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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.



P-16 Service Learning Partners UNO Students With Local Middle School Students

Seventh and eighth grade students from King Science Technology Magnet Center, under the direction of Kris Denton, will be visiting UNO partner Dr. Dana Richter-Egger's "Chemistry in the Environment and Society" class from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, today. As part of their P-16 service learning project, the middle schoolers will present their knowledge of Aquaponics and urban food deserts to the UNO students.

At 3:30 p.m., students from Lewis and Clark Middle School and UNO social work graduate students will be meeting at Parsons House as a part of their P-16 service learning project. Mrs. Julie Froemming's Lewis and Clark students have been working with Dr. Karen Rolf's Social Work Practice with Children class to make bird feeders to give to the older adults at Parsons House.

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

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Disability Awareness Week Begins Today

UNO will be celebrating the experiences and accomplishments of those who live with disabilities with Disability Awareness Week, beginning today, April 1. Disability Awareness Week will feature three unique events, all in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons, room 132D.

Today, there will be a showing of the film "The Voice of 650 Million Times One” and a discussion to follow. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The film is a documentary that takes you through Africa and Asia and tells the story of powerful people who stand up for their rights and fight for a dignified life despite all difficulties they need to conquer.

On Wednesday, April 3, a visiting speaker, Jane Gravel, Ph.D., will discuss how the issues of race and disability intertwine and impact criminal justice in America. The event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. in the CPACS Collaborating Commons and is open to the first 40 UNO students, faculty or staff.

On Thursday, April 4, another film and discussion will take place with the showing of "Black Sun,” an award-winning documentary the assault and blinding of New York artist and filmmaker Hugues de Montalembert and his ability to persevere after. The event takes place from noon to 2 p.m.

Events are sponsored by Network for Disability Awareness, Student Organizations & Leadership Programs, American Multicultural Students and Maverick Diversity Coalition.

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UNO Testing Center Expanded Hours Begin Today

The UNO Testing Center is announcing that the current hours of operation will be expanded. Beginning today, April 1, 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. to 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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Employee of the Month: Mary Graff Named April 'Oh' Award Recipient

Oh, what a difference you make, Mary Graff! Graff is a Procurement Assistance Counselor for the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC). The entire month of April, UNO will recognize Graff and her work.

Graff is praised by her colleagues for her attention to detail, persistence, and character. She has worked in the NBDC for 32 years, but has changed positions with the center over the years starting as a part-time Staff Secretary II. In later years, she served as Assistant State Director for Outreach at NBDC, and has worked the last several years as a consultant in the Procurement Technical Assistance program. She is now in her 36th year working for UNO.

"I am honored to be selected UNO's 'Employee of the Month' and I want to thank my supervisor, Andy Alexander, and others who nominated and selected me for this award. It is a pleasant surprise and one I wasn't expecting! Thank you again to all my colleagues who are supportive of me and who make working at UNO so enjoyable," said Graff.

One of Graffs's nominators said of her "Due to Mary's excellent counseling and reporting, she accomplished over 450 follow-up counseling sessions and maintained 280 active clients." The nominator continued, "With changes to federal government procurement laws of women-owned businesses, she has set the standard in establishing workshops to educate the public."

As Employee of the Month, Graff received a certificate, lapel pin, choice of coffee cup or drink cup, a monetary award and use of a parking space. She also received a portrait with the Chancellor, as well as a letter of congratulations. Graff will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Mary Graff photo.

Employee of the Month

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month --"Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!" -- program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

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Health Services Reminds Faculty and Staff About Prescription Medication Disposal Opportunities

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been calling prescription drug abuse an epidemic and among this epidemic, consumers are questioning what to do with their unused, unwanted and expired medications. Hy-Vee is now answering that question. Anyone in the Omaha area is now able to get rid of certain unused or expired prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications. To take back these medications, visit a Hy-Vee in the metro area, walk back to the pharmacy, and request disposal for the Take Back box.

Because of the contamination being found in our water system from flushing medications, the boxes will be sealed, sent to a disposal site, and incinerated. Controlled medications, such as narcotics, depressants and stimulants, will not be accepted. Those drugs will, however, be accepted at the National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27 and the list of locations will be available on the DEA's website,, early in April.

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Milo Bail Day at the UNO Bookstore April 3

The last Milo Bail Day in the UNO Bookstore of the semester starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3!

Get a selected "Hot Color” UNO T-shirt for only $8 (plus tax, while supplies last). There are lots of colors to pick from! Plus, enter our prize raffle for a UNO Bookstore gift card and get a FREE bag of fresh popped popcorn!

Questions? Contact Jodi Cramer at

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Notre Dame Professor to Discuss Cicero at Kirwan Lecture April 4

The Roman philosopher Cicero is credited by many as shaping modern language. It's no surprise, then, that the historical figure is also considered by many to be a master politician.

On Thursday, April 4, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)Department of Political Science will host Walter Nicgorski, Ph.D., a professor of political science from Notre Dame who has researched Cicero's historical impact in the world of political science, for this year's Kirwan Lecture.

Nicgorski's presentation, titled "Cicero: Statesman as Well as Political Philosopher," will take place at the Thompson Alumni Center's Centennial Hall beginning at 7 p.m. The Thompson Alumni Center is located on UNO's Dodge Campus, 6705 Dodge St. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

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Nebraska Book Festival Begins April 5

The 2013 Nebraska Book Festival will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center April 5 and 6. Hosted by UNO's College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English, the Festival showcases the great literary talent of numerous Nebraska writers.

The weekend starts with a reading at 7 p.m. on Friday by Kurt Andersen, a native Omahan who is a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine, Vanity Fair, the New York Times and Time and hosts the popular radio program Studio 360. Andersen will be reading from his latest novel, True Believers, which has received high praise from reviewers.

On Saturday morning there will be writers' workshops conducted by well-known creative fiction writer John Price, memoirist Brent Spencer and poet Neil Harrison; no registration is needed for these free workshops. From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, a wide range of writers will be reading from their works at various times, including John Price, Art Homer, Lisa Knopp, Leo Adam Biga, Joy Castro, Don Welch, John Rector and others. A highlight of the afternoon will be a presentation by UNL Professor Andy Jewell, editor of the newly-published Selected Letters of Willa Cather, the subject of recent front-page articles in the New York Times and The Omaha World-Herald. Copies of all the presenting authors' books will be available for purchase and signing.

To conclude the Festival, on Saturday night the semi-final competition of the "Louder than a Bomb” poetry contest between two area high school teams will take place from 6-8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public; parking is unrestricted on the UNO campus on both Friday evening and Saturday. For more information and a schedule of specific readings, contact Professor Chuck Johanningsmeier ( or visit the Festival's website by clicking here.

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Third Annual Maverick Business Plan Submission Deadline April 7

The next big thing could already be right here in Omaha.

On Wednesday, April 17, the UNO College of Business Administration (CBA); UNO Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising (CIEF); and SAC Federal Credit Union are hosting the Third Annual Maverick Business Plan competition.

The Maverick Business Plan competition places proposals for potential business and not-for-profit organizations against each other in order to see which idea is the most likely to succeed. Proposals are expected to outline the idea, the market, the competition and competitive advantages, as well as a general understanding of how the firm will operate and generate a profit.

The competition will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Mammel Hall on UNO's Pacific Campus, with Jeff Beals, the award-winning author of "Selling Saturdays: Blue Chip Sales Tips from College Football," serving as the Master of Ceremonies.

The Maverick Business Plan competition is open to all doctoral, post-doctoral, graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled in classes at UNO, the Peter Kiewit Institute or University of Nebraska Medical Center. Faculty or alumni can participate by partnering with a competing student. Read more.

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Aviation Institute Honors Convocation April 11

The 2013 Aviation Institute Honors Convocation will be held Thursday, April 11, in the Thompson Alumni Center.  The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and the formal program beginning at 7 p.m.  The event recognizes the accomplishments of the Aviation Institute students both within the University and outside of the University.

Scholarships will be awarded at the event as well as the 2013 Aviation Institute Alumni of the Year and the 2013 Otto Bauer Award.

The event is open to the public, to RSVP contact the Aviation Institute at 402.554.3424 or

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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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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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Puerto Rican Social Activist to Speak About Student Strikes April 5

Gamelyn F. Oduardo Sierra, Puerto Rican lawyer and social activist, Friday, April 5, will 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, at 402.554.4977 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 and 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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Office of Academic and Student Affairs Host Millennial Generation Discussions April 5

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will host discussions about the views and experiences of 18-30 year-olds (also known as "Millennials"), on Friday, April 5. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the CPACS Collaborating Commons (132 and 132D CPACS) and another discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the UNO-KANEKO Library located at 1111 Jones Street. The night's featured guest will be David Burstein, author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping our World.

For more information, view this flier.

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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 to 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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Register for College of IS&T's Techademy Summer Workshop

The College of Information Science and Technology invites you to find out what you are made of this summer! Register now for Techademy, summer workshops for middle and high school students.

Visit for more information on Bioinformatics, IT Innovation, Digital Music Synthesis and other fun tech workshops available from June 3 through July 19.

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