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Faculty Honors Convocation

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



Mavericks Repeat as MIAA Golf Champions

The UNO golf team kept a firm grip on the hardware, winning the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association women's golf championship for the second straight year. Junior Dani Suponchick was the individual medalist, leading the Mavericks to a 43-stroke win at the Tiffany Greens Golf Club.

The Mavs finished with a team score of 627, easily outdistancing Truman State, which finished second at 670. Missouri Western finished third at 676 followed by Fort Hays State (712) and Northwest Missouri State (747). Read more.

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Campus Recreation to Host Spring Open House Today

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

Campus Recreation will host the Mav-Rec Spring Open House today, April 22. This event is to celebrate the opening of the beautiful 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 for 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 today, 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 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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ITS Releases Green Guidelines

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Information Technology Services (ITS) and the GreenUNO Task Force invite the campus community to celebrate Earth Day year-round they have identified four technology tips that the campus community can adopt to reduce UNO's energy use and carbon footprint.

- Turn off computers, monitors, printers, copiers, projectors, scanners, etc., at the end of the day, on weekends and during holidays.

- Set up computers and laptops to use the power management settings.

- Print/copy items only when necessary and print/copy in full duplex mode (double sided) when available.

- When purchasing new equipment, buy Energy Star-compliant technology. Process old electronic equipment through Surplus Property.

"I ask the entire UNO community to support energy reduction of our campus computers and equipment," said Chancellor John Christensen. "By making one-time changes to energy settings and a few minor changes in our daily routine and behavior, we can all make a significant difference in our total energy use and impact on the environment."

Visit to download more technology guidelines on going green.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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Earth Day 2010 at UNO Today

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To celebrate Earth Day 2010 at UNO, there will be 20 different sustainability leaders from the Omaha area displaying how they're making a difference in the community and how everyone else can too, today, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pep Bowl.

Christine Bywater of OPPD's Sustainable Energy Division will speak at 11 a.m. and Skypiper, an Omaha-based band, ( will play in the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza at noon.

"There will be a picnic space and hooping the whole time, so come on down and celebrate the Earth," said Gillian Cromwell, president of The Environmental Club at UNO.

The participating groups are:
- Sierra Club;
- Green Omaha Coalition;
- College Democrats;
- UNO Nebraskans for Peace;
- HPER Trek to Campus;
- GreenStreet Cycles;
- OPPD Sustainable Energy Division;
- Community Bike Shop;
- Allwine & T.L. Davis Prairies;
- Energy Rescue Inc.;
- Repower NE;
- Habitat for Humanity;
- GreenUNO;
- Milo Bail Student Center; and
- Nebraska Solar Energy Society (NSES).

For more information, contact Cromwell at 533.9989 or

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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Student PR Group to Host Organ Donor Awareness Event Today

Of the 106,000 Americans waiting a lifesaving organ transplant more than 500 of them are Nebraskans.

To help inform college students about organ donation, Maverick PR, UNO's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), has planned a series of events with the theme "Go Green‐Donate Life" in partnership with UNO's Environmental Club.

The event continues today, April 22, outside on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. Teams from five UNO student organizations will compete in a "Build a Life" contest from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Read more.

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Today's Generation Diversity Leadership Series Cancelled

This week's diversity leadership program with well-known speaker and facilitator, Joe Gerstandt, has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. The cancelled event was set for today, April 22, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. This date will not be rescheduled.

For more information, contact Sharon Ulmar at 554.2321 or

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Intramural Track and Field Meet This Sunday

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

Still think you got it? Want to prove to your friends that you were once an amazing all-star? Come out and show your stuff at UNO's Intramural Track and Field Meet on Sunday, April 25, at 9 a.m. at Caniglia Field.

The "Organization and Administration of Physical Education" class at UNO organized the track and field event.Track events include: 100m, 200m, 400m, hurdles, 4x100m and many more. Field events include: long jump, softball toss, Frisbee toss and tug of war.

Interested members of the campus community need to sign up in 104F Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building by this Friday, April 24, in order to participate. Individuals must be a current UNO student, faculty or staff with a valid Mav Card to participate.

Prizes will be given to the winners in each event. For more information, contact Jess Powers at

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, or

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Criss Library to Extend Hours for Finals Week

Criss Library will pilot extended hours for finals week in May.

"We are pleased to offer students this additional time," said Audrey DeFrank, acting dean of the Library. "We will track and evaluate student usage during this time to determine the feasibility of extended hours in subsequent semesters."

The library will stay open until 1 a.m. on Sunday-Thursday during finals week (May 2-6) to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Finals week library hours:
- Sunday, May 2
Noon to 1 a.m.

- Monday through Thursday, May 3-6
7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Sidewalk Closing West of Durham Science Center

The sidewalk east of Lots G and I will be closed starting Tuesday, April 27, for approximately two weeks for underground electrical service installation for the Welcome Center.

For more information, contact Diane Sunde at 554.2267.

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Volunteers Still Needed for April 24 Global Youth Service Day

The Service-Learning Academy needs faculty, staff and student volunteers for Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 24. Volunteers will spend the morning cleaning up area parks, including Elmwood and Memorial parks.

Visit to register online.

Participants will volunteer from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Milo Bail Student Center. Location assignments will be given at that time. Directions and shuttles to all other sites will be available. T-shirts and lunch are complimentary.

For more information, contact Kathe Oleson Lyons at 554.4083. Read more.

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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, 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 or contact Valerie Flynn at or 214.253.5406.

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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 be held 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, or at 554.2640.

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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. Cost for UNO students and Campus Recreation activity cardholders is $125 per week; for UNO faculty/staff (non activity cardholders) is $135 per week; and the general public is $145 per week.

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

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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

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