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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



Career Center Offering Virtual Job Fair Through Maverick HireWire

Students can search for jobs via Maverick HireWire now through Friday, May 14. The service, offered by the UNO Career Center, provides the opportunity to network with employers, track employers and positions, and submit electronic resumes to employers. Multiple options are available for employers to interview students.

No new software is required, as the service is hosted through Maverick HireWire.

For more information, contact Colleen Zyblut at 554.3672 or Additional information can be found on Twitter at or via Facebook at this link.

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Koterba to Speak April 22 at UNO High School Media Conference

Omaha World-Herald cartoonist Jeff Koterba will present "Inkblots and Blogs: Cartooning in the New World" as part of the annual UNO High School Media Conference on Thursday, April 22, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). The conference, sponsored by the School of Communication, attracts more than 350 students from the Omaha metropolitan area.

High school students will enjoy a pizza lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by Koterba's presentation in the MBSC Ballroom. Koterba also will teach students about cartooning during the morning Mav Media Sessions, including workshops on several media topics. In other workshops, media professionals and college journalists will lead discussions about sports writing, advertising and media convergence.

Koterba joined the Omaha World-Herald in 1989. Since then, his work has appeared in 400 newspapers nationwide, including The New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today and The San Diego Union-Tribune. He has also published a book, Inklings, about his journey to becoming a cartoonist.

A recognition ceremony for the winners of a high school media contest will conclude the activities. Faculty members, students and graduates of the School of Communication will judge the contest.

Students from area schools will receive awards for contest entries in 23 categories, such as best feature story, best newspaper, best news broadcast, best ad and best sports photograph.

This year's contest featured categories for video and audio public service announcements for UNO Building Bright Futures, a group promoting the importance of school attendance. Winning public service announcement entries will receive cash prizes.

For more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 554.3677 or

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ASPA-NE to Host Annual Public Service Awards Reception April 29

The American Society for Public Administration-Nebraska Chapter (ASPA-NE) and the UNO School of Public Administration will host the Annual Public Service Recognition Week Awards Reception on Thursday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

At the event, the outstanding public administrator of the year will be recognized, along with an outstanding elected official of the year. Former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub will deliver the keynote address.

All students, faculty and staff are invited. The reception will include free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

For more information, send an e-mail to Arwiphawee Srithongrung at

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Service-Learning Academy Project Information Session Today

Learn about the process for service-learning project creation and hear from experienced practitioners about what they have learned through their partnerships with K-12 schools and community partners today, 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 on projects 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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Women's Studies Program Film Series Concludes Tonight

The UNO Women's Studies Program spring film series concludes tonight, April 20. The 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. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Bridget Blomfield at or 554.2940.

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UNO Library Friends Poetry Reading Today

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the UNO Library Friends will sponsor a poetry reading today, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Criss Library. Matt Mason and Sarah McKinstry-Brown will be the featured readers. The event will take place 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 Nebraska.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

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Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Reminder

On all fine arts performance dates, the Lot I gates will close at 3:30 p.m. 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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Test Scanning Moves from E-BRUNO

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

Anyone who has previously bookmarked or linked to this service should reset their links to

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

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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 on Friday, April 23, at the 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 start at 7 p.m.

For more details, visit the HPER Web site at See the "HPER Headlines" section for details on registering.

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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 on Friday, April 23, by Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass C. North.

North's lecture, "History of World Development," will begin at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. Tickets to the lecture are free and available to the public, but they must be reserved via e-mail to Read more.

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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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Centennial Time Capsule Placement Ceremony April 28

All members of the UNO and Omaha communities are invited to a Wednesday, April 28, celebration of the 2110 Time Capsules on the second floor of Criss Library from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be a short program featuring music by UNO students, along with a 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 throughout 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 in 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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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. Menke is the assistant dean in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and is the director of the Division of Continuing Studies.

For more information, contact Karen Kempkes at 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. The event will feature an 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 take place at the Embassy Suites hotel in Omaha's historic Old Market. Read more.

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Criss Library Reader's Garden Now Open

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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The Knowledge Network Awards Student Scholarships
The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha (TKN) has awarded UNO student Brandon Bartling a $600 scholarship to continue his studies in communication. Bartling is a broadcasting major with a broadcast news focus and a minor in business. 

This is the first time TKN has awarded scholarships. Applicants were required to supply proof of admittance to Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College or UNO (if a high school senior), a completed scholarship application, a 500-word essay, a DVD sample of his or her work, and two letters of recommendation. Read more.

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