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Faculty Honors Convocation

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UNO honored more than a dozen faculty members Thursday, April 8, during the annual Faculty Honors Convocation breakfast. Randall Adkins and Bruce Chase received the Excellence in Teaching Awards while Gert-Jan de Vreede was given the Distinguished Research or Creative Activity Award. Miriam DeLone received the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award and Lyn Holley was given the Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award. Recipients of the Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards were: Timi Barone, Melanie Bloom, Bruce Chase, John Erickson, Hugh Reilly, Carol Mitchell, Won Mee Jang, Kerry Ward and Pete Simi.

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Free Plants for the Potting

UNO's Maverick Productions gave away 400 plants Monday (4-19) as part of the annual Earth Day celebrations. All the lucky recipients had to do was add dirt to the container.



New Partnership Helps Students Become College Bound

On April 8, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands, in partnership with UNO, kicked-off the College Bound Club at the Westside Unit, near 85th Street and Western Avenue.

The program for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade is designed to teach the importance of a college education. As part of the course, Boys and Girls Club members will be expected to attend the club at least three times each week, turn in their report cards, study at the club and attend special College Bound Club sessions and events.

Lamarr Womble, assistant director of Recruitment Services at UNO, spoke about the power of planning for the future and making positive decisions now that will make success more achievable.

"I believe it is part of my job as a recruiter to contract my knowledge of pursuing an education out to every student I meet. I will never assume a student has all the right information, so it is my job to help pull the resources together to get them all the right information," Womble said. "This new relationship with the Boys and Girls Club is a prime example of that."

After his presentation, Womble introduced Tim Holland, Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands board chairman and principal at Holland Basham Architects. Holland described his journey from a South Omaha Club member to college success at both UNL and Harvard.

For more information on the College Bound Club, call Womble at 554.3517.

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

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

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UNO Theatre Presents 'The Fantasticks!' Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre presents "The Fantasticks!," directed by Doug Paterson. Performances run tonight, April 21, through Saturday, April 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.

UNO students will interpret tonight's production in American Sign Language, and a talk back session is planned following the production on April 23. Read more.

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Guest Lecture on Mobility and Aging This Friday in HPER

Stephanie Studenski, the director of Research, Division of Geriatric Medicine and program director of Pittsburgh Pepper Center at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak on Friday, April 23. Her presentation is titled "Mobility and Aging: Progress and New Directions." Dr. Studenski is also a physician and professor of medicine. Sponsored by the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, this talk will begin at 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Studenski is a geriatrician and rheumatologist whose practice, teaching and research focus on mobility, balance disorders and falls in older adults. Through her research, she strives to understand balance and mobility problems that occur with obvious conditions such as stroke, as well as those of more insidious onset that may be related to subclinical losses in multiple organ systems.

She has published over 150 articles and book chapters. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, the Journal of Aging, Health and Nutrition and is an associate editor for the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences.

Dr. Studenski is currently the principal investigator of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is also principal investigator or co-principal investigator of grants related to the prognostic value of gait speed in older adults, the role of dopamine depletion in falls and balance disorders, a recently completed program project on cancer and aging, and several training grants.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 554.2573.

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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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Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 10

Starting Monday, May 10, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only. There will be no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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4th Annual 'Trek to Campus' Tomorrow

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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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Five Artists Contribute to Food Bank Folio Project This Week

Five of the Omaha metropolitan area's premier artists have collaborated with UNO's Print Workshop and printmaking students to create the Food Bank Folio Project.  The goal of this fundraising effort is to generate more than $10,000 for Food Bank for the Heartland.

"This is a win-win project for everyone – the artists, Food Bank for the Heartland, the students and the public," said Gary Day, the coordinator of the project and a UNO professor of art and art history.  "The artists get to show their work and help the community; the Food Bank receives funding and attention; our students get hands-on experience; and the public gets an opportunity to buy some outstanding, affordable art." Read more.

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New UNO Book Club Aims to Activate Women

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This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

A UNO book club designed to help women lead healthier lives and become more active has a new name and a new program.

Fit Minded – known previously as Women Bound to Be Active – now offers an online component, in addition to face-to-face meetings in Omaha, for women of all ages.

The eight-month program, launched in 2005 by Jennifer Huberty in UNO's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, empowers women through self-examination and self-worth development. Inspiring books are read and discussed in a group setting. Trained experts in health promotion will teach women of all ages how to become more active and make themselves a priority. The first Fit Minded session begins Monday, April 26. Read more.

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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Lot I Fine Arts Performance Parking Reminder

Campus Security announces the Lot I performance parking schedule will begin today, April 21. 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 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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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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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

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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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Green Tip of the Week

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EarthdayTips 2: Use Cloth
Replace paper napkins and towels with cloth napkins and towels.

(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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