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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.



Fidelity Appointments Available Today and May 9

A Fidelity representative will be at UNO for individual appointments today, April 16, and May 9.

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Fidelity Rep Jason Cronick.

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UNO PRSSA Organ Donor Awareness Event Today

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 today, April 16, public relations students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are looking to do just that.

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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., today and include an organ donor drive and post-drive speaking event. Read more.

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Diversity Week Continues 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.

Today's celebration of diversity kicks off with a discussion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

'Saving Our Sons' will discuss violence against teens, poverty and how the community can better improve protecting and educating youth

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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Gov. Heineman to Serve as Guest Speaker Today

Governor Heineman will be at UNO today 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 132 and 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons

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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P-16 Service Learning To Partner WIth High School Students Today

Dr. Curtis Hutt's 'Special Topics in Religion' course will be partnering with Gary Groff's Central High School students at 3 p.m. today to contribute to Project Interfaith's RavelUnravel program for a final reflection and celebration.

Dr. Hutt's students will be modeling as inhabitants of Jerusalem for a final interview reflection with Central students, who have have already collected over 30 interviews for the program, with the assistance of Dr. Paul Williams' Senior Seminar in Religion course. RavelUnravel explores the rich tapestry of religious and spiritual identities in the community.

For more information, please contact Laura Krueger, or 402.554.2712.

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Jackson Katz Presentation Today

Noted author, educator, and social critic, Jackson Katz, will visit UNO today at 6 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Katz is an internationally recognized speaker on the issue of gender violence. The evening promises to be an excellent opportunity for the campus community to listen, learn, and discuss a variety of issues related to gender violence and sexism.

In addition, the 'Take Back the Night Program' will follow the conclusion of the program on the MBSC Plaza. Mayor Jim Suttle will be in attendance.

For more information, view this flier.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Montgomery, at

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Schwalb Center to Host Discussion By Israeli Scientist Gilad Barnea Today

Israeli scientist Dr. Gilad Barnea will give a talk titled 'Academics Without Borders: Israeli Scientists in the United States' today, 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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Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Drive Through May 24

In the past, UNO engaged in a friendly competition with Creighton University and College of Saint Mary in an effort to support the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program. This year, the schools won't compete but rather work together as a Collegiate Coalition. Other members of the coalition include the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its College of Nursing, and Bellevue University. Methodist Hospital is sponsoring the event. Each member will be collecting a single school supply for students in Omaha. Team UNO will be lead by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC).

UNO's goal is to collect 2,000 rulers between now and May 24.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to purchase rulers at the UNO Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The UNO Bookstore is selling three rulers for $1 and donations of rulers purchased off campus will also be accepted at the UNO Bookstore.

All of the donated items between the coalition members will be handed out to students at the start of the school year in August of this year.

For more information, view this flier, or contact Kim Kronschnabel at 402.554.3497.

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UNOrthodox Speaker Series Returns April 17

The student-nominated, UNOrthodox speaker series returns for the final time this Spring semester. On Wednesday, April 17, Chris Allen, associate professor of communication, will present a talk titled 'The World is Waiting for You: Travel as Enlightenment.' He will speak from noon to 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons.

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Additional Forums About the Community Engagement Center April 23 and 24

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will hold two more informational forums for students, faculty and staff about the Community Engagement Center (CEC). As in previous forums, both will provide updates on the CEC and information on how the center will be of use to UNO students, faculty and staff, nonprofits and the at-large community and how campus organizations and individuals can utilize its resources.

The April 23 forum begins at 10:30 a.m., and the April 24 forum begins at 2 p.m. Both events will be held in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons

Please contact Sara Woods at or at extension 4-3914 with questions.

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UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League Opening Available

There is an opening for one team in the Faculty/Staff Golf League. A team is 4-8 players with each team having four players play each week. League play is Thursday nights with tee times between 4-4:30 beginning May 9th with an 11 week regular season, followed by a 1 week playoff. For more information contact Rob Silvers at 402.554.2634 or

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In The News

UNO Aviation Featured in Omaha World-Herald
In the April 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald, the UNO Aviation Institute's partnership with local high schools through their Exploring post. KETV also covered this story.

Bartle Appointment Mentioned in Omaha-World Herald
John Bartle, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), was featured in a brief by the Omaha World-Herald on April 15. The brief announced Bartle's appointment to his current position, after serving as interim dean for 18 months.

U.S. Ambassadors Visit Previewed by Associated Press
The Monday, April 15, visit to UNO by four former U.S. ambassadors to the middle east was previewed on April 14 by the Associated Press. The Omaha World-Herald also covered this story.

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One Voice: UNO Branding Forums Continue 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 forum 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 Wednesday, April 17, from 1 to 2 p.m.

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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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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Activities Conclude April 18

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 conclude on Thursday, April 18, with a 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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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 Ceremony April 22

The campus community, Monday, April 22, is invited to celebrate the contributions of student employees on the UNO campus as Human Resources presents the annual Student Employee of the Year Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The student chosen as the Student Employee of the Year will receive a check for $100 provided by the Alumni Association.

This year, 19 students were nominated by their departments: Elizabeth Barnhart (Aviation Institute), Stewart Buckley (Facilities), Kaley Enstrom (Student Organizations & Leadership Programs), 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).

The keynote speaker will be Alumni Association Director Lee Denker. The ceremony will feature a presentation with photos of the nominees and inspiring quotes from their nomination letters. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford, Manager of Student Employment, at

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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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RSVP for Women's and Gender Studies Spring Luncheon by April 19

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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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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