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Faculty Honors Convocation

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Members of the UNO faculty were honored Thursday, April 12 with the Excellence in Teaching Award, Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards, the Distinguished Research or Creative Activity Awards, the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award and the Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award. The presentations were made at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation breakfast.

History Photo

April 18, 1979: UNO Alum Hosts New TV Show

Information (UNO Alumni Association), Photo (TV Guide)

On this day in UNO history, 'Real People' debuts on NBC with former OU student Charles 'Skip' Stephenson (top right) as one of five co-hosts. The show would run for 5 seasons until 1984.



FUSE Brown Bag Scheduled for Today

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.

Any undergraduate interested in finding out more about FUSE opportunities can attend the FUSE brown bag, scheduled for today, 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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P-16 Service Learning Project to Receive Award

ServeNebraska will honor the work of UNO, Blackburn Alternative High School and the Adams Park Community Center for their work on the "Food For Thought" project in 2011.

The project, part of UNO’s P-16 Initiative, will be honored as the “Outstanding Community Partnership in Education” today, April 18, at the 2012 First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service awards ceremony. Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem will personally present the award.

Over the past two years, the Food for Thought project has teamed culinary students from Blackburn Alternative High School and gerontology students from UNO with members of the Adams Park Community Center. As part of the project, meals prepared by Blackburn students are served to members of the center and UNO students help facilitate relationship building between the senior residents of Adams Park and students from Blackburn. Read more.

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UNO Campus Rec to Host Free Nutrition Presentation

Join nutritionist, Julie Denker, this today, 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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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" today, 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.

Philosophy Open House Set for Today

Interested in philosophy? If so, attend UNO's Philosophy Open House today, 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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NiC to Host Screening of 'Page One'

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 today, April 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in 196 Arts and Science Hall.

A brief discussion will follow the film. For information and questions, contact Maria Knudtson at

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IS Offering Intermediate Outlook 2010 Training Sessions Today, April 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.
* Today, April 18 – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
* Friday, April 20 – 9 to 10:30 a.m.

To sign up for workshops, go to Anyone unable to complete registration online should contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357. 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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Women and the Military to be Focus of Event

UNO's Veteran Student Organization and the UNO Sociology Club will show selected scenes from the documentary "Perception vs. Reality - Women of the Military" on Friday, April 27, at 6 p.m. in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. There will also be a panel discussion featuring female veteran service members. There is no cost to attend.

Organizers are planning for three main areas of discussion: the physical prowess of women; respect and authority of women; and sex and fraternization.

For more information, contact Adam Maley at 402.686.1097 of Phil Foster at 402.301.8089.

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Communications Alumni Panel Planned for April 26

The School of Communication will hold an Alumni Panel event as part of its annual Communication Week celebration on Thursday, April 26, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center's Omaha Room. All members of the campus community are invited to attend this free discussion.

Panel members include:
* Danelle Schlegelmilch (Petersen), communications director of the Nebraska/SW Iowa Region of the Red Cross;
* Tim McMahon, associate professor of marketing and management at Creighton University College of Business Administration.
* Paul Critchlow, vice chairman, Public Markets for Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and
* Joan Lukas, president of Lukas Partners.

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Recycling Event Set for Thursday

On Thursday, April 19, a representative from City of Omaha will pass out free green curbside recycle bins in the atrium of Mammel Hall. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Gary Farmer Concert Coming to Campus Thursday

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers will perform a free concert in UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse on Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The band, led by Gary Farmer as vocalist and harmonica player, was established in 2004. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the seven-member band plays original harmonica-guitar based blues and standards from the 1950s thru to contemporary hits. They are often described as having “a lot of heart and energy.” Farmer also creates original music with support of fellow musical artists.

A member of Cayuga nation and Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy, Farmer has been performing for thirty-five years. He co-starred in the Native American films “Pow-wow Highway” and “Smoke Signals,” as well as working with Johnny Depp in the independent film “Dead Man.”

The band is currently touring throughout United States and Canada under the label, Gonzo Drive Records. For special needs or assistance, please call Ed Zendejas at 402.554.3799.

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SAC to Hold Back-to-School Backpack Event

Staff Advisory Council will hold an event to help with the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program on Thursday, April 19. UNO is collecting rulers for the program.

For every $1 donated for the purchase of three rulers, members of the campus community will have three chances to throw a ball into holes drawn beside an oversize ruler. Those who get all three balls into those holes will have theirnames entered into a prize drawing. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

For any questions, please contact Nita Armendariz at 402.554.2232 or Kim Kronschnabel, 402.554.3497.

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'TREK to Campus' Is Tomorrow

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 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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OLLAS Charla Series Features 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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New Student Orientation Registration Ongoing

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.

"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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