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At the June 5, 1950, commencement ceremony, the University of Omaha (OU) awarded 341 degrees. This number, combined with the estimated 100 degrees to be awarded later that summer, was expected to bring the grand total of degrees granted during the lifetime of OU to more than 3,200. Approximately 1,500 students had graduated during the 12 years the university had been located at the Elmwood Park location. The 1948, 1949 and 1950 classes produced 996 graduates, about the same number that had been graduated in the first 20 years of the university.

Date: June 5, 1950
Source: That You May Know
Compiled by Criss Library Archives

Chuck Johanningsmeier

In His Own Words: My Fulbright Year in Leipzig

by Chuck Johanningsmeier

When I began planning my application for a Fulbright Fellowship about two years ago, I knew that teaching and living abroad for an entire year would be a great experience, ...continue

PRSSA to Host "Kids 'N' Kans" Carnival Today

Donated food cans will be the admission to the "Kids 'N' Kans" carnival, set for today, June 5.

Students from the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) organized the event, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the northeast corner of Elmwood Park. Children of all ages are welcome.

The event is being held in conjunction with National Hunger Awareness Day, and all cans collected will be donated to the Omaha Food Bank.

One can buys three tickets to a variety of activities, like face painting, three-legged races and pie eating contests. Prizes will be awarded to the winning participants.  A dollar donation will also buy tickets to the carnival.

"The pairing of elevated gas prices and children being home from school for the summer has really drained our pantries," said Jewel Knapp, public relations coordinator for the Omaha Food Bank. "Families who were just barely making it now have to make a choice between filling a gas tank to get to work or putting the needed, extra meals on the table. That is a terrible choice to have to make."

The community is urged to donate food cans for this event, even if they cannot attend. Most of the activities and prizes have been donated by local area businesses, through the PRSSA.

For more information, contact Jaime Ishii at 201.7798 or

Fidelity Representative Campus Visits Slated

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions June 28, July 26 and Aug. 9.

Employees can call 1.800.642.7131 to make an appointment with Anderson.

Criss Library Summer Hours

The Criss Library hours of operation, through Friday, Aug. 10, are as follows:

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

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

- Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.

Additionally, the library will be closed Wednesday, July 4 (the Fourth of July holiday)..

Summer Shuttle Schedule Under Way

Summer shuttle service is now operating, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the north and south campuses only. There will be no shuttle service to Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through Friday, Aug. 24. Motorcycles may be parked at the following locations at the Dodge and Pacific locations:

- Parking structure (stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, for details);

- Northwest corner of Lot A (north of Kayser Hall);

- Northwest corner of Lot M (south of Criss Library); and

- Southwest corner of Lot 2 (north of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute).

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Discount Available to Ringling Bros. Circus

UNO faculty and staff are eligible for a ticket discount to several Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey productions of "Bellobration!" at Qwest Center Omaha.  Discounted show times are Saturday, June 9, at 3:30 p.m. or Sunday, June 10, at 1 p.m. 

According to the circus flier, "Bellobration!" is a hair-raising circus celebration, where comic daredevil Bello and his fantastic friends from "The Greatest Show on Earth" throw a party that cannot be topped.

The discounted prices for the June 9-10 productions are $17 (regularly $20), $12 (regularly $15) and $7 (regularly $10).

Three options are available to receive the discounted ticket price: in person, by phone or online. Click on the link below for details and to obtain a copy of the promotional flier. To have a flier faxed to your office, call 554.2358.

Discount Flier

For more information, contact Group Tickets USA at 888.770.1976 or


Students Honored at 2007 Banquet
The UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) hosted the 2007 HPER Banquet April 20. The event, designed to celebrate the students and their accomplishments of the past year, was held at Anthony's Restaurant. Presidents of the various student organizations within the UNO School of HPER planned the banquet.

This year's recipients are highlighted below.

Outstanding Service Award
Graduate students
Rebecca Wardlaw (athletic training), Sara Meyers and Christine Sjoberg (exercise science), Beth Bruck-Upton (fitness wellness management), Erin Scheckels (recreation administration), Susan Buchanan (recreation therapy), and Melissa Jackson and Shandalee Ramet (health education). 

Undergraduate Students
Jessica O'Neel (athletic training), Nick Armentrout (exercise science), Sonja Russell (community health education), Rebecca Chambers (health education pedagogy) and Lindsey Nelson (physical education teacher preparation).

Helen B. Hewett Scholarship
Kellyn Kramolisch, Crystall Goforth, Lindsey Nelson, Jenny Peterson and Melissa Pawling.

Moe and Irene Mellion Scholarship
Jessica O'Neel and Tara Peerenboom. 

Ernie Gorr Scholarship Award
Caitlin Curran.

Kate Field Grant-in-Aid Scholarship
Sara Myers.

University Committee on Research Grant
Jessie Huisinga.

Campus Recreation Student Employee of the Year
Jordan Kuhl.

NASPE Outstanding Physical Education Major of the Year Award
Derek Keasling (physical education teacher preparation) and Morgan Chaffin (exercise science).

AAHE Outstanding Health Education Major of the Year
Sonja Russell.

University Honors Convocation Awards
Kellyn Kramolisch (physical education teacher preparation), Melissa Kelly (exercise science), Melissa Pawling (athletic training), Caitlin Curran (therapeutic recreation), Brian Crosby (recreation administration) and Sonja Russell (community health education). 

For more information, contact Jeff Curtis at 554.2761 or

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