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Danny Revers Named Employee of the Year

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Meet UNO's very own Dr. Doolittle - Danny Revers. Revers was named the 2008 Employee of the Year at the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council recognition dinner April 30. An animal care technician he was selected based on his dedication to animal care on campus.

Pictured (center), he was presented with a certificate and a monetary award from Chancellor John Christensen (at left) and SAC President Ivory Bob (at right).  Revers was selected from a pool of 12 past Employee of the Month winners for his work with UNO's Animal Facilities.

Revers has worked at the University of Nebraska for more than 30 years, with the last 15 at UNO. During that time, he was responsible for moving the facility and its animals from Arts and Sciences Hall to Allwine Hall in 2001 and numerous accreditation visits. In his nomination a co-worker wrote, "Animal husbandry is a job that requires a very responsible person, and Danny fits the bill perfectly. Danny really cares for the animals under his charge, and it shows in his work. With Danny on the job, we don't have to worry if the animals are happy and secure."

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Henningson Memorial Campanile Concert

UNO carilloneur James Johnson performed a concert April 30 in honor of the late Margre Henningson Durham on the mechanical keyboard at the top of the Henningson Memorial Campanile.

UNO Commencement May 9 at the Civic

More than 1,200 students will graduate Friday, May 9, during the UNO spring commencement ceremony. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Read more.

Parking Update from Campus Security

Several parking changes will take place on campus due to renovation of the HPER building, construction of the new College of Business Administration building and the opening of Maverick Village.

Some changes will happen over the summer as these projects get underway. 

With the opening of Maverick Village comes the addition of a second parking structure at the Dodge Street location. The new structure along University Drive South, west of Maverick Village, will be reserved parking.

Students living at University Village (UV) and Maverick Village (MV) and parking a vehicle on campus will be restricted to lots L and J. Lot L is currently used by UV residents. Lot J will be designated as the new University Drive South parking structure. There is enough capacity in lots L and J to allow all the residents of UV and MV to have a parking place. A permit will be required, as well as a surcharge, to park in lots J and L. An access card will be necessary to enter either lot.

However, not all students who live at the Dodge Street location have a vehicle on campus. There will be additional spaces in lots J and L. Commuter students, faculty and staff may purchase a permit/access card on a first come, first serve basis. The two lots will not be over-sold. The permit for lots J and L will likely be valid only in lots J and L. The permits will also be honored in the appropriate lots at the Pacific Street and Center Street locations.

Additional changes for the fall include:

A portion of lot 6 at the Pacific Street location will be closed for construction of the new CBA building.

Lots O and Q at the Dodge Street location will be closed for renovation of HPER.

The spaces used during construction on the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building in lot N will be available.

Lot Q will be temporarily moved to lot N to accommodate the faculty/staff stalls lost during renovation of HPER.

Lot R will be reduced by 10 spaces with the Henningson Plaza expansion project.

The University Village parking lot, west of lot G, will return to student parking.

Parking will again be available at the Crossroads Mall parking garage. No permit is required.

Updates will be posted throughout the summer at http://www.unomaha.edu/parking. For more information contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Retirement Reception Today for Laura Dickson

The university community is invited to a retirement reception for Laura Dickson, business librarian, today, May 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center's Chancellor's Room. 

Professor Dickson has worked in Criss Library since 1985 in various capacities - business librarian, chair of the Reference Department and reference desk coordinator.  For more information, contact Linda Parker at 554.3207.

Bookstore Customer Appreciation Sale Begins May 5

The UNO Bookstore will host a customer appreciation sale Monday, May 5, through Friday, May 9. Customers who buy one UNO or Maverick apparel item at full price will receive a second item for half price. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

Bookstore hours during the sale are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360 or jbrooks@mail.unomaha.edu.

UCAT Offers Registration Fee to June CASTL Conference

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) invites faculty applications to attend a national-level conference on the scholarship of teaching and learning to be held in Omaha, June 4-7, 2008.

E-mail applications directed to Alice Woll addressing the main points of the 2007-08 Designated Conference Application form available at http://www.unomaha.edu/ucat/grants.php will be quickly reviewed for funding of the $350 conference registration fee.

Creighton University will host the 2008 National Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Institute: Developing Scholars of Teaching and Learning. Richard Gale, CASTL consulting scholar, has described the institute as "the vanguard campus training program for faculty committed to the scholarly investigation of student learning."

The 2008 Institute theme, "Professional Dispositions and Values," encourages exploration of the attributes, values and habits of mind that allow reflective inquiry.  Conference details are available at http://www2.creighton.edu/castl2008. A summary of last year's CASTL conference experience by UNO attendees is available at the UCAT Web site listed above.

Bookstore "Book Buy Back" Continues

The "book buy back" event in the UNO Bookstore continues through Friday, May 9. Individuals must have a current picture ID to participate.

Bookstore hours during the book buy back period are:

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, May 3
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

Retirement Reception for Kris Bell Set for May 5

After 23 years of service, Kris Bell, assistant to the vice chancellor for UNO Academic and Student Affairs, will retire next month. She and her husband are moving to Phoenix, Ariz.

A retirement reception for Bell will take place Monday, May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

For more information, contact Angie Sargus at 554.2907.

Submissions Sought for UNO Calendar of Events

Want to increase attendance at a campus activity?  Try promoting it with the online UNO Calendar of Events.

Among other events, the calendar (http://events.unomaha.edu/) lists a HPER Biomechanics Journal Club lecture featuring Nicholas Smith, staff scientist and coordinator in the Perceptual Development Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital.  The event - "The Development of Mother-Infant Vocal Interaction" - begins Friday, May 16, at 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

"Please make submitting items to the calendar a regular part of your work routine," said Beverly Newsam, public relations technician in University Relations and Calendar of Events administrator. "The calendar can be a useful tool for the campus and community, if it's utilized."   

Calendar items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site (http://events.unomaha.edu/) and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.  Categories for submissions include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, performances and miscellaneous.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below. All submissions are edited by University Relations for grammar and spelling before they are posted.  Usually, events show up on the calendar within 24 hours of their submission. 

(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to http://events.unomaha.edu/.

2. Click on the "Logon" button.

3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.

4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.

5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.

6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.

7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.

8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.

9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to submit events to the calendar, but it is well worth it for everyone," Newsam said. "Those with questions should call University Relations or stop by 108 Eppley Administration Building."

For more information, call 554.2129.

In the News

In the News

- The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs) quoted Jason Blohm, assistant director of Recruitment Services, in its April 13 issue about high school students preparing for college. The article also quoted David Cicotello, director of New Student Enrollment.

- David Boocker, the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured in an April 19 article in the Omaha World-Herald about his new role with the university. Dr. Boocker will start this summer.

- Department of English professors Lisa Knopp and John Price were featured in the April 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about their new books. Price was also the subject of a feature story in the April 10 issue of The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs).

- Athletic Director David Miller was quoted in the April 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the "O" logo. Miller was also interviewed for an April 21 Omaha World-Herald column by Robert Nelson.

- An April 30 article in the Omaha World-Herald featured quotes from Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology. Walker discussed unsolved criminal cases.

- Service Learning students and faculty who participated in Global Youth Service Day on April 26 were featured in stories in the Omaha World-Herald and on WOWT (NBC 6). The students volunteered their time to clean up a number of parks with the help of local elementary students.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Rami Arav, Bethsaida Excavations Project, published the entries "Bethsaida" and "Cana in Galilee" in the Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus, Craig A. Evans, (ed.), Routledge, New York and London, 2008.  He also published "Bethsaida" in The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, Ephraim Stern, (ed), volume 5, Supplementary Volume, Jerusalem and Washington, D.C., 2008.

- R. F. Sabirianov and W. N. Mei of the Department of Physics recently co-authored and published a paper in the May 2008 edition of the IOP Publishing journal, the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. The duo's paper, "The surface stability of CoS2(100)," also is available online at http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/-ffissn=0953-8984/-ff30=all/0953-8984/20/21/215231.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Discount Available to "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose
UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible for a ticket discount to the June 6-22 productions of "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. 

To receive the discounted ticket price of $20 (main floor) and $15 (balcony), those who are interested need to fill out an order form and return it to The Rose Theater. Click on the link below to access the ticket order form. To have a form faxed to a campus office, call 554.2358.

"The Wizard of Oz" Ticket Order Form

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 402.502.4625 or lindya@rosetheater.org.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Spring Thesis Exhibition Concludes Today
Today, May 2, is everyone's last chance to view the "Spring 2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition" in the UNO Art Gallery. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.