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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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Today's UNO High School Media Conference Features Panel on Social Media

Representatives of area high schools and a communication specialist will discuss 'Using Social Media in the Classroom' as part of the annual UNO High School Media Conference at 11:45 a.m. today, April 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Some schools are welcoming social media and its educational benefits, while others still shy away from using Facebook and Twitter. Discussing the pros and cons of social media will be panelists: Susan Baird of S.N. Baird Communications; Anna Bley, Papillion-LaVista South library media specialist; Kati Settles, Papillion-LaVista South assistant principal; Rich Molettiere, Omaha North technology coordinator; Alex Ives, Omaha North student; and Paul Lindgren, Westside district technology coordinator. UNO School of Communication faculty member Chris Allen will moderate the discussion.

The conference, sponsored by the School of Communication, draws more than 300 students from the Omaha metropolitan area. Activities begin at 9 a.m. with Mav Media Sessions, workshops on four media topics -- writing for the web, graphic design, journalistic storytelling and journalistic uses of social media.

The visiting high school students will enjoy a pizza lunch at 11 a.m., followed by the panel discussion. A recognition ceremony for the winners of a High School Media Contest will conclude the activities. The contest is judged by faculty members, students and graduates of the School of Communication.

Students from area schools will receive awards for contest entries in 23 categories, such as Best Feature Story, Best Newspaper, Best News Broadcast, Best Ad and Best Sports Photograph.

For further information, contact Sherrie Wilson at (402) 554.3677 or

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'Comfort or Scarcity in Old Age?' Is Topic of Today'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 today, 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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Tonight's 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 tonight, 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 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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GSO to Host Day of Silence Candlelight Vigil This Friday

The UNO Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will host a candlelight vigil Friday, April 15, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Memorial Park footbridge in support of the 'Day of Silence.' 

The ‘Day of Silence,' a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is a student-led day of action when concerned students, from middle school to college, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment -- in effect, the silencing -- experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies.

"Help us protest bullying and harassment of LGBT students and supporters," said Joshua Wiley, GSO director. "We will be holding banners and posters; then as night fall comes, we will have a candle light vigil."

Students, faculty and staff should also be aware that some students will be taking a vow of silence on April 15 in support of this cause. 

For details, call the GSO office at (402) 554.4846.

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UNO Concert Bands to Present 'Travelin' Music'

For those fortunate enough to be around in the 1950s and 60s, you may recall one of the most popular television shows of that era was the 'Jackie Gleason Show.'   He opened the show with a comedic monologue that concluded with Gleason asking his great orchestra conductor Sammy Spear to play 'A Little Travelin Music' during which would dance around the stage. Although there will be no dancing on stage, the final concert of the season for the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE), with conductor James R. Saker, and The University Concert Band (UBand), with counductor Courtney K. Snyder, will provide plenty of enjoyable selections to set your toes a-tapping as they present 'Travelin' Music.'

The concert will begin with SWE performing Sam Hazo's impact-filled opener, …GO led by Tim Nutting, Graduate Student Conductor.  Associate Conductor Courtney will take the podium for Spanish composer Joaquin Turina's festive ‘La Procession Du Rocio,' a musical depiction of a processional, dancing and celebration. 

Dr. Saker will conduct the remainder of the program that includes a musical bicycle ride down Monark Avenue in Helsinki by Finnish Composer Timo Forsstrom.  The program will contine with one of the most exiciting and enjoyable works of the 21st century by American Composer, Michael Gandolfi, Vientos y Tangos (Winds and Tangos).  The composition is dedicated to Frank Battisti, conductor emeritus of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble who specifically requested a tango for winds.  The composer commented…"in preparation for this piece, I devoted several months to the study and transcription of tangos from the early style of Juan D'arienzo and ‘Tango Nuevo' style of Astor Piazzolla to the current trend of ‘Disco/Techno Tango,' among others."  The final composition on the SWE portion of the program will be the concert version of the popular big band hit of the 40's and 50's, Brazil.

The UBand will conclude the program with three classic concert band works.  The will begin with Overture for Winds by Charles Carter, the beautiful  Rhosymedre  by Ralph Vaughan Williams that will be conducted by Mr. Nutting, and Pageant by Vincent Persichetti.

The concert will be presented in the Strauss Performing Arts Center this Sunday, April 17, beginning at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students. UNO students are admitted free with a MAVCard.  For information contact the University Bands Office at (402) 554.3352.

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Writing Center Offers Extended Hours for Prep Week and Finals Week

To help students with writing assignments due at the end of the semester, UNO's Writing Center will offer extended hours during Prep Week and Finals Week. 

The Writing Center's hours will be as follows:

- Monday throughThursday, April 25-28
Writing Center, Arts and Science Hall (ASH) 150:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (by appointment)
Pacific Street Satellite, Mamel Hall (MH) 134K:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  (by appointment)
Library Satellite, Criss Library:  1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.  (walk-in only)

- Friday, April 29
Writing Center, ASH 150:  9 a.m. to noon  (by appointment)

- Saturday, April 30
Library Satellite, Criss Library:  1 to 4 p.m. (walk-in only)

- Monday through Tuesday, May 2-3
Writing Center, ASH 150:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (walk-in only)
Library Satellite, Criss Library:  1 to 4 p.m., 6 to 9 p.m. (walk-in only)

Through April 29, clients can reserve time at the ASH and MH locations.  To make an appointment, visit the Writing Center website at http://  Please note that no appointments can be scheduled during Finals Week; consultations will be available on a walk-in basis.

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IS&P Global Diplomats Sought

Approximately 10 International Studies and Programs (IS&P) Global Diplomats will be selected to represent the IS&P office during the 2011-12 academic year. Global Diplomats will promote campus internationalization and volunteer to help new students with orientations, campus tours, social events, airport pick-ups and settling-in assistance.

Criteria for a strong application will include the following: Academic excellence in at least two full-time semesters earned at UNO by May of this term and maintenance of at least a 2.5 GPA, full-time student status at UNO in the 2011-12 school year, strong leadership and communication skills, strong interest in service to the UNO and the international student population and experience in cross-cultural settings. Participation is required for one academic year.

Selected students will wear UNO IS&P Global Diplomats polo shirts to events and will receive a $200 scholarship ($100 per semester) for the academic year in which they serve. 

Both international students and students from the U.S. are encouraged to apply. Applications may be picked up at the front desk in 241 Arts and Science Hall (ASH). Deadline for applications is Friday, April 22. Contact Jennifer Stahl at or (402) 554.2293 with any questions.

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Applicants Sought for Nene Field Ambassador Program

Nene Field Ambassador Scholarship Program for Study Abroad applications are now available. The Nene Field Ambassador program awards one to two outstanding UNO students a scholarship to study abroad each summer to one of UNO's partner universities. The selected student is chosen for outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills, community/campus engagement and inter-cultural sensitivity. 

The 2011 destination is UNO's partner school, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), during the month of July (dates TBA). Students will participate in an independent study course for UNO composing a research paper from their area of interest and journal of their time abroad. Students will have a desk in the International Office, participate in various cultural activities and excursions, and have classroom interactions varying by major.  Extracurricular activities will include day trips throughout Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding areas, a home stay experience, and learn about Vietnamese culture and history though VNU-HCM faculty members and students. 

For application materials and additional information, please visit:

For program or application questions, students may contact Emily Hardt at or visit 241 Arts and Science Hall (ASH).

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Current Trends and Considerations for the University Library Program This Friday

Join Criss Library staff for the final workshop in the Lifecycle of Scholarly Communication series, scheduled for Friday, April 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Study, located on third floor of the library. This program on Current Trends and Considerations for the University Library features an overview of Open Access Journal Literature, as well asLibrary Acquisitions and Access to Scholarly Works and Journal Literature. 

Presenters will be Audrey DeFrank, acting dean of Libraries, and John Reidelbach, assistant professor and Electronic Resource Librarian.

Refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Linda Riviera at

This workshop received support from the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and Center for Faculty Development.

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R.S.V.P. Discount Rate Ends Friday 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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Campus Input Sought for Next Week's UNO Parking/Transit Forum

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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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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Pete Simi to Address Hate Group Issues at Omaha Press Club

Pete Simi, an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will give a presentation, 'The Rise of Hate Groups in the U.S.' at the Omaha Press Club on Thursday, April 21. Tickets for the noon luncheon event are $15.

Simi is the author of American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Hidden Spaces of Hate, a recent CHOICE Award Best Academic title for 2010. Simi has studied hate groups for more than 14 years.

The Omaha Press Club is located on the 22nd floor of the First National Center, 1620 Dodge St. To register to attend, call the club at (402) 345.8008. Non-club members are welcome at this event.

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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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'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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10th Annual Malcolm X Festival is April 19-20 at UNO

The UNO Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 10th annual Malcolm X Festival Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20, at UNO.

This year's festival theme is 'A Decade of Progress, Education, and Achievement.'

Dr. Robert Chrisman, former Black Studies chair and creator of the Malcolm X Festival, returns to campus to deliver a lecture at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, titled 'The Importance of Black Studies on a University Campus.' 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 # 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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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 Bookstore Celebrates Earth Day with GreenSmart Bag Deal

Sustainability Graphic

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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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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Child Care Center Fund-Raising Event

The CHAMPS Parents Group is sponsoring a UNO Child Care Center fund-raising event, which runs through Wednesday, May 3.

By purchasing a $1 raffle ticket anyone can earn a chance to win one of the following prizes:

- Scooter's Gift Basket
$30 gift card to Scooters plus two bags of coffee (value: $50)

- CoCo Key Water Resort
A family splash pack with four wristband passes (value: $100)

- Husker Football Tickets
Two tickets to 2011 UNL season opener game on Sept. 3 (value: $100)

The drawing will be held on Wednesday, May 4.

For more information, contact Dawn Hove at (402) 554.4936.

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