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Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding Achievement Award

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Michaela Lucas, associate director of the NASA/Nebraska EPSCoR and Space Grant Program, was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award Wednesday (Mar. 30) at UNO's Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women awards luncheon. Presenting the award to Lucas were Chancellor John Christensen and CCSW chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen and Jody Neathery-Castro.

UNO Tube Archive Genocide

UNO Course Profiles: Genocide

video by Charley Reed

Genocide is a very real issue in the world today but it's a topic that is often avoided, rather than questioned. However, questioning the root causes of genocide is exactly what Criminology and Criminal Justice Ph.D. candidate Tusty Zohra does in her special topics course on the issue.


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CCSW to Host Self-Branding Workshop Today

Members of the campus community are invited to a workshop sponsored by the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) on, 'Create and Maximize Your Own Powerful Brand to Achieve Professional Success!' today, April 6.

The CCSW workshop will run from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The workshop will include a multimedia presentation and Q and A session with a panel of business experts.

Guest panelists will include:

- Lamarr Womble, motivational speaker/life coach

- Joan Lukas, president & co-owner Leslie, Kline, Lukas

- John Ewing, Douglas County Treasurer

- Jennifer Estep, TD Ameritrade campaign coordinator

Pizza and soft drinks will also be provided.

For more information, contact Beth Down at

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Annual Spring Senior Thesis Symposium This Evening

The annual UNO Honors Program Senior Symposium continues tonight, April 6, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). Poster presentations and exhibits will also be on display at the coinciding Student Research and Creative Activity Fair. The university expects more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students to take part.

A special session will be dedicated for Senior Thesis Symposium of Theses/Creative Activities presentations. Oral presentations and performances were held Tuesday and continue at tonight's UNO Honors Symposium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The MBSC will also host Student Research and Creative Activity Fair activities tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. The three-day event will conclude on April 7, with an awards program starting at 6:30 p.m. in the MBSC Chancellor's Room.

All events are free and open to the campus community and public. For more information, call (402) 554.2286.

Tonight's Theses/Creative Activities presenters:

Zoë G. Verboon
Mozart's ‘Sonata in A minor,' 1st movement
Adviser: James D. Johnson
Major:  Music Performance
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

Bart T. Cubrich
HPLC Exploration of Variations in
Caffeine Content in Loose Leaf Tea
Adviser:  Dana Richter-Egger
Major:  Geology
College of Arts and Sciences

Catherine I. Miller
Project: The Creation, Exploration and Modification of Organizational Structures for a Non-Profit Theatre
Adviser:  Steven Williams
Major: Theater
College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media

Taylor B. Workman
The Effects of Suburbia on Jewish Americans
Adviser:  Charles Johanningsmeier
Major:  English Language Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Ashley M. Hamernik
A Collection of Short Stories
Adviser:  Anna Monardo
Major: Creative Writing
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

Danielle K. Bollich
Evaluating the Impact of a Creativity Intervention on Self Efficacy and Creativity
Adviser:  Lynn Harland
Major:  Management
College of Business Administration

Gerard X. Beal
Strategic Audit of Southwest Airlines
Adviser: David Blair
Major: Accounting
College of Business Administration

Omar A. Vargas
Analysis of Werner Enterprises
Adviser:  David Volkman
Majors: Banking and Financial Markets, Investment Science and Portfolio Management
College of Business Administration

Neil B. Huben
Functional Loss in Peripheral Arterial Disease is
Not Improved Post Revascularization
Based on Spatio-Temporal Gait Parameters
Adviser:  Nicholas Stergiou
Major: Biotechnology
College of Arts and Sciences

Jasmine D. Maharisi
True Story (A Creative Nonfiction Body of Work)
Adviser:  Lisa Knopp
Major: Journalism
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

Axelle F. Verboon
Experiencing Music: The Critical Analysis of Music
Adviser:  Saundra Shillingstad
Major:  Music Education, K-12 Strings
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

Holly G. Brink
Designing HVAC Systems for Museums:  a Case Study
Adviser:  Grenville Yuill
Major: Architectural Engineering
College of Engineering

Erin D. Gesell
Boys, Buttholes and Boundaries: My Summer at the Joplin Art Institute by Amy Delancy (A Young Adult Novel by Erin Gesell)
Adviser:  Lisa Sandlin
Majors:  Creative Writing and Spanish
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

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Jazz Ensembles to Perform with Tito Carrillo Tonight

The UNO Department of Music welcomes Tito Carrillo, one of Chicago's most accomplished trumpeters and a University of Illinois faculty member, for a special performance with the UNO Jazz Ensembles and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO) tonight, April 6.

The performance takes place tonight in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall with a 7 p.m. start time. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $4 for non-UNO students and senior citizens and free to all UNO students with their MavCard.

Carrillo began his career in 1996 in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scenes. He has performed, recorded and toured with groups like the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; jazz greats Louis Hayes and Tito Puente; salsa legends Andy Montañez, Tony Vega, and Cheo Feliciano; and pop icons like Quincy Jones and Phil Collins. Read more.

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PR Conference at UNO Connects Jeans With Teens

Turn last season's jeans into a teen-in-need's new favorite (and possibly only) pair of jeans for 'Jeans for Teens' drive to benefit at risk youth served by Youth Emergency Services (YES).

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to drop off new or gently used men's and women's jeans of all sizes to 140 Arts and Sciences Hall. Men's jeans sizes 38 and 40 waist are especially needed.

The jeans drive is part of the community service initiative for 'The Power of PR Connections,' a regional conference April 8-10 hosted by MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Read more.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center Cholesterol Test

Know your numbers: High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors for all types of cardiovascular diseases. Have your cholesterol screened for $25 at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. Call (402) 554.3221 for an appointment.

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Faculty Senate Meeting April 13

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, April 13, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room. Scott Snyder, associate vice chancellor for Research & Creative Activity, will give a presentation at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested are welcome to attend. 

For more information contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator Sue Bishop at (402) 554.3598.

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Registration Under Way for Annual HPER Student Awards Banquet

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will host its annual Student Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 30, in the newly renovated HPER Building. All students of HPER are welcome to attend. 

Let's support the hard working students at HPER! Please register by Friday, April 15, to receive the discounted rate. Social hour, combined with bidding on this year's silent auction items will begin at 5 p.m. The dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. 

For more details, visit the HPER website at  

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Panhellenic Council to Host Invisible Children Lecture April 13

The UNO Panhellenic Council will host speakers from the charitable organization Invisible Children at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Milo Bail Student Center.

Invisible Children is a non-profit organization that raises money to help end the longest ongoing civil war in Africa. They use media to inspire all people, increase awareness and raise funds for the needs of the children and people in Uganda. Read more.

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Alzheimer's Disease Study

The Department of Psychiatry at UNMC is conducting clinical trials for individuals with mild to moderate or severe Alzheimer's Disease. Individuals 50 years-of-age and older, in good general health, with a reliable caregiver that can accompany them for appointments, may be eligible to participate. For additional information, call (402) 552.6241 or contact by e-mail at

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UNO to Host 18th Annual University of Nebraska Intercampus Golf Classic

Wellness Stampede

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

Registration is under way for the 18th annual University of Nebraska Intercampus Golf Classic. The event will be held Monday, May 9, at Indian Creek Golf Course in Omaha, with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

The event is open to all University of Nebraska employees (faculty, staff and graduate teaching/research assistants). Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to play.

The 2011 Classic is a four-person scramble with an emphasis on fellowship, fun and interacting with new people from other campuses. The tournament committee will assign individuals into playing foursomes based on skill level. Every attempt will be made to match players from different campuses. Awards and pin prizes will be given for team and individual play.

The registration fee is $52 per golfer and includes an 18-hole green fee with cart, driving range with unlimited balls, team awards, individual pin prizes. The deadline for registration is Monday, May 2.

Registration forms can be found online at: Participants may pay via check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to UNO Campus Recreation.

For more information, contact Ashley Bails at or (402) 554.3917.

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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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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Green Tip of the Week

Sustainability Graphic

Go Even Greener This Planting Season

When purchasing outdoor decor try biodegradable planters. This eco-type of planter is made of plant fibers that will return to the earth within three years.

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

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