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2012 Legendary Women of UNO Display

photo by Chris Flott

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.



UNO Honors Convocation Is Today

UNO will recognize the accomplishments of outstanding faculty and students today, 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 today at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The Student Convocation will take place today 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 were 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."

Reservations were required for both events. Questions? Contact Christine Hoffman at 402.554.2263 or

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First April Nebraska Book Arts Center Event This Evening

The Nebraska Book Arts Center will sponsor two events this week in 124 Weber Fine Arts Building.  Starting today, April 12, an Open House will be held featuring letterpress printers Floyd Pearce, proprietor of the Pterodactyl Press in Cumberland Iowa, and Tim Fay, printer/publisher of The Wapsipinicon Almanac at his Route Three Press in Anamosa, Iowa.

Books printed and published by both will be on display along with other fine press and artist's books by regional printers. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. with the featured printers speaking at 5 p.m. as part of "The Willson Memorial Lecture Series" sponsored by the UNO Department of Art and Art History. Refreshments will be served.

On Friday, April 13, the Center will sponsor a third postcard party/workshop as part of the Save the Postcard: Save the Post Office campaign recently launched by Professor Bonnie O'Connell and Friends of The College Book Arts Association. The project encourages all Americans to support the U.S. Post Office by mailing a postcard on the 14th day of every month. The workshop is open to the UNO and local arts communities. Postcards to alter, collage or recycle, as well as paper materials and art supplies will be provided, but participants are invited to bring their own.

Participants can also letterpress print postcards announcing and supporting the project from type set up in a Vandercook press in the typography lab. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact O'Connell at 402.554.2787/ for more information.

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UNO, Film Streams Team Up to Present Tonight's 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. tonight, 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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Jazz Performance at UNO Tonight

The Department of Music at UNO will be holding two jazz performances on the UNO campus tonight, 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 tonight 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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First Candidate for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit April 16-17

Five finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs will visit UNO for interviews this month and the first week of May. The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the chief student affairs administrator for the university.

The first candidate is Joseph Ford, who had been the vice president for Student Affairs at the New York Institute of Technology from 2002 through July 2011. He will visit UNO on Monday and Tuesday, April 16-17.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Ford on Monday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.  Ford will also have a lunch session with students earlier in the day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more.

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Inaugural Conference for Kant, Fichte, and The Legacy of German Idealism Starts Friday

New this semester, UNO will be the site for "The Inaugural Conference for Kant, Fichte, and The Legacy of German Idealism." The inaugural conference, sponsored by Department of Philosophy and Religion, is happening this Friday through Saturday, April 13-14, at the Thompson Alumni Center. Students, staff and the public are welcome at all lectures.

To see the full conference program, click on this link.

For inquiries, contact Halla Kim at 402.554.3934 or email

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'Just Can It!' Fundraiser Returns to Crossroads Mall April 16

The Salvation Army has again partnered with the UNO Greek students to raise awareness about homelessness in Omaha.

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will participate in the ninth annual "Just Can It!" event Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20. The students will sleep outside in cardboard boxes at the Crossroads Mall parking lot, 73rd and Dodge Streets, to raise awareness about homelessness.

A kick-off event is planned for noon on April 16 at the Crossroads Mall parking lot. Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and UNO Chancellor John Christensen are expected to attend along with Salvation Army representatives and media sponsor Channel 94.1.

All UNO students are encouraged to collect monetary and food donations for The Salvation Army throughout the week. Last year students helped collect 40,000 cans of food; the goal this year is 50,000 items. Read more.

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Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides Student Learn Over Lunch April 18

The UNO Speech Center is sponsoring a free student workshop titled "Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides" on Wednesday, April 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. 

Students are invited to learn more about about how visual aids enhance and clarify your presentation skills, PowerPoint and understand how to use it, and how to avoid common visual aid pitfalls and mistakes.

Free pizza and pop will be provided.  To register for this workshop contact a consultant at the Speech Center at 402.554.3201 or Space is limited so you must register in advance.

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FUSE Brown Bag Scheduled for April 18

The Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE) grants support faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $2,500 per student are available to UNO undergraduates who will be enrolled through fall semester 2013. 

If you are an undergraduate interested in finding out more about FUSE opportunities please attend the FUSE brown bag, scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail State Room. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

For more information, check out or contact Beth White at 402.554.2286.

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April 21 Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk Traffic Notice

Participants for the Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk will be on campus Saturday, April 21. Vehicle traffic flow for the Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk will be restricted to one-way traffic around campus to accommodate the 2K and 5K run starting at 9 a.m. The 67th Street entrance and the 60th Street entrances of campus, off Dodge will be the only two entrances open that morning. The vehicle traffic will flow in a counter clockwise direction, utilizing the outside lane for vehicles starting at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Both lanes and all entrances will re-open at 10 a.m. for normal traffic flow.

Contact Parking Office 402.554.PARK (7275) if you have any questions.

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UNO College of Education Celebrates 'Week of the Young Child'

The UNO College of Education is celebrating the Omaha Week of the Young Child with two special events featuring nationally recognized authors and illustrators.

The Week of the Young Child is a national event organized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children every year. This year, the Omaha event runs April 22 through April 27 and has the theme "Go Out and Read! Building a Bridge between Literacy and the World."

This year's kickoff event will feature Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of the New York Times best seller "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site," reading her book at the Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Rinker will also conduct a presentation at the Abrahams Branch Library, 5111 N. 90th St. from 3 to 4 p.m. Read more.

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Meet National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick April 26

National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick will talk about her soon-to-be-released novel, Never Fall Down, on Thursday, April 26. Meet the author, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Criss Library, main floor.

Never Fall Down is a powerful story about a Cambodian boy who survived the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge by playing music in the Killing Fields. Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls it one of the most inspiring and powerful books he's ever read.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 402.554.2640 or

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Reminder for Annual UNO Service Awards Recipients

The 2012 UNO Service Awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 1, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, 11:30 a.m. The current list of honorees follows at If you have corrections or have not sent in your R.S.V.P., please notify Human Resources, 402.554.2321.

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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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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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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center V02 Max

Endurance athletes: What is your maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max)? VO2 max is a very strong predictor of endurance performance. Have your VO2 max assessed at UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. The cost is $90. Call 402.554.3221 for an appointment.

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