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May Commencement Ceremonies

More than 1,200 students graduated Friday, May 9, during the UNO spring commencement ceremony. Kathy Pfeiffer was awarded the Chancellor's Medal while Chancellor John Christensen received the UNO Alumni Achievment Award.

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Spring Has Arrived

A wide variety of colorful blossoms, new leaves and fragrances have returned to campus to herald springtime. Added to the colors were students studying on the lawns.

UNO Baseball Captures Final NCC Championship


The UNO baseball team won the final North Central Conference (NCC) championship in dominant fashion, defeating Minnesota State, Mankato 17-0, May 11 at Boys Town.

UNO (42-11), ranked No. 18 in Division II and No. 3 in the North Central region, earned an automatic berth into the NCAA II Tournament, starting Thursday, May 15. The championship is UNO's fourth, first since 2005. Read more.

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 Dodge Location and Pacific Location only campuses. There will be no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during summer.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Volunteer Students Needed to be Photographed at Criss Library

Criss Library needs student volunteers willing to be photographed for its upcoming marketing campaign. Photographs will be used in various UNO Criss Library publications, Web site and other marketing materials. 

Students taking part will be photographed using the many offerings of the library like the study rooms, cafĂ© and language lab. Two sessions are available:  Wednesday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, May 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Students only need to be present for one session. Free lunch is included.

If interested, contact Dani Herzog at

Pathways to Harmony Program Offered on May 30

A new and updated Pathways to Harmony program will take place Friday, May 30. The Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room will host the event from 12:30 to 4 p.m. This professional development program brings together students, faculty and staff to explore diversity.

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of equal opportunity of Human Resources. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus." All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

ITS Announces May Blackboard Training

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff have announced a series of myBlackboard training sessions for May. All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, and all sessions will take place in Roskens Hall, room 007B. 

Today, May 13
Getting Started with Blackboard
8:30 a.m. to noon

Thursday, May 15
9 to 11:30 a.m. 

Friday, May 16
Grade Center
9 to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, May 19
9 to 11:30 a.m. 

Tuesday, May 20
Discussion Board/Chat
|9 to11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 21
Grade Center
9 to 11:30 a.m. 

Thursday, May 22
9 to 11:30 a.m. 

Handouts for these sessions can be found on the "Instructor Help" tab at It is recommended that participants read the handouts prior to attending class.  

To register for one of these Blackboard sessions (from on campus):

- Go to:;

- Select the "Month" and click "Go"; 

- Click on the "Register" link next to the course. 

- Enter a SAP Personnel number. (This is the five-digit number on employee picture ID.  It is also on all paycheck stubs.)

- Click "Sign Up" and click "OK" to confirm the personnel number.  An e-mail will be sent to confirm this registration.  

A minimum of five people signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class is required.  An e-mail notification will be sent, if a class is cancelled.

May, June TIAA CREF Schedule

TIAA-CREF representative will visit campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates:

- May 13, 20, 27 and 28

- June 3, 13, 20 and 27

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at the TIAA-CREF office in Omaha at 548.3600 or on the Web at

Members Sought for UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League

The UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League is currently seeking faculty and staff to become regular members or substitutes for the upcoming season. The league begins this Thursday, May 15, with first tee times starting at 4 p.m. For details, call Mike Kult at 554.2539.

HPER Biomechanics Club to Host Talk on Mother-infant Vocal Interaction

Nicholas Smith, from Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH), will speak on campus Friday, May 16. His presentation is titled "The development of mother-infant vocal interaction" and will begin at 1 p.m. in 206 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) as part of the HPER Biomechanics Journal Club. This is a free event open to the university community.

Dr. Smith, serves as staff scientist and as the coordinator in the Perceptual Development Laboratory at BTNRH. His research focuses on behavioral methods to study the development of infants' perceptual and cognitive processing of sounds, such as speech, music and complex tone patterns. Dr. Smith obtained his doctorate in psychology from the University of Toronto in Canada in 2004. Previous to his appointment at BTNRH in 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior.

For more information, contact Lisa Holst at 554.3075 or More information about Dr. Smith and the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory visit


- Richard Wyatt, circulation assistant at Criss Library, submitted a winning poem – "The City" (named after Hans Hoffmann's oil painting "The City") – in the Nebraska Poets on Sheldon Paintings Contest, sponsored by the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln. Wyatt also had his poetry published in the journal ABZ, a magazine dedicated to poetry.

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