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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.



UNO Flag Lowering Today

The flag will be flown at half-staff today, April 26, in honor of Antony Gunn. Antony was a freshman in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media who died on Thursday, April 18.

Funeral services will be held Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Blackboard Service Pack Upgrade Brown Bag Session Today

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 today, 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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Reminder: 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, for today, April 26, has been canceled.

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P-16 Service Learning to Partner with Girls Inc., Heron Haven Today

Girls Inc. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students,will join Dr. Karen Murch-Shafer's TLC Biology students at Heron Haven, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. today, as they continue their study of life systems.

The students will be participating in a variety of activities at Heron Haven, including flower planting and placing mushroom spores into logs. As a part of their P-16 service learning project, the students also traveled to the Henry Doorly Zoo earlier in the semester to learn about the components that are needed for life systems and later in the semester when all students participated in cell building activities on UNO's campus.

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

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Earth Week 2013 Concludes Today

Join UNO Student Government members as they plant a red maple in celebration of this special week celebrating our planet and our environment.

For an overview of events that have occurred during UNO Earth Week,view this flier.

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"Last Hoorah" Midnight Mojo Tonight

Maverick Productions will host the last Midnight Mojo event of the semester, 'The Last Hoorah,' today, 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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Third Annual PKI Student Capstone & Conference Today

The 3rd Annual PKI Student Capstone & Research Conference takes place today, April 26. This event lets students showcase their class projects or research to a panel of outside independent judges, and winners will be recognized at tonight's banquet.

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.

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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UNO to Bring Volunteers Together for Global Youth Services Day

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 today, 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 today at varying locations around the Omaha metropolitan area with an emphasis on conservation, ecology, beautification, hunger and homelessness.

Registration is 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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Paper and Panel Proposals For IARSLCE Due Today

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 deadline for paper and panel proposals for the conference is today, April 26.

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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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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French Film Festival Continues April 28

Another work of contemporary French cinema will be showcased Sunday, April 28, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as part of the Tournees Festival, a national program put on by the French Embassy of the United States.

Celine Sciamma's 2011 film 'Tomboy' will be shown in the Eppley Administration Building auditorium on the UNO Dodge Campus. Admission is free.

A sensitive portrait of childhood just before pubescence, 'Tomboy,' astutely explores the freedom of being untethered to the rule-bound world of gender codes. Laure, a gangly, short-haired kid about to go into fourth grade has just moved to a suburban apartment complex with her family a few weeks before the school year starts. The clan's relocation provides Laure an opportunity for reinvention, of sorting out what repels her.

For more information, contact Dr. Juliette Parnell at 402.554.3029 or

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HPER Pool Closure for Maintenance Announced

The HPER Pool will be closed at 4 p.m. starting today, April 26, and will reopen on Monday,  June 3. It will be shut down for routine maintenance.

Individuals wishing to swim, may do so at Brownell-Talbot on Mondays/Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. or Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6 to 8 a.m.

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.

For more information, visit this website.

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58th Annual School of Communication Awards Banquet May 2

The School of Communication will award more than $65,000 in scholarship money to students at the 58th Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 2.

The banquet culminates a celebration of Communication Week, 'Communication & Community.' The event begins at 5 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception followed by a 6 p.m. dinner at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center. In addition to the scholarship presentations, the School will recognize the following:

- Lifetime Achievement: Patti Matson, Disney consultant and former ABC television executive and Nixon and Ford White House staffer

- Alumni Achievement: Jillian Morris, deputy director of public affairs –Military Sealift Command

- Communication Achievement: Omaha Sports Commission

- Distinguished Community Service: Ron Petak, Omaha World-Herald Suburban Newspaper weeklies

- Rising Star: LeAnne Morman, assignment editor/assistant news director, WOWT

To make reservations for Thursday's events, call Mary Gum at 402.554.2520 or email at

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In The News

KMTV, KPTM Cover Student Donation to Local Nonprofit
On Wednesday, April 24, KMTV and KPTM provided coverage of UNO students handing over $10,000 to the Hope Center for Kids, a nonprofit that seeks to provide education and support opportunities for youth and teens in North Omaha. The money was part of a donation from a local philanthropic organization and was organized through a semester-long "Philanthropy and Democracy" honors class led by Angie Eikenberry, associate professor of public administration.

Kearney Hub Covers Maverick Business Plan Competition
On Wednesday, April 24, the Kearney Hub reported on last week's Maverick Business Plan Competition, which allowed students to present business plans with cash prizes awarded to the best plan. The winning plan came from Rachel Ostrander, an IT innovation student who created a mobile application to monitor artificial insemination of cows for large farms.

Drozd Quoted in Grand Island Independent on New Metropolitan Status for Grand Island
David Drozd, research coordinator for UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Grand Island Independent on Sunday, April 21, about the city's recent reclassification as a metropolitan area according to the latest census numbers.

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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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Annual UNO Service Awards April 30

*Editor's note: Please note, this listing has been updated since this item previously appeared.*

The 2013 UNO Service Awards Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 30, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. The list of honorees follows at this link. Up to Top

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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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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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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