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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 Print Workshop Parade Is Today

The UNO Print Workshop is hosting Dennis McNett, a Visiting Printmaker from New York City, this week. McNett is working with UNO Printmaking and Sculpture students to produce a large printed sculpture of a locomotive that will be on display in the lobby of Mammel Hall. Today, April 8, starting at 2 p.m., will be the one and only run of the Wolfbat Railroad from the Weber Fine Arts Building to Mammel Hall.

The public is invited to participate in today's festivities as the art students dressed in costumes designed during the workshop move the locomotive to its display site. The Visiting Printmaker residency is taking place in the printmaking studios of the Weber Fine Arts Building during the week.

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.

For more information, contact the Department of Art and Art History at (402) 554.2420.

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UNO to Test Alert System Today

UNO will conduct a campus wide alert system test this today, 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 Bookstore Celebrates Earth Day with GreenSmart Bag Deal

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Celebrate Earth Day with staff at the UNO Bookstore! Bring in 10 plastic bottles for recycling and get $10 off any GreenSmart Bag instantly. The sale runs the entire month of April. Come in and check out all the GreenSmart Bags and other eco-friendly products available.

UNO Bookstore hours are:

7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Friday

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies to Host Conference Tomorrow

Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for this Saturday, April 9, by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO. The 12th annual conference, titled 'Promoting the General Welfare,' will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops. Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference. Read more.

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This Weekend's 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 today through Sunday, 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 to Host Sunday Screening of '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' this 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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Blood Drive, Trivia Competition Part of 2011 Greek Week

Fraternities and sororities will again host Greek Week at UNO, happening Sunday, April 10, through Friday, April 15. This year's theme is 'The Game of Greek Life.'

A number of activities are planned to celebrate Greek Week, including a kick-off cookout at Elmwood Park this Sunday, April 10, starting at 7:30 p.m. Read more.

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Openings Still Available for MavKids Fit

Wellness Stampede

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

MavKids Fit has four Sundays left: April 10 and 17/May 1 and 8. UNO students from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Practicum 2 teach the classes. All MavKids classes will be held in the HPER upper gym from noon to 1 p.m.

The program, taught by future fitness professionals, entails going over a new muscle every week and different games and activities designed to suit kids. There is no cost; however, a UNO activity card is required.

Questions? Contact Ian Bonder at

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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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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Next Friday's 'Walk for Refugees' is Focus of Global Youth Service Day

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UNO will host a 'Walk for Refugees' as part of the internationally-celebrated Global Youth Service Day on Friday, April 15.

The walk will educate students and the community about the plight of millions of refugees in Africa, the Middle East and other war-torn areas of the world.

This is the first time UNO has hosted 'Walk for Refugees' as part of Global Youth Service Day, which stresses the importance of social awareness and service to the community.

UNO student Tricia Sullivan, who is helping to plan the event, said 'Walk for Refugees' participants will walk from the UNO campus to Stinson Park, near 67th Street and West Center Road. Booths along the route will educate walkers about refugees, recycling, ecology, conservation and preservation. The booths are sponsored by a number of Omaha-area nonprofit organizations. Read more.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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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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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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Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals 2010-11

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is accepting proposals on a monthly basis 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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In The News

In the News

- An April 6 Omaha World-Herald article about the future of Caniglia Field quoted John Amend, Facilities Management and Planning; Bill Conley, Business and Finance; Trev Alberts, Athletics; and Joe Kaminski, Campus Recreation.

- A Public Pulse letter written by Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, was published in the April 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Gouttierre wrote about the value of international students on college campuses.

- The April 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a Midlands Voices column by Dennis Hoffman, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Hoffman wrote about the need for diversity among UNO faculty.

- Student Alex Kuklinski was profiled in the April 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The IT Innovation major learned how to hack a Nook Color e-reader to run Google's Android operating system, and demonstrated the process on YouTube.

- On April 4, JazzTimes published a preview of 'The Jazz Art of David Stone Martin,' which is currently on display at Criss Library. The album covers on display are from the personal collection of Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Walker also spoke with KVNO (90.7 FM) about the Criss Library exhibit.

- The UNO UFO Symposium, held April 2 at the Milo Bail Student Center, was covered by KETV and WOWT.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

Cello-Piano Recital at UNO Scheduled for This Sunday

The UNO Department of Music will be hosting a duo cello-piano recital this Sunday, April 10, featuring David Low, Kayser Distinguished Professor of Cello at UNO, and Lithuanian pianist Riamanta Vingras, a former Professor of Piano at Siaulai University.

The Sunday concert will take place at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The acclaimed duo has performed together for a decade, touring extensively in the United States as well as Lithuania. Works will include Rachmoninoff's Sonata in G, Piazzolla's ‘Le Grand Tango' and Barber's Sonata. Read more.

UNO Theatre Presents Twelfth Night Next Week

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

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.

Ensemble A.M.I. Performance is April 15

Ensemble A.M.I., a performing student ensemble at the UNO Department of Music, will perform a 30th anniversary celebration concert of music from Rush's "Exit. . . Stage Left" on Friday, April 15.

The one-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.
For UNO faculty, staff and students, the concert is free with a current UNO ID.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for high school and college students with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert or online. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

Works by May Art Graduates on Display through May 6

Works by Department of Art and Art History Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) and Bachelor of Art in Studio Arts (BASA) May graduates at UNO will be featured in the final exhibition of the spring 2011 semester at the UNO Art Gallery.

Steven Schmiedeskamp's series of photographs titled Ethereal is one of three theses presented in completion of BFA graduation requirements. The public is invited to an opening reception tonight, April 1, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Read more.

Jazz Album Covers on Display 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 this 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, continues through Thursday, May 19. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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