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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

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Research Profiles: Sajda Qureshi

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Dr. Sajda Qureshi from the Peter Kiewit Institute, and her team of researcher-students, have been providing IT counseling to local microenterprises for the last five years as part of the 'Information Technology for Development' program.


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Kayser Hall Third Floor Open House Today and Tuesday

Project Achieve, Thompson Learning Community and Jim Young Scholars have moved to Kayser Hall. An open house celebration will be held today, 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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Jazz Quintet to Perform

UNO will host the Frank Basile Quintet today, March 26. The concert will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom on the UNO campus starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 and available for purchase at the door.

The Frank Basile Quintet is led by Omaha Central High School graduate, and UNO alumnus Frank Basile on baritone saxophone. Basile is joined by band mates Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone; Roger Wilder, piano; Bob Bowman, bass; and Ryan Lee, drums.

Prior to Monday's concert, Basile will also be presenting a free master class at 3 p.m. in 109 Strauss Performing Arts Center. Read more.

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'Sing-Off' Participant Groove For Thought to Visit UNO Today

UNO Maverick Productions, the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, and the Department of Music will present " Groove For Thought" in concert today, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Featured on NBC's " The Sing-Off," Groove For Thought consists of seven singers with individually unique voices. Together, they create arrangements that put a jazz twist on familiar songs. Read more.

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Rubrics: Pedagogy and Practice

The Academic Partnership for Instruction, a division of Information Services (IS), will offer a new training course on Rubrics in Blackboard. The course will take place on Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. in 107 Criss Library.

The session will cover the pedagogical reasons behind using rubrics and the technical skills to use the rubric feature within Blackboard. Participants will be asked to bring an example assignment complete with the corresponding learning objectives for it. Space is limited.

To register, please visit . Call IS customer service at 402.5544358 or email for more information.

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2012 Brooks Lecture to Address Tri-Faith Cooperation

This year's Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Thompson Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.

This year's lecture is titled "The Tri-Faith Initiative: Beyond Dialogue to Cooperation" and will feature three representatives of the Abrahamic faith groups – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, from the Temple of Israel, the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Barker, of The Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, and Dr. Syed Mohiuddin, from the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture, will lead the discussion on the Tri-Faith Initiative and what it means to the Omaha community and beyond. Read more.

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KVNO Celebrates 40 Years on Omaha Airwaves with Spring Membership Drive

Omaha's award-winning radio station, Classical 90.7 KVNO, kicked off its Spring Membership Drive last week. 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. There are various ways to contribute, including payroll deduction, which is available for all UNO employees. Read more.

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Notre Dame Professor to Present at March 29 Kirwin Lecture

Catherine Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, will present UNO's Kent A. Kirwan Lecture in the History of Political Philosophy on Thursday, March 29. Her lecture, "Why Study Plato," will take place at the Thompson Alumni Center Hospitality Room at 7:30 p.m.

Zuckert currently serves as the editor-in-chief of The Review of Politics. In 2009 her book on Plato's Philosophers: The Coherence of The Dialogues (University of Chicago Press) received the R.R. Hawkins Award for the Best Scholarly and Professional Book, along with the PROSE Awards for Philosophy and Excellence in the Humanities from the Association of American Publishers, and was named an Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE. Read More.Up to Top

Guest Speaker to Lecture on Using the Internet and Social Media to Teach

The UNO Mathematics Department and the Haddix Initiative invite faculty, staff and students to a workshop presented by Maria Andersen on Friday, March 30. Andersen is the Learning Futurist for the LIFT Institute and a math professor at Muskegon Community College (MCC). 

The workshop is divided into three sessions.  Participants may attend any or all of the sessions. 

Session 1: 402 Roskens Hall
* Future of higher education - 9 to 10:30 a.m.
* Social media and higher education - 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
* Lunch - 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
* Change the classroom, change the learning - 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Session 2: 402 Roskens Hall
* Using the Internet to spice up your math class - 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
* Wolfram Alpha workshop - 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Session 3: Thompson Alumni Center
* Playing games to learn math - 4 to 6 p.m.

Andersen writes the "Teaching with Tech" column for MAA Focus, is the director of the MCC Math & Technology Workshop, the author of Activities for Algebra, the past-president of MichMATYC, and the professional development coordinator for AMATYC. Lately she has been spending a lot of time building video games for learning algebra and musing about the future of higher education. You can also find Maria blogging at or sharing on Twitter at @busynessgirl.

For more information, contact Margaret Mainelli at 402.554.3430 or go to

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11th Annual UNO Poker Run/Walk Friday

Wellness Stampede

Campus Recreation and Mav-Rec Wellness will host the 11th annual Poker Run/Walk Friday, March 30. The start time is noon in front of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

All interested faculty, staff and students can participate in this free event. Registration is free and available prior to the event starting at 11:45 a.m. outside HPER.

The two-mile course will cover the UNO campus. At specific sites throughout the course, each contestant will receive a playing card. At the end of the course, all poker hands will be shown, and the person with the best hand will be the winner. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Watch eNotes for possible rain date announcements.

Questions? Contact Whitney Prenzlow at or Dave Daniels at

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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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2011 Reimbursement Account Deadline Is March 31

Faculty and staff with outstanding balances in their 2011 day care or health care reimbursement accounts have until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, to turn in claims for expenses incurred in 2011. Claims may be submitted to Human Resources (205 EAB) to the attention of Tim Rochford or Esther Scarpello. Any funds in your account that have not been claimed by the deadline will be forfeited.

The claim form may be downloaded at and a guide to using the reimbursement accounts can be found at If you have any questions, call Rochford at (402) 554.2465.

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Course Redesign Grants Now Available

The UNO Center for Faculty Development announces the availability of course redesign grants.  These funds, and support from the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), are available to individuals or teams of faculty interested in redesigning an entire course. Recipients are expected to pilot the redesigned course by spring or fall 2013.

Grant recipients will be required to attend a campus workshop May 9-10, to learn more about the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) course redesign methodology and processes.

For more information about the grants or to download an application cover sheet, see the Center for Faculty Development Web site at  Application proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 30.

If you have questions, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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Eta Sigma Gamma to Host 18th Annual Belltower Challenge April 4

Sign up your team now. UNO's chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma will hold its 18th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Food Bank for the Heartland Wednesday, April 4, at noon. Every year the Bell Tower Challenge features teams of three people stacking cans as UNO's Henningson Memorial Campanile, located on UNO's Dodge Street Campus, plays.

Teams compete for awards including "Most Creative Team," "Most Enthusiastic Team" and "Team that Stacks the Most Cans" in both student or faculty and staff categories. Read more.

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