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Do you know where your ancestors came from, or how long ago they made the trip to America? Professors Mike Carroll and Troy Romero, from the Goodrich Scholarship Program, teach a class that explores that very question – and what the answers have to teach about us about ourselves as a nation.


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Henningson Memorial Campanile

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 . . .



Flag Lowering

In response to a proclamation signed by the President, Gov. Dave Heineman is reminding Nebraskans to fly state and U.S. flags at half-staff today, March 15, to honor and remember Army Corp. Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I.

Flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment, which is scheduled for today.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week Reminder

On Wednesday, March 16, the National Weather Service will issue a test broadcast sometime after 10 a.m. and again later in the evening. Sirens will sound city-wide and UNO will also make a test announcement at that time on the overhead paging system. Notifications to e2Campus cell phone subscribers will not be made.

Faculty and staff are not expected to move to their designated shelter areas, but everyone is encouraged to review shelter locations on campus. This information can be found in the UNO telephone directory on page 103.

Also, if you are not signed up for E2Campus you can still do so at: The process is simple and provides you with timely information regarding emergencies impacting campus activities. For more information on the drills contact Stan Schleifer at (402) 554.3596.

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UNO Real Estate Club to Host Farmers' CEO Today in Mammel

Rho Epsilon, UNO's real estate club, will host a guest speaker, Jim Farrell, president and CEO of Farmers National Company today, March 15, at 4:30 p.m. in 118 Mammel Hall.

Farmers National Company manages more than 4,000 farms and ranches in 22 states. With well over a billion dollars in assets under management, Farmers National is the largest employee-owned landowner services company in the United States.

In addition to farm management, Farmers National provides a host of other related services to include brokerage, risk management, insurance, commodity marketing, oil and gas management, conservation and recreation services, mapping technology, consultation and soil testing.

Farmers National prides itself on its number one asset, its people. Come learn about how this exceptional employee-owned company operates and feel free to ask questions.

The UNO Real Estate Club meeting is open to all students and faculty. Don't miss this exciting presentation while enjoying free pizza and pop.

Questions? Contact Joe Reitman at

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'Speak Your Mind on Faith' Is Tonight

The Secular Student Alliance will host 'Speak Your Mind On Faith,' a public forum and discussion tonight, 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, call John Powers at

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The Pearl Blizek Religion & Art Lecture Is Tonight

UNO welcomes John Lyden, visiting professor of Philosophy and Religion at Grand View University, for The Pearl Blizek Religion & Art Lecture tonight, 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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On-site Chair Massage Service Now Available

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

New this semester, Campus Recreation will offer a Chair Massage service for your office, staff meeting or end-of-year celebration. Mav-Rec staff can provide on-site Chair Massages that relieves tension, relaxes the mind and leaves everyone ready to work.

"Let us help you reward your staff for their hard work and dedication to UNO," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs.

The benefits of massage also include stress reduction, improved concentration and performance and increased positive energy.

For more information, contact Daniels at or (402) 554.2008.

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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Study Abroad Openings Still Available through UNO

Planning for your summer or semester abroad yet? Study abroad programs are still open for undergraduate and graduate students during the summer and fall semesters. UNO students can earn credits towards your major or minor and use your financial aid. Don't miss your chance to study abroad before you graduate.  Some scholarships may be available. Please inquire.

Contact Emily Hardt at with any study abroad questions. For more information about study abroad, visit or the Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall.

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UNO Bookstore Spring Break Sale

The UNO Bookstore is currently having their Spring Break Sale on T-shirts and caps. Buy any regular priced T-shirt or cap and get a second, of equal or lesser value, for half price. Men's, women's and kid's styles are currently available.

The sale runs for the month of March, while supplies last.

UNO Bookstore hours are:
- 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday through Thursday

- 7:30 am to 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks at

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Women's and Gender Studies Colloquia This Friday

UNO Graduate Student Tusty Zohra will present 'The Collective Nature of Sexual Violence During Political Conflicts' this Friday, March 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room.

Sexual violence has been documented in every society, but the collective nature of sexual violence during war exacerbates offending and victimization in terms of frequency, intensity and duration. Zohra's presentation will focus on the need to understand and expand everyone's knowledge on collective sexual violence during political conflicts and the impact of victims' perception on their recovery.

Questions? Contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at

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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. Please 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 website

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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Productive and Simple Research Management: A Workshop on RefWorks

Criss Library offers an overview of the easy-to-use RefWorks -- an online research management tool for simplified which allows researchers to gather, manage, store, and share citations and bibliographies. Workshop attendees will learn how to:

- Organize and save citations from all sources;

- Automatically export citations from databases -- without redundant typing;

- Share bibliographies with collaborators, students, and researchers via the web; and

- Automatically insert citations into papers in correct citation style.

Workshops will be held in the Criss Library, lab 107.  Register at

Monday, March 21 - 4 p.m.

Friday, March 25 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29 - 9 a.m.

Thursday, March 31 - 2:30 p.m.

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UFO Study Group Weekly Schedule Reminder

During the spring semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will meet every Wednesday in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and every Saturday in 285 Durham Science Center (DSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

Can't make it to a meeting? If not, try and catch UNO's streaming audio program -- 'Spooky Action at a Distance' -- on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. at

For more information, call John Powers at

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MBSC Offers March MAVness Food Court Special

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

Looking for a healthier option for your wallet and your waistline? Get moving to Milo Bail for the March MAVness Food Court special. All fresh sandwiches at Dagwood's Deli are only $2.95 for the month of March. Check out all the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court menus at

Questions? E-mail Mike Milone 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, visit

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mavlink/PeopleSoft Training/Overview Sessions

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The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team has added several records and registration training/overview sessions for faculty and staff through April.

Please visit the training calendar at to register. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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Blais Named WCHA Coach of the Year

UNO head coach Dean Blais was named WCHA Coach of the Year, it was announced March 10 by the league office. It's the fourth time he's earned the award, the first as head coach of the Mavericks.

It's the second time a UNO hockey coach has been named the conference coach of the year. Mike Kemp won the same award in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 2005.

Blais led the Mavericks to a conference record of 17-9-2 this season and a third-place finish, the highest conference finish and the greatest number of league wins in school history. Read more.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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