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April 13, 1962: First Lady of India Visits UNO

information UNO Alumni Association, photo Criss Library

On this day in UNO history, the First Lady of India, Indira Gandhi, visited the campus to give a lecture titled 'Security Through Peace.' She would go on to serve as India’s first female prime minister – a position she would hold for four terms (1966–1977, 1980–1984).

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Legendary Women of UNO

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.



NU Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, April 13, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at Following are highlights of the April Board meeting. Read more.

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

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 today 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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Retirement Planning Seminar Set for Today

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars with "Your Retirement Income Options." The seminar will take place today, 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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BJ Hawkins Retirement Reception Today

BJ Hawkins, a longtime advisor for College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), is retiring today, Friday, April 13. During her tenure at UNO, she advised countless UNO students. Join CAS Advising staff for a retirement party today 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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Physics Colloquium Today

Modern protein structure determination: An overview with emphasis on solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) will be the topic of discussion at UNO's Friday, April 13, Physics Colloquium. Sorin Luca, assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UNMC will present.

Luca's lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center (DSC). Proteins are biological polymers of amino acids that adopt precise three-dimensional conformations and perform almost all functions in living cells. Engineered proteins already have important applications in catalysis and nanomedicine and more potential functions are being investigated. Protein structure determination is therefore essential in molecular biology, disease therapy and nano-engineering. In this seminar, the three methods available for protein structure determination, namely x-ray crystallography, NMR and cryo-electron microscopy will be described from a physical perspective. Recent outstanding applications will also be presented. Special emphasis will be given to solid-state NMR, the technique employed in our own biomedical research.

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Department of Theatre to Present Assassins

The UNO Department of Theatre presents John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award winning musical Assassins. Assassins is directed by D Scott Glasser. Performances run tonight 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. Read more.

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UNO College of Education, Dept. of English Join to Present Literacy Conference

Metropolitan English Teacher Link (MET Link), a collaborative effort between the UNO College of Education and the UNO Department of English will host the inaugural K-8 Literacy Conference Saturday, April 14, at Roskens Hall and the UNO Thompson Alumni Center.

The K-8 Conference is the first conference in the Metro area to focus solely on elementary and middle school teachers' literacy professional development needs.

Author and educator Donalyn Miller will be the event's keynote speaker. Miller is the author of The Book Whisper: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. She will present on how teachers can employ the best practices for elementary reading strategies. Read more.

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14th Annual Maverick Stampede This Sunday


The Alliance of Fitness Professional (AFP) Student Organization, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Students from the Organization & Administration of PE Class, and the Omaha Running Club are hosting the 14th Annual Maverick Stampede 4k/8k/Fun Run this Sunday, April 15. The race begins at 9 a.m. at the Center St. Location.

The Fun Run for those 12 and under will follow the finish of the 4k/8k runs. Sign up online before the Maverick Stampede at Registration is available at the event but at an additional charge.

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Arab Spring' Workshop to Be Held Sunday 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 this 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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Total Compensation Statement Added to ESS

A Total Compensation Statement has been added to Firefly/Employee Self Service (ESS) website, It can be found in ESS under "Payment." The statement is a comprehensive overview of all earnings and benefits. The purpose of the statement is to help University of Nebraska employees better understand the value of the benefits program.

For more information, click on this link.

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IS Offering Intermediate Outlook 2010 Training Sessions April 18 & 20

Information Services (IS) is offering Intermediate Outlook 2010 training sessions. The goal of this course is to expose attendees to productivity features beyond basic email and calendaring. Topics covered include:

- Create categories and flagging emails

- Create rules, quick steps, and policies

- Create templates and stationary         

- Use interactive responses such as voting buttons and read receipts

- Customize views

- Subscribe to RSS feeds

Sessions will be held on the following dates. All sessions will be held in DSC 104.

* Wednesday, April 18 – 1 to 2:30 p.m.

* Friday, April 20 – 9 to 10:30 a.m.

To sign up for workshops, go to

If you are unable to complete your registration online, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (HELP). Classes will be cancelled and an email sent if less than five people are enrolled the day before the workshop begins.

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Philosophy Open House April 18 at UNO

Interested in Philosophy? If so, attend UNO's Philosophy Open House on Wednesday, April 18. Stop by 205 Arts and Science Hall (Department of Philosophy and Religion) from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Stay a few minutes or stay all afternoon.

Sponsored by the UNO Philosophy Program, activities will include:

- Meet and Get To Know Philosophy professors

- Meet and Get To Know Philosophy majors/minors

- Learn the benefits of incorporating a Philosophy Studies major, or minor into your academic career

- Bring questions and explore the answers with others

- Bring ideas to discuss in an informal setting

Food will be provided. Questions? Call 402.554.2628.

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UNO to Host 'Wambli Sapa Memorial' Pow Wow April 28

The UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council (ITSC) will host an all-nations Pow Wow, Saturday, April 28, in the Sapp Fieldhouse. The event begins at 1 p.m., and dancing continues until 8 p.m. Admission is free, parking is free, and traditional Native American food will be served at 5 p.m.

The UNO Pow Wow is named "The Wambli Sapa Memorial Pow Wow" to honor the legacy of Fred Leroy, a prominent Ponca leader and respected elder, who passed away earlier this year. Leroy was a longtime friend and supporter of the Native students and Native American Studies program at UNO.

The public is invited to join the festivities, which bring together Native Americans and non-Natives to honor the generations with indigenous dance, song, arts and traditional crafts. Read more.

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Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is May 11

The 14th annual UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is Friday, May 11. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Swanson Conference Center on the Metropolitan Community College campus, 5370 North 30th Street.

The day will begin with registration, networking and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m.

Willie Barney, president of the Empowerment Network and publisher of Revive! Omaha magazine, will lead the symposium, which starts at 9:15 a.m. His presentation is titled "Reducing Community Violence." Read more.

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In the News

In the News

- Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication was featured in three blog pots on the Huffington Post about his trip to China in March. He was a guest of Zhejian University in Hangzhou.

- Joseph Brown, psychology, psychology, was quoted in the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil’s College Bound special issue, providing tips to students who will be entering their first year of college this August.

- Chris Liewer, recruitment and orientation, was interviewed by the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil’s College Bound special issue about making the transition from community colleges to four-year universities like UNO.

- David Smith, history and Native American studies, was profiled by the Daily Nebraskan about a presentation he gave Wednesday, April 11 discussing his native roots.

- Ken Flint, English, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the ability of people to self-publish thanks to the invention of e-readers.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, 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 402.554.2243.

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In Print

- Sam Walker, emeritus professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted extensively in a report by CQ Researcher, April 6, 2012, on "Police Misconduct."

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, 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 402.554.2243.

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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. 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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Criss Library Sponsoring BOGO Scholastic Book Fair Next Week

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

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