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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 Activities On Campus, Throughout the Metro Today

Students, faculty and staff, are invited to attend a Hike to Help Refugees Event presented by Washington Elementary fourth graders on the plaza outside of the Milo Bail Student Center from 10 to 11 a.m., today. This event is part of Global Youth Service Day; individuals are encouraged to attend and will be able to sign up to participate in GYSD, which will be held on April 26. As part of their P-16 service learning project, 38 Washington students have worked with Hike to Help Refugees and Lutheran Family Services to raise awareness by creating learning stations about the experience of refugees based on interviews and research they completed.

Today at noon, students from Professor Kelli Westphal's ILUNO class and students from Melissa Kandido's International Studies class at Beveridge Magnet Middle School will interview each other at Beveridge as a part of their P-16 service learning project.

At 4 p.m., students from McMillan Middle School and social work students from UNO will be traveling to Spirit Horse Ranch in Bellevue, Neb., as part of their P-16 service learning project. The students have been learning about leadership and working on promotional materials for the ranch. Ms. Stacie Stevens' McMillan Middle School students have been working with Dr. Karen Rolf's "Social Work Practice with Children" class to make promotional materials for Spirit Horse Ranch throughout the semester.

From 4 to 5 p.m., Dr. Carol Mitchell's "Teaching of Science-Elementary" students will be visiting Pamela Galus' science class at Lothrop Science and Technology Center. 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 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Amy Morris' "Survey of Western Art History" class will have a final event for their P-16 service-learning project in the fountain court at the Joslyn Art Museum. Central High School students, under the direction of Ann Pratt, and UNO students will be presenting lesson plans they co-developed to Omaha area teachers attending the Joslyn's Thursdays for Teachers night.

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

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Diversity Week Concludes Today

Faculty, staff and students at UNO are invited to attend today's closing event of UNO's 10th Annual Diversity Week.

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.  

"Black Girls Rock will be an uplifting and inspiring panel discussion to explore issues and relations among Black women, standards of Black beauty, and the importance for Black women to love themselves."

All activities are free and feature free food. For more information, view this flier.

For more information about Diversity Week, contact Helen Kang at

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Test Anxiety Workshop Today

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 today, April 18, from 2 to 3 p.m., in CPACS Collaborating Commons (132 and 132D CPACS).

Refreshments will be provided.

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UNO Career Center to Host Second Faculty and Staff Forum Today

Staff from the UNO Career Center will be hosting their second faculty and staff information forum today, April 18, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The forum 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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Panel Discussion on Undergraduate Medical Research Today

Two medical researchers from UNMC will participate in a panel discussion at UNO on undergraduate medical research today, 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 Today

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 today, 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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Criss Library Open Mic Night Tonight

Criss Library will celebrate National Poetry Month today, April 18, with an Open Mic Night from 6:30 to 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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Palladium Brass Concert Tonight

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, this evening 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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UNO eNotes is the daily electronic news source for the campus community. eNotes is published by the Office of University Communications, 113 Eppley Administration Building. Sarah Casey, digital communications specialist, is the editor.

Faculty, staff and students who would like to submit potential eNotes items for publication can e-mail them directly to

A listing of submission guidelines can be found by visiting this link.

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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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College of IS&T Round Table April 19

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Dr. Hui Zhang to its round table discussion Friday, April 19. Dr. Zhang's talk will focus on "Enhancing STEM Education with Visually-based Information Technologies."

In his talk, Dr. Zhang will discuss the application and advantage of visually-based information technologies to aid the formation of integrated concepts and learning in STEM education.

Hui Zhang has been a senior research analyst with Indiana University's Pervasive Technology Institute under an adjunct assistant professor appointment in Indiana's Cognitive Science Program since 2010. His research interests include interactive visualization for complex spatial datasets, with particular interests in mathematical visualization of knot theory, visual analysis of the evolution of surfaces in 4-space and the use of haptic interface and multimodal technology in various educational settings. Dr. Zhang is also a candidate for a STEM faculty position in Computer Science at UNO's College of Information Science and Technology.

The round table will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Wraps, veggies and sodas will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP to Angela Nastase by April 19 at

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UNO Earth Week Activities Begin April 20

UNO kicks off UNO Earth Week Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a booth at Earth Day Omaha in Elmwood Park.

Visit the UNO booth to visit with members of the following campus groups: Student Government's Sustainability Committee, Maverick Productions, Environmental Club, Green Basis and UNO Bikes. The free event features exhibit booths, children's activities, demonstrations and short speaker sessions, plus live music from top local bands and food from area vendors. From Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26, the campus groups and GreenUNO have planned various activities to celebrate Earth Week here on campus.

For more information on each day's events including free giveaways and educational opportunities,view this flier.

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Writing Center to Present "Habits of Highly Productive Writers" Workshop April 26

The Writing Center, invites faculty and doctoral students to a workshop presented by Professor Helen Sword of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, on "Habits of Highly Productive Writers," Friday, April 26.

Sword is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning teacher and poet who has published books and articles on higher education pedagogy and academic writing. Her presentation is based on her current research into the professional development, work practices and habits of mind that characterize successful academic writers.

In this interactive workshop, Professor Sword promises to present "a smorgasbord of evidence-based strategies for colleagues who aspire to write more confidently, stylishly, engagingly, daringly or simply more prolifically." The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Coffee and breakfast breads will be available at 9:30.

To register, contact the Writing Center at

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New University Communications Page Launched and Updated Brand Guide Available

The Office of University Communications has launched their new website at Visit the site to learn about the team, services, brand guidelines, media services, creative services and assistance related to marketing and media available to campus.

University Communications also launched updated brand guidelines this week for all campus departments, offices and organizations to utilize when using the UNO brand and communicating on behalf of the University through marketing and promotional materials. Full details related to the updated guidelines, including a PDF of the updated brand guidelines, can be found here:

For any questions related to marketing, communication or media, please contact the Office of University Communications using the main email:

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In The News

O'Neil Discusses Chnages to Local Emergency Management Plans
Pat O'Neil, assistant professor of aviation and head of UNO's emergency management program, was on KETV on Tuesday, April 16, to discuss Omaha's response to Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

O'Neil on Tom Becka
Pat O'Neil was also on the Tom Becka Show on 1290 KOIL to discuss the imapce of the Bostom boming on major Omaha events, including the College World Series.

Kult to Lead Wheelchair Basketball Team
Mike Kult, assistant director of UNO campus recreation, was quoted in a story by KETV about the Red Dawgs wheelchair basketball league. The team won the national championship last year and are looking for a repeat. Kult is the coach of the Red Dawgs.

National Conference at UNO
This week a national cyber symposium led by the National Association of Counties is being held on the UNO campus. The Columbus-Telegram previewed the conference, which is being held at PKI. The conference was also mentioned during KETV and WOWT's Wednesday, April 17, newscasts.

Business Journal Covers UNO Rankings
The Midlands Business Journal provided recent coverage of UNO's rankings in the top 10 and top 25 of national graduate programs from U.S. News and World Report.

KETV Covers Take Back the Night Vigil
On Tuesday, April 16, UNO Student Government held a "Take Back the Night" vigil to raise awareness of violence against women. As part of the vigil there was a moment of silence for the victim's of Monday's bombing in Boston. The vigil was covered by KETV.

OWH Previews Snow Flower Reading
On Sunday, April 14, the Omaha World-Herald previewed a reading of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by the Department of Theatre. The events will take place in the CPACS Collaborating Commons on April 21 at 3 p.m. and April 22 at 7 p.m.

Kriz on Film Streams Panel
Ken Kriz, associate professor of public administration, was on a Film Streams panel on Tuesday, April 16, which followed the showing of "Maxed Out," a film about the dangers of America's credit card debt problem.

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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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Screen Capture Basics Training Workshop April 19

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), will be holding a new training workshop on Screen Capture Basics on Friday, April 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall

Through the use of screen capture programs, instructors can easily disseminate class resources while catering to students of multiple learning styles. Screen capture tools can be used to:

- Create tutorials and step-by-step video demonstrations;

- Allow students to demonstrate their work or problems;

- Provide student feedback by augmenting textual corrections with speech or drawings; and

- Create more engaging presentations.

In this hands-on session, attendees will learn not only how to use a free screen capture program, BSR Screen Recorder, but will gain a deeper understanding of the pedagogical advantages to using such technology. Participants are invited to bring content with them to aid in the creation of a sample demonstration.

All faculty and staff are welcome, but space is limited to the first 10 registrants, so please register early.

To register go to this link and select the workshop title from the Register for box.

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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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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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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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