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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.



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

The third of five finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs will visit UNO for interviews starting today, April 23. The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the chief student affairs administrator for the university.

The third 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 today, 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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UNO College of Education Celebrates 'Week of the Young Child'

The UNO College of Education is celebrating the Omaha Week of the Young Child with two special events featuring nationally recognized authors and illustrators.

The Week of the Young Child is a national event organized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children every year. This year, the Omaha event runs April 22 through April 27 and has the theme "Go Out and Read! Building a Bridge between Literacy and the World."

This year's kickoff event will feature Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of the New York Times best-seller Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, reading her book at the Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Rinker will also conduct a presentation at the Abrahams Branch Library, 5111 N. 90th St. from 3 to 4 p.m. Read more.

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Student Employee of the Year Ceremony Is Today

UNO's annual Student Employee of the Year Ceremony will be held today, 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 Today 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 today, April 23.  The celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

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Diplomats to Visit UNO Campus This Week

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

Shahar Arieli, the Israeli Deputy Consul General at Chicago, will arrive today, April 23, and give a presentation this evening to the Omaha World Affairs Council titled "The Changing Middle East: Prospects and Challenges." Arieli has also arranged to speak to classes this 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 this Friday, April 27.

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend dinner events set for tonight and Thursday, 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 this Thursday. 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 this Friday with the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Kiwanis Club of Omaha.

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Annual Student Appreciation Sale Under Way

The UNO Bookstore is holding its annual Student Appreciation Sale starting today, April 23, through Saturday, May 5. This is the best time of the year to stock up on Maverick apparel.

For sale details, visit this link. Buy one item at the regular price, get a second item half off. Regular priced apparel, blankets and caps are included in the sale. The second item must be of equal or lesser value. Limited to in-stock items only.

UNO Bookstore Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 28: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 5: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks at

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Criss Library to Extend Hours for Finals Week

Criss Library is again extending hours for finals week. The library will stay open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday during finals week to allow UNO students additional research and study hours. 

Library hours for April 29 through May 3:

*Sunday, April 29:  Noon to 1 a.m.

*Monday through Thursday, April 30-May 3:  7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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IS Offering Intermediate Outlook 2010 Training Sessions April 26

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 Thursday, April 26, from 10 to 11:30. All sessions will be held in DSC 104. 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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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 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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Criss Library Open Mic Night Tuesday

Criss Library celebrates National Poetry Month this 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 10 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

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Join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and Walk at Lunch This Wednesday

Wellness Stampede

Need a reason to get up and get active? Want to start exercising, but don't like the idea of joining a gym yet? This Wednesday, April 25, is the date when thousands of Nebraskans have pledged to walk over their lunch hour. You can choose to walk with your friends, family members, coworkers at UNO, dog or solo. Just walk. With less than four weeks to go, 5,000 people have already signed up to participate in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska's (BCBSNE) 6th annual National Walk at Lunch Day. The goal is 25,000 walkers across the state.

"Plan to spend part of your lunch hour at UNO on April 25th by participating in the National Walk at Lunch Day," said Esther Scarpello, manager of fringe benefits at UNO. "Have fun walking!"

You can register as an individual or as a group. Click on this link to learn more and sign up.

For participating:

* Entered into a drawing for prizes

* Each walker will receive an LED keychain light

* Taking steps toward improving your health

"Walking is a great form of exercise," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of Fitness/Wellness and Instructional Programs. "In fact, walking is one of the easiest and best ways to get and stay in shape." 

Like the BCBSNE walk page on Facebook and join the conversation. For more information, contact Heidi Woodard at, or Nate Odgaard at or 402.982.6528.

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Communications Alumni Panel Planned for April 26

UNO's Veteran Student Organization and the UNO Sociology Club will show selected scenes from the documentary "Perception vs. Reality - Women of the Military" this 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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Women and the Military to be Focus of Event This Friday

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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UNO to Host 'Wambli Sapa Memorial' Pow Wow This Saturday

The UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council (ITSC) will host an all-nations Pow Wow, this 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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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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Rulers Needed: Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Drive Runs through May 4

UNO is once again engaging in a friendly competition with Creighton University and College of Saint Mary in an effort to support the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program.

UNO, led by the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC), Creighton and College of Saint Mary will be competing to collect a specified number of a single school supply for students in Omaha. This year, UNO's goal is to collect 5,000 rulers between Monday, April 9, through Friday, May 4.

Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are encouraged to purchase rulers at the UNO Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The UNO Bookstore is selling three rulers for $1 and donations of rulers purchased off campus will also be accepted at the UNO Bookstore. Read more.

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