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UNO Inducts its New Student Body President-Regent and Vice President

photo by Charley Reed

On Monday, April 9, Devin Bertelsen (middle) was inducted as UNO's newest President/Regent and Shawn Addison (right) was inducted as its newest Vice President. The duo take over for last year's office holders, Elizabeth O'Connor and Bret Harrell. In the photo, the two are standing with the director of UNO's Alumni Association, Lee Denker.



First Candidate for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit Today, Tomorrow

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 today and Tuesday, April 16-17.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Ford today, 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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'Just Can It!' Fundraiser Returns to Crossroads Mall Today

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 today, 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 today 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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'TREK to Campus' Is This Week

Anyone able to walk, bike, carpool or take mass transportation to commute to campus are invited to join the 2012 TREK to Campus Thursday, April 19, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building lobby from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to promote physical activity and alternative means of transportation.

The fifth annual TREK to Campus is an event meant to engage the university community to use walking, biking, carpooling, or mass transportation as a means of commuting. UNO Student Government passed a resolution supporting this year's TREK to Campus as well as already encourages students to take the Metro bus through the MavRide program. All faculty, staff or students are welcome to participate.

"Our mission is to better our community by decreasing traffic congestion and minimizing parking issues, as well as promoting better overall personal health and fitness," said Zachery Greaves, UNO Student and co-event organizer. "Participants are encouraged to visit the table in HPER and pinpoint on the map where you have commuted from."

Prizes and giveaways will be given out to anyone participating by commuting.  There will also be pamphlets and other information about the benefits and alternative ways to commute to campus.

Questions? Contact Greaves at 402.850.1566 or

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UNO Campus Rec to Host Free Nutrition Presentation

Join nutritionist, Julie Denker, this Wednesday, April 18, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 112 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Denker will discuss "Healthy Snacking in a Nutshell."

Her talk will address:

*  Snacking trends
*  Tips on healthy snacking
*  Offer opportunity for questions
*  Activity will be done at end

Pistachios and yogurt parfaits will be served. This program is part of the Live Healthy Nebraska 100-Day Wellness Challenge but is open to the entire UNO community.

Contact Whitney Prenzlow with questions at 402.554.3185.

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Retirement Party for Chemistry's James Carroll and Chris Fink

The Chemistry Department would like to extend an invitation to attend a retirement party for James Carroll and Chris Fink in the Thompson Alumni Center Gallery Room on Thursday, April 19.  The celebration is to be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Carroll, Chemistry Department chairman, has been with UNO since 1982. Fink, Chemistry assistant instructor, has been with UNO since 2002.

"Please join the Chemistry Department faculty and staff in wishing Dr. Carroll and Mrs. Fink a fond farewell and best wishes for a happy retirement," said Janine Brooks, staff assistant. 

For more information, contact Janine Brooks at 402.554.2651.

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Criss Library Sponsoring BOGO Scholastic Book Fair This 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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Jazz Performance at UNO Tomorrow

The Department of Music at UNO will host a jazz performance on the UNO campus this 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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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 Wednesday at UNO

Interested in Philosophy? If so, attend UNO's Philosophy Open House this 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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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" this 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 Student Center 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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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 second film in the series, "Happy You're Alive," will be presented at 7 p.m. this Thursday, April 19. The film's director, Hilla Medalia, a Peabody Award winner and three-time Emmy Award nominee, will be on hand for a post-show discussion. The film follows the lives of two men struggling after their encounters with war. Read more.

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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, this 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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Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due April 20

The deadline to submit changes for the 2012-13 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is Friday, April 20. Changes should be submitted to Tim Kaldahl, University Relations, 211 Eppley Administration Building.  For more information, call 402.554.3402.

The current catalog can be accessed online at  Anyone needing to submit changes is encouraged to visit the site and print off the materials relevant to their college, department or unit or use the print version of the 2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog as the starting point for their editing. 

Those making edits are asked to keep in mind that all program requirements should reflect the university general education requirements adopted for Fall 2011 and the 120 credit hour degreerequirement for all programs (except for those who applied for and were granted an exception). 

Changes for next year's catalog will be made via SmartCatalog by University Relations staff.  After edits and changes are complete, a limited number of catalogs will be printed.

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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 this Friday, April 20, at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center.  All students of HPER are welcome to attend. 

R.S.V.P. required for admittance. 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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Moving Company to Hold Spring Showcase and Salon

The Moving Company's
will hold its Spring Showcase and Salon
 this Sunday, April 22, at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building 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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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  Anyone with questions can call 402.554.3476.

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