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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.



Brown Bag Lunch Today 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 today, 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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Spiritual Wellness Fair Continues Today

The Spiritual Wellness Fair, hosted by UNO student organization The Rock continues today, March 14. The theme of the fair is "Finding Your Purpose In Life."

It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The fair will feature a live band, a guest speaker, and a free lunch for attendees.

For more information, contact D'Antae Potter at

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P-16 Service Learning Students To Work with High Schoolers and Community Today

Students from Professor Jaqueline Reiser's Social Work class will be partaking in Parent-Teacher Conferences at Northwest Magnet High School from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, March 14. The students have been working collaboratively with John Nguyen from Northwest and the Northwest student council members to create awareness for the "No Place for Hate" Campaign. The UNO students will have a booth at conferences where they can share information about "No Place for Hate" and interview parents to receive a parent perspective on how "No Place for Hate" will benefit their child and the school.

Professor Carol Mitchell's, "Teaching of Science-Elementary" students will be visiting Pamela Galus' science class at Lothrop Magnet Elementary today, March 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. The UNO and Lothrop students will be working together to discuss Lothrop's Aquaponics system and the impact of indoor sustainable farming on combating urban food deserts.

For more information, please contact Laura Krueger, or 402.554.2712.

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API to Offer 'Introduction to Photoshop' Class Today

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer an "Introduction to Photoshop" class today, 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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Retirement Seminar Today

Human Resources presents the final Retirement Planning Seminar of the Spring: "Your Retirement, A Personal Journey."

Today’s seminar is from 3 to 4 p.m., in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Participants will learn how to plan what’s best for them in the years to come. This seminar will examine retirement planning at all stages. Discussion will help identify savings gaps and demonstrate the importance of choosing the most effective income options. The seminar is open to all faculty, staff and retirees.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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Writer and Artist Jose Faus to Discuss Latino Writers Collective Today

This afternoon, 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 will take place at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center 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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Dealing with Difficult Students Workshop Today

Due to inclement weather on February 21, the previously scheduled 'Dealing with Difficult Students Workshop' has been rescheduled for today 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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Writing Center Offers GRE Prep Workshop Today

Anyone planning to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will benefit from a GRE Prep Workshop. This workshop will introduce the GRE Analytical Writing Section, which includes an Issue Task and an Argument Task.

Sponsored by the UNO Writing Center, the workshop will be offered again today, March 14, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The workshop will be held next door to the Writing Center, in 154 ASH.

Seating is limited, so please register in advance. Stop by the Writing Center, 150 ASH, or contact us via email at or phone at 402.554.2946.

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CBA to Host Omaha Mayoral Candidate Debate Today

UNO's College of Business Administration will host the inaugural Omaha mayoral candidate debate today, 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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Writer's Workshop, El Museo Latino Present Award-Winning Writers March 16

The Writer's Workshop, in collaboration with El Museo Latino, will present award-winning writers Karen Shoemaker (fiction) and Barbara Schmitz (poetry and memoir) Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. at El Museo Latino. El Museo Latino is located at 4701 South 25th Street. Students from South High will perform slam poetry before the main event. Members of the university and the community are invited.

For more information, contact Lisa Sandlin,

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HPER Building Spring Break Hours

The HPER building will start Spring Break hours on Saturday, March 16th. The hours for spring break are:

The hours are:

*Saturday, March 16: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
*Sunday, March 17: 10 a.m. to 8: p.m.
*Monday, March 18-Friday March 22: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m
*Saturday, March 23: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
*Sunday, March 24: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be no Group Ex classes during spring break hours. The golf and archery lab is closed during spring break hours.

For more information, please call 402.554.2539 or visit:

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New PDF Viewer in Firefox 19

Mozilla recently released Firefox 19, which features a built-in PDF viewer. The Firefox PDF viewer is enabled by default and will display PDFs within the browser when clicking on PDF links.

If you encounter issues viewing PDFs within Firefly (such as your paycheck) you will need to change your default PDF viewer.

For more information, view this flier.

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Get Your Club Moving With Zipcar

Could your student group use some cash towards transportation? Then check out Zipcar's Students With Drive grant program. Everyone from engineering groups in San Diego to taekwondo enthusiasts in Boston is getting in on the action. Visit ZipcarU to enter your organization today. It's free and easy, and each month 15 finalists will win a piece of the $37,500 handed out by Zipcar.

Once you’ve checked out Students With Drive, visit to sign up for a personal account for only $25! Enter promo code STUDENTSWITHDRIVE to get $40 in free driving credit* to use in your first month.

* Offer applies to students, faculty and staff and expires 5/1/2013.

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French Film Festival Begins April 7

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is presenting The Tournees Festival April 7 to May 5, showcasing recent French films. The event kicks off Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in EAB Auditorium with a showing of The Women on the 6th Floor by Philippe Le Guay.

The film festival was made possible through a grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the goal of promoting french film at UNO and in the Omaha community. Admission is free.

For a complete listing of films, visit this link.

For more information, contact Dr. Juliette Parnell at 402.554.3029 or

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In The News

Impact of Tuition Assistance Cuts on MaV USO

Jen Carroll, director of UNO's Military and Veteran Services Office (MaV USO) and a student worker were featured in a KETV story about the effect of sequestration cuts on military and veteran students' ability to pay for school.

Student Discusses Battle with Anorexia on NPR

Kaylin Ohler, an undergraduate in the Grace Abbott School of Social Work, was interviewed on the NPR program "On Point" on Tuesday. Ohler was diagnosed with anorexia in elementary school and is currently working with the eating disorder area of the Omaha Children's Hospital and Medical Center.

Seven Days of Service Previewed by Local Media

UNO's annual Seven Days of Service, which takes students into the community to give back during Spring Break, was previewed by local media like KOLN in Lincoln and WOWT in Omaha.

UNO Entreprenuer Student Group Hosting Conference

The Collegiate Entreprenuers Organization (CEO) at UNO will host the second annual Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference on April 5-6. The conference was recently previewed by Silicon Prairie News.

UNO Hosts Teaching Showcase

WOWT covered a special teaching showcase for high schoolers held in collaboration with Phi Delta Kappa in order to give them a preview of what is needed for a career in teaching.

Gouttierre on CNN Radio, Tom Becka

On Monday, March 11, Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies & Programs, was interviewed by CNN Radio and Tom Becka (1290 KOIL) about comments made by Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, about the U.S. and its relationship with the Taliban.

KMTV Previews Just Can It! Event

On Monday, March 11, KMTV previewed the Just Can It! event, which is held in coollaboration between UNO's Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity and the Salvation Army to collect canned goods for food pantries across the metro

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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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Service Learning Seminar March 18-22

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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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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Spring Faculty Book Discussion March 27

"Not Quite Adults" by Settersten & Ray has been selected for the spring faculty book discussion on Wednesday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in 214 Roskens Hall.

Jonathan Santo will lead the discussion of the authors' research-based look at current twentysomethings' slower path to adulthood. Plan now to be part of this interesting discussion. A limited number of books have been ordered, so request your copy today by contacting the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427 and register to attend the book discussion at

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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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