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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.



Retirement Reception Janette Jones Today

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 today, May 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. In the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room (third floor).

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Retirement Reception for Ilze Zigurs Today

UNO's College Information Science and Technology (IS&T) invite faculty and staff to join IS&T in celebrating Ilze Zigurs' retirement from 4 to 6 p.m., today, at the University of Nebraska 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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UNO Commencement Location Changes Due to Forecasted Inclement Weather

For those of you participating in or attending the Commencement ceremonies this Saturday, May 4, please note that due to the forecasted inclement weather, all activities related to commencement have now been moved indoors.

A full schedule of the ceremonies is available by visiting

All faculty, staff, graduate, undergraduate students and their guests are also invited to come by Milo Bail Student Center any time from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. No tickets are necessary for this event or any event during Commencement.

The UNO Bookstore and Convenience Store will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Food Court will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 9 a.m. UNO Commencement ceremony as well as all events held in the Sapp Fieldhouse will be broadcast live on Ustream at the following link:

For additional information about Commencement, please visit the Commencement website at:

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Employee of the Month: Lisa Paskewitz Named May 'Oh' Award Recipient

Oh, what a difference you make, Lisa Paskewitz! An office assistant for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Paskewitz will be honored throughout the month of May for her work.

Praised by her nominators for being an excellent communicator and consummate professional, Paskewitz has been the point person for two major units, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, for 2 1/2 years.

"Lisa Paskewitz always excels at an incredibly high level," wrote one of her nominators. "However, her most recent work with organizing the strategic planning efforts of recruitment and retention planning is beyond reproach. Not only did she take the lead (unsolicited) in organizing the event, she took amazing initiative in coordinating the production of posters for the sessions and communicating expectations to the participants."

The nominator continued, "Her customer service approach is a model for everyone on campus. Lisa often interacts with students who are unsure of what office they need to visit, and she is always a wonderful resource."

When notified of her award, Paskewitz said "It is an honor to be nominated and to actually be awarded Employee of the Month is even better. It is always nice to be recognized by those whom you work with to let you know you are doing a great job. I am lucky to work with such a great group of people whom I can call friends. It makes doing my job easier."

As Employee of the Month, Paskewitz received a certificate, lapel pin, choice of coffee cup or drink cup, a monetary award and use of a parking space. She also received a portrait with the Chancellor and a letter of congratulations. She will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month --"Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!" -- program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

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Employee of the Year: Christy Tilford Named UNO's 2012 Employee of the Year

If there is a tight deadline to be met or a task that requires long, even weekend hours, rest assured that Christy Tilford, Enrollment Management Analyst, will make sure it gets done.

As she likes to say, "It has to get done."

That go-getter attitude is part of the reason Tilford has been named the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) 2012 Employee of the Year. She was chosen from the impressive list of 12 Employee of the Month award winners from the past year.

A North Platte, Neb., native, Tilford has worked at UNO full-time since 1990. Previously, she worked part-time in UNO’s Learning Center, Registrar’s Office and Orientation while attending school.

"She does an outstanding job meeting both the needs of the office and supporting the students," said one of her nominators. "Christy reflects the ‘student-centered’ mission of the University in every aspect of her job, always finding time to meet with the students and resolve their issues."

Another nominator praised her calming effect on parents and students and her knack for discussing performance issues with employees.

Possessing in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Admissions process, Tilford’s years of experience make her a valued—and indispensible—part of the UNO community. This past year, Tilford’s days were anything but usual—she assisted walk-in students, evaluated student academic records for admission eligibility, served on committees, maintained PeopleSoft for Admissions Operations and helped fill in while the assistant director position was vacant. She even served as treasurer of UNO’s faculty-staff bowling league as well as for the UNO chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

"I wouldn’t be working here if I didn’t like it," Tilford said. "I like the variety, the challenge and the people."

Tilford was recognized at the Annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Recognition Banquet, on April 24, and received a plaque and monetary gift for the honor.

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month --"Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!" -- program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

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Leave Your Mark on the New UNO Community Engagement Center

The center beam for the UNO Community Engagement Center (CEC) will be available for our university and community stakeholders to sign, through Saturday, May 4 (Graduation Day).

Later in May, the beam will be permanently placed on top of the CEC. The beam will be temporarily located on the upper sidewalk between the UNO Campanile (bell tower) and Criss Library.

Markers will be available at the site.

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UNO Celebrates Buffett Week at Mammel Hall

For one day every year, Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett invites shareholders to visit him in his hometown at the annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting. This year, the "Oracle of Omaha" is being studied and celebrated at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Through Friday, May 3, UNO's College of Business Administration (CBA) will host a number of events focused on Warren Buffett's life and career.

Robert Miles will present "The Genius of Warren Buffett" seminar at Mammel Hall through May 1. Miles is a Buffett scholar, speaker, author and a leading authority on Berkshire Hathaway.

"The Genius of Warren Buffett" will provide 12 two-hour sessions over three days. The sessions will include discussions of Buffett's education timeline in Omaha, management philosophies, mistakes, company governance and philanthropy, just to name a few topics.

Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, will mark the 10th Annual Value Investor Conference, which brings together 180 experienced professional money managers from more than 20 countries to discuss various aspects of investing.

Wrapping up the week, on Friday, May 3, there will be two events that are open to the general public. At 5:30 p.m., various Buffett authors will participate in a book signing, complete with free Dilly bars from Dairy Queen – a Buffett favorite. At 6:45 p.m., Jeremy Lipschultz, director of UNO's School of Communication, will premiere his documentary "Mr. Buffett: The Teacher." Lipschultz's documentary collects video, photos and retrospective interviews about Buffett's tenure as a professor at UNO.

There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited for this event. Interested parties can RSVP by clicking this link. Read more.

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Blackboard Upgrade Scheduled for May 5

Blackboard will be unavailable on Sunday, May 5 from 6 a.m. to approximately 12 p.m. (noon) to install Service Pack 10 and 11 (SP 10/11). Please be aware that, prior to noon, there may be intermittent connectivity due to system testing as Blackboard is brought back online.

This upgrade will not radically affect the functionality of Blackboard. The tools and features students and faculty have grown accustomed to are relatively the same. The most significant impact of the upgrade, will be new Global Navigation through the My Blackboard panel. Additional new features include Assessment Item Analysis, Automated Regrading on Tests, InLine Assignment Grading, Mobile Support for Mashups, and Video Everywhere.

Enhancements of existing features included in this upgrade are: Calendar integration with Due Dates; a "Post before Viewing the Forum" setting in the Discussion Board; and a Fill in the Blank Question Enhancement. This upgrade will also fix the problem with the math equation editor that was discovered in the spring semester.

To get a closer look at these improvements and more:
- Review this brief Blackboard presentation highlighting the enhancements.
- Register and attend hands-on training starting May 6th. For a complete schedule of training sessions go to
- Review the updated Blackboard Help section on the IS/API Web site ( This information can also be accessed by clicking the Help icon within Blackboard.
- Go to Upgrade Central (

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (HELP) or email

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Young Nebraska Scientists Applications Due May 6

Nebraska EPSCoR is accepting applications to attend its Young Nebraska Scientists summer camps, which give middle and high school students exciting science experiences at Nebraska's colleges and universities.

YNS has spaces in five of its six camps, so encourage your students to apply. Camp themes include nanoscience, algae for biofuels, computer programming in Perl (set at UNO) and Python, and biodiversity.

Applications are due by May 6.

For more information, visit this link.

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MavCards Unable to Make Purchases May 7

Due to a CBORD upgrade, MavCards will not be able to be used for purchases or deposits on Tuesday, May 7. This includes both on and off-campus locations.

For more information, please contact MavCard Services at 402.554.2220.

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Innovation in Pedagogy and Technology Symposium May 10

On Friday, May 10, the University of Nebraska Information Technology (UNIT) and University of Nebraska Online Worldwide are joining together to offer an education and technology symposium on the Innovations in Pedagogy and Technology. This symposium will feature nationally recognized speakers, presentations from University of Nebraska faculty, staff and administrators, concurrent sessions focused on emerging technologies, pedagogy/instructional design and support, roundtable discussions and networking time and vendor exhibits. Both a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The symposium will be held at the University of Nebraska−Lincoln City Campus, Union and Multicultural Center starting at 8 a.m. and is an expansion of the annual NU Technology Day.

While all UNO faculty and staff are welcome to attend, registration is requested at

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Students Honored at School of HPER Banquet April 26

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation hosted the 2013 School of HPER Student Banquet Friday, April 26, at the Thompson Alumni Center. HPER faculty, staff, students and their families and friends enjoyed a fun social hour, silent auction and delicious meal. Afterwards, students were recognized for their scholastic and service-oriented contributions. Helping to plan the event were Stacy Sliva and the HPER Student Presidents: Bryce Bachman from Campus Recreation Advisory Board, Katie Kittleson from Maverick Athletic Training Students, Skyler Brooke from Alliance of Fitness Professionals, Hollan Pile from Eta Sigma Gamma and David Peters from Student Recreation and Leisure Society. Assisting at the banquet was Amanda Buker and Lindsey Marr. Presenting that evening was the Director of the School of HPER, Dr. Daniel Blanke.

Many generous donors made it possible to continue the tradition of holding a silent auction at the banquet. Bargains and one-of-a- kind items were up for bid. These items helped raise funds to support HPER Student Organizations and offset future banquet costs.

The main reason for the gathering was to pay tribute the students. The School of HPER is proud to announce the following students for their contributions to the School of HPER, UNO and the community as a whole.

For a complete listing of honorees, click on this link

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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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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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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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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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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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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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