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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.



Final 'Coping With Life's Transitions' Seminar Today

The "Coping With Life's Transitions: Healthcare Decision-Making and End of Life Planning" wellness seminar will be held today, April 12 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room.

This seminar is open to all faculty, staff, retirees and students, and will be presented by Julie Masters, chairperson of Gerontology for UNO.

This seminar will help you understand that advanced healthcare decision-making and end-of-life decisions include more than just living wills. Get the tools to initiate the conversation with family members and make beneficial decisions for the future. National Healthcare Decision Day is April 16.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 402.554.2465.

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UNO to Host High School Calculus Bee Today

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.

Today, 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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NBCF to Sponsor Hesham Dr. Hesham Ali Presentation Today

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 today 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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P-16 Service Learning to Partner Students, Community Today

As part of their P-16 Initiative service learning project, Dr. Susan McWilliams' Trends in Early Childhood Education class will be joining Paula Sczcepaniak's preschool class from Yates Early Childhood Center for a tour of the facilities at the Nebraska Humane Society at 12:30, today. The tour will be followed by activities teaching the preschoolers about pet keeping, and interaction with the animals.

Elsewhere, Dr. Timi Barone and her students, along with Columbian Elementary third graders, will be visiting seniors at Rolling Hills from 1 to 2 p.m. As the final part of their P-16 service learning project, the Columbian Elementary students will formally present biography books they have written about residents of Rolling Hills. The third graders worked in collaboration with Dr. Barone's UNO students to obtain information for these biography books.

At 3:30 p.m., students from Stacie Stevens' McMillan Middle School classes and social work students from Dr. Karen Wolf's "Social Work Practice with Children"class will be working on a brochure for Spirit Horse Ranch in Bellevue, Neb. The students have been working together to make promotional materials for the ranch during the course of this semester. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the students have been learning about leadership through working with horses the ranch.

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

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SAC Election Voting Deadline Today

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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Campus Recreation Archery Classes Continue This Weekend

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

Class Information:
Instructor: Dan Leazenby
Dates: April 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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UNO Theatre Performances of 'Female Transport' Begin This Weekend

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

Performances of "Female Transport" begin today, April 12, and run April 13, 17-20.

All 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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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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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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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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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Activities Continue This Weekend

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.

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.

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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This Week in Maverick Athletics


This Week in Maverick Athletics is a listing of the latest sports information. For a complete weekly update of UNO's in-season teams, click on this link

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Campus Recreation Health & Wellness Newsletter Now Available

The UNO Campus Recreation Health & Wellness newsletter is now available online! This issue looks at the correlation between sleep and exercise, how to be an active bystander, and decreasing your risk of heart disease and stroke. To read the full newsletter please visit this link, and if you would like to receive it directly please send your e-mail address to or message the UNO Campus Recreation Facebook page.

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Test Anxiety Workshop April 18

Need help managing test anxiety? Want to learn a few stress management techniques? You're not alone. The University Division/Counseling Center is hosting a test anxiety workshop on Thursday, April 18, from 2 to 3 p.m., in CPACS Collaborating Commons (132 and 132D CPACS).

Refreshments will be provided. "

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Panel Discussion on Undergraduate Medical Research April 18

Two medical researchers from UNMC will participate in a panel discussion at UNO on undergraduate medical research on Wednesday, April 18.

Dr. Allison M. Cushman-Vokoun, Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, and Dr. Myron L. Toews, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, will be on hand for the panel that will begin at 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room.

Refreshments will be served.

This discussion is sponsored by the Student Advisory Board of the UNO University Honors Program.

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Tech Talk Brown Bag on Social Media in the Classroom April 19

Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), for a Tech Talk brown bag lunch presentation Friday, April 19 at noon in 543 Kayser Hall, on "Social Media in the Classroom."

Discussion will focus on how three free social media platforms – Pinterest, Twitter, and Edmodo – may be used to enhance the classroom experience and increase collaboration.

No registration is required.

Questions? Call the Teaching and Technology Center at 402.554.2024.

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Retirement Reception for CJ Brown April 25

UNO's Facilities Planning and Management (FM & P) invite faculty and staff to join Facilities Grounds Department in celebrating CJ Brown's retirement. After 19 years of service to the university, CJ Brown, Grounds Supervisor, will be retiring on April 25.

To honor his years of service, a campus-wide reception will be held Thursday, April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Board Room. Please join (FM & P) in honoring and celebrating his many years of dedicated service to UNO.

For more information, contact Sue Mininni at 402.554.3775 or

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Deadline for Paper and Panel Proposals For IARSLCE Extended to April 26

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.

The paper and panel proposals for the conference are being accepted online now through Friday, April 26. Please note this new deadline.

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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In The News

World-Herald Covers Final UNO Theatre Show of Season
In it's regular "GO" section, the Omaha World-Herald covered UNO's latest and last theater performance for the 2012-13 season: "Female Transport." The play tells the story of women convicts sent to the penal colony of Australia in the 19th century.

Daily Nebraskan Covers Forensics
The Daily Nebraskan, UNL's student newspaper, covered the UNL forensics team, which placed 7th at last weekend's national tournament. UNO placed 6th at the same tournament.

KMTV Covers Tribute to the Fallen Closing Ceremonies
On Wednesday, April 10, KMTV provided coverage of the closing ceremonies for this week's "Tribute to the Fallen" event. The ceremonies included remarks from Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, among others, a 21-gun salute and a playing of Taps.

World-Herald Covers Tribute to the Fallen
On Wednesday, April 10, the Omaha World-Herald published a photo from this week's "Tribute to the Fallen" event in the paper. The photo had previously been available online at the Omaha World-Herald's photo blog.

Midlands Business Journal Covers Gerontology Programs
On Friday, April 5, the Midlands Business Journal provided coverage of new certificate programs and a new Master of Arts program in UNO's Department of Gerontology. Each of the programs will be offered exclusively online.

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

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

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

To register for the forum, click on this link.

For questions, please contact Jessica Wolff at or 402.554.3523.

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Criss Library Open Mic Night April 18

Criss Library will celebrate National Poetry Month on Thursday, April 18, with an Open Mic Night from 6:30-8 p.m.

Join emcee David Jarvis near the Café on the library main floor. This is your chance to show off your performance skills in ten minutes. Come out to perform or just to support your friends. It will be an exciting night!

To sign up, please contact Linda Riviera at

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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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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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