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Just Can It! Kicks Off Ninth Year

photo by Sarah Casey

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.



UNO Partners to Create Community Change on Global Youth Service Day

UNO will host a Hike to Help Refugees event as part of series of Global Youth Service Day projects today, April 20, at the Turning Point youth services center located at 3223 N. 45 St.

The hike is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am while check-in for other Global Youth Service Day service activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and include working with local parks and local nonprofit organizations.

The goal of the hike is to educate and engage youth in solving critical global issues. Read more.

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Campus Master Planning Open Forum Today

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 today, April 20, at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) atrium. The open forum will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Undergraduate Catalog Changes Due Today

The deadline to submit changes for the 2012-13 UNO Undergraduate Catalog is today, 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 degree requirement 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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World Civilizations Film Series Concludes Today 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 begins with an explanation of the film's setting as well as followed by an audience discussion. Please bring snacks and join faculty at 3 p.m. today, 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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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, tonight, April 20. 

The one-hour concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  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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Department of Theatre to Present Assassins Tonight

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 20-21, 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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This Week In Maverick Athletics


This Week In Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on Up to Top

Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk Traffic Notice for Saturday

Participants for the Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk will be on campus Saturday, April 21. Vehicle traffic flow for the Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk will be restricted to one-way traffic around campus to accommodate the 2K and 5K run starting at 9 a.m. The 67th Street entrance and the 60th Street entrances of campus, off Dodge will be the only two entrances open that morning. The vehicle traffic will flow in a counter clockwise direction, utilizing the outside lane for vehicles starting at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Both lanes and all entrances will re-open at 10 a.m. for normal traffic flow.

Contact Parking Office 402.554.PARK (7275) if you have any questions.

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Moving Company Showcase and Salon This Sunday

The UNO modern dance company, The Moving Company, will present its Spring Showcase and Salon this Sunday, April 22, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

This year's showcase is intended for mature audiences and will feature performances from Maya Taylor, Danielle Laurion, Laura Sedivy and Chelsea Hartness.

Laurion, the company's Choreographer in Residence, will also be premiering a new work titled "Feminine Image: An Exploration of Women's Body Image." The performance was created after interviewing women in the Omaha area on the topic of body image. A discussion will be held after the performance. Read more.

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Diplomats to Visit UNO Campus Next Week

Three foreign diplomats and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel will visit UNO next week, appearing at several events around campus:

Shahar Arieli, the Israeli Deputy Consul General at Chicago, will arrive Monday, April 23, and give a presentation that evening to the Omaha World Affairs Council titled "The Changing Middle East: Prospects and Challenges." Arieli has also arranged to speak to classes on Tuesday, April 24.

Okamura Yoshifumi, the Japanese Consul General at Chicago, will arrive Thursday, April 26, and speak at another World Affairs Council dinner that evening. While in Omaha, Yoshifumi will also participate in activities at KANEKO and Lauritzen Gardens on Friday, April 27.

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the Monday and Thursday dinner events, which begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The cost is $40 per person. For more information or to sign up, contact International Studies & Programs at 402.554.2376.

Lastly, former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, will participate in moderated discussions at two forums on April 26. A forum for students will be at 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. A forum for staff, faculty, and other community members will begin at 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. reception, in the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St.

Space is limited for both U.S.-Russia forums, so those interested in attending these free events must R.S.V.P. by calling International Studies & Programs, 402.554.2376.

While in Omaha, Sen. Hagel and Ambassador Kislyak will also make appearances on Friday with the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Kiwanis Club of Omaha.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker April 27

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation Friday, April 27, by Paul DeVita, professor in Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University.

* The Title of the Talk: The Bio-Adaptable Nature of the Human Condition: Responses to Obesity, Osteoarthritis, and Weight Loss

* Location: 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation

* Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

DeVita earned his doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Oregon in 1986. His research interests are in biomechanics of human locomotion in healthy and diseased populations. DeVita has been successful in securing R01 funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) on multiple projects. He maintains active scholarship with many publications. Presently he is serving as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Biomechanics and has also served as the associate editor for Exercise and Sport Science Reviews.

For more information, contact Demi Treat at 402.554.2573.

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Academic Transformation Workshop Set for May 9-10

All UNO faculty and teaching assistants are invited to attend the Academic Transformation workshop Wednesday morning, May 9, and Thursday morning, May 10. 

Sponsored by Information Services' Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), the goals for this two half-day workshop are to review course redesign principles, discuss strategies for integrating technology to effectively enhance student learning, and to highlight the efforts of UNO faculty in transforming their courses.

A brief overview of the daily schedule is presented below:

* Wednesday, May 9
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Presentations on this day will focus upon the foundational concepts associated with pedagogy and the principles outlined by the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) for successful course redesign projects. 

* Thursday, May 10
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University recipient of the 2011 Professors of the Year award, and UNO faculty will share practical strategies for managing large courses, increasing student engagement, and adapting their courses to address emerging needs. 

Light morning refreshments will be served. Daily drawings for software and hardware packages will be held.

To learn more and to register for the workshop, visit

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Camp Completion – Faculty Writing Retreat, May 7-11

Every scholar has one: the work in progress that's been 'in progress' for too long.  If you would like some help getting a writing project to the finish line – getting it written, polished up, and in the mail – please sign up for Camp Completion, a week-long writer's retreat right on the UNO campus.  During the week of May 7-11, participants will come together every day in the Writing Center where they will be provided with coffee, lunch, encouragement, willing readers, and five days of uninterrupted time to write.

Writing Center Director Nora Bacon urges faculty to pause before sliding into summertime: "Take a week to wrap up your most important writing task. Clear everything else off your calendar for the week; pull out your notes, outline, or draft; get it finished and check it off your to-do list before Friday afternoon's Completion Celebration."  Participants will meet every morning at 9 a.m. and will gather again at noon for lunch; for the rest of the day, they are welcome to work in the Writing Center, in the library, or elsewhere - whatever promises to be most productive. "Our only goal is to ensure that writing projects are completed," said Bacon.  "Participants will hold each other accountable and help each other out."

Camp Completion is open to faculty and advanced graduate students. With support from the Center for Faculty Development, the Writing Center is able to offer the camp at no cost to participants.  To register, contact the Writing Center by Wednesday, May 2: Call 402.554.2946 or write to

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In the News

- John Crank ,School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was interviewed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the handling of evidence in a fatal crash involving an Indianapolis police officer.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Sacramento Bee about using DNA evidence in search for a young girl’s killer.

- Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the Republican primary race for the Nebraska Senate.

- Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, was interviewed by KETV about the ability of Omahans to vote on a possible sales tax increase this November.

- Paul Landow, Department of Political Science, was a guest on KFAB’s Crash Davis show to talk about the conclusion of the most recent unicameral session.

- Zebulon Miletsky, Department of Black Studies, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about UNL’s effort to archive petitions of slave owners to receive compensation for their freed slaves.

- Trev Alberts and Gary Freeman, Athletics, were interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the Department of Athletics’ agreement with Nelligan Sports Marketing.

- Sharon Wood, Department of History, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about President Barack Obama’s use of the term “social Darwinism.”

- John Shroder, Department of Geography and Geology, was interviewed by the Montana News Assocation about an increase in the size of glaciers in the Karakoram mountain range along the China-Pakistan border.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - 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 402.554.2129.

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Retirement Reception Monday for William deGraw

Retirement Reception Monday 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 this Monday, April 23.  The celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

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OLLAS Charla Series Next Week 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 this 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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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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