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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.



MavCard System Upgrade March 22

Due to a system upgrade, MavCards will not be able to be used for purchases or deposits on Friday, March 22 from 4 - 6 p.m. This includes both on and off-campus locations.

For more information, please contact MavCard Services at 402.554.2220.

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KVNO Spring Pledge Drive Underway

KVNO is in its final days of the Spring 2013 fund drive. Our goal this drive is $58,000.

KVNO has been on the air for more than 40 years, serving the university and the greater Omaha community with classical music, fine arts and news programming.

Consider a donation in any dollar amount by calling 402.554.5866, or contributing online on our safe and secure website

Thank you for your support.

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CCSW Fundraising Drive for Emergency Loan Fund (ELF) Raffle March 27

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is organizing two events this spring to raise funds for employees who encounter unexpected financial hardships. The first is a raffle.

A few of the raffle prizes are:
• Four (4) club-level UNO hockey tickets for a single game in the 2013-2014 season and one garage parking pass for the game;
• A UNO print by Artist Kathi Kubik Geringer
• A surprise Borsheims gift;
• And a Leahy Mall photo (11 x 14) by retired UNO photographer Tim Fitzgerald.

Raffle winners will be announced at the CCSW Awards Luncheon on March 27. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or three for $10.

To purchase tickets, contact: Joyce Crockett at, Stacie Petter, or purchase them at the CCSW Award Luncheon March 27. For more informaton, visit the CCSW event website.

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OLLAS Speaker to Discuss Free Market in Latin America

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies is bringing a special guest speaker to campus Friday, March 29. Dr. Lissette Aliaga-Linares will present "Reimagining Informal Work: Street Traders, Contested Space and Policies in the Latin American Free Market City" at 3 p.m. in the 132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

Dr. Aliaga-Linares obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in Sociology at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima-Peru. She has conducted research in or about a number of Latin American countries including Peru, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Brazil. Her work balances qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research and plays close attention to policy as causes and effects of urban phenomena.

She is currently collaborating with the Women in the Informal Economy Globalizing and Organizing network (WIEGO), an agency that facilitates the exchange of organizing and research strategies for informal workers such as domestics, street vendors and others. Her research on urban segregation, migration, urban poverty and informal work represent a unique comparative perspective to think and re-think research and engagement in Omaha. Visit her personal website for more information:

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Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Nominations Sought by March 29

The 2013 SAC election nomination form is now available on the SAC website. Nomination submissions will be accepted electronically through 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013. Individuals may nominate themselves. The link to the nominations form can be found on the UNO SAC website or at this link.

There are nine open positions and the council is looking for volunteers to serve a three-year term. If selected, and then elected, staff would be expected to attend the monthly meeting and serve on various subcommittees. Chancellor John Christensen encourages the support of supervisors in allowing their employees the time off to participate in this important mission.

SAC was established in March 1973 to promote and facilitate communications between UNO managerial/professional and office/service employees and the chancellor. SAC is a working council that meets at least once a month, usually the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m.

Submissions are accepted by mail from individuals without computer access: UNO SAC, P.O. Box 130.

If you have any questions, contact SAC Rep Maggie Zion at 402.554.3717.

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In The News

Seven Days of Service Covered by Local Media
The work of several hundred volunteers on day two of this year's Seven Days of Service was covered by KETV on Monday, March 18. Also covering the day's events were KMTV and KPTM

UNO Alum is Daughter of Lithuanian Folk Star
Agne Stakenas, a UNO alum, was mentioned in an Omaha World-Herald story feature on her father, Virgis, a Lithuanian singer who visted the offices of Mayor Jim Suttle recently. Suttle had visited Lithuania, a sister city of Omaha, last year.

Kriz Discusses Nebraska Crossing
Ken Kriz, administrative fellow for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and associate professor of public administration, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about the costs involved in a new Nebraska Crossing business development in Gretna.

WOWT Provides Arena Follow-up
WOWT talked to local businesses in the Aksarben Village area about plans for UNO's new arena, which was given the go-ahead by the NU Board of Regents on Friday, March 15.

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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 Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Melanie Bloom at 402.554.4989 or

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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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'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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Criss Library Presents: Women of Accomplishment Display Through March 29

"Women of Accomplishment," by Terry Diel, are drawings of notable African-American women from the past who have had a definite influence on everything from the civil rights movement to the entertainment industry. Some of these women lead the charge in both areas. The determination these women possessed to make things better is a study in character and perseverance unlike anything we experience today.

View these drawings at Criss Library through Friday, March 29.

For more information, view this flier.

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Office of Dual Enrollment presents 'Calculus: The Musical' April 11

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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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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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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