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Pi in Your Face

Pi in Your Face

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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 Address Elementary Students about Bullying Today

As part of their Kids Can Stop Bullying project, UNO students from Dr. Juan Casas' "Child Psychology" classes will be visiting Mockingbird Elementary sixth graders today, April 2.

After a collaborative 12-week partnership with the Service Learning Academy's P-16 Initiative, the students will address the important issues of bullying through formal presentations of games and books created by K-12 students. These games, books and puzzles will be later donated to the Kids Can! organization.

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

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UNO Green Thumbs Volunteer Planning Meeting Today

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 today, 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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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.

Today, April 2, 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.

For more information, contact Benjamin-Alvarado at 402.554.4859 or the Department of Political Science at 402.554.2624.

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Student Regent Swearing-In Ceremony Today

The new leaders of UNO student government will take the oath of office today, April 2. Faculty, staff, students and alumni can watch the new Student Regent Martha Spangler be sworn into office during the swearing-in ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Benjamin Kaipust will reside as vice president. For other student government news, visit

For swearing-in details, contact Ben Jager at 402.554.2711.

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UNO Library Friends to Host Book Discussion Today

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book On The Road at 7 p.m. today, 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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Wolcott Named Recipient of NU Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has announced the 2013 winners of the university's most prestigious awards for teaching, research and engagement. The university-wide awards recognize faculty whose work has had a strong impact on students, the university and the state, according to Milliken.

"Great faculty are at the heart of a great university. The University of Nebraska is fortunate to have on its campuses tremendously talented faculty whose commitment to excellence is a true inspiration," Milliken said. "I'm proud to take this opportunity to recognize the faculty who play such an important role in serving our students, the university and the state of Nebraska."

Among the winners is Peter Wolcott, Ph.D., associate professor in the UNO Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis. Wolcott has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Activity Award (OTICA).

This award recognizes individual faculty members who have demonstrated meritorious and sustained records of excellence and creativity in teaching.

Awards will be presented during a luncheon in April.

For more information about Wolcott and the awards, visit this link.

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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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Fourth Petite Musique Concert April 4

Join us April 4 at 7 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the fourth concert of the Petite Musique Concert Series in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (SPAC).

Designed to last no longer than one hour, this 7 p.m. show will feature performances from Professor Scott Shinbara. Shinbara is an instructor of percussion and multicultural music at UNO, where he teaches private students, general music classes and directs the university percussion ensemble, Shinbara holds degrees from the University of Nebraska and the University of Arizona. He is currently completing a dissertation titled "The So-Called Laws of Nature: An Analysis with an Emphasis on Algorithmic Methods." Shinbara also specializes in world music and popular music and has performed across the United States, Mexico and Brazil.

Tickets for the event are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for students with ID and can be purchased at the door.

If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Haneline at or 402.554.4897.

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World Civlizations Film Series Continues April 5 and April 11

The second film in the History Department's World Civilizations Teaching Circle international film series will be Everything is Illuminated on Friday, April 5 at 3 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium. Hosted by Dr. Waitman Beorn, the film tells the story of a young Jewish-American's quest to find the woman whose efforts spared the life of his grandfather during the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. The afternoon film will followed by an audience discussion.

The third film in the History Department's World Civilizations Teaching Circle international film series will be The Profession of Arms on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH). Hosted by Dr. Martina Saltamacchia and set in the Middle Ages, the film tells the story of Holy Roman Empire forces led by Emperor Charles V in their attempt to recover Italian lands claimed by France and the Papacy. The film will followed by an audience discussion.

We hope you can join us for both films.

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

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OLLAS Charla Series Features Discussion on Gender Structures and Migration April 11

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will continue its 2012-2013 Charla series Thursday, April 11, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in CPACS 132D with a presentation by Dr. Maria Tapias titled "Men on the Move: Masculinities and the Ambivalence of Ambition in the Context of Migration."

Dr. Tapias will explore issues of gender structures and newly defined roles at home and work that often accompany migration. Her research interests include women's and infants' health and the impacts of free-market policies on health and international migration. She has been conducting fieldwork in Bolivia since 1996 and among Bolivians in Spain since 2006. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and teaches at Grinnell College.

This charla (meaning "chat" or "conversation" in Spanish), which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

For more information, contact Yuriko Doku at 554-3835 or visit the OLLAS website.

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Workshop to Examine Arab Spring Effects on Minorities, Media on April 13 and April 14

On April 13 and 14, the Middle East Project Fund (MEPF) at UNO - in conjunction with International Studies and Programs and the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies - will present its second workshop on contemporary developments commonly known as the "Arab Spring."

This year's workshop will be titled "Minorities, Media, and Democratization." Local scholars from UNO, UNL, and Creighton will be joined by colleagues from around the United States. The keynote address on Sunday night will be given by the premier US expert on the events unfolding in Syria, Dr. Joshua Landis from the University of Oklahoma.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit this website.

Other co-sponsors of this workshop include the College of Arts and Sciences, the History Department and its Charles Martin Fund, the Political Science Department, the Religious Studies Program, and the Islamic Studies Program.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Moshe Gershovich at

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2013 IRB Education Series Concludes April 16

The UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board Education Series concludes on Tuesday, April 16, with a presentation by Sheila Wrobel, Chief Compliance/Privacy Officer, UNMC and Sharon Welna, Information Security Officer, UNMC. Their presentation is focused on the importance of data security and research and will include a discussion of the HIPAA privacy rule.

This session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

See this link for the schedule of presentations and for registration information. UNO is not handling registration for this session. Attendees must register directly with IRB online here.

We hope you will join us for this interesting and informative session.

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In The News

P-16 Bullying Event Previewed by WOWT
On Sunday, March 31, WOWT provided a preview of a service-learning collaboration between UNO, Mockingbird Elementary and Kids Can! to help stop bullying through the use of games and other creative forms of expression.

Adkins Discusses Mayoral Race
Randy Adkins, chair of the Department of Political Science at UNO, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Monday, April 1 about April 2's mayoral vote, saying only several hundred votes could swing the race one way or the other.

WOWT Previews IT Academy
A special series of classes being run by UNO's College of IS&T dedicated to local business professionals was previewed by WOWT on Monday, April 1.

Just Can It! Drive Featured on KETV, KMTV
On April 1, UNO's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity joined forces with the Salvation Army once again for the "Just Can It!" campaign which looks to end hunger in Omaha. Members of the fraternity will live in cardboard shelters for a week to call attention to homelessness and hunger and collect canned goods. The event was previewed by KETV and KMTV that day

Wakefield Quoted on issue of Crowded Jails
On Wednesday, March 20 the Bellevue Leader reported on the possible overcrowding of the Sarpy County Jail. Bill Wakefield, professor of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted in the story explaining the positive and negative options of how to alleviate overcrowded jails.

Forensics Showcase Previewed in Lyons Mirror-Sun
The UNO Forensics Team provided a special performance on Wednesday, March 27 of the work they will perform at the national forensics competition. The event was previewed by the Lyons Mirror-Sun the week prior on March 20.

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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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French Film Festival Begins April 7

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is presenting The Tournees Festival April 7 to May 5, showcasing recent French films. The event kicks off Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in EAB Auditorium with a showing of The Women on the 6th Floor by Philippe Le Guay.

The film festival was made possible through a grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the goal of promoting french film at UNO and in the Omaha community. Admission is free.

For a complete listing of films, visit this link.

For more information, contact Dr. Juliette Parnell at 402.554.3029 or

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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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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 Council 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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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 11:00 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, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in 220 Mammel Hall, will focus on creating a positive learning climate for students.

The third session, 3:00 to 5:00 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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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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Applications for Paul L. Beck Scholarships Due by April 15

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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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 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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