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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.



Multicultural Affairs Workshop Series Begins March 25

The UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs' Drop-In Workshop Series begins Monday, March 25, with a focus on writing resumes and cover letters. Future workshop sessions include instruction on writing scholarship essays (April 8), note-taking strategies (April 15) and preparing for finals (April 29).

All workshop sessions take place from noon - 12:50 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. Workshops are open to any student enrolled in any program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

For more information, view this flier, or contact Valerie Thompson at 402.554.2248 or

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Fidelity Appointments Available April 16 and May 9

A Fidelity representative will be at UNO for individual appointments on April 16 and May 9.

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Fidelity Rep Jason Cronick.

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UNO Art Students Present Thesis Projects on Campus

Movement, machinery, mankind and molecules - these are the topics and themes of work from four graduating seniors from the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Department of Art and Art History. The works will be on display as part of a pair of gallery showings on campus at UNO.

Beginning with a pair of public receptions on Sunday, April 7, and running through Saturday, May 4, two displays of student artwork will be available for viewing at the UNO Art Gallery and Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery. Each reception runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Read More.

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In The News

Davidson Profiled for Apartment Design
Marlina Davidson, a lecturer for the UNO School of Communication and director of UNO's Speech Center, was profiled by The Encounter alongside her husband, Dusty Davidson, co-founder of Silicon Prairie News, for the design of their downtown apartment.

Walker Discusses Police Oversight
On Tuesday, March 19, Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, spoke alongside Omaha's former police auditor Tristan Bonn at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center about police oversight. KPTM covered the meeting.

Zero-Net Energy Home in Omaha World-Herald
ZNETH II, a zero-net energy home designed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with assistance from faculty and staff at UNO, was profiled in the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, March 16.

UNO Partners With Nebraska Public Power District, Others For Wind Study
On Sunday, March 16 the Omaha World-Herald profiled a new study being conducted by the Nebraska Public Power District, along with UNO, UNL, Creighton University and the Boys Town National Research Hospital, to study the effectiveness of the NPPD's Ainsworth wind energy faclity.

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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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HPER Spring Break Hours

The HPER building will have will have special hours through Sunday, March 24, for Spring Break.

The hours are:
• 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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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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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., 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. 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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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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Sen. Ben Nelson Public Lecture March 28

Continuing its commitment to education and engagement, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is pleased to announce a new educational partnership between former Sen. Ben Nelson and the UNO Department of Political Science.

Beginning this semester, Nelson will become the department’s “Politician-in-Residence.” Part of the Nelson’s responsibilities will include team-teaching an upper-division course each semester.

On Thursday, March 28, at 11:30 a.m in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons, Nelson will join UNO’s Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science, for a lecture titled "The Impact of Hyper-partisanship on American Foreign Policy."

This lecture is open to all UNO faculty, staff and students, as well as the media.

In his lecture, Nelson will speak to how the partisanship in Congress has hindered and/or distorted the foreign policy process. A question-and-answer period will follow the lecture. Nelson will also speak the following week on Tuesday, April 2.

For more information, contact Benjamin-Alvarado at 402.554.4859 or the Department of Political Science at 402.554.2624.

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Dr. Holly Hassel to Visit UNO March 28 and March 29

UNO March 28 and 29 will host a visit from Dr. Holly Hassel, professor at the University of Wisconsin and author of several publications on feminism, pedagogy and online teaching.

Her talk, “Translating Community: Creating a ‘Virtually’ Feminist Classroom,” is open to all members of the UNO community and begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room.

RSVPs to Karen Falconer Al-Hindi are requested by Monday, March 25. She can be contacted by calling 402.554.3834 or by email at

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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 PhD 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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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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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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