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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.



Student Regent Swearing-In Ceremony Today

The new leaders of UNO student government will take the oath of office today, April 9. Faculty, staff, students and alumni can watch Devin Bertelsen, the new student president/regent, be sworn into office during a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Shawn Addison will serve as vice president.

For other student government news, visit For swearing-in details, contact Ben Jager at (402) 554.2711.

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Graduation Speaker Tryout Start at 3:30 p.m.

The campus community is invited to attend the tryouts to select the student speaker for the graduation convocation on May 4.

The tryouts will be held today 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. A selection committee consisting of students/faculty/staff will judge the tryouts. A reception will follow.

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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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Graduation Weekend Planned for May 4, 5

UNO will hold its first "graduation weekend," with a notable keynote speaker, honorees and individual college ceremonies, on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, on campus.

More than 1,500 students will receive degrees during the Spring Commencement ceremonies. Weekend events begin on Friday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in Caniglia Stadium when the graduating class will hear former U.S. senator (and UNO alum) Chuck Hagel give an address.

“Chuck Hagel has been a great friend of UNO,” said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. “We’re excited about his coming back to campus again. I know his keynote speech to our students will be heartfelt.”

After Hagel’s address, Omaha philanthropist Dick Holland will be honored with an honorary degree; faculty member Ethel Williams will receive the university’s Order of the Tower; and the UNO Alumni Association will recognize Bob Houston, director of Nebraska’s Department of Corrections.

Holland graduated from UNO (then Omaha University) in 1948. He and his late wife Mary have contributed to a wide variety of community needs and projects. The couple’s Holland Foundation provided a multi-million-dollar grant to Omaha’s $90-million Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2005. Williams is the Reynold Chair in Public Administration in the School of Public Administration. Houston earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice at UNO and has served as a part-time faculty member.

After the stadium event, graduate students will have an early evening ceremony in UNO’s Fieldhouse. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The university’s undergraduate colleges will have individual ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. The colleges and start times:

-- College of Arts and Science; College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; and College of Information, Science and Technology all start ceremonies at 10 a.m.

-- College of Public Affairs and Community Service; UNL College of Education and Health and Human Sciences; College of Education; and UNL College of Engineering all start ceremonies at 2 p.m.

-- The College of Business Administration ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.

Those attending should go online to for individual college ceremony locations, which have both good and bad weather venues.

“This is a completely different kind of graduation for UNO,” said B.J. Reed, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “We expect our students to attend both days and I think the friends and family of our students will enjoy just how beautiful our campus is.”

Students will wear caps and gowns on both Friday and Saturday. The chancellor will officially confer degrees at the Caniglia Stadium event. Those coming to UNO can park in any parking lot either day. More information is available at the graduation website.

Anyone with questions can call (402) 554.3476.

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Moving Company to Hold Spring Showcase and Salon

UNO's modern dance company, The Moving Company, will present its Spring Showcase and Salon on Sunday, April 22 in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Dance Lab.

The event will highlight the works of Maya Taylor, Danielle Laurion,
 Laura Sedivy and Chelsea Hartness 
with a premiering of Laurion's new work "Feminine Image: An Exploration of Women's Body Image." The performance is intended for a mature audience. The cost for admission is $5. Seating is limited.

Please call (402) 554.2670 to make reservations.

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UNO Honors Convocation Events Set for April 12

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (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 R.S.V.P. for both events to Christine Hoffman at 402.554.2263 or by Friday, April 6.

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

This month, 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 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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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 "crowd-sourcing," which allows organizations to create value through engaging the public in problem solving and co-creation activities.

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; and
- 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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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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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 or (402) 554.2293.

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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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Strong Bones Fitness Class Offered in HPER

Interested in joining a supervised fitness class aimed at strengthening muscle and bone, reducing the risk of falling and enhancing movement quality in everyday life? Then join, Strong Bones. For more information, call (402) 554.3221.

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Maverick Watch


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