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Just Can It! Kicks Off Ninth Year

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Members of the Omaha community, including Mayor Jim Suttle, joined UNO's Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity to kick off this year's Just Can It! Drive on Monday, April 16. Just Can It! is a partnership between Phi Kappa Alpha and the Salvation Army, among others, to help raise homelessness awareness and collect canned goods for those in need. This year's goal is to collect 50,000 cans.

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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.

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2012.04.19

Recycling Event Today at Mammel

Why wait for Earth Day 2012 to recycle? Today, 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.

Today's event is sponsored by G-BASIS, a student group at UNO's College of Business. There also will be a table with a conveyor belt fastened to it with an assortment of recyclables for people to see and touch.

Questions? Email bricemiller@unomaha.edu.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information on UNO "Green" initiatives, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/green.

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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 today, 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 http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php. For more information or to be added to the registration waiting list, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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SAC Fundraising Event Today on MBSC Plaza

Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will be holding an event to help with collecting rulers for the Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Program. The event will be held today, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza.

Show SAC your pitching arm! For every $1 donated for the purchase of three rulers, student, faculty and staff 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 their names entered into a drawing for one of two prizes.

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

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Campus Master Planning – Open Forums Today, Tomorrow

UNO is kicking off the update to the physical campus master planning process that will take place over the next eight months. The campus is invited to meet with planning consultants at two separate open forums, today, April 19, on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center and Friday, April 20, at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building atrium. The sessions will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

5Summer and Fall Internship Opportunities

Today, April 19, the College of Business Administration is hosting Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in the Mammel Hall atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northwestern will have information available about summer and fall internship opportunities, as well as a raffle for students to win gas money home for the summer.

Contact Noelle Blood (402.554.2303, nblood@unomaha.edu) if you have questions.

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Summer and Fall Internship Opportunities

Today, April 19, the College of Business Administration is hosting Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in the Mammel Hall atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northwestern will have information available about summer and fall internship opportunities, as well as a raffle for students to win gas money home for the summer.

Contact Noelle Blood (402.554.2303, nblood@unomaha.edu) if you have questions.

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Geography/Geology Colloquium Today

Peter Freckmann from the Faculty of Geomatics at the Applied University of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, is a scholar in residence in the Department of Geography/Geology during the week of April 16-20. He will speak today, April 19, on the "The Role of Maps in Spatial Analysis for Marketing." Freckmann's lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 298 Durham Science Center (DSC).

Freckmann is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under a grant to promote the exchange of students and scholars. Students from the Applied University of Technology in Karlsruhe will be studying at UNO in 2012-2013.

Questions? Contact Michael Peterson at mpeterson@unomaha.edu.

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

The second of five finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for UNO Student Affairs will visit campus for interviews starting today, April 19. 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 today, April 19, at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. Bellani will also have a lunch session with students this Friday, April 20, beginning at 12:15 in the student center. Read more.Up to Top

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 today, 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 Brooks at 402.554.2651.

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Maverick Business Plan and CEO Awards at UNO Tonight

The UNO College of Business Administration's Center for Innovative, Entrepreneurship & Franchise will host its Spring 2012 Maverick Business Plan Competition & CEO Awards tonight, April 19. Displays and refreshments start at 5:15 p.m. Recipients will be named at a 6 p.m. awards ceremony at Mammel Hall Marvin & Virginia Schmid Auditorium. Read more.

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Free Gary Farmer Concert on Campus Tonight

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers will perform a free concert in UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse tonight, 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 25 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, call Ed Zendejas at 402.554.3799.

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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. tonight, 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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Third Candidate for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit April 23-24

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

The thirds candidate is Eric Grospitch, assistant dean of Students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Grospitch on Monday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.  Earlier in the day, Grospitch will also have a lunch session with students.  The lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. in the student center.  Read more.

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Criss Library Open Mic Night April 24

Criss Library celebrates National Poetry Month on Tuesday, April 24, with an Open Mic Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join emcee Todd Robinson near the Café on the library main floor. This is your chance to show off your performance skills in ten minutes. Come out to perform or just to support your friends. It will be an exciting night! This event is free and open to the public. To sign up, contact Linda Riviera at lriviera@unomaha.edu.

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Deadline Tomorrow for Curriculum Development Grants

The University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) invites full-time faculty to apply for a $1500 curriculum Development Grant. Grants are offered to faculty members working on a course over the summer. Application materials and instructions can be found at www.unomaha.edu/facdevelop

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 unofacdev@unomaha.edu.

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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 this 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 http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php. For more information or to be added to the registration waiting list, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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William Brennan Institute to Host 13th Annual General Welfare Conference Saturday

(Editor’s note: There still are a few student and faculty scholarships available on a first-come basis). Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for this Saturday, April 21, by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at UNO.

The 13th annual Promoting the General Welfare Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops. Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference. The sessions and presenters include. 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 lriviera@unomaha.edu.

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Grant-writing Seminar at UNO May 7

(Editor's note: This event is sponsored by UNO's Office of Research and Creative Activity.) It is 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/orca/news.php.

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