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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.

Activate Omaha 2008 Commuter Challenge Kicks Off

Tired of outrageous gas prices? Tired of contributing to global warming? There's a simple solution. Activate Omaha, in collaboration with WELCOM and Bikeable Communities!, will host the Third Annual Omaha Metro Bicycle Commuter Challenge now through Sunday, Aug. 17.

"We hope to promote healthy lifestyle choices for Omahans, as well as create excitement and awareness around cycling in the Omaha Metro area," said John Noble, associate professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). "UNO will have a commuter team and you can become a part of it. You don't have to be a serious cyclist to participate and can join in anytime."

All participants have to do for the 14-week challenge is bike to work about 1.5 days or 14.3 miles a week and record mileage and days. This challenge leads up to Corporate Cycling Challenge, on Aug. 17. If participants are able to bike to campus and earn 200 points over the course of the summer (10 points for each bicycle commute and 1 point per mile), part of or their entire UNO cycling jersey for the Corporate Cycling Challenge will be paid for.

"Live in West Omaha or Bellevue and think it's too far to bike? Just put your bike in or on your vehicle and drive to a preferred location to park and bike from there," Dr. Noble said.

More information will be sent to those who wish to participate. To sign up contact, Dr. Noble at johnnoble@mail.unomaha.edu. The Commuter Challenge is for faculty and staff of UNO. Students who want to participate can contact Jessica Dozark at jdozark@unomaha.edu.

UNO Golf at Fourth National Finals Meet

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The UNO women's golf team will try to carry its momentum from winning the North Regional tournament into this week's NCAA Division II national meet. The 72-hole, eight-team tournament is under way at Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. Read more.

Faculty Senate to Meet Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet today, May 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. The meeting will begin at 2:15 p.m. Outgoing senators will be recognized and new officers will be elected. All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Scott Tarry at 554.3190 or Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

Annual Service Awards Set for June 25

Preparations are under way for the 2008 Service Awards Ceremony. The 2008 luncheon will take place Wednesday, June 25, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

R.S.V.P. cards will be sent out to all receiving awards starting this week. All full-time regular and part-time regular UNO faculty and staff who have completed five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service within the University of Nebraska between Oct. 1, 2007, to Sept. 30, 2008, will be honored.

For more information, contact Kristy Johnson at 554.2321.

Parking Update from Campus Security

Several parking changes will take place on campus due to renovation of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (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. Read more.

myMail Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations Offered

Information Technology Services (ITS) will upgrade myMail (Lotus Notes) to version 8.0 in June. To prepare for this new version, ITS staff will offer several Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations focused on Lotus Notes 8.

All sessions will cover the same material and all faculty and staff are welcome to attend. No registration is required for these sessions.

The days, locations and times:

- Tuesday, May 20
210 Arts and Sciences Hall
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, May 28
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room
Noon to 1 p.m.

- Thursday, June 5
155 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Friday, June 13
MBSC Unomaha Room
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Additional resources have been added to http://mymail.unomaha.edu to familiarize users with the upgrade. The Lotus Notes 8 Upgrade Information module is located in the center of the page. myMail FAQ's (Version 8) can also be found on the "Help Tab."

For questions, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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 dherzog@unomaha.edu.

Submit Ideas About UNO's History

Does your college or department have a story to tell? Have it heard by thousands of radio listeners during the 2008-09 academic year.

To celebrate UNO's upcoming 100th anniversary, Classical 90.7 KVNO will feature 60-second stories called "Centennial Moments" starting this fall.

The segments will air daily on KVNO and highlight the varied histories of Omaha's metropolitan university. "Moments" will be broadcast through the end of centennial celebrations in September 2009.

To submit "Centennial Moments" ideas, contact Wendy Townley at wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu or 554.2762.

May FEAP Hours

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The May schedule:

- May 15, 20 and 30
8 a.m. to noon

- May 28
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and can be made by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

CWS General Admission Ticket Booklets On Sale

The 2008 College World Series (CWS) takes place June 14-25 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. 2008 College World Series general admission ticket booklets are currently on sale in the UNO Athletic Ticket Office.

The cost is $70 for a booklet of 10 tickets while supplies last. To purchase a booklet, stop by the ticket office, located in the lobby of the Lee & Helene Sapp Fieldhouse. For more information, contact the UNO Ticket Office at 554.6287.