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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.



15th Annual Gandhi Symposium Today

The Grace Abbott School of Social Work will hold the 15th Annual Gandhi Symposium at the Swanson Conference Center, today. 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."

Today's events will begin at 8 a.m. 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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College of IS&T Round Table Today

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome will welcome Rutgers University Professors Julie E. Kendall and Kenneth E. Kendall, to its round table discussion "Storytelling: Looking at IT Data Collection in a New Way," today.

We all like a good story, but as researchers we too often dismiss a story as being tangential or superfluous. In our presentation we will examine how early adventurous information systems used by researchers may have used mere fragments of stories as an alternative method to gathering data for the design, development or documentation of information systems.

Julie E. Kendall, Ph.D., is a professor of Management in the School of Business-Camden, Rutgers University. Dr. Kendall is a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute and a past chair of IFIP Working Group 8.2.

Kenneth E. Kendall, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor of Management in the School of Business-Camden, Rutgers University. He is one of the founders of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI).

The round table will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Pizza, salad and soda will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP to Angela Nastase at

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NBCF to Sponsor Dr. Jack Turman Presentation Today

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 today 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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Writing Center and Criss Library to Host First "Finish It Friday" Session Today

Ever find yourself frustrated with the distractions that keep you from finishing that big writing project? Ever wish you could spend more time focusing in the uninterrupted company of colleagues who are in similar academic pursuit? Ever dream of a quiet environment conducive to writing and getting work done, but one where they serve coffee and snacks?

"Finish It Friday" is the solution!

The UNO Writing Center, in collaboration with Criss Library, will be holding a total of four "Finish It Friday" sessions at 232 Criss Library – one each Friday in April from 1 to 5 p.m. A Criss librarian, a Writing Center consultant, and light refreshments will be available at each session.

For more information, view this flier.

To register for one or all four days, contact the UNO Writing Center at 402.554.2946 or

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P-16 Students to Work with Preschool Students Today

Dr. Susan McWilliam's "Current Trends in Early Education" class will be at Yates Early Childhood Center, at 2:30 p.m. today. 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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Office of Academic and Student Affairs Host Millennial Generation Discussions Today

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will host discussions about the views and experiences of 18-30 year-olds (also known as "Millennials"), today. 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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Nebraska Book Festival Begins Today

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., tonight, by Kurt Andersen. Andersen is 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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Campus Recreation Archery Classes Continue This Weekend

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

Class Information:
Instructor: Dan Leazenby
Dates: 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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Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Host Fundraising 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, the silent auction, or to purchase tickets for the Raffle, please contact the University Bands Office at 402.554.3352.

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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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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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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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Tribute to the Fallen April 7 through April 10

The Veteran Student Organization (VSO) and the UNO College Democrats will host the "Tribute to the Fallen,"from April 7 through April 10. This annual event honors servicemen and women who have given their lives for the United States.

These university organizations welcome all members of the UNO community who wish to honor our nation's heroes.

Tribute to the Fallen activities begin Sunday, April 7, when more than 6,300 American flags will be placed on the university's open green space (Pep Bowl). The name, rank and branch of each service member that has died in Iraq and Afghanistan will be read aloud on Monday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 10. April 9 will serve as a day of silence.

Brigadier General Michael Navrkal and Purple Heart recipient Rachelle Spors will serve as guest speakers at the closing ceremony on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The event will also include a playing of Taps, honor guard and a 21-gun salute. Parking is available in the East Garage.

For more information or if you wish to help set up flags, please contact Javier Saldaña, Jr. at

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Wednesday Words Featuring Jamaican Writer Kwame Dawes April 10

Emmy-Winning Jamaican Poet and Writer Kwame Dawes, April 10, 2013, will be the featured writer at the Wednesday Words Reading Series, a partnership between the Nebraska Arts Council, KANEKO and the UNO Library.

Wednesday Words events, which are free and open to the public, are held at the KANEKO-UNO Library, located at 1111 Jones Street, in Omaha's Old Market District.

Born in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. He is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and plays. He has published two novels, edited four anthologies and 15 of his plays have been produced.

Wednesday Words originated in the fall of 2009 as a special reading series featuring award-winning writers from the NAC's Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) in Literature program. It has developed into an ongoing reading series recognizing accomplished writers from Nebraska, including NAC's IAF honorees.

To learn more about Wednesday Words, visit this link.

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UNO Theatre Presents 'Female Transport'

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Steven Gooch’s “Female Transport,” directed by Dr. Douglas Paterson.

The previews for “Female Transport” will be April 10 and 11 with performances running April 12-13, 17-20.

All previews and performances will be held in the UNO Theatre, in the UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB). The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The preview on Wednesday, April 10 will be a TAG Night Out.

Between 1787 and 1868, the British Crown shipped men, women, and children in bondage to the British penal colony of Australia. In “Female Transport,” a riotous group of disparate cellmates transforms during the six-month sea journey to a tough, unified matriarchal society—ready to change the wild land they are about to inhabit into a more just place than the England they left behind. As songs of the period punctuate and underscore the action, these women strive to prove themselves more civilized below deck than their male captors above.

For tickets visit or call the box office at 402.554.PLAY. The box office is located on the first floor of WFAB. For previews, tickets are $5 for general admission.

For performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/military/faculty/staff. Tickets are always free for all UNO students with a MavCard and $5 for all other students who present a valid school ID. The UNO Theatre Box Office now accepts all major credit cards.

Note: This play is suggested for mature audiences. Visit the UNO Theatre Facebook page at For more information contact Sarah Fogarty Campbell at

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English Department and Disability Services to Host Disability Panel April 12

The UNO English Department and Disability Services will be holding a panel called: "(dis)ability: Exploring the Mind and Body Through Creative Narrative," on Friday, April 12.

The panel begins at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. There will be readings and a presentation by Meribeth Jackson, Disability Services coordinator, followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion.

For more information, view this flier.

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Third Annual PKI Student Capstone & Conference

Impress top industry leaders and compete for cash prizes! The Peter Kiewit Institute is accepting abstracts from students interested in participating in the 3rd Annual PKI Student Capstone & Research Conference on Friday, April 26.

This event lets students showcase their class projects or research to a panel of outside independent judges. Winners will be recognized at the dinner banquet on the evening of April 26. Tracks include: Architectural Engineering, Computer & Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, Informatics, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Cyber & Information Assurance, IT Innovation and Modeling & Simulation. The conference is sponsored by ACI Worldwide, Johnson Controls, Kiewit, Northrop Grumman, Union Pacific and URS.

Abstracts must be received by April 19. Please contact Leah Ellis with questions at or 402.554.2158.

Registration and additional information can be found at this link.

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12th Annual Malcolm X Festival is April 23 and 24

The UNO Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 12th annual Malcolm X Festival Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24, on campus.

This year's theme is "It's Not Where You're From It's Where You're At: Space, Place, and Time in the African-American Experience."

Questions of space, place and time affect how we experience and recreate the world. Most of the festival's events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The April 24 lecture will be held at the Malcolm X Foundation, 3448 Evans Street, in Omaha, from 5:30-8 p.m.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact the UNO Department of Black Studies at 402.554.2412.

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UNO College of Business Administration to Host Conference on China May 17

The public is invited to attend an exciting and unique event at UNO's College of Business Administration. The event will bring a Nobel Laureate and a number of distinguished Chinese scholars, policymakers, and business consultants to speak on "China's Sustainable Growth: Challenges and Opportunities."

This one-day conference will take place on Friday, May 17. The day will begin with keynote speeches from Professor Yining Li and Sir James A. Mirrlees. Professor Yining Li is one of the most respected and influential economists in China. Sir James A. Mirrlees was awarded the Economics Nobel Prize in 1996 for his "fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information." A series of talks will also occur throughout the day.

We invite you to view the complete conference program and the distinguished panel's biographical sketches at

To attend, please register online at this link, or call Noelle Blood at 402.554.2303.

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In The News

Gouttierre and Ahmadzai Article Featured on CNN Website

On Thursday, April 4, ran a story written by Center for Afghan Studies director Tom Gouttierre and research associate Sher Jan Ahmadzai. In the story, Gouttierre and Ahmadzai discuss U.S.- Pakistan relations and Pakistan's position on Afghanistan.

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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 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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Register for the 2013 UNO Claussen-Leahy Run-Walk

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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