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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.



College of IS&T to Feature 'Symphonic Leadership' Workshop Today, Tomorrow

(Editor's note: This workshop has been canceled.) Area IT professionals are invited to attend the April 2012 IT Professional Development Academy hosted by the College of Information Science and Technology (CIST) at UNO.

One of the highlights of the IT Academy will be the "Symphonic Leadership" session, led by Jeremy Baguyos, UNO's coordinator of music technology, in collaboration with Barry Ford and the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO). The presentation will use the setting of the symphony to demonstrate lessons in leadership.

"Symphonic Leadership" will be held on the afternoon of Friday, April 6, beginning with lunch and training in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Commons and finishing with hands-on engagement with the HPO in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Read more.

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Indian Folk Artist to Visit UNO, Design With Students

An Indian folk artist will be visiting UNO today, April 5, to teach students how to create elaborate designs using every day items.

Vijayalakshmi Mohan (Vijaya) will be working with students from UNO's Department of Art and Art History to create decorative floor designs called Rangoli. These designs can be created with materials ranging from colored rice to sand and even flour petals. They are meant as sacred welcoming areas for Hindu deities.

Mohan and UNO art students will be creating this Rangoli at Mammel Hall. Read more.

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CCSW Campus-wide Voter Registration Drive Today

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 today, 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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Black Studies Hosts Campus Visit Today for Associate Professor Position

The third finalist for the position of associate professor in the Department of Black Studies will visit UNO today, April 5. The "Job Talk," which is open to the campus community, will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room.

Today's schedule:

* Elwood Watson, professor of History, African American Studies and Gender Studies at East Tennessee State University.  He received his doctorate from University of Maine majoring in American History.
Job talk:  11 a.m. to Noon
Areas of Specialization: Twentieth Century history, African-American history, Africana Studies, gender studies, popular culture history and ethnographic studies.

For details, contact Felicia Dailey at

Getting Started as a Faculty Trip Leader

Never led a study abroad trip before? Have a trip in mind that could enhance your students' learning, but not sure where to start?

EF Tours, a study abroad trip organizer, will give a presentation for faculty who are interested in creating new study abroad opportunities for their students. The session will be held Wednesday, April 11, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Tower Room.

Faculty members will learn how to get started in developing short-term educational trips that strengthen their curriculum. Among the many options for arranging faculty-led study abroad experiences, EF Tours is a good option for faculty who have little travel experience themselves. The organization can often provide faculty leaders with free training in destinations around the world.

For more information on this session and other options for organizing trips overseas, contact Study Abroad Advisor Emily Hassenstab at

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Annual Center for Collaboration Science Seminar April 13

The Center for Collaboration Science is pleased to announce its sixth Annual Center for Collaboration Science Seminar. This year's seminar will take place on Friday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The location is at Mammel Hall.

The keynote will address how "crowdsourcing," which allows organizations to create value through engaging the public in problem solving and co-creation activities.

We hope to welcome you at our seminar as it promises to be a great event!

Other presentations will host a variety of topics, including:

- Analyzing Twitter data to understand social movements

- Collaborative government practices for sustainable development

- Institutional transfer of collaborative work practices

- Personality factors in collaboration technology adoption

- Foundations for crowdsourcing research and practice

- Avatar-based agents that interact with humans

- Team idea evaluation and selection

- Promoting employee engagement through meetings

The concluding panel will feature a conversation between panelists and audience on collaboration in ideological networks.

Registration is free; registration is preferred. Please register by sending an email to Ross Rippe at or calling 402.554.3010.

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'Arab Spring' Workshop to Be Held April 15 at UNO

The Middle East Project Fund at UNO is proud to host a one-day scholarly workshop marking the first anniversary of demonstrations and protest movements throughout North Africa and the Middle East, termed the "Arab Spring."

The event will take place on Sunday, April 15, at 10 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons. Cosponsoring the workshop are the UNO College of Arts and Sciences; UNO Department of History and its Charles and Mary Martin Fund; the Islamic Studies Program; and the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies. The event is free and open to the public, including members of the UNO community. Read more.

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Deadline Friday for IS&P Global Diplomat Program

International Studies and Programs (IS&P) is accepting applications for its Global Diplomat program. Approximately 10 applicants will be selected to represent the IS&P office for the 2012-13 academic year.

IS&P Global Diplomats will promote campus internationalization. Some activities will include helping with new student orientations, campus tours, airport pick-ups, and settling-in assistance.

Selected students will receive an IS&P Global Diplomat polo shirt to wear to events and a $200 scholarship ($100 per semester) for the academic year in which they serve. Participation is required for one academic year.

Criteria for a strong application includes the following: academic excellence in at least two full-time semesters earned at UNO by May 2012, maintenance of at least a 2.75 GPA, full-time student status at UNO in the 2012-13 academic year, strong leadership and communications skills, strong interest in service to UNO and the international student population, and experience in cross-cultural settings.

Both international students and students from the U.S. are encouraged to apply. Please return completed applications by Friday, April 6, at 5 p.m. to the IS&P office in 241 Arts and Science Hall (ASH) or email your application to Jennifer Stahl, International Student Advisor, at

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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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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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