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Another Successful Seven Days of Service

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Hundreds of UNO and area high school students spent their Spring Break helping others in the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities. Students worked at such locations as Laurizen Gardens, Habitat for Humanity and Keep Council Bluffs Beautiful.



Writing Center to Sponsor Stylish Academic Writing Conversation Today

The UNO Writing Center is sponsoring a workshop for faculty called "Stylish Academic Writing" today, March 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. Rory Conces and Nora Bacon will facilitate the workshop, which will discuss methods for achieving clarity and grace in publishable academic writing.

For more information, view this flier.

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Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights Today

A University of Iowa student who gained national attention for a speech defending the right for his parents to remain married under Iowa's same-sex marriage law will speak at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) as part of the annual Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights, this evening.

This lecture will take place in the Thompson Center of UNO’s Dodge Campus beginning at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend the lecture and the public is welcome to attend. Read More.

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KANEKO-UNO Library Wednesday Words March 13

The 2013 Wednesday Words Series continues with Omaha Playwrights Group founding member Ellen Struve on Wednesday, March 13, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday Words events, which are free and open to the public, are held at KANEKO's KANEKO-UNO Library, located at 1111 Jones Street, in Omaha's Old Market District.

While at the University of Iowa, Struve participated in the Undergraduate Nonfiction Workshop and studied with Broadway produced playwright Keith Huff and screenwriter/playwright Rick Cleveland. She also participated in M. Evalina Galang’s Graduate Fiction Workshop at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Struve has worked as an independent management and fundraising consultant for arts organizations in Chicago, San Francisco and Omaha. She frequently serves as a volunteer panelist for the Nebraska Arts Council and is on the board of Shelterbelt Theatre.

The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) partnership with KANEKO and the UNO Library continues in 2013 with many new opportunities for the series, so check out the new schedule at this link.

Wednesday Words originated in the fall of 2009 as a special reading series featuring award-winning writers from the NAC's Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) in Literature program. It has developed into an ongoing reading series recognizing accomplished writers from Nebraska, including NAC's IAF honorees. The reading series is brought to you by the NAC,KANEKO-UNO Library, The Backwaters Press and J.D. Hutton.

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Spring Vacation Shuttle Bus Service Notices

The UNO Shuttle Bus Schedule will be adjusted during Spring Break as follows:

No Crossroads Shuttle Service. The last Crossroads bus runs on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. and resumes service at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 25.

Limited Dodge/Pacific Shuttle Service. Two (2) buses run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. Full service resumes at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, March 25.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK(7275) with any questions.

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University-Wide Brown Bag March 29

The Center for Collaboration Science is sponsoring a university-wide brown bag from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 29 in 214 Roskens Hall.

You are invited to come and hear what is going on in the UNO College of Education regarding Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and STEM collaborations across campus and in the community. Join us for this information and discussion hour.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Carol T. Mitchell at 402.554.2428 or

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UNO, UNMC Researchers Tackle Health of Latinos

The University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) has released a report and policy brief, in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), describing the serious health problems facing the growing Latino and immigrant populations in Nebraska and Iowa, particularly the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area.

The Health Profile Report focuses on the overall health disparities facing the Latino population, which grew by nearly 93 percent between 2000 and 2010 in Nebraska. The policy brief presents evidence for major barriers to access medical care for Latinos and immigrants and the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve health insurance coverage. The brief also outlines some potential solutions. Read More.

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Seven Days of Service Returns March 16

What could you accomplish in seven days? Who could you help?

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), through it’s Seven Days of Service program, now in its 11th year, is giving students, faculty, staff and metro-area citizens the opportunity to take the time usuaully used for Spring Break to give the community a break instead.

Approximately 1,500 volunteers will be working at sites around Omaha beginning Saturday, March 16, and continuing Monday, March 18, through Saturday, March 23. Read More.

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In The News

Bereitschaft Promotes Omaha's Creative Class

Bradley Bereitschaft, assistant professor of Geography/Geology, wrote an editorial for the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, March 10 that talks about the success of Omaha as a result of its strong 'creative class' - a term coined by Richard Flordia, head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto to describe those whose professions can be described as creative, like art, music and writing.

Visiting Pakistani Educators Talk to OWH

Three visiting educators from Pakistan, who are at UNO as part of a federal exhange program, spoke to the Omaha World-Herald about their time in Nebraska.

Lopez Talks About Daughter's Fulbright

Mary Lopez, who retired as Career Services Director in the School of Public Administration in 2011, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald Monday, March 11 about her daughter, Ana, who recently received a Fulright Scholarship to Cyprus.

Van Dyke Discusses Papal Election

Josh Van Dyke, a member of MavCatholic, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about the upcoming election to replace Pope Benedict XVI

Walker Discusses New Oakland Police Chief

Sam Walker, professor emeritus of crimology and criminal justice, was quoted in the Marin Independent Journal about the new police chief in Oakland, Cali. Walker has researched previous corruption in the Oakland Police Deptartment. The story was also picked up in the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

UNO Students, Faculty Perform at Fremont Church Concert Series

The Fremont Tribune covered a new concert series from the Sinai Lutheran Chruch, whose first two performances featured a UNO student and UNO faculty member. The third performance was on Sunday, March 10.

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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 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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Faculty Senate to Meet March 13

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, March 13, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. All those interested are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator, Sue Bishop, at 402.554.3598 or

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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 to 4 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 402.554.2427 or

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History Dept. to Host Middle East Forum March 14

The UNO Department of History is pleased to announce the upcoming meeting of the Middle East forum, for which all UNO students, faculty and staff are welcome, as well off-campus guests.

The meeting will take place Thursday, March 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room. The Middle East Project Fund, which is part of the UNO Department of History, is sponsoring the forum.

As always, guests are encouraged to bring lunch and questions as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Curtis Hutt moderates a panel of experts from UNO including Moshe Gershovich, professor of History and director of both the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish studies as well as the Middle East Project Fund, and Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of Political Science.

These experts will address current issues that relate to the region and place them in context and perspective.

A future meeting of the Middle East Forum is planned for April 18.

For questions, please contact Dr. Moshe Gershovich at 402.554.3175 or .

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API to Offer 'Introduction to Photoshop' Class March 14

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer an "Introduction to Photoshop" class on Thursday, March 14 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 232 Criss Library.

This hands-on class will demonstrate the use of the Photoshop CS6 editing tools and introduce basic techniques to enhance, compose, and publish images for use on the web, in print media, and for video display.Though taught in the CS6, most of the techniques shown during class can be used in most standard photo and image editing programs.

To register, visit

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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 Thursday, 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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CBA to Host Omaha Mayoral Candidate Debate March 14

UNO's College of Business Administration will host the inaugural Omaha mayoral candidate debate on March 14 at 7 p.m. in Mammel Hall's Virginia Schmid Auditorium.

Hosted live on The Mighty 1290 KOIL-AM both over the air and on-line, this long-form debate will take place before a live community audience and feature current Mayor Jim Suttle, former Gubernatorial candidate Dave Nabity, Omaha City Council Member Jean Stothert, Nebraska Senator Brad Ashford, and former Omaha Council Member Dan Welch. The candidates will address issues and concerns as posed by the 1290 KOIL broadcasters Tom Becka and Clint Bellows along with KETV City Hall Reporter Todd Andrews.

UNO's Dean of the College of Business Administration, Louis Pol, weighed in on the debate: "Education and post-graduation employment are critical issues for our university and the entire community. We look forward to hearing the candidates' plans for our city."

Due to the demand to participate in a debate of this magnitude, The Mighty 1290 KOIL-AM will broadcast the debate live over the air on 1290AM; and stream the entire debate live via the station's website at A limited number of tickets will be available on the KOIL website and on-air host Tom Becka will provide listeners with free tickets during his program airing weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m.

The debate will be moderated by Mike'l Severe of NRG Media. For more information and for tickets to the debate visit the station's website

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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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Visitor-Only Parking at Meters

Parking at the meters in front of Eppley Administration Building, Milo Bail Student Center and east side of Criss Library are limited to Visitor Only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday when classes are in session.

This restriction will be expanded to also include those times when the university is open for business but no classes are scheduled (e.g. Spring Break, Dead Week between Semesters, Semester Break and other Student Holidays).

Parking Services will be issuing Courtesy Notices to remind people of the change, during Spring Break, March 18 through March 22; Dead Weeks, May 6 through May 10; August 12 through August 16; and, August 19 through August 23. Beginning with start of the fall semester, August 26, Violation Notices will be issued for faculty, staff and students parking at the meters, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275) with any questions.

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Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Underway

The Henry Doorly Zoo is offering annual memberships at a reduced rate during the month of March (rates increase April 1). The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs has actively participated in the zoo drive for many years.

The zoo has automated its membership process over the past few years. We encourage the UNO community to take advantage of the online services. If you want to become a new member or renew your membership, please visit the zoo’s website at

If you prefer a paper copy, you may pick up a membership form in 202 EAB. Completed forms must be mailed to the zoo directly.

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Department of Black Studies Lecture Series Continues March 28

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend part two of the lecture series presented by the UNO Department of Black Studies:

Thursday, March 28
“Black History Month: The African is Not a Toaster”
Dr. Nikitah Imani, Chair of the Department of Black Studies, will lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

For further information, please contact the Department of Black Studies at 402.554.2412.

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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.

For more information, view this flier.

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