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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 for Drs. Mike Carroll and Judy Harrington Today

The Goodrich Scholarship Program (along with the Department of English) is hosting an all-campus retirement reception for Drs. Mike Carroll and Judy Harrington today, 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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Summer Group Ex Schedule Begins Today

The summer Group Exercise ("Group Ex") schedule is now online at

Classes begin today, May 6, and will run throughout the summer. Please check the online schedule for room changes and updates.

Contact David Daniels at 402.554.2008 for further information.

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Young Nebraska Scientists Applications Due Today

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 today, May 6.

For more information, visit this link.

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Criss Library Announces Summer Hours

Following are the Criss Library summer hours from May 5 through August 25.

- Sunday: Noon to 9 p.m.

- Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.

For a complete schedule of holidays and other schedule exceptions, visit

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Required Reading to Begin Airing May 9

"Required Reading," a program that showcases UNO authors and their works, is set to air for the first time May 9 at 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on The Knowledge Network (Cox channel 18 and CenturyLink channel 66).

The first program features "Sky Harbor," a collection of poetry by Miles Waggener, faculty member of the University of Nebraska Omaha's Writer's Workshop; "Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama," a study of how American presidents have done in terms of advancing liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights by UNO Criminal Justice Professor Emeritus Sam Walker; and "Draping Period Costumes, Classical Greek to Victorian," by UNO Theatre Professor and Costume Designer Sharon Sobel.

"Required Reading" is a presentation from the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media and UNO Television.

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Poker Walk/Run May 15

Mark your calendars for the 14th Annual UNO Poker Walk/Run Wednesday, May 15, at noon. The event coincides with National Employee Health and Fitness Day. Registration and the start/finish line will take place in front of the HPER building.

Registration is free, and no advanced registration is needed. Please spread the word and invite friends and co-workers. For more information, view this flier.

Questions? Please contact David Daniels at 402.554.2008 or or Skyler Brooke at 402.554.2008 or

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KVNO Classical Kids Recital May 19

KVNO-FM, UNO's classical music radio station, is pleased to announce the Classical Kids Showcase Recital, the newest initiative in the popular Classical Kids program. Each year the Classical Kids program recognizes twelve outstanding young musicians from the greater Omaha metropolitan area. This year's Classical Kids will perform onstage at a public recital beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Among those performing will be violinist Kaitlyn Maria Filippini. Ms. Filippini has shared the stage with Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mary J. Blige and many other local and nationally renowned performing artists. Kaitlyn Maria Filippini is also a former KVNO Classical Kid.

There is no charge for admission to this concert, but seating is limited and attendees must reserve their tickets in advance. Tickets can be reserved by calling 402.554.5866 during regular business hours. For more information, please contact KVNO's Music Director, Ben Rasmussen, at 402.554-5877.

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Online Survey By UNO Geography, Geology Aims to Study Omaha Residency Motivations

A new online survey from the UNO Department of Geography/Geology aims to measure why some residents have chosen to live downtown rather than elsewhere in the greater Omaha metropolitan area.

Many UNO faculty, staff and students live downtown and are welcome to participate. The survey can be found at the following address:

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Winners Announced at Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council Recognition Banquet

Members of the UNO community were asked to nominate UNO faculty, managerial/professional, and office/service staff for the Staff Advisory Council Award and office/service staff for the Spirit of Service Award, both presented by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). All UNO Faculty, Managerial/Professional (M/P), and Office/Service (O/S) staff members in good standing were eligible to be nominated on the basis of exemplary support to UNO staff members.

Congratulations to the award recipients and the new SAC members.

The following is a list of award recipients who were honored at the Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council Recognition Banquet on April 24:

Spirit of Service Award winner: Larry Mason

Employee of the Year: Christy Tilford

Staff Advisory Council Recognition Award: Teresa Carlson

The new members who were elected to serve on Staff Advisory Council are listed below:

Student Services, MBSC (M/P) – Jodi Cramer
Student Services, MBSC (O/S) – Brenda Frye

Business/Finance & Support Services; Information Services (M/P) – Matt Galardi

Office of the Chancellor; University Communications; Academic/Student Affairs, Graduate Program Office (O/S) –Lisa Paskewitz

College of Arts & Science; International Studies; College of Engineering (M/P) – Stephanie McGowan

College of Business and College of Information Science (O/S) – Barb Henney

College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media; Criss Library; College of Public Affairs and Community Service (M/P) –Teonne Wright and Ashley Cunningham

College of Engineering and Peter Kiewit Institute (O/S) – Brenda Painter

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In The News

UNO Partners With Innovation Accelerator
On Sunday, May 5, the Omaha World-Herald published a feature on a new partnership between UNO and the Innovation Accelerator program, which helps finds means and connections to help monitize research from faculty and students. UNO's IT Innovation program, part of the College of Information Science & Technology, was features as an example of the kinds of research that could be monitized through the UNOIA.

Record Attendance at Spring 2013 Graduation
Despite weather conditions on Saturday, May 4, UNO held its graduation ceremonies on campus in front of a record 14,000. Over 1500 students were given diplomas on Saturday with WOWT, KETV, KMTV, and the Omaha World-Herald providing information and coverage.

UNO Buffett Events Previewed on KETV
In their "Welcome to the Weekend" segment, KETV provided coverage of a number of Warren Buffett-themed events going on Friday at Mammel Hall, including a giant portrait of Buffett made out of scannable barcodes, a documentary about Buffett as a teacher at UNO, and a large book signing in the Mammel Hall atrium.

Shatel Discusses Ak-Sar-Ben Race Track, Mentions UNO
On Thursday, May 2, Tom Shatel's column focused on the Ak-Sar-Ben race track ahead of the upcoming Kentucky Derby. Much of the land where the former Ak-Sar-Ben track stood is now home to buildings like UNO's Mammel Hall.

KETV Talks to Students About Dating Apps on Phones
On Friday, May 3, KETV ran a story about using technology, like phone apps, for the purposes of dating. The station talked to several students about the concept and whether or not they had used mobile technology for the purpose of dating or relationships.

Students Talk to KETV About Talking to, Meeting Warren Buffett
After his visit to UNO's Mammel Hall on Thursday, May 2, a story about his live interview for Fortune magazine and the students from UNO who got to ask him questions was featured on KETV. Similar stories were featured on and KMTV

UNO School of Social Work Mentioned in The Reader
In a recent article in the Omaha Reader, UNO's Grace Abbott School of Social Work was mentioned for their hosting of the Peace and Justice Expo recently, which included guest speaker and CODEPINK founder Medea Benjamin.

Falconer Al-Hindi Quoted in Daily Record
Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, professor of women's studies, was quoted in the Omaha Daily Record discussing wage and payment gaps for women in Nebraska.

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Open Parking Notice

Through 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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Lot D Closed for Construction Through May 31

Lot D, west of Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC), will be closed through Friday, May 31 for installation of a new water main.

Questions? Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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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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Faculty Senate to Meet May 8

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room

Newly elected senators will be taking their seats at this meeting, so current and newly elected senators should attend. All those interested are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator, Sue Bishop, at 402.554.3598 or

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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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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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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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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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