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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.



'Buy One, Get One' Scholastic Book Fair Today and April 10

Criss Library and the UNO Honors Program will host a "Buy One, Get One Free" Scholastic Book Fair today, April 9, and Tuesday, April 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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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Activities Begin Today

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Maverick Diversity Coalition for many great events throughout April to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. All events are free.

The month's highlight event is today's, April 9 Tea and Tranquility ceremony. Come and experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and take part in a demonstration of how to make green tea. The event also includes a talk about the Eastern conception of wellness. Japanese green tea, desserts and fresh fruit are provided. For more information about the ceremony, view this flier.

Activities continue on Sunday, April 14, with the Asia By Night Masquerade, featuring a diverse showcase of performances to celebrate Asian culture. A delicious Asian cuisine will be served and prizes can be won. For more information about the masquerade, view this flier.

A Thursday, April 18, screening of Rush Hour 2 starring Jackie Chan and Chris Rock will be followed by a dynamic discussion of Asian stereotypes. Pizza, pie and popcorn will be provided at the event. For more information about the screening, view this flier.

If you enjoy learning about upcoming diversity events, would like to collaborate with us as a department/office or know students who want to get involved with our program board, please contact Helen Kang at

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Annual Spring Senior Thesis Symposium Begins Today

The annual UNO Honors Program Senior Symposium begins tonight, April 9, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
All events are free and open to the campus community and public. For more information, call 402.554.2286.

Here's a list of tonight's presenters:

Natasha R. Fields
"The Effects of Stress Reduction Techniques on Stress Reactivity and Cortisol Levels"
Adviser: Rosemary Strasser
College of Arts and Sciences
Majors: Neurology & Psychology

Nicole M. Wilwerding
"Juno's Swans: Stories"
Adviser: Lisa Sandlin
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Major: Creative Writing

Cara Gomez
"QVC: A Strategic Audit on the World's Largest Television Shopping Network"
Adviser: Dave Blair
College of Business Administration
Major: Accounting

Celeste A. Mott
"Façade and Lobby Lighting"
Adviser: Michelle Eble-Hankins
College of Engineering
Majors: Architectural Engineering & Mathematics

Stefanie N. Hoffman
"The Mechanisms Behind the Developmental Disorder Spina Bifida"
Adviser: Bruce Chase
College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Neurology

Praise E. Setodji
"Early Developmental Expression of GABAergic and Dopaminergic Neural Markers"
Adviser: Lee Mosley, M.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Neurology

Jacklyn L. Miller
"Modern Puritan Youth Attitudes and Policy Preference"
Adviser: Gregory Petrow
College of Arts and Sciences
Majors: Political Science & Philosophy

Somier L. Potter
"St. Louis' Crusade in Manuscripts of the 14th Century"
Adviser: Amy Morris
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Major: Art History

Kelsey A. Palm
"Empathetic Responding to Celiac Disease as a Function of Trait Empathy and Degree of Information Richness"
Adviser: Lisa Scherer
College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Psychology

Fulton J. Beal
"Strategic Audit of Best Buy"
Adviser: Erin Pleggenkuhle-Milo
College of Business Administration
Major: Accounting

Daniel R. Rerucha
"Inside a Product Launch: the Applicability of Software Product Line Engineering to Web Hosting and Site Migration"
Adviser: Harvey Siy
College of Information Science and Technology
Major: Computer Science

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William Brennan Institute to Host 14th Annual General Welfare Conference April 13

Expanding the boundaries of democracy is the theme of a one-day conference planned for Saturday, April 13 by the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The 14th annual Promoting the General Welfare Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons on UNO campus.

The conference will feature morning and afternoon plenary sessions and three workshops. Each workshop lasts 75 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the conference.

For more information about the conference,view this flier.

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Paper and Panel Proposals For IARSLCE due April 12

Parker J. Palmer, Ph.D., has influenced educators, politicians and spiritual leaders for more than 40 years and, this November, he will share his views on spirituality, politics and civic engagement at the 2013 International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) conference, which will be hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Palmer, director and founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal, is the author of nine books, including award-winnings titles like "The Promise of Paradox," "The Courage to Teach" and, his latest work, "Healing the Heart of Democracy." Palmer also holds 11 honorary doctorates from institutions across the country and was named one of the 30 "most influential senior leaders" in higher education by 10,000 fellow educators as part of the Leadership Project. In 2010, Palmer was given the William Rainey Harper Award, which has also been given to visionaries such as Margaret Mead, Marshall McLuhan and Paolo Friere.

The IARSLCE conference, hosted for the first time by UNO, will run Wednesday, Nov. 6, through Friday, Nov. 8, at the Omaha Hilton. At the conference, speakers and educators from the around the world will join Palmer in discussing the topic of teaching community engagement and the impact of academic service-learning.

The mission of the IARSLCE, an international nonprofit organization, is to promote research on and the discussion of service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE was launched in 2005 and incorporated in 2007.
Palmer will provide the keynote address on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the IARSLCE conference. His remarks will draw heavily from his latest book, which addresses the negative effects of hyperpartisanship through spirituality and the ability to disagree while still respecting each other.

Paper and panel proposals for the conference are being accepted online now through Friday, April 12. Registration for the conference will open to the public on Wednesday, May 1, at

The theme of this year’s conference is "Reinvigorating our Process of Discovery," with a focus on re-establishing the foundations of research and implementation of today’s programs in order to move forward with new ideas and innovations in education and community engagement.

For questions about Palmer’s keynote address, or the conference in November, contact Paul Sather, director of UNO’s Service Learning Academy, at 402.554.3196 or by email at

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One Voice: UNO Branding Forums April 15 and 17

If you create communications or promotional materials on behalf of your department, college or organization, you don't want to miss the Office of University Communication's upcoming One Voice branding forums April 15 and 17!

By attending one of the forums, you'll learn about the updated UNO brand guidelines, how you can incorporate the brand, and the resources available to you to make your promotional materials look their best.

Please join us in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room on Monday, April 15, or Wednesday, April 17, from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Schwalb Center Open House April 22

The Schwalb Center will host an Open House on Monday, April 22 from 5-7 p.m. at its new location on the UNO campus: 200 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

The event will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to celebrate the establishment of the new home of the Center. Guests will be able to meet the Center's staff, faculty and Board members and learn about future plans and programs.

Established in 2009, The Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish studies' mission is to create, coordinate and promote an interdisciplinary program focusing on teaching and scholarship in Jewish and Israeli history, politics, culture and society.

ASH is located on the northeastern corner of the Dodge Campus, on 60th and Dodge Streets. It is accessible from Dodge Street. For further information on parking, click here.

For all other questions and to RSVP, call Stephanie Mueller at 402.554.3175 or email at

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Chemistry Awards and Scholarship Banquet April 24

The UNO Chem Club will be hosting the annual Chemistry Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Wednesday, April 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This is the time we set aside, in Chemistry, to recognize the outstanding efforts of students who have taken chemistry courses over the year here at UNO. All students who have taken a chemistry course, including Chemistry majors and/or minors, are welcome to attend.

Tickets can be purchased in the chemistry office (337 Durham Science Center), for a buffet-styled dinner with two entrée-selections at a cost of $16 per person.

To RSVP, simply drop by the chemistry office or call Janine Brooks at 402.554.2651.

*Student award and/or scholarship winners meals are covered by UNO Chem Club. Further details can be found online at:

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Student Employee of the Year Nominees Announced

Human Resources has announced the nominees for Student Employee of the Year.

The nominees are:

Elizabth Barnhart (Aviation Institute)
Stewart Buckley (Facilities)
Kaley Enstrom (Student Organizations & Leadership Progams)
Madison Guthrie (Chemistry)
Ellana Haakenstad (Chemistry)
Timothy Kellner (Chemistry)
Melissa Klein (Academic & Student Affairs)
Lira Haydon (Chemistry)
Jordan McDermott (Landscape Services)
Cameron Nadrchal (School of Criminology & Criminal Justice)
Jordan Pape (Physics)
Zachary Riley (Parking & Transit Operations)
Chelsea Rose (Psychobiology)
Patricia Sobetski (Criss Library)
Lauren Struble (International Programs)
Brandon (Vern) Van Vleet (Chemistry)
Kyle Weber (Environmental Health & Safety)
Casey Wilson (Thompson Learning Community) and Benjamin Yates (Campus Recreation)

A ceremony to honor these student employees will be held on April 22 at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, and the campus community is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Tim Rochford at

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In The News

Gouttierre Provides Insight to Afghan-Paksitani Relationship on CNN
Thomas Gouttierre, dean of UNO's International Studies and Programs, co-wrote a post for CNN's website about the current relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Clayton Anderson Visit Previewed by World-Herald
KETV The Omaha World-Herald, on Monday, April 8, previewed a visit to campus by retired astronaut and Nebraska native Clayton Anderson. The event was also covered by

KETV Previews Clinton Global Initiative University Visit
KETV recently covered a visit to the prominent Clinton Global Initiative University conference by three of UNO's students. The conference took place from April 5 through April 7

Crank Discusses Fired Officers
John Crank, professor of criminal justice, was quoted in a Monday, April 8, story in the Omaha World-Herald about the potential for four recently-fired Omaha Police Department officers to return to the force.

Landow Talks Mayoral Race
Paul Landow, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about the upcoming Mayoral race between Mayor Jim Suttle and his challenger, councilwoman Jean Stothert. Landow was formerly chief of staff for former Mayor Mike Fahey.

World-Herald Covers UNO Guest Speaker
A visit by Millennial expert David Burstein was covered by the Omaha World-Herald's Matthew Hansen on the day of his visit.

Neathery-Castro Discusses Death of Margaret Thatcher
Jody Neathery-Castro, associate professor of political science, was on the Tom Becka program, KOIL 1290 AM, on Monday, April 8, to discuss the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

KETV Covers Tribute to Fallen Soldiers
On Sunday, April 7, KETV covered the setup of a days-long "Tribute to the Fallen" at UNO. The event is organized by the UNO College Democrats and Veteran Students Organization

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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 Previews 'Female Transport' April 10 and 11

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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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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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 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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SAC Elections This Week

Don't forget to vote!

The UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has received all of the nominations for open positions. Now it is time for elections, which are being held through 5 p.m. this Friday, April 12.

In keeping with the university's green initiative, the nomination and the election are now being held electronically. Ballots may be found online by clicking this link.

Voting is open to staff members only. Faculty members cannot vote for Staff Advisory Council positions.

Ballots are accepted by mail from individuals without computer access: UNO SAC, P.O. Box 130. Ballots received after April 12 or ballots that are not signed will not be counted.

If you have any questions, contact SAC Rep Maggie Zion at 402.554.3717.

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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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International Studies and Programs Global Diplomat Applications Due April 12

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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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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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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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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