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Universities and Greek Organizations have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. However, most people's view of what campus fraternities and sororities have to offer is often misinformed by negative depictions in movies and television. It is this image that Bret Harrell, president of Sigma Phi Epsilon, wants to dispel.


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Calories Piling Up

Calories Piling Up

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Students from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation's Organization and Administration of Physical Education class were stepping, running and pedaling Wednesday (April 6) morning on the student center plaza. The students were part of a demonstration on how many calories can be burned in a 24-hour period.



'Highlight the Need' Drive for Salvation Army Officially Begins

UNO spirit

'Highlight the Need'– to collect new highlighters of all colors and sizes for students in Omaha.

Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are encouraged to donate new highlighters at the UNO Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The collection runs on campus now through Monday, May 9. The UNO Bookstore will sell highlighters four for $1; donations of new highlighters purchased off campus will also be accepted at the UNO Bookstore.

For the second consecutive year, UNO has engaged in a friendly competition with Creighton University. New to this year's school supply drive is College of Saint Mary. Read more.

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Blood Drive, Trivia Competition Part of 2011 Greek Week

Fraternities and sororities will again host Greek Week at UNO, happening today, April 11, 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 today's American Red Cross Blood Drive and evening presentation by Marcus Engel. Read more.

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Former White House Adviser to Speak Tomorrow at UNO

The Department of Political Science at UNO will present 'War Stories from the White House,' a free lecture by Richard Burress, at 2:30 p.m. this Tuesday, April 12.

Burress's presentation, which is open to the public, will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons, just south of the UNO bell tower.

Burress, who is a senior fellow emeritus at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, worked for Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. Read more.

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CAIP Helicopter Course Fundraiser in MBSC Tuesday

The Collegiate Aviation Industry Professionals (CAIP), a student organization, will be holding a fundraiser in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom this Tuesday April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CAIP will build an obstacle course through which participants can fly remote-controlled helicopters. 

The best course time at the end of the day will win a free helicopter. CAIP will also raffle off a helicopter at the end. Proceeds will benefit CAIP, which emphasizes continuing education and professional development for students interested in careers in aviation.

For more information, contact Neil Gabrielson at (402) 554.3095 or

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Speaker to Examine Trade Power and Politics

The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues concludes its series on Globalization's Promise with an April 12 lecture by Pietra Rivoli on 'Who's Afraid of International Trade?' Originating from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the lecture will be simulcast in Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, North Platte, Omaha, and Scottsbluff. Rivoli's lecture will be simulcast and followed with community conversation at the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Ravioli's lecture will draw from her book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy. Following the life story of a T-shirt from its beginning in a Texas cotton field, Rivoli examines the markets, power and politics of world trade. Time Magazine described the book as "engrossing...(Rivoli) goes wherever the T-shirt goes and there are surprises around every corner...full of memorable characters and vivid scenes."

Rivoli is a professor of finance and international business at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

For more information, contact Sara Woods at (402) 554.3914.

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April 14 Sokolof Lecture Series to Feature Guest Speaker Dan Senor

Dan Senor, former advisor to the U.S. Presidential Envoy in Iraq, will be the featured speaker at the annual Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture series event, presented by the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO and the Jewish Federation of Omaha. 

Senor's presentation, ‘Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle' will be given at the Thompson Alumni Center this Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m. The event, presented by the Schwalb Center and funded by the Phil and Ruth Sokolof Endowment, is free and open to the general public.

His presentation will use material from his new book, Start-up Nation: the Story of Israel's Economic Miracle, coauthored with Saul Singer. The book and his lecture draw on his expertise on Middle East and Persian Gulf geopolitics, security, and economics to provide the inside story on how Israel has cultivated a unique amalgamation of innovative and entrepreneurial power.

Senor served as foreign policy advisor in the George W. Bush administration and was senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, having previous been a foreign policy and communications aide in the U.S. Senate. As one of the longest serving civilians in Iraq, Senor received the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

"Having extensive experience in the investment world as well as an understanding of Middle Eastern geopolitics and economics gives Mr. Senor a salient comprehension of the phenomenon," said Dr. Guy Matalon, director of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies.  "His experience, reputation and credentials make him an obvious choice to talk at the annual Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture on Israeli Economics."

Senor currently serves as a founding partner of Rosemont Capital, is an analyst for Fox News, frequently published in the Wall Street Journal, and has written pieces for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Post, The Weekly Standard and TIME.  Senor completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed his MBA at Harvard Business School. Today he works for a New York-based global investment fund, having invested in a number of Israel and American start-ups.

For more information, contact (402) 554.2139 or

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Annual Maverick Stampede & Fun Run This Sunday

Wellness Stampede

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

UNO's Alliance of Fitness Professionals, along with the Omaha Running Club, will host the 13th Annual Maverick Stampede. This year's stampede will be held Sunday, April 17, at 9 a.m. at Chili Greens dome/field on 6808 Spring St.

The Maverick Stampede is a 4K/8K walk/run along with a Fun Run for participants under 12 years of age.

Registration for UNO students is $20; general public is $30, if registered before race day. Race day registration fee is $30/$40. Fun Run is $12. Pick up a brochure in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building on campus or register online at

Receive a free dri-fit long sleeve T-shirt if registered before the race. Awards and medals, along with door prizes, will be given after the race at the post race ceremony.

Sponsors include: Schnackel Engineers, Makovicka Physical Therapy, The Grove Salon, 24 Hour Fitness, Hy-Vee, Old Chicago, Peak Performance and the Omaha Running Club.

For details, contact Jordan Davis 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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TIAA CREF Rep Openings Still Available

Openings are still available for TIAA-CREF representative campus visits on Tuesday, April 19.

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus for individual appointments with employees.

Appointments can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at (402) 548.3614.

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Camp Completion – Faculty Writing Retreat, May 9-13

Every scholar has one:  the work in progress that's been 'in progress' for too long.  If you'd like some help getting a writing project to the finish line – getting it written, polished up, and in the mail – please sign up for Camp Completion, a week-long writer's retreat right on the UNO campus.  During the week of May 9-13, participants will come together every day in the Writing Center where they will be provided with coffee, lunch, encouragement, willing readers, and 'Five Days of Uniterrupted Time to Write.'

Writing Center staff encourages everyone before you slide into summertime, take a week to wrap up your most important writing task. Clear everything else off your calendar for the week; pull out your notes, outline, or draft; get it finished and check it off your to-do list before Friday afternoon's Completion Celebration.

The cost for Camp Completion is $100, payable by cash, check, or a transfer of funds (ask your dean or department chair). Camp Completion is open to faculty and advanced graduate students. To register, contact the Writing Center by Thursday, May 5:  call (402) 554.2946 or write to

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Historian Stephanie Coontz To Present at Tomorrow's Richard Dean Winchell Lecture

Historian and sociologist Stephanie Coontz will present at the Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Richard Dean Winchell Lecture, sponsored by the Department of History.  Her lecture on 'Courting Trouble: The Past and Future of Marriage in America' will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Thompson Alumni Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Coontz is the author of the classic The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap and the newly released A Strange Stirring:  The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.  A frequent contributor to the New York Times, Dr. Coontz has recently appeared on ‘The Colbert Report' and ‘Fresh Air with Terri Gross.'

For more information, contact Sharon Wood 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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UNO Theatre Presents Twelfth Night This 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.

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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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Maverick Productions to Host Day at the Zoo This Saturday

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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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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Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides Student Lunch Talk April 20

The UNO Speech Center is sponsoring a free student workshop titled 'Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides' on Wednesday, April 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U mon hon Room. 

Students are invited to learn more about about how visual aids enhance and clarify your presentation skills, PowerPoint and understand how to use it, and how to avoid common visual aid pitfalls and mistakes.

Free pizza and pop will be provided. To register for this workshop, contact a consultant at the Speech Center at (402) 554.3201 or Space is limited so you must register in advance.

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EAP to Host April 21 'Finding Self-fulfillment Following the End of a Relationship'

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.

Marlene Schneider, counselor and director of the Employee Assistance Program at UNO, will present the workshop.

"This presentation will focus on the process of ‘letting go' and the importance of transferring negative energy into positive energy in order to find inner ‘freedom and peace,'" Schneider said. "Don't miss out on this informative presentation."

Participants will learn:

- The steps of ‘letting go';

- How to identify negative emotions that my interfere with healing; and

- Strategies for rebuilding self-confidence and self-esteem.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Schneider at (402) 554.3120.

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'On the Fringe' Paranormal Radio Show Airs Mondays

Listen to 'On the Fringe' paranormal radio show, which is broadcast live from the UNO campus every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tune in to hear radio personalities -- Tyrone, Seth and Matt -- apply science to tackle the subjects that the scientific community is afraid to touch.

For show questions, contact the crew at, who will answer them live on the air. The UNO Paranormal Society brings this program to you.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center Offers Aerobic Fitness Test

Aerobic fitness is a stronger predictor of mortality than any other single factor except smoking. Have your aerobic fitness assessed at the UNO Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center. The cost is $90. Call (402) 554.3321 for an appointment.

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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the spring Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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