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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



NU Board of Regents to Meet Today in Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, 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 Read more.

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Annual SOLP Awards Recognize Campus Leaders and Programs

Outstanding members of the UNO campus community were honored April 1 at the annual Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) Awards and Recognition Reception, which took place in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.  Honorees included members of student organizations, student leaders, advisers and staff members. Read more.

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UNL Guest Lecturer to Present 'The Quran: Jihad, Peace and War' Today

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, today, 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: Rashid 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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'Consider This' Investigates Housing U.S. Tax Credits

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests will investigate the story behind the Housing Tax Credits Program.

Wyatt's guests will include Paul Vojchehoske, a real estate expert and talk show host, Rick Geier, a mortgage lender, and Rick Isenberg, real estate agent.

The program will air today, April 16, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at for dates and times.

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National Day of Silence Vigil Tonight 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 tonight, 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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UNO Women's Walk Celebrates 25th Anniversary

It has become the largest fundraiser of its kind for women's athletics in the country, and on Saturday, April 17, the University of Nebraska at Omaha will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UNO Women's Walk presented by Diet Pepsi.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse.  The walk will begin at 10 a.m. inside the fieldhouse.  All money raised will provide scholarships for UNO's female student-athletes. Read more.

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Closing Reminder for HPER Fitness Centers

The South Fitness Center will close tonight, 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 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 more information, stop by 100 HPER or call 554.2539.

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Service-Learning Academy Project Information Session April 20

Learn about the process for service-learning project creation and hear from experienced practitioners about what they've learned through their partnerships with K-12 schools and community partners on Tuesday, April 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

During "Service-Learning Academy Project Information Session:  Learning about K-12 / Higher Ed Partnerships," professors will present about projects that they planned with their classes in prior semesters, as well as answer questions and engage in discussion about the service-learning planning process.

Those attending can bring their lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Sarah Hanify at or 554.3880.

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Book Club Discussion

All are invited to join the discussion of the 2010 One Book, One Nebraska selection, The Home Place by Wright Morris. It will take place on Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in 231 Criss Library.  This event is sponsored by the UNO Library Friends.  Click on for the discussion guide.

For additional information, contact Linda Riviera at or 554.2640.

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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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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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Masters and Music Series Continues Sunday 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 United States Marine, a tattoo artist, a body piercer, a community leader and 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 holds a bachelor's degree from UNO and recently completed his master's at California State University, Sacramento. He will present a host of global music using percussion instruments from cultures in Africa and the Middle East, which 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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NiC to Host April 19 Discussion at Dundee Dell

Faculty can attend 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 streets, 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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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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Campus Recreation to Host Spring Open House April 22

Wellness Stampede

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 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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Mav Kids Summer Day Camp

There are just a few spots left for the 2010 Mav Kids Summer Day Camp. Weekly themes and details are available at the Mav-Rec Youth Programs Web site at

The camp is for children currently in kindergarten up to age 12. The cost per week is $125 for UNO students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders, $135 for UNO faculty/staff (non activity cardholders) and $145 for the public.

Visit the Mav-Rec Youth Programs Web site for registration details or call Lisa Medina at 554.2859.

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In the News

In the News

- Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, was quoted in the April 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Nebraska's race for governor. Adkins was also quoted in an April 11 Associated Press article on district lines in Nebraska.

- The April 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald previewed the film "Wigger," directed by Omowale Akintunde, Department of Black Studies. The film will be shown Monday, April 19, as part of the department's annual Malcolm X Festival.

- An April 9 Omaha World-Herald article covered a campus wheelchair awareness event, organized earlier this month by the Network for disABLED Students. The article quoted students Maida Avdic, Chavon Hodges, Jessica Ali and Kyle Schulze.

- Tom Gouttierre and Abdul Raheem Yaseer, Center for Afghanistan Studies, were featured in the April 10 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star about UNO's Afghan training program for U.S. soldiers.

- LaReesa Wolfenbarger, Department of Biology, was quoted in an April 14 USA Today article on herbicide research she recently completed. The research received considerable national media coverage earlier this week.

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

- Frank Bramlett, an associate professor of English, recently published two articles:
- (2010). "The Moderating Roles of Gender and Anti-Gay Prejudice in Explaining Stigma by Association in Male Dyads." The Journal of Homosexuality. Co-authored with Stephen Jefferson. 57: 401-414.
- (2010). "The Confluence of Heroism, Sissyhood, and Camp in The Rawhide Kid: Slap Leather." ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies. 5.1. Deptartment of English, University of Florida. Web. March 31 2010.

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

UNO Theatre Presents 'The Fantasticks!'
The UNO Department of Theatre presents "The Fantasticks!," directed by Doug Paterson. Performances run tonight and Saturday, April 16-17, and Wednesday through Saturday, 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.

An opening reception in the theatre's lobby is planned after tonight's 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
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. The graduating students' paintings and installations will be on exhibit through Friday, May 7. The 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 begin 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.

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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