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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.



New Military & Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) Opens in Eppley

Starting this week, UNO opens its new office for military and veteran students in 117 Eppley Administration Building (EAB). This new office, called MaV USO, will be a one-stop student support office for any students that have a military affiliation. The current UNO office on Offutt Air Force Base will remain and work in conjunction with MaV USO to assist students. Please note: the Veteran Services desk, which has been previously housed in Financial Aid, closed March 31 and those services, including VA education benefits, will be relocated to the new MaV USO. 

In addition to VA education benefits, MaV USO can be used by both current and prospective military and veteran students who need assistance with almost any aspect of the university, including: enrollment, academic programs, military tuition assistance, transfer credit, career guidance, and academic support – just to name a few.  The office will also act as a resource to UNO faculty and staff working with these students.

To celebrate the opening of MaV USO at UNO, the office will be providing free donuts and coffee all week (April 2-6). Faculty, staff, and students are invited to come by to see the new office and learn about what MaV USO has to offer. 

For more information, contact MaV USO at 402.554.2349 or

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IS Offers Intermediate Outlook 2010 Training Sessions This Week

Information Services (IS) is offering Intermediate Outlook 2010 training sessions. The goal of this course is to expose attendees to productivity features beyond basic email and calendaring. Topics covered include:

- Create categories and flagging emails

- Create rules, quick steps, and policies

- Create templates and stationary         

- Use interactive responses such as voting buttons and read receipts

- Customize views

- Subscribe to RSS feeds

Sessions will be held on the following dates. All sessions will be held in 104 DSC.

* Today, April 3 – 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

* Wednesday, April 4 – 1 to 2:30 p.m.

* Thursday, April 5 – 9 to 10:30 a.m.

To sign up for workshops, go to

If you are unable to complete your registration online, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.HELP (4357). Classes will be cancelled and an email sent if less than five people are enrolled the day before the workshop begins. Up to Top

UNO Celebrates National Careers in Aging Week

UNO will celebrate National Careers in Aging Week today, 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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White House Reps to Visit UNO Today

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

Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson Honored at Tonight's 2012 Durham Lecture

Retired NASA Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson will be honored by UNO Aviation Institute and the Hawker Beechcraft Corporation tonight, 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 sold-out 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. Read more.

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New Student Orientation Registration has Begun

New Student Orientation Registration has begun for this summer.  Students must register online for an Orientation session at:  New Student Orientation is held throughout the summer and is a daylong program for incoming freshmen students and their parents. Transfer students attend a two hour-long sessions and set up an academic advising appointment on their own. 

Students will attend an Orientation session, which includes getting access to email, blackboard, how to manage finances, and much more.  Incoming freshmen students will register for classes on the same day as their Orientation session. There are multiple Orientation sessions throughout the summer. 

The office of New Student Orientation here at UNO encourages everyone to take a look at the Orientation website at

"If you speak with a student or their family member, please direct them to the website to get their questions answered," said Megan Essay, assistant director of New Student Orientation. "Looking forward to a great and successful summer!"   

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People: 2012 Alumni Teaching Award Honors Nine Faculty

The UNO Alumni Association celebrates the 16th year of its Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards program when it presents the honor to nine faculty members during the UNO Faculty Honors Convocation Breakfast Thursday, April 12. Association President Lee Denker will present the awards, established in 1997 to honor distinguished teaching in the classroom.

Peer committees in each college choose recipients, each of whom receives a $1,000 award. Denker will present recipients with commemorative tablets during the convocation breakfast in the Milo Bail Student Center. With the 2012 awards the association will have issued $140,000 since the program's start. Brief descriptions of recipient research interests and educational backgrounds follow. Read more.

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Physics Colloquium This Friday

Structural analysis of a polymorphism in human Inosine triphosphate pyrophosphatase (ITPA), will be the topic of discussion at UNO's Friday, April 6, Physics Colloquium. Professor G. Borgstahl of the UNO Structural Biology Lab will present.

Borgstahl's lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center (DSC). ITPA is a key enzyme involved in maintaining the purity of cellular nucleoside triphosphate pools.  

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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

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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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 this 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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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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