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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.



P-16 Students to Work with Middle School, Preschool Students Today

UNO student music teachers, under the direction of UNO's Dr. Melissa Berke, will meet with 8th grade students from Lewis and Clark Middle School, today. The students will participate in reflection activities and play music accumulated throughout the semester from working with seniors at Camelot Recreational Center. The event, which takes place from 9 to 10 a.m., marks the finale of a semester-long P-16 service learning project entitled "Intergenerational Music."

At 2:30 p.m., Dr. Susan McWilliam’s “Current Trends in Early Education” class will be at Yates Early Childhood Center. As part of their P-16 service learning project, they will be teaching preschool students about pet care by engaging them in role-play activities and reading pet care related storybooks.

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

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OASA Campus Forums on Community Engagement Center Continue 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 continue today, March 29, 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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UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to Hold Awards Luncheon Today

The UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) will hold its Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon today, 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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University-Wide Brown Today

The Center for Collaboration Science is sponsoring a university-wide brown bag from noon to 1 p.m. today, 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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OLLAS Speaker to Discuss Free Market in Latin America Today

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 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Commons).

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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Reminder: Dr. Holly Hassel Visit Canceled

The 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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Call for Presenters, Submissions Due March 31

The Call for Presenters for the 2013 Aging with Passion & Purpose: Aging Well in the Age of Technology Conference is now open. The conference will be held on Oct. 20-21, 2013, on UNO's Dodge Street Campus.

The purpose of the fourth biennial conference on aging is to bring together professionals, administrators, service-providers, researchers, educators and students, caregivers, older adults, baby boomers, and others to gain awareness of how technology, in all of its forms, can impact the lives of individuals as they age by maximizing independence and quality of life.

The conference experience will provide attendees opportunities to share and learn knowledge and deepen their understanding of possibilities and also to connect with persons who have similar interests and goals in the field of aging.

CEUs will be offered at this event. The submission deadline is 5 p.m., March 31.

For more information go to or email

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Campus Recreation Archery Classes Begin This Weekend

UNO's Campus Recreation Department announces an instructional adult archery class for the spring semester. Participants must be at least 10-years-old.

Class Information:
Instructor: Dan Leazenby
Dates: Saturday, March 30 and Saturdays in April (6, 13 and 20)
Time: noon to 1 p.m.
Room: 003 HPER

$25 UNO Students
$35 UNO activity cardholders
$50 Non-activity cardholders and general public

To register, call 402.554.2539 or stop by 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).

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Traffic Delay Notice Through May for University Drive West and South

Slight traffic delays may occur on University Drive West and South as heavy machine delivery trucks will be entering the new Community Engagement Center area beginning Sunday, March 31 through the end of May.

Facilities Management and Planning appreciates campus commuter's cooperation and patience.

For a map of campus, visit this link.

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Math Awareness Month Activities Planned for April 5

April is Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM), and this year's theme is "Mathematics of Sustainability." The Mathematics department at UNO is celebrating this event with activities such as the Mathematics Symposium, "MAM at UNO," which will feature student talks explaining new research and a Student Poster Session April 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in DSC 256.

Kerrigan research mini-grant students will comprise the team of presenters that will present their findings under the supervision of some of the department faculty. On April 5, from 1-2 p.m. in Roskens 401, Dr. John Konvalina, chair of the math department, will give a talk accessible to all undergraduates and graduates with an interest in mathematics entitled "A Mathematical Adventure from Combinatorics to Fractal Geometry to Brain Tumor Growth."

The entire schedule of the month’s events can be found by clicking this link to the MAM at UNO website.

For more information regarding the Kerrigan research mini-grants program, visit this link.

We hope you will join us in the celebration of mathematics and encourage your students to attend the events.

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'Buy One, Get One' Scholastic Book Fair April 9 and April 10

Criss Library and the UNO Honors Program will host a "Buy One, Get One Free" Scholastic Book Fair April 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The UNO Honors Program supports Liberty Elementary School, and books may be purchased and donated to the school's literacy program. For every item purchased, customers can choose a second book of equal or lesser value for free.

Proceeds will benefit the UNO Library Juvenile Collection.

For more information, please contact event organizer Melissa Cast-Brede at 402.554.3130 or

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Final 'Coping With Life's Transitions' Seminar April 12

The "Coping With Life's Transitions: Healthcare Decision-Making and End of Life Planning" wellness seminar will be held on Friday, April 12 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, and will be presented by Julie Masters, chairperson of Gerontology for UNO.

This seminar will help you understand that advanced healthcare decision-making and end-of-life decisions include more than just living wills. Get the tools to initiate the conversation with family members and make beneficial decisions for the future. National Healthcare Decision Day is April 16.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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CPACS Visiting Scholars Seminar April 12

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Friday, April 12, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in CPACS room 221 will host Dr. Karen Heimer, sociologist from the University of Iowa, to present "Violence Against Women: New Findings from the Pooled National Crime Victimization Survey."

Dr. Karen Heimer is a full professor of sociology and is affiliated with the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on gender, race, victimization and offending as well as on variation in imprisonment rates across states and over time. Along with Janet L. Lauritsen, professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri—St. Louis, Dr. Heimer recently received funding for research on race, gender and victimization from the National Science Foundation.

For more information, please view this flier.

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Peggy Jones to Receive Award at Women's and Gender Studies Spring Luncheon

On Friday, April 26, Peggy Jones will receive the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies at the spring luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room.

Interested faculty, staff and students can attend at a cost of $3.

Please RSVP to Karen Falconer Al-Hindi in ASH 280 or by phone (402.554.3834) by Friday, April 19.

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In The News

Crank Comments on Police Video
John Crank, professor of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday, March 28, about a recent video taken of an arrest that many are calling a use of excessive force.

Former Chancellor, President Becomes Pastor
Ronald Roskens, UNO Chancellor from 1972 o 1977 and University of Nebraska President until 1990, was profiled in the Fremont Tribune on Thursday, March 28, for his new role as interim pastor at the First Congregational Church UCC in Fremont.

CAPOW Joins Bill Nye at Nebraska Science Festival
CAPOW, a chemistry and physics show run by Dan Sullivan, professor emeritus of chemistry at UNO, will be part of the inaugural Nebraska Science Festival, which will also feature a presentation by Bill Nye.

WOWT Previews Ben Nelson Lecture
On Wednesday, March 27, WOWT provided a preview of former Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson's first public lecture as UNO's politician-in-residence.

UNO Paranormal Society Captures Ghost on Film
The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported on the paranormal history of the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs. As part of the story, the paper pointed to a recent photo taken by members of the UNO Paranormal Society which shows a possible spirit in one of the jail cells.

Vlasek Quoted in Midlands Business Journal
Scott Vlasek, director of UNO's Aviation Institute, was quoted in the Midlands Business Journal's latest issue about changes in the aviation industry including aircraft designs, ticket prices and training regulations

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UNO Testing Center Announces Expanded Hours

The UNO Testing Center is announcing that the current hours of operation will be expanded. Beginning April 1, 2013, the UNO Testing Center will be opening a half hour earlier every day. The new hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The expanded hours will allow testing candidates more flexibility while scheduling to take an exam at the Testing Center.

For more information about the UNO Testing Center, please contact us at or 402.554.4800.

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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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UNO Art Students Present Thesis Projects on Campus Beginning April 7

Movement, machinery, mankind and molecules - these are the topics and themes of work from four graduating seniors from the 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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Register for the 2013 UNO Claussen-Leahy Run-Walk April 20


Get registered for the UNO Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk, Saturday, April 20, at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village.  This year's events include 5K and 2K runs, and an 800 meter kids' race and walk. The run/walk will benefit all UNO student-athletes and athletic programs.


The Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk was an outgrowth of the highly successful UNO/Diet Pepsi Women's Walk, an event held for 26 years as the marquee fundraiser for women's athletic scholarships. The Women's Walk began in 1986 by current assistant athletic director Connie Claussen and became the largest fundraiser of its kind in NCAA athletics, raising $4 million dollars over its history.

The grand total raised from the 2012 Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk was more than $200,000 and involved more than 850 participants.


To register, click here.

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