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Another Successful Seven Days of Service

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



'Showcasing UNO Service Learning Practice and Research' Information Session Today

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. At 10:30 a.m today, 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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Office of Academic and Student Affairs to Sponsor Asperger's Webinar Today

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is sponsoring the "Asperger's Disorder: Practical Strategies for Identifying, Understanding and Supporting Students" webinar today, March 13, from noon until 1:30 p.m.

The webinar will be held in 301 Allwine; please feel free to bring your lunch. Dr. Meribeth Jackson, UNO Coordinator for Services to Students with Disabilities, will be available after the webinar to answer questions.

Questions? Contact Rita Henry at or call 402.554.2946.

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KANEKO-UNO Library Wednesday Words Today

The 2013 Wednesday Words Series continues with Omaha Playwrights Group founding member Ellen Struve today, 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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P-16 Service Learning To Work With Schools and the Community Today

As a part of their project with the Service Learning Academy’s P-16 Initiative, Lewis & Clark ESL students will be visiting UNO from 1 to 2:30 p.m., today. The middle school students, in partnership with Dr. Rodriguez-Arroyo's education class, will continue their discussions of Allwine prairie and will work on identifying the best ways to represent the current state of the prairie, as well as best approaches to some of the current issues. The students will be creating presentations to educate their peers and all Allwine Prairie visitors about the prairie.

Off campus, UNO students will have a busy afternoon working with schools and the community.

- From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. UNO gerontology students will work with seniors at Adams Park Community Center in conjunction with Blackburn high school culinary students. Blackburn students prepare lunch every Wednesday and serve the seniors at Adams Park.
- From 2 to 4:00 p.m. UNO social work students will be working with McMillan after school students to make greeting cards to donate to House of Hope/Royal Oaks senior living center later in the semester.
- At 4:30 p.m., UNO education students will be tutoring students in the Completely Kids program at Jackson Elementary.

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Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, 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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Active Shooter Training Offered Today

Active Shooter training is being offered to our campus community today, March 13 in order to help prepare us in the event an incident occurs here. The training is being jointly offered by UNO Enivronmental Health and Safety (EHS), Campus Security and the Omaha Police Department. Your participation is strongly encouraged.

The event consists of two sessions, both in Eppley Room 102: Session 1 (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Session 2 (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

This training includes:
• 1.5 Hours of Interactive Training
• Review of Actions for Surviving an Active Shooter Incident
• Examine Potential Threat Indicators
• Work Area Security/Safety Review
• Emergency Preparedness Overview

For questions call Tyler Davis, EHS at 402.554.2239 or to RSVP email

To view emergency training videos and information, visit

To sign up for UNO's Alert Notification System, visit

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Differentiated Teaching Methods Workshop Today

Teaching methods are changing, so the UNO Center for Faculty Development is sponsoring a workshop - Differentiated Teaching Methods today, 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 554-2427 or

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SOLP to Host Student Involvement Fair Today

Student Organization and Leadership Programs (SOLP) will host a Student Involvement Fair today, March 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. This fair will feature an ice cream social, free prizes, and help students explore all that UNO student involvement has to offer.

For more information about the fair, view this flier.

No RSVP is needed to attend. If you’d like to request a table at this event, email Maggie Yancey at .

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David Yates Featured Speaker at MBA Leadership Seminar Today

UNO faculty, staff, undergraduate, MBA and EMBA students are invited to attend the Spring 2013 MBA Leadership Series Seminar today, March 13, at 6 p.m. in the Mammel Hall Auditorium (113 MH).

This year’s featured speaker is David Yates, CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA). A 1985 UNO graduate, Yates has successfully resurrected the once-struggling aquarium by initiating a global marketing and media plan to help tell the survival story of Winter the dolphin, whose incredible life became the basis for the major motion picture Dolphin Tale.

For more information about the MBA Leadership Seminar, view this flier.

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Fifth Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair Awardees Announced

Research projects and creative works by undergraduate and graduate students were on display at the fifth annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair (RCAF) on March 8. UNO students from all levels - undergraduate, graduate and doctoral - showcased their work during the event.

To view a list of award recipients, click this link.

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Brown Bag Lunch March 14 on Professional Development Session for Education Students

Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society at UNO, and the Department of Educational Administration and Supervision will sponsor a brown-bag lunch on professional development for education students this Thursday, March 14. The topic will be "The Courage To Teach: The important process of staying renewed and recharged as a teacher." The session will be held at noon in 214 Roskens Hall.

Participants are invited to bring their own lunch.

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Writer's Workshop to Sponsor Talk March 15

The Writer's Workshop is sponsoring a talk by children's author Marianne Malone on Friday, March 15, at noon in Weber Fine Arts, Room 218. Ms. Malone, author of the middle-grade books The Sixty-Eight Rooms and Stealing Magic will talk about writing and about the marketing/publishing of books for young people.

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No Group Exercise Classes During Spring Break

Due to Spring Break, there will be no Campus Recreation Group Exercise Classes from Saturday, March 16 to Sunday, March 24. Classes will resume on Monday, March 25.

There will be no Open Golf/Archery Lab during Spring Break (March 18-22). Open hours resume on Monday, March 25.

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UNO Forensics to Host Annual Showcase March 27

The UNO forensics team will host Night Before Nationals on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. in 102 Eppley Administration Building. The event is sponsored by MavForensics and the School of Communication.

Each year, the UNO forensics team hosts a showcase to feature a variety of student speeches and dramatic performances that have qualified for nationals. It is an exciting opportunity to watch our students perform compelling pieces on a variety of topics, all of which have a human-interest story at the center. This event is also an excellent extra-credit opportunity for students studying public speaking, debate or other forms of performance including poetry, drama and storytelling. The event is open to the public. We encourage all attendees to be at least 13-years-old.

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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 (MBSC) Gallery Room.

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

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Office of Dual Enrollment presents 'Calculus: The Musical'

The UNO Office of Dual Enrollment will present Calculus: The Musical, a humorous, song-filled journey through the history of calculus on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

New this year, the 'Calculus Bee' in between showings at 11:15 a.m. You don’t have to be a math geek to enjoy it!

To reserve your tickets by April 11, please email Megan Schmitz,

For additional information, please view this flier.

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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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Writer and Artist Jose Faus to Discuss Latino Writers Collective March 14

On March 14, award-winning artist, writer and poet Jose Faus will discuss the Latino Writers Collective, a group of Latino writers living and working in the Kansas City metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest.

The event takes place at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room and is co-sponsored by the Office on Latino/Latino American Studies, the Department of English and the Goodrich Scholarship Program.

For more information, contact Dr. Todd Richardson (402.554.4027; or visit

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World Civilizations Film Series Begins March 28

The History Department's World Civilizations Teaching Circle is again hosting its spring international film series. The films are always hosted by a faculty member; each begins with a brief explanation of the film's context, and each is followed by an audience discussion. This year times and locations vary. Our first film will be Lemon Tree, a film depicting the contemporary cultural tensions between Israelis and those living just across the border in the West Bank. This film, hosted by Dr. Moshe Gershovich, will be shown on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

For more information, please see the History Department web page, or contact Professor Jo Behrens at 402.554.2584.

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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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