek to Campus' Set for Next Thursday

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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 jcobos@unomaha.edu.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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UNO Women's Studies Program Film Series Concludes Next Week

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 bblomfield@unomaha.edu or 554.2940.

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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 https://www.peacecorps.gov/apply/now/index.cfm?, 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 http://www.peacecorps.gov/events or contact Valerie Flynn at vflynn@peacecorps.gov or 214.253.5406.

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Save the Date - You Look MAVelous! Keynote April 28 by Transplant Survivor

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

Save the date. You Look MAVelous! will welcome Dr. Joann Schaefer for a keynote address on "A Positive Attitude Can Overcome Life's Challenges" Wednesday, April 28. Dr. Schaefer, a liver transplant recipient and the state's chief medical officer, will speak at 11 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (repeat session) at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch and a healthy snack and beverages will be available.

You Look MAVelous! – UNO's fitness and weight loss challenge – is sponsored by Human Resources, Mav-Rec Wellness and Student Health Services.

Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or call Human Resources at 554.2321.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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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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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 students ages 11-17. Space is limited.

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at http://www.workshops.ist.unomaha.edu.

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UNO Women's Walk Popcorn Fundraiser

Vic's Corn Popper has partnered with the UNO Women's Walk to kick off fundraising efforts before the Saturday, April 17, walk for women's athletics.

As part of the fundraising promotion, three-gallon UNO Maverick popcorn canisters are for sale. Prices are $28 for three flavors (plain, caramel and cheese) and $25 for plain. Proceeds from each canister will go to the UNO Women's Walk fund, which supports scholarships for women athletes.

Canisters will be delivered to campus addresses at no additional charge. To reserve a canister, contact Roxie Freeman at 554.2533. Checks should be made payable to the "UNO Women's Walk."

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Participants Sought for Criss Library Web Study

The Criss Library is seeking UNO students, faculty and staff members 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study analyzing the navigability and content of the UNO Library Web site (IRB# 141-10-EX). Study subjects will be asked to complete a list of tasks within the library's Web site and complete a short anonymous survey within a one-hour time frame.

If interested in participating in the research study or for further details, contact Rene Erlandson at rerlandson@unomaha.edu.

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