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Seven Days Makes a Difference

photos by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

Hundreds of volunteers from the UNO, Omaha and Council Bluffs communities participated in this year's Seven Days of Service. Now in its 11th year, Seven Days of Service uses the week designated for Spring Break to give back to the Omaha Metro area. This year volunteers provided assistance to area organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Southern Sudan Community Association and Lauritzen Gardens.



UNO to Participate in Statewide Severe Weather Awareness Week Drills March 27

UNO will participate in a statewide severe weather drill on Wednesday, March 27, as part of Nebraska's Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 24 - 30.

During "Operation Stormy Weather" the UNO campus will activate and test all emergency notification systems between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. The drill will be triggered by a notification from the National Weather Service. Test messages will be sent via the overhead paging system, e2campus/related email and computer screen scroll. In the event of “real” severe weather, the drill will be rescheduled.

"Operation Stormy Weather" is being conducted to raise awareness of preparedness and safety procedures during severe weather season. The drill is designed to encourage faculty, staff and students to be prepared for tornadoes and severe weather, including high winds, hail, lightning and flooding.

What to do before the drills

• All members of the UNO community are expected to follow severe weather procedures as if this were an actual tornado warning by seeking shelter in the appropriate designated area when notification is received.
• Locate shelter locations in all buildings you typically use. They will be building specific. Shelters are identified in the phone directory, RED emergency flip charts and hallway signage.
• If you have access or functional needs, please determine the best solution for your situation.
• Consider what operations may need to be safely shut down in a real event – document, train and exercise those procedures

During the drill
• Remain in the shelter location until you receive the ALL CLEAR from Campus Security
• Look to assist others
• If you are conducting research, teaching lab or conducting some other critical function that cannot be interrupted or left without creating risk to the building or occupants, keep minimal personnel in the area and use the opportunity to discuss severe weather procedures with those left in the vicinity. EHS has created an information flyer “Operation Stormy Weather” to aid in this discussion. It is available as a part of this communication.
• If you were unable to get to your shelter consider where your best next option would be

After the drill
• Communicate your experience and concerns to your supervision and EHS at

For more information about preparing for severe weather, click this link to read about the "Take 10" newsletter.

Thank you for participating and taking time to help us prepare for potentially life threatening conditions in Nebraska.

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P-16 Initiative to Partner Students, Community Members Today

Ralston High School students, under the direction of Ferial Pearson, will visit UNO's campus from 10 to 11:15 a.m. today, March 25. The Ralston students will join Dr. Todd Richardson's Goodrich students to discuss details of their P-16 service learning project, an investigation into community and identity. The students will finalize the stories of lifelong Ralston residents, who they interviewed earlier in the semester, and will begin to work on performances for their final presentation.

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Traci Melanson’s second grade students from Fontenelle Elementary visit campus. They will be joining UNO Goodrich students, taught by Dr. Troy Romero to play a game of Bingo that they have created together. Later in the semester, the students will take their Bingo game to Parsons House to play with the seniors.

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Multicultural Affairs Workshop Series Today

The UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs' Drop-In Workshop Series begins today, 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 to 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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Retirement Reception for Kay Bret Today

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 3:00 to 5:00 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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Microsoft Software for Work at Home Now Available Online

To provide easier access and better software tracking, Information Services (IS) is now offering discounted Microsoft software (work at home license) to all faculty, staff, retirees and alumni via digital download from

The new UNO/OnTheHub portal can be accessed by signing in at with your UNO NetID. With the current Microsoft campus license, all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and alumni can purchase one “work at home” copy of Microsoft Professional Plus Office Suite and Windows 8 (upgrade only) for $9.75 each. All UNO customers will be asked to pay online and download the software. Once the purchase is confirmed, a license activation code is emailed to their UNO email address.

If you have any question, please contact Information Services, Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP) or email

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In The News

UNO Chamber Choir Performs at Holland
Providing choral support for an orchestral performance of songs from the popular Final Fantasy video game series during the show "Distant Worlds" at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 21, the UNO Chamber Choir was mentioned in the Omaha World-Herald's recap of the show.

Sustr Signs with Tampa Bay
Andrej Sustr, a junior defenseman for the UNO men's hockey team, was signed to a two-year contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, March 22. The 6-8 junior was sought by many teams after he decided to forego his senior year at UNO

Simi Talks to Southern California National Public Radio
Pete Simi, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, was interviewed on KPCC, an NPR affiliate for Southern California, about the death of the lead suspect in the shooting of a prison chief in Colorado.

Lee Terry Uses UNO Hockey Game as Furlough Example
News that Offutt Air Force Base would at least temporarily avoid furloughs was contextualized by Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry through a story involving people he met at a UNO Hockey game that would have been affected had the furloughs gone through.

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UNO Benefits and Wellness Fair March 26

The 2013 UNO Benefits & Wellness Fair will be Tuesday. March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

Faculty, staff and retirees are invited to attend this year’s Fair, where they can meet with and talk to the following providers: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Social Security, Eyemed Vision Care, Fidelity Investments, TIAA-CREF, UNO Health Services, Mav-Rec Wellness, FEAP, Human Resources and Payroll, the UNO Counseling Center, Johnson & Associates (Medicare), and the Young Health & Wellness Center.

There will also be free chair massages from 10 a.m. to noon, with a sign-up sheet available at 9:30 a.m. There will be door prizes and giveaways, a Wellness Video Corner, free blood pressure checks and refreshments.

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Department of Black Studies Asst. Professor Final Candidate Presentation March 27

The Department of Black Studies will be hosting three finalists for the Assistant Professor vacancy March 27 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

All university staff and faculty are invited to the candidates' job talks.

Dr. Jennifer Harbour, Ph.D., University of Iowa, will present "What Black Women's letters to the Lincoln Administration tell us about Reproductive Labor, Gradual Emancipation, the War's Effects on African-American Families."

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Writing Center to Host Second ESL Workshop March 27

The UNO Writing Center is holding another "English as a Second Language (ESL) Workshop: More Building Better Sentences" on Wednesday, March 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in 154 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

ESL Specialist Kathy Radosta will present this workshop for ESL students who want to gain or improve their skills in writing more fluent, interesting and expressive sentences. Both new students and those students who attended the earlier session will benefit from this workshop.

This is a free workshop, but space is limited, so call or email to register today.

For more information or to register for this workshop, email the UNO Writing Center at or call 402.554.2946.

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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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New York Times Representative On Campus March 27

All faculty members are invited to a reception with Paul Wilson, Educational Representative, The New York Times, on Wednesday, March 27 from 3-5 p.m. in the Criss Library Faculty Commons, Room 305

Faculty members interested in using the Times in classes, having free home delivery of the paper, or developing curriculum to post on the Times website are encouraged to attend. Faculty involved with the Newspapers in Curricula initiative will be available to answer questions about the use of newspapers in their classes. Refreshments and Times materials.

Questions? Contact Maria Knudtson:

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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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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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'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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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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University-Wide Brown Bag March 29

The Center for Collaboration Science is sponsoring a university-wide brown bag from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 29, in 214 Roskens Hall.

You are invited to come and hear what is going on in the UNO College of Education regarding Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and STEM collaborations across campus and in the community. Join us for this information and discussion hour.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Carol T. Mitchell at 402.554.2428 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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