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2012 Legendary Women of UNO Display

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There's still time to see artifacts and personal memorabilia from this year's Legendary Women of UNO Award recipient – Ellen Hartman Pearey Gast. On March 28, she was unveiled as the winner at the 26th annual Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women sold-out awards luncheon. Stop by the display located inside the Criss Library entrance through May 1.



Department of Theatre to Preview Assassins Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre presents John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award winning musical Assassins. Assassins is directed by D Scott Glasser. Previews run tonight through Thursday, April 11-12, with performances on Friday through Saturday, April 13-14, and Wednesday through Saturday, April 18-21, in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building.  The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. Tonight's preview will be a TAG Night Out. Read more.

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This Week In Maverick Athletics

This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on

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Fact vs. Fiction: Campus Safety at UNO

Editor's note: The following article, written by Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance, will appear as a guest column in the editorial section of the Omaha World-Herald either today, April 11, or Thursday, April 12. The column addresses recent safety and security issues on campus.

Criminal activity naturally raises concerns about personal safety. A recent assault/motor vehicle theft on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus is a reminder of the importance of diligent safety efforts, institutionally and individually.

The personal safety of everyone who steps on campus is vitally important. UNO personnel are proactive in preparing for all types of situations, including behavioral, medical, weather, chemical, fire, criminal and other emergencies.

The question of whether UNO should have armed, sworn officers on campus is regularly considered and explored. Members of the UNO Campus Security Department are not armed and do not have arrest powers. There are several reasons why UNO has maintained an unarmed force, including:

* Our strong working relationship with the Omaha Police Department (OPD).

* The excellent service and response times provided by OPD.

* The location of UNO's multiple campus locations and easy access by OPD.

* The infrequency of criminal incidents.

The UNO campus locations are interwoven into the city and bordered by major city parks and roadways. The UNO Campus Security team and OPD officers work closely together in a longstanding partnership that is very effective. There has never been an issue of jurisdiction or territory. UNO has held multiple training sessions with OPD and has conducted tabletop and on-campus drills with OPD personnel to reduce risks and respond in the event of an emergency.

In 2008, an off-campus consultant reviewed our security staffing and operations. This report recommended that UNO "remain a non-sworn campus security agency".

The UNO Campus Security operation has 21 officers. These men and women provide incredible service and receive ongoing training to maintain and upgrade their skills. They conduct foot and vehicular patrols of the campus 24 hours a day.  We supplement this team with off-duty law enforcement officers on the weekends and many other times as warranted. OPD often has a presence on and around the campus.

In addition to our personnel, UNO has over 500 security cameras and 55 emergency phones. We have text, e-mail and audio notification systems for timely communication to the campus. We also have an anonymous text messaging tip system, enabling anyone to send a text message about possible criminal activity directly to Campus Security. In our student housing, we stress safety and provide information on preventative measures to students to stay safe.

In accordance with federal regulations, UNO provides information relating to crime statistics and policies concerning campus security to current students, faculty and staff (publicly available on the UNO website). From 2008 to 2010, UNO had only three motor vehicle thefts and one aggravated assault.

We believe our low crime rate reflects the thought, planning and work that go into our campus security plan.  UNO will also continue to update, adapt and modify that plan as needed. The public should know that UNO will remain an open and welcoming university.  It is also a university where safety is paramount.

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Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Drive Runs April 9-May 4

UNO is once again engaging in a friendly competition with Creighton University and College of Saint Mary in an effort to support the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program.

UNO, led by the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC), Creighton and College of Saint Mary will be competing to collect a specified number of a single school supply for students in Omaha. This year, UNO's goal is to collect 5,000 rulers between Monday, April 9, through Friday, May 4.

Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are encouraged to purchase rulers at the UNO Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The UNO Bookstore is selling three rulers for $1 and donations of rulers purchased off campus will also be accepted at the UNO Bookstore. Read more.

Jazz Performances to be Held at UNO April 12, 17

The Department of Music at UNO will be holding two jazz performances on the UNO campus on Thursday, April 12, and Tuesday, April 17.

The UNO Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Pete Madsen, director of Jazz studies, and Jason Johnson, artist trumpet faculty at UNO, will present an evening of big band jazz on April 12 in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The concert will feature the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Bob Florence, Bob Brookmeyer and Maynard Ferguson.

Joining the UNO jazz ensembles will be the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO). MAYJO is an auditioned group of high school students from the metro area that rehearses at UNO and performs several concerts each semester. Read more.

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BJ Hawkins Retirement Reception April 13

BJ Hawkins, a longtime advisor for College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is retiring this Friday, April 13. During her tenure at UNO, she advised countless UNO students. Join CAS Advising staff for a retirement party in honor of Hawkins from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. It is open to all of UNO, faculty, staff and students.

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Ensemble A.M.I. Performs the Music of King Crimson

Ensemble A.M.I., a performing student ensemble at the UNO Department of Music, will perform Crimson, a live concert performance highlighting the music of King Crimson, on Friday, April 20. 

The one-hour concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus. 

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for high school and college students with student ID and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

For UNO faculty, staff and students, the concert is free with a current UNO ID. 

Ensemble A.M.I is a UNO performing ensemble specializing in the performance of innovative musical art, especially music that is mediated by technology. 

For more information, contact Jeremy Baguyos: or 402.554.3947

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Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk Is April 21


The UNO Athletic Department will be hosting the Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk on Saturday, April 21. The event will host approximately 700 to 800 runners and walkers that morning. The Kids' Race and clinics will start the event off at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 2K and 5K run starting at 9 a.m. The walkers will start the campus walk at 9:45 a.m. There's still time to register.

"Make sure you get registered for the event by April 15th to be guaranteed a T-shirt," said Pam Schwarting, director of community relations for Athletics. 

Register at, click the "Support Us" tab, Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk and it will take you directly to the registration page.  

For more information, call 402.554.2533.

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OLLAS Charla Series Features Conversation About U.S. Immigration Legal System

Conversation About U.S. Immigration Legal System

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will end its 2011-2012 Charla series at noon on Tuesday, April 24, with a conversation with Attorney Emiliano Lerda in the Milo Bail Student Center Umon hon Room.

Lerda will present a lecture titled "Understanding the U.S. Immigration Legal System: Challenges & Opportunities," which addresses the legal challenges faced by immigrants. Read more.

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4th Annual Global Water for Food Conference Opens May 30

The fourth global Water for Food Conference, May 30-June 1, will bring together international experts to explore how advances in science, technology and policy can help rainfed and irrigated agriculture feed the world.

"Blue Water, Green Water and the Future of Agriculture" is the theme of this year's conference, hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.

The conference fosters international dialogue on key issues related to the use of water for agriculture and provides opportunities to learn from speakers with extensive experience and perspectives from diverse cultures. Last year's conference drew more than 450 participants from 24 nations, including representatives from universities, agriculture, industry, government and nongovernmental organizations worldwide. Read more.

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Higher Education/K-12 Service Learning Seminar July 16-20

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy has designed an interactive training that provides an opportunity for faculty to learn about how to utilize service learning as a pedagogy, to connect faculty to K-12 instructors and community non-profit partners, and to explore mission-focused teaching techniques in a living laboratory while meeting community-identified needs. 

Participation in the training will yield a course plan developed between the UNO and PK-12 instructor to be implemented within the next 18 months. Participants receive a $400 professional development stipend as well as project implementation support in the form of: graduate assistant time, project materials, transportation and food. Applications accepted at

Questions?  Contact Julie Dierberger at 402.554.3268 or

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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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World Civilizations Film Series Continues with 'Vision'

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 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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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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Green Tip of the Week

Choose Organic Fertilizer

Try using organic fertilizer this season. Organic fertilizer provides vital nutrients to grass and soil as well as supports the lawn's health to help fight off pests and disease.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips and event reminders. For more information, visit

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