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March 22, 1966: KYNE Tower Dedicated

information UNO Alumni Association, photo Criss Library

On this day in UNO history, the broadcast tower belonging to KYNE was dedicated. Today the tower is used to broadcast programming by UNO Television and KVNO. It is also used as a home to turkey vultures in the summer.

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Spring Is Popping Up

Spring Is Popping Up

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The unseasonably warm weather has brought the early appearance of flowers and flowering trees on campus.

UNO Tree Campus USA for Second Year



Deadline Tomorrow for SAC UNO Spirit of Service Award

Editor's note: The deadline is tomorrow. Members of the UNO community are being asked to nominate UNO office/service staff for the 2012 UNO Spirit of Service of Award presented by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). The $1,000 award will recognize outstanding non-managerial individuals who provide service that strengthens the community and improves the lives of others. Nomination forms are due by Friday, March 23.

In addition to exemplary performance of assigned job responsibilities, nominees should: Demonstrate a commitment to the UNO community through the expression of university values in such ways as (1) helping students, (2) furthering their own education and (3) working towards advancement at UNO. Examples of service may include working on university committees, attending and/or participating in non-mandatory campus event or being an effective ambassador for UNO.

To recognize the winners, SAC will present the awards at the annual Faculty Senate-Staff Advisory Council banquet.

For additional guidelines and nominations forms, visit

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Annual Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska artVenture Tomorrow at Mammel

On Friday, March 23, the College of Business Administration will host the 9th Annual Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska artVenture event. All members of the community are invited to this fundraiser, in which collaborative artworks from Girl Scouts and local artists are showcased at auction to benefit the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.

The auction kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Mammel Hall Atrium. Tickets are $50 with refreshments provided.

To pre-register, contact Wendy Hamilton at 402.290.3840 or Tickets will also be available at the door during the event.

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Omaha Brass Ensemble Performs at Strauss Performing Arts Center Sunday

The Omaha Brass Ensemble (OBE) will close out the month of March with a tribute to marching music. The ensemble will be performing the concert "Mostly Marches" at UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

Marches have provided the musical backdrop for an immense number of social and civic functions for centuries. This showcase will include works that span a broad range of musical styles, represented by such composers as Byrd, King, Sousa, Ippolitov-Ivanov and Rimsky-Korsakov. Read more.

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Kayser Hall Third Floor Open House Next Week

The move is on! Project Achieve, Thompson Learning Community and Jim Young Scholars are moving to Kayser Hall. An open house celebration will be held Monday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 27, on the third floor of Kayser Hall from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be food, fun and famous people. The entire campus community is invited to attend and visit their new home.

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School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Annual Awards & Recognition Luncheon

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ ) will host a luncheon on Friday, March 30, at the Thompson Alumni Center to honor and recognize outstanding members of the UNO Criminal Justice community as well as several outstanding faculty, students and staff.

Penny Parker (Completely Kids), Tim Dunning (Douglas County Sheriff), Thomas Warren (Urban League), Tom Casady (Lancaster County Public Safety Director) and Kit Lemon (Deputy Chief Federal Probation) are just a few of the award recipients to be recognized.

For reservations or information, contact Geri Murphy ( for details.

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Writing Center Offers GRE Prep Workshop

Anyone planning to take the Graduate Record Exam will benefit from this workshop introducing the GRE Analytical Writing Section, which includes an Issue Task and an Argument Task. Sponsored by the UNO Writing Center, the workshop will be offered twice: Saturday, March 31, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and Monday, April 2, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Both workshops will be held in the Writing Center, 150 Arts and Science Hall. 

Presenters are Courtney Mustoe and Kaj Jorgensen. Seating is limited, so please register:  Stop by the Writing Center, ASH 150, or contact the center via email ( or phone (402.554.2946).

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CCSW Awards Recipients Announced; Luncheon Tickets Still Available

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 Monday, March 26, by contacting the Business Office.

At the luncheon, CCSW will recognize the 2012 award recipients. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding service and commitment to gender equity. The 2012 honorees include:

CCSW Community Service Award
The Peter Kiewit Foundation

CCSW Outstanding Achievement Award
Ilze Zigurs

CCSW Scholarship Recipient
Brianna Kallman

This year's CCSW Legendary Woman of UNO Award recipient will be unveiled at the luncheon.

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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Spring 2012 Colloquium on 'Aging Research and Practice in the 21st Century' March 28

On Wednesday, March 28, the UNO Department of Gerontology and College of Information Science & Technology will co-host a Spring 2012 Colloquium entitled: "Aging Research and Practice in the 21st Century: Crossing Disciplinary Lines."  Virginia Tech Professor, Karen A. Roberto, will present the colloquium.

She will present from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons (132 & 132D). Roberto is director of the Center for Gerontology and Institute for Society, Culture and Environment at Virginia Tech.

The cost is free, and faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. The Spring 2012 Colloquium is sponsored by the generosity of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.

For further information, contact Stephanie Jensen at or 402.554.2272.

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API Announces Training Session for Advanced Blackboard Grade Center

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a Division of Information Services (IS), announces a new Blackboard training opportunity. Join API on Wednesday, March 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the 112 Criss Library for Advanced Blackboard Grade Center. 

This session will include setting up Weighted Grades, Calculated Columns and creating Smart Views. Participants should have a good working knowledge of basic Grade Center functions prior to attending this session. 

To register, visit Questions?  Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or

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Retirement Reception April 2 for Janet Padrnos

The Cashiering/Student Accounts Office would like to extend an invitation to attend a retirement party for Janet Padrnos in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room on Monday, April 2.  The celebration will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

Padrnos, an administrative technician in Cashiering/Student Accounts, has been with UNO since 1994. Padrnos has interacted with students and staff, both on this campus and with our sister campuses as well.

Please join Cashiering/Student Accounts staff in wishing Padrnos a fond farewell and best wishes for a happy retirement.

For more information, contact Kim Kronschnabel at 402.554.3497.

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