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UNO Celebrates a Festival of Colors

UNO Celebrates a Festival of Colors

photo by Jeff Beiermann/UNO

Thanks to great weather and lots of colored powder, UNO students and friends celebrated 'Holi,' the ancient Indian festival of colors on April 6. The event, which also welcomes the spring season, was sponsored by the Indian Student Association at UNO and took place at Maverick Village.



UNO Flag Lowering Today

The UNO flag will be lowered today, April 11, for Judith Boss, who passed away on Sunday, April 7, at the age of 71. Boss was a long-time faculty member of the Department of Native American Studies and Department of English, joining UNO in August of 1976 and retiring in September of 2012.

A memorial service for Boss will be held today in the CPACS Collaborating Commons at 7 p.m. The service has been organized by Native American Studies faculty and staff.

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P-16 Service Learning to Work with Elementary Students Today

Dr. Carol Mitchell's, "Teaching of Science-Elementary" students will be visiting Pamela Galus' science class at Lothrop Science and Technology Center from 4 to 5 p.m., today. As part of their P-16 service learning project, the students will be working together to discuss Lothrop's Aquaponics system and the impact of indoor sustainable farming on combating urban food deserts.

From 4 to 6:30 p.m., UNO students from Dr. Austin's "Human Relations" class will be visiting Jackson Elementary students from the Completely Kids after-school program as part of their Yes I Can! project. As part of their P-16 service learning project, the students will continue addressing the issues of learning productivity and self-esteem building within the local community.

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

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OLLAS Charla Series Features Discussion on Gender Structures and Migration Today

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will continue its 2012-2013 Charla series today, April 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in CPACS 132D with a presentation by Dr. Maria Tapias titled "Men on the Move: Masculinities and the Ambivalence of Ambition in the Context of Migration."

Dr. Tapias will explore issues of gender structures and newly defined roles at home and work that often accompany migration. Her research interests include women's and infants' health and the impacts of free-market policies on health and international migration. She has been conducting fieldwork in Bolivia since 1996 and among Bolivians in Spain since 2006. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and teaches at Grinnell College.

This charla (meaning "chat" or "conversation" in Spanish), which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

For more information, contact Yuriko Doku at 402.554.3835 or visit the OLLAS website.

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Aviation Institute Honors Convocation Today

The 2013 Aviation Institute Honors Convocation will be held today, April 11, in the Thompson Alumni Center.  The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the formal program beginning at 7 p.m.  The event recognizes the accomplishments of the Aviation Institute students both within the University and outside of the University.

Scholarships will be awarded at the event as well as the 2013 Aviation Institute Alumni of the Year and the 2013 Otto Bauer Award.

The event is open to the public, to RSVP contact the Aviation Institute at 402.554.3424 or

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UNO Theatre Previews 'Female Transport' Tonight

The UNO Department of Theatre presents Steven Gooch's "Female Transport," directed by Dr. Douglas Paterson.

Previews for "Female Transport" continue this evening 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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Reservations Due Today for the Office of Dual Enrollment's '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 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in 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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NBCF to Sponsor Hesham Dr. Hesham Ali Presentation Friday

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility invites you to attend "On Utilizing Biological Networks and Wireless Technology in Advancing Aging Research," a presentation given byHesham Ali, Ph.D. The presentation will be held Friday, April 12, in 211 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) from noon to 1 p.m.

Hesham H. Ali is a Professor of Computer Science and the Lee and Wilma Seaman Distinguished Dean of the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He is also the director of UNO Bioinformatics Core Facility that supports a large number of biomedical research projects in Nebraska.

He has published numerous articles in various IT areas including scheduling, distributed systems, wireless networks, and Bioinformatics. He has also published two books in scheduling and graph algorithms, and several book chapters in Bioinformatics. He is currently serving as the PI or Co-PI of several projects funded by NSF, NIH and Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) in the areas of wireless networks and Bioinformatics.

He has been leading a Bioinformatics Research Group at UNO that focuses on developing innovative computational approaches to identify and classify biological organisms. The research group is currently developing new graph theoretic models for assembling short reads obtained from high throughput instruments, as well as employing a novel correlation networks approach for integrating and analyzing large heterogeneous biological data associated with various biomedical research areas. He has also been leading two funded projects for developing secure wireless infrastructure and using wireless technologies to study mobility profiling for aging research.

Please help us welcome Dr. Ali this Friday!

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7th Annual Center for Collaboration Science Seminar April 19

The 7th Annual Center for Collaboration Science Seminar, "Creating a Culture of Innovation," will take place on Friday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine Street.

The seminar's keynote will focus on how organizations can tap the creative potential of groups and teams. Other presentations will address a variety of topics, including:
- Ways to raise the next generation of innovators
- Best practices in innovation at ACI
- The science of creating engagement in online crowds
- Best practices in team creativity

The seminar will also include a networking and demonstration fair where the latest Collaboration Science innovations and findings are presented through posters and demos. The concluding panel will feature a conversation between panelists and audience on case studies and best practices for innovation through collaboration in private, non-profit and government organizations.

Please register for free by sending an email to Diane Sullivan at or calling 402.554.3010.

There will be free parking during the seminar on the parking lot to the north of Mammel Hall.

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College of IS&T Round Table April 22

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Dr. Xingsen Li to its round table discussion Monday, April 22. Dr. Li's talk will focus on "Intelligent Knowledge Management and Extenics: How and where will your next big idea come from?"

Dr. Xingsen Li is a visiting research associate at the College of IS&T. He received a bachelors degree in Mechanics in 1991 from Zhejiang University and a master's degree in Computer-Aided Design from China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing) in 2000. Currently he is a professor in Management School at the Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University. He has published more than 60 papers in various Chinese and international journals.

The round table will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Sandwiches, veggies and soda will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.. The talk starts at 3:15 p.m.

RSVP to Angela Nastase at by April 20.

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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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Legendary Women of UNO Memorabilia On Display at Criss Library

There's still time to see artifacts and personal memorabilia from this year's Legendary Women of UNO Award recipient, Dr. Nell Marguerite Ward.

On March 27, she was unveiled as the winner at the 27th annual Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women awards luncheon.

Stop by the display located inside the Criss Library entrance through graduation.

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Service Learning Seminar July 15-19

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy has designed an interactive training that provides an opportunity for faculty to learn about how to utilize service learning as a pedagogy, to connect faculty to K-12 instructors and community non-profit partners, and to explore mission-focused teaching techniques in a living laboratory while meeting community-identified needs.

Participation in the training will yield a course plan developed between the UNO and PK-12 instructor to be implemented within the next 18 months. Participants receive a $400 professional development stipend as well as project implementation support in the form of: graduate assistant time, project materials, transportation, and food.

Applications accepted at

Questions? Contact Julie Dierberger at 402.554.3268 or

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In The News

Petrow Discusses Campaign Ads
Greg Petrow, associate professor of political science, was featured on KMTV Action 3 News on Tuesday, April 9, to discuss the mayoral race between Mayor Jim Suttle and Councilwoman Jean Stothert. Petrow spoke about the tone of the advertising between the two candidates.

Kearney Hub Previews Community Service Awards
The Kearney Hub previewed an awards ceremony, which will be held Friday, to honor the state's best community service projects and organizations. The UNO P-16 Project known as "Sacred Circle" will be honored as the state's "Outstanding Service-Learning Program." The program brings together UNO Native American Studies students with students from Omaha South High School. The story was also covered by the Omaha World-Herald.

Writer's Workshop Instructor Speaks in Pennsylvania
Anna Monardo, an instructor for UNO's Writer's Workshop, is speaking the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 11. Her lecture is titled "Translating the American Dream" and will focus on her novel, "The Courtyard of Dreams."

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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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SAC Election Voting Deadline April 12

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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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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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. 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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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.

AAUP and Student Scholarships are still available! Call 402.595.2344.

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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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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Activities Continue Sunday

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.

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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Multicultural Affairs Workshop Series Continues April 15

The UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs' Drop-In Workshop Series continues Monday, April 15 with a focus on note-taking strategies 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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Schwalb Center to Host Discussion By Israeli Scientist Gilad Barnea April 16

Israeli scientist Dr. Gilad Barnea will give a talk titled "Academics Without Borders: Israeli Scientists in the United States" on Tuesday, April 16 in 336 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) at 7 p.m. The talk is organized by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Barnea's talk will focus on Israeli scientists in the United States. Two-thirds of all Israeli scientists live and work abroad. There are many Israeli scientists in academic institutions throughout the United States. Dr. Steve Caplan, an Israeli scientist who lives and works is Omaha, will also be speaking. Dr. Caplan is an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Barnea is a molecular and cellular neurobiologist with a research laboratory at Brown University. He is a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem who completed his Ph.D. at New York University. As a postdoctoral scientist at Columbia University, Dr. Barnea worked with the Nobel Laureate Richard Axel. In 2009, he received the prestigious EUREKA grant from the National Institutes of Health. The focus of his research is how the olfactory system detects and identifies odor stimuli and how this information is translated into behavioral outputs.

For more information, contact Dr. Curtis Hutt, special program coordinator of the Schwalb Center at or 402.554.3175.

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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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