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Dedication of Union Pacific Courtyard at Mammel Hall

Dedication of Union Pacific Courtyard at Mammel Hall

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Jim Young, Chairman and CEO of Union Pacific Railroad, visited Wednesday (April 6) with UNO students and UP employees who are UNO alums, at UNO's Mammel Hall. UNO and Union Pacific celebrated the dedication of the Union Pacific courtyard outside the College of Business building.

UNO Tube Archive Behind the Scenes at Seven Days of Service

Behind the Scenes at Seven Days of Service

video by Charley Reed

Graduate Student Lindsey Scott was this year's event coordinator for Seven Days of Service. Here is Lindsey to talk about how this year's events went and what it takes to make Seven Days of Service happen.


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College of Education to Host Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon Today

The UNO College of Education's 23rd annual Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon is today, April 13, at 11:30 a.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center.

Seven alumni will be recognized for their achievements. The honorees include:
Thomas L. Harvey, Rebecca Vinton Dorn, Antje S. Mefferd, Kathy Solomon, Bob Lykke, Mary Lykke and John T. Langan. Read more.

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Faculty Senate Meeting Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, 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. Today's 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 Previews Twelfth Night Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre previews Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare tonight, April 13, in the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. Previews continue April 14 with performances on April 15-16 and April 20-23.

Twelfth Night is directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. Tonight's preview is also 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 Tonight

The UNO Panhellenic Council will host speakers from the charitable organization Invisible Children at 7 p.m. tonight, 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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Department of Music Honors Recital Is Tonight

The Department of Music will host its seventh annual student Honors Recital tonight, April 13. The event will take place at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

"The UNO Department of Music is proud to honor these talented young musician-scholars during Honors Month and applauds them for their outstanding achievement in music performance and academic excellence," said Christine Beard, associate professor of flute and coordinator of woodwind studies at UNO.

The UNO Honors Recital was established in 2005 to recognize talented student musicians who excel on the concert stage and in the classroom. To be eligible for this honor, students must possess a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. or higher and audition for a panel comprised of UNO music faculty. The best of those performances are selected to perform on the recital.

Out of a record 26 student entries, the following 10 soloists and ensembles will be showcased at this year's event: Schuyler Arnold, voice; Isaac Frishman, voice; Krystle Jones, Sara Schuhardt and Abrea Hensley, flute/piano trio; Jeff Kolega, percussion; Georgia Laughner, piccolo; Michelle Lindgren, piano; Jeff Malashock, bassoon; Seth McKenzie, percussion; Lydia Selzle, Hannah Meyer and Kathleen Turner, piano trio; and Andrea Wilger, clarinet.

For more information, contact Beard at (402) 554.2685.

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Walkers Sought for 26th Annual UNO Women's Walk Festival

The 26th Annual UNO Women's Walk Festival will be held on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. The Diet Pepsi Women's Walk is the marquee fundraiser for women's athletics at UNO. The dollars raised from the Walk provide scholarships for UNO female athletes. The UNO Women's Walk Festival is the largest event of its kind in the United States. Diet Pepsi, the presenting sponsor, encourages its fellow business colleagues to partner with UNO and support this event.

This year will begin a new era for the Women's Walk. The Walk will become the anchor of the Women's Walk Festival, a two-day event, featuring speakers, a wine tasting event, seminars, booths, concluding with the Women's Walk, with a special area just for runners. This year the festival will feature a special presentation on Friday evening from Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson. The Women's Walk Team is currently searching for teams to sign up for the walk. All students, staff, faculty, and community members are eligible to form a team.

To register a team, simply visit our registration page on under the ‘Women's Walk' tab, print off the team roster form, complete it and return to the Women's Walk Office by mail or in person at 6001 Dodge Street, FH 230A, Omaha NE, 68182.

For further information, feel free to contact Pam Schwarting at (402) 554.3689.

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Information Services Offers Blackboard Workshops, Webinar and Drop-In Assistance

Information Services (IS) will offer several hands-on workshops, a demonstration/webinar and drop in assistance to help faculty transition to the new Blackboard 9.1 that goes live on May 8. All hands-on workshops will be held in 104 Durham Science Center and are open to all UNO faculty and staff.

Navigating Blackboard 9.1 - Where did Everything Go? - Enjoy easier and more accessible management of your courses. This workshop will cover: changes to the Control Panel and Announcements; locating content areas; customizing the course menu; making your course available.

Thursday, April 14 - 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.

Monday, May 16 - 9 to 10 a.m.

Blogs, Wikis, and Journals, Oh My! - Blogs, Wikis and Journals are all new features in Blackboard. Learn how to set up Blogs and Wikis and how the Journal feature replaces the Home Page in the current Blackboard.

Thursday, April 14 -   3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 16 - 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Changes/Enhancements: Grade Center - Enhancements to the Grade Center include: increasing the number of rows displayed, color-coding items and anonymous assignment grading, and Rubrics.

Friday, April 22 - 2 to 2:50 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17 - 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Changes/Enhancements: Tests & Pools - Blackboard 9.1 streamlines the deployment and creations of tests and pools. In this course discover the changes to Tests and Pools.

Friday, April 22 - 3 to 4 pm

Wednesday, May 18 - 9 to 10 a.m.

Changes/Enhancements: Groups & Assignments -  9.1 simplifies the creation of groups along with the ability to do group grading. The Assignment feature includes new options, such as setting how many times an assignment can be submitted, along with setting up and grading group assignments.

Thursday, May 19 – 9 to 10 a.m.

Notifications To Students & Instructors - Notifications along with the Course Home Page Modules are powerful new features that allow students to be notified in Blackboard or by email when new items are added to a course or assignments and tests are due or past due.

Monday, April 18  - 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17 - 1 to 2:30 p.m.

For complete descriptions and to register for these hands-on workshops:

- Go to

- Select Sapphire Website.

- Click the name of the workshop session you want.

- Select the date.

- Enter your SAP Personnel Number (This is the six digit number on your picture ID.)

- Check for a reminder email and click Sign Up.

Classes will be cancelled and an email sent if less than five people are enrolled the day before the workshop begins.

If you are unable to complete your registration online, contact Information Services Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP).

Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations - Bring your lunch and learn more about the new Blackboard 9.1.  This demonstration will include information on the course migration process from BB 8.6 to BB 9.1 in addition to a preview of the new functionality.  Registration is not required.

Friday, April 15 – noon to 1 p.m. (MBSC Unomaha Room)

Webinars - Can't attend in person? No problem. Attend on-line. The brown bag demonstration can be viewed live on the web via Adobe Connect. Go to and type your name in the ‘Guest' field and click ‘Enter Room.' (If you haven't used Adobe Connect you may be prompted to install the Connect add on and/or Flash. Installation will only take a few seconds.) Access is best via a wired broadband or network connection. The webinar session will not be available until Friday, April 15, at noon and a recorded version will be posted to the Upgrade Central website at within 24 hours.

Blackboard Drop-In ASK?
Walk-In ASK Sessions - Faculty who are teaching a summer class and have Blackboard questions are invited to drop in for assistance. No sign up required. Come to 104 Eppley Administration Building.

Tuesday, May 10 - 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, May 13 - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, May 16 - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18 - 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

These Walk-in sessions are managed on a first-come, first-served basis and are conducted as hands-on, question-and-answer sessions.  These sessions are not intended to be complete Blackboard training.

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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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'Comfort or Scarcity in Old Age?' Is Topic of Tomorrow's Lecture

As a part of Careers in Aging Week, Sigma Phi Omega/Upsilon Nu and the UNO Department of Gerontology are sponsoring a discussion with Joe Elsasser about financing life in old age. The event 'Comfort or Scarcity in Old Age?' will take place Thursday, April 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. For more information, contact Lyn Holley at (402) 554.4814.

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Student Employee of the Year Reception Next Monday

This year's Student Employee of the Year Reception is Monday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The UNO community is invited to attend the reception to honor the 14 student employees on campus who have been nominated by their departments for Student Employee of the Year.

The students were nominated by their supervisors on the basis of their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and the uniqueness of their contribution to the university. With more than 1,000 student employees on campus, student employment is a key factor in the success of UNO's many departments. 

The 2011 nominees are: Scott Aichinger (Sociology), Noelle Blood (Writing Center), Ian Duncan (Sociology), Kaley Enstrom (Student Organizations and Leadership Programs), David Grothen (Biology), Troy Hansen (NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR), April Harnisch (Psychology), Zachary Ossino (NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR), Nicole Prucha (Parking), Rene Saucedo (Thompson Learning Community), Paige Seier (College of Business Administration), Elizabeth Spartz (Athletics), Scott Weaver (Finance, Banking and Law) and Ann Woolard (Campus Recreation). 

The student in this group chosen as our campus winner will be awarded $100 from the UNO Alumni Association. The ceremony will feature a tribute to all of the nominated student employees. 

For details, contact Tim Rochford at

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Assessment For Curricular Improvements Brown Bag

Join fellow UNO department chairs/school directors and those within units who are responsible for coordinating assessment efforts in a unique discussion on Wednesday, April 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in Criss Library.

This workshop is a holistic snapshot of effective campus assessments and will include an outline of what data we have access to that is not being used extensively. It l also includes some discussion of how we might use general education assessment to inform programmatic assessment and vice versa.

For more information, contact Steve Bullock at (402) 554.2262 or at

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HR and HPER Class Team up for Wellness Seminars

Wellness Stampede

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

On April 20, 26 and 28, Human Resources (HR) and the students of the Exercise Science Program in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will offer seminars on healthy living. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. The schedule of seminars is as follows:

April 20 - Healthy Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle - 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room. Tips for everyday lifestyles, reading nutrition labels, choosing healthier food options and many other topics.

April 26 - S.M.A.R.T. Goals - 2 to 3 p.m. in the MBSC Council Room. This seminar looks at how to make realistic goals that will change your lifestyle and how to make simple goals using the SMART way.

April 28 - Healthy Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle - 3 to 4 p.m. in the MBSC U Mon Hon Room (Repeat presentation).

The seminars are scheduled to last 45 minutes. For more information contact Alex Torres at or call Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465.

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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Focus on Success Workshop April 26

UNO Counseling Center offers a free workshop for students who want time management strategies for finals week.

Get tips on how to manage stress at a free academic success workshop, ‘Focus on Success,' on Tuesday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room. This low-key event will include time management tips, stress-management strategies, and free food.

Who: For any UNO students wanting stress-management strategies

What: Academic Success Workshop, ‘Focus on Success'

Why: To help students have a successful end to the semester (and get some free lunch)

Presented by: Bethany Hughes, UNO Counseling Center. For more information, contact her at or (402) 554.2409.

AA/EEO institution: For special needs or assistance, contact (402) 554.2409 (TTY 554.3799).

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Upcoming Fidelity Counseling Sessions

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this spring and summer for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

Available dates are:

- May 5

- May 24

- June 8

- June 29

- July 13

- July 28

To make an appointment with Cronick, call 1.800.642.7131.

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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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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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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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Green Tip of the Week

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Garden with Your Neighbors

Don't have a yard or time to keep your own garden?  Volunteer at a community garden and share in the bounty of community and food.

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