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Heydays of the Hayden House

On Oct. 8, 2010, UNO's new Welcome Center was unveiled with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Around $1 million had been invested in restoring what had most recently been the home of the Goodrich Program. With the renovation of the former-Engineering building to make-way for the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building, Goodrich had new home and something needed to be done with a building that, frankly, had too much history to get rid of. continue. . .

UNO Tube Archive Genocide

UNO Course Profiles: Genocide

video by Charley Reed

Genocide is a very real issue in the world today but it's a topic that is often avoided, rather than questioned. However, questioning the root causes of genocide is exactly what Criminology and Criminal Justice Ph.D. candidate Tusty Zohra does in her special topics course on the issue.


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10th Annual Malcolm X Festival Starts Today

The UNO Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 10th annual Malcolm X Festival today, 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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Governor's Office to Recognize Service-Learning Academy April 28

Sally Ganem, Nebraska's First Lady and a UNO graduate, will present the UNO Service-Learning Academy with a prestigious award later this month.

The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will receive the 2011 First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Award at a special luncheon on Thursday, April 28, at the Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St. SLA will be presented with the 2011 award for Outstanding Service-Learning Program.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. A total of 14 awards will be presented at the event, which is hosted by ServeNebraska, the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission.

Tickets to the luncheon are available for purchase: $20 per person, or $150 for a table of eight. Visit to purchase tickets. Read more.

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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" takes place today, April 19, on campus as part of PRSSA’s annual National Organ Donor Awareness Campaign during Donate Life Month. Read more.

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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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Campus Input Sought for UNO Parking/Transit Plan

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.

The scope of the 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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UNO Seeks 'Citizen Scientist' Volunteers for Elkhorn River Study on April 23

Students and adults with an interest in science can volunteer to participate in a UNO water research experiment on the Elkhorn River Basin for the "What's In Your Watershed?" Test Day this month.

On Saturday, April 23, about 150 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in Nebraska will become "citizen scientists" and collect small samples of water from the Elkhorn River. With an easy-to-use kit – resembling an at-home pregnancy test – provided by UNO, volunteers will test the level of atrazine in the river water and then visit a UNO webpage to enter their data.

In Omaha, volunteers can collect water at the Elkhorn River Research Station near 245th and Q Streets. 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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UNO to Celebrate Earth Day on Thursday

The UNO Environmental Club will celebrate Earth Day this week with a special community gathering at the Pep Bowl from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

The public is encouraged, along with UNO students, faculty and staff, to visit the Pep Bowl during this time to meet with a dozen local organizations that have green projects or promote environmental stability.

Some of the participants at the event will include Green Street Cycles, the Sierra Club and the Nebraska Renewable Energy Association.

Family-friendly events will be included as part of Thursday’s event, including face painting, hula hooping and Frisbee-throwing. Food will not be provided but those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic.

The purpose of the event is to “engender sustainable partnerships throughout the community and provide a convenient venue for those interested in becoming more environmentally aware to do so” said Gillian Cromwell, president of the UNO Environmental Club.

The lower level of the parking structure behind Arts and Sciences Hall will be available to all those looking to park on campus for the event.

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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 will include a buffet lunch. Reservations are required and limited: Please RSVP by today, April 19, to Alice Woll at or by calling (402) 554.2427.

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UNO Theatre Presents Twelfth Night This Week

The UNO Department of Theatre will present Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare this 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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Criss Library Sponsoring Scholastic Book Fair

The Criss Library, along with the UNO Honors Program and University Library Friends, is sponsoring a Children's Scholastic Book Fair today and Wednesday, April 19 and 20. It will take place on the library's main floor and will run 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, please contact Melissa Cast-Brede,

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April 26 Academic Success workshop on 'Preparing for Finals'

Feeling anxious about finals? Get tips on how to manage stress at a free academic success workshop, 'Preparing for Finals,' on Tuesday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room. This low-key event will include stress scales, stress-management strategies and free food.

Hosted by Bethany Hughes, graduate assistant in University Division/Counseling Center. For more information, contact Hughes at (402) 554.2409 or email

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TREK to Campus Set for Thursday

Anyone able to walk, bike, carpool or take mass transportation to commute to campus join others Thursday, April 21 at the UNO Pep Bowl from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to promote physical activity and alternative means of transportation.

The 4th annual UNO TREK to Campus is an event meant to engage the university community to use walking, biking, carpooling or mass transportation as a means of commuting. The goal of the event is to better the community through decreased traffic congestion and minimizing parking issues, as well as promoting better overall personal health and fitness.

The event will coincide with UNO’s Earth Day in the Pep Bowl. Participants are encouraged to visit the UNO TREK table and pinpoint on a map where people have commuted from. Prizes and giveaways will be given out to anyone participating by trekking.

There will also be pamphlets and other information about the benefits and alternative ways to commute to campus. For more information about this year’s Trek to Campus friend the event’s Facebook UNO Trek to Campus 2011 page or visit

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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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KVNO Receives Regional Honors

Classical 90.7 KVNO News received 10 Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) Awards on April 9, including three honors for student entries, in Bloomington, Minn. during the two-day Midwest Journalism Conference.

The NBNA is a six-state regional association of radio and television news professionals and students whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to journalists. Member states include Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The winning KVNO News team is led by news director, Robyn Wisch, and includes UNO student reporters Ben Bohall, Dan Jensen; Angel Martin and Lindsay Peterson. In addition, UNO student Josh Buda will be honored by the NBNA for his work the second year running. Read more.

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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. 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 this website

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Women's Walk to Feature Vendors, Seminars

The Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at the Sapp Fieldhouse and the HPER building. The Festival doors will open on Friday at 12:30 p.m. with approximately 40 different vendors and seminars going on throughout the day. Seminars will include:

* Financial planning
* Credit scores
* Diet and nutrition information
* Skin renewal
* Cyber bullying
* Spring planting
* Complete body transformation.

Free hot dogs and Diet Pepsi will be available to all who attend the day’s events. That evening, UNO will welcome U.S. Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson with a meet and greet event starting at 5 p.m. followed by a presentation.

On Saturday, April 30, doors and vendor booths will open at 8:30 a.m. The Women’s Walk and 5K run starts at 10 a.m. from Caniglia Field with a free lunch to be provided following the post-walk ceremony. All donations from the event will help fund UNO women's athletic scholarships and program enhancements.

All events are free and open to the campus community and the public.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center Resting Metabolism Test

Were you aware that 75 percent of all calories burned are determined by your resting metabolism? Have your resting metabolism measured at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center. The cost is $60. Call (402) 554-3321 for an appointment.

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Contractor Will Refinish Floors in HPER in Early May

A contractor will be in HPER Building refinishing the racquetball, squash, activity courts and dance lab floors from May 6 through May 11. The finish being used is a water based, low-VOC product. However, all occupants should expect an odor from the floor finish during the application process. Contact Walt Burr at (402) 554.2500 with questions.

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Cellphone Research Study Seeks Couples

Do you love your cellphone as much as your spouse? If so you may be eligible to participate in a research study focusing on the uses of mobile communication in marriages. Couples who are interested in participating can contact Andrea Iaccheri at

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Call for UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and which address one or more UCAT themes. Please visit for link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT website

Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application. Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll at Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in ASH 105. Leah Pietron, associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, is the 2010-11 chair of UCAT and may be contacted at 554-2801 or

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