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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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Student Regent Swearing-In Ceremony Today

The new leaders of UNO student government will take the oath of office today, April 18. Faculty, staff, students and alumni can watch the new Student Regent, Elizabeth O'Connor, be sworn into office during the swearing-in ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Bret Harrell will serve as vice president. Both were elected student body president/regent and vice president in elections held in March. For other student government news, visit

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Student Employee of the Year Reception Today

This year's Student Employee of the Year Reception happens today, 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 the campus winner will be awarded $100 from the UNO Alumni Association. The ceremony will feature a tribute to all of the nominated student employees.

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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.'

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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History Department Film Series Continues This Week

World Civilizations instructors in the UNO Department of History have screened a series of films Friday evenings during the spring semester. The final film in the series is the 1934 version of 'Cleopatra,' which will be screened on April 22.

The film starts at 3 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium. A History Department faculty member will lead an audience discussion after the movie. For more information, contact Jo Behrens at (402) 554.2584.

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UNO Hockey Season Tickets On Sale Tuesday

Fresh off their second appearance in the NCAA Playoffs, the UNO Mavericks announced today that season tickets for the 2011-12 hockey season will go on sale on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased through the UNO athletics ticket office in the Sapp Fieldhouse or by phone at (402) 554.2001.

The Mavericks continue to make purchasing season tickets affordable for everyone. They offer several flexible payment plans including a 10-month plan that allows season ticket holders to pay for their seats in 10 monthly installments. There are also three-month, six-month, half and half and deferred payment plans. Fans must enroll in any payment plans by May 12. Read more.

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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

- 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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'Highlight the Need' Drive for Salvation Army Officially Begins

In an effort to support the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program, the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has launched a campus campaign, '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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Academic Regalia Notice for May 6 Commencement

Commencement for May graduates will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Avenue. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore at (402) 554.2336 by this Friday, April 22.

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Legislative Theatre Session to Take Place April 25

The UNO Department of Theatre will presents a Legislative Theatre Session on Monday, April 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in UNO's studio theatre, 006 Weber Fine Arts Building. This event represents the collaborative efforts of students in UNO's Theatre & Social Justice class under the direction of Douglas Paterson.

Legislative theatre was invented and developed by Brazilian theatre director, teacher and advocate for social change, Augusto Boal. It aims to use performance as a means to address current political issues.

The UNO Theatre & Social Justice class has spent the semester working with students from Benson High School, the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club and the the university’s Queers and Allies Organization. This session is conducted with the goal of facilitating a dialogue between UNO and Omaha Public Schools students and community leaders. Some the community and UNO leaders set to take part include David Landis, a 26-year member of the Nebraska State Unicameral; Lowen Kruse, an eight-year member of the Unicameral; Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media; Elizabeth O’Connor, UNO's president/regent; and Kelsey McShane, an attorney with Fraser-Stryker.

Legislative theatre combines interactive, socially driven, scenes with elements of the actual legislative process. The event is open to all ages and admission is free. For more information, contact Paterson at

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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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PRSSA Promotes Organ Donation on Campus

Statistics show college students are among the most receptive to organ donation but they still show apathy by not actively promote the cause.

MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), wants to change that perception.

"Operation: Organ Freedom" will be held Tuesday, April 19, on campus as part of PRSSA’s annual National Organ Donor Awareness Campaign during Donate Life Month. The event also coincides with Tribute Week, where flags are laid on the UNO Pep Bowl to commemorate soldiers lost in Afghanistan. Read more.

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Session to Focus on Newspapers in Course Assignments

All faculty members are welcome to attend a luncheon session, "Applications Across the Campus: The Newspaper in Course Assignments," on Thursday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The presentation is sponsored by the UNO/Newspapers in Curricula faculty and will feature Paul Wilson, the New York Times educational representative to UNO.

Information at the event will include practical applications and results from faculty members who have created successful newspaper-based assignments for students and classes of all types, including graduate students, international students, second language learners, business students, large classes and on-line classes.

The event includes a buffet lunch. Reservations are required and limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 19, to Alice Woll at or by calling (402) 554.2427.

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UNO Theatre Presents Twelfth Night Next Week

Twelfth Night is directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf. The final performances run April 20 to 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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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