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ISQA Wins University-Wide Teaching Award

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The College of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis Friday was awarded the University of Nebraska's University-Wide Departmental Teaching Award. President J.B. Milliken made the presentation to Dr. Ilze Zigurs, chair of the department. The department receives $25,000, which may be used in whatever manner the department sees fit.

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Serving the Community

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Several hundred UNO and area high school students spent their spring break helping Omaha area organizations by working for the annual 7 Days of Service. Students volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Lauritzen Gardens, the Open Door Mission, UNO and the Stephen Center.



UNO Honors Convocation Is Today

UNO will recognize the accomplishments of outstanding faculty and students today, 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 today at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The Student Convocation will take place at 4 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with graduate scholarships, undergraduate major honoree awards, and awards from the deans and the senior vice chancellor. Students will also be recognized for outstanding service-learning, leadership and for student-athlete excellence. Read more.

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Course Redesign and Planning Grant Applications

UNO's Center for Faculty Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Assessment, the Dual Enrollment Program, the UNO Assessment Committee, the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and Information Services Academic Computing are offering summer grants as part of a series of events organized on the theme of Supporting Faculty Teaching Students in the Digital Age.

Course redesign grants are available to faculty who are interested in redesigning a course. Funds and resources will be made available to help teams redesign a course this summer. Recipients are expected to pilot a redesigned course by spring or fall 2012.

Planning grants are available to faculty who are not ready to immediately redesign a course but plan to do so in the near future. Funds and resources will be made available for investigating how other institutions have completed course redesigns in the same curriculum area and developing a plan for a future course redesign implementation.

Selected applicants are required to attend a campus workshop May 11-12 to learn more about the National Center for Academic Transformation course redesign methodology and to plan the logistics of the redesign/planning process. Look to eNotes later this month for times and details.

Application proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 22. For more information about the grants or to download an application cover sheet, click here. If you have questions, contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or

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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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'Consider This' Guests Investigate Japan Catastrophe

A devastating earthquake, a massive tsunami, fires, and now the threat of a nuclear disaster. On the next edition of ‘Consider This,' host Cathy Wyatt and guests investigate nearly one month after the unimaginable chain of events in Japan, if the worst is yet to come? 

Get perspective from two Nebraska experts: Scott Fuess Jr., a professor of economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Dr. Jordan Hankins, a medical director at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Section of Nuclear Medicine.

The program will air tonight, April 7, at 11 p.m. on NET 1.

'Consider This,' a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at for dates and times.

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UNO to Test Alert System Tomorrow

UNO will conduct a campus wide alert system test this Friday, April 8, at approximately 3:30 p.m. The alert system is designed with the objective of being audible in corridors, hallways and suites. It is not designed to be heard from every individual office and classroom on the initial call. If you move to one of these public areas and cannot clearly understand the message that is being repeated, contact or

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UNO Theatre Presents Twelfth Night Next Week

Twelfth Night is directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf. Previews run April 13-14 with performances on April 15-16, and April 20-23 in the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on April 13 will be a TAG Night Out. A talkback session will be held in the theatre after the April 22 production.

Shakespeare's enduring comedy, Twelfth Night, chronicles a tale of love, mistaken identity and self discovery. Twelfth Night showcases Shakespeare's mastery of language and his ability to materialize the dualistic nature of man's existence. Read more.

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Maverick Productions to Host Day at the Zoo on April 16

UNO students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to join Maverick Productions at the fourth annual Day at the Zoo at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo on Saturday, April 16.

While tickets may be used anytime during normal zoo hours – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – zoo ambassadors will provide close encounters with select animals from noon to 1 p.m. in the Zebra Pavilion.  Read more.

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Participants Sought for Criss Library Mobile Devices/Resources/Services Study

The UNO Criss Library is seeking UNO students, faculty, staff, alumni and UNO Library Friends, 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study (IRB No. 122-11-EX) analyzing the use of mobile devices and library mobile resources/services. Study subjects will complete an anonymous online survey within a 15-minute timeframe. Patrons interested in participating in the research study, go to

For further details, contact Rene Erlandson at or Teonne Daye at

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Campus Input Sought for April 20 UNO Parking/Transit Plan

UNO Parking Department and Felsburg Holt & Ullevig consultants are preparing a campus Parking/Transit Master Plan.

On Wednesday, April 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room, an open forum will be conducted to present parking and transit concepts and gather campus input to assist in the development of a UNO Parking/Transit Plan.

Scope of Plan will include:
 I. Assessment of Existing Parking/Traffic
II. Assessment of Future Parking/Traffic Conditions
III. Develop Parking Facilities Recommendations
IV. Economic Analysis
For additional information, contact James Ecker at (402) 554.7276.

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Golfers Wanted 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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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center V02 Max

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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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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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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Keep Connected With the Campus Through Social Media Sites

Stay in touch with the university through social media all year long thanks to UNO's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blog pages.

Throughout the year, briefs of campus events, from athletics to research, will be posted on the Facebook and Twitter pages while more in-depth and personal stories will be featured through the university's UNOtube page and Maverickland blog.

The Facebook page can be found at
The Twitter page can be found at

The UNOtube page can be found at
The Maverickland blog can be found at

If there is a campus event, organization, faculty member, student or staff member that should be featured in any of these formats, contact Charley Reed by email at or by phone at (402) 554.2129.

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