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video by Charley Reed

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 . . .



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

Two UNO music ensembles will be joining forces tonight, 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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'Consider This' Shares a Survivor's Story on Tonight's Program

March 15, 1981... tragedy strikes in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. An RC-135 crashes claiming several lives.

On the next edition of 'Consider This,' a survivor's story with host Cathy Wyatt.  Meet the man who, wounded, managed to escape and circled around the blazing aircraft looking for any signs of life. 

What did, K. Anderson Crooks, a decorated aviator and crisis communication expert, find? How has his life changed over the past 30 years? And, what prompted his trip to Omaha?

The program will air tonight, March 17, at 11 p.m. on NET 1.

‘Consider This,' a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at for dates and times.

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Intra-campus and Spring Break Shuttle Notices

Parking/Transit Operations Office staff announces the following shuttle changes:

- Crossroads Shuttle and Pacific Location Shuttle
Will not run during spring break: Saturday, March 19, through Sunday, March 27. Regular service will resume on these routes on Monday, March 28.

- Dodge Location Seasonal Intra-campus Shuttle
Will end Friday, March 18, at 10:30 p.m. This shuttle route provides service looping the Dodge Location from Nov. 1st to the beginning of Spring Break.

Any questions, contact the Parking/Transit Operations Office at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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NU Board of Regents to Meet March 25

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, March 25, at 8 a.m. at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Two members of the Board who are unable to participate in person will join the meeting via video conference from remote sites. The Board meeting is open to the public and will be audio-streamed live at

A full agenda and all documents being considered for the meeting will be available at

The main business item for this meeting will be the consideration of a resolution from the University of Nebraska at Omaha regarding a change in its athletic conference affiliation from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association to the Summit League and application to change from NCAA Division 2 to Division 1. Read more.

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Healthy Lifestyle Presentations Available

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

PE Leadership Practicum II students from the College of Education's Health, Physical Education and Recreation department will host four health promotion lectures. These presentations will be provided to all UNO's faculty and staff.

Presentations are included as part of Mav-Rec Wellness benefits program offered to faculty and staff. This is an effort created to help make a healthier workforce and families. Department heads are urged to schedule a date in which they would like us to present to their faculty and staff. This can be at time that is convenient to them.

There are two presentations to choose from. They are entitled ‘Healthy Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle' and ‘SMART Goals.'             

The Healthy Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle presentation will cover the following: tips for everyday lifestyles, reading nutrition labels, healthier food options, and many other topics encouraging healthy lifestyles for individuals and families.

The SMART Goals presentation will include: How to make realistic goals, goals to change your lifestyle, how make simple health and fitness related goals using the ‘S.M.A.R.T.' goals setting system.

Any departments interested should contact Alex Torres at Presentations can be held up until finals week. Departments are urged to contact to arrange date, time, and location by Monday, March 28.

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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Night with the Mavs March 31

Be a part of the new era for UNO Athletics at the third annual Night with the Mavs on Thursday, March 31, at Embassy Suites in La Vista. The event starts with a social hour and memorabilia auction at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Terry Pettit, former volleyball national champion coach, will be the guest speaker. 

To be a part of the Night with the Mavs, contact Shirley Fey at (402) 554.3422 or For more information, visit

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Human Resources To Offer I-9 Training April 7 for Staff and Faculty

Human Resources will hold an I-9 training session in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 7. Staff and faculty who prepare I-9 forms for new employees should be aware of the increased focus by governmental auditing teams on I-9 compliance and the risk of significant penalties for non-compliance.

The training will cover aspects of compliance that perhaps were not looked at as intensely during audits in the past. 

For more information, contact Tim Rochford in Human Resources at (402) 554.2465 or via e-mail at

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PR Conference at UNO Makes Connections With Pros

Students interested in jumpstarting their careers will hear from a diverse panel of public relations experts at 'The Power of PR Connections' Regional Activity April 8-10 at UNO.

The conference, sponsored by MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), is open to all students from campuses across the Midwest interested in communication.

The conference opens Friday, April 8, at 5 p.m. with a reception at the Omaha Press Club. Dr. Joe Trahan, APR, PRSA Fellow and international media trainer, will speak at 6 p.m. on crisis communication. Sessions begin on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at Mammel Hall. Read more.

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2011 Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarship

The UNO-AAUP will award two Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarships ($1,000 each) to UNO graduates entering a graduate or professional program during or after the summer of 2011. Students graduating from UNO during the summer or fall of 2010 or the spring of 2011 are eligible. Dr. Kolasa, a political science professor, was a long-time leader in the UNO-AAUP.

Since Dr. Kolasa was a strong proponent of academic freedom, the candidates should write a brief statement indicating their view of the importance of academic freedom in American universities. For information on AAUP/Academic Freedom consult

In addition, the student should submit a letter of application and a copy of her/his resume. The letter should include the proposed area of

study, the reasons for her/his interest in the chosen field, and the applicant's grade point average (GPA). Although the awards will be predicated upon the student's acceptance into a graduate or professional program, acceptance need not be shown at the time of application.

In support of the application, two or more letters of recommendation should be sent from persons familiar with the applicant. These should address potential for success in graduate school and profession; leadership qualities, especially in the area of community service; and activities that indicate the student's breadth of interests beyond the chosen field of study.

All materials should be sent by Friday, April 15, to:
AAUP Scholarship Committee c/o Dr. Loree Bykerk
Political Science Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182

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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, 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.

Today, 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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Nominations Deadline Tomorrow 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 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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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 on 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 Nebraska EPSCoR/Space Grant

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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UNO Honors Convocation Events Set for April 7

UNO will recognize the accomplishments of outstanding faculty and students on Thursday, April 7, at its annual Honors Convocation events.

The Faculty Honors Convocation pays tribute to the recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, mentoring, service-learning and distinguished professorship awards. A breakfast event in their honor will take place at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Read more.

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UNO CEO Sponsors Daily Deals For Students, Faculty and Alumni

The UNO Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) announces the spring launch of The student run program has partnered with local area businesses to offer UNO students, faculty and alumni access to exclusive half off deals. To learn more, visit

For more information, contact Keith Fix at or Derek Stearns at

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