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UNO junior Dani Archuleta gets some last minute instructions on how to take off from the Aspen, Colorado airport without hitting any trees or nearby mountains. Chris Cook of RedBird flight simulations was at UNO Thursday demonstrating a new flight simulator at UNO's Aviation Institute.



Today's 'Pizza and Politics' to Feature Deputy Secretary Maxwell

Today, March 5, the UNO IC Scholars Program and the Political Science Department invites members of the campus community to "Pizza and Politics" featuring Ray Maxwell, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. The program starts at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Prior to his current position, Deputy Secretary Maxwell served as office director of Regional and Multilateral Affairs for the Office of Regional and Multilateral Affairs in the Near East Bureau (NEA/RMA) in Washington, D.C. From 2008-2009 he served as the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2009, he served as Deputy Chief de Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria.

The UNO IC Scholars Program is a federally-funded career and professional development program for students with an interest in public service in the areas of national security and intelligence, under the auspices of the Intelligence Communities Center for Academic Excellence (IC/CAE) Program. The UNO program is also member of the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium. The Consortium members include Bellevue University, Creighton University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and UNO.

Questions? Contact Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado at 402.554.4859.

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Biology Graduate Student Research Symposium Today

The third annual Biology Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held today, March 5, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oral presentations will be presented in the 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service. A reception honoring the presenters will follow the symposium in the Milo Bail Student Center.

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English Department to Host Final Candidate for Writing Center Director Position Today

The Department of English will host its fourth candidate for its tenure-track Writing Center Director position today, March 5. Juliette Kitchens, from the Georgia State University, will deliver a presentation, "Practitioner Culture: Myth as a Site of Postdisciplinary Tension," at 1:30 p.m. in UNO's Writing Center, 150 Arts and Science Hall.

For more information, contact Joe Price at 402.554.3476.

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Campus Recreation Intramural Sports Registration Starts Today

Are you interested in playing flag football, volleyball, soccer, softball or kickball? UNO Campus Recreation Intramural Sports registration officially starts today, March 5, and continues through Thursday, March 8.

Play begins on Sunday, March 11. There will be a captain's meeting this Friday, March 9, at noon. Registration forms are available in 104F Health, Physical Education and Recreation and on the Intramural Sports website at

For more information, email Kyle Booras at or call 402.554.3030.

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Tonight's Poetry Reading to Commemorate Baghdad Car Bombing

UNO welcomes the campus community, as well as the public at large, to a special reading of Arabic and English poetry tonight, March 5.

Tonight's poetry reading, which runs from 6 to 7 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery, is titled "We Remember al-Mutanabbi" and marks the fifth anniversary of the car bombing that killed at least 30, injured dozens of others and devastated the titular historic literary and cultural center of Baghdad.  Read more.

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New Web Page Launches for UNO's Spring Graduation Ceremonies

A new web page that explains the schedule of events for UNO's spring graduation ceremonies is now live at Graduation weekend is Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5.

"Bringing our commencement ceremonies back to campus is significant," said B.J. Reed, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.  "It's a time for the university to celebrate, but it's also an opportunity for students to show family and friends where they earned their degrees."

The website has information for students, student guests and the university's faculty and staff.   

Graduation weekend will start Friday, May 4, with a 3 p.m. convocation and processional at UNO's Al Caniglia Stadium.  Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel will address the graduating class.  Later that day, at 7 p.m., Sapp Fieldhouse will host a ceremony for students who have earned masters, specialist or doctoral degrees.

Undergraduate students who have earned degrees will be honored by their colleges on Saturday, May 5. Events start at 10 a.m. and will run into the early evening.  Details are at

"It will be a terrific couple of days for our university," Reed said.  "This is a complete re-imagining of graduation for UNO.

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Department Moves Announced

UNO announces the following departments will be relocating to Kayser Hall this week:

* Facilities Management and Planning, Maintenance and Utilities, currently located at 139 College of Public Affairs and Community Service, will relocate to Kayser Hall Suite 117.

* Facilities Management and Planning, Business Office and Architectural and Construction Services, currently located at Center Street Building, will relocate to Kayser Hall Suite 438.

All telephone and fax numbers will remain the same. Questions? Contact Diane Sunde at

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CCSW Awards Luncheon Tickets on Sale in the MBSC

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is hosting its 26th annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Thanks to the generosity of the Senior Vice Chancellor and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, the ticket cost is only $5 for staff, faculty, students and the general public.

Luncheon tickets, on sale in the MBSC Business Office, can be purchased by phone at 402.554.2979 or by e-mail to through Friday, March 23. Departments can also reserve tables of eight for $40 by contacting the Business Office.

At the luncheon, CCSW will recognize the 2012 award recipients. The Outstanding Achievement, Community Service and Student Scholarship awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding commitment to gender equity. The CCSW Legendary Women of UNO Award will also be presented.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the luncheon, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4802 or or Renae Rust at 402.554.2559 or

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Campus Recreation Job Fair March 7 & 8

Wellness Stampede

Are you interested in working for Campus Recreation? If so, the Campus Recreation job fair is this Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building atrium. Meet the professional staff and learn about the benefits of working for Campus Rec.  

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English Lit, Quantum Physics Topics for Fourth UNOrthodox Event

UNO's semesterly UNOrthodox series returns Wednesday, March 14, with special guest Matthew Marx, lecturer in the Department of English.

Marx, who also earned his bachelor's and masters degrees at UNO, will present a talk entitled "Quantum Literature: How Poetry Can Help You Understand Physics" in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons. The presentation will run from noon to 1 p.m.  Read more.

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Delivering an Effective Presentation Student Learn Over Lunch March 14

"Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation" is planned for Wednesday, March 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room. 

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Learn Over Lunch will learn about how to focus on all aspects of delivery, effectively use gestures, facial expressions, movement, develop and maintain eye contact, and express yourself through your volume, pauses and articulation.

Free pizza and pop will be provided.  Space is limited so you must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or

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Spring Job Fair at UNO Is Tomorrow

On Tuesday, March 6, The Career Center will host a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The fair will feature more than 70 employers who are actively seeking candidates for open positions and internships. Professional attire is expected and students should bring copies of their resume. For more information about the Job Fair and other services, contact The Career Center at 402.554.3672 or stop by 111 MBSC.

The Spring 2012 Job Fair is sponsored by the following: Union Pacific, Applied Underwriters, National Indemnity, Gallup, ConAgra, Interpublic, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Werner Enterprises, NorthStar Financial, Streck, TD Ameritrade, Telvent DTN, Verizon Wireless and ExxonMobil.

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11th Annual Malcolm X Festival Returns This Week

The UNO Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 11th annual Malcolm X Festival this Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, on campus. Ameena Nuur Fort-Matthews, featured in the new documentary film "The Interrupters," will give a presentation during the afternoon of March 8.

This year's festival theme is "Juveniles and Justice: Law and the Prison Industrial Complex." Nuur Fort-Matthews will present "Making Our Communities Vibrant: Positive Interventions to End Youth and Community Violence" at 3 p.m. Her talk, and all other festival events, will take place in UNO's Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

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Goodrich Speaker Series Welcomes Claire Schmidt Wednesday

UNO welcomes Claire Schmidt of the University of Missouri for the Goodrich Speaker Series this Wednesday, March 7. Schmidt's talk on "'If You Don't Laugh, You'll Cry': The Occupational Humor of Social Workers" starts at 5 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service. 

The stresses and challenges facing social workers often leave employees with the choice of laughter or tears. This talk explores the ways social workers use humor at work to process information, cope with job stress, reaffirm occupational identity and elude burnout. The occupational folklore of social workers includes sophisticated use of insider humor that allows employees to temporarily escape the pressures of the job while simultaneously evaluating and processing difficult situations.

For more information, contact Todd Richardson at 402.554.4027,

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Nominations Deadline Friday for Student Employee of the Year

UNO faculty and staff are asked to submit nominations for student employees to be 2012's Student Employee of the Year. The nomination form and guidelines can be found at Nominations should be sent to Tim Rochford (, HR, EAB 205) by Friday, March 9.

The ceremony to celebrate nominated student employees will take place on Monday, April 23, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 3 to 4 p.m. Nomination letters should discuss the student employee's dedication and professionalism, responsibility and reliability, initiative and creativity and the uniqueness of their contribution to the university. The student selected as the Student Employee of the Year will receive a $100 check provided by the UNO Alumni Center.

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Spring Leadership Challenge Is This Friday

Hey students! Take your leadership off cruise control this spring. Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) is excited to announce its spring leadership conference taking place:

* Friday, March 9

* Noon to 5 p.m.

* Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room 

Michael Miller, a nationally travelling leadership expert, will present an afternoon of engaging and humorous leadership enrichment. He has a knack for entertaining his audiences while educating them as well. The conference is for all students, regardless of your level of campus involvement. 

Complete the registration form at this link and return to the MBSC Business Office, along with your $10 deposit. After attending the conference, students will get a $10 credit on their MavCard. 

Contact Erin Cron in SOLP with questions at or 402.554.2711.

Note: Departments sending students will not be billed and no refunds will be given.

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Maverick Watch


Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall 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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