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Student Showcase Opens Feb. 22

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Denise Brady, Art Gallery coordinator, finishes hanging the last of the artwork at the UNO Art Gallery for the juried student art exhibit, which opens Feb. 22. The exhibit runs through Thursday, March 28.

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'PowerPoint: Not Just for Presentations' Session Today

Learn the power of PowerPoint by joining the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS) as they help you create interactive PowerPoints.

The training session will take place today, March 1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in 538 Kayser Hall. During this session, participants will learn how to use PowerPoint to create non-linear, interactive course materials which can be used for test preparation, in class activities, games, supplemental resources, and to help accommodate students with various learning styles.

Participants will first create a sample presentation flow chart and a story board to be used in their development of a short non-linear presentation. Previous experience with basic PowerPoint is recommended.

To register for this session, visit

Questions? Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 or

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Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility 'Robot Teams' Talk Today

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility cordially invites you to attend a presentation given by Dr. Prithviraj Dasgupta, today, March 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in 211 HPER. Dr. Dasgupta will discuss "Coordination and Planning in Robot Teams."

Dasgupta is currently an Associate Professor at UNO in the department of Computer Science. He has previously studied computer engineering at Jadavpur University in India and the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research interests involve multi-agent/multi-robot systems, swarm robotics, and game theory and computational economics. Dr. Dasgupta is well-published in journals such as the International Journal of Intelligent Systems, and is well funded through granting agencies such as the Department of Defense.

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Physics Colloquium Today

"Biophysical Imaging with Multiphoton Microscopy," will be the topic of discussion at UNO's Physics Colloquium today, March 1. M.G. Nichols from Creighton University will present.

Nichols’ lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center (DSC).

Optical imaging of living cells and intact tissues by non-linear, simultaneous multiphoton molecular excitation provides inherent three-dimensional diffraction-limited resolution while minimizing photodamage and peripheral photobleaching. The multiphoton laser scanning microscope raster-scans a focused, high repetition-rate femtosecond pulse train of infrared laser light across a biological sample and efficiently detects the resulting multiphoton excited fluorescence. This allows quantitative visualization of cellular processes and tissue architecture that had been problematic or impossible with conventional microscopies.

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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Criss Library Introduces New WMS System Today

Criss Library will convert its online library catalog to the new WMS system today, March 1. The new system is from OCLC, the world's largest library cooperative. "Catalog users will notice some differences in the way they search for books and other items" said Steve Shorb, dean of the Criss Library. "Search results will look a little different, too, and will include results from nearby libraries in addition to those from our own collection. Overall, the new system should help researchers find more information, faster" he said.

Criss library is the 100th library to implement WMS, with many more libraries expected to follow. Savings due to the new system will enable the acquisition of a collection of 300,000 scholarly electronic books. The additions will increase the libraries current holdings of 700,000 print and electronic books to over 1 million volumes. The new e-books can be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time, with renewals for longer loan periods. Most of the new e-books can be downloaded to a laptop, iPad or Kindle.

For information on the new system, contact the library at 402.554.2661.

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OLLAS Guest Speaker Today

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) is bringing a special guest speaker to campus today, March 1. Dr. Cristian Dona-Reveco will present "Are all Latinos Equal? Some Evidences from the American Community Survey (ACS) and Policy Implications" at 3 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

Dr. Doña-Reveco obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology and History from Michigan State University and his bachelor's degree in Sociology at the Universidad de Chile. His area specializations are International Migration; Latin American History; Intersections between Sociology and History; Macro Historical Dynamics; and Memory and Biography. His research focuses on Chilean immigration in the U.S. Currently he is working on analyzing media portrayals of immigrants coming to Chile between 1990 and 2010.

For more information, please visit Dr. Doña-Reveco's personal website:

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Public Relations Students and Buffet Middle SchoolImplement Digital Scavenger Hunts

As a part of their P-16 service learning project, over 150 Buffett Magnet Middle School students will be at the Joslyn Art Museum today, March 1, from 8:15 a.m. - 1:35 p.m., to implement their Scavenger/Edventure treks for the museum's Teen Connect: Art + Technology program.

Buffett students have helped create a “trek” through the museum to study various artworks; these Edventures will be shared with museum visitors, including school groups. Dr. Dave Ogden’s UNO Public Relations students will assist the Joslyn with the release of the Edventure program to the public.

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HPER Pool Closing Early Today

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Pool will be closed due to a swim meet starting at 4 p.m. today, March 1, and will open at 6 a.m. on Monday, March 4.

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International Banquet March 2

The 41st Annual International Banquet celebrating UNO's international students will take place Saturday, March 2, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. We will have a buffet dinner with food from around the world, performances by UNO international students, and a fashion show at the end of the banquet where students show off their traditional clothing.

Tickets are $10 for students with a valid UNO ID, $15 for faculty and staff, $20 for the general public, and $12 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased in the MBSC Business Office, second floor. Dress for the banquet is formal attire.

International Student Services (ISS), an agency of Student Government, will sponsor the banquet.

For more information, contact ISS Director Natalie Hatfield by email at

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Employee of the Month: Lisa Medina Named March 'Oh' Award Recipient

Oh, what a difference you make, Lisa Medina! Medina is Assistant Director of the Sports and Youth Programs at Campus Recreation. The entire month of March, UNO will recognize Lisa and her work.

Medina is praised by her colleagues for her dedication, understanding, patience and kindness. She has worked in Campus Recreation since 2000. She is now in her 13th year working for UNO.

"I had just returned to work full-time February 18th from maternity leave and got the message. I am pleasantly surprised and appreciate the support of everyone involved. It is an honor," said Medina.

One of Medina’s nominators said of her “There are many camps at UNO during the summer, and Lisa coordinated and managed the UNO Mav Camp. She did an exceptional job planning activities and interacting with children and parents. The Mav Camp has been an outstanding experience for my six-year-old child. Lisa is always friendly and positive about the children at the camp! As a parent and colleague, I appreciate how kind and professional Lisa always is each day. Lisa provides quality programs and runs an amazing summer camp program. She understands kids at the camp! Also, the team of students that she manages are exceptional and she is a wonderful teacher.”

The nominator continued, “Lisa has been very flexible and makes sure that things at the camp are always smooth. She never seems stressed, no matter how busy things get.”

As Employee of the Month, Medina received a certificate, lapel pin, choice of coffee cup or drink cup, a monetary award and use of a parking space. She also received a portrait with the Chancellor, as well as a letter of congratulations. Medina will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Lisa Medina photo.

Employee of the Month

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month - "Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!" -- program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

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School of Public Administration Open House March 11

If you are thinking about a master's degree in Public Administration or Urban Studies, or even a PhD in Public Administration, you are invited to visit the School of Public Administration's Open House on Monday, March 11, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Collaborating Commons, 132D CPACS

For more information, call 402.554.2625.

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Dealing with Difficult Students Workshop March 14

Due to inclement weather on February 21, the previously scheduled 'Dealing with Difficult Students Workshop' has been rescheduled to March 14 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Do you have students that argue about course requirements? Do you have students with attendance issues? Are you concerned that a student may need help due to difficulties outside the classroom? If you have experienced these problems or other issues related to student behavior, we invite you to attend this interactive workshop to learn classroom management techniques, share classroom experiences, talk about student mental health issues and find out about services available for UNO students.

Discussion leaders will be Cathy Pettid, Director of Counseling – University Division; Connie Schaffer, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Mike Hansen, Lecturer, College of Education.

To register, please contact the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 or at

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UNO Student Government 2013-2014 Proposed Student Fee Allocations Announced

The following proposed allocations will be on the Student Government Elections ballot on Tuesday, March 5, for approval by the student body. Any questions can be directed to Bill Pickett at 402.554.2711 or

Maverick Productions (campus speakers program)

Total - $201,039.40

Cost per student - $13.69

The Gateway (student newspaper)

Total - $115,267.00

Cost per student - $7.85

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'Showcasing UNO Service Learning Practice and Research' Information Session March 13

The UNO Service Learning Academy invites faculty to an information session to support showcasing UNO service learning practice and research at next fall's IARSLCE conference here in Omaha. On Wednesday, March 13 at 10:30 am in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Redick Room, we will step through this opportunity to present and publish.

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) conference is being hosted by the UNO Service Learning Academy and will take place November 6-8, 2013 at the Omaha Hilton.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Reinvigorating our Process of Discovery: Research Informing Practice in Service-Learning and Community Engagement.” This information session will elaborate on the selected theme, submission tracks, format options, and submission process with attendees.

To RSVP for the information session contact Lucy Garza Westbrook in the Service Learning Academy,114 MBSC, (402) 554.3055 or by e-mail at

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In The News

CPM Student Laudes Program in Arlington Citizen

Linda Douglas, an Arlington Village clerk, was profiled in the Arlington Citizen for her office's decision to go paperless. Douglas is a graduate of UNO's Certified Public Manager program, which she mentions in the story.

Omaha World-Herald Editorial on Neighborhood Center

On Thursday, Feb. 28 the Omaha World-Herald released an editorial supporting the work done by the recently-closed Neighborhood Center in Omaha. The work of the Neighborhood Center was philosophically and financially supported, in part, by UNO.

UNO Helps Students Create Homemade Robots

CEENBoT, a partnership of UNL and UNO which uses robots as an educational tool, was in Superior Nebraska earlier in February. Their visit was covered by the Superior Express.

Kemp Named Special Olympics Nebraska Secretary

The Midlands Business Journal reported on Friday, February 22 that Assoc. Athletic Director Mike Kemp had been named secretary for Special Olympics Nebraska

Woods Named Community-Engagement Lead

Sara Woods, assistant to the vice chancellor for community engagement, was featured in the Midlands Business Journal for her move to her current position from her former role as associate dean for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

Bernier Quoted in MBJ

Bob Bernier, director of the Nebraska Business Development Center, was quoted in a story for the Midlands Business Journal on Feb. 22 about creating an effective business plan given changes in the tax code.

Simulcast of Speaker at CPACS

A speech from Nobel laurete Shirin Ebadhi, which was simulcast on Feb. 26 at CPACS, was previewed in the Friday, Feb. 22 issue of the Blair Enterprise.

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Call for March 3 CultureFest 2013 Table Presenters

The P-16 initiative of the Service Learning Academy is looking for CultureFest presenters. CultureFest is a celebration of the diverse cultures represented in Omaha community through dance, activities, education and music. This event is presented by the UNO Service Learning Academy's P-16 initiative and the OPS magnet pathway of Crestridge Elementary, Beveridge Middle and South High School on March 3, 2013 at 2 - 4 pm at the Thompson Alumni Center.

If you are interested in sharing about your culture through an activity, performance or table display, please contact Marcia Ghali Bergren at for more information.

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Registration Now Open for 2013 UNO Spring Career Fairs

The UNO Career Center is committed to connecting UNO students to great career opportunities. The UNO Career Center is hosting a STEM Career Fair on March 5 and a Liberal Arts Career Fair on March 6. Along with these opportunities, the College of Business Administration is also hosting a Career Fair on March 6 at Mammel Hall.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Career Fair
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine Street

Health/Wellness, Government, Human/Social Services, Liberal Arts Career Fair
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine Street

College of Business Administration Career Fair
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
1 to 6 p.m.
Mammel Hall
6708 Pine Street

Don't miss out on these great career networking opportunities!

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Speech Center Learn Over Lunch Series March 5

"Communicating Across Cultures: Presentation Skills for Non-Native Speakers" is planned for Tuesday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Students who attend the UNO Speech Center Lunch and Learn will learn how to adapt a presentation for multicultural audiences, understand common miscommunications and how to avoid them, learn tips for presenting in English (for non-native English speakers), and increase your comprehension of speakers with heavy accents.

This workshop is open to all students but is especially helpful for non-native English speakers.

Space is limited so you must register in advance and can be done by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or

Free pizza and pop will be provided.

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2013 UCAT Development Grant Proposal Deadlines

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is pleased to announce curriculum development grants for 2013. The applications should reflect UCAT's mission for enhancement of teaching and student learning processes at UNO and focus on one or more of UCAT's designated themes (found at

Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate UCAT college representative by March 10, with final drafts due to Center for Faculty Development by March 21, 2013. The Committee will fund grants up to $1,500 for each award. Application forms are available at

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Differentiated Teaching Methods Workshop March 13

Teaching methods are changing, so the UNO Center for Faculty Development is sponsoring a workshop - Differentiated Teaching Methods on Wednesday, March 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in 538 Kayser Hall. Four faculty members from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) College of Education will discuss the impact of differentiated teaching methods on instructional practices, implications for ESL learners and the use of instructional technology. Plan to join us for this educational workshop.

To register, please contact the UNO Center for Faculty Development at 554-2427

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Participate in the New Website Survey

On Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, UNO launched Phase I of our new website.

Feedback and suggestions are encouraged, and can be sent to

We are also conducting a survey of website users. Please take 10 minutes and fill out this anonymous survey.

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Save the Date - Campus Strategic Planning Forum April 3

An all-campus strategic planning forum will take place Wednesday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners can attend. Watch eNotes for more details.

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