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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 . . .



11th Annual Malcolm X Festival Today, Tomorrow

The UNO Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 11th annual Malcolm X Festival on campus starting today, March 7, through Thursday, March 8. 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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CBA's Career Fair & Expo Today

The College of Business is hosting a Career Fair & Expo today, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mammel Hall. More than 20 businesses will be present, including ConAgra Foods, Gallup, Lincoln Financial Group, Nebraska Furniture Mart, National Indemnity, Wells Fargo and First National Bank of Omaha.

Students are encouraged to come in professional attire with copies of their resumes. Students who register at the fair and complete a post-fair survey will be eligible to win UNO Bookstore gift cards.

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Campus Recreation Job Fair Today, Tomorrow

Wellness Stampede

Are you interested in working for Campus Recreation? If so, the Campus Recreation job fair is today, 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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Goodrich Speaker Series Welcomes Claire Schmidt Today

UNO welcomes Claire Schmidt of the University of Missouri for the Goodrich Speaker Series today, 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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This Week In Maverick Athletics


This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on this link.

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UNO Introduces Ph.D. in Exercise Science

UNO has announced the creation of a new doctoral degree in Exercise Science – the first of its kind in Nebraska – providing the state and the region with cutting edge exercise science professionals with advanced training to meet the rapidly increasing job demands.

This new degree, offered by the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in the College of Education, will be offered through UNO's Office of Graduate Studies, which helped UNO become recognized as a Carnegie doctoral research institution last year.

"We have placed Nebraska highly on the scientific map," said Nick Stergiou, director of the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility and Isaacson Professor in UNO's College of Education. "This Ph.D. will enhance this trajectory of excellence."

The Exercise Science program will include four specific emphases, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical activity and motor control. The National Science Foundation has estimated that there is an expected growth of 18 to 40 percent in exercise science jobs over the next six years. Read more.

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Homecoming 2012 to Feature Basketball, Hockey and New Arena

Mark your calendar for an expanded UNO Homecoming 2012 — so big it will be held on two days: Nov. 9 and 10!
UNO on Friday, Nov. 9, will celebrate the opening date for UNO basketball at the new Ralston Sports and Events Center. An opponent still is being decided upon for the Mavs' first game in the 3,500-seat facility, currently under construction at 7400 Main St. in Ralston.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, UNO Homecoming 2012 hits the ice for a Maverick hockey game against 2011 national champion Minnesota–Duluth.

"Our 2012 Homecoming events will bring the celebration of UNO to different areas of Omaha, from campus to the new Ralston Arena and downtown," said Lee Denker, UNO Alumni Association president. "It will be an exciting time for alumni, students and fans to kick off a new era of UNO basketball while also supporting the Mav hockey team."
UNO's homecoming traditions include a lively parade, a campus decorating contest, crowning of a king and queen and a tailgate party. Additional details will be available in the June UNO Magazine, at and in emails sent to all graduates.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Kraemer at 402.554.4802,

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Fourth Buffett Early Childhood Institute Candidate to Visit NU

The University of Nebraska has announced the fourth finalist for the position of founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Harolyn Belcher, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and developmental pediatrician in the Department of Neurology and Developmental Medicine at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, will visit NU March 8-9.

Open forums for faculty, staff and members of the public who are interested in meeting her and learning more about her vision for the Buffett Institute are scheduled for:

* Thursday, March 8, at 4 p.m., Van Brunt Visitors Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 313 N. 14th St.

* Friday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m. in 412 of Roskens Hall

Each forum will be followed by a reception. Read more.

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Customer Service Workshop March 16

The next Customer Service Workshop at UNO will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 16. This four-hour multimedia, interactive workshop is designed to emphasize the concepts and best practices necessary for providing excellent customer service.

If interested in attending, email

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Study Abroad Opportunity to Turkey

A Study Abroad trip to Turkey worth six credits in Religious Studies and International Studies will be offered from May 10-27. Students can receive a $500 tuition scholarship for this trip. The cost of the trip is only $3,600 including airfare. UNO students will visit beaches, mosques and other beautiful sites while studying Islam, Turkey and Culture.

Contact Emily ( or Bridget ( for more information.

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Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) Offered

The Center for Faculty Development is committed to the support of faculty growth and development. Staff works with instructors at their request to help them improve the quality of teaching they offer to their students.

Now is an excellent time to schedule Teaching Analysis by Students (TABS) for your classes. TABS is designed to help instructors identify and effectively use their particular teaching strengths, to isolate specific teaching problems and to develop improvement strategies directed at these problems.

For more information on the confidential TABS process, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals

The Center for Faculty Development is now accepting University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) Travel Grant applications, due on the 21st of each month. UCAT funds travel to conferences and workshops focused on the improvement of instruction. Applications should focus on how attendance/participation will enhance curriculum development & assessment diversity, and other designated themes available on the website. 

For guidelines and applications, visit  Applicants are encouraged to contact college representatives. To find your representative, go to:

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Green Tip of the Week

Garden Choices

Anyone thinking spring planting yet? If so, consider planting a "rain garden." This type of garden enhances the environment by reducing the amount of storm runoff as well as incorporating native drought-tolerant plants and flowers. UNO's Mammel Hall offers a garden with such features and plant species.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips and event reminders. For more information, visit

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