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'Citizen Scientists' Volunteer for Elkhorn River Study

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Alan Kolok, Department of Biology and UNO's Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory, along with members of Omaha Boy Scout Troop 597, participated in the inaugural 'What's In Your Watershed?' Test Day on Saturday, April 23, at the Elkhorn River Research Station near 245th and Q Streets. Volunteers throughout much of eastern Nebraska tested the levels of atrazine, a commonly used herbicide, in the Elkhorn River on April 23.

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UNO's Philanthrophy and Democracy Course Gives Back

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Professors Angie Eikenberry and Sara Woods have been teaching a class called Philanthropy and Democracy this semester. As part of the class, student groups were able to actually donate $10,000 to two local organizations.


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Fall 2011 Parking Services Changes Announced

Parking Services announces several changes effective at the start of the fall 2011 semester.

These include parking permit prices, parking violation fines, appeal procedures and use of MavCard for garage access. Fall 2011 permits sales will begin on July 1, 2011.

For more information on these changes visit

All parking permits and parking violations are paid online at

If you have any questions, call the Parking Services Office at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Governor's Office to Recognize Service-Learning Academy Today

Sally Ganem, Nebraska's First Lady and a UNO graduate, will present the UNO Service-Learning Academy with a prestigious award today, April 28.

The Service-Learning Academy (SLA) will receive the 2011 First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Award at a special luncheon today at the Thompson Alumni Center. SLA will be presented with the 2011 award for Outstanding Service-Learning Program.

A total of 14 awards will be presented at the event, which is hosted by ServeNebraska, the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission. Read more.

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Wellness Seminar Today on Healthy Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle

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

Today, April 28, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room, Exercise Science students from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, in conjunction with Human Resources, are presenting a wellness seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. on Healthy Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

Today's wellness seminar will focus on tips for everyday lifestyles: reading nutrition labels, choosing healthier food options and many other topics. The seminar will 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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State Department Adviser to Lecture Tonight on the Middle East

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

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Saker to Present Lecture Tomorrow on Wind Orchestra Pedagogy

James Saker, professor of music and director of University Bands, traveled to Latvia in October 2010 to participate in Forum II of the Baltic States Wind Orchestra Conductors and Ensemble Leaders. A summary presentation of the project, 'Development of Musicianship in the Wind Orchestra through Effective Pedagogical and Rehearsal Techniques,' will be made for students and faculty this Friday, April 29, at 3 p.m. in 109 Strauss Performing Arts Center. 

The presentation will include a power point summary of the status of the Wind Orchestra programs and repertoire of the Baltic states in general, and Latvia in particular. The session also will include a video presentation. All members of the university community are welcome to attend.

In October, Saker served as a guest conductor and clinician with the Jazeps Medins Riga Music School Wind Orchestra from Latvia in a performance and informational lecture presented by the Cultural Ministry of the Republic of Latvia. He was also joined by wind orchestra conductors from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Holland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovenia in presentations on score analysis and interpretation, conducting technique, and performance practice sessions. In addition, to the Forum II Program, all of the guest conductors presented collaborative sessions on conducting techniques and interpretation in a series of conducting master classes with students and faculty from the Latvian Academy of Music. 

In the week following the conference, Saker provided private conducting lessons to the students, and coached their conducting sessions with the University of Latvia Wind Orchestra as the clinic group. During the 10-day residency Saker consulted with conductors at the Latvian Music Academy, the University of Latvia, and Latvian Intermediate Level Music School to observe rehearsals and conducting lessons and exchange information about the preparation of wind orchestra conductors. He also visited the University of Latvia, Community Wind Orchestras in Riga and Segulda, and School music programs in Riga to observe their programs and conduct their Wind Orchestra rehearsals in the preparation of music by American composers.

For details, contact Saker at (402) 554.2252.

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Carillon Concert Set for Saturday

The UNO campus community and public can attend a carillon concert Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. The event, which should last about 45 minutes, is free and open to the public.

Attendees are invited to enjoy the spring weather and stand or sit on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center. James

Johnson, a Department of Music professor, and graduate student Shannon Richards will play the carillon in honor of the late Margre Henningson Durham's birthday.  Read more.

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UNO, South High Students Partner for April 30 Latino Migration Forum

UNO students taking a course on Latino migration and integration this semester, along with UNO's service-learning partners from Omaha South High School, will lead a community forum on immigration issues and impacts. The forum runs from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, April 30, at South High's library, 4519 S. 24 St. Saturday's forum is free and open to the public.

The afternoon forum is the culmination of a semester-long service-learning project sponsored by UNO's Service-Learning Academy.

During the spring semester, students from both schools dove into academic readings, attended legislative hearings on immigration-related bills, and video-interviewed state senators and South Omaha community residents. The main purpose of their project was to produce and disseminate information about the potential impacts of state-level immigration enforcement policies, such as LB48, on the Latino immigrant population's chances for successful integration into local communities. Read more.

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UNO Budget Forum Set for May 5

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley will again focus on UNO's part of the overall University of Nebraska system budget.

"We want to provide our campus community the most up to date information we have," Christensen said. "I would encourage everyone who can attend to take part."

Russ Smith, an associate professor in the School of Public Administration, will serve as the moderator for the forum. This will be the last budget forum for the academic year.

Call (402) 554.3502 for more information.

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Higher Education/K-12 Service Learning Seminar July 11-15

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy has designed an interactive training that provides an opportunity for faculty to learn about how to utilize service learning as a pedagogy, to connect faculty to K-12 instructors and community non-profit partners, and to explore mission-focused teaching techniques in a living laboratory while meeting community-identified needs. 

Participation in the training will yield a course plan developed between the UNO and PK-12 instructor to be implemented within the next 18 months. Participants receive a $400 professional development stipend as well as project implementation support in the form of: graduate assistant time, project materials, transportation and food. Applications accepted at

Questions?  Contact Julie Dierberger at (402) 554.3268 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, April 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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'Consider This' Explores the History of the Missouri River

At 2,300 miles, it is the nation's longest river.

On the next edition of ‘Consider This' with host Cathy Wyatt The Mighty Mo. Its past, present, and future as seen through the eyes of those who've been managing it since the days of Lewis & Clark.

Just how is history shaping its future; especially when it comes to the ecosystem? And what does that mean for Nebraska?

The program will air tonight, April 28, at 11 p.m. on NET 1.

Wyatt's guests will include:

* Steve Fischer - senior program manager, Missouri River Recovery Plan

* Wayne Nelson-Stastny - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

* Mary Roth - project manager, Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee

 ‘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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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 this 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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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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Cost Waived for May 9-13 Camp Completion – Faculty Writing Retreat

Every scholar has one:  the work in progress that's been 'in progress' for too long.  If you'd like some help getting a writing project to the finish line – getting it written, polished up, and in the mail – please sign up for Camp Completion, a week-long writer's retreat right on the UNO campus.  During the week of May 9-13, participants will come together every day in the Writing Center where they will be provided with coffee, lunch, encouragement, willing readers, and 'Five Days of Uninterrupted Time to Write.'

Writing Center staff encourages everyone before you slide into summertime, take a week to wrap up your most important writing task. Clear everything else off your calendar for the week; pull out your notes, outline, or draft; get it finished and check it off your to-do list before Friday afternoon's Completion Celebration.

Camp Completion is open to faculty and advanced graduate students. With Support form the Center for Faculty Development, the Writing Center is able to offer the camp at no cost to participants. To register, contact the Writing Center by Thursday, May 5: call (402) 554.2946 or write to

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'Highlight the Need' Drive for Salvation Army Ends Soon

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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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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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Child Care Center Fund-Raising Event

The CHAMPS Parents Group is sponsoring a UNO Child Care Center fund-raising event, which runs through Tuesday, May 3.

By purchasing a $1 raffle ticket anyone can earn a chance to win one of the following prizes:

- Scooter's Gift Basket 
$30 gift card to Scooters plus two bags of coffee (value: $50)

- CoCo Key Water Resort
A family splash pack with four wristband passes (value: $100)

- Husker Football Tickets
Two tickets to 2011 UNL season opener game on Sept. 3 (value: $100)

The drawing will be held on Wednesday, May 4.

For more information, contact Dawn Hove at (402) 554.4936.

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CUMU Issues a Call for Proposals

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) has issued a call for proposals for its 17th Annual Conference, which will be hosted by Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  The conference will focus 'Creating Tomorrow's Future Today,' and runs from Oct. 9 to 11.

The three days of presentations and discussions will explore university/community partnerships that are preparing both to embrace the future. Partnerships in the areas of enhancing student experiential learning, expanding the roles of faculty that embrace both university and community settings, extending the university's reach through community partnerships, creating dual urban planning projects and creating academic offerings that uniquely engage the local community are just a few examples of proposals fitting the theme. The conference will provide a forum for students, faculty and administrators to share ideas, experiences and make recommendations concerning the leadership role that metropolitan universities must assume in creating the future.

The deadline to submit proposals is June 6.  More details on the conference, including submission guidelines and submission form are available at

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