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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.



Multicultural Affairs Workshop Series Concludes Today

The UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs' Drop-In Workshop Series concludes today, 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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Social Work Students To Facilitate UNO Tour for High School Refugee Students Today

Professor Patty Carlson's "Generalist Practice" graduate students, the UNO Welcome Center and the Omaha Public Schools Migrant and Refugee Education Program partnered to design a UNO tour for refugee high school students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, April 29.

UNO graduate social work students collaborated with several OPS high schools to generate interest and excitement for higher education and worked with Welcome Center staff to plan the event. As part of their service learning project, UNO students used generalist intervention theory in collaborating, planning and advocating for the Omaha refugee community.

For more information, please contact Lucy Garza Westbrook  at 402.554.3055 or

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Open Parking Notice

From Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 10 there will be open parking on all UNO Campuses. Areas that will still be enforced by violation will be reserved stalls, handicap stalls, and fire lanes and driveways.

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

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Spring 2013 Online Grading Available Through May 10

The online grading window is open for Spring 2013 courses. The deadline for grade submission is May 10.

Online Grading Dates are listed on this website.

Anyone who needs instructions for posting grades can visit the online tutorial here.

Questions? Please contact Records & Registration at  402.554.2314.

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Mavericks Wrap Season with Team Awards

All-American forward Ryan Walters was named the Omaha hockey team's Most Valuable Player as the Mavericks concluded the 2012-13 season with their annual team awards.

Walters earned three of the year-end awards announced by head coach Dean Blais on Friday.  He also was named the team's outstanding forward and its most consistent player for leading the team with a plus/minus rating of +26, a school record.

For more information, click here.

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College of IS&T Round Table with Dr. Brian Dorn April 30

The UNO College  of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Dr. Brian Dorn to its round table discussion April 30. Dorn will speak on "Research at the Intersection: Computing Education as an Interdisciplinary Field of Study."

This talk focuses on Dorn's three computing education research projects found at the intersections of these traditions, drawing examples from his current strands of research.  In particular, he will highlight findings on the construction of learning aids for informally trained programmers, present new work on the development and validation of an instrument to measure growth of expert-like attitudes about computer science, and conclude by considering a possible future role for computer-supported collaborative learning tools in online and mixed educational settings.

Dorn is a candidate for a STEM faculty position in Computer Science at UNO's College of IS&T

The roundtable will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Pizza and beverages will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Food will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the talk begins at noon.

Please RSVP to Angela Nastase at

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Youth Safety - Kids On Webinar April 30

Youth camps give minors a great opportunity to interact with our faculty, staff, coaches, student athletes and volunteers on campus. While minors are on campus UNO has a responsibility to provide a safe environment during all their activities. This webinar will discuss critical issues related to children on campus and will offer advice to meet university legal requirements.

This interactive webinar will presented from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the 132 and 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons. If your department provides opportunities for youth on campus you are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Stan Schleifer in Support Services, or Lisa Medina in HPER.

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UNO Music Department to Host Petite Musique Finale May 2

The UNO Department of Music will be hosting the finale of its Petite Musique concert series on Thursday, May 2, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on UNO's Dodge Campus.

Designed to last no longer than one hour, this 7 p.m. show will feature performances from Maria Harding, principal flutist for the Omaha Symphony, and Christi Zuniga, principal pianist for the Omaha Symphony. Harding and Zuniga will be performing works by Martin, Liebermann, Clark, Briccetti and Dvorak.

Tickets for the event are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for students with ID and can be purchased at the door.

Contact Stacie Haneline at .

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Spring Commencement 2013: UNO Celebrates Together May 4

All students, faculty, staff, friends and family members are invited to join as we celebrate our new graduates.

For detailed information on the commencement schedule, college ceremonies, receptions, parking and more, visit

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Retirement Reception for Drs. Mike Carroll and Judy Harrington May 6

The Goodrich Scholarship Program (along with the Department of English) is hosting an all-campus retirement reception for Drs. Mike Carroll and Judy Harrington on Monday, May 6, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at the Thompson Alumni Center. Mike and Judy will retire on May 10.

Mike is completing 37 years of service to UNO, including 34 years of service (1979-2013) to the Goodrich Scholarship Program, the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, the Department of English, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Judy is completing 32 years of service to UNO, including 22 years of service (1990-2013) to the Goodrich Scholarship Program and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

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API Photoshop II Workshop May 16

Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) for a Photoshop II workshop on May 16.

Using Photoshop CS6, class participants will learn how to enhance, compose, and compress images for use in printed media, on video displays, and on web sites. The class will also cover the Adobe Camera Raw plugin used to preprocess images prior to refinement in Photoshop, color and tonal adjustments, image resizing, and compositing: the use of multiple images to create an original design.

Though the class is taught in CS6, many of the techniques demonstrated can be used in earlier versions of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and other image editing programs.

The class meets Thursday, May 16 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in 232 Criss Library.

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy required.  Previous experience with an image editing program is also helpful but not essential.

Visit the API Event Calendar page at to register for the Class.

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Criss Library Extends Hours for Finals Week

Criss Library is extending its hours for finals week this semester. The library will stay open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, during finals week to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

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In The News

UNO Praised by Recent Guest in Guardian Article
Steve Caplan, an associate professor of biochemistry as the University of Nebraska Medical Center, recently provided an article on Israeli "brain drain" for the Guardian, a newspaper in the United Kingdom. The focus of Caplan's article was on the conversations he had with Gilad Barnea, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Brown University, as part of a special "Academics Without Boarders" event on the UNO campus sponsored by UNO's Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies.

UNO Student Featured in El Perico
In the April 25 – May 1 edition of El Perico, UNO student Isis Hernandez was profiled for her hard work and tenacity. Hernandez is studying Biology, French and Spanish with a desire to become a pediatric oncologist when she is finished with her schooling, which will also include medical school after graduating from UNO in two years.

Half Dozen UNO Grads Named New Principals
In the April 26 issue of the Omaha Star, a full list of Omaha Public Schools' newest appointment of principals was published. Of the nine new principals, six have education degrees from UNO.

Council Bluffs Superintendent Wins UNO Award
On Wednesday, April 17, Martha Bruckner, superintendent of the Council Bluffs Community School District, received a "Distinguished Service Award" from the UNO College of Education as part of the college's 25th annual Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Award ceremonies.

Williams to be Honored at 26th Annual Tribute to Women Event
The Monday, April 15, issue of Strictly Business previewed a June 4 ceremony where Ethel Williams, director of UNO's School of Public Administration, will be honored by the Women's Center for Advancement

Kriz to Lead Feasibility Study
The April 17 issue of the Bellevue Leader reported that Ken Kriz, an associate professor of public administration, will conduct a study analyzing the financial feasibility of building a convention center west of Culvers at 36th Street and Raynor Drive in Bellevue.

CAPOW in Femont Tribune
OnTuesday, April 23, the Fremont Tribune covered a visit by CAPOW, UNO's traveling science show, to Clarmar Elementary in Fremont.

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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 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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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).

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Fidelity Appointments Available May 9

A Fidelity representative will be at UNO for individual appointments Thursday, May 9.

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Fidelity Rep Jason Cronick.

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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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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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