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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 Flag Lowering Today

The UNO flag will be lowered today, March 28, for Robert Chrisman, chair of the Black Studies Department from 2001 to 2005, who passed away Sunday, March 10 in San Francisco. In addition to his work at UNO, Chrisman was co-founder and editor of the internationally acclaimed journal, "The Black Scholars," which was founded in 1969, and was a prolific writer of poetry.

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'Coping With Life's Transitions' Seminar Today

The "Coping With Life's Transitions: Moving Forward" wellness seminar will be held today, 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 MBSC 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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Writing Center Workshop Series on Citing Sources Continues Today

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 today, 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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P-16 Students Will Visit Lothrop Science and Technology Center Today

Professor Carol Mitchell's "Teaching of Science-Elementary" students will be visiting Pamela Galus' science class at Lothrop Science and Technology Center today, March 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the students will be working together to discuss Lothrop's Aquaponics system and the impact of indoor sustainable farming on combating urban food deserts.

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

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OASA Campus Forums on Community Engagement Center Begin Today

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 today, 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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Sen. Ben Nelson Public Lecture Today

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.

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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Department of Black Studies Lecture Series Continues Today

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

Today, 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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World Civilizations Film Series Begins Today

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 today, 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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Reminder: 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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This Week in Maverick Athletics


This Week in Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information.

For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on this link

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UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to Hold Awards Luncheon March 29

The UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) will hold its Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon Friday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center. Several civic and community leaders, deserving students, faculty, staff and graduates will be honored for their contributions to UNO and the social service community.

For reservation information, please contact Geri Murphy at in the SCCJ office.

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UNO Green Thumbs Volunteer Planning Meeting April 2

Last year the campus started a Green Thumbs volunteer program to help the grounds crew keep the flower beds in bloom and assist their fall clean up. Our first 2013 planning meeting is April 2 at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room. Bring lunch and join us to learn how we can all dig in to assist the grounds crew.

Use this web form to get on volunteer list and show up for planning meeting.

Contact Joyce Crockett at or 4-3364 if you have any questions/comments.

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15th Annual Gandhi Symposium April 5

The Grace Abbott School of Social Work will hold the 15th Annual Gandhi Symposium on Friday, April 5 at the Swanson Conference Center, housed inside the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the campus of Metropolitan Community College.

The featured speaker is Deborah Altschul, Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, who will be speaking about cultural competence in mental health practice. Carolyn Thiele of Heartland Family Services will be this year's recipient of the Gandhi Award for her outstanding service to the community. Carolyn Thiele is being so honored as she exemplifies principles consistent with social work values and ethics- best characterized by Gandhi's maxim: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

The day's events will begin at 8AM with registration, networking and breakfast. After the Gandhi Luncheon and Award Presentation, there will be a panel discussion with various members of the Omaha community including Thomas Warren of the Urban League of Nebraska, Joanna Lindberg and Elizabeth Ajongo, both of Heartland Family Service. The day will conclude at 3 p.m. CEU's will be available.

Contact Brian Travis at or Jean Beda at to register for the symposium and luncheon.

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International Studies and Programs Accepting Global Diplomat Applications

International Studies and Programs (IS&P) is accepting applications for the Global Diplomat program. Approximately 12 applicants will be selected to represent the IS&P office for the 2013-14 academic year.

IS&P Global Diplomats will promote campus internationalization. Some activities include helping with new student orientations, campus tours, airport pick-ups and settling-in assistance. Selected students will receive an IS&P Global Diplomat polo shirt to wear to events and a $200 scholarship ($100 per semester) for the academic year in which they serve. Participation is required for one academic year.

Criteria for a strong application includes the following: academic excellence in at least two full-time semesters earned at UNO by May 2013, maintenance of at least a 2.75 GPA, full-time student status at UNO in the 2013-14 academic year, strong leadership and communication skills, strong interest in service to UNO and the international student population and experience in cross-cultural settings.

Both international students and students from the U.S. are encouraged to apply. Please return completed applications by Friday, April 12, at 5 p.m. to the IS&P office in 241 Arts and Science Hall (ASH) or email your application to Jennifer Stahl, International Student Advisor, at

Applications may be picked up at the front desk in 241 ASH.

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In The News

Lexington Radio Touts Online Degree Program
As part of a larger story on online degree programs in agriculture, UNO's recent ranking as 11th best online bachelor's degree program in the country from U.S. News and World Report was covered by KRVN in Lexington, Neb.

Holloway in Douglas County Post-Gazette
Peggy Holloway, a member of UNO's voice faculty in the Department of Music, was mentioned in a story from the Douglas County Post-Gazette on a special Valley Public Library program highlighting Nebraska History Month and Women's History Month

Gouveia in El Perico on Chavez
Lourdes Gouveia, professor of sociology and head of UNO's Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was quoted in a recent issue of El Perico about the recent death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

NBDC in Midlands Business Journal
A recent issue of the Midlands Business Journal profiled the work being done by UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center, which is a department of the College of Business Administration

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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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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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Save the Date - Campus Strategic Planning Forum April 3

An all-campus strategic planning forum will take place Wednesday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners can attend.

For more information, view this flier.

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Registration for New Student Orientation Begins April 3

New Students will be able to sign up for New Student Orientation beginning Wednesday, April 3.Students MUST register online at:

There are 18 new freshmen sessions and eight transfer sessions throughout the course of the summer, and parents are encouraged to attend sessions as well. There is a separate sign-up process for parents.

For more information, please call Megan Essay at 402.554.2168 or 308.760.0578.

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