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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 Career Center to Host Faculty and Staff Forum Today and April 18

Staff from the UNO Career Center will be hosting faculty and staff information forums today, 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 purpose of the forum is to outline the planned transformation of the current Career Center office into its new identity as an Academic and Career Development Center. The conversation will focus on introducing new staff, share details about online campus resources, and discuss upcoming events for 2013-14.

To register for the forum, click on this link.

For questions, please contact Jessica Wolff at or 402.554.3523.

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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.

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.

"Seeing the People Behind the Labels" will be a student-led discussion about our differences and similarities. Join in on a respectful conversation about how we see others and how we wish to be seen.

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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UNOrthodox Speaker Series Returns Today

The student-nominated, UNOrthodox speaker series returns for the final time this Spring semester. Today, 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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P-16 Service Learning to Partner With Children, Culinary Students Today

UNO students from Dr. Austin's Human Relations class will be working together with children from Completely Kids after-school program, today, as a part of their Yes I Can! project at Jackson Elementary. This project, in collaboration with Service Learning Academy's P-16 Initiative, targets increasing learning productivity and self-esteem building within the local community.

Throughout the semester, Blackburn Culinary students, in conjunction with Dr. Holley's Gerontology students, have been working together in serving seniors from the Adams Park Senior Center as a part of their P-16 service learning project entitled "Food For Thought."

The Food for Thought project will prepare and serve the final luncheon of the semester, today. The Spring Fling barbeque luncheon will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Blackburn Alternative Program.

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

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One Voice: UNO Branding Forum Today

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 One Voice branding forum today, 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 from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Mathematica Tech Talk Today

The UNO mathematics department will host a Mathematica Tech Talk from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., today, in 116 Durham Science Center (DSC).

The title is Mathematica 9 in Education and Research. During this free seminar, the speaker Ginger McKee, Wolfram Research Inc, will explore Mathematica's use for a wide variety of practical and theoretical applications across a variety of disciplines.

Attendees will not only see new features in Mathematica 9, but will also receive examples of this functionality to begin using immediately. No Mathematica experience is required, and students are encouraged to attend.

To find out more, please contact Ginger McKee at or 1(800)965.3726 ext. 3492.

Some details are also available on our website

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UNO Theatre Performances of 'Female Transport' Resume Tonight

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

Performances of "Female Transport" resume this evening, and continue through April 20 .

All performances will be held 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.

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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Palladium Brass Concert April 18

Join the Palladium Brass for a tour of popular music for brass quintet featuring everything from marches of John Phillip Sousa to Dixieland jazz from W.C. Handy, on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Other stops in this musical tour will include a military suite by Gustav Holst, a trip south of the border to check in with a Spanish cat, and a visit from Belgian paratroopers. Rounding off the tour is a stop high atop the Swiss Alps where you will experience an old castle and a singing cuckoo. This is a show for the entire family, so plan on a fun-filled night of music with the Palladium Brass.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors.

This event is sponsored by the Midwest Brass Society and UNO.

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Scherer to Present Lecture at Durham Museum April 20 and 30

Dr. Mark Scherer, associate professor and chair of the UNO history department, will present "The Path to Gettysburg" at the Durham Museum on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. and Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Scherer's lecture will focus on the events of early 1863 that culminated in the watershed battle of the war at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The presentation will include discussion of the initial effects of the Emancipation Proclamation that went into effect on January 1, and the political, cultural, diplomatic, and military dynamics that led to the epic clash at Gettysburg. He will conclude with a brief examination of the battle itself and its lasting significance in American history.

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Twitter Chat Partnership for Sexual Assault Awareness April 21

UNO will be teaming up with area organizations on Twitter this Sunday to help spread awareness of sexual assault and how you can help prevent sexual assault from happening. Use the hashtag #beawareoutthere on Twitter to engage in the discussion. You can view the UNO Twitter page by visiting

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UNO to Bring Volunteers Together for Global Youth Services Day

Youth Service America (YSA) has announced that the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will serve as a State Farm Lead Agency, organizing Omaha's young people to lead projects that improve their communities as part of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), which takes place from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28..

As one of only 100 State Farm Lead Agencies, UNO receives a $2,000 grant, as well as ongoing training and expert consulting, to develop high-visibility, youth-led community service projects in the lead-up to GYSD.

UNO's GYSD efforts will be held on Friday, April 26, at varying locations around the Omaha metropolitan area with an emphasis on conservation, ecology, beautification, hunger and homelessness.

UNO will also be partnering with 600-plus students from Crete Elementary School in Crete, Neb. on Wednesday, April 24, to create a learning garden at the school. Registration is now open to participate in GYSD at UNO. Community members, college students and K-12 students can register to volunteer at to be a part of the largest service event in the world. Read more.

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Blackboard Service Pack Upgrade Brown Bag Session April 26

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), is hosting a brown bag lunch session highlighting the changes coming to Blackboard with the latest service pack upgrade. The session will be held on Friday, April 26 at noon in 538 Kayser Hall.

An overview of bug fixes, new features, and enhancements will be given. A recording will be available on the API website after the session for those not able to attend. No registration is required for this event.

Questions? Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 or

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Sixth Annual Zoo Day April 27

Join Maverick Productions for their 6th annual Day at the Zoo!

They will be handing out free Maverick Production fanny packs for the first 100 people to visit them at the Zebra Pavilion! They will also be serving up drinks and snacks at the Zebra Pavilion all day long.

Stop by the Zebra Pavilion at noon, 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m. to meet the animal ambassadors and get an up-close look at some of the animals!

Students, faculty, and staff may purchase up to two tickets at $1 per ticket, with a valid MavCard. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Business Office on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center prior to April 23. The tickets must be purchased using cash only. The business office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, view this flier.

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Student Leader of the Month - April Nominations

In order to recognize deserving student leaders, the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) office sponsors the Student Leader ofthe Month Award.

If there is a student that you know of that you think would be a candidate for Student Leader of the Month, SOLP would love to have you nominate them for this award. In order to nominate a student, follow this link to fill out the nomination form.

SOLP will select one student a month. The student will be presented with a certificate and a letter in a setting befitting their honor such as a club meeting or in class. Nominations will be held over for three months if SOLP receives multiple nominations per month, to be considered again. You will be notified if your nominee is selected and we will set up the best time to present the award.

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In The News

UNO Teams Up With Methodist Health System, OPD and Women's Center for Advancement for Sexual Assault Awareness
UNO will be teaming up with area organizations on Twitter this Sunday to help spread awareness of sexual assault and how you can help prevent sexual assault from happening. Use the hashtag #beawareoutthere on Twitter to engage in the discussion.

Documentary on Jesus' Tomb Wins at New York Festivals
The 2012 documentary "The Resurrection Tomb Mystery," recently won gold at the New York Festivals, which regularly honors the world's best in TV and film. One of the lead researchers for the documentary was UNO's Rami Arav, associate professor of philosophy and religion and director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project at UNO.

UNO Hosts Middle East Ambassadors
On Monday, April 15, four former U.S. Ambassadors to the Middle East spoke on the UNO campus. The event was covered by the Associated Press, the Lincoln Journal Star, KLIN and KIOS

Drozed Talks UNO Research on Volunteer Firefighters
A UNO study, commissioned by the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association, shows that the state saves millions of dollars a year through the service of volunteer firefighters. David Drozd, research coordinator for UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted for a story on the study by KIOS on Tuesday, April 16.

Derrick Honored at Infotec Conference
Doug Derrick, assistant professor of interdisciplinary informatics, has been honored at the local Infotec Conference, held Tuesday and Wednesday, as "Technology Innovator of the Year." The conference is taking place at the CenturyLink Center.

Bartle Quoted in Omaha World-Herald on MUD Board Donation
John Bartle, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in a story on Monday, April 15, about a $5,000 gift from MUD to a group that may have violated rules on charitable donations. Bartle provided an explanation of how private and public organizations are separated in terms of monetary donations and exchanges.

UNO Mentioned in Strategic Air and Space Museum Story
On Thursday, April 4, the Ashland Gazette provided coverage of the Strategic Air and Space Museum's part in the Nebraska Science Festival from April 12 to 14, part of which included a visit to the state by Astronaut Clay Anderson. Anderson visited UNO earlier in the week.

Vlasek Quoted in Story on Shane Kotok
Shane Kotok, director of admissions and community outreach at the Rose Blumpkin Jewish Home, recently received an award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services. A graduate of UNO, Kotok was similar honored in 2012 by UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service. A line from a speech given by dean John Bartle was used in the story, which was written by the Omaha Jewish Press.

Jewish Press Covers Arab Spring Workshop
On Friday, April 5, the Jewish Press previewed an Arab Spring Workshop, which was held at UNO from April 13 – 14. The workshop was organized by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, International Studies and Programs, the UNO Department of Political Science and UNO Department of History.

El Perico Covers Puerto Rican Activist Visit
On Thursday, April 11, news magazine "El Perico" provided coverage of a guest visit to campus by Gamelyn Oduardo Sierra, one of the leaders of student protest strikes that took place in Puerto Rico in 2010 and 2011.

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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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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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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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Schwalb Center Open House April 22

The Schwalb Center will host an Open House on Monday, April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at its new location on the UNO campus: 200 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH).

The event will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to celebrate the establishment of the new home of the Center. Guests will be able to meet the Center's staff, faculty and Board members and learn about future plans and programs.

Established in 2009, The Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish studies' mission is to create, coordinate and promote an interdisciplinary program focusing on teaching and scholarship in Jewish and Israeli history, politics, culture and society.

ASH is located on the northeastern corner of the Dodge Campus, on 60th and Dodge Streets. It is accessible from Dodge Street. For further information on parking, click here.

For all other questions and to RSVP, call Stephanie Mueller at 402.554.3175 or email at

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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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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 a complete list of the festival's events, visit this website.

For more information, contact the UNO Department of Black Studies at 402.554.2412.

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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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Third Annual PKI Student Capstone & Conference April 26

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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