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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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UNO Benefits & Wellness Fair Is Today

Today, March 27, faculty, staff, retirees and students are invited to attend UNO's 2012 Benefits & Wellness Fair. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. 

New this year, Medicare expert Howard Johnson and EyeMed preferred provider Eye Consultants will be on hand. Eye Consultants will offer free glaucoma and pressure testing, nose pad replacement, cleaning and deep cleaning of glasses and information on cataracts, dry eye and Lasik procedures.

As always, today's Fair will feature vendors like Blue Cross, Blue Shield, EyeMed, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity and others. A fair favorite, free chair massages will take place from 10 a.m. to noon (with a sign-up sheet available starting at 9 a.m.)

Refreshments will be served and other campus services like FEAP, Mav-Rec Wellness and Student Health Services (with information on their new on-campus clinic) will be present.  Also returning again this year is Karisa Jansen, a HyVee dietitian. She will be available to answer questions and provide information on nutrition and wellness resources. 

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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Kayser Hall Third Floor Open House Today

Project Achieve, Thompson Learning Community and Jim Young Scholars have moved to Kayser Hall. An open house celebration will be held today, 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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Tonight's Brooks Lecture to Address Tri-Faith Cooperation

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

Tonight'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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Vedant Patel Scholarship Fund Announced

On March 5, PKI student Vedant Patel was tragically murdered in his apartment in Northwest Omaha. While Patel's untimely death is heartbreaking, those who knew him remember him as an excellent student, a warm and loving son, and a wonderful friend. The Vendant Patel Scholarship Fund has been established in his memory. 

Should anyone like to make a gift: checks may be made payable to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the Vedant Patel Scholarship Fund, 2285 South 67th Street, Suite 200, Omaha, Nebraska 68106.

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UNO Verizon Customers Notice

UNO Telecommunications staff has been advised by Verizon that a phishing email and/or text message is going around reminding customers of a large balance due and asking to pay your bill. Please do not click any of the links or issue any form of payment without contacting your Verizon Representative or UNO Telecommunications (402.554.2799) first.

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Black Studies Hosts Campus Visits for Associate Professor Position

Three finalists for the position of associate professor in the Department of Black Studies will visit UNO this week and next. All "Job Talks" will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room and are open to the campus community.

The schedule follows:

* Thursday, March 29
Darryl Scriven, currently at Tuskegee University where he is a professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of Education Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.  He received his doctorate, from Purdue University majoring in Philosophy.
Job talk: Noon to 1 p.m.
Areas of Specialization: African American Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Applied Ethics

* Monday, April 2
Nikitah Imani, currently associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, James Madison University. He received his doctorate from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida majoring in Sociology.
Job talk: 1 to 2 p.m.
Areas of Specialization: African-Centered Sociological Theory, Intercultural Relations and African-Centered Cultural Studies

* Thursday, April 5
Elwood Watson, currently professor of History, African American Studies and Gender Studies at East Tennessee State University.  He received his doctorate from University of Maine majoring in American History.
Job talk:  Noon to 1 p.m.
Areas of Specialization: Twentieth century history, African-American history, Africana Studies, gender studies, popular culture history and ethnographic studies.

For details, contact Felicia Dailey at

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UNO Dual Enrollment to Host Two Free Showings of 'Calculus: The Musical'

UNO's Dual Enrollment Program is excited to announce its fourth annual showing of "Calculus: The Musical" on campus.

"We hope that you can join us for this wonderful production," said Megan Schmitz, admissions counselor. "You don't have to be a math geek to enjoy it!"

"Calculus: The Musical"
Date: Friday, April 6
Location: 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Shows: 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Members of the UNO campus community, along with Omaha community members, are invited to attend this absolutely free and fun event. Seating is limited, so please R.S.V.P. no later than Thursday, April 5, to UNO Dual Enrollment via:

Office: 402.554.2855
Cell: 402.594.1882

When reserving tickets, be sure to include the following information:

* First and last name

* School

* Address

* Cell number

* Email

* Number of tickets, and to which show: 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.

* Number of parking passes

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CCSW Campus-wide Voter Registration Drive April 5

Are you registered to vote in the Nebraska primary election on May 15? Voter registration, sponsored by the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW), will be offered on Thursday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tables will be set up in the Milo Bail Student Center outside the Bookstore and in the Scott Conference Center student dining area during this time.  

"CCSW encourages anyone to stop by," said Elizabeth Kraemer, CCSW staff co-chair. "It only takes a few minutes for you to become a registered voter and let your voice be heard." 

In an effort to reach out to the college-age population, to register them to vote and to help engage students in the political process, a Susan B. Anthony Voter Registration and Education Initiative was created. Like with past elections, CCSW partners with the Douglas County Election Commission on this campus-wide initiative.

Questions? Contact Beth Down at

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Spring Colloquium Tomorrow on 'Aging Research and Practice in the 21st Century'

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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R.S.V.P. Deadline Tomorrow for 2012 Durham Lecture

Retired NASA Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson will be honored by UNO Aviation Institute and the Hawker Beechcraft Corporation on Tuesday, April 3.

Gibson, who is also a Reno Air Race pilot and naval aviator, will receive the William F. Shea Award for his contributions to aerospace and present the 2012 Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture.

The event will be held at the Strategic Air and Space Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, in Ashland, Neb. A reception is planned for 5:30 p.m., with Gibson's' lecture following at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

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CBA Student Group to Host Tire Awareness Event This Thursday

G-BASIS, a student group at UNO's College of Business, is spearheading a tire awareness event this 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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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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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 at noon. 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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