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The Henningson Memorial Campanile: UNO's Icon

With how iconic the Henningson Memorial Campanile is to the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, it's sometimes easy to forget (or, for others, forget to ask) that the 16-story bell tower isn't even old enough to graduate at commencement this May. continue . . .

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Research Profiles: Raj Dasgupta

video by Charley Reed

Dr. Raj Dasgupta is working with colleagues and students in the Computer Science Department at UNO to program robots in such a way that they work together to detect landmines.


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CCSW Award Winners Announced - Tickets Still Available for 2011 Luncheon

The 2011 winners have officially been announced and will be honored at the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) 25th annual awards luncheon Wednesday, March 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The deadline to purchase luncheon tickets is Friday, March 25.

Thanks to the generosity of the Senior Vice Chancellor and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, tickets cost $5 for staff, faculty, students and the general public.

The 2011 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award - Michaela Lucas
Associate Director for NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR

Community Awards - Girl Scouts
Spirit of Nebraska Council

Undergraduate Scholarship Award - Mengyi Zha
Mathematics major

At the luncheon, the CCSW Legendary Women of UNO Award recipient will also be announced. Come and be the first to find out who this year's legendary woman is.

Luncheon tickets are on sale in the MBSC Business Office and can also be purchased by phone at (402) 554.2979 or by e-mail to through Friday, March 25. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $40 by contacting CCSW member Maria Flint-Malnack by phone (402) 554.2459 or e-mail

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Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week Begins Today

KVNO 90.7-FM radio will broadcast public service announcements three times daily through March 17 to inform listeners about Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week.

In Nebraska, today through Friday, March 14-18, is designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Statewide government, business and public entities utilize this week to raise awareness, prepare, test and practice procedures for what we would do during a severe weather event. If no severe weather is expected or occurring, the National Weather Service will conduct Nebraska's statewide tornado drill this Wednesday, March 16, between 10 and 11 a.m.

KVNO will participate in this drill, which presents an excellent opportunity for everyone in the listening area at work, school, or home to practice safety measures.

As Omaha's premier public radio station, KVNO serves and enriches the community and university through quality programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. KVNO staff is committed to providing unique educational opportunities to students through training and employment in a professional environment, and to engaging an increasing number of listeners from communities both on-air and online. More information on Severe Weather Awareness Week and our broadcast service is available at and

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Writing Center Offers GRE Prep Workshop This Week

Anyone planning to take the GRE will benefit from this workshop introducing the GRE Analytical Writing Section, which includes an Issue Task and an Argument Task.  Sponsored by UNO Writing Center, the workshop will be offered twice: Tuesday, March 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and Wednesday, March 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the Writing Center's west wing, 154 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). 

Presenters are Writing Center senior consultants Courtney Mustoe and Kaj Jorgensen. Seating is limited, so register soon. Stop by the Writing Center, 150 ASH, or contact consultants via e-mail ( or phone (402.554.2946).

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'Speak Your Mind on Faith' Event Tomorrow

The Secular Student Alliance will host "Speak Your Mind On Faith," a public forum and discussion this Tuesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the campus community and public.

Event organizers describe the event as good-natured and a ‘non-hostile discussion with no wrong answers' that will focus on questions such as ‘Is religious belief required to be a moral person?'

For more information, contact John Powers at

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The Pearl Blizek Religion & Art Lecture Welcomes John Lyden  

UNO welcomes John Lyden, visiting professor of Philosophy and Religion at Grand View University, for The Pearl Blizek Religion & Art Lecture this Tuesday, March 15. He will talk about 'Star Wars as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals' at 7 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall.

Lyden is author of Film as Religion: Myths, Morals and Rituals and the Routledge Companion to Religion and Film.

The Religious Studies Program and the Journal of Religion & Film with the generous support of the Pearl Blizek Religion & Art Fund sponsor the lecture.

For more information, contact William Blizek, (402) 554.3347 or

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Project Interfaith to Present Three-Part Program Exploring Buddhism in America

Project Interfaith, an outreach program of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, will present a three-part program featuring Sumi Loundon Kim, author and chaplain for the Buddhist Community at Duke University on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16. Kim is the author of two anthologies about the lives of young Buddhists in the West: Blue Jean Buddha and The Buddha's Apprentices

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CCSW and HR to Host Inter-generational Communications Presentation Wednesday

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and Human Resources invite members of the UNO community to attend a presentation/discussion on 'Inter-generational Communications' by Beth Down Wednesday, March 16.

Down's presentation will focus on how multiple generations can work together to solve problems. It will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

Bring a bagged lunch; a healthy snack will be provided.

For more information, contact Down at

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Nominations Deadline This Friday for Annual SAC Recognition Award

University faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for the annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Award. All UNO faculty, managerial/professional and office/service staff members in good standing are eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members. Deadline for registration is this Friday, March 18. For additional guidelines and nominations forms, visit The award will be presented at this year's Faculty Senate-SAC banquet on Wednesday, April 27.

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IS Announces Hands-On Training for New Blackboard 9.1

Information Services (IS) has announced a series of Blackboard 9.1 hands-on training workshops for March and April to prepare all UNO faculty and staff for the upgrade on Monday, May 9. All workshops will be held in 104 Durham Science Center (DSC). For complete workshop descriptions and handouts go to:

Navigating Blackboard 9.1 - Where did Everything Go? - Enjoy easier and more accessible management of your courses. This training course will cover: changes to the Control Panel and Announcements; locating content areas; customizing the course menu; making your course available.         

Monday, March 28 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.       

Friday, April 1 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.  

Wednesday, April 6 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.      

Thursday, April 14 - 2:30 to 3:20 pm   

Blogs, Wikis, and Journals, Oh My! - Blogs, Wikis and Journals are new features to Blackboard 9.1. Learn how to set up Blogs and Wikis and how they can be used within Blackboard groups. The Journal feature replaces the Home Page in current version of Blackboard.

Friday, March 11 - 3 to 4 p.m.    

Friday, April 4 - 3 to 4 p.m.         

Thursday, April 14 - 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.              

Notifications To Students & Instructors - Notifications in combination with the Course Home Page Modules are powerful new features in Blackboard 9.1. These features allow students to be notified in Blackboard or by e-mail when new items are added to a course or assignments and tests are due or even past due.

Thursday, March 17 - 2:30 to 4 p.m.     

Tuesday, March 29 - 2:30 to 4 p.m.       

Wednesday, April 13 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.   

Monday, April 18 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.          

Changes/Enhancements: Grade Center - Enhancements to the Grade Center in Blackboard 9.1 include: increasing the number of rows displayed, color coding items that require grading, anonymous assignment grading and the use of Rubrics.

Thursday, March 31 - 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.           

Monday, April 11 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.          

Friday, April 22 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.

Changes/Enhancements: Tests & Pools - Blackboard 9.1 streamlines the deployment and creations of tests and pools.  In this course discover the changes to Tests and Pools and how they can assist you with test question selection.      

Thursday, March 31 - 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.           

Monday, April 11 - 3 to 4 p.m.   

Friday, April 22 - 3 to 4 p.m.

Changes/Enhancements: Tests & Pools - Blackboard 9.1 simplifies the creation of groups and group grading. The Assignments can now be set to submit multiple attempts with grading on each attempt.

Friday, April 8 - 2 to 3 p.m.         

To sign up for workshops, go to

If you are unable to complete your registration online, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.HELP (4357). Classes will be cancelled and an e-mail sent if less than five people are enrolled the day before the workshop begins.

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UNO's Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Team Up for Thursday's Concert

Two UNO music ensembles will be joining forces this Thursday, March 17, for 'Strings Attached,' a three-part showcase including separate performances by the UNO Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble as well as a collaborative performance between the two.

Starting at 7 p.m., the UNO Chamber Orchestra will perform music by French Impressionist composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Selections include Ravel's ‘Pavane for a Dead Princess' and Debussy's ‘Pettite Suite.' Read more.

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Institutional Repositories Workshop This Friday at Criss Library

Join Criss Library staff at the next workshop in the Lifecycle of Scholarly Communication series, scheduled for Friday, March 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Study, located on third floor of Criss Library. This program will focus on Institutional Repositories (IR). The presenter will be Paul Royster, coordinator of Scholarly Communication for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries and manager of its UNL DigitalCommons institutional repository, which is the nation's second largest IR.   

Refreshments will be served.  For additional information, contact Linda Riviera at

This workshop received support from the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and Center for Faculty Development.

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'On the Fringe' Paranormal Radio Show Airs Mondays

Listen to "On the Fringe" paranormal radio show, which is broadcast live from the UNO campus every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tune in to hear radio personalities -- Tyrone, Seth and Matt -- apply science to tackle the subjects that the scientific community is afraid to touch.

For show questions, contact the crew at, who will answer them live on the air.

The UNO Paranormal Society brings this program to you.

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UNO Benefits & Wellness Fair Is March 24

Wellness Graphic

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

Faculty, staff, retirees and their families are invited to attend UNO's 2011 Benefits & Wellness Fair on Thursday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. This year will feature a greater focus on wellness, as UNO welcomes HyVee and Wohlner's Market with nutrition information and more. HyVee Dietitian Karissa Jansen will be present with expert advice on eating healthy. This year will also feature free chair massages from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Other reasons to come:

- EyeMed Vision Care will offer free vision screenings and the possibility to schedule an eye exam. You may also bring in your old eyeglasses to donate to the OneSight Program, a worldwide charity that provides new and recycled eyewear to those in need.

- Student Health Services will offer blood pressure checks.

- Campus Recreation will offer free Body Mass Index testing. 

- Other vendors present will include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fidelity Investments, TIAA-CREF, Social Security, the UNO Faculty Employee Assistance Program, Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union, University Optical, the UNL Extension in Douglas/Sarpy Counties and Human Resources. 

Please come with your questions about benefits and ask the providers themselves. Contact Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465 for further information.

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, visit

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Call for UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes. Visit for link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. 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 at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 105. Leah Pietron, associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, is the 2010-11 chair of UCAT and may be contacted at 554-2801 or

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HR to Offer March 31 Session on Performance Evaluations

Join Human Resource this month for a problem solving session on easy and not so easy performance evaluations. On Thursday, Mach 31, learn about the new evaluation form and how to provide objective, constructive information. The session will run from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

To register, call Human Resources at (402) 554.2321.

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Keep Connected With the Campus Through Social Media Sites

Stay in touch with the university through social media all year long thanks to UNO's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blog pages.

Throughout the year, briefs of campus events, from athletics to research, will be posted on the Facebook and Twitter pages while more in-depth and personal stories will be featured through the university's UNOtube page and Maverickland blog.

The Facebook page can be found at
The Twitter page can be found at

The UNOtube page can be found at
The Maverickland blog can be found at

If there is a campus event, organization, faculty member, student or staff member that should be featured in any of these formats, contact Charley Reed by e-mail at or by phone at (402) 554.2129.

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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the spring Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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