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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.



P-16 Service Learning Partners UNO Students With Area High School Students

At 8:30 a.m., today, UNO aviation students and Burke High School students will be working on artifact displays for the Strategic Air and Space Museum as a part of their P-16 service learning project. Mr. Randal Howard's Burke High School students have been working throughout the semester with Mr. Scott Vlasek's "Introduction to Aviation" class to make these museum displays for a C-54 airplane and numerous other artifacts.

UNO Goodrich students, under the direction of Dr. Todd Richardson, will be visiting Ferial Pearson's Ralston High School students from 10 to 11:30 a.m, today. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, students will be finalizing performances that have them expressing how they identify themselves as opposed to how society views them. These presentations of self will be performed on Wednesday, May 1.

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

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Diversity Week Begins Today

Faculty, staff and students at UNO are invited to attend multiple events during UNO's 10th Annual Diversity Week, happening today through Thursday, April 18. This celebration of diversity kicks off with a discussion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

"Relationships Between Black Women and Men" will discuss challenging stereotypes on relationships between black men and women, talking about self-esteem, and discussing things that are unspoken between them."

All activities are free and feature free food. For a complete listing of events, view this flier.

For more information about Diversity Week, contact Helen Kang at

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Multicultural Affairs Workshop Series Continues Today

The UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs' Drop-In Workshop Series continues today, 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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Off-Campus Housing Fair Today

Considering living off-campus? Stop by the Off-Campus Housing Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Free pizza will be provided.

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One Voice: UNO Branding Forums Today and April 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 today, April 15, and April 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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Former U.S. Ambassadors to Middle East to Visit UNO Today

In keeping with our commitment to community engagement and international education, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is bringing four former U.S. ambassadors, all with years of experience in the Middle East, to speak to students about the Arab Spring and careers in international relations today, April 15.

The ambassadors visiting campus include Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan; Edward S. Walker, Jr., former ambassador to Israel, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates; Janet A. Sanderson, former ambassador to Algeria and Haiti; and James F. Collins, former ambassador to Russia.

The Arab Spring upended the politics in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The former ambassadors will reflect on these events and answer questions from students about the region's future and U.S. relations with those nations

"These uprisings created a new political landscape in the Middle East, with profound implications for the United States," said Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO. "These four ambassadors had front-row seats and met many of the key players; their insights will help students become informed, engaged global citizens." Read more.

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Applications for Paul L. Beck Scholarships Due Today

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.

Applications are also available at the Financial Aid Office, 103 Eppley (EAB), or the Faculty Senate Office, 105 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

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UNO PRSSA Organ Donor Awareness Event April 16

Between papers, exams, jobs, internships and social lives, college students can still find the time to make a difference in the lives of others; and on Tuesday, April 16, public relations students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are looking to do just that.

On April 16, UNO's MaverickPR, which was named the top chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) in 2012, will host an event As part of a goal to help the Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS) increase its number of registered donors by July 1.

More than 500 Nebraskans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. They are among the more than 100,000 people on waiting list, and each day 11 names are added to the list. Less than 25 percent of those waiting will receive their transplant in time.

"This is why is it's so important to get students involved to do what they can to add to the state's organ donor registry," said Karen Weber, UNO's PRSSA faculty adviser.

Statistics show that one organ donor, on average, can save up to eight lives. The name of the event, "Saving 8," was chosen to represent the importance of organ donation in Nebraska and across the rest of the country.

The event will take place at UNO on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include an organ donor drive and post-drive speaking event. Read more.

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Gov. Heineman to Serve as Guest Speaker April 16

Governor Heineman will be at UNO Tuesday, April 16, as a guest speaker in Dick Fellman's 2:30 p.m. "Government and Politics of Nebraska" course.

The class is being moved from its regular location to the CPACS Collaborating Commons (132 and 132D CPACS).

The Governor's remarks are open to all, and political science students are especially encouraged to attend.

The session is also open to the media.

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Retirement Reception for Joanne and Glenn Sowell April 22

The Department of Art & Art History and the Department of Physics invite all to attend a joint retirement reception for Joanne and Glenn Sowell at the Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Room on Monday, April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.

If you require an Alumni Center parking pass, please email Susan Kurtz at

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CCSW Campaign to Raise Money for the Emergency Loan Fund Update

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women sponsored a raffle and campus-wide change campaign to raise money for the UNO Employee Loan Fund. This fund allows UNO employees to apply for an interest free loan if they encounter a financial hardship. Through both the raffle and change campaign, over $1,600 was raised to help UNO employees during a difficult time in their lives.

Congratulations to the Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis department which will receive a cookie party and visit from Chancellor Christiansen after raising over 27 pounds of change through the CCSW Change Campaign. The Biology department and Information Services, Student Affairs, and Enrollment Management group were the second and third place winners, respectively.

A special thanks to all that participated and donated through these events.

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In The News

World-Herald Covers Arab Spring Workshop
An Arab Spring Workshop held on the UNO campus on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 was previewed by the Omaha World-Herald on Friday, April 12

KMTV Talks to Benjamin-Alvarado
Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science, was interviewed by KMTV, Action 3 News, on Thursday, April 11 to discuss the impact of the Latino vote in the upcoming Mayoral election

Scherer to Talk Gettysburg
As part of a year-long remembrance of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Durham Museum will be hosting several public events. One event is "The Path to Gettysburg," a discussion by Mark Scherer, chair of UNO's Department of History, on April 20.

Lyons Newspaper Covers UNO Forensics
On Thursday, April 4, the Lyons Mirror-Sun covered a visit to Burt County by UNO's forensics team ahead of their national competition the following weekend. UNO ended up placing sixth in the country at the National Intercollegiate Forensics Association competition.

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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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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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Learn to Design Effective PowerPoint Slides Over Lunch April 17

The UNO Speech Center is sponsoring a free student workshop titled "Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Milo Bail Student Center Tower Room.

Students are invited to learn more about how visual aids enhance and clarify your presentation skills, how to use PowerPoint and how to avoid common visual aid pitfalls and mistakes.

Free pizza and pop will be provided.

Space is limited so you must register in advance by contacting a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at 402.554.3201 or

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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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UNO Magazine Seeks Money Factoids

What money factoid specific to your college, department, discipline, organization or interest do you think UNO Magazine's 80,000 readers would find of interest? Please send your suggestions to by April 22.

Make sure your submissions:

- Include a specific dollar amount or have some money reference
- Are UNO or higher education-related
- Are no more than 40 words long

Each factoid will be attributed to its source.

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Register for College of IS&T's Techademy Summer Workshops

The College of Information Science and Technology invites you to find out what you are made of this summer! Register now for Techademy, summer workshops for middle and high school students.

Visit for more information on Bioinformatics, IT Innovation, Digital Music Synthesis and other fun tech workshops available from June 3 through July 19.

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On-Site Health Care Clinic Available for Faculty and Staff

Human Resources would like you to know more about the services offered by UNO Health Services at the On-Site Health Care Clinic in 102 Health, Physical Education, Recreation (HPER).

"The ability to get care on campus is a huge benefit to those of us who commute back and forth from Lincoln. Very quick and convenient!" – Clinic Patient

For a list of available services and patient testimonials, click on this link. You can also find additional information on the UNO Health Services website by visiting

To schedule an appointment on inquire about services, call 402.554.2374. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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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