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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.



UNO Benefits and Wellness Fair Today

The 2013 UNO Benefits & Wellness Fair will be today, 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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Wellness Wednesdays Continues March 27

The next Wellness Wednesday is set for March 27. This weeks seminar focuses on desserts, led by Maggie Sweigart. The seminar runs from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 112 HPER.

For more information contact Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008 or

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OASA Campus Forum on Community Engagement Center March 28 and March 29

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is holding two informational forums for students, faculty and staff about the Community Engagement Center (CEC). Both forums will provide information regarding updates on the CEC, how the center will be of use to UNO students, faculty and staff, nonprofits and the at-large community, and how campus organizations and individuals can utilize its resources.

The CEC will be a gateway for building collaborative partnerships, accessing university resources, and connecting with the campus’ vast network of community service volunteers, interns, and service learning resources. The CEC will also offer collaborative workspaces for local nonprofit, government, educational, and other community organizations, as well as outreach-focused UNO initiatives, enabling them achieve their goals, attain positive growth and allow for increased university and community linkages.

The forums will be held on Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29, both at 10 a.m. in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Commons.

Please contact Sara Woods at or at extension 4-3914 with questions.

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Disability Awareness Week Begins April 1

Disability Awareness Week at UNO will feature three great events:

The Voice of 650 Million Times One. [film + discussion] This moving documentary that takes you through Africa and Asia and tells the story of powerful people who stand up for their rights and keep fighting for a dignified life despite all difficulties they need to conquer. The disabled people around the globe talk candidly about their exclusion from society in matters such as healthcare, sexuality, and in particular, their vulnerability to HIV and AIDS. A testament to the courage and commitment of many people who daily battle against prejudice while carrying out their lives as parents and members of the communities in which they live. They proclaim the voice of the 650 million disabled worldwide who are all facing the same cultural and social stigmas. Event is open to the public. Free pizza, nachos, fruit, veggies, and drinks are provided at event.

African American and Disabled: Double Jeopardy in Incarceration. [Dialogue with Dr. Gravel] Did you know that nationally over 50% of people in prison have a disability? Also, close to 40% of people in prison are African American. What are the implications here? Dr. Jane Gravel, the featured speaker, will discuss how issues of race and disability intertwine and impact criminal justice. The event is meant to be a dialogue where the audience will engage in the deep discussion with Dr. Gravel about how these issues will inform us, our roles, and our thoughts. Space is limited. Event open to first 40 UNO students, faculty, and staff. Free chicken, tuna croissant sandwiches, spinach wrap boxed lunches are provided at event.

What If Your Life Went Dark? [film + discussion] Join us as we screen the award winning documentary "Black Sun," directed by Gary Tarn. In 1978 New York artist and filmmaker Hugues de Montalembert's world went black. Viciously assaulted by two men who had broken into his apartment looking for money, de Montalembert's vision was forever darkened when one of the thieves threw a vial of paint thinner in his face. In the painful days that followed, de Montalembert's brain refused to accept his fate, processing powerful images that would motivate him to take control of his fate and overcome his handicap. In this film from director Gary Tarn, de Montalembert tells his tale of loss, anger, and hope in his own terms. Event is open to the public. Free pizza, nachos, fruit, veggies, and drinks are provided at event.

For dates and time information, view this flier.

All events will have interpreters present. The films either have closed captioning or a transcript will be provide. Events are sponsored by Network for Disability Awareness, Student Organizations & Leadership Programs, American Multicultural Students, and Maverick Diversity Coalition.

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Puerto Rican Social Activist to Speak About Student Strikes April 5

Gamelyn F. Oduardo Sierra, a Puerto Rican lawyer and social activist, will be on campus Friday, April 5, to speak about the 2010 and 2011 student strikes in Puerto Rico that shut down all but one of the University of Puerto Rico campuses. The event takes place in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Commons, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gamelyn F. Oduardo Sierra was a member of the Student Strike Coordinating Committee for the flagship campus of Rio Piedras. The event is sponsored by the UNO chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies.

For more information,view this flier or contact Thomas Sanchez, UNO-AAUP president, at402.554.4977 or

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Physics Colloquium Set for April 5

"Laser-Cooled Atoms, Clocks, and Strange Quantum Mechanics," will be the topic of discussion at UNO's Physics Colloquium on Friday, April 5. Professor Dr. Jonathan Wrube from Creighton University will present.

The invention of the laser is one of the most remarkable achievements of the 20th century and their presence is noticeable in much of our daily lives. Items such as CD payers, DVD players, supermarket scanners and welding implements all utilize laser technology. Lasers call also be used for cooling purposes; laser-cooled atoms have allowed us to reach the lowest temperatures ever produced in the universe, less than 1 part in 10 billion above absolute zero.

Come learn how these ultra-cold atoms have revolutionized our ability to keep time and opened up the strange new world of quantum mechanics in ways never before thought possible.

Wrube's lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 170 Durham Science Center (DSC).

Questions? Contact Iulia Podariu at

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In The News

MavPro's Work on Cupcake Campaign in OWH
The work of Karen Weber's public relations' students, as part of MavPro, UNO's PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) affiliate, was featured in a story in the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, March 25. MavPro helped a new company, Mockingbird Cupcakes, advertise their product in an Omaha market that has a high amount of cupcake shops. The company also used the services of UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).

Maverick Business Plan Competition Previewed by OWH
The third annual Maverick Business Plan Competition, which will be held on April 17, was previewed by the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, March 25.

Walker Calls Attention to Use of Excessive Force
Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was mentioned in an Omaha World-Herald story on the recent allegations of excessive force used by the Omaha Police Department. Walker reported that he had emailed video of the incident to the Department of Justice.

Pi Kappa Alpha Just Can It! Previewed by OWH
As part of its "Good Deeds" collection of stories, the Omaha World-Herald previewed the work of UNO fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha, who is teaming with the Salvation Army for "Just Can It!" - beginning on April 1. The event places members of the fraternity in cardboard houses in the Crossroads Mall parking lot in an effort to help collect canned food donations.

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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 "Operation Stormy Weather" newsletter.

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

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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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CCSW to Honor Contributions of Women at Luncheon March 27

The achievements and contributions of women from 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 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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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.

In 2010, UNO established a fund for employees that have an unexpected financial hardship. Employees can apply to receive an interest-free loan of up to $750 to be repaid one year through payroll deduction. This fund is supported purely through private donations, and the need has surpassed the funding.

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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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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Department of Black Studies Lecture Series Continues March 28

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend part two of the lecture series presented by the UNO Department of Black Studies:

Thursday, March 28
“Black History Month: The African is Not a Toaster”
Dr. Nikitah Imani, Chair of the Department of Black Studies, will lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

For further information, please contact the Department of Black Studies at 402.554.2412.

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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 the public.

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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World Civilizations Film Series Begins March 28

The History Department's World Civilizations Teaching Circle is again hosting its spring international film series. The films are always hosted by a faculty member; each begins with a brief explanation of the film's context, and each is followed by an audience discussion. This year times and locations vary.

Our first film will be "Lemon Tree," a film depicting the contemporary cultural tensions between Israelis and those living just across the border in the West Bank. This film, hosted by Dr. Moshe Gershovich, will be shown on Thursday, March 28, at 6 p.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

For more information, please see the History Department web page, or contact Professor Jo Behrens at 402.554.2584.

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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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Spring 2013 IT Professional Academy April 4 and 5

The College of Information Science and Technology is pleased to announce the Spring 2013 IT Professional Academy, held April 4 and 5. These informative and interactive workshops offer cutting-edge IT education to local professionals. Visit to learn more about Lean IT, Virtualization Technology, Responsive Web Design and more.

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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 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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Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Underway

The Henry Doorly Zoo is offering annual memberships at a reduced rate during the month of March (rates increase April 1). The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs has actively participated in the zoo drive for many years.

The zoo has automated its membership process over the past few years. We encourage the UNO community to take advantage of the online services. If you want to become a new member or renew your membership, please visit the zoo’s website at

If you prefer a paper copy, you may pick up a membership form in 202 EAB. Completed forms must be mailed to the zoo directly.

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