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Global Youth Service Day

In From the Rain

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Several hundred students from the Omaha community along with UNO students and community volunteers came in from the rain Friday (Apr. 14) to UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse to take part in the Global Youth Service Day. The participants learned about ecology, conservation, recyling and world refugees as they toured learning stations in the Fieldhouse.

UNO Tube Archive Philanthropy and Democracy

UNO Course Profiles: Philanthropy and Democracy

video by Charley Reed

Everybody knows what philanthropy is... or do they? In Dr. Angie Eikenberry's special Philanthropy and Democracy course, she and Sara Woods, Associate Dean for CPACS, work with students to help them understand the philanthropic process.


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Reed to Serve As Interim Senior Vice Chancellor

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen announced today that B.J. Reed, dean of College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), will serve as interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs starting in September, pending Board of Regents approval.  Earlier this week, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes announced her retirement, effective Aug. 31.

"B.J. Reed has a long and successful history on campus and in the community.  During this time of transition, his knowledge and understanding of both will be especially helpful," Christensen said.  Reed, who came to UNO in 1982, will begin working immediately with the chancellor, the senior vice chancellor, the deans and the campus leadership team on transition planning and implementation. 

Christensen also said he anticipates strong campus support for Reed's interim appointment as well as assistance from all campus constituency groups in facilitating an effective and efficient transition process.

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UNO to Celebrate Earth Day Today

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Editor’s note: Today's Earth Day events have been cancelled due to inclement weather. There is no backup site or date. Stay tuned to eNotes or GreenUNO's Facebook page for any updates.

The UNO Environmental Club will celebrate Earth Day with a special community gathering at the Pep Bowl from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, 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 today'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 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

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.

The GreenUNO Task Force and Mav-Rec Wellness both support these events.

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UNO Bookstore Celebrates Earth Day with GreenSmart Bag Deal

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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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Mavericks Win Third Straight MIAA Golf Title

The UNO golf team had five of the top six finishers to earn their third straight Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship April 19.  Dani Suponchick was the individual medalist for the second straight year as she and the Mavericks overcame cold and blustery conditions to post a resounding win over the league's five other teams.

The Mavs finished with a two-day score of 652, 54 strokes ahead of runner up Truman State which finished at 706. Missouri Western, which was second after day one, finished in third at 707. Read more.

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'Consider This' Explores UNO Athletics:  Past, Present, and Future

On March 25th, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents unanimously voted to accept UNO's invitation to the Summit League; moving the University to Division I athletics.

On the next edition of 'Consider This' UNO Athletics:  Past, Present, and Future as seen through the eyes of its chancellor, athletic director and a student athlete.

Wyatt's guests will include:

* John Christensen - UNO chancellor

* Trev Alberts - UNO director of Intercollegiate Athletics

* Mitch Albers - UNO basketball player

The program will air today, April 21, at 11 p.m. on NET 1.

'Consider This,' a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at for dates and times.

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University of Nebraska Foundation Reimbursement Form Changes Effective May 1

Form Changes: The Foundation has made changes to the Request for Payment Form and added a new form, Request for Transfer Form which must be used effective May 1, 2011. 

The new forms are already available on NU Foundation Funds Online The Foundation encourages everyone to start using the new forms immediately.  However, they will accept the old forms until April 30, 2011.  Starting on May 1, 2011, one of these two new forms must be used to obtain money from the Foundation. If the Foundation receives an old form after May 1, 2011, it will be returned to the requestor and they will be required to fill out the new form before any money is paid or transferred.

More information can be found at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Policies & Procedures Library ( Look for "Guidelines for University of Nebraska Foundation Funds" under the Financial Services heading.

Request for Payment Form: This form is used when the requestor wants the Foundation to make payment directly to a third party. There have been some very minor changes to the form.  The form is available through SAPPHIRE as well as on the Foundation's website.  If you have questions regarding this form, contact Tracy Faust at or (402) 458.1117.

Request for Transfer Form: This form is to be used when wanting to transfer funds from the Foundation to the university. This is the form that the Controller's office will prepare and email to the appropriate Signing Authority for his or her signature before the Controller's office sends it to the Foundation for payment to the university. This same form will be used by all campuses for consistency from campus to campus.

Two data fields new to this form are a line to show the WBS element that the funds from the Foundation will be transferred to and the Balance of the Account in the WBS element (located in the Bottom Cell in the Life to Date column).  There is also a section for salary expenses, other expenses and one-time award payments to faculty and staff. At the bottom of the form there are four lines for signatures, if needed, and the proper signatures can be put on any of the provided lines.  The person who has spending authority over the fund must be one of the signers. If you have questions regarding this form, contact Kerri Price at or (402) 458.1109.

Tax Notification: As always, any expenditure which complies with university and State of Nebraska policies for allowable expenditures should be paid through the university. If a university employee pays the vendor, or the Foundation writes a check to the vendor, then sales tax is owed. On Foundation direct payments, be prepared to have the Foundation add sales tax to the amount you are requesting.  Even if you did not pay sales tax to the vendor, the Foundation is set up to remit the sales tax directly to the State of Nebraska if the Foundation deems the transaction is subject to sales tax.

The Foundation will also no longer be able to pay for wedding and/or baby gifts for employees from Foundation funds.

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Panel Discussion Today on New Media and the Future

In the third guest panel series for Adam Tyma's JOUR 1500 class, attendees will hear from a panel of main stream and social media experts today, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Today's panel discussion is open to anyone.

Film, music, comic books, anime and alt-print will be highlighted. The panelists will be discussing where these various forms of media are currently, how they work and what the future might be.

Tyma, an assistant professor with the School of Communication, will moderate the discussion.

Panelists will include:

* Rachel Jacobsen - FilmStreams

* CJ Olson - Saddle Creek Records

* Ryan Syrek - The Reader

* Charley Reed - University Relations

Can't attend, follow the panel discussion on Twitter at #JOUR1500p3.

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Goodrich Candidate to Present Talk Today

Alisa Balestra (from Miami University of Ohio), candidate for an assistant professor position in the Goodrich Scholarship Program, will speak today, April 21, at 2 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. The title of Dr. Balestra's presentation is "Queering Shop Floors and Picket Lines:  Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues." All are invited to attend. 

Questions? Contact Cathy Young at (402) 554.2274.

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State Department Adviser to Lecture on the Middle East Next Thursday

A State Department adviser for science partnerships – who also focuses on Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa – will present a free lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at UNO.

Dr. Bill Lawrence will lecture on 'Engaging Muslim Youth in the Middle East and North Africa: Challenges of Opportunities of the Arab Spring.'

The lecture, which is open to the public, will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Read more.

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Information Services to Offer Desktop Publishing Training

Information Services (IS) is offering a new training workshop entitled 'Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing I' to be held on Friday, April 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the 110D Eppley Administration Building. This session provides an introductory hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using the InDesign software package. While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to:  insert and manipulate text and graphics and create a 'master' template to use for future designs. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary. 

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome. Registration is required and is on a first-come first-serve basis. Although there is a limit of five seats for the April 29 class, IS staff will take a waiting list for a future training in May or June.

To register for this training:

- Go to;

- Click the Sapphire link at the top of the page;

- Select the name of the class;

- Select the date;

- Enter your SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on your UNO photo ID);

- Click Sign Up;

- Click OK to confirm the SAP personnel number.

For more information or to be added to the registration waiting list, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or

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Free 'GalaxyQuest' Screening April 30

To celebrate the end of the semester, the Paranormal Society and the UNO UFO Study Group will sponsor a screening of the sci-fi comedy 'GalaxyQuest'! The screening will be on Saturday, April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building (EAB) Auditorium. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

For questions, contact John Powers at

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Academic Regalia Deadline Tomorrow 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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History Department Film Series Concludes Friday

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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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 through Thursday, April 25-28

Writing Center, Arts and Science Hall 150:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (by appointment)

Pacific Street Satellite, Mamel Hall 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  Please note that no appointments can be scheduled during Finals Week; consultations will be available on a walk-in basis.

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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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'Highlight the Need' Drive for Salvation Army Under Way

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'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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Golfers Wanted for UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League

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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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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:

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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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Alzheimer's Disease Study

The Department of Psychiatry at UNMC is conducting clinical trials for individuals with mild to moderate or severe Alzheimer's Disease. Individuals 50 years-of-age and older, in good general health, with a reliable caregiver that can accompany them for appointments, may be eligible to participate. For additional information, call (402) 552.6241 or contact by e-mail at

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