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Hopefully Friday's (Mar. 25) snowfall will be the last for spring, but it left some photogenic scenes on campus and nearby Elmwood Park.


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GSO to Host Today's Musical Performance and Activism Workshop

Singer-Songwriter Evan Greer will be on campus today, March 29, to perform and conduct a community organizing workshop. It will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Greer will present a musical performance along with a workshop on 'Build the Movement,' which is related to music and social justice. UNO's Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will sponsor today's events. Free food will be served.

Questions? Contact Joshua Wiley at (402) 554.4846.

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History Department's World Civilization Film Series Continues This Friday

The History Department's World Civilization film series continues this Friday with the showing of 'Europa, Europa.' The film, nominated for an Oscar, tells the story of a young man in Nazi Germany who tries to conceal his Jewish identity by joining the Hitler youth. The screening will be Friday, April 1, at 3 p.m. in the Eppley Building Auditorium; and audience discussion will follow. 

The last film of the series, the 1934 version of 'Cleopatra,' will be held Friday, April 22. 

Contact Jo Behrens at (402) 554.2484 for further information.

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'Cycle to Safety' Race Set for Next Monday Near HPER Atrium

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Students, faculty and staff may have noticed new bike lanes around Omaha or even the increased number of bikes on campus. If so, join UNO's health honorary, Eta Sigma Gamma, for 'Cycle to Safety' on Monday, April 4.

While Omaha is the 144th most unhealthy city in the nation, events like 'Cycle to Safety' encourage more physical activity such as biking, rather than taking a vehicle. It is also National Public Health Week next week. The American Public Health Association stresses the importance of National Public Health Week with the slogan 'Safety is No Accident.'

'Cycle to Safety' will be featuring Greenstreet's 'Greensprints' bikes and Kay Grant, a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor.

"You have to experience Greensprints to fully appreciate it -- it's indescribable! Watching the sprinters on their bikes, racing against each other and the clock- highly entertaining," Grant said "Then it's a completely different experience if you're the racer. It's a sprint, so you give it your all in a short amount of time, but you still feel the rush of excitement long after you're done."

The event will be located in the atrium entrance of the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone can stop by to pick up a treat, ask the expert, Kay Grant, any questions you may have and race the Greensprints for prizes.

"Plus it's entertaining for the crowd. Greensprints is a fun way to test your bike sprinting ability, and a little friendly competition, not to mention all the people gathered to watch, is a great motivator," Grant said.

If you would like more information or have any comments, contact Amy Wieczorek at

The Mav-Rec Wellness and GreenUNO Task Force both support this event. For more information, visit or

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'Just Can It!' Fundraiser Returns to Crossroads Mall April 4

The Salvation Army in Omaha has again partnered with UNO Greek students to raise awareness about homelessness in Omaha.

Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority will participate in the eighth annual 'Just Can It!' event Monday, April 4, through Friday, April 8. The students will sleep outside in cardboard boxes at the Crossroads Mall parking lot to raise awareness about homelessness.

A kick-off event is planned for noon on April 4 at the Crossroads Mall parking lot. Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and UNO Chancellor John Christensen have been invited. Read more.

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Mavlink 2.0/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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Save the Date: EAP Program Next Month on Relationships

Save the date: UNO's Employee Assistance Program will offer 'Finding Self-fulfillment Following the End of a Relationship' on Thursday, April 21, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. Watch eNotes for more details.

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April 26 Academic Success workshop on 'Preparing for Finals'

Feeling anxious about finals? Get tips on how to manage stress at a free academic success workshop, 'Preparing for Finals,' on Tuesday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room. This low-key event will include stress scales, stress-management strategies, and free food.

Hosted by Bethany Hughes, graduate assistant in University Division/Counseling Center. For more information, contact Hughes at (402) 554.2409 or email

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Zeta Tau Alpha's April Kick Out Cancer Event This Saturday

Zeta Tau Alpha, a sorority at UNO, will host their annual Kick Out Cancer kickball tournament this Saturday, April 2, in Elmwood Park at 10 a.m.

Each year members of Zeta Tau Alpha host the tournament to raise funds for breast cancer education and awareness efforts. Zeta Tau Alpha invites the campus and Omaha community to register teams for the kickball tournament. Teams must have between eight and 10 members.

Team registration costs $65 per team now or the day of the tournament. Read more.

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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.Up to Top

10th Annual Malcolm X Festival is April 19-20 at UNO

The UNO Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 10th annual Malcolm X Festival Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20, at UNO.

This year's festival theme is 'A Decade of Progress, Education, and Achievement.'

Dr. Robert Chrisman, former Black Studies chair and creator of the Malcolm X Festival, returns to campus to deliver a lecture at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, titled 'The Importance of Black Studies on a University Campus.' Read more.

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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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Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals 2010-11

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is accepting proposals on a monthly basis from October through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. Faculty may not receive more than one UCAT travel award for the academic year.

Applications will not be returned for revision and resubmission.

All applications (forms available on UCAT website at should be reviewed by their UCAT college representative for completeness and sufficient/appropriate information before submitting. Budgets must be complete and accurate. All previous grant reports must be turned in prior to submission of a new request.

If approved, applicant will provide a copy of their travel authorization to UCAT/CFD prior to travel and submit a written report to UCAT after your travel and prior to May 6, 2011. Proposals are due by the 21st of the each month.

Applicants should submit one hard and an electronic copy of the application.

Electronic copies should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 105 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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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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UNO Ambassadors Program Seeking Qualified Students

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2011-12 school year. A total of 12 student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program. 

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Deans, and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve.  

Criteria for selection include:  27 credit hours earned by May 2011 and a 2.5 GPA; full time student status in the 2011-12 school year; superior communication skills; and a strong interest in service to the University.

Applications are available in the Office of Student Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 1.

Quesitons? Call Chris Liewer at (402) 554.3520.

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UNO Takes Home Accolades from Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Professional Conference

The following UNO students were chosen for the Nebraska Intercollegiate Band held in conjunction with the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Professional Conference in Lincoln the first weekend in March. The guest conductor for the program was composer Joel Puckett. The concert featured the premier of a piece by the composer, 'Stolen,' that was commissioned by NSBA for the 50th Anniversary Conference.  

Georgia Laughner - Flute
Christine Price - Flute
Jeff Malashock - Bassoon
Miles Kellett - Bassoon
Andrea Wilger - Bb Clarinet
Tyler Goudlock - Bb/Eb Clarinet
Season Cowley - Bb Clarinet
Rachel Stoner - Bb Clarinet
Brittany Rutherford - Bb Clarinet
Courtney Baker - Bb Clarinet
Amber Malone - Contra Bass (Bb and Eb)
Megan Durham - Percussion
Joe Paustian - Percussion
Patrick Peters - Trombone
Paige Garcia-Vogel - Double/Electric Bass

At the awards banquet, the UNO Bands received the Duane Johnson Service Award for numerous contributions to the NSBA. The award was presented to Dr. James Saker, UNO director of Bands.

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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