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Pi in Your Face

Pi in Your Face

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

In honor of Pi Day on March 14 (3.14) students had the chance to give their professors a whip cream pie to the face. Dr. Michael Matthew, associate professor for mathematics, was one of the recipients of the UNO Math Club's 'Pi Your Professor' event.



Writer's Workshop to Sponsor Talk Today

The Writer's Workshop is sponsoring a talk by children's author Marianne Malone today, March 15, at noon in 218 Weber Fine Arts. 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.

For more information, contact Lisa Sandlin,

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P-16 Service Learning To Work With Schools and the Community Today

Columbian Elementary third graders will be visiting UNO from noon to 2:20 p.m., today. The third grade students, in partnership with UNO students from Dr. Barone's anthropology classes, will discuss issues about aging and identify approaches to effectively represent the biographies  of the elderly residents from Rolling Hills Ranch. The Columbian Elementary students will be creating biography books to educate their peers and retirement community members about their views on aging.

Off campus, UNO graduate students will join students from Belvedere Elementary School today to tour Lauritzen Gardens as part of their P-16 service learning project. The students have been working to renovate a sign in the Belvedere/Fontenelle community.

Mrs. Ellen Keenan’s Belvedere students have been working with Dr. Karen Rolf's “Social Work Practice with Children” class to plant flowers in the classroom to transplant later this spring by the sign.

At 11 a.m., today, students from Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School and UNO students from Dr. Lyn Holley's "Intro to Gerontology" class will be working with the seniors at the Parsons House to co-author a poem called "I am, You are, We are."

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

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Nominations for Student Employee of the Year Due Today

UNO faculty and staff are asked to submit nominations for student employees to be 2013's Student Employee of the Year. The nomination form and guidelines can be found at

Nominations should be sent to Tim Rochford (Human Resources, 205 Eppley) at by today, March 15.

The ceremony to celebrate nominated student employees will take place on Monday, April 22, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom (MBSC) from 3 to 4 p.m. Nomination letters should discuss the student employee's dedication and professionalism, responsibility and reliability, initiative and creativity and the uniqueness of their contribution to the university. The student selected as the Student Employee of the Year will receive a $100 check provided by the UNO Alumni Center.

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Third Petite Musique Concert Focuses on Strings Tonight

String instruments are the focus of the third installment of UNO's Petite Musique concert series, which will be held this evening, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

Designed to last no longer than one hour, this 7 p.m. show will feature performances from Thomas Kluge, viola; Marie Rubis-Bauer, harpsichord; and Stacie Haneline, piano. Haneline is also a faculty member in the UNO Department of Music.

Tickets for the event are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for students with ID and can be purchased at the door. Read more.

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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 this link

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Lot M Temporarily Closed March 16

Lot M, south of the Criss Library, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

A contractor will be pouring the concrete bases of new light poles. This work was not completed last Saturday due to inclement weather.

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

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Seven Days of Service Starts Tomorrow

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 tomorrow, March 16, and continuing Monday, March 18, through Saturday, March 23. Read More.

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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 S. 25th St. 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 Spring Break Hours Begin March 16

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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UNO, UNMC Biomedical Informatics Degrees Receive Final Approval

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) announced today final approval of a joint Master's of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in biomedical informatics with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE).

The approval officially opens the program to students. Read More.

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Retirement Reception for Kay Bret March 25

Members of the UNO Community are invited to attend a retirement reception for Kay Bret, staff assistant in the Department of Foreign Languages. Bret has been a vital member of the UNO community since she joined the staff in 1989.

The reception will be held on Monday, March 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Melanie Bloom at 402.554.4989 or

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HR Offers Performance Evaluation Training March 27 and March 28

Human Resources is offering a performance evaluation workshop for new and experienced supervisors on March 27 and 28. Both sessions will be from 9-10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.  Participants will learn to:

• Improve communication and lessen conflict between supervisors and employees
• Address "problem" evaluations effectively
• Write objective, clear performance evaluations

To register, or for more information, contact Human Resources at 402.554.3998 or

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College of IS&T Round Table March 27

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Dr. Craig Knoblock to its round table discussion Wednesday, March 27. Dr. Knoblock's talk will focus on "Learning Semantics of Sources for Big Data Integration."

With the growing volume of "big data" in modern society, two key challenges are finding new ways of exploiting the wide variety of data sets that are available and learning data semantics, often referred to as source modeling. Dr. Knoblock plans to discuss his work developing a general approach to interactive information integration and interactively constructing semantic descriptions of these data sources.

A research professor in Computer Science at the University of Southern California and the director of Information Integration at the USC Information Sciences Institute, Dr. Knoblock has published more than 250 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on the aforementioned topics.

The round table will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. at 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). Coffee and dessert bars will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The talk starts at 3:15 p.m. Dr. Knoblock plans to be available from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. to meet with interested students or faculty members.

For more information, please contact Yuliya Lierler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at 402.554.4911 or

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'Coping With Life's Transitions' Seminar March 28

The "Coping With Life's Transitions: Moving Forward" wellness seminar will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room.

This  seminar is open to all faculty, staff, retirees and students. The seminar will be presented by This seminar will be presented by Cathy Pettid from the UNO Counseling Center.

The seminar will offer tips about how to be resilient in the fact of challenges and strategies for moving forward after a stressful event or transition such as those discussed in the first seminar (Coping with Life’s Transitions: Dealing with Stress On and Off the Job).

The final seminar will be on Friday, April 12 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho room and will be entitled: Coping with Life’s Transitions: Healthcare Decision Making and End of Life Planning, presented by Julie Masters, Chairperson for Gerontology for UNO.

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Writing Center Workshop Series on Citing Sources Continues March 28

Whether they are undergraduates writing research papers for class or advanced scholars writing for publication, many writers find themselves bogged down in the details of citation - quotation marks or italics? Comma or period? Author's full name or just the initials?

The UNO Writing Center can help.  The Writing Center’s graduate consultant, Kathy Radosta, has developed an interactive workshop on the APA citation system.  This workshop is free and open to any member of the campus community, and will take place Thursday, March 28, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Light refreshments will be served.  The workshop is FREE, but space is limited. Please register by contacting the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or

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UNO Library Friends to Host Book Discussion April 2

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book On The Road at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the Thompson Alumni Center.

On The Road, the most famous of Jack Kerouac’s works, is not only the soul of literature’s Beat movement but one of the most important novels of the century.  Like nearly all of Kerouac’s writing, On The Road is a thinly fictionalized autobiography, filled with a cast made of Kerouac’s real life friends, lovers and fellow travelers. Narrated by Sal Paradise, one of Kerouac’s alter-egos, On the Road is a cross-country bohemian odyssey that influenced writing in the years since its 1957 publication and penetrated into the deepest levels of American thought and culture.

The discussion leader will be the Michael Skau, professor emeritus in the UNO English Department, where he taught from 1973-2011. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his academic specialties are 20th-century American and English literature, especially Beat poetry.

All are welcome to attend. Ample, free parking is available at the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Linda Riviera at

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Office of Academic and Student Affairs to Host Millennial Generation Discussions April 5

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will host discussions about the views and experiences of 18-30 year-olds (also known as "Millennials"), on Friday, April 5. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the CPACS Collaborating Commons (132 and 132D CPACS) and another discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the UNO-KANEKO Library located at 1111 Jones St. The night's featured guest will be David Burstein, author of "Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping our World."

For more information, view this flier.

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Celebration of Teaching April 12

Please join the Celebration of Teaching on Friday, April 12 by participating in one or more of the planned workshops. Visiting scholar and E-book author Patty Phelps will lead two sessions. The first, 9:30 to 11 a.m. in CPACS Collaborating Commons (132 and 132D CPACS), is titled Joy Journey, designed to help faculty find their way to joy in teaching.

Dr. Phelps’ second session, 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 220 Mammel Hall, will focus on creating a positive learning climate for students.

The third session, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Criss Library Faculty Study Commons, features a UNO faculty panel – Tomm Roland, Michelle DesMarais, Paul Van Vliet and Dan Gilbert. This panel will discuss great teaching ideas for today and tomorrow.

To register for one or multiple sessions, please contact the UNO Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or

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Faculty Senate Accepting Applications for Paul L. Beck Scholarships

The Faculty Senate is now accepting applications for the Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarships. Both residents and non-residents may apply. Three scholarships are awarded:

• $1,000 Full-Time Undergraduate Scholarship
• $1,000 Full-Time Graduate Scholarship
• $500 Part-Time Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarship

Information on the scholarship history, criteria, application process and the application form is available on the Faculty Senate's website, visit this link.

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In The News

Drozd Addresses Nebraska Population Expansion
According to recent data, the city of Grand Island, Neb. can officially be classified a metropolitan area, along side Lincoln and Omaha. The story was also covered by KOLN in Lincoln.

WOWT Covers Degree Approvals
The announcement that a dual-degree program from UNO and UNMC in biomedical informatics had received final approval and would begin admitting students for Fall 2013 was covered by WOWT on Thursday, March 14.

Alum Hill Discusses Path to Hollywood Career
Mike Hill, a UNO alumnus and Oscar-award-winning editor, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story on Thursday, March 14 about the tough road people face making a career in Hollywood. Hill graduated from UNO with a degree in criminal justice and had expected to get a job in that field, but wound up in the movie industry.

Corbin Provides Climate Change Editorial
David Corbin, professor emeritus of health education and public health, provided an editorial to the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday, March 24 about the science behind climate change.

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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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CCSW to Honor Contributions of Women at Luncheon March 27

The achievements and contributions of women from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and around the metro will be celebrated at the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Spring 2013 Awards Luncheon this month.

The luncheon will take place Wednesday, March 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. All members of the UNO and Omaha communities are encouraged to attend.

The highlight of the night will be the unveiling of the fourth annual Legendary Woman Award, which will honor an exceptional woman who was part of the UNO community during the first half of the 1940s. Read more.

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Register for the 2013 UNO Claussen-Leahy Run-Walk

Get registered for the UNO Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk, Saturday, April 20, at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. This year’s events include 5K and 2K runs, and an 800 meter kids’ race and walk. The run/walk will benefit all UNO student-athletes and athletic programs.

The Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk was an outgrowth of the highly successful UNO/Diet Pepsi Women's Walk, an event held for 26 years as the marquee fundraiser for women's athletic scholarships. The Women's Walk began in 1986 by current assistant athletic director Connie Claussen and became the largest fundraiser of its kind in NCAA athletics, raising $4 million dollars over its history.

The grand total raised from the 2012 Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk was more than $200,000 and involved more than 850 participants.

To register, click here.

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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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