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Tree Planting

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Members of UNO student government helped with the planting of a new tree on campus Monday. L-R Terrence Batiste, Jordan Koch and Anna Berg helped with the planting of a new maple tree near 67th & Dodge.

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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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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, 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 today at Braman Mortuary, 1702 N. 72 St., form 5 to 8 p.m. Read more.

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Did You Know? Begins with UNO Arbor Day Post

Did You Know? Your metropolitan university is green. Building greener buildings, replacing older windows, streamlining its recycling efforts and converting to new materials in campus Food Service operations are a few steps being taken towards making UNO a greener, more sustainable campus. This campus-wide initiative is spearheaded by Departments like Facilities Management and Planning, Information Sciences and Food Services as well as supported by the GreenUNO Task Force and UNO Student Government, UNO Environmental Club and G-BASIS.

Did you know…UNO is green? replaces the weekly "Green Tip of the Week" feature in eNotes. Instead, important green and sustainability efforts to note on campus will be highlighted in eNotes. To commemorate Arbor Day, which is today, April 27, the new feature will highlight UNO's tree efforts on campus. By encouraging UNO students to plant trees and participate in service that will help the environment earned UNO a "Tree Campus USA" for 2011. This is the second year UNO has received the honor. UNO achieved the designation by meeting the required core standards for sustainable campus forestry:

* a tree advisory committee,

* a campus tree-care plan,

* dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program,

* an Arbor Day observance, and

* the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

Recently, members of UNO student government helped with the planting of a new tree on campus in celebration of Arbor Day. The new maple tree is located near 67th & Dodge (see Arbor Day tree planting picture above). Click on this link to read more on UNO's Arbor Day Foundation designation.

UNO invites the metropolitan community to celebrate Earth Day year-round and adopt any of UNO's green methods mentioned above to reduce your household or company energy use and carbon footprint. For information on other UNO's GreenUNO Task Force initiatives, visit

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility Guest Speaker Today

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation today, 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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Women and the Military to be Focus of Tonight's Event

UNO's Veteran Student Organization and the UNO Sociology Club will show selected scenes from the documentary "Perception vs. Reality - Women of the Military" tonight, 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 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 at 7 p.m. tonight, 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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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

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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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Faculty and Staff Parking; Graduation Convocation - Friday

Due to high demand for visitor parking on the Dodge Campus for the Graduation Convocation on Friday May 4, faculty and staff are asked to park during the day at the Crossroads parking garage or at the Pacific Campus. Shuttle bus service will be provided from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

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

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Final Candidate for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit May 1-2

The fifth 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 final candidate is Wayne Young, associate vice president for Student Life at Creighton University. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Ship on Wednesday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. On Tuesday, May 1, Young will also have a lunch session with students. The lunch starts at 12:15 p.m. in the student center.  Read more.

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Local Teachers Achieve National Recognition

The College of Education at UNO hosted a reception for local teachers in the MOEC (Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium) Cohort who have participated in the National Board Certification process or recently completed the portfolio component of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

 The April 12th event was held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus.

Richard Christie, executive director of MOEC, said "For the sixth consecutive year, MOEC welcomes the opportunity to partner with member districts to facilitate a NBPTS cohort.  This event recognizes the hard work and commitment of cohort participants. National Board certification is the gold standard of the profession and reflects the quality of teachers in the metro area."

Teachers who were recognized include those who recently received notice from the National Board Office that they had successfully completed the process include:  John Becker – Millard Public Schools, Christina Cryer – Millard Public Schools, Kirsten Ehrke – Millard Public Schools, Betsy Gomez - Millard Public Schools, Sarah Kronenke – Westside Community Schools, Deb Kruse – Westside Community Schools and Wendy Oldenburg – Omaha Public Schools.
The teachers who participated in the most recent cohort who were also recognized at the event are:  Carmen Campbell – Omaha Public Schools, Angela Holdren – Omaha Public Schools, Kristi Homes – Omaha Public Schools, Candida Kraska - Millard Public Schools, Kathy Lorentz – Omaha Public Schools, Shawn McCormick – Omaha Public Schools, Barb Sheppard - Millard Public Schools and Clesta Stevens – Omaha Public Schools.

For more information, call Connie Schaffer at 402.554.3096.

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NU, Xi'an Jiaotong University Celebrate American Exchange Center Opening

On April 21, the University of Nebraska and China's Xi'an Jiaotong University celebrated the official opening of the American Exchange Center, an NU-wide initiative that aims to expose Chinese students and faculty to U.S. history, law, medicine, art, culture and government and strengthen Nebraska's collaboration with China. The exchange center is one component of NU's overall global engagement strategy to build relationships with key nations that will benefit Nebraska and the world. Only 10 such centers won seed funding from the U.S. government after a competitive application process.

Saturday's celebration, co-hosted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Xi'an Jiaotong University President Zheng Nanning, capped an "American Culture Week" in Xi'an which included a lecture from University of Nebraska Medical Center students, photography exhibits and lectures from UNL faculty, and performances by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Jazz Quintet and a Xi'an Jiaotong student music and dance troupe. Xi'an students and faculty also had the opportunity to view classic American movies like "The Grapes of Wrath," "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" – which star, respectively, Henry Fonda, Marlon Brando and Sandy Dennis, all of whom were born in Nebraska. Read more.

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Brass Quintet to Perform Historical, Contemporary Music May 2

The UNO Faculty Brass Quintet will perform a special recital on Wednesday, May 2, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 7 p.m.

The event, called "Dance Music Through the Ages: From Galliard to Gaga" will feature members of the UNO Department of Music faculty playing works from well-known composers including everyone from John Phillip Sousa and Johannes Brahms to Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga. Read more.

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Blackboard Drop-In ASK? Sessions This May

Have a quick Blackboard question you'd like to ask, but don't feel like you need to take a full workshop?  Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) Information Services team for Blackboard Drop-In ASK? Sessions.

Friday, May 11: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, May 14: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those interested in ASK? Sessions should come to the 104 Eppley Administration Building.  These sessions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and are not intended to take the place of training workshops.  Questions?  Contact Information Services Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or

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Campus Recreation Hosts Golf Classic May 23

Are you interested in the upcoming golf outing at Indian Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, May 23?  Register for the 2012 Golf Classic Tournament at  Contact Joe Kaminski at if you have any questions.

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Engineering Summer Programs for Senior and Junior High Students

Engineering Summer Programs for senior and junior high students announced:

* Sr. High Engineering Exploration Week (EEW)
A one-week day camp hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering and comprised of mini-workshops for students entering grades 10-12. The camp will be located at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), where participating students will explore engineering programs available on the Omaha campus.  The workshops will be held June 4-8, 2012.  For details and registration information, see attached weblink:

* Jr. Engineering Exploration Week 
A one-week day camp hosted by the UNL College of Engineering and comprised of mini-workshops for students entering grades 8 and 9. The camp will be located at PKI, where participating students will have the opportunity to explore engineering programs available on the Omaha Campus.  The workshops will be held July 9-13, 2012.  For details and registration information, see attached weblink:

For questions, contact Alma Ramirez-Rodgers at 402.554.3618.

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In the News

In the News

- Carson Holloway, political science, was featured on KFAB's Crash Davis Show about the Supreme Court's hearing challenges to Arizona's illegal immigration law.

- Mike Bishop, geography/geology, was featured on NPR to talk about the fate of the glaciers that help make up the Himalaya mountain range.

- Anne Hoobs, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about a recent report conducted by UNO’s Juvenile Justice Institute, which calls for reform of Nebraska’s current system.

- Dave Kriegler, physics, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the brightness of Venus in Tuesday’s night sky. Kriegler was also a guest on KFAB’s Crash Davis Show to talk about this past weekend’s meteor shower.

- Bill Mahoney, Robin Gandhi and Ken Dick, School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, were interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the school’s efforts to combat cyberwarfare.

- Sarah Manson, English, was featured in a Omaha World-Herald column. Manson and her husband, Matt, are both widely known slam poets and have helped revitalize Omaha’s slam poetry scene.

- Dale Eesley, Center for Innovation Entrepreneurship and Franchising, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about last week’s Maverick Business Plan Competition.

- Thomas Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies and Programs, was featured in the West Point News for helping bring international students to visit West Point, Neb. over the last two decades.

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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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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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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