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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 Service Learning Partners Students, Community Today

As part of their P-16 service learning project, students from Professor Kelli Westphal's ILUNO (Intensive English) class and students from Melissa Kandido's International Studies class from Beveridge Magnet Middle School will be helping the Union for Contemporary Art with spring cleaning at 11 a.m., today.

Elsewhere, UNO students from Dr. Dave Ogden's "Media Relations" class and seventh grade students from Buffett Magnet Middle School will be celebrating the completion of their iArt: For Kids, By Kids P-16 service learning project at the Joslyn Art Museum.

Ogden's students have been drafting reports to local news agencies and setting up interviews with Buffett students who have been working on mobile device scavenger hunt programs for museum visitors. Presentations, refreshments and testing of the scavenger hunt programs begin at 4:30 p.m. This is a private event.

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

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Fourth Petite Musique Concert Today

Join us tonight 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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Notre Dame Professor to Discuss Cicero at Kirwan Lecture Today

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.

Today, 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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NBCF to Sponsor Dr. Jack Turman Presentation April 5

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites you to attend "Building a Community-Based Participatory Research Program to Improve African American Birth Outcomes," a presentation given by Jack Turman, Ph.D. The presentation will be held Friday, April 5 in 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) from noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Turman is currently a Professor and the Program Director for the Division of Physical Therapy Education in the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is also the Founder and Director of The Connections Project at UNMC.

Dr. Turman received his Bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He went on to receive his MS and doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied kinesiology with a neuroscience concentration. Dr. Turman has been successful in receiving funding from state, federal, and foundation sources and is well published in journals such as Brain Research, Developmental Neuroscience and the Archives of Histology and Cytology.

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Host Benefit Concert and Auction April 7

In preparation for their summer performances in France and Switzerland, the University of Nebraska Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) will hold a special weekend of activities culminating with a silent auction and concert on Sunday, April 7.

The silent auction will begin at noon in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Foyer prior to the 3 p.m. concert in the Strauss Recital Hall.  Additionally, Wind Ensemble members are selling tickets for a raffle with prizes including a hand produced music themed quilt, outdoor furniture constructed by Amish craftsmen, two sets of tickets to the PGA Senior Tour to be held in Omaha this summer, a gourmet dinner for four catered by the donors, along with other prizes.  Winners will choose the prizes in the order they are drawn until all are distributed.  Those purchasing raffle tickets do not need to be present for the drawing which will be held at the completion of the concert.  Those with the winning bids on items from the silent auction may pick up their prizes following the concert.

Under the direction of James R. Saker, director of bands, the concert program will include Leonard Bernstein's exciting Symphonic Dances from West Side Story in a new orchestration completed for the United States Marine Band. A reception and raffle drawing will immediately follow the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public. However, donations to benefit the Wind Ensemble's upcoming European Concert Tour will be accepted.  There will be a complimentary reception following the concert in the Milo Bail Student Center adjacent to the Strauss Center.

 For additional information about the concert or the silent auction or to purchase tickets for the Raffle please contact the University Bands Office at 402.554.3352.

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Student Government Agency Director Positions Open Until April 10

Student Government would appreciate any support faculty and staff can give to encourage their students to apply for Agency Director positions. There are five agencies: American Multicultural Students, Gender and Sexual Orientation, International Student Services, Network for Disability Awareness and Women's Resource Center that provide support, advocacy and awareness to UNO students.

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 10, by 11:59 p.m.

Agency Directors get a unique and important opportunity to:
- Take action to make a difference in the lives of UNO students, especially students with marginalized identities
- Plan diversity events and/or create policies and services that are relevant for the students they serve
- Connect and be a representative for students in Student Government
- Attend professional conferences
- Get training and support from professional staff and student leaders to develop themselves

For more information, visit this link, or view view this flier.

Faculty and staff members who would like a representative to come to their classroom or office to talk about this opportunity can directly contact Helen Kang, assistant director of Cultural Programs, at

If students, faculty or staff have more questions, they can contact the Chief Administrative Officer Joseph Nabity, at

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Thirtieth Annual Chemistry Field Day at UNO April 13

The thirtieth annual Chemistry Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 13, from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Durham Science Center (DSC). The event is co-sponsored chemistry departments from UNO and Creighton University.

This is a high-school level competition with roughly 48 teams from area high schools in Nebraska and Iowa. The students will be competing in chemistry activities through the duration of the afternoon. A "Chemistry and Physics on Wheels" (C.A.P.O.W.) show will also be held from noon to 12:50 PM in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

Presently, the UNO chemistry department is looking for UNO student volunteers to help facilitate the event. A sign-up sheet for Chemistry Field Day is located in the Chemistry Office, 337 Durham Science Center (DSC).

We hold a preference for student volunteers who have taken at least one chemistry course (or alternate science course) with a lab component.

For more information on Chemistry Field Day, visit:

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Kick Out Cancer Kickball Tournament April 13

The UNO chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha is hosting Kick Out Cancer, a kickball tournament where all proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness and education, on Saturday, April 13.

The event will be held at the Chili Greens Dome, and anyone is invited to participate. Teams of 10 persons will compete at the cost of $50 if registered prior to April 6. Teams that register on the day of the event can compete at a cost of $65. The winning team will receive a trophy. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and games start at 10 a.m. The community is invited to take part in a raffle for gift cards and packages from local businesses. Concessions will also be available.

For more information, view this flier or contact Janae Radtke at or 402.720.9943.

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UNO Career Center to Host Faculty and Staff Forum April 17 and April 18

The UNO Career Center will be hosting a faculty and staff information forum on Wednesday, April 17 from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursday, April 18 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Both forums will be held in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

The UNO Career Center will introduce its new staff members and organization, share upcoming events and goals for 2013-2014 and provide a demonstration of UNO Career Connect--its new online job and internship board.

To register for the forum, click on this link.

For questions, please contact Jessica Wolff at or 402.554.3523.

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In The News

UNO Delegates for Clinton Global Initiative University Featured in OWH

On Wednesday, April 3, the Omaha World-Herald ran a story that featured the three delegates from UNO and one delegate from UNL who will be attending the Clinton Global Initiative University April 4-April 7.

Adkins Discusses Mayoral Race After Primary Results

Randy Adkins, chair of the Department of Political Science at UNO, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday, April 3, saying he expects the mayoral race to be very, very competitive.

Alumnus Selected for Commerical Real Estate and Workshop (CREW) Hall of Fame

UNO alumnus Kenneth Johnson, who recently retired after 30 years with the City of Omaha Planning Department, is among five 2013 CREW Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored during a luncheon on April 19.

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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 256 Durham Science Center (DSC).

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 to 2 p.m. in 401 Roskens (RH), 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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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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Multicultural Affairs Workshop Series Continues April 8

The UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs' Drop-In Workshop Series continues Monday, April 8 with instruction on writing scholarship essays. Future workshop sessions include note-taking strategies (April 15) and preparing for finals (April 29).

All workshop sessions take place from 12 - 12:50 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. Workshops are open to any student enrolled in any program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

For more information, view this flier or contact Valerie Thompson at 402.554.2248 or

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Nominations for SAC Awards Due April 8

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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'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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UNO Honors Convocation Events Set for April 11 and April 12

UNO will recognize the accomplishments of outstanding faculty on Thursday, April 11, and students on Friday, April 12, at its annual Honors Convocation events.

The Faculty Honors Convocation pays tribute to the recipients of the university's outstanding teaching, research or creative activity, mentoring, service learning and distinguished professorship awards. A breakfast event in their honor will take place April 11 at 7 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The Student Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of awards from the deans and the senior vice chancellor. Students will also be recognized for outstanding service learning, leadership and for student-athlete excellence. An event in their honor will take place on April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in support of these outstanding faculty and students.

"Honors Week activities celebrate the significant number of academic and scholarly achievements that occur on our campus throughout the year," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. "As a campus community, I invite everyone to recognize the accomplishments of our students and colleagues by attending as many of these events as possible."

Please RSVP for both events to Christine Hoffman at 402.554.2263 or by April 8.

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Fidelity Appointments Available April 16 and May 9

A Fidelity representative will be at UNO for individual appointments on April 16 and May 9.

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Fidelity Rep Jason Cronick.

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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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