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April Employee of the Month: Rosemary Conway

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Faculty, staff and students who stop by the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office often receive assistance from Rosemary Conway, enrollment specialist II. Her ability to multitask in a busy environment while providing a high level of service makes her a favorite with co-workers across campus.Visit this link for details.

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Flags on Display

Flags on Display

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A beautiful sunny spring day along with hundreds of U.S. flags in the campus Pep Bowl combined to make a striking display Tuesday (4-27) at UNO.

Through the Lens

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HPER Ribbon Cutting

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The second ribbon cutting ceremony for UNO's Health, Physical Education and Recreation addition took place Thursday (4-22) at the north side of the building. A second fitness facility was premiered along with the new activity court on the upper level.



Student Government to Celebrate Arbor Day

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Members of Student Government will gather near the Henningson Memorial Campanile at 1 p.m. today, April 30, to plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day.

The Honey Locust tree was purchased using Student Government funds from Lanoha Nurseries in Omaha.

The tree will join another tree planted by Student Government near the campanile last year.

For more information, call Kyle Schulze at 699.2220.

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

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HPER Pool Closing Reminder

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Pool will be closed starting today, April 30, at 1 p.m. and will remain closed for the month of May for routine maintenance and cleaning.

During this closure, all Campus Rec Activity Cardholders and Master's Swimmers will have access to the Brownell-Talbot School Pool for free. All swimmers must show their Mav Card to gain entrance. The dates and times can be found online at

Contact Pat Philippi with questions at 554.2223 or

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Philosophy Lecture Tonight 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?" tonight, 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.

Van Inwagen 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 humanity's 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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The Crop to Host Poetry Reading May 3

The Crop (UNO's Writing Community) will host a reading for the graduating seniors of the Writer's Workshop for the academic year 2009-2010 on Monday, May 3.

Graduating seniors will read from selections of their poetry, fiction and non-fiction, at 7 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery.

For more information, contact Dianne Hradsky at or visit The Crop Web site at

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May 7 Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 1,300 students will receive degrees Friday, May 7, during UNO's spring commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Shuttle buses for faculty, staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC.

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HPER Summer Building Hours Announced

Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building summer hours have been announced. Summer hours start Friday, May 7.

They are:
- Monday through Friday
6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Saturday through Sunday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information can be found online at

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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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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 has been the assistant dean in UNO's College of Public Affairs Community Service for six years. She also serves as the director of the Division of Continuing Studies. Before coming to UNO in 2003, she was the director of Organizational Training and Development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

For more information, contact Karen Kempkes 554.4921.

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Slingshot Competition May 6 to Collect Pink Erasers

In an effort to assist the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program, the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has launched a campus campaign to collect new pink erasers.

Students, faculty and staff can do some launching of their own at the Erase the Need slingshot contest, and win prizes. Pink erasers will be flying from slingshots from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 at Caniglia Field. The cost to participate is $1, which purchases four erasers for the Salvation Army fundraiser. There is no charge to watch at the football field, if you can resist the urge to sling.

The collection runs through Friday, May 7. Faculty, staff and students are also encouraged to donate new pink erasers at drop boxes across campus.

To date, UNO has collected about 1,500 pink erasers toward its goal of 5,000.

UNO has engaged in a friendly competition with Creighton University, which is collecting rulers for the Salvation Army program.

Pink erasers can be purchased at the UNO Bookstore at a cost of four for $1.

For more information, contact SAC members Kim Kronschnabel (554.3497) or Kent Lavene (554.3008).

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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

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

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

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In the News

In the News

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was featured in the April 28 issue of the Grand Island Independent about Grand Island's participation in the 2010 U.S. Census.

- Hank Robinson, Juvenile Justice Institute, was quoted in the April 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about concealed weapons in Nebraska.

- Student Amy Wieczorek was interviewed April 23 by WOWT (NBC 6) about UNO's participation in Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser.

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

- Michele Marie Desmarais' book Changing Minds: Mind, Consciousness and Identity in Patanjali's Yoga-sutra and Cognitive Neuroscience was recently selected to The International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) Library Project. Desmarais is a faculty member in the UNO Religious Studies Program.

Created in November of 2007, the ISSR Library is a comprehensive resource for scholars, students and interested lay readers in the area of science and the human spirit. All finalists have been reviewed by a distinguished editorial board consisting of leading members from a range of disciplines including history, philosophy, theology and science. Books such as Desmariais's, exhibit the highest quality of scholarship and present distinct, influential viewpoints, some of which are controversial. For details, visit

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

Carillon Concert Set for Tonight
The UNO campus community and public can attend a carillon concert today, April 30, at 6 p.m.  The event, which should last about 45 minutes, is free and open to the public.

Attendees are invited to enjoy the spring weather and stand or sit on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  UNO graduate student Shannon Richards will play the carillon in honor of the late Margre Henningson Durham's birthday.

The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over the UNO campus, is one of only 180 such structures in the United States. It was donated to UNO in 1989 by Margre Henningson Durham and her husband, Chuck, as a standing memorial to Margre's father, mother and sister. Chuck Durham has also passed away.

The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. It consists of 47 bronze bells cast by the bellfoundry of Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. The largest of the bells weighs 4,397 pounds and measures five feet in diameter by four feet in height. The combined weight of the 47 bells is 24,408 pounds.

Richards practices the carillon several hours a week and has joined the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America.

For more information, call 554.3502.

'Flash Mob' Dance to Feature Bag Monster May 1
Sustainability GraphicUNO health education students and students at Western Hills University Magnet Center, along with the Chicobag Bag Monster, will lead a "flash mob" dance Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m. at the Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden, 2200 Dodge St. Students from other schools and organizations will also join in the dance.

Dancers will perform to the "3Rs" (reduce, reuse, recycle) song by Jack Johnson as part of the culmination to the arts week of Omaha's World Environment celebration. Additional activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and visitors are invited to picnic on the Sculpture Garden grounds. For details, visit and click on the "Events" link.

The Bag Monster, portrayed by David Corbin, UNO professor of health education, is made of 500 plastic bags, the average number of plastic bags that are used by each American every year.

For more information, call 554.3237.

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

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

Food Bank Folio at the UNO Art Gallery
Five of the Omaha metropolitan area's premier artists have collaborated with the UNO 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 the Food Bank for the Heartland.

The artists: Littleton Alston, Joe Broghammer, Catherine Ferguson, Leslie Iwai and Kristin Pluhacek each created an image for the portfolio using the photogravure process, which resulted in the creation of five unique original prints. UNO printmaking students and instructors editioned the plates and assembled 50 folios that are available for sale.The price for the five-print suite is a $300 tax-deductible donation to the Food.

The prints will be available for in-person viewing and sales today, April 30, at the UNO Art Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. The Gallery is in the Weber Fine Arts Building on UNO's Dodge Street campus.

Pre-sale reservations can be made through the UNO Print Workshop or the UNO Friends of Art.  For more information, contact Day at or Susie Severson at

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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