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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.

Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, May 15, to honor UNO student Ryan Guinn, who passed away May 11.

Guinn, 25, was a senior who studied aviation. He recently traveled to New Orleans to aid in cleanup efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Services were held earlier today at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler West Center Chapel.

Guinn's family has asked that memorials be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the Fontenelle Nature Association in Bellevue.

Note: Gov. Dave Heineman has also ordered all U.S. and Nebraska flags be flown today at half-staff in observance of Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

College of Business Administration to Honor Four at Luncheon

The College of Business Administration will honor four business professionals today, May 15, during their 21st annual Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon. Read more.

"Consider This" to Explore Electronic Health Records

The Electronic Health Records initiative now under way in the state has been designed to save lives. The system will link electronic records of regional medical providers to help them make better decisions, especially in emergency situations.

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," the latest on the initiative, the system's successes, privacy issues and what patients can expect in the future.    

Host Cathy Wyatt will talk with Dr. Harris Frankel, a neurologist and Nebraska Health Information Initiative member, Paul Jacobsen, a general practitioner in Geneva, Neb., who utilizes electronic health records and Sharon Welnaa, a HIPAA compliance expert.

The program will air tonight, May 15, at 11 p.m. on NET1. Other air dates and times:

- NET1
Sunday, May 18
11:30 a.m.

- NET2
Friday, May 16
12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit the Web at

Campus Visits Continue for Finalists for Black Studies Chair

Three finalists have been named for chair of the Department of Black Studies. Each finalist is visiting campus this week and next, and the campus community is invited to attend the public meetings.

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.

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. Dr. Mack-Shelton was on campus May 12.

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

COS Demonstration Planned for Summer Grant-Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration will take place Tuesday, May 20, at 11 a.m. in 204 Criss Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these monthly hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various COS "finding funding" resources available to faculty, professional staff and graduate students who are planning to write grant proposals.  Reservations are not required.

Additional information is available from Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Graduation Celebration for Young Alumni Set for June 5

UNO Young Alumni members will recognize the commencement of the university's first class of 2008 with a celebration. The group, a UNO Alumni Association affiliate, will meet Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fox & Hound, 120th and Dodge streets. All UNO graduates under the age of 40 are welcome to join the celebration/networking event. Read more.

Members Sought for CCSW

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from students, staff and faculty who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

Membership applications are due Monday, June 23. Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or or Lisa German at 554.3244 or

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.

E-mail applications directed to Alice Woll addressing the main points of the 2007-08 Designated Conference Application form, available at, 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 A summary of last year's CASTL conference experience by UNO attendees is available at the UCAT Web site listed above.

June SAC Food Drive and Brown Bag Planned

Mark the calendar for the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Food Drive and Brown Bag this June. The campus event will take place Tuesday, June 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside the Eppley Administrative Building and Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Food donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watch eNotes for more information as the event nears or contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at or 554.2625.