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A Celebration of Japan

A Celebration of Japan

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's Japanese students hosted an open house Thursday (Mar. 17) for the UNO campus. Students performed traditional Japanese dances for the assembled audience.

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UNO Organization Profiles: MavRadio

video by Charley Reed

If you have spent any time in the Milo Bail Student Center in the last 15 years or so, chances are you've seen that large glass cage next to the convenience store full of CDs, microphones and large electronics equipment. Chances are, you've even seen people in that space at one time or another. These are the people who work with and support MavRadio, the student-run radio station on campus. Here, MavRadio's music director, Michael Brich, explains what MavRadio is and how to get involved.


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Maverick Fans Ticket Info for NCAA Hockey Regional

Tickets for the West Regional of the NCAA Division I men's ice hockey championship are currently available at The tickets are all session passes for $39. UNO plays in St. Louis, Mo., at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, and if they win will play again on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m.

For more regional information, visit

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UNO Benefits & Wellness Fair Is Tomorrow

Wellness Stampede

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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This Week In Maverick Athletics

This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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UNO to Host '2011 Days of Percussion' Event This Weekend

The '2011 Days of Percussion' workshop is planned for this weekend (March 25-27) on campus. The event, sponsored by the Nebraska Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and the UNO Department of Music, will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center and Bellevue East High School.

All of the days' events are open to the public and highly encouraged for percussion students ranging from middle school through college and professionals alike. Those who attend will experience three days of clinics, classes and performances from some of Nebraska's most accomplished percussionists. Read more.Up to Top

UNOrthodox Speaker Series Continues March 30 with Guy Matalon

The inaugural UNOrthodox speaker series continues next week on campus.

The new speaker series is a unique approach to generate honest and thought-provoking conversations at UNO. Developed through a partnership between Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Student Government and other campus partners, the UNOrthodox speaker series is designed to spark new ideas for the campus and metropolitan community.

Wednesday, March 30
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons
• Guy Matalon, chair Judiac Studies and director of Schwalb Center for Israel/Jewish
‘Leaders and Leadership: A Jewish Perspective' – Dr. Matalon will discuss what leadership is and what makes a leader. He will also provide examples of Jewish leaders everyone can learn from.

The spring semester series included two speakers. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science and Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, was the first speaker in the inaugural series.

For more information, call Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at (402) 554.2711.

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Academic Advising for Student Retention Webinar March 31

Academic advising for summer and fall is underway. 'Academic Advising for Student Retention and Persistence: A Strengths Development Approach' a webinar sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association, will be offered on Thursday, March 31, at 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided by the Office of Faculty Development.

Questions? Contact Rita Henry at

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SPR to Host Brown Bag on 'How to Apply for a Fulbright Fellowship . . . and Win One'

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host a brown bag event on Wednesday, March 30, featuring Charles Johanningsmeier, professor of English and former Fulbright Scholar.

Beginning in August of 2006, Dr. Johanningsmeier and his family spent a year in Germany where he taught at the Institute for American Studies at the University of Leipzig.  He will speak on, ‘How to Apply for a Fulbright Fellowship . . . and Win One.'  The brown bag will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend and bring their lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact SPR at (402) 554.2286.

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Deadline April 1 for Faculty Senate's Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Three scholarships are awarded: 

- One $ 1,000 Full-Time Undergraduate Scholarship

- One $ 1,000 Full-Time Graduate Scholarship 

- One $ 500 Part-Time Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarship

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form can found on the Faculty Senate's website at

Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley Administration Building, or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Science Hall.  The application deadline is Friday, April 1.

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UNO Criss Library Friends to Host April 6 Book Discussion

The UNO Criss Library Friends will host a discussion of the book Rattlesnake Daddy, led by Brent Spencer, the author, on Wednesday, April 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Thompson Alumni Center.

Spencer's Rattlesnake Daddy is the winner of the Little Bluestem Award. His work has also appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, The Atlantic, GQ, Missouri Review, Epoch, and elsewhere.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at

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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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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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Mail Services Offers Tips for Office Depot Returns

Mail Services would like to remind everyone that Office Depot returns must be done properly in order for your items to be handled and credited correctly. The return items must have the Return Authorization number clearly on the outside of the parcel being returned for refunds or exchange. Once the online process is complete the delivery driver is notified of the item to be picked up.

You must also remember to deliver it to Mail Services or arrange for pickup of the return item. This allows the delivery driver to get the return as soon as possible so Office Depot can clear it from their manifest.

The following is the Office Depot Refund or Exchange Process:

Your complete satisfaction is our primary concern. At Office Depot, we want to be sure that every purchase is the right one for you. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return most items in their original packaging within 30 days of purchase for a replacement or full refund.

To place a return online:

- Click on the 'Order Number' under Order Tracking.

- Click on the 'Begin Return' link on the Order Detail page to start the return process.

For further assistance in processing your return online, or if the order does not have a ‘Begin Return' link, please contact the Technical Support Desk at 1.800.269.6888.

Please Note: Only one return per order may be processed online. If an additional return is required, please contact Customer Service at 1.888.263.3423.


- Furniture, computers, and business machines with accessories in original packaging can be returned within 14 days after purchase for a full refund.

-Notebooks, PCs, and open software (with accessories in original packaging) can be exchanged for the same item within 14 days of purchase.

- Special Order Products may not be returned or exchanged. This includes items that are not stocked in one of our warehouses and/or are indicated as 'SPECIAL ORDER.'

-Technology products sold by Tech Depot are subject to Tech Depot return policies and a Return Authorization must be requested in advance.

Please call 1.800.721.8344 or consult the policy at Tech Depot General Policies. Merchandise may not be returned to an Office Depot Retail Store or picked up by our Delivery Driver Network.Up to Top

Child Care Center Fund-Raising Event

The CHAMPS Parents Group is sponsoring a UNO Child Care Center fund-raising event, which runs through Wednesday, May 3.

By purchasing a $1 raffle ticket anyone can earn a chance to win one of the following prizes:

- Scooter's Gift Basket
$30 gift card to Scooters plus two bags of coffee (value: $50)

- CoCo Key Water Resort
A family splash pack with four wristband passes (value: $100)

- Husker Football Tickets
Two tickets to 2011 season opener game on Sept. 3 (value: $100).

The drawing will be held on Wednesday, May 4.

For more information, contact Dawn Hove at (402) 554.4936.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Check Your Tire Pressure

Keeping your tires properly inflated is one of the easiest things drivers can do to lower fuel costs, help fight global warming and stay safe on the highways and roads.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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