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Spring Colors

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

In case you were not able to get out on campus to enjoy some of the spring colors, here's a variety of campus flowers, trees and bushes that have been on display.

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Not Afraid of Worms

Not Afraid of Worms

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Tess B. shows no signs of fear in handling earthworms Thursday morning at UNO's Child Care Center. Kelly Smith of Bennington's Black Sheep Farms brought along the worms to demonstrate their ability to create compost from old newspapers.

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2010.04.23

ITS and Telecommunications to Merge

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Chancellor John Christensen has announced the merger of Information Technology Services (ITS) and Telecommunications into the UNO Information Services (IS) Department effective Monday, May 3. 

The merger is the outcome of the Telecommunications–ITS task forcecreated by the chancellor last fall.  The task force was charged with exploring the convergence of UNO's Telecommunications and ITS functions into a unified department.  The focus of the task force was organizational consolidation resulting in operational efficiencies and integrated customer service. 

All processes and inquiries associated with moves, adds, changes and technical support will remain the same. Dick May, manager of Telecommunications, has assumed responsibility for managing the UNO communications (copper and fiber optic) assets.  The merged department reports to John Fiene, associate vice chancellor for Technology.  Fiene said that the goal "is to continue to provide the same high-level support the UNO community is accustomed to while aligning personnel experiences and skills to more effectively meet UNO's evolving communications needs."

For more information, call 554.2854.

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'Consider This' Investigates U.S. Census Bureau Findings

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population is growing and at a fairly steady rate. On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and her guests will investigate how the numbers add up in both rural and urban Nebraska and what those numbers mean to the future of the state. They will also discuss what could be next for folks who didn't turn in their 2010 Census form.   

Wyatt's guests will include Todd Wiltgen, a Nebraska government partnership specialist of the U.S. Census Bureau; and David Drozd, research coordinator of the UNO Center for Public Affairs Research.

The program will air today, April 23, 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 http://www.tknomaha.org for dates and times.

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Park Improvement Is Focus of This Saturday's Volunteer Day

UNO is preparing to participate in the largest youth service day project in the world on Saturday, April 24.

UNO will be the primary sponsor of Omaha's participation in Global Youth Service Day, a global event that will attract approximately 500 volunteers from several Omaha community organizations, as well as high school and college students from the metro area.

The Omaha celebration of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) happens from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at a number of public parks, including Elmwood Park, near the UNO campus; and Fontenelle Park, near Ames Avenue and Fontenelle Boulevard. Read more.

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April 26 Student Focus Group for New Engagement Center

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service is seeking student input on the college's new engagement center, scheduled to be built between Criss Library and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.

Students are invited to a public focus group discussion at 3 p.m. Monday, April 26 in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

"The April 26 focus group is designed to collect more student input about the design and use of the engagement center," said Sara Woods, CPACS assistant dean.

When constructed, the engagement center will serve as a central collaboration facility for research faculty, the Service Learning Academy, UNO's Strategic Planning Committee and various community organizations who have relationships with UNO.

For more information, contact Woods at swoods@unomaha.edu or 554.3914.

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UNO You Look MAVelous! April 28 Keynote to Feature Transplant Recipient Dr. Joann Schaefer

Wellness Stampede

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

April is National Donate Life Month! In celebration of the occasion, the UNO You Look MAVelous! campaign will welcome liver transplant recipient Dr. Joann Schaefer to campus Wednesday, April 28, for a keynote address - "A Positive Attitude Can Overcome Life's Challenges." The UNO wellness event is free and open to the public.

The keynote will be repeated in two sessions - 11 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Each session will take place in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons and conclude with a Q&A session. Read more.

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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East Asian Studies Lecture Series to Explore Korean Maps

At the next East Asian Lecture Series, Halla Kim, an associate professor of philosophy at UNO, and Brian L. Soliday, CEO of Revenue Compass Inc., will explore "The Cosmological Foundations of Two Traditional Maps from Korea: Kangnido and Taedong Yeojido." It will be held on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Kim will show two traditional maps from Korea and present their underlying views of the world. Soliday, an avid collector of ancient maps, will offer commentary to Kim's lecture. He earned both a bachelor's and master's degrees from UNO.

For more information, contact Kim at 554.3934.

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Philosophy Lecture April 30 on 'Can Science Disprove the Existence of God'

Peter van Inwagen, the John Cardinal O'Hara professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on "Can Science Disprove the Existence of God?" on Friday, April 30.

The 4 p.m. lecture will be held in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

He has written on metaphysics, philosophy of logic, philosophical theology and Christian apologetics. He stresses ultimate questions such as the nature of the world, the reasons for its existence, and our place and purpose within it. His books include Material Beings, Metaphysics, The Problem of Evil and Persons: Human and Divine (with Dean Zimmerman).

For more information, contact Halla Kim at 554.3934.

The Philosophy Lecture Series is sponsored by the Philosophy Program and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Engineering Summer Programs for Senior and Junior High Students

In conjunction with Engineering Exploration Week (EEW) the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering will offer mini-workshops for senior and junior high students. The workshops will be located at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), where participating students will explore engineering programs available on the Omaha campus.

EEW Senior High Program
A one-week day comprised of mini-workshops for students entering grades 10-12. The workshops will be held Monday through Friday, June 7-11.  For details and registration information, visit http://engineering.unl.edu/Events/srhigheew/.

EEW Junior High Program
A one-week day camp comprised of mini-workshops for students entering grades eighth and ninth. The workshops will be held Monday through Friday, July 12-16. For details and registration information, visit http://www.engineering.unl.edu/Events/jrhigheew/.

For more information, contact Alma Ramirez-Rodgers at 554.2531.

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UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council to Host Pow Wow Tomorrow

The 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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Intramural Track and Field Meet This Sunday

Wellness Stampede

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, to participate. Individuals must be a current UNO student, faculty or staff with a valid MavCard to participate.

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

In the News

- Omowale Akintunde, Department of Black Studies, spoke with KETV (ABC 7) April 19 about UNO's Malcolm X Festival and the debut of his new film, "Wigger."

- Student Aaron Brown was quoted in the April 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the Just Can It fundraiser happening this week at the Crossroads Mall parking lot.

- Scott Glasser, Department of Theater, was featured in the April 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about being stranded in Lithuania as a result of the Icelandic volcano that erupted earlier this month.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2762.

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In Print

- Gert-Jan de Vreede, Robert O. Briggs and Roni Reiter-Palmon, all from the Center for Collaboration Science, published "Exploring Asynchronous Brainstorming in Large Groups: A Field Comparison of Serial and Parallel Subgroups," in Human FactorsHuman Factors, the journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, is the premier multidisciplinary journal for research on people in relation to machines, systems, tools and environments. The trio's paper compares different brainstorming methods that very large teams (50 members or more) can use when they cannot meet at the same time.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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On Stage

UNO Native American Studies Alumni Association and UNO Native American Studies Program Annual Fundraiser - Indigie Femme Concert
The Indigenous Collective of Theater & Art (TICOTA) will host the second annual fundraiser for the UNO Native American Studies Alumni Association and UNO Native American Studies program with a concert presentation by the indigenous woman duo "Indigie Femme" out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The concert will take place tonight, April 23, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. 

A suggested $10 donation is encouraged, but any free-will donation is appreciated. The public is welcome to attend at no cost.

Comprised of indigenous singers/songwriters Tash and Elena, the twosome combine their guitar acoustics and distinctive alto voices to unleash a resonant, high-spirited world beat musical style that has hit the international stage. 

Tuned into the notion of music as an instrument for healing, Indigie Femme weaves robust vocals with supple harmonies in a celebration of the feminine consciousness.  Add to that the emboldening Navajo sensibility of Tash, with the Maori/Samoan force of Elena and you've got indigenous ‘sound power' that has gained audiences around the globe.

For more information, concert or TICOTA, contact Sheila Rocha at 510.6019 or sheilarocha@msn.com.

UNO Theatre Presents ‘The Fantasticks!'
The UNO Department of Theatre presents "The Fantasticks!," directed by Doug Paterson. Final performances will run tonight through Saturday, April 23-24, 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.A talk back session is planned following the production on April 23. Read more.

UNO Bands to Present "The Winds of Spring"
The final concert of the year featuring the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by James R. Saker, and the University Concert Band, conducted by Courtney K. Snyder, will be presented Sunday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. 

The concert will feature several works that will celebrate the season, including one of the finest compositions by one of America's most prolific, and often performed, composers, Alfred Reed: The Hounds of Spring, inspired by the poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne. The Wind Ensemble will perform the premier of a new work by graduate student Timothy Vallier, Light Density.  Student soloists Marysa Vaughn, piccolo; Jeff Malashock, bassoon; and Cayla Gillette, trombone; will be featured in the delightful and colorful Tam O'Shanter, by one of the most prominent English composers of the 20th century, Malcolm Arnold.  And, although there may be thunder in the air, it will only be of the musical variety in Henry Fillmore's famous circus march, Rolling Thunder.

Tickets are available at the door at a cost of $5 for adults, $4 for students/seniors or free with a MavCard.  For more information, contact the University Bands office at 554.3352.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. 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 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 enotes@unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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