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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.

Spring Commencement at Civic Today

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

Faculty members who plan to attend commencement should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall.

A shuttle bus for faculty/staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC. Read more.

Finalists Named for Black Studies Chair

Three finalists have been named for chair of the Department of Black Studies. Each finalist will visit campus later this month, and the campus community is invited to attend the public meetings.

Kibibi Mack-Shelton is currently employed at University of Richmond as associate professor of History. She received degrees in the following areas: Ph.D., SUNY-Binghamton University; MA, Northwestern University, both in the area of History. The campus and public are invited to attend Dr. Mack-Shelton's presentation Monday, May 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Nikitah Imani is currently employed at James Madison University as associate professor Sociology. Dr. Imani received degrees in the following areas: Doctorate and Master of Arts in Sociology, University of Florida (Gainesville). The campus and public are invited to attend Dr. Imani's presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

Omowale Akintunde is currently employed at the University of Southern Indiana in the Department of Teacher Education. He received degrees in the following areas: Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Missouri-Columbia; Master of Music Education, Alabama State University (Montgomery). The campus and public are invited to attend Dr. Akintunde's presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room.

For more information, call the Department of Black Studies at 554.2412.

myFolder Unavailable on May 10-11

Information Technology Services (ITS) has scheduled an extended downtime for the myFolder file storage system (also known to some as their H:\ drive). myFolder will be unavailable from 6 p.m., Saturday, May 10, to approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.

This upgrade will increase system reliability and will not adversely affect files that are stored on myFolder. UNO faculty and staff will see no noticeable changes in the way they use the system.

For more information, contact the ITS Customer Services Helpdesk at 554.HELP (4357), stop by 104 Eppley Administrative Building during normal business hours or e-mail

Convenience Store to Close in May for MBSC Renovations

Two minor renovation projects will begin on Monday, May 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) impacting the Convenience Store and the first level south entrance.

The Convenience Store is scheduled to be closed for two weeks as new paint and floor covering materials are installed. Bottled beverages will be available in the second floor Food Court area.

The first level south entrance will partially close as new carpet materials are installed. The east half of the entrance will be closed first to allow for demolition of existing carpet and installation of new materials. The west half of this entrance will close after work is completed on the east section. The east area will be open for access to the building as work continues on the west section. This work is expected to be completed by Saturday, May 17.

Signage will be posted around both project areas. For additional information, contact Ed Svajgl at 554.2500.

ASH Central Elevator to Undergo Repairs

From Monday, May 12, through Friday, Aug. 15, the central elevator in Arts and Sciences Hall will undergo an upgrade and will be out of service. The south west elevator will continue to provide service between floors one and three. There will be no elevator service to the fourth floor during this period.

Facilities Management and Planning staff apologize for any inconvenience; however, the work is necessary to bring the elevator up to code.

Questions and concerns can be directed to Walt Burr at 960.9819

Cost of Postage Stamps to Increase May 12

UNO Mail Services staff would like to remind faculty, staff and students of the recent postage rate increase, in which the postal rate commission approved a one-cent price hike for first-class mail stamps.

"On Monday, May 12, the cost will be increased from 41 cents to 42 cents for first-class mail stamps," said Sandy Walling, manager of UNO Mail Services. "One-cent stamps will be available for customers to use with their 41-cent stamps at Mail Services."

One-cent stamps will not be available until the date the postage rate hike takes effect. Customers can continue to use the "forever stamps" that they purchased prior to May 12 at 41 cents, even after the price change. Mail Services also has "forever stamps" in stock for purchase, which will always be valid as first-class postage on standard envelopes weighing one ounce or less, regardless of any subsequent increases in the first-class rate.

UNO Mail Services is located in 106 Eppley Administrative Building. For more information, visit or call 554.2337.

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 ( 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 ( 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

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

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, and Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), were featured in the May 1 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star about Nebraska's Hispanic population.

- Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was interviewed during the Cinco de Mayo parade May 3 on La Preciosa (1180 AM). She discussed the meaning of the holiday and answered questions about challenges facing the Latino community, as well as the role of OLLAS and UNO addressing those issues. Dr. Gouveia was also quoted in the May 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Mexican veterans and Cinco de Mayo.

- The May 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about graduate students Gretchen Gonzales and William Yost, who developed the AutoBar for their senior thesis project. Students Mark Huebner, Donell Brown and Edward Dale were also featured about a system they created to remove snow from driveways. Also, students Justin Bogenreif, Casey Deyle and Cowan Wasser were mentioned for the Smart Fridge they developed.

- KFAB (1110 AM) interviewed student Cristina Popesco about the therapy system she and her fellow graduate students created for residents at the Douglas County Health Center on May 5. WOWT (NBC 6) also profiled the students' group project.

- L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger, associate professor of biology, was a guest on "Consider This" the week of May 2. She has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research at the University of Oslo in Norway. Joining Dr. Wolfenbarger on "Consider This" were her husband, UNO professor of biology John McCarty, and their nine-year-old son.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Two faculty members in the English Department published nonfiction books this spring. John Price's memoir, Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships, was published by Da Capo/Perseus Books. Lisa Knopp's essay collection, Interior Places, was published by the University of Nebraska Press.  Both teach creative nonfiction and American literature.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Keyboard Concerts May 11-13 at Strauss
The 14th annual Robert M. Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts will take place Sunday through Tuesday, May 11-13, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The performances consist of three concerts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Read more.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.