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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.



Ride a Bike to Celebrate Earth Week

Continuing the Earth Week celebration, UNO is encouraging faculty, staff and students to bike to and from campus all day long. A map will be available inside the Milo Bail Student Center to mark where you traveled from. Free basic bike maintenance will be available at the MBSC and outside Mammel Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

UNO Student Government will also be on hand to give away 500 reusable water bottles in the Milo Bail Student Center plaza and outside of Mammel Hall. The event begins at 11 a.m. and continues until supplies run out.

For more information on Earth Week events, including free giveaways and educational opportunities,view this flier.

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Student Social Work Organization Handbag Sale to Benefit Napada, Thailand Today

The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) will be helping benefit the women of Napada by selling handbags that they have made. SSWO will be in the Milo Bail Student Center today, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. selling the purses.

These women live in a low income area of Thailand where physical needs are extremely lacking.

Please come visit us! To read the Napada story, click on this link.

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Retirement Reception for CJ Brown Today

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 today, April 25.

To honor his years of service, a campus-wide reception will be held today 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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Brignoni Scholarship Luncheon Today

UNO faculty and staff are invited to attend the Brignoni Scholarship Luncheon fundraiser today, 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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Voter Registration Drive Continues Today

Haven't had a chance to register to vote yet? Stop by the Milo Bail Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to register.

The deadline to register to vote is Friday, April 26. This is a nonpartisan voter registration drive with no political affiliation. Representatives from Mayor Suttle's and Jean Stothert's campaigns will be present at the voter registration drives to help people get acquainted with the candidates running for office. Omaha's Mayoral General Election is May 14.

Already registered to vote? You can also fill out an early voter ballot application. This form would allow you to vote early by mail, rather than going to the polls on election day.

This registration drive is sponsored by Maverick Diversity Coalition (MDC).

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UNO Clay Club Sale Today Through April 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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RSVP For MaV USO Banquet Due Today

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 today, 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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P-16 Service Learning to Give Project Presentations at Blackburn Today

As a culminating event for their P-16 service learning project, Dr. Mitzi Ritzman's Childhood Language Disorders class and students from Blackburn Alternative Program, under the direction of Cathy Nelson and Dorothy Walker-Dombeck, will gather at Blackburn today, April 25, at 2:30 p.m., to present what they have learned in their work together throughout the semester.

UNO students have been working in a variety of Blackburn classrooms throughout the term. In one classroom, the UNO's students helped Blackburn students create public service announcements (PSA's) that focus on creating a climate of change in their community. The goal has been for the students to learn that they can have social agency, and through their writing, make a difference.

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

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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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IS&T Round Table with Leah Pietron Canceled

The UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) round table discussion scheduled with Leah R. Pietron, on April 26 , has been canceled.

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College of IS&T Round Table with Acey Boyce April 26

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Acey Boyce to its round table discussion April 26. Boyce will speak on "Deep Gamification: Impact of Individual Game Elements on Motivation and Learning Gains in Educational Games."

Acey Boyce is a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University where, along with a team, developed BeadLoom Game, an educational puzzle game designed to teach Cartesian coordinates, geometry, layering and iteration. Boyce has used this game to investigate the impact of medal systems, leaderboards and user-generated content. He has also done extensive outreach with STARS Alliance and the Citizen Schools program, teaching middle school students how to be game developers using the Game Maker software.

This talk focuses on Boyce's work with gamification and its impact on educational software. His research has focused on exploring the impact individual game elements have on learning gains and motivation to play in a wide range of users. The goal is to develop a set of game elements that combine to form a new form of gamification, that when applied to educational tools, results in maximal learning gains and motivation to play in a wider range of users, a process he calls Deep Gamifcation.

The roundtable will take place from 1 to 2 p.m.,160 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Desserts and beverages will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP to Angela Nastase at by April 25.

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"Last Hoorah" Midnight Mojo April 26

Maverick Productions will host the last Midnight Mojo event of the semester, "The Last Hoorah," Friday, April 26, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Sapp Fieldhouse. The event is completely free to UNO students and is going to be something that no one will want to miss.

Visitors can expect a carnival like UNO has never seen before, complete with snow-cones, cotton candy, spin art stunner shades, traditional carnival games, Rock Band, airbrush tattoos, a mechanical bull, a photo booth, a roving magician, a stilt walker, prizes galore and so much more. For more information, view this flier.

Please join this opportunity for fun and relaxation right before finals week!

Questions? Please contact Molly Moody at 402.554.2930 or

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Parking Reserved for PKI Grand Reopening April 30

The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) will be celebrating completion of its year-long renovations with a Grand Reopening on Tuesday, April 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Portions of Lot 2, north of PKI, will be reserved during the day for event parking during the ceremony. Valet parking will be provided at the north entrance to PKI for guests.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275) with questions.

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Commencement Set Up - Parking Lot Closings

In order to set up stages, tents and chairs for Commencement on Saturday May 4th, there will be temporary parking lot closings of various parking lots.

Tuesday, April 30: South portion of Lot 2, north of Peter Kiewit Institute.

Wednesday, May 1: South portion of Lot 2, north of Peter Kiewit Institute ; Southeast portion of Lot 5, north of Mammel Hall; Northwest portion of Lot H, east of Child Care Center; and, loading zones along Maverick Plaza, south of Allwine Hall

Thursday, May 2: South portion of Lot 2, north of Peter Kiewit Institute ; Southeast portion of Lot 5, north of Mammel Hall; all of Lot G, Student Lot, west side of Dodge Campus; and loading zones along Maverick Plaza, south of Allwine Hall

Friday, May 3: Southeast portion of Lot 5, north of Mammel Hall

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275) with questions.

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Shuttle Bus Summer Schedule Announced

The Crossroads Shuttle Service will end for the summer Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. Crossroads Shuttle Service will start back up when Fall Semester begins on Monday, August 26.

The Pacific Shuttle Service will begin operating on the Summer Schedule on Friday, May 3. The Pacific Shuttle will operate during the summer, Monday – Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275) with questions.

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NASA Nebraska Space Grant Now Accepting Applications

The NASA Nebraska Space Grant is accepting Fellowships and Mini-Grant applications from UNO faculty and students through May 15. These programs provide Nebraskans with the opportunity to pursue projects that have strong relevance to NASA

The NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship Program provides Nebraska graduate and undergraduate students a chance to engage in student research related to NASA. Funding levels range from $500 to $5,000. Underrepresented women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Details and application forms are available at: (Select Fellowships).

Faculty are eligible to apply for several types of Mini-Grants with different funding levels.

NASA EPSCoR Research: up to $20,000
NASA Space Grant Research: up to $5,000
Higher Education: up to $6,000
Teacher Training: up to $3,000
Informal Education: up to $3,000

Details and proposal forms are available at: (Select Mini-Grant Opportunities). The deadline for the Mini-Grant and Fellowship applications is May 15, 2013. The funding timeframe is from September 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014.

For more information, please call 402.554.3772 or

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Healthy Adults Needed for Research Study

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is currently looking for healthy adults (45 to 80 years old) to participate in a study investigating how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects how a person walks.

You are eligible to participate if you are older than 45 years of age, are free from any chronic diseases or lower body troubles (like a joint replacement in the leg) and are able to walk without help.

For further information, please contact Jenna Yentes or 402.554.3251.

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In The News

Local Media Previews Malcolm X Festival
On Wednesday, April 24, a number of local media, including WOWT, KETV and the Sioux City Journal, provided a preview of the UNO Department of Black Studies' Malcolm X Festival, which ran Tuesday, April 23, through Wednesday, April 24. This is the 12th year for the festival.

Fremont Tribune Recognizes Kreiling
On Wednesday, April 24, the Fremont Tribune honored Jodi Kreiling, a Fremont native and associate professor of chemistry, who was honored by the UNO Alumni Association earlier this month with an Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award and $1,000 award.

Scherer Writes for World-Herald
A column from Mark Scherer, associate professor of history and chair of UNO's Department of History, was published in the Wednesday, April 24, issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The column discussed the year 1863, of which 2013 is the 150th anniversary, and its significance to the outcome of the Civil War.

Oak Park Renovation in Ralston Recorder
The renovation of Ralston's Oak Park has been a P-16 service learning project for UNO, Ralston High School and the City of Ralston for the past two years. The Recorder published a story on Wednesday, April 24, about the next and final stages of the project.

WOWT Covers Earth Week Events
On Tuesday, April 23, WOWT provided coverage of UNO students' efforts to recycle plastic bags as part of Earth Week. The students who were collecting the bags were part of UNO's Environmental Club.

Garver in Friend Sentinel
A photo in the Wednesday, April 17, issue of the Friend Sentinel featured UNO's Bruce Garver, professor of history, who was a guest speaker at an event focused on the history of Czech peoples in Nebraska. Approximately 90 people attended Garver's lecture.

Ali Quoted in Midlands Business Journal on Topic of Data Analysis
In the Friday, April 19, issue of the Midlands Business Journal, Hesham Ali, dean of UNO's College of IS&T, was quoted about the future of bioinformatics and UNO's new degree programs, at the masters and doctoral level, in bioinformatics. The degree programs are a part of a partnership with UNMC.

Parakh Talks Cloud Computing
Also in the Friday, April 19, issue of the Midlands Business Journal, Abhishek Parakh, assistant professor of interdisciplinary informatics, discussed the idea of cloud computing and what it means for modern businesses.

Akintunde Takes Class to Inauguration, Makes Film
A column in the Tuesday, April 23, issue of the Omaha World-Herald focused on a recent visit by Omawale Akintunde, associate professor of black studies, to the presidential inauguration this past January. Akintunde took a number of UNO students to the event and created a documentary of the visit; the documentary will premiere at Aksarben Cinema this weekend.

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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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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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Paper and Panel Proposals For IARSLCE Due 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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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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