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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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UNO Benefits & Wellness Fair Today

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 today, 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. Today's event 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, Chapman Kelly 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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Mavericks' NCAA Playoff Game To Air On Cox

UNO hockey fans in the greater Omaha area will be able to watch the Mavericks take on Michigan in the NCAA Playoffs. Cox Communications will show the ESPN-produced broadcast of the game live on channel 2 beginning at 4:30 p.m. this Friday, March 25. Read more.

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Aksarben Cinema to Host Mavs vs. Michigan Viewing Party Tomorrow

Editor's note: the Aksarben Cinema UNO hockey viewing party is sold out.
Watch the UNO Mavericks take on the Michigan Wolverines in the men's ice hockey NCAA West Regionals live at Aksarben Cinema, 2210 S. 67 St., Friday March 25. The party begins at 4 p.m. Game time is 4:30 p.m. 

No charge to attend. Seating is limited -- to reserve your spot, select the number of tickets for the number of people who will be attending with you at You will receive an email confirmation. Bring that email confirmation with you on Friday to gain admission to the event.

Food and beverages will be for sale from the concession stand and The Bar at Aksarben Cinema.

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'Be Comfortable In Your Genes' Event This Monday

Student Health Services and University Division/Counseling Center are teaming up to host an eating disorders awareness event, Be Comfortable In Your Genes, on Monday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. During the event, students can submit questions that will be answered via slide show, fill out a questionnaire and enter to be part of a drawing and learn about the signs of eating disorders.

Table hosts will include:

- Student Health Services

- Athletic Training

- Alcohol and Drug Counselors


- Children's Hospital

- Women's Resource Center

- University Division/Counseling Center

Drawing participants can win free gift certificates to Noodles & Company.

For more information, contact Bethany Hughes at 554.2409 or

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Jazz Album Covers Part of New Criss Library Exhibit

The Jazz Art of David Stone Martin highlights the work of a noted American artist who designed the covers for about 400 albums between the 1940s and the early 1970s.

Martin's style is immediately recognizable for his fine twisting lines and impressionistic view of musicians and their instruments, and is sometimes referred to as the DSM 'line.' He is often referred to by his initials DSM.

The exhibit is on display next month at Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit, which is drawn from the personal collection of Sam Walker, opens Sunday, April 3, and continues through Thursday, May 19. Read more.

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UNO to Host Gallup Inspired Movie 'Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think'

UNO's Islamic Studies Program, Religious Studies Program and the Tri-faith Initiative will co-sponsor a special showing of 'Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think' on Sunday, April 10. The public is welcome to this 2 p.m. free screening, which will take place in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

"Join us for the film screening of the movie ‘Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,' followed by discussion with local Muslims," said Bridget Blomfied, assistant professor of philosophy and religion.

‘Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,' explores the world's first major opinion poll, conducted by the Gallup organization. It asked Muslims from Indonesia to South Asia, to the Middle East, as well as minority communities in the U.S. and Europe, what they thought about issues such as gender equality, terrorism and democracy. Islamic scholars and the Gallup members themselves who give context and try to provide explanations for the results present it.

For more information, contact Dr. Blomfield at (402) 554.2940 or

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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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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

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

Tuesday, March 29 - 9 a.m.

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

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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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Night with the Mavs Next Thursday

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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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.

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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Criss Library Spring Break Schedule

Criss Library hours for the week of spring break will be as follows: 

Today, March 24:  7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, March 25:  7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 26:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 27:  Noon to midnight

Regular library hours resume at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 28. For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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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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