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Julie Masters Discusses 'Future Self' Seminar

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On March 12 & 14, Julie Masters from UNO's Department of Gerontology will be presenting her 'Future Self' wellness seminar, which gets adults thinking about what their life will be like when they reach retirement age and beyond.


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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag is lowered to half-staff today, March 9, in honor of student Vedant Patel. He passed away March 5 at 22.

Patel was a senior in the Electronics Engineering Program.

10 a.m. services will be held today at Dugan Funeral Chapel, 751 N. Lincoln Ave., in Fremont, Neb.

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Fitness Fridays Continues Today in Eppley

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Join UNO Health Services today, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building employee break room. Staff will conduct 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.

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'Style Proud' Fashion Event at UNO Today

UNO Service Learning AcademyP-16 project, which brings together UNO public relations students; Omaha North High Magnet School textile and fashion students; and Goodwill Industries. will culminate today, 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 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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Fourth Buffett Early Childhood Institute Candidate to Visit UNO Today

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 UNO today, March 9. An open forum for faculty, staff and members of the public who are interested in meeting her and learning about her vision for the Buffett Institute are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in 412 Roskens Hall. Today's forum will be followed by a reception. Read more.

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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 Sunday through Monday, March 10-11, on the campus of UNO.

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 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) 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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UNO to Participate in March 13 "Ride the Bus to Work Day!"

Omaha's City Council passed a resolution this week, establishing Tuesday, March 13, as "Ride the Bus to Work Day!"

All the city council members will take the bus to the city council meeting that day. The GreenUNO Task Force encourages the UNO community to participate in this community sustainability initiative. 

"This gives everyone at UNO plenty of time to chart their ride," said Angie Eikenberry, GreenUNO Task Force member and associate professor of Public Administration. "We encourage faculty, staff or students to participate."

One of the goals of this "Ride the Bus to Work Day!" is to encourage mixed and balanced transportation options for everyone in the Omaha Metropolitan area. UNO Student Government already encourages students to take the Metro bus through the MavRide program.

Whether a novice or a first-time bus rider, visit Mode Shift Omaha ( for tools on riding the bus on March 13. Park and ride options are also available. For details, visit

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Midlands LGBT Needs Assessment Presentation March 13

The UNO Sociology and Anthropology Department will present "Health and Well-being of LGBT Nebraskans: Results from the Midlands LGBT Needs Assessment" on Tuesday, March 13. The talk will take place at 4 p.m. in 344 Arts and Science Hall.

Jay Irwin, assistant professor of Sociology, will lead the presentation.

For more information, contact Irwin at

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New DigitalMeasures UNO User's Guide

The DigitalMeasures information site has been revamped to provide more complete and updated information. On this site ( faculty will find user's guides, FAQs, and information about the available uses of DigitalMeasures.

One new feature of the site is the announcement of System Updates. Whenever a field or screen has been added, or a report has been updated, the announcement of its implementation will be found here.

As the use of DigitalMeasures expands, so will this site to include newly available options. Be sure to check back periodically.

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Faculty Senate to Meet March 14

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. At 2 p.m., University of Nebraska Associate Vice President for Distance Education and Director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, Mary Paulett Niemiec, will speak. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation. All interested are invited to attend. 

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator at 402.554.3598.

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Story of Moses Gets Musical Treatment From UNO Music Department

The story of Moses will be told through song as UNO's Music Department will premiere a new performance titled "Journey to Canaan" on Friday, March 16.

"Journey to Canaan" is an oratorio that features eight soloists, a choir, piano, harp and a percussion section. The soloists will be comprised of six professionals from around the country, one former UNO student and a current student, while the choral duties will be performed by UNO's Chamber Choir. Read more.

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UNO's 10th Annual 7 Days of Service Starts March 17

While many students will be lathering on suntan lotion in tropical weather during Spring Break, more than 1,500 students from UNO and local public schools will be strapping on old boots and putting on work gloves.

Those students will be helping with various building and renovation projects throughout the Omaha and Council Bluffs area as part of UNO's annual 7 Days of Service, March 17 and 19 to 24. This year marks the event's 10th anniversay.

Students will be working on 12 projects and in cooperation with 14 nonprofit organizations. Those nonprofits include Habitat for Humanity, Lauritzen Gardens, the Stephen Center and The Salvation Army. Read more.

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Administrative Professional of the Year Award

Terrific opportunity to recognize UNO's hardworking administrative professionals. The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is seeking applications for worthy administrative professionals. This award has been given in the past to several UNO administrative professionals and the award has provided a unique opportunity to be recognized in the community for their important contribution.

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 23. Nomination forms are available at this link.

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In the News

In the News

- Dave Kriegler, physics, was interviewed on Wednesday, March 7 on The Crash Davis Show about a recent surge in solar flare activity and the possibility for seeing aurora borealis on Thursday night.

- Sherrie Wilson, communication, was interviewed on Tuesday, March 6 on The Crash Davis Show about the recent controversy involving radio host Rush Limbaugh.

- Sam Walker, criminal justice, was interviewed by the KETV March 5, about the impending retirement of Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes.

- Paul Landow, political science, was featured by KIOS on Wednesday, March 7 about the results of Super Tuesday and its effect on the Republican primary race.

- Hayley Patton, director of Military and Veterans Programs, was interviewed by KIOS about UNO’s new MaV USO (Military and Veterans University Services) office opening at the end of the month.

- Sarah Casey, university relations, Becky Bohan Brown, university relations, and Mona Lisa King-Ward, multicultural affairs, were featured in an Omaha World-Herald story on Wednesday, March 7 about the 100th anniversary of the Oreo Cookie.

- Jonna Holland, marketing, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story on Monday, March 5 about breakfast cereal and how it has been marketed to American consumers over the decades.

- DanBlanke, director of HPER, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald and on about the College of Education’s new Ph.D. degree in Exercise Science.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 402.554.2129.

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In Print

- A paper recently accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: The M Dwarf Problem in the Galaxy, by Vincent M. Woolf (associate professor of Physics at UNO) and Andrew A. West (Boston University), was summarized in, which describes itself as a sort of "Readers Digest" of astronomy. Read more here.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 402.554.2243.

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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 UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women.

Questions? Contact Scarpello at 402.554.3660 or

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