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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.



Buffett Week Continues 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).

All week long, UNO's College of Business Administration (CBA) has hosted a number of events focused on Warren Buffett's life and career.

Day two of the 10th Annual Value Investor Conference, is today.  The annual event brings together 180 experienced professional money managers from more than 20 countries to discuss various aspects of investing.

This evening, the week will wrap up with 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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Pacific Shuttle Bus Summer Schedule Begins Today

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

The Crossroads Shuttle Service will start back up when Fall Semester begins on Monday, August 26.

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

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Omaha Community Playhouse Production to Feature UNO Connections

Department of Theatre faculty Sharon Sobel and Steven L. Williams have designed the costumes (Sobel) and scenery (Williams) for Omaha Community Playhouse's world premiere of Ellen Struves' "Recommended Reading for Girls."

The production is directed by UNO Theatre adjunct Dr. Amy M. Lane and features alumni Shannon Jackson, Olivia Sather and Amy Schweid.

The play opens today, May 3.

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UNO Celebrates Together: Spring Commencement May 4

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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UNO Bookstore Student Appreciation Sale Ends May 4

The UNO Bookstore is holding its annual Student Appreciation Sale through 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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Leave Your Mark on the New UNO Community Engagement Center Through May 4

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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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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Warren Buffett Posts First Tweet During UNO Interview

Warren Buffett, also known as "The Oracle of Omaha," sent out his first-ever tweet during an interview at the UNO College of Business Administration's Mammel Hall.

Using the Twitter handle @WarrenBuffett, Buffett tweeted: "Warren is in the house."

Buffett was on-hand to speak to students who attended the interview.

From the Spring of 1957 through the Spring of 1961, for six semesters, Buffett was scheduled to teach the "Intelligent Investing" class at the then University of Omaha College of Adult Education.

Buffett Posting His First Tweet.

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College of IS&T Round Table with Broes De Cat May 14

The UNO College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) will welcome Broes De Cat to its round table discussion May 14. Broes De Cat will speak on the subject of "Recent Advances in Automated Search Algorithms."

Broes De Cat is a 2009 computer science graduate of KU Leuven, a research-intensive, internationally oriented university located in the heart of western Europe. His master’s thesis focused on automatically adapting railway schedules in cases of unforeseen circumstances such as delays or material breakdown.

This talk will provide an overview of important developments in solving search problems and finding solutions to a given set of constraints. These involve integrating SAT with Constraint Programming and include lifting inference techniques to handle general input languages.

The roundtable will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 279 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The presentation starts promptly at noon.

Please RSVP to Angela Nastase at 402.554.4150 or by May 13.

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In The News

Warren Buffett Talks Women in Business at UNO College of Business Administration
On Thursday, May 2, billionaire investor Warren Buffett was on hand at Mammel Hall for an interview with Fortune magazine, which was also live streamed on The topic of the interview included women in business and how too few women take credit for their successes. The story was picked up nationally by outlets like USA Today and Bloomberg

"Warren's in the house"
Also on Thursday while at Mammel Hall, Warren Buffett made history with his first "tweet," which read "Warren's in the house." The tweet was retweeted by thousands on Twitter and was the focus of dozens of national news stories.

Crank Quoted on Police Training
John Crank, professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday, May 1, about some updated training being given to Omaha police after a probe found that they used excessive force during an arrest in March

Derrick Receives Innovator of the Year Award
On Friday, April 26, the Midlands Business Journal provided coverage of Infotec 2013, a conference dedicated to information technology. At the conference, Doug Derrick, assistant professor of IT innovation, received the award for "Innovator of the Year."

Peace and Justice Expo Previewed by KETV
On Tuesday, May 1, a special "Peace and Justice" expo was held in the Milo Bail Student Center. The event was previewed by KETV during their morning broadcast that day.

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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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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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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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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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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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UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League Opening Available

There is an opening for one team in the Faculty/Staff Golf League. A team is 4-8 players with each team having four players play each week. League play is Thursday nights with tee times between 4-4:30 beginning May 9th with an 11 week regular season, followed by a 1 week playoff. For more information contact Rob Silvers at 402.554.2634 or

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