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Another Successful Seven Days of Service

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Hundreds of UNO and area high school students spent their Spring Break helping others in the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities. Students worked at such locations as Laurizen Gardens, Habitat for Humanity and Keep Council Bluffs Beautiful.



CBA Student Group to Host Tire Awareness Event Today

G-BASIS, a student group at UNO's College of Business, is spearheading a tire awareness event today, 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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47th Annual CBA Honors and Awards Ceremony This Afternoon

Today, March 29, the College of Business Administration (CBA) is having its 47th annual honors and awards ceremony in the Mammel Hall Atrium at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony will induct new members into Beta Gamma Sigma (the national honor society for business and management students), as well as honor undergraduate and graduate students who exhibit outstanding academic performance and leadership skills. CBA will also be honoring its graduate professor of the year, Jennifer Blaskovich.

Questions? Contact Noelle Blood at

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Notre Dame Professor to Present at Tonight's 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 tonight, 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.  She has received several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Bradley and Earhart Foundations. Most recently she has been awarded an Earhart Fellowship to write a book-length study of Machiavelli. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has been listed in several editions of Who's Who in America, and was selected as a member of the Templeton Honor Role in 1998.

The Kirwan lecture is named after Kent Kirwan, a UNO emeritus professor of political science, who remains active on campus and in the community.

For more information, contact Carson Holloway at

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Legislature Approves Building a Healthier Nebraska Projects

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The Nebraska Legislature March 27 approved the state's budget bills on final reading by a vote of 45-2-2. The budget package includes substantial support for three of the four projects that comprised the University of Nebraska's Building a Healthier Nebraska initiative:

* $50 million for a cancer research tower at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, part of a larger cancer center project that will position UNMC to earn prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation;

* $15 million for a building addition at the University of Nebraska at Kearney to house an expanded UNMC College of Nursing Kearney division and a new UNK-based UNMC School of Allied Health Professions; and

* A commitment to pay the debt service on a $50 million bond for a new Veterinary Diagnostic Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Each of the projects also requires a commitment of private or other funds. The fourth component of Building a Healthier Nebraska, a new College of Nursing Lincoln facility, was not identified for funding. The budget now will be delivered to Gov. Dave Heineman for his consideration.

NU President James B. Milliken said: "I am very pleased that the state budget package approved by the Legislature today includes an important investment in Building a Healthier Nebraska. The Legislature has approved a compelling set of projects that meets critical workforce needs, creates thousands of well-paying jobs, improves health care and expands educational opportunities for young people in our state. Clearly this is a strategy that has resonated with the Legislature – as it has with the numerous individuals and groups across the state who have endorsed the initiative.

"I want to thank the members of the Legislature for their far-sighted investment, which will be leveraged with hundreds of millions of dollars in private support to create an exciting public-private partnership that serves Nebraskans. State senators have worked diligently to craft a budget that addresses Nebraska's priorities and they deserve our gratitude. I want to especially recognize the hard work of Chairman Heidemann and the members of the Appropriations Committee and the key sponsors and supporters of the university capital projects. I know that Governor Heineman recognizes the tremendous value of this initiative and I am confident that his support will give us positive momentum as we raise private dollars to advance the projects.

An economic impact analysis estimated that Building a Healthier Nebraska will ultimately support 4,700 jobs annually and have an economic impact of nearly $550 million per year.

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White House Reps to Visit UNO Next Week

Representatives from the White House will visit the UNO campus next week.

On Tuesday, April 3, from 3 to 7 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center's Nebraska Room the White House Office of Public Engagement will host an open forum, called "The White House Young America Series," to discuss issues critical to young Americans and try and identify solutions. UNO's Student Government is helping organize the event. Read more.

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UNO Campus Participation Sought for Rural Futures Conference

Do you care about the future of rural America? The University of Nebraska invites you to attend the Rural Futures Conference on May 8-10 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Neb. All input is valuable as the university considers the creation of a Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska. 

The conference, "Connecting Innovation," will feature sessions designed to inform and challenge University faculty and staff from all four campuses to interact and think futuristically to influence the direction of rural Nebraska and the Great Plains.

Today, globalization and other unprecedented factors and trends are changing our world at an ever-increasing rate. While this presents challenges, it also creates opportunities. To succeed, the people – rural and urban, alike – must anticipate and take advantage of constantly changing environments.

Please join members of the NU community at the conference to engage in discussions focused on a new culture of innovation to support positive rural futures through collaborative efforts across campuses as well as with key partners and stakeholders.

Visit for more information or to register for the conference.

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KVNO Spring Membership Drive Ends Tomorrow

Only one day remains for Classical 90.7 KVNO Spring Membership Drive. The drive 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.

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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Workshop on the Future of Higher Education and Using Social Media in Higher Education

The UNO Mathematics Department and the Haddix Initiative invite faculty, staff and students to a workshop presented by Maria Andersen this Friday, March 30, in 402 Roskens Hall. Andersen is the Learning Futurist for the LIFT Institute and a math professor at Muskegon Community College. 

Topics will include:

* Future of Higher Education – 9 to 10:30 a.m.

* Social Media and Higher Education – 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

* Lunch – 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

* Change the Classroom, Change the Learning – 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

More information:

Future of Higher Education:  Scenarios and wildcards will be used to look at possible futures of higher education and then converge on some common themes. What should students be learning in the future? What should faculty be learning to prepare for the future? How should we be preparing to teach learners in the future?  How will people actually be learning in the future?

Social Media and Higher Education:  Social Learning Networks can be powerful mentors to learners and the ability to use social media is now being required in many jobs in the workplace. This will be a conversation about practices, policies, and opportunities to use social media in higher education.

Change the Classroom, Change the Learning:  In 2009 UNO began a redesign plan for two of the classrooms on campus to encourage student-centered teaching practices. These classrooms are called ELITEs (Engaged Learning Interactive Technology Environments). The results were more surprising than everyone expected, which conveyed if you want to change the way instructors teach, you may have to change their environment first.

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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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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UNO Ambassadors Program Seeking Qualified Students

The UNO Ambassadors Program is recruiting for the 2012-13 school year. Twelve student Ambassadors will be selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. Faculty and staff are asked to identify and encourage qualified students to apply for the program. 

Ambassadors represent the university at a variety of social and business functions, which are hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, and other individuals and organizations on campus. They wear UNO blazers or business casual UNO polo shirts to activities, and receive a $200 scholarship for the academic year in which they serve.  

Criteria for selection include:  27 credit hours earned by May 2012 and a 2.5 GPA; full time student status in the 2012-13 school year; superior communication skills; and a strong interest in service to the university.

Applications will be available beginning this Thursday, March 1, in the Office of Student Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building.  Application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, April 2. Twenty-five applicants will be interviewed. 

Call Nate Duggins at 402.554.2415 if you have questions.

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Women Participants Sought for iPad Research Study

If you are a healthy woman between the ages of 30-64 years-old who enjoys reading and doesn't participate in 30 minutes of physical activity per day most days of the week, then you may be eligible to participate in a research study. 

The purpose of the study is to determine whether an iPad-based book club is more or less effective than a face-to-face book club for increasing physical activity in women.  Participants will be randomized to the iPad group or the face-to-face group. iPads are provided to the study participants assigned to the iPad group for the duration of the study.

To learn more about the iPad research study, call 402.554.3395 or email

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