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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.



Campus Strategic Planning Forum Today

An all-campus strategic planning forum will take place today, 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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It's Milo Bail Day at the UNO Bookstore Today

Milo Bail Day in the UNO Bookstore of the semester starts at 10 a.m. today, 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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Disability Awareness Week Activities Continue Today

During the week of April 1 through April 5, UNO will be celebrating the experiences and accomplishments of those who live with disabilities with Disability Awareness Week.

Disability Awareness Week will feature three unique events, all in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons, room 132D.

Today, 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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P-16 Service Learning Partners Students, Community Today

Students from Dr. Lyn Holley’s Gerontology class, will join students from Blackburn High School’s Culinary Arts and Foods classes at Adams Park Community Center, from 12:30 to 1: 30 p.m., to meet with the seniors at the Center. 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.

Also happening today, Lewis & Clark eighth graders will be visiting UNO.

Off campus, UNO students from Dr. Austin's Human Relations class will be visiting Jackson Elementary, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., as part of their Yes I Can! project. The UNO and Jackson Elementary students from Completely Kids’ after-school program will continue their collaborative work on identifying the best ways to boost learning productivity and confidence.

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

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Registration for New Student Orientation Begins Today

Beginning today, April 3, New Students will be able to sign up for New Student Orientation. 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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Did You Know?

We’re happy to announce a new feature in eNotes: the "Did You Know” item. Each month we’ll share an answer to a commonly asked question that has been submitted by our students, faculty or staff.

Have a question you would like to submit? Email with the subject line "Did You Know?”

Did you know that the new soccer pitch is expected to be ready for play by August?

According to UNO Athletics, the demolition that has been underway for the last few months will be completed in the near future. Once that work is done, contractors will dig the field down about 18 to 24 inches and being rebuilding it as an appropriate base for the new turf. This work is scheduled to last until June, and will include drainage. New turf will then be installed. By August, play is expected to begin on the new pitch.

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Monthly Security Tips Newsletter Available

The Monthly Security Tips Newsletter is now available. This month's issue focuses on protecting yourself from email tax scams.

In the newsletter, the UNO Information Security Office provides several tips on how to recognize an email tax scam and how to avoid becoming a victim.

To view the newsletter, click here.

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Adler Announced the Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award

On Wednesday, March 27, the School of Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) held its 15th annual, "Joint Appointment and Part-Time Faculty Appreciation and Awards Luncheon” at the Milo Bail Student Center. There they honored the part-time and joint appointment faculty celebrating a teaching anniversary and announced the recipient of the "Excellence in Teaching Award."

The Director of the School of HPER, Dr. Daniel Blanke, presented teachers with a certificate in honor of their many years of hard work and dedication to the students of HPER. The event concluded with Blanke announcing Marcia Adler as the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Adler was presented with a plaque of appreciation.

"Marcia began teaching for the School of HPER in 2001. Over the years, Marcia has taught Special Projects, Health Concepts of Sexual Development, Stress Management, and is an internship supervisor. Marcia currently teaches Healthful Living and an HED practicum. Reading the comments of her students tells us that Marcia has made a significant impact on those she has taught in the School of HPER," Blanke said. "Here is just one comment made by one of her students: 'Ms. Adler is a very good teacher and she knows what she’s teaching. She made it very enjoyable to come to class. She made it easy and fun to learn about all the aspects of the class. She is very knowledgeable and realistic and open—that’s how learning is done!'" he continued. "Marcia’s contributions to the School of HPER are felt daily, not only with her work in the field but she shares this knowledge in the classroom and fires up our students to go out and make the same kind of difference in the world."

This year’s anniversary winners were as follows:

For five years of continuous teaching service:
Rebecca Jackson, Craig Johnson and Susie McCowen

For 10 years of continuous teaching service:
Ben Matiyow

For 15 years of continuous teaching service:
Don Klosterman

For 20 years of continuous teaching service:
Larry Foster

For 25 years of continuous teaching service:
Doug Wagner, Ph.D.

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Retired Astronaut Clayton Anderson to Speak at UNO April 8

After leaving the final frontier of space behind, Nebraska astronaut Clayton Anderson is turning his attention to education.

Anderson, NASA’s only astronaut from the state of Nebraska, will visit the UNO campus during the week of April 8 to discuss the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education with faculty, students and the community.
Born and raised in Ashland, Neb., Anderson recently retired from his work at NASA after a 30-year career with the government agency. His UNO visit kick-starts Anderson’s weeklong promotion of STEM to students and teachers at all grade levels.

On Monday, April 8, Anderson will hold a public question-and-answer forum in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

During his time at UNO, Anderson will also visit with students and campus leaders, including a visit to UNO’s Child Care Center to meet with UNO’s youngest learners.

Presentations will also include stops at the College of Information Science & Technology Atrium on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m, 115 Durham Science Center on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m., and a stop at Roskens Hall, home of the College of Education, also on Wednesday. Read more.

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UNO Faculty Senate to Meet April 10

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, April 10, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. There will be two presentations. Matt Morton, Chief Information Security Officer for Information Services will speak on Cyber Crime; and Lee Denker, Director, UNO Alumni Association, will speak about the association’s 100th anniversary.

The presentations will begin at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentations. All those interested are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator, Sue Bishop, at 402.554.3598 or

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2013 UNO Relay for Life April 12 and April 13

Come join in 12 hours of fun April 12 and 13 to help celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer at the 2013 UNO Relay for Life in Sapp Fieldhouse.

The event, which runs from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, will feature food, music, karaoke, a silent auction, volleyball and much more.

For more information or to register and donate, please visit

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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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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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Office of Dual Enrollment presents 'Calculus: The Musical' April 12

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 8:30, 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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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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Volunteers Sought for Gait Study at Biomechanics Lab

Healthy subjects are needed to participate in a study taking place in the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory. The study is investigating the effects of simulated vascular disease on gait. For your participation, subjects will receive the opportunity to undergo a free gait analysis in the Biomechanics lab and have lower extremity vascular blood flow assessed.

Ideal participants should be greater than 40 years of age and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement or ACL injuries. Subjects would take part in a one time data collection lasting approximately one hour that would involve treadmill walking tasks and an intervention to briefly stop lower extremity blood flow. Collections will take place at a scheduled time during the next few months. For further information, please contact Troy Rand or 402.554.3238.

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