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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.



12th Annual Malcolm X Festival Begins Today

The UNO Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 12th annual Malcolm X Festival today, 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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Plastic Bag Collection a Part of Today's UNO Earth Week Activities

UNO Earth Week continues, today, with an event on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here's your chance to turn in all of those plastic bags you never throw away!

The UNO Environmental Club will be holding a reusable bag/plastic bag swap. Bring your used plastic bags, and they will take them to be recycled!

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

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Additional Forums About the Community Engagement Center Today and April 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 first forum begins today, April 23, at 10:30 a.m., and the second forum on April 24 begins at 2 p.m. Both events will be held in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons

The CEC will be a gateway for building collaborative partnerships, accessing university resources, and connecting with the campus' vast network of community service volunteers, interns, and service learning resources. The CEC will also offer collaborative workspaces for local nonprofit, government, educational and community organizations and outreach-focused UNO initiatives, enabling them achieve their goals, attain positive growth and allow for increased university and community  linkages.

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

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P-16 Service Learning to Bring Middle School Students On Campus Today

At 3 p.m., today, students from McMillan Middle School will be touring UNO and visiting the planetarium with UNO students.

As part of their P-16 service learning project, Ms. Stacie Stevens' McMillan Middle School students have been working with Dr. Karen Rolf's “Social Work Practice with Children” class to make promotional items for the Spirit Horse Ranch in Bellevue throughout the semester.

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

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Chelsea Rose Chosen as Student Employee of the Year

Chelsea Rose, from the Psychobiology Department, has been chosen as the 2013 Student Employee of the Year. Chelsea provides care for the marmosets that are housed in Allwine Hall. There were 19 nominees this year and they were all recognized for their excellent service to the University and their departments at a ceremony held Monday, April 22.

The other nominees were: 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), 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).

Chelsea was awarded a plaque and a check for $100 generously provided by the UNO Alumni Association.

To view a slideshow of the nominees, please visit the Student Employment Services website for the award:

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Shires, Buda to be Inducted in Omaha Sports Hall of Fame April 25

Omaha head volleyball coach Rose Shires is one of seven honorees who will be inducted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 25.

The esteemed 2013 class of inductees includes Shires, Sandy Buda, Dr. Jack Lewis, Jerry Murtaugh, Wally Provost, Connie Yori and the 1963 Omaha Tech High School basketball team. The Omaha Sports Hall of fame honors men and women who have impacted the Omaha-area sports community. This year marks the seventh class of Hall of Fame inductees.

Shires will enter her 24th season as head coach of the Maverick volleyball program in 2013, having taken the reins of the program in 1990 after two seasons as UNO's assistant coach. The veteran leader has amassed a 435-289 (.601) career coaching record, making her the winningest coach in school history for total career wins. She also ranks second all-time in winning percentage. Read more.

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Faculty Senate to Meet May 8

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room

Newly elected senators will be taking their seats at this meeting, so current and newly elected senators should attend. All those interested are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator, Sue Bishop, at 402.554.3598 or

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In The News


UNOrthodox Home Run Picked Up by Yahoo!
An unusual home run play from senior Tyler Splichal was reported on the Yahoo! Sports Minute blog. Splichal eluded a tag from Golden State by faking out the opposing player and then ducking under him to slide in to home.

El Perico Covers UNO/UNMC Study on Health Disparities for Latinos
On Thursday, April 18, news magazine El Perico reprinted a recent report from the Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO and UNMC that describes the significant health disparities of Latinos in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

Sheridan County Journal Star
On Wednesday, April 10, the Sheridan County Journal Star provided a feature on the Nebraska Business Development Center and its work with the Nebraska Northwestern Railroad and the city of Chadron

WOWT Covers Social Media Discussion on Violence
On Sunday, April 21, WOWT provided coverage of a social media discussion about sexual assault awareness that included UNO, Methodist Health System, Omaha Police and the Women's Center for Advancement.

KMTV Covers UNO and Earth Week
On Monday, April 22, KMTV provided a preview of Earth Day events going on at UNO, including learning more about UNO's Zip Car program. UNO is continuing its celebrating of sustainability with Earth Week through Friday, April 26.

Schwalb Center Open House in Jewish Press
On Friday, April 12, the Jewish Press provided a preview of open house event for the Hannah and Natan Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, which took place on Monday, April 22.

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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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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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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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UNO to Bring Volunteers Together for Global Youth Services Day April 26

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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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 a.m.

To register, contact the Writing Center at

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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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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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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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Akintunde 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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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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