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Have you ever wanted your courses to work together a bit more? How about all of your courses working together seamlessly? That's the goal of Matthew Marx from the UNO Department of English.


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Global Youth Service Day

In From the Rain

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



Legislative Theatre Session This Evening

The UNO Department of Theatre will present a Legislative Theatre Session this evening, 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. The event is open to all ages and admission is free.

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. For more information, contact Paterson at

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Free Jazz Concerts This Week on MBSC Plaza

Do you like jazz? Join the UNO Jazz Ensembles for free Jazz Concerts at noon everyday this week on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

This week's concert schedule:

Today, April 25: Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Hot Jazz

Tuesday, April 26: UNO Jazz Too

Wednesday, April 27: Babbaganoosh and Schrodinger Quintet

Thursday, April 28: Babbaganoosh and Schrodinger Quintet in partnership with UNO International Studies and Programs Conversation and Culture Hour featuring the Soran Bushi Dancers

(Donations from this event will go to the Japanese Red Cross)

Friday, April 29: The Monochromatic Trio

Concertgoers are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy an hour of live jazz. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the MBSC Nebraska Room.

For more information, contact Peter Madsen at (402) 554.2297 or

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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:

- Today through Thursday, 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  Please note that no appointments can be scheduled during Finals Week; consultations will be available on a walk-in basis.

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Student Appreciation Sale Begins at UNO Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore's Student Appreciation Sale officially starts today, April 25. Buy one get one half off regular priced apparel, caps and blankets. Regular priced jackets are 40 percent off. Lots of other Maverick merchandise is also on sale through Friday, May 6.

UNO Bookstore spring hours:
Monday through Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday April 30 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For details, contact Jacinda Brooks at

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UNO's TREK to Campus 2011 Is Wednesday

Wellness Stampede Sustainability Graphic

Anyone able to walk, bike, carpool or take mass transportation to commute to campus are invited to join the UNO TREK to Campus this Wednesday, April 27, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building lobby from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to promote physical activity and alternative means of transportation. The original event was to coincide with the Environmental clubs Earth Day at the Pep Bowl; unfortunately, the April 21 event was cancelled.

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.

"Our goal is to better the community through decreased traffic congestion and minimizing parking issues, as well as promoting better overall personal health and fitness," said Brent Hassenstab, Trek to Campus organizer. "With the gas prices increasing significantly over the foreseeable future we encourage the community to seek new ways to Trek!" 

Participants are encouraged to visit the table in HPER and pin point on the map where you 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. 

"Take the opportunity to get active and come see us at HPER," Hassenstab said.

For more information about this year's Trek to Campus friend us on Facebook UNO Trek to Campus 2011 or visit our website

The GreenUNO Task Force and Mav-Rec Wellness both support this event.

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Mavericks To Face Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday at Werner Park

UNO baseball will add its name to the list of teams making history at the new Werner Park this season when it hosts in-state rival Nebraska-Kearney this Wednesday, April 27, at 6 p.m. The event is presented by No Frills Supermarkets. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

"We're grateful to the Omaha Storm Chasers for inviting us to play in their terrific new ballpark," said Bob Herold, UNO's head baseball coach.  "It's a great venue for an exciting game against a rival and very good team in UNK." Read more.

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Omaha TIAA-CREF Office Offers In-house Appointments This Wednesday

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will offer in-house appointments for UNO employees this Wednesday, April 27. The Omaha TIAA-CREF Office is located at 9140 West Dodge Road, Suite 210.

All appointments that day will be at the Omaha office only and can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at (402) 548.3614.

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Focus on Success Workshop Tomorrow

UNO Counseling Center will offer a free workshop for students who want time management strategies for finals week.

Get tips on how to manage stress at a free academic success workshop, ‘Focus on Success,' this Tuesday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room. This low-key event will include time management tips, stress-management strategies, and free food.

Who: For any UNO students wanting stress-management strategies

What: Academic Success Workshop, 'Focus on Success'

Why: To help students have a successful end to the semester (and get some free lunch)

Presented by: Bethany Hughes, UNO Counseling Center. For more information, contact her at or (402) 554.2409.

AA/EEO institution: For special needs or assistance, contact (402) 554.2409 (TTY 554.3799).

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Proulx to be Honored at Friday's Annual Women's and Gender Studies Spring Luncheon

The UNO Women's and Gender Studies Program will host its annual spring luncheon this Friday, April 29. At the event, Patrice Proulx, Department of Foreign Languages, will receive the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies.

The Mary Ann Lamanna Award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program for involvement with teaching, research/creative activity or service. 

"Mary Ann Lamanna, professor emeritus of sociology, made outstanding contributions to Women's and Gender Studies," said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, Women's and Gender Studies Program director. "It gives the program great pleasure to honor her each year through the selection of an individual to receive this award." Read more.

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This Week's Women's Walk to Feature Vendors, Seminars

The Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk Festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at the Sapp Fieldhouse and the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The Festival doors will open this 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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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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Free 'GalaxyQuest' Screening This Saturday

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 this 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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'Highlight the Need' Drive for Salvation Army Under Way

UNO spirit

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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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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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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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the spring Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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