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photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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



2011 CCSW Award Recipients Honored at 25th Anniversary Luncheon

A legendary woman, an aviator, a premier leadership organization for girls and a student are the 2011 recipients of the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Awards. Chancellor John Christensen and 200 luncheon participants congratulated the recipients at CCSW's 25th Anniversary Awards Luncheon held March 30 at UNO.

"We're grateful for the bonus support in our silver anniversary year from Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Academic & Student Affairs, which is allowing us to drop the price of this year's tickets to just $5 each," said Wendi Chiarbos Jensen, CCSW staff-co chair.

Those in attendance at the sell-out luncheon were the first to learn who this year's CCSW Legendary Women of UNO Award recipient was - UNO alumnae and Omaha lawyer Margaret Fischer. Read more.

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Golfers Sought for UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League

Wellness Stampede

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

The UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League is looking for individuals who would like to start a team, join an existing team or become a sub for a team.

The league meets at Elmwood Park Golf Course on Thursday nights, May 12 through Aug. 11. The first tee time is 4 p.m. and the last is 4:45 p.m. It takes approximately two hours to complete a round. The league is open to all levels of golfers. 

Space is limited so contact Mike Kult at or (402) 554.2539, if interested.

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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'Moral Authority' Speaker Series Today

The Honors Program will host a Speaker Series event today, March 31, on 'Moral Authority: America's Role' based on Henry Kissinger's quote, "America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests," with guest speaker professor Pamela Smith. The event will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room starting at 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Smith is professor of English, Humanities, & Women Studies and Secretary of the Association of African Women Scholars. Honors Students will receive credit for attending.

Questions? Contact Honors Program Representative:

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Surplus Property Office Chairs & Keys Notice

Surplus Property has office chairs available for department use.

"We have received very nice office chairs available for your department use -- a large variety of approximately 30 to chose from -- many of the same style and manufacture," said Mike Burton, manager of Mail Services. "If your department is in need of office equipment please contact surplus property to let us know what you might be looking for, we will contact you if we receive items that could meet your needs."

All items are available for viewing at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building.

Departments who have keys that they no longer have use for can also send them to surplus.

"We can try fitting them to other equipment," Burton said. "Many locked cabinets have been opened by our inventory of used keys."

For details, call Surplus Property at (402) 554.2337.

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'Reed (Read) All About It!' to be Presented by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble This Sunday

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) Conducted by Dr. James Saker and Associate Conductor Dr. Courtney Snyder will present its fifth concert of the season this Sunday April 3, at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. This annual special Retreat Weekend concert features a guest conductor, featured faculty and student soloists, as well as a weekend filled with rehearsals and special activities. All planned by the officers of the SWE, the theme for this year's event is 'Reed (Read) All About It!'

After SWE president, Andrea Wilger recommended the group perform Alfred Reed's masterpiece, Armenian Dances Part II, the officers had a great time planning this diverse and interesting list of repertoire based upon the ‘Reed/Read' play on words. In addition to the Alfred 'Reed,'  the program will include an H. Owen 'Reed,' Missouri Shindig featuring violinist Lydia Selzle who will perform the fiddlers reel, and a double 'reed,' Fucik's  The Old Sore Head with Bassoon soloist Jeff Malashock.  There even is a ‘Without a Reed' selection on the program that will feature one of the newest members of the faculty, trumpet soloist Professor Jason Johnson performing Al Cobine's Suite for Trumpet.   

Other works are based upon ‘readings' such as Steinbeck's The Red Pony with a suite from the motion picture film score by Aaron Copland and a Coleridge poem The Ryme of the Ancient Mariner, which was the inspiration for a new work by composer Joel Puckett, It Perched for Vespers Nine. Guest Conductor Dr. Jake Wallace, director of Bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, who is an Omaha native and Creighton Prep alum will lead the ensemble in this performance. There also will be a news 'read,' The Washington Post, one of John Philip Sousa's most famous marches. 

There is no admission charge for this concert that will begin at 3 p.m. However, Contributions for the SWE Scholarship Fund will be accepted.  SWE reminds everyone, though the inspiration for the program was the 'Read/Reed' theme, those in attendance will only need their ‘ears' to enjoy this exciting performance.  

For additional information, contact the University Bands Office at (402) 554.3352.

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UNO Print Workshop to Host Works by Visiting New York Printmaker

The UNO Print Workshop will host Dennis McNett, a Visiting Printmaker from New York City during the week of April 4-8. Dennis McNett will be working with the Printmaking and Sculpture students to produce a large printed sculpture that will be displayed at an Omaha site.

The Visiting Printmaker residency will take place in the printmaking studios of the Weber Fine Arts Building next week. McNett will present a public lecture about his work at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the UNO Art Gallery. For further information about the program, contact the Department of Art and Art History at (402) 554.2420.    

McNett's work ranges from larger than life Viking ship performances/parades in Philly, resurrecting Nordic giants on West Broadway in Manhattan, Dragon slayings in Oklahoma, masks, installations and sculptures to unique hand-carved wood cut pieces, traditional relief prints and graphics. Participating in both the fine art and design worlds, McNett has created series' for Anti-Hero skateboards, designed shoes for Vans, had work fill the windows of Barneys, N.Y., and participated in the Deitch Artparade. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Juxtapoz magazine, Thrasher and Complex Magazine.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center Offers V02 Max Testing

Endurance athletes: What is your maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max)? VO2 max is a very strong predictor of endurance performance. Have your VO2 max assessed at UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. The cost is $90. Call (402) 554.3221 for an appointment.

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Computer Lab Tomorrow for Dependent Eligibility Audit

The verification phase for the Chapman Kelly dependent eligibility audit has started. Faculty and staff will have until Friday, May 6, to provide their documentation to Chapman Kelly for their eligible dependents (i.e. spouses and children/stepchildren) or face having their dependents dropped from their plans. Faculty and staff have several options when sending their documentation to Chapman Kelly:

- Uploading the documents via the website;

- Faxing the information to 1.888.938.6161; or

- Mailing the information to P.O. Box 1587, Jeffersonville, IN  47131.

Human Resources will host a computer lab this Friday, April 1, in 104 Durham Science Center, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The lab will be for anyone who is interested in uploading their documents to Chapman Kelly and have questions about the process. You should bring your letter from Chapman Kelly to the lab. 

If you have any questions about the audit or if you have not received a letter from Chapman Kelly and have dependents on your medical and/or dental plans, contact Chapman Kelly directly at 1.877.478.0448.

For a Q&A fact sheet on the dependent eligibility audit, visit

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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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Jazz Album Covers Exhibit Opens Sunday at Criss Library

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 in April 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 this Sunday, April 3, and continues through Thursday, May 19. Read more.

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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 to Host Gallup Inspired Movie on '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 free screening, which will take place at 2 p.m. 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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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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