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The Henningson Memorial Campanile: UNO's Icon

With how iconic the Henningson Memorial Campanile is to the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, it's sometimes easy to forget (or, for others, forget to ask) that the 16-story bell tower isn't even old enough to graduate at commencement this May. continue . . .

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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.



Eta Sigma Gamma to Host 18th Annual Belltower Challenge Today

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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Luncheon Forum with Consul General of Turkey Set for Today

Fatih Yildiz, the consul general of Turkey in Chicago, will speak at UNO today, April 4. His talk, "Turkish Foreign Policy and Its Principles," will take place at the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room at noon.

Pizza, salad and soft drinks will be provided. The luncheon is co-organized by Department of Political Science, Center for Islamic Studies and Turkish American Society of Nebraska.

Fatih Yildiz graduated from Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University. He joined the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. Before he became the Consul General in Chicago in 2010, he served in Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina and Washington. He represented Turkey in different capacities at Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He also served in the headquarters of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara, Turkey.

For more information, contact Ramazan Kilinc at

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Retirement Planning Seminar Set for April 13

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars with "Your Retirement Income Options." The seminar will take place on Friday, April 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This seminar is geared towards anyone who is just a few years away from retirement. For more information, contact Esther Scarpello at 402.554.3660 or Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465.

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Tax Filing Session for Non-Residents Takes Place April 5

On Thursday, April 5, non-resident students and scholars can receive free tax filing assistance. The Volunteer Income tax Assistance (VITA) site will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Non-residents who earned income in 2011 are required to report their earning. Those who did not earn income are still required to file Form 8843, which is available in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall. Those with no income do not need to attend the VITA session.

The filing deadline is April 17.

For the VITA session, students and others should bring their passport; I-94 and other immigration documents; Social Security card; tax documents, such as W-2 and 1040-S; state tax refund notice; and a copy of any tax return from last year. Filing typically takes 30 to 60 minutes.

For more information and for information on signing up for the session, call (402) 554.2293.

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World Civilizations Film Series Continues with 'Vision'

(Editor's note: The April screening will be on 20th not the 13th). 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 snacks and join faculty at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13 20, for "Vision," hosted by Sarah Whitten.

“Vision,” a 2006 film, offers the most recently researched insights into the story of Hildegard von Bingen, the 12-centutry Benedictine nun who was a Christian mystic, philosopher and naturalist.

For more information, visit the History Department website or contact Jo Behrens at (402) 554.2584.

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Physics Collquium Set for Friday

A Physics Colloquium will take place Friday, April 6, at noon in 170 Durham Science Center. The topic is "Structural analysis of a polymorphism in human ITPA."

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Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

In order to the campus community informed, Campus Security staff would like to remind faculty, staff and students about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 402.554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24/7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are on campus.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, opt-in capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

U-Tip for Anonymous Text Message
Have an anonymous tip? If so, use U-Tip to report suspicious activities or individuals on campus, such as theft or vandalism. Communication is anonymous, allowing uTipsters to send in tips without the fear or risk of retribution. The message will be sent directly to Campus Security and appropriate action will be taken immediately. All other emergency calls should be made to Campus Security at 402.554.2911 or Omaha Police and Fire at 911, so more information can be gathered from the caller. To use the system simply enter 79516 in the address box. In the text message type UNO911 (your message here).

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 99. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 402.554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 402.554.2648.

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UNO Honors Convocation Events Set for April 12

UNO will recognize the accomplishments of outstanding faculty and students on Thursday, April 12, at its annual Honors Convocation events.

The Faculty Honors Convocation pays tribute to the recipients of the university’s outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, mentoring, service-learning and distinguished professorship awards. A breakfast event in their honor will take place at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The Student Convocation will take place at 2 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of awards from the deans and the senior vice chancellor. Students will also be recognized for outstanding service-learning, leadership and for student-athlete excellence.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in support of these outstanding students.

“These two annual events illustrate the breadth and depth of academic excellence here on our campus,” said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. “I’d encourage everyone at UNO to make the time to attend.”

Please RSVP for both events to Christine Hoffman at (402) 554.2263 or by April 6.

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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 degree requirement 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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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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UNO Evan L. Brown Lecture Series Welcomes Shane R. Jimerson

The UNO Department of Psychology in conjunction with the UNO Evan L. Brown Lecture Series as well as the Nebraska School Psychologists Association are proud to welcome Shane R. Jimerson from the University of California, Santa Barbara for a series of workshops and presentations concerning school success, early prevention/intervention measures, and the development of children.

The event will be held on Monday, April 16, at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Jimerson currently serves as president of Division 16 for the American Psychological Association, and has extensive international experience in the area of school psychology. His research has provided insights regarding developmental pathways of school success and failure, the efficacy of early prevention and intervention programs (grade retention among others), school psychology internationally, developmental psycho-pathology, and school crisis prevention and intervention. His scholarship continues to highlight the importance of early experiences on subsequent development and emphasizes the importance of research informing professional practice to promote the social and cognitive competence of children.

Pre-registration is required in order to reserve seating, and registration must be received by Monday, April 9. Click on this link for R.S.V.P. form. Registration at the door not guaranteed. The cost for non-UNO affiliated professionals will be $20, which includes breakfast, lunch and associated workshop materials.

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HPER Student Awards Banquet April 20

Let's support the hard working students in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). The School of HPER will host its annual Student Awards Banquet, Friday, April 20, at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center. All students of HPER are welcome to attend.

Please register by Friday, April 13, to receive the discounted rate. Social hour, combined with bidding on silent auction items will begin at 5 p.m. The dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

For more details, visit the HPER website at

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DigitalMeasures UNO User's Guide

The DigitalMeasures information site has been revamped to provide more complete and updated information. On this site faculty will find user's guides, FAQs, and information about the available uses of DigitalMeasures.

One new feature of the site is the announcement of System Updates. Whenever a field or screen has been added, or a report has been updated, the announcement of its implementation will be found here.

As the use of DigitalMeasures expands, so will this site to include newly available options. Be sure to check back periodically.

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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 Cafe or the MavRec Cafe and get 5 percent off your total purchase!

To add money to your card, visit

Questions? Email Mary Cunard at

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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center Cholesterol Test

Know your numbers: High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors for all types of cardiovascular diseases. Have your cholesterol screened for $25 at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. Call (402) 554.3221 for an appointment.

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'The Quantum State' Radio Show on Mav Radio

UNO Mav Radio’s "The Quantum State" features anything and everything about science and beyond.

Listen to "The Quantum State" every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. at

Send science questions to UNOMAVRADIO is a student-run radio station that runs out of the UNO campus. For details, visit

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