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UNO Dedicates Elkhorn River Research Station

video by Charley Reed

Members of the UNO and Omaha communities were on hand April 20 to dedicate the Elkhorn River Research Station, which is run by Biology professor Alan Kolok. Designed to measure toxicity levels in the Elkhorn River, the station will be the model for a future construction near the Platte River and, it is hoped, hundreds of others across the country.


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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.



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

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 today, 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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Communications Alumni Panel Today

The School of Communication will hold an Alumni Panel event as part of its annual Communication Week celebration today, 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.

Each panelist will have an opening five- to ten-minute talk to current undergraduates based upon the idea of what they would do, if they were undergrads today.

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Sen. Hagel, Russian Ambassador Visits UNO Campus

Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel will visit campus this week with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States. The pair will appear at two forums, one for students and another for community members, where they will discuss the future of U.S.-Russia relations.

"The United States and Russia have seen each other as both allies and adversaries over the years, and the future of this relationship is strategically important to us and the world," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies & Programs at UNO and the moderator for the forums. "Through dialogue, the two countries can forge a peaceful, constructive partnership. We're excited to bring this dialogue to Omaha in the flesh."

Both the student and community forums will be today and tonight, April 26. More than 100 students from UNO, Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Kearney will attend the first forum at 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs & Community Service on UNO's campus. Read more.

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Meet National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick Today

National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick will talk about her soon-to-be-released novel, Never Fall Down,today, 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

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UNO, Film Streams to Present Final Contemporary Israeli Cinema Series Tonight

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 tonight, 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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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff this Friday, April 27, in honor of UNO retiree Charles Wing. He passed away April 23 at age 69.

Wing, a senior systems analyst for student information system in Information Services, retired in August 2010 after more than 23 years of service to the university.

A memorial service will be held this Friday at Braman Mortuary, 1702 N. 72 St., form 5 to 8 p.m. Read more.

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HPER Spring Commencement Notice

A university-wide graduation convocation ceremony is set for Friday, May 4, at 3 p.m. on Caniglia Field. Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel is the keynote speaker for all student attendees - undergraduate and graduate. Following, there will be a ceremony for graduates in the Sapp Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 5, each college has its own commencement planned around campus.

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building 128 and 201 gyms will be closed Friday, May 4, and all of HPER will be closed Saturday, May 5.

Visit for more information.

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UNO Releases 2012-12 Hockey Schedule


The UNO hockey team will open its 16th season with college hockey's traditional opening tournament, The Icebreaker, in Kansas City, Mo.  The Mavericks also will play the first outdoor game in school and Omaha history. Those games are part of the 36-game schedule for the 2012-13 season released on April 25.

"The Icebreaker and the outdoor game are sure to make this one of the most memorable seasons of UNO hockey," said Trev Alberts, UNO's Director of Athletics.  "UNO ranked fourth in the country in home attendance last season, and we know our fans are going to enjoy all of the home games on our schedule this season."

"This schedule is great for both our fans and our players," said Dean Blais, UNO's head coach.  "The WCHA schedule continues to be the toughest in college hockey, and we have another challenging schedule of non-conference games as well. Our fans, many of whom travel to see us play on the road, are going to get an outstanding game every night." Read more.

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College of Education Honors Five at Hollie Bethel Luncheon

The UNO College of Education's 24th annual Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon took place Wednesday, April 20, on campus. Five alumni were recognized for their achievements. Stephanie Koraleski and Paul Malcolm both received Lifetime Achievement Awards; Stanley Maliszewski and Beverly Petersen both received Distinguished Service Awards; and Ferial Person was honored with the Promising Professional Award. 

During the 24-year tenure of the awards, 145 of the more than 17,000 living alumni have been honored.  Read more.

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Academic Partnership for Instruction Announces May Blackboard 9.1 Workshops

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a Division of Information Services (IS), will be offering a series of workshops designed to teach faculty about ways to use Blackboard 9.1 to enhance student learning.  Workshops begin on Monday, May 7, and run through Friday, May 11. All workshops will be held in the 107 Criss Library.  For full course descriptions and to get registered, visit

Questions?  Contact the IS Help Desk at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or email

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Annual Student Appreciation Sale Under Way

The UNO Bookstore is holding its annual Student Appreciation Sale, which runs 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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