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David Brown Named Employee of the Month

David Brown Named Employee of the Month

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's Employee of the Month for April is David Brown, a computer technician for UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service. The Omaha native has worked at UNO for the last four-years and he is responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining around 300 computers for the colleges' programs at UNO, UNL, Offutt and downtown at the William Brennan Institute. Nominators called Brown a 'team player' for the college. "David is one of those people you feel comfortable in approaching as you pass in the hall and say 'Dave, I have a problem with my computer, what do you think?' He will always take the time to answer your questions and lend his expertise." Brown also will be honored at the May meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

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Faculty Honors Convocation

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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, Millard North Middle School, City Sprouts Join Forces to Help Karen Community

Students from the UNO Department of English, the UNO Women's and Gender Studies Program and Millard North Middle School (MNMS) will work together at City Sprouts today, April 24, and Wednesday, May 2, as the culmination of a semester-long P-16 service learning experience.

Today, April 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, the students will work together to rehearse a cultural celebration of the Omaha Karen community and to plant flower and vegetable gardens for several Karen refugee families. On May 2 the students, together with members of the Omaha Karen refugee community, will host a potluck dinner and theater performance based on interviews with Karen families at from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be a raffle to benefit the Karen community's effort to build a community center.

Both events will take place at City Sprouts, 4002 Seward St., one of Omaha's oldest community gardens.  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 today, 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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UNO Students Give $10,000 to Local Non-Profits Today

A class focusing on philanthropy at UNO will be providing a combined $10,000 in funding to two Omaha charities with money donated from Doris Buffett's Learning by Giving Foundation.

A formal presentation of the money, given to Whispering Roots and InCommon Community Development by UNO's Philanthropy and Democracy course, will take place today, April 24, at 3 p.m. at InCommon headquarters, located at 1258 S. 13th St.

The course, led by Angie Eikenberry, associate professor of public administration, and Sara Woods, associate dean of UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service, helps teach students the importance of non-profit funding and philanthropic management. Read more.

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Criss Library Open Mic Night Is Tonight

Criss Library celebrates National Poetry Month tonight, April 24, with an Open Mic Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join emcee Todd Robinson near the Cafè 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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Heartland Community Flute Choir to Present 'A Prairie Passage' Tonight

UNO's award-winning Heartland Community Flute Choir (HCFC) will perform their final concert of the 2011-2012 season entitled "A Prairie Passage," featuring music inspired by the Great Plains, tonight, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The concert will open with a piece for solo flute inspired by Native American flute music entitled "Winter Spirits" by Katherine Hoover, performed by sophomore UNO flute major, Tessa Jacobsen. The program then features three works for full flute ensemble: "Fantasia on Red Revier Valley" by Kelly Via, based on a folk song from North Central America (including North Dakota and Minnesota); "Plains and Petticoats: A Prairie Passage" by Nancy Wood which is inspired by actual diary entries from real women who crisscrossed America in covered wagons and recorded their experiences and impressions; and "Tall Grass" for flute choir and piano by Catherine McMichael, depicting the last of the virgin tall grass prairie of the Flint Hills in east central Kansas.

The concert will conclude with "Salt of the Earth" by Catherine McMichael; performed by the Omaha-based professional flute quartet, Flauto Donne, this music is meant to evoke the sounds, sights, challenges, and strengths of Oklahoma's land and people.

Founded in 2003 by UNO Professor of Flute, Christine Beard, HCFC is celebrating its ninth season. A non-auditioned ensemble boasting more than 40 adult and student members from Nebraska and western Iowa, the HCFC plays on C flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes, and performs a variety of literature consisting of original works for flute choir and arrangements of classical masterpieces, as well as traditional and popular tunes. Joining the HCFC for this concert will be three UNO faculty members: HCFC assistant conductor, Sara Schuhardt; guest conductor Courtney Snyder; and guest pianist, Stacie Haneline.

Upcoming engagements include an invitation to perform at the St. Louis Flute Society Festival in May 2012, and the HCFC's 10th anniversary season 2012-2013 will include the release of their first CD, and a concert hosted by the Sioux City Chamber Music Society.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Beard at or visit the official HCFC website at

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Fourth Candidate for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit April 26-27

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

The fourth candidate is Daniel Shipp, associate vice president for Student Life at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Ship this Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center.  Earlier in the day, Shipp 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, Film Streams to Present Final Contemporary Israeli Cinema Series

In April 2012, 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 series will wrap up this Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. with a final special presentation of "Footnote"

The presentation of the three films is funded in part by a gift from Ms. 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.

"Footnote" is an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, which will be regular rotation at Film Streams in May. The film, directed by Joseph Cedar, tells the tale of a father-son rivalry between two professors who have dedicated their lives to academic research in Israel. Moshe Gershovich, a professor of history at UNO, will lead the post-show discussion. Read more.

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UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band to Present 'Other Voices'

The UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band will present a joint concert to conclude the Spring 2012 semester. The concert, titled "Other Voices" will feature faculty soloists Melissa Berke and Tom Cosby as well as highlighting pillars of wind band composition including works by Alfred Reed, Fisher Tull and Ralph Vaughn Williams.

The concert will be held this Friday, April 27, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors. Faculty, Staff and Students will be admitted free with a MavCard. Tickets will be available at the door.

Artist faculty Instructor of Oboe, Tom Cosby, will perform with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the baton of Associate Conductor of Bands, Courtney Snyder. They will collaborate on Aubade by local composer Keith Davis, a work was commissioned by the UNO Bands.

Melissa Berke, the chair of the Music Department will then take the stage and lend her voice to the ensemble in a performance of Bernard Gilmore's Songs for Soprano and Band, a work based on folk songs from around the world.   The three selections featured include settings of an Irish, an American, and a Yiddish folk melodies.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will round out its program under Conductor James Saker, director of Bands. It will be a contrast of old and new with composer Ryan George's exciting new work Firefly, Fisher Tull's poignant work The Final Covenant, and Alfred Reed's masterpiece Armenian Dances.

The University Concert Band will then conclude the program under the direction of Courtney Snyder and graduate conducting student Katherine Hartwig. The group will perform Ralph Vaughn Williams' Flourish for Wind Band, a beautiful Jay Dawson arrangement of the hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and the playful Greek Folk Song Suite by Frances Cesarini.

For additional information, contact the University Bands Office at 402.554.3352.

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'Pep Up for Prep Week' Events Set

UNO's Forensics team will be holding "Pep Up for Prep Week" this Wednesday, April 25, at Five Guys and Monday, April 30, at Dairy Queen.  The two local restaurants will donate a portion of each customer's purchase back to the UNO Forensic team.

Five Guys on 7345 West Dodge will host a family burger night from 4 to 10 p.m. The Forensics team will receive 15 percent of the proceeds if the customer presents a flier to the cashier. The fliers will be handed out on campus and through any member of the Forensics team this week. 

The second event will take place on Monday, April 30, at the Dairy Queen on 132nd and Maple St., where a portion of all purchases from 6 to 9 p.m. will benefit the team.

Take a break from studying and support the UNO Forensics team.

The UNO Forensics team had the honor of hosting the 2012 District IV Qualifier, a tournament in which six surrounding states compete in to qualify for the national competition.  This year, the UNO Forensics team received 5th place at the national competition.

Questions? Email Marissa Litty at

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HR to Offer Performance Evaluation Training

Human Resources (HR) will offer two training sessions on performance evaluations for those who supervise staff members. In May, HR staff will send notifications to supervisors about managerial employee evaluations, which are due by Friday, May 14.  (Mary Sweaney extends her apologies for the short time frame, she just returned back to work from an extended medical leave.)

The training goal is to provide an opportunity to refresh or learn new procedures and skills. The new evaluation form and procedures, as well as the best practices for conducting the performance evaluation process and meeting, will be reviewed.

HR staff hopes those new to UNO and new to supervision will find the discussion with more experienced colleagues helpful and important to their success as supervisors.

The sessions:

- Tuesday, May 8
10 to 11 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Omaha (Umonhon) Room

- Wednesday, May 9
10 to 11 a.m.
MBSC Umonhon Room

To R.S.V.P. for a session, call 402.554.2321.

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People: KVNO News Receives Eric Sevareid Awards at Midwest Journalism Conference

KVNO News received 15 Eric Sevareid awards, including seven honors for student entries, on March 30 at the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) annual awards banquet at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn.

KVNO News garnered eight first-place honors. In the Sports Reporting category for Student Market Radio, student reporter Jon Schriner won for "Alberts, Denney Interviews Shed New Light on Split." Student reporter Lindsey Peterson won for both "Unassisted Home Birth in Nebraska" in the Series category, and for "Girls Rock!" in the Soft Feature category, both for Student Market Radio.

News director Robyn Wisch won three first-place awards for Medium Market Radio, including "The Value of Urban Art" in the Broadcast Writing category, "State of Our Schools" in the Series category, and "History Harvest" in the Soft Feature category. Also in Medium Market Radio, reporter Ben Bohall won first place for "Missouri River Flood" in the General Reporting category, and took the Websites category.  Read more.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to People appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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Chemistry Department Student Awards Banquet Set for Tomorrow

The Chem Club will host its annual Chemistry Awards Banquet on 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 R.S.V.P. The cost is $12.50 per person and must be paid in advance.

For more information, contact Janine Brooks at 402.554.2651.

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker Friday

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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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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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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