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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.



UNO to Host State Geographic Bee Today

Students from across Nebraska will gather at UNO today, March 30, to showcase their knowledge of geography and compete for prizes during the annual State Geographic Bee. The champion will receive a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals.

Registration will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) with welcoming statements to immediately follow.  Read more.

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11th Annual UNO Poker Run/Walk Today

Campus Recreation and Mav-Rec Wellness will host the 11th annual Poker Run/Walk today, 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.

Today's 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.

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School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Annual Awards & Recognition Luncheon Today

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ ) will host a luncheon today, March 30, at the Thompson Alumni Center to honor and recognize outstanding members of the UNO Criminal Justice community as well as several outstanding faculty, students and staff.

Penny Parker (Completely Kids), Tim Dunning (Douglas County Sheriff), Thomas Warren (Urban League), Tom Casady (Lancaster County Public Safety Director) and Kit Lemon (Deputy Chief Federal Probation) are just a few of the award recipients to be recognized.

For information more information on the sold-out luncheon, contact Geri Murphy (

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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. today, 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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Faculty/Staff Employee Discount Program Notice

PerkSpot the faculty and staff employee discount program will no longer be available as of Saturday, March 31. A new, enhanced employee discount program will be unveiled to UNO faculty and staff on Tuesday, May 1. Watch eNotes and your campus mail for details on May 1.

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Symphonic Wind Ensembles from Doane College and UNO to Present Joint Concert

The Concert Bands from Doane College with Conductor Jay Gilbert and UNO with Conductor James R. Saker announce a very special program featuring the Symphonic Wind Ensemble from each campus that will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  The theme for this program is "Wind Band Classics Old and New" and will feature some of the greatest concert band compositions of the 20th and 21st century.   

The program will open with the Doane ensemble performing one of John Philip Sousa's finest marches, The Black Horse Troop.  Other works to be presented include Van der Roost's Suite Provencal as well as Pineapple Poll based on music from the famous English operetta composer Sir Arthur Sullivan that was arranged by Charles Mackerras.

The UNO Wind Ensemble will feature one of the most stirring and exciting marches ever written, Espirit des Corps, by Robert Jager.  English composer Martin Ellerby's stunning "Symphony for Winds" features some of the ensembles finest musicians as soloists.  The final piece on this groups program will be the epic Lincolnshire Posy by Australian Composer Percy Grainger.

Musicians from both ensembles will conclude the concert with Richard Wagner's magnificent Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from the opera "Lohengrin."  Although this performance will feature the Lucien Calliet transcription, it is interesting to note that Wagner conceived the work as a piece for concert band – a single violin is the only string instrument in the original orchestration.  UNO associate conductor Courtney Snyder will lead the combined ensembles in this performance.

A special feature of this early spring concert each year is the announcement of the selection of new members of the UNO Bands Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame selection committee is pleased to announce that Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Del and LouAnn Weber are the 2012 inductees.  A complimentary reception in the Student Center Ballroom will be open to all following the concert.

There is no admission charge for this event.  However, donations will be accepted for the UNO Wind Ensemble's 2013 International Tour Scholarship Fund.

For additional information contact the University Bands Office at 402.554.3352.

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UNO Art Students to Showcase Thesis Work Starting Sunday

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) Art Gallery, while the BASA work will be featured in the Criss LibraryOsborne Family Gallery. Both exhibits will open with receptions for the artists this 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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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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Search Commences for Executive Vice President and Provost

The University of Nebraska has commenced a national search for the position of Executive Vice President and Provost. Linda Ray Pratt, who has served in this role since 2006, plans to step down on June 30 to return to her professional roots in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The executive vice president and provost is the university's ranking academic and administrative officer after the president.  The executive vice president and provost advises the president, chancellors and Board of Regents on matters related to academic affairs, graduate studies and research, and also is responsible for recommending changes or additions to academic programs and reviewing promotion and tenure recommendations. The provost's office oversees academic programs and activities, including global engagement initiatives and institutional research, at the university.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has named a 10-member search committee comprised of representatives from the student body, faculty, and administration to identify, recruit and recommend candidates for this important role.  The committee will be chaired by Susan Poser, dean of the College of Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Other members include:

* Faisal Ahmed, student regent, University of Nebraska Medical Center

* John Bartle, acting dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, UNO

* Charlie Bicak, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Nebraska at Kearney

* H. Dele Davies, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska Medical Center

* Ronnie Green, vice president/Harlan Vice Chancellor of the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska

* David Lechner, vice president for Business and Finance, University of Nebraska

* Jim Lewis, professor (Mathematics), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

* Sarah Thompson, professor and associate dean, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center

* Sharon Wood, chairperson (History), UNO

The committee will be assisted by Kim Morrisson of Diversified Search, a professional consulting firm engaged by the university.  Nominations or expressions of interest in the position may be sent to Morrisson at  Additional information on the position may be found at

Milliken said he hopes to name the new executive vice president and provost this summer.

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Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due April 20

The deadline to submit changes for the 2012-13 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Friday, April 20. Changes should be submitted to Tim Kaldahl, University Relations, 211 Eppley Administration Building.  For more information, call 402.554.3402.

The current catalog can be accessed online at  Anyone needing to submit changes is encouraged to visit the site and print off the materials relevant to their college, department or unit or use the print version of the 2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog as the starting point for their editing. 

Those making edits are asked to keep in mind that all program requirements should reflect the university general education requirements adopted for Fall 2011 and the 120 credit hour degreerequirement for all programs (except for those who applied for and were granted an exception). 

Changes for next year's catalog will be made via SmartCatalog by University Relations staff.  After edits and changes are complete, a limited number of catalogs will be printed.

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Criss Library Reader's Garden Now Open

Spring is here!  The Criss Library Garden will now be open, weather permitting, on days with a forecasted high above 50 degrees.  Garden hours during the spring semester are from 7 a.m. until dusk.  Summer hours will be 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Alpha Xi Delta to Host Autism Awareness Events

Alpha Xi Delta to Host Autism Awareness Events Omaha - Alpha Xi Delta, a 62-year-old sorority at UNO, plans to spread Autism awareness across campus and the community during the month of April.

April is national Autism Awareness Month, with World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, April 2. To honor the event, Alpha Xi Delta will be wearing blue as well as passing out ribbons and facts about Autism around campus on April 11 for Autism Awareness Day. Read more.

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Women's and Gender Studies Online Course Showcase Monday

Women's and Gender Studies online courses will be showcased on Monday, April 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.  This workshop will feature panelists: Dawn Cripe, Jody Neathery-Castro and Karen Falconer Al-Hindi.  Each Panelist will show her course website and briefly discuss how teaching online meets learning objectives.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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UNO Celebrates National Careers in Aging Week

UNO will celebrate National Careers in Aging Week Tuesday, April 3, with Inter-Professional Panel Presentation from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

"Careers in Aging Week" is an annual event intended to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in aging and aging research. Universities and colleges across the world participate by sponsoring events at their schools or in their communities.

Panelists will include:

* Cathy Wyatt, host, "Consider This" and the Art of Aging

* Dale Percival, Financial Visions, LLC

* Mary Buford-Wilson, Buford Law Office

* Dianne Hendricks, UNMC Home Instead Center for Successful Aging

* Jerry Deichert, UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

Panel presentation, aging games and prizes sponsored by UNO's Department of Gerontology and Grace Abbott School of Social Work.

Questions? Call Nancy Kelly Gillespie at 402.554.4886.

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In the News

In the News

- Chris Allen, communication, was recently featured on Oman Radio and Majan TV about the Muscat Festival in Oman. Allen is currently teaching in Oman as part of a year-long Fulbright grant.

- Ken Kriz, public administration, was quoted by the Tampa Bay Times about an impending court date between the city of St. Petersberg and Wachovia Global Securities.

- Ken Kriz, along with Christopher Decker and Mark Wohar, economics, released their monthly economic index for Omaha on Wednesday, March 28 in the Omaha World-Herald. According to the data, Omaha growth has been slow but largely consistent since 2010.

- Greg Petrow, political science, was interviewed by Crash Davis about the Voter ID bill that was proposed by the Nebraska Legislature, but wound up being tabled due to a lack of supporting votes.

- Oliver Pollak, history, wrote column about the importance of reference books that appeared in the Omaha World-Herald.

- David Drozd, coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted by the Grand Island Independent about Grand Island, Neb.’s recent surge in population to cross the 50,000 mark for population of the city and its surrounding subdivisions.

- Sam Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted by the Washington Post about calls for a probe into the shooting of two men by the Albuquerque Police Department.

- Carson Holloway, political science, was interviewed by KIOS-FM and KFAB about this week’s Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act.

- Carol Ebdon, public administration, and Rebecca Trammell, criminal justice, were interviewed by the Bellevue Leader about the ongoing investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol into bidding practices within the Bellevue Public Schools.

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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MavPerks Discount

Have you taken advantage of MavPerks yet? MavPerks is an automatic discount you receive simply by using your MavCard to pay at select campus locations. Use your MavCard at the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court and Convenience Store, the Library Café or the MavRec Café and get 5 percent off your total purchase!

To add money to your card, visit

Questions? Email Mary Cunard:

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