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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 Include Intergenerational Breakfast Today

An Intergenerational Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., today, highlights a busy day of P-16 Service Learning activities. The breakfast, which takes place in the Milo Bail Student Center, provides an opportunity for several groups of students to host seniors from Parsons House Assisted Living and Memory Care as part of their P-16 service learning project.

Burke High School students and UNO aviation students will travel to the Strategic Air and Space Museum, at 10 a.m., to unveil museum displays as part of their P-16 service learning project. Mr. Randall Howard’s Burke High School students have been working with Mr. Scott Vlasek’s “Introduction to Aviation” class to make displays for the museum throughout the semester

At 11 a.m., students from Central High School who have been working with Dr. Wilma Kuhlman's “Multicultural Literature for Children and Youth” class will be visiting UNO's campus. As part of their P-16 service learning project, the Central and UNO students have created study materials for various youth literature books. The students will present these study materials, along with 70 multicultural youth literature books, to the W. Dale Clark Library.

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

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7th Annual Center for Collaboration Science Seminar Today

The 7th Annual Center for Collaboration Science Seminar, "Creating a Culture of Innovation," will take place today, 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 Today

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Dr. Hui Zhang to its round table discussion today, 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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Tech Talk Brown Bag on Social Media in the Classroom Today

Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), for a Tech Talk brown bag lunch presentation today, 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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Abstracts Due Today For Third Annual PKI Student Capstone & Conference

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 today, 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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RSVP for Women's and Gender Studies Spring Luncheon Due Today

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 today, April 19.

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UNO Theatre Performances of 'Female Transport' Continue This Weekend

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

Performances of "Female Transport" 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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2013 UNO Claussen-Leahy Run-Walk April 20

UNO's annual Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk is 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.

If you would like to register, you may do so in-person at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Stinson Park.

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.

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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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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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College of Education's 25th Annual Distinguished Alumni Luncheon Honorees

The UNO College of Education's 25th annual Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon took place Wednesday, April 17, on campus.

Honorees this year included local area school superintendent Dr. Martha Bruckner; Dr. Tanya Martin, the Assistant Superintendent and Director of Special Education at Boys Town; Dr. Chad McGhee a post-doctoral resident at the Oregon State Hospital in Portland, Oregon; Dr. Elizabeth Mulkerrin, the Education Director at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo ; and Dr. W. Michael Walsh of OrthoWest.

For more information about the luncheon and the honorees, click view this here to read the luncheon program.

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UNO Clay Club Sale April 25-27

Beginning Thursday, April 25, Clay Club UNO will be hosting a Spring Sale. See below for the dates and locations.

- Thursday, April 25: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milo Bail Student Center

- Friday, April 26: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sculpture and Ceramics Studio (south of the belltower)

- Saturday, April 27: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sculpture and Ceramics Studio (south of the belltower)

The Thursday sale will feature a smaller selection of artworks to choose from, and the Friday and Saturday sales will offer a larger selection. Students will be present to discuss their artwork at both locations.

For further information, contact Jess Benjamin at 308.325.3873.

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College of IS&T Round Table April 26

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will present a Round Table discussion on Friday, April 26, featuring Leah R. Pietron from the Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis (ISQA) program.

Pietron's talk, "Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day and Lessons Learned," focuses on an approach used in the 2012 summer semester by Pietron and Paul Van Vliet in ISQA 4110/4120.

Guests may arrive at 11:30 a.m in 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Pizza, salad and soda will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The talk starts at 11:45 p.m.

RSVP to Angela Nastase at 402.554.4150 or by April 25.

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Akintude Documentary Film on Presidential Inauguration at Aksarben Cinema April 27

Students, educators, and Omaha community pillars once again embark on a journey into history as Emmy Award-winning associate professor of Black Studies Dr. Omowale Akintunde, makes a second trip and feature length documentary on the 45th Presidential Inauguration of America’s first Black president.

Barack Obama, “An Inaugural Ride to Freedom: The Journey Continues” Saturday, April 27 at Aksarben Cinema. Cost $10, for more information contact Dr. Omowale Akintunde at 402.554.2007 or email at

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Criss Library Extends Hours for Prep and Finals Week

Criss Library is extending its hours for prep and finals week this semester. The library will stay open until 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday during prep week and Sunday through Wednesday during finals week to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Extended library dates are:

- Monday through Thursday, April 22-25: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

- Sunday, April 28: Noon to 2 a.m.

- Monday through Wednesday, April 29-May 1: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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Contemporary Folklore Class Offered This Summer

This summer, UNO's Goodrich Scholarship Program is offering "Contemporary Folklore," an online course taught by Dr. Todd Richardson that introduces students to the variety, resiliency and adaptability of folk expressions and traditions in the contemporary era.

Following a brief introduction to folklore and folklore studies, the course will identify and analyze the ways people make meaning in and through groups in 21st Century culture, emphasizing the ineradicable role of tradition in postmodernity. The course will introduce students to a variety of folklore genres, such as verbal art (tales, anecdotes, etc.), folk art, folk medicine, children's folklore (games, rhymes, etc.), folk beliefs (legends, conspiracies, ghostlore, etc.), foodways and customs (holidays, occupational lore, etc.).

Because the course will be entirely internet-mediated, special attention will be paid to digital and online folklore and folk communities, especially memes and fan art. The class will run from May 28 to June 28 and is open to all UNO students.

For more information, contact Dr. Todd Richardson at

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In The News

KIOS, Others Cover Cyber-Security Conference
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. Hosted by the National Association of Counties, the Peter Kiewit Institute played host to a number of national security experts. The event was covered by KIOS, KETV and was picked up by other media via the Associated Press.

Aviation Exhibition in Cozad Features UNO
Aviation Education Expo Day is being held Monday, April 22, at Cozad, Neb.'s Municipal Airport with UNO as one of the exhibitors at the event. The exhibition is designed to expose students to careers in aviation.

UNO Students Photographed in the Snow
An unseasonable mix of rain and snow hit the Omaha metro on Thursday. A number of UNO students were the focus of several photos by the Omaha World-Herald capturing the weather.

Bernier Mentioned in Wisner News-Chronicle
Robert Bernier, director of UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center, was mentioned in an April 10 story from the Wisner News-Chronicle (Neb.) on grants handed out by the Rural Futures Institute. Bernier and the NBDC received a grant to help pilot an entrepreneurship incubator to identify actions communities can take to increase entrepreneurship.

Visiting Ambassadors Mentioned in Hastings Tribune
On Monday, April 15, the Hastings Tribune provided coverage to a visit to the UNO campus from four former U.S. Ambassadors to the Middle East.

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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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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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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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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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