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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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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, March 28, in honor of UNO retiree Arcadio "Carlos" Cantillo. He passed away March 24 at age 81.

Cantillo, a custodian II in Custodial Services, retired in 1991 after more than 12 years of service to the university.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3535 S. 119th St. Read more.

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Legendary Woman to be Announced at Today's CCSW 26th Annual Awards Luncheon

All but one of the 2012 award winners have officially been announced by the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW). Those in attendance at today's sold-out 26th annual CCSW awards luncheon will be the first to find out who this year's legendary woman of UNO is.

The following 2012 recipients will be honored at today's luncheon:

CCSW Community Service Award
The Peter Kiewit Foundation

CCSW Outstanding Achievement Award
Ilze Zigurs

CCSW Scholarship Recipient
Brianna Kallman

Legendary Women of UNO Award

The sold-out luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 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, anniversary tickets cost only $5 for everyone in attendance.

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

Today, 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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Worster Lecture to be Simulcast Statewide Tonight

The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues concludes its series on "Water and Global Security" with tonight's lecture by Donald Worster entitled "An Unquenchable Thirst: How the Great Plains Created a Water Abundance and Then Lost It."

The 7 p.m. lecture will  originate from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and be simulcast to audiences gathered in Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, McCook, North Platte, Omaha and Scottsbluff. In Omaha, at UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) 132 the Collaborating Commons.

Worster's lecture coincides with and is co-sponsored by the symposium "1862-2012: The Making of the Great Plains" and will present the current issues relating to water, agricultural production, the natural environment, economic development, and global food security within the historical context of the 1862 legislation that shaped the Great Plains.

Regarded as one of the pioneers of environmental history, Worster holds the Hall distinguished professorship chair in American history at the University of Kansas. His research interests primarily address the emerging field of environmental history, the rise of conservation and environmentalism, and the impact of the natural world on human society.

The simulcasts, sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the local college or university, allow more Nebraskans to have the opportunity to benefit from outstanding speakers and community discussion.

For more information, contact Mary Yager at 402.474.2131 (extension 103).

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This Week In Maverick Athletics


This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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Grant-writing Seminar at UNO May 7

The Office of Research and Creative Activity at UNO is hosting a free, one-day, grant-writing seminar for faculty members who are interested in applying for funding through such agencies as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. John D. Robertson, Ph.D., will present "Write Winning Grants" on Monday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center.

All faculty members are encouraged to attend as information presented will be useful to all faculty interested in grant opportunities.

Faculty are welcome to attend free of cost and will be provided with a copy of The Grant Application Writer's Workbook. Reservations are required, and can be made at

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Student Members Sought for UNO Police Cadet Academy

UNO Police Cadet Academy, a student organization, is looking for new members to be UNO Police Cadet for Summer/Fall 2012. All students are welcome to join.

Benefits of joining:

* Expand resume

* Improve certain skills

* Broaden career opportunities

* Strengthen campus community

* Make new friends

* Great experience for students pursuing a career in Law Enforcement

Academy offers:

* In-campus academy to students who have interest in Law Enforcement

* Training and field experience are provided on the campus

* Students ability to prepare for the police academy in the near future

* Field trips to law-enforcement related locations

* Guest speakers


- Sgt. Datrell Morgan, Internal Affairs at UNO Police Cadet Academy, at

- Sgt. Mike Leading Horse, Public Relations/Recruiting at UNO Police Cadet Academy, at

For more information, find the student organization on Facebook, UNO Cadets.

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World Civilizations Film Series Continues with 'Sweet Mud'

The History Department is again sponsoring its international film series during the spring semester.  Each film is hosted by a History Department faculty member, and each will begin with an explanation of the film's setting, and will be followed by an audience discussion.  Please bring your own snacks and join faculty at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, March 30, for "Sweet Mud," hosted by Moshe Gershovich. 

Although filmed in 2006, "Sweet Mud" is set on a 1970s Israeli Kibbutz. Dvir Avni, 13, struggles with balancing the values established by his home Kibbutz and protecting his emotionally unstable mother, whom the Kibbutz members attempt to disgrace when she develops a relationship with a man from outside the Kibbutz.

For more information, visit the History Department website or contact Jo Behrens at 402.554.2584.

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Green Tip of the Week

Reuse it
Planning some home renovations this spring? Instead of hauling it to the landfill, consider donating household items (fixtures, windows etc.) to salvage or reuse it stores.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips and event reminders. For more information, visit

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