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Spring Is Popping Up

Spring Is Popping Up

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

UNO Tree Campus USA for Second Year


Strauss Performing Arts Center

Strauss Performing Arts Center: Making Music for Decades

Unless you're a music major, there's a very strong chance you've never stepped foot inside the Strauss Performing Arts Center, but you almost certainly know where it is on campus. continue . . .



Annual Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska artVenture Tonight at Mammel

The College of Business Administration will host the 9th Annual Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska artVenture event tonight, March 23. 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.

Tonight's 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.Up to Top

CBA Student Group to Host Tire Awareness Event Next Week

G-BASIS, a student group at UNO's College of Business, is spearheading a tire awareness event on Thursday, March 29. G-BASIS hopes to bring awareness to why UNO commuters should inflate their tires properly. The event will take place in front of Mammel Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

AAA reports, only 17 percent of cars have all four tires properly inflated, yet the U.S. Department of Energy reports that proper tire inflation can improve fuel economy by up to three percent. The cost for the G-Basis event is $1 and includes four tires and a complimentary tire pressure gauge. Jensen Tire & Auto is the event sponsor.

Questions? Email

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information on UNO "Green" initiatives, go to

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UNO Art Students to Showcase Thesis Work Starting April 1

UNO's Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present the work of 10 Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) thesis students and 15 seniors in the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts (BASA) program in the final exhibitions of the Spring 2012 semester.

The BFA exhibit will be featured in the Weber Fine Arts Building's (WFAB), while the BASA work will be featured in the Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery. Both exhibits will open with receptions for the artists on Sunday, April 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibits will remain open for public viewing until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Read more.

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HPER Student Awards Banquet April 20

Let's support the hard working students in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). The School of HPER will host its annual Student Awards Banquet, Friday, April 20, at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center.  All students of HPER are welcome to attend. 

Please register by Friday, April 13, to receive the discounted rate. Social hour, combined with bidding on silent auction items will begin at 5 p.m. The dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. 

For more details, visit the HPER website at

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William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies to Host Conference April 21

Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for Saturday, April 21, by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO.  The 13th annual conference, titled "Promoting the General Welfare," will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops.  Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference. Early enrollment is available through Friday, April 13. Read more.

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In the News

In the News

- John Bartle, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in a March 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald and was interviewed by KIOS-FM about the recent release of the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings for Graduate Programs. Two programs in CPACS were listed as top-10 programs in the nation.

- Dean Blais, head coach for men’s hockey, and Josh Archibald, freshman forward for men’s hockey, were quoted by the Minnesota Associated Press in a Yahoo! News Canada story about the future of college hockey after the upcoming conference realignment.

- Kathe Oleson Lyons , director of Student-Community Leadership and Service, was quoted in a March 19 Omaha World-Herald article about the 10th anniversary of UNO’s 7 Days of Service. This year’s event was covered by most of Omaha’s major news outlets including WOWT, KETV, KMTV, 1110 KFAB, KIOS-FM and the Council Bluffs Daily Non-Pareil

- Carson Holloway, political science, was interviewed on the Crash Davis Show on 1110 KFAB on March 19 about the impending Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Healthcare for America Act, which is being led, in part, by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning.

- Randy Adkins was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald on March 19 about the upcoming Nebraska senate race and Bob Kerrey’s late entry into the race for the Democratic Party.

- Abbie Syrek, head coach of forensics, was quoted by the Burt County Plaindealer on March 14 about an upcoming performance by UNO’s nationally-ranked forensics team in Decatur, Neb. The team will also be hosting a special “Night Before Nationals” event at UNO on March 28, at 6 p.m., in the Eppley Administration Building.

- Chris Decker and Mark Wohar, economics, were interviewed by NJBIZ about how the national economy might affect this year’s presidential election.

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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KVNO Celebrates 40 Years on Omaha Airwaves with 2012 Spring Membership Drive

Classical 90.7 KVNO Spring Membership Drive is officially under way. The event runs through Friday, March 30, and has a fund-raising goal of $70,000. The primary goal of the drive is to increase membership, however it is also a celebration of 40 years of broadcasting, made possible in large measure by support from the listening community.

"This membership drive is proving to be one of the most exciting we have planned," said Dana Buckingham, KVNO assistant general manager. "We believe our listeners will truly enjoy celebrating this milestone with KVNO, and we plan to offer a number of special premium items as our way of thanking supporters for their contributions."

Classical 90.7 KVNO, which broadcasts from the heart of the UNO campus, is a public radio station that raises more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue through community financial contributions. Read more.

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Thompson Alumni Center Rental Available for UNO Groups

Did you know that the Thompson Alumni Center provides free room rental to UNO groups for meetings, retreats, receptions and conferences related to university business?

The beautiful Thompson Center offers numerous amenities, including:

- A convenient, midtown location

- Versatile room spaces

- State-of-the-art A/V and Wi-Fi capabilities

- Exceptional catering options

Room descriptions, policies and pricing, and the entire catering menu can be found at

For more information, call Thompson Center Manager Gina Ray at (402) 554.3368 or email

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