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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.



The Office of Multicultural Affairs Dead Week: After Five Study Spot Begins Today

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, will have extended hours during Dead Week providing students with a quiet place to study.

Our office will be open Monday, April 22 to Thursday, April 25 until 8:30 p.m.

Free Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call Valerie Thompson, Education Specialist in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 402.554.2830.

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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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Student Appreciation Sale Under Way at UNO Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore is holding its annual Student Appreciation Sale April 22-May 4. This is the best time of the year to stock up on Maverick apparel or pick up a gift for your favorite Maverick graduate. The Bookstore will be open on May 4 for the convenience of UNO's graduating students and their families.

Buy one, get one for half price on apparel, caps and blankets! In-store only, limited to items in-stock. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

UNO Bookstore Hours:

* Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Saturday, April 27: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* Saturday, May 4: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Jacinda Brooks at

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College of IS&T Round Table Today

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Dr. Xingsen Li to its round table discussion today, 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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Zipcar and Potted Plants Part of UNO Earth Week Activities Today

UNO Earth Week continues, today, with events on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Here's your chance to learn the ins and outs of UNO's new Zipcar program, courtesy of UNO Student Government and the Sustainability Committee.

You can also stop by the plaza for a free potted plant from Maverick Productions!

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

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Student Employee of the Year Ceremony Today

The campus community 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 p.m., today, 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 Joanne and Glenn Sowell Today

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 today, 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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Schwalb Center Open House Today

The Schwalb Center will host an Open House today, 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 USO Banquet to Honor Spring Graduates April 30

The UNO Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) invites military and veteran students that are graduating in spring 2013 to a banquet in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room on April 30 at 2:00 p.m. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 25, to Assistant Director Michael Wieneke at or 402.554.2880 so the appropriate amount of refreshments can be purchased.

Please note that this event is for graduating military and veteran students only.

MaV USO will be presenting an honor cord to be worn at graduation and challenge coin to the graduates in honor of their accomplishment and thanking them for their service.

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Bicycle Commuting 101 Available April 30

Bicycle Commuting 101 is a class is for adult cyclists who wish to explore the possibility of commuting to work or school by bike. This class covers topics including route selection, bicycle choice, dealing with cargo and clothing, bike parking, lighting, reflection, and foul weather riding. Class will be led by Michael Grube, League of American Bicyclists Certified instructor, and chair of 'UNO Bikes!'

This class is free and open to the public, and will be offered Tuesday, April 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in 107 Criss Library.

Please RSVP at this link.

For more information, email or check out the UNO Bikes Facebook page at

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Retirement Reception Janette Jones May 1

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites faculty and staff to join in honoring Janette Jones for 22 years of service to UNO. Janette will be retiring on May 7.

A campus-wide reception will be held Wednesday May 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. In the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room (third floor).

For more information, contact Maureen Pope at 402.554.3895 or

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Registration Open for UNO Women's Basketball Summer Camp

Come join us at the Chance Lindley Mavericks Basketball Camp this summer! Campers will get the opportunity to learn and work with our coaching staff and current student-athletes during their time on campus. We invite you to come see the exciting new changes surrounding UNO athletics and our program! We have camps for all ages.

- Skill Development Camp I June 3-6th (Entering grades 1st-5th)
- Position Camp June 8-9th (Entering grades 9th-12th)
- Skill Development Camp II June10-13th (Entering grades 6th-8th).

For more information or to register go to or contact Elisha Turek at 402.554.2571.

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In The News

UNO Alum Publishes Book
Tunnette Powell, a recent UNO alumna and a national champion from UNO's forensics team, was recently profiled by the San Antonio Express-News for her new, recently published book "The Other Woman."

UNO Student Takes Home $3,000 for New App
The Omaha World-Herald recently covered UNO's Maverick Business Plan Competition. UNO student Rachel Ostrander won for her plan for a phone application to benefit farmers who need to artificially inseminate their cows.

Gouttierre Quoted on Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects
Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Saturday, April 20, about the recent revelation that the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects were of Chechnyian decent. Gouttierre is a world-renowed expert on the Middle East and Russia.

Gouttierre Interviewed on KETV
Thomas Gouttiere was also interviewed about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects by KETV on Friday, April 19.

KMTV Covers Claussen-Leahy Walk
On Saturday, April 20, KMTV provided coverage of UNO's Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk and interviewed UNO associate athletic director Mike Kemp.

Walker Quoted in Detroit Free Press
Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the Detroit Free Press to comment on claims by the ACLU that Detroit police have been removing homeless people from the city.

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Chemistry Awards and Scholarship Banquet April 24

The UNO Chem Club will be hosting the annual Chemistry Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Wednesday, April 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This is the time we set aside, in Chemistry, to recognize the outstanding efforts of students who have taken chemistry courses over the year here at UNO. All students who have taken a chemistry course, including Chemistry majors and/or minors, are welcome to attend.

Tickets can be purchased in the chemistry office (337 Durham Science Center), for a buffet-styled dinner with two entrée-selections at a cost of $16 per person.

To RSVP, simply drop by the chemistry office or call Janine Brooks at 402.554.2651.

*Student award and/or scholarship winners meals are covered by UNO Chem Club. Further details can be found online at:

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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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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, Bellevue University, and Methodist Hospital. 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 SAC member Kim Kronschnabel at 402.554.3497.

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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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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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