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Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Presents Awards

Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Presents Awards

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Research projects and creative works by undergraduate and graduate students were highlighted and celebrated at the third annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair on April 5 and 6. More than 100 students from all levels – undergraduate, graduate and doctoral – showcased their work during the two-day event. In photo, from left: Scott Snyder, Eric Burr, Jenna Yentes, Scott McGrath, Everett Levison, Nick Conoan, Magnum Peterson and Mohammed Amer Chaaban.

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UNO Tube Archive Research Profiles Robin Gandhi

Research Profiles: Robin Gandhi

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Dr. Robin Gandhi and his research teams (KEWI - Knowledge Engineering [KE] techniques to Web Intelligence [WI]) have been working over the past several years to form a cyberterrorism warning system to alert potential targets that they might be attacked by groups or individuals through the Internet.


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Today's 'Walk for Refugees' Focuses on 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 today, 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 today's 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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Program Today on Current Trends and Considerations for the University Library

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

The Department of Physics Colloquium Series continues today, April 15, with Pavel Lukashev, a postdoctoral research associate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The event takes place starting at noon in 170 Durham Science Center Room.

Lukashev will present ‘Structural and magnetic properties of the Mn-based antiperovskites: from first principles.' For more information, contact Iulia Podariu at

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GSO to Host Day of Silence Candlelight Vigil This Evening

The UNO Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) student agency will host a candlelight vigil this evening, 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 today in support of this cause. 

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

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HPER Honors Faculty at Annual Appreciation and Awards Luncheon

Last Friday, the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) held its 13th annual, 'Joint Appointment and Part-Time Faculty Appreciation and Awards Luncheon' at the Milo Bail Student Center. There the school honored those part-time and Joint Appointment Teachers celebrating a teaching anniversary and announced the winners of the part-time and Joint Appointment, 'Teachers of the Year Award.'

The director of the School of HPER, Daniel Blanke presented each of the following teachers with a certificate in honor of their many years of hard work and dedication to the students of HPER. This year's anniversary winners were as follows: 

For five years of continuous teaching service: 
Jason Flores and Stephen Smith 

For 10 years of continuous teaching service:
Ted Anderson and Rita Correll

For 15 years of continuous teaching service:
Mike Kult

For 20 years of continuous teaching service:
Karen Povondra and Dr. Mark Williams

The event concluded with Dr. Blanke announcing the winners of the Teacher of the Year Award to Jeffrey Kaipust in the part-time category and Christopher Richardson in the Joint Appointment category.  Both of these teachers were nominated by their students and peers and were presented with a plaque of appreciation. Read more.

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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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Alpha Xi Delta to Host Autism Awareness Easter Egg Hunt This Sunday

Alpha Xi Delta, a 61-year-old sorority at UNO plans to expand Autism awareness across campus during this month. The sorority will host a community-wide Easter egg hunt this Sunday, April 17, in Elmwood Park. The Easter egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. with games and activities following the hunt.

April is Autism Awareness Month, with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

On March 31, Alpha Xi Delta also hosted a campus-wide Easter egg hunt to encourage students to pick up eggs around campus to learn facts about autism. Three students who pick up eggs on campus won gift cards. 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 three Sundays left: April 17 and 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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Student Employee of the Year Reception 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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Criss Library Sponsoring BOGO Scholastic Book Fair Next Week

The Criss Library, along with the UNO Honors Program and University Library Friends, is sponsoring a Children's Scholastic Book Fair April 18-20. It will take place on the library's main floor.

On Monday, April 18, the fair runs from 5 to 9 p.m. On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20, the fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. This is a buy one/get one book fair. For every item purchased a buyer will get a second item free.

Donations will be accepted to support Liberty Elementary School, and all proceeds benefit the library's juvenile book collection. For further information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede,

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Incorporating Student Presentations Into Your Class

Would you like to incorporate oral presentations into your course? Do you need help on how to do it more effectively or how to provide effective feedback on oral presentations? This workshop introduces UNO's Speaking Across the Curriculum program and uncovers resources available to assist faculty through the new Speech Consulting Center.

Faculty Workshop
Friday, April 22
2 to 3:30 p.m.
183 Arts and Sciences Hall
Snacks and drinks will be provided

Presented by:

- Marlina Davidson, instructor, Speech Center Consulting Coordinator

- Kate Rempfer, instructor, Speech Center Consultant

Learn more about…

* Incorporating student presentations into a course

* Providing effective feedback to students on their presentations

* Using evaluation criteria for grading presentations

The duo provides free speech consulting services for faculty, staff and students.

To register for the session or for more information: Contact Davidson or Rempfer at the Speech Center, (402) 554.3201 or

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Participants Sought for Campus Recreation Survey

Wellness Stampede

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

Campus Recreation is collecting information about its Group Exercise program. Please take this short survey to help Mav-Rec staff improve class offerings and be entered for a chance to win one of five $10 Jason's Deli gift cards. The survey will close on Friday, April 29. The survey link can be found online 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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Student 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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In The News

In the News

- The April 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Chancellor John Christensen in an article about budget cuts at UNO.

- Students Elizabeth Codina, Roxana Cortes and Deibi Sibrian were guests March 22 on "La Voz Latina," a Spanish TV program that airs on Cox. The students discussed their Service-Learning Latino Migration and Integration course this semester.

- Mammel Hall, home to the College of Business Administration, was recently profiled by World Architecture News.

- The March 31-April 6 issue of El Perico newspaper featured an article that focused on a recent report by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) on Nebraska's growing Latino population.

- Students Sasha Sporcic and Rosa Najera were quoted in the April 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about writing tests in Nebraska public schools. Sporcic is majoring in vocal music education, while Najera is studying journalism.

- The April 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on the set design for the Department of Theatre's latest production, Twelfth Night. The article quoted Steve Williams, Cindy Melby Phaneuf and Sharon Sobel.

- Sara Woods, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and Angela Eikenberry, School of Public Administration, were quoted in an April 12 Omaha World-Herald article about their Learning by Giving class this semester. The article profiled the course, which has partnered with philanthropist Doris Buffett and her Sunshine Lady Foundation, to donate money to nonprofit organizations chosen by students. Student Jacqueline Horani was also quoted in the article.

- Raheem Yaseer, Center for Afghanistan Studies, was quoted in the April 10 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the culture and traditions of Afghan women. Yaseer was quoted in another Omaha World-Herald article on April 10 about female military personnel serving in Afghanistan.

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

Robert Woody, Psychology, recently published a book (his 34th) titled Helping children and adolescents: Evidence-based strategies from developmental and social psychology, published by Hogrefe Publishers (Cambridge, Mass.).

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

Ensemble A.M.I. Performance Is Tonight

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' tonight, 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.

UNO Theatre Presents Twelfth Night Tonight, Tomorrow

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare tonight and Saturday, April 15-16, in the UNO Theatre, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. Performances continue next week on 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. 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.

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 40s and 50s, 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.

The Moving Company's 2011 Spring Showcase Is May 1

The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance performing ensemble, will present its 2011 Spring Showcase: New Works and Works in Progress on campus Sunday, May 1, at 2:30 p.m. and with a repeat performance at 4:30 p.m.

The spring showcase will be held in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Dance Lab. There is a $5 admission fee and children 12 and under are admitted free. Seating is limited.

Reservations are being taken through Monday, April 25. To R.S.V.P. call (402) 554.2670.

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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