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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.

University's New Lecture Series Honors Former Congressman Peter J. Hoagland

A new fund created in memory of Nebraska Congressman Peter J. Hoagland will bring high profile political speakers to both UNO and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the first being Ted Sorensen, one of President John F. Kennedy's advisors.

Hoagland's friend and former Chief of Staff, Jim Crounse, made a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to create the Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series. The series, which will be open to the public, features speakers who will articulate the kind of values Hoagland personified. Read more.

HPER Biomechanics Club Mother-infant Vocal Interaction Talk Today

Nicholas Smith, from Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH), will speak on campus today, 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

Construction Under Way at Eppley Administration Building

The installation of a new electrical generator for the Eppley Administration Building (EAB) is now under way.

The construction process requires work inside the building, and related noises will be experienced.  Efforts will be made to keep noise to a minimum when possible. It is expected that most noise disruptions will end by late next week, with the exception of a few isolated situations.
Construction will also take place at the northeast exterior corner of EAB for this project.

The generator project is expected to be completed and online by early August.  For more information, contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735.

UNO Bookstore/Convenience Store to Close for Inventory

The UNO Bookstore will be closed Tuesday through Friday, May 27-30, for its annual physical inventory. It will reopen Monday, June 2, and will resume regular summer hours:

- Monday and Tuesday
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Wednesday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

Fidelity Representative on Campus This Summer

Fidelity representative Chad Anderson will be on campus for individual counseling sessions in June and July.

Wednesday dates and times:
- June 18
1 to 4:30 p.m.

- July 16
1 to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

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 workshop highlighting public relations information and resources pertaining to job interviews.  The event begins Wednesday, May 21, at 8:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center U Mon Hon Room.

"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

- Political science professor Randy Adkins was quoted in the May 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about this week's primary elections. Dr. Adkins was also a guest analyst on KIOS (91.5 FM).

- Rami Arav, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, was recently quoted in an article about the Bethsaida excavation site in The Holy Land Magazine 2008: Christian Tourism in Israel.

- The Omaha World-Herald featured student Scott Bradley in a May 6 article about how Omahans will spend their stimulus checks. Also quoted in the article was Mary Lynn Reiser, associate director of the Center for Economic Education.

- Biology professor Alan Kolok was quoted in the May 7 issue of the Environmental Science & Technology Journal about metal pollution among freshwater eels.

- Campus Security Manager Paul Kosel and Julie Totten, interim vice chancellor for Business and Finance, were quoted in the May 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about parking improvements at UNO.

- The Daily Record published an article in its April 18 issue featuring First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams following his presentation at UNO last month. Mark Scherer, Department of History associate professor, organized Abrams' visit and was photographed for an accompanying photograph.

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

- Robert Woody, professor of psychology, recently authored an article titled "Dealing with Suicidal People." It appears in the current issue of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's The Informant.

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

Classical 90.7 KVNO Broadcasts Omaha Symphony Concerts
Thanks to the generous support of the E. Nakamichi Foundation, Classical 90.7 KVNO is currently broadcasting selected concerts of the Omaha Symphony. 

Concerts can be heard Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. now through Aug. 17. The symphony's MasterWorks, Casual Classics and Chamber Series concerts are featured. Schedule information is available at 559.5866 or

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.