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18th Annual Bell Tower Challenge

18th Annual Bell Tower Challenge

photo by Charley Reed

April 4 marked the 18th Bell Tower Challenge, which collected over 900 lbs. of food for The Food Bank for the Heartland. All told, the event has raised close to 48,000 lbs. This was also coordinator David Corbin's last year organizing the event.


The ABCs of the Alumni House

The ABCs of the Alumni House

Before it was the Thompson Alumni Center, one of the few places on campus that can be considered iconic to UNO's image in Omaha, the plot of land on the west end of campus was owned by two Omaha families: The Storzes and the Shirleys. continue . . .



UNO PRSSA Holds Event to Add to Nebraska’s Organ Donor Registry

When it comes to becoming registered organ donors, college students are often a missing piece to the puzzle. Public relations students at UNO are working to ensure that college students know how to get registered, helping the Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS) reach its goal of 700,000 registered donors by July 1.

MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold an event titled “Be the missing piece; Be an organ donor” on campus today, April 17. The event, taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will educate students about becoming organ donors. Students will also be able to register as a donor at the event. Read more.Up to Top

Jazz Performance at UNO is Today

The Department of Music at UNO will host a jazz performance on campus today, April 17.

The UNO Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Pete Madsen, director of Jazz Studies, and Jason Johnson, artist trumpet faculty, will present an evening of big band jazz 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. Up to Top

P-16 Service Learning Projects Focuses on Literacy

Today, April 17, UNO speech language pathology students will support the development of language and pre-literacy skills with young parents and families from 4 to 5:45 p.m. at the Turning Point Campus, 3223 S. 45th St., as a part of a P-16 Service Learning project.

Activities will provide families with individual time with UNO students who have created an “interaction plan” of age-appropriate literacy development activities parents can use with their children to foster language development. Families will also participate in story time to encourage language and pre-literacy skills. Omaha Public Library staff will be leading story time for the families and helping families sign up for library cards. The library will also be providing a free book to every child who signs up.

BBF-ECS Pregnant and Parenting Teen Support Services is a comprehensive, integrated system of early health, academic and family services to support pregnant and parenting teens and their children. The Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program provides an array of services to support young men and women who have not graduated from high school and who are currently expecting a child or are parenting a child prenatal through age eight.

The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and (Pre)K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences. The BBF-ECS Teen and Young Parent Program and the Service Learning Academy at UNO works in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education.

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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:

* Today, 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 Up to Top

Second Candidate for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit April 19-20

The second of five finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for UNO Student Affairs will visit campus for interviews later this week. The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the chief student affairs administrator for the university.

The second candidate is Rajesh Bellani, associate provost and dean of Students and special assistant for International Initiatives at the Rhode Island School of Design. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Bellani on Thursday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. Bellani will also have a lunch session with students on Friday, April 20, beginning at 12:15 in the student center. Read more.

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HPER Honors Joint Appointment and Part-time Staff

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) recently held its 14th annual, “Joint Appointment and Part-Time Faculty Appreciation and Awards Luncheon” at the Milo Bail Student Center. The event honored part-time and joint appointment faculty celebrating a teaching anniversary and announced the winners of the part-time and joint appointment recipients of the “Excellence in Teaching Award.”

Daniel Blanke, director of the School of HPER, presented each of the following teachers with a certificate in honor of their many years of hard work and dedication to the students of HPER. This year’s anniversary winners by category:

Five Years
Brent Bloom, Erin Hicks, Pat Philippi, Shandalee Ramet and Kent Templien

10 Years
Stephen J. Brennan

15 Years
Denise Kreski and Glen Wragge

20 Years
Todd Samland.

Teacher of the Year awards went to Jon Carey and Matt Dykstra in the part-time category and Chris Gadsden in the joint appointment category. Teachers were nominated by their students and peers and were presented with a plaque of appreciation.

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Chemistry Department Student Awards Banquet Set for April 25

The Chem Club will host its annual Chemistry Awards Banqueton Wednesday, April 25, at 5 p.m. All students who have taken chemistry courses and chemistry majors and/or minors are welcome to attend.

Those who want to attend are asked to come by the Chemistry Office, 337 Durham Science Center, to RSVP. Meal cost is $12.50 per person and must be paid in advance.

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API to Offer Desktop Publishing Training

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) is offering two training sessions in desktop publishing.

InDesign I takes place Thursday, April 19, at 10 a.m. in 110D Eppley Administration Building. This session will provide an introductory hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using the InDesign software package. While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to: insert and manipulate text and graphics and create a “master” template to use for future designs.

InDesign II will be Thursday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in 110D Eppley Administration Building. In this next level of InDesign, particpants will create a brochure. The session will address document planning, layout and bleeds as well as tools for publishing concerns. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary.

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome. Registration is required and is on a first-come first-serve basis. Although there is a limit of five seats for both sessions, API will take a waiting list for a future training.

To register for this training go to For more information or to be added to the registration waiting list, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 or

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Voice Over Powerpoint Training to Be Offered

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer a hands-on session for faculty and staff interested in learning how to record audio over PowerPoint presentations on Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. in 110D Eppley Administration Building.

This session will cover adding pre-recorded audio to a slide, recording voice narration to a single slide or an entire presentation, and how to compress presentations.

Space is limited, so register early. Although there is a limit of six seats, API will take a waiting list for a future training.

To register for this training go to For more information or to be added to the registration waiting list, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 or

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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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Student Employee of the Year Ceremony April 23

UNO's annual Student Employee of the Year Ceremony will be Monday, April 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The ceremony will celebrate the contributions of student employees on the UNO campus, particularly the contributions of the 23 students nominated for the award this year. The ceremony will feature Pelema Morrice, the assistant vice chancellor of Student Affairs, as the keynote speaker.

The student chosen by the Student Employment Committee will receive a $100 check generously provided by the UNO Alumni Association. Lee Denker, the Alumni Association president and CEO, will also be on hand to help celebrate the 23 nominees. The event is open to the campus community and the nominees families and will also feature a presentation with photos of the nominees on the job and inspiring quotes from their nomination letters. Refreshments will be served.

The nominees are: Keelee Andersen (Criss Library Building Services), James Burton (English), Shahed Chowdhury (Food Service), Stephanie Corrigan (UNO Bookstore), Susan Davis (College of Information Science & Technology), Tori Davis (UNO Television/KVNO Radio), Kaley Enstrom (Student Organizations & Leadership Programs), Matthew Epp (Pre-Admissions & Orientation), Zachary Griffith (Thompson Learning Community), Madison Guthrie (Chemistry), Erica Hengelfelt (University Housing - University Village), Amber Johnson (Criss Library), Alexandra King (UNO Bookstore), Emily Kirkland (University Housing - Maverick Village), Mitchell Kowalewski (Criss Library - Cataloging), Anna Lawrentz (Project Achieve), Kelly Mand (Campus Recreation), Gerald Parriott (CBA Accounting Lab), Kayla Rempe (Counseling/University Division), Chelsea Rose (Psychobiology), Ashley Staub (Biology), Tanisha Wallis (Information Services) and Sean West (Cashiering/Student Accounts).

This event is sponsored by Human Resources and Student Employment Services. For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465 or by email at

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Retirement Reception April 23 for William deGraw

The Department of Biology would like to extend an invitation to attend a retirement party for Bill deGraw in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room on Monday, April 23. The celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

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‘Assassins’ Set for April 18-21

The UNO Department of Theatre will present John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical ‘Assassins’ this 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. For tickets, visit or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY.

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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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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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Curriculum Development Grants Available

The University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) invites full-time faculty to apply for a $1,500 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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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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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 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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