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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.



Recycle Electronics to Support Earth Week

Join in UNO's Earth Week activities, today, April 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m, in the Mammel Hall and Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) parking lots, where you can drop off electronics for recycling purposes. This recylcing effort is sponsored by Green Basis.

Anything with a cord or battery, in any condition, can be recycled, with a $10 fee for CRT televisions.

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

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Additional Forum About the Community Engagement Center Today

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will offer another informational forum for students, faculty and staff about the Community Engagement Center (CEC). As in previous forums, the forum 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.

Today's forum begins at 2 p.m. 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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12th Annual Malcolm X Festival Continues Today

The UNO Department of Black Studies will continue to celebrate its 12th annual Malcolm X Festival today, April 24

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.

Today's 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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UNO Brings Global Youth Service Day to Crete

UNO will be partnering with 600-plus students from Crete Elementary School in Crete, Neb. today, April 24, to create a learning garden at the school. Read more.

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Textbook Sell Back Underway in Bookstore

It's time to sell your textbooks back to the UNO Bookstore and get some cash!

Textbook Sell Back and Textbook Rental Returns will be held April 24 through May 4. A valid picture ID is required. Please bring all DVDs, CDs and other supplemental materials purchased with your textbooks. Estimated buyback prices can be checked online at; click on "Cash for Books."

UNO Bookstore Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions? Please contact

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Brignoni Scholarship Luncheon April 25

UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend the Brignoni Scholarship Luncheon fundraiser Thursday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Roskens Hall Atrium.

The scholarship honors the legacy of GiGi Brignoni, a former Teacher Education faculty member who, before losing her battle to cancer, taught a diverse array of courses within the College of Education's Reading and ESL/Bilingual Programs. Her contributions to her profession, department and college are many and distinguished. Gigi led the South Omaha Culture Walks, was a Nebraska Humanities Council Prime Team reading program bilingual scholar and co-chaired the UNO Oxbow Writing Project. Gigi led the charge to develop the Bilingual Education Supplemental Endorsement, the first Bilingual endorsement ever recognized by the state of Nebraska. GiGi was as active in her Omaha metro community as she was on her UNO campus. Her public service led the Barrientos Scholarship Foundation to name her 2010 Latina of the Year. The award honored Gigi for her work with the Youth Empowerment Programs at the South Omaha Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, in the College of Saint Mary's annual Latina Summer Academy and the Omaha Public Schools' Latino Achievement Council. This memorial scholarship is meant to pay tribute to Gigi's meaningful and authentic personal and professional legacies that she tended to with purpose and great love.

All proceeds from the luncheon will go directly to the NU Foundation to support scholarships for students pursuing an endorsement in ESL (English as a Second Language) and/or Bilingual Education. No RSVPs necessary, just come join the fun.

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Wambli Sapa Memorial Pow Wow April 27

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Inter-Tribal Student Council (ITSC) will host an all nations Pow Wow, Saturday, April 27, in the Sapp Fieldhouse. Grand Entry starts at 1 p.m., and dancing continues until 8 p.m. Admission is free, parking is free and traditional Native American food will be served around 5 p.m.

The UNO Pow Wow is named "The Wambli Sapa Memorial Pow Wow" to honor the legacy of Fred Leroy, a prominent Ponca leader and respected elder. Leroy was a great friend and supporter of the Native students and Native American Studies program at UNO. The public is invited to join the festivities, which bring together Native Americans and non-Natives to honor the generations with indigenous dance, song, arts and traditional crafts.

For more information, view this flier.

Event sponsors include ITSC, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Recruitment Services, Dual Enrollment, The Honor Indians Institute, Native American Studies faculty and other donors.

For more details or vendor information, contact Cindy Krafka, 402.554.2248.

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Multicultural Affairs Workshop Series Concludes April 29

The UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs' Drop-In Workshop Series concludes Monday, April 29 with a focus on preparing for finals.

The workshop session takes place from 12 to 12:50 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. The workshop is open to any student enrolled in any program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

For more information, view this flier or contact Valerie Thompson at 402.554.2248 or

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Summer Group Ex Schedule Now Online

The summer Group Exercise ("Group Ex") schedule is now online at

Classes start May 6 and will run throughout the summer. Please check the online schedule for room changes and updates.

Contact David Daniels at 402.554.2008 for further information.

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Retirement Reception for Ilze Zigurs May 1

UNO's College Information Science and Technology (IS&T) invite faculty and staff to join IS&T in celebrating Ilze Zigurs' retirement on May 1st from 4 to 6 PM at the Peter Kiewit Institute.

After 12 years of service to the university, Ilze Zigurs, professor and Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis Department Chair, will be retiring on May 1.

Please RSVP to

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In The News

KMTV Previews Earth Week Events
On Tuesday, April 23, KMTV Action 3 News provided a brief preview of UNO's Earth Week efforts. On Tuesday, students collected used plastic bags for recycling. WOWT also previewed the day's events.

Oklahoma TV Covers Unusual UNO Baseball Move
On Monday, April 22, KQCW, the Tulsa, Okla. CW news station, showed video of UNO baseball player Tyler Splichal, who eluded a tag from Golden State by running away from home base only to duck under the player and slide into home plate.

Tuesday Mayoral Debate Reported on by Local Media
Local media, including KETV and KMTV provided a preview of the Tuesday, April 23, mayoral debate hosted on the UNO campus. The debate was cosponsored by UNO Television and the Omaha World-Herald.

UNO Production of 'Parallel Lives' in Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil
On Thursday, April 18, the Daily Nonpareil provided a preview of the UNO Theatre Department's presentation of "Parallel Lives," a comedy written by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney. The performances run April 25-27.

Mike Kelly Mentions Film from Black Studies Professor
On Saturday, April 20, Omaha World-Herald columnist Mike Kelly made a note of a film produced by Omowale Akintunde, associate professor of Black Studies, whose film about the 2013 January inauguration of President Barack Obama premieres on Saturday, April 27, at Aksarben Cinema.

Feature on Shakespeare Includes UNO Flash Mob
A Monday, April 22, story in the Omaha World-Herald about Talk Like Shakespeare Day (April 23) featured a photo from last year's Talk Like Shakespeare Day on the UNO campus

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RSVP Due April 25 for MaV USO Banquet to Honor Spring Graduates

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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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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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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Scherer to Present Lecture at Durham Museum April 30

Dr. Mark Scherer, associate professor and chair of the UNO history department, will present "The Path to Gettysburg" at the Durham Museum on 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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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 hours 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 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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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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