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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 Continues Today

Criss Library and the UNO Honors Program will host a "Buy One, Get One Free" Scholastic Book Fair continues today, 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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Wellness on Wheels Today in Mammel Hall

The next Wellness on Wheels is set for today, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mammel Hall. Visit with HPER personal trainers, get your blood pressure taken, and learn more about wellness!

For a complete list of April wellness events, visit this link.

For more information contact Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008 or

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P-16 Service Learning Projects Connect Students, Community Today

As a part of their P-16 service learning project, Lewis & Clark Middle School ESL students will be welcoming UNO students, faculty and the public today from 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. at Lewis & Clark Middle School Library. The K-12 students, in partnership with Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Arroyo's Applying Reading and Writing in Content Areas students, will be sharing their 12-week collaborative research project with poster presentations.

From 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., students from Dr. Lyn Holley's gerontology class will join students from Blackburn High School's Culinary Arts and Foods classes at the Love's Jazz and Arts Center. This event will highlight the Adams Park seniors as they present and reminisce on the vibrancy of North Omaha's history. 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. To read more about this event, click here.

From 2 to 3 p.m., students from Professor Lyn Holley's "Working with the Minority Elderly" class will join students from Ralston High School, under the direction of Nancy Rice, to conduct interviews of seniors from the Intercultural Senior Center as part of their P-16 service learning project.

From 3 to 4 p.m., students from Professor Jaqueline Reiser's social work class, under the guidance of Kelly Arbuckle, will join McMillan Middle School students to have a final celebration at Royale Oaks retirement center. The UNO and McMillan students have been working all semester on creating greeting cards for the seniors.

For more information about these events, please contact Laura Krueger, or 402.554.2712.

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UNO Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, 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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Closing Ceremony for 'Tribute to the Fallen' This Evening

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Veteran Student Organization (VSO) and the UNO College Democrats' "Tribute to the Fallen" will conclude with a closing ceremony, this evening.

The event, which began on April 7, is held in honor of those servicemen and women who have given their lives for the United States. This year, volunteers have placed nearly 6,300 American flags in the Pep Bowl. By the event's conclusion, the name, rank and branch of each service member that has died in Iraq and Afghanistan will have been read aloud.

Brigadier General Michael Navrkal and Purple Heart recipient Rachelle Spors highlight the list of guest speakers at this evening's closing ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. The event will also include a playing of Taps, honor guard and a 21-gun salute. The Patriot Motorcycle Honor Guard will also be present. Mayor Jim Suttle will be in attendance.

Parking will be available in the East Garage. In the case of inclement weather, an announcement regarding any relocation of the ceremony will be made on the official UNO Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Carroll at

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Fraternities to Co-Sponsor Panel Discussion Today

Sigma Phi Epsilon is joining forces with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to host a panel discussion entitled "While You Were Thinking," today, April 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

This event will focus on the thoughts or ideas of women and how they are understood by men. Representatives of various UNO fraternities and sororities will serve as panelists.

For more information, contact Greek Life advisor, Dustin Wolfe at 402.554.2711 or

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Annual Spring Senior Thesis Symposium Continues Today

The annual UNO Honors Program Senior Symposium continues tonight, April 10, 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:

Brianna Kallman
"7th Grade Advanced Pre-Algebra Geometry: Unit Assessment"
Adviser: Saundra Shillngstad
College of Arts and Sciences & Education
Majors: Mathematics and Secondary Education

Robert T. Kopp
"Recognition Memory Predictor Variables for Disyllabic Words, A Megastudy Approach"
Adviser: Michael Cortese
College of Arts and Sciences
Majors: Political Science and Psychology

Matthew A. Judah
"Linea Charge Density on a Conducting Needle"
Adviser: Daniel Wilkins
College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Physics

Elizabeth M. Spartz
"Measuring Anxiety in Mice with Fragile X Syndrome"
Adviser: Paul Davis
College of Arts and Sciences
Majors: Neuroscience

Sarah F. Ehlers
"Analysis of HPLC as a Method of Detection for Diethyl Barbituric Acid"
Adviser: Ronald Bartzatt
College of Arts and Sciences
Major: General Science

Shelli J. Wakeman
"Relationship Between Family Stress and Financial Literacy: A Review of the Literature"
Adviser: Karen Rolf
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Major: Social Work

Teresa D. Cansing
"The Buckle, Inc. and its Value Chair: How Does The Buckle Create Value?"
Adviser: Erin Pleggenkuhle-Milo
College of Business Administration
Major: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Elizabeth F. Huben
"The Role of Assessment on Student Achievement"
Adviser: Saundra Shillingstad
College of Education
Major: Middle Grades English and Mathematics

Rachel A. Bailey
"The Use of a Polymer Excipient to Inhibit the Hydrate Transformation of Carbamazepine"
Adviser: Alan Gift
College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Chemistry

Larisa E. Akah
"The Student Guided PEERspective"
Adviser: Imafedia Okhamafe
College of Arts and Sciences
Major: General Science

Holly C. Wilson
"End of the Day"
Adviser: John Price
College of Arts and Sciences
Major: English

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UNO Theatre Previews of 'Female Transport' Tonight and April 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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UNO to Host High School Calculus Bee April 12

Over 500 high school students from around the metro will be on hand to showcase their mathematical knowledge during the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) first Calculus Bee designed specifically for non-university students.

On Friday, April 12, two concurrent competitions will take place on the UNO campus with live, head-to-head competitions being held to determine an overall winner.

Each contest will feature 24 participants, selected from the over 500 students who performed best on a first-round test currently being handed out in schools across the metro. Each participating school will have at least one competitor at one of the live contests held on the UNO campus.

The contests begin at 11:30 a.m. and will run until approximately 12:45 p.m. in UNO's Arts and Sciences Hall and College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building.

UNO has held similar Calculus Bee events in the past, but they have only been for UNO students. Read more.

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UNO to Host 'Big Biz in the Big O' P.R. Conference April 12-14

Students can learn more about such topics as digital media, branding and event planning at "Big Biz in the Big O," Regional Conference April 12-14, at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Hosted by MaverickPR, the UNO Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, the conference also features sessions on agency PR, entrepreneurial PR and corporate social responsibility.
The chapter has invited more than 100 students from universities in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and South Dakota. All events are held at Mammel Hall in the College of Business Administration on the Pacific Campus.

The conference opens Friday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a "Viva la Omaha" social and presentation by Phil Gomes, senior vice president of Edelman Digital in Chicago.

Sessions begin on Saturday, April 13, at 9:30 a.m. One session features a panel of agency professionals from Swanson Russell, Bozell, Bailey Lauerman and Emspace Group. Another session features branding presented by representatives from ConAgra Foods and Kiewit Corp. The event planning session includes presenters from the Omaha Sports Commission and Omaha Fashion Week.

The conference closes on Sunday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m. with portfolio do's and don'ts, and a keynote speech on leadership by Dr. Tim McMahon, president of McMahon Marketing and a Creighton University associate professor, who teaches leadership, marketing and social media in the College of Business.

For more information, contact Megan Romero, chapter president at 402.880.9485 or e-mail

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Mav Kids Summer Camp Slots Available

There are still limited spots available for Mav Kids Summer Camps that run from June 3 to July 26.

For more information on the camps please visit this link, or call Lisa Medina at 402.554.2859.

Registration will be filling up fast, and is now open to the general public, so act now!

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In The News

Omaha World-Herald Covers Tribute to the Fallen
On the Photo blog, Viewfinder, the Omaha World-Herald provided information on this week's Tribute to the Fallen, a memorial service for fallen servicemen and women. The event is organized by the UNO Veteran Students Organization and UNO College Democrats.

UNO Students Plan Garage Sale for Salvation Army
On Tuesday, April 9, WOWT provided coverage of an upcoming garage sale being coordinated by UNO students. Money raised would go to benefit the Salvation Army.

Pair of UNO Students Are Raising Money to Make Movie
WOWT covered a story on Monday, April 8, about two UNO students, Nick and Emily Royer, who are hoping to raise $10,000 to help produce their film "AIR," which follows a scuba diver who surfaces to a world with no breathable air.

Walker Discusses Gun Tragedy in Tennessee
Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in The Tennessean on Tuesday, April 9, about a recent incident in which a 4-year-old child accidentally fired a loaded gun, killing the wife of a sheriff deputy. The story was picked up by a number of other newspapers across the country.

NU Regents Put UNO/UNL Engineering Merger on Hold
In the Monday, April 8, issue of the Omaha World-Herald, it was reported that the NU Regents would not be pursuing a discussion of a possible merger of the UNO and UNL engineering programs.

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World Civilizations Film Series Continues April 11

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 be 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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