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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 to Participate in Statewide Severe Weather Awareness Week Drills Today

UNO will participate in a statewide severe weather drill today, 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 and 11 a.m., this 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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CCSW to Honor Contributions of Women at Luncheon Today

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 today, 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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Wellness Wednesdays Continue Today in HPER

The next Wellness Wednesday is set for today, March 27. This week's 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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P-16 Students to Prepare Meals for Seniors Today

Students from Dr. Lyn Holley's Gerontology class will join students from Blackburn High School's Culinary Arts and Foods classes to meet seniors at Adam's Park Community Center from 12:30-1:30 p.m., today. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Blackburn students will prepare and serve a meal for the seniors, while the UNO students will participate in games and conversation.

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

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Writing Center to Host Second ESL Workshop Today

The UNO Writing Center is holding another English as a Second Language (ESL) Workshop entitled "Building Better Sentences" today, March 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 154 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). This is the second workshop in the series, but attendance at the first workshop is not a prerequisite.

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.

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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New York Times Representative On Campus Today

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

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 at

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College of IS&T Round Table Today

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Dr. Craig Knoblock to its round table discussion today, 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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Spring Faculty Book Discussion Today

"Not Quite Adults" by Settersten & Ray has been selected for the spring faculty book discussion today, 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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CCSW Change Campaign Registration Due Today

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is sponsoring a Change Campaign to raise money for the UNO Emergency Loan Fund. Each department or group on campus that participates will collect change April 1-5. The department or group that donates the most money by weight will win a cookie party and visit and photo with Chancellor John Christensen.

To participate you must contact CCSW by today, March 27. You can complete a quick form at or contact Ana Carballal at 402.554.4838 or or Stacie Petter at 402.554.2077 or

Any department or group on campus can participate. Each group will receive a container to collect change during the week of April 1-5. A CCSW representative will deliver and pick up the change container. All you have to do is promote the cause within your department or group.

The UNO Emergency Loan Fund was established in 2010 to help UNO employees with unexpected financial hardship. Employees can apply for an interest-free loan of up to $750 to be repaid over one year through payroll deduction. This fund is supported entirely through private donations.

Please see this flier for more information about how your department or group can help raise money for this cause.

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Dr. Holly Hassel Visit Canceled

The March 28 and March 29 visit by Dr. Holly Hassel, professor at the University of Wisconsin and author of several publications, has been canceled. Her visit will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Nominations Sought for SAC Awards

Members of the UNO community are being asked to nominate UNO office/service staff for the Staff Advisory Council Award and the Spirit of Service Award, both presented by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). Read below for more information about these awards.

Staff Advisory Council Recognition Award
University Faculty and Staff are invited to submit nominations for the SAC Recognition Award. All UNO Faculty, Managerial/Professional, and Office/Service staff members in good standing are eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

For guideline information and the SAC Recognition Award nomination form, view this link.

Spirit of Service Award
A UNO Spirit of Service Award recognizes outstanding Office/Service individuals who provide services that strengthen the community and improves the lives of others. In addition to exemplary performance of assigned job responsibilities, candidates shall demonstrate a commitment to the University of Nebraska at Omaha community through the expression of university values in such ways as helping students, furthering their own education and working towards advancement at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as shown, for example, by working on University committees, attending and/or participating in non-mandatory campus events, or being an effective ambassador for the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The award will consist of a $1000 monetary gift.

For guideline information and the SAC Spirit of Service Award nomination form, view this link.

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UNO Honors Convocation Events Set for April 11 and April 12

UNO will recognize the accomplishments of outstanding faculty on Thursday, April 11, and students on Friday, April 12, at its annual Honors Convocation events.

The Faculty Honors Convocation pays tribute to the recipients of the university’s outstanding teaching, research or creative activity, mentoring, service learning and distinguished professorship awards. A breakfast event in their honor will take place April 11 at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of awards from the deans and the senior vice chancellor. Students will also be recognized for outstanding service learning, leadership and for student-athlete excellence. An event in their honor will take place on April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in support of these outstanding faculty and students.

“Honors Week activities celebrate the significant number of academic and scholarly achievements that occur on our campus throughout the year," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. "As a campus community, I invite everyone to recognize the accomplishments of our students and colleagues by attending as many of these events as possible."

Please RSVP for both events to Christine Hoffman at 402.554.2263 or by April 8.

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Criss Library Open Mic Night April 18

Criss Library will celebrate National Poetry Month on Thursday, April 18, with an Open Mic Night from 6:30-8 p.m.

Join emcee David Jarvis near the Café on the library main floor.  This is your chance to show off your performance skills in ten minutes. Come out to perform or just to support your friends.  It will be an exciting night!

To sign up, please contact Linda Riviera at

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In The News

Nelson Lecture Picked up by Associated Press
A visiting lecture by former Sen. Ben Nelson on Thursday, March 28 was picked up by the Associated Press and reprinted in several area newspapers, including the Sioux City Journal and Omaha World-Herald

Shires Talks Effects of Underage Drinking
Rose Shires, head women's volleyball coach, spoke with WOWT about the long-term impact of the decision to drink alcohol while underage, particularly in the world of collegiate athletics.

Holloway on Tom Becka
Carson Holloway, associate professor of political science, was on the Tom Becka Show on Tuesday, March 26 to discuss that day's arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 in Californi, which forbids same-sex marriage.

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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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OLLAS Speaker to Discuss Free Market in Latin America on March 29

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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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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