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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.


Arts and Sciences Hall

Arts and Sciences Hall: UNO's Cornerstone

Before the University of Nebraska at Omaha was even truly a campus, let alone part of the University of Nebraska system, almost all of its classes were held in what is today known as Arts and Sciences Hall. Opened for classes in 1938, the building that started it all will hit the 75th anniversary of its approval later this year and its diamond anniversary for construction next summer. continue . . .



Spring Job Fair at UNO Is Today

The Career Center will host a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, today. 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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History Department to Host Lectures by Candidates

As part of its search to fill a position in Modern Europe/Holocaust and Genocide studies, the History Department will host several candidate visits and lectures in March. All lectures will take place between 2:30 and 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. They are free and open to the public and will be followed by a cookie reception.

Today, the first candidate, Brian Crim, will lecture on "'This Too is a Legacy of the Front!' The Specter of Judeo-Bolshevism in the German Military Community, 1914-1923."

Currently serving as assistant professor of history at Lynchburg College, Va. Crim earned his B.A. from James Madison University, an M.A. from Old Dominion University and a doctorate in Modern European History from Rutgers University. He has published a number of articles on anti-Semitism in the German Army during the Weimar period and other topics.

Other candidate lectures include:

* Thursday, March 8 Waitman Beorn, visiting assistant professor of History at Loyola University, New Orleans His lecture: "A Landscape of Graves—The Local Experience of German soldiers and Jews in the Holocaust in the Soviet Union"

* Tuesday, March 13 Monika Flaschka, visiting assistant professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Kent State University Her lecture: "Masculinities on Trial: Sex Crimes and the Intersection of Nazi Gender and Racial Ideology"

Questions? Contact Moshe Gershovich at

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Writing Center Workshop Series: Citing Sources in the MLA and APA Styles

Whether they’re undergraduates writing research papers for class or advanced scholars writing for publication, many writers find themselves bogged down in the details of citation. Many ask themselves questions like "Should I use quotation marks or italics?" or "Comma or period?" or "Must I put the author’s full name, or can I use just the initials?"

The UNO Writing Center can help. The Writing Center’s graduate consultant, Kathy Radosta, has developed interactive workshops on the most frequently used citation systems. Workshops are open to any member of the campus community.

A workshop on the APA style is scheduled for Monday, March 12, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Writing Center, ASH 150.

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NU Technology Day 2012 Conference March 21

NU Technology Day 2012 is a day-long conference on Wednesday, March 21, at the Nebraska East Union, for University of Nebraska faculty and staff.

This year’s NU Technology Day will feature speakers on a wide range of topics. The opening keynote address, "The Move to Services: Transforming IT at R1’s to Meet Growing Demand," will be presented by Associate Vice Chancellor and CIO at the University of California—Berkley, Shelton Waggener.

During the lunch session, UNL’s Dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Gary Kebbel, will present, "Using Mobile and Social Media to Reach New Audiences." The Executive Director of Nebraska Innovation Campus, Daniel Duncan, will present "Building Strategic Partnerships: A New Approach."

For the full day’s schedule of sessions and to register, visit

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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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Campus Recreation Job Fair March 7-8

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.

For more information about the summer and fall positions available, review this link or email

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Collaborative Student Event Thursday

Please consider attending the Secular Student Alliance's semester final event, in collaboration with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), on Thursday March 8, at 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. This event will feature speakers from both student organizations and audience participation via live text-in questions.

“This event is important because it will be representative of the civil discourse that can happen when two groups come together for an educational purpose in an intelligent academic atmosphere,” said Luke Hoffman, president of Secular Student Alliance.

If you are unable attend feel free to pass this announcement along to any other interested parties, including any community or organizational calendars you might have access to.

For more information, email

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Spring Leadership Challenge Is 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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Fitness Fridays Continues March 9 in Eppley

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Join UNO Health Services on Friday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the employee break room in the Eppley Administration Building, where staff will be conducting free blood pressure checks and weight and BMI measurements.

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. However, many people who are at risk for the disease are not being screened according to national guidelines. Staff will have information available about colorectal cancer screenings and information about what they offer at UNO Health Services for students and employees.

If you have any questions, contact Kayla Baumberger at Up to Top

'Style Proud' Fashion Event at UNO March 9

UNO Service Learning Academy P-16 project, which brings together UNO public relations students; Omaha North High Magnet School textile and fashion students; and Goodwill Industries, will culminate on Friday, March 9, with the inaugural "Style Proud" recycling fashion show.

The event, which will be held at the Milo Bail Student Center, begins at 1:30 p.m. and will feature displays of original fashion created by Omaha North students from clothing donated by Goodwill Industries. Taking cues from shows like "Project Runway," Style Proud will feature a panel of local celebrity judges. The judges were featured in last year's Omaha Fashion Week and Fashion Loud fashion shows.

Prior to the fashion show, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m, exhibitors will be available for the students to ask questions of local professionals in the fashion industry. The goal of the event is to connect young people in the community with design professionals. Read more.

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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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UNO to Host 2012 Paranormal Symposium March 10-11

The UNO Paranormal Society and the UNO UFO Study Group are co-hosting the 2012 Paranormal Symposium Saturday through Sunday, March 10-11, on the UNO campus.

The 2012 Paranormal Symposium is designed to look at the logical, scientific and rational explanations of UFOs and other paranormal phenomenon.

Both days' events run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) 101 and will feature a variety of local experts. Saturday, March 10 will focus on ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, while Sunday, March 11 will focus on UFOS and extraterrestrials. Registration for both days begins at 9 a.m. A one-day pass costs $10 while a two-day pass costs $15. All are welcome to attend. Read more.

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'Future Self' Wellness Seminar March 12 and 14

Can you answer these simple questions: Have you met your future self? How many years will you live and how will you get there? What will your life be like?

Come to the 2012 Wellness Seminar -- “The Future Self” -- for some practical tips that can help you achieve the answers and a clearer vision of your future. The presenter will be Julie Masters, chairperson of the UNO Department of Gerontology.

Masters’ approach is informative with lots of humor and practical suggestions. There will be two opportunities to attend Masters’ free presentations: Monday, March 12, at College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Wednesday, March 14, at 220 Mammel Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Both presentations will give participants a process for realizing their future self; including financial, spiritual, social, physical and environmental components.

“Don't miss this opportunity to start planning how to turn your vision of your future self into reality,” said Esther Scarpello, fringe benefits manager at UNO. “Get a glimpse of what is in store and see Julie’s presentation that was highlighted in a recent UNO Magazine article.”

In addition to each presentation, there will be information tables from Campus Recreation, Student Health Services, Counseling, Faculty Employee Assistance Program, Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women and Human Resources.

All faculty, staff, students and retirees are invited to attend. To help you get started on the process participants can complete the life expectancy calculator at Completing the calculator is not a requirement for attending the presentation and reservations are not required.

Event sponsors include: Human Resources and Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Questions? Contact Scarpello at (402) 554.3660 or

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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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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 11:30 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 email 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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UNO Ambassadors Program Seeking Qualified Students

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2012-13 school year. Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program.

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve.

Criteria for selection include: 27 credit hours earned by May 2012 and a 2.5 GPA; full time student status in the 2012-13 school year; superior communication skills; and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications are now available in the Office of Student Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, April 2. Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed.

Call Nate Duggins at (402) 554.2415 if you have questions.

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Student Leader of the Month Nominations Sought

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office (SOLP) sponsors the Student Leader of the Month Award.

If there is a student that you know of that you think would be a candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP staff encourages you to nominate them for this award. In order to nominate a student, follow this link to fill out the nomination form.

One student will be selected a month at each SOLP staff meeting. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if we receive multiple nominations per month, to be considered again. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and will set up the best time to present the award.

Questions? Contact Ben Jager at (402) 554.2711.

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