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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.



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

UNO's Dual Enrollment Program will present its fourth annual showing of "Calculus: The Musical" on campus today, April 6. The 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. performances will be held in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

"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!"

Members of the UNO campus community, along with Omaha community members, were invited to attend this absolutely free and fun event. R.S.V.P.s were required by April 5.

Questions? E-mail: or call 402.554.2855.

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Annual Bell Tower Challenge Winners Announced

Eta Sigma Gamma's 18th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank took place April 4. In the contest, teams of three stacked cans as the Bell Tower bells struck noon.  The teams competed for awards for the most creative team, the most enthusiastic team and the team that stacked the most cans. 

The two divisions for prizes were students and faculty/staff. This year's winners: 

Student Division
- UNO Choirs, most cans stacked and most enthusiastic
- UNO Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, most creative

Faculty/Staff Division
- Campus Recreation, most cans stacked and most creative

This year's event raised 922 pounds of food, bringing the total for the 18 years to 24 tons of food donated to the Omaha Food Bank. Shandy Ramet, president of Eta Sigma Gamma, Tim Bivens from the Omaha Food Bank served as judges.

For more information, visit

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UNO, Film Streams Team Up to Present Contemporary Israeli Cinema Series

In April 2012, the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO, in collaboration with Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, will present a three film series of contemporary Israeli cinema.

The presentation of the three films is funded in part by a gift from Ms. Tammy Rubin Abramowitz in memory of her father, Abner Rubin, through the University of Nebraska Foundation. There is a ticket cost. All three films will feature post-show discussions, including one with the director in person. The series is part of Film Stream's Community Development Program, which facilitates partnerships with other nonprofits and community groups on film-related events, while the goal of the Schwalb center is to expand knowledge about Judaism and Israel, both on the university campus and in the broader Nebraska community.

The first film, "Restoration," will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12. "Restoration" is directed by Yossi Madmoni and tells the story of the owner of a furniture restoration shop in Tel Aviv who has to deal with a tangled web of relationships, including one with his son, when his business partner dies. Ran Kuttner, associate professor of negotiation and dispute resolution at Creighton University, will lead the post-show discussion. Read more.

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Criss Library Sponsoring BOGO Scholastic Book Fair

The Criss Library, along with the UNO Honors Program and University Library Friends, is sponsoring a Children's Scholastic Book Fair.  It will be held on the main floor of the library on:

* Tuesday, April 17  - 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

* Wednesday, April 18 - 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

At this Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair, you will double your purchasing power.  For every item purchased, you'll get a second item free.

Donations will be accepted to support Liberty Elementary School, and all proceeds benefit the library's juvenile book collection.  For further information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

NiC to Host Screening of 'Page One' April 18

The faculty group for Newspapers in Curricula, NiC, is hosting a faculty screening of "Page One," the recent documentary on a year at the New York Times on Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in 196 Arts and Science Hall. A brief discussion will follow the film. Read more about this film at this link.

For information and questions, contact Maria Knudtson at

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Join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and Walk at Lunch on April 25

Need a reason to get up and get active? Want to start exercising, but don't like the idea of joining a gym yet? Wednesday, April 25, is the date when thousands of Nebraskans have pledged to walk over their lunch hour. You can choose to walk with your friends, family members, coworkers at UNO, dog or solo. Just walk. With less than four weeks to go, 5,000 people have already signed up to participate in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska's (BCBSNE) 6th annual National Walk at Lunch Day. The goal is 25,000 walkers across the state.

"Plan to spend part of your lunch hour at UNO on April 25th by participating in the National Walk at Lunch Day," said Esther Scarpello, manager of fringe benefits at UNO. "Have fun walking!"

You can register as an individual or as a group. Click on this link to learn more and sign up.

For participating:

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* Each walker will receive an LED keychain light

* Taking steps toward improving your health

"Walking is a great form of exercise," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of Fitness/Wellness and Instructional Programs. "In fact, walking is one of the easiest and best ways to get and stay in shape." 

Like the BCBSNE walk page on Facebook and join the conversation. For more information, contact Heidi Woodard at, or Nate Odgaard at or 402.982.6528.

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Curriculum Development Grants Available

The University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) invites full-time faculty to apply for a $1500 curriculum Development Grant. Grants are offered to faculty members working on a course over the summer. Application materials and instructions can be found at

Contact your UCAT college representative before submitting an application. All grant applications are due by Friday, April 20.

If you have questions, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or

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In the News

- Ken Kriz, public administration, was featured on 1110 KFAB’s Crash Davis Show about the City of Omaha’s two-year sewer separation plan and its potential impact on the public.

- Chancellor John Christensen was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald about a $500,000 endowment for scholarships at UNO, courtesy of Betty Haupt Andreskowski, a recently deceased aluma and the University of Nebraska Foundation.

- Lisa Sample, criminology and criminal justice, was interviewed by KETV for a story about a man who was recently arrested for sexual misconduct involving children.

- Randy Sell, financial aid, was featured on WOWT about the increasing rate of student loan debt across the country.

- Robbie Jones, theatre, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald’s “GO” section about the replica weapons being used in the Department of Theatre’s upcoming performances of “Assassins.”

- David Corbin, emeritus professor of health education, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald and WOWT about the 18 Annual Bell Tower Challenge. This year the event raised over 900 lbs. of food for Food Bank for the Heartland.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - 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 402.554.2129.

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William Brennan Institute to Host 13th Annual General Welfare Conference April 21

Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for Saturday, April 21 by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The 13th annual Promoting the General Welfare Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons on UNO campus. The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops. Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference. The sessions and presenters include. Read more.

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Thompson Alumni Center Rental Available for UNO Groups

Did you know that the Thompson Alumni Center provides free room rental to UNO groups for meetings, retreats, receptions and conferences related to university business?

The beautiful Thompson Center offers numerous amenities, including:

- A convenient, midtown location

- Versatile room spaces

- State-of-the-art A/V and Wi-Fi capabilities

- Exceptional catering options

Room descriptions, policies and pricing, and the entire catering menu can be found at

For more information call new Thompson Center Manager Gina Ray at 402.554.3368 or email

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