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2013.03.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Colleges to Host Range of Events During First Week of April

Omaha - As the Spring 2013 semester winds down, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host several important events to open the month of April. Colleges represented through the events include Arts and Sciences (ASH); Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM); Information Science and Technology (IS&T); Business Administration (CBA); and Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

A list of events and event descriptions follows:

New Online Options for Gerontology
With the Administration on Aging predicting the number of American citizens aged 65 and older to reach 55 million by 2020, the need for elder-focused education is a necessity. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Gerontology is announcing options designed to make it easier to make a difference in the lives of elders.

Beginning with the Fall 2013 semester a series of newly-approved certificate programs and a Master of Arts degree will be available exclusively online for the first time.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate certificates in gerontology, the department is also offering an online dual degree/certificate in gerontology and interior design. Given the aging population, the need for designing living spaces that accommodate the needs of older adults is constantly growing.

A Master of Arts in gerontology will also be offered online. The degree offers thesis and non-thesis options. For more information about the new online courses in gerontology, visit www.unomaha.edu/geronline.

Contact Paul Falkowski at pfalkowski@unomaha.edu or at 402.554.3780 with any further questions. For media requests, please contact Charley Reed, media relations coordinator, at cdreed@unomaha.edu or at 402.554.2129.

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Disability Awareness Week
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be celebrating the experiences and accomplishments of those who happen to live with disabilities with Disability Awareness Week, beginning Monday, April 1.

Disability Awareness Week will feature three unique events, all in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons, room 132D:

On April 1, there will be a showing of the film “The Voice of 650 Million Times One” and a discussion to follow. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The film is a documentary that takes you through Africa and Asia and tells the story of powerful people who stand up for their rights and fight for a dignified life despite all difficulties they need to conquer.

On Wednesday, April 3, a visiting speaker, Jane Gravel, Ph.D., will discuss how the issues of race and disability intertwine and impact criminal justice in America. The event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. in the CPACS Collaborating Commons and is open to the first 40 UNO students, faculty or staff.

On Thursday, April 4, another film and discussion will take place with the showing of “Black Sun,” an award-winning documentary the assault and blinding of New York artist and filmmaker Hugues de Montalembert and his ability to persevere after. The even takes place from noon to 2 p.m.

Events are sponsored by Network for Disability Awareness, Student Organizations & Leadership Programs, American Multicultural Students, and Maverick Diversity Coalition. For media requests, please contact Charley Reed, media relations coordinator, at cdreed@unomaha.edu or at 402.554.2129.

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Petite Musqiue
During the Spring 2013 semester, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Music has organized the Petite Musique Concert Series, which provides short, themed performances lasting no longer than one hour.

On Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m., the fourth installment in this series will feature four performances by Scott Shinbara, instructor of percussion, at UNO.

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

For questions, contact Stacie Haneline at shaneline@unomaha.edu and for media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at cdreed@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.2129.

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UNO College of IS&T Offers Spring 2013 IT Academy for Professionals
Information technology professionals are invited to attend the April 2013 IT Professional Academy hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science and Technology.

IT Academy sessions will be held on Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), 1110 S. 67th St., on UNO’s Pacific Campus.

The IS&T IT Academy combines current research with problems of practical interest to IT professionals. Each session includes specific learning outcomes that are met by theoretical discussions, problem-solving activities and/or practical in-class applications of the session topics.

Topics for the upcoming session include:
- Increasing Individual Creative Capacity: Techniques to Improve Innovative Thinking
- Lean IT: Save Money, Reduce Time to Deliver, Focus on Your Business
- Security Challenges and Opportunities in Cloud Computing
- Analysis and Visualization of Complex Networks

For more information, or to register, visit www.itacademy.unomaha.edu or call 402.554.6064. For questions about the workshop, contact Amanda Rucker, communications specialist for the College of IS&T, at 402.554.2070. For media requests contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

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Puerto Rican Social Activist to Speak About Student Strikes April 5
Gamelyn F. Oduardo Sierra, a Puerto Rican lawyer and social activist, will be on campus Friday, April 5, to speak about the 2010 and 2011 student strikes in Puerto Rico that shut down all but one of the University of Puerto Rico campuses.

The event takes place in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Commons, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sierra was a member of the Student Strike Coordinating Committee for the flagship campus of Rio Piedras.

The event is sponsored by the UNO chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies.

For more information, contact Thomas Sanchez, UNO-AAUP president, at 402.554.4977 or thomassanchez@unomaha.edu. For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at cdreed@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.2129.

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UNO to Host Social Media-and-Business Seminar
The worlds of business and social media will collide on the campus of University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Friday, April 5, as part of a special Customer Experience Management Seminar.

From 8 a.m. to noon at Mammel Hall, business leaders and educators will speak on the topic of getting and keeping customers by using multiple communication channels. The goal of the presentations is to discuss innovative solutions that can make your company stand out, especially among the Millennial Generation.

Registration is free and open to the public for this event. To register, please visit http://sensiple.com/cxmseminar/registration.aspx.

For questions about the event, please contact Mike Breazeale, assistant professor of marketing, at mbreazeale@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.2547. For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at cdreed@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.2129.

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