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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.

CBA Groundbreaking June 2

A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the new UNO College of Business Administration (CBA) will take place Monday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. on the Pacific location campus. Faculty, students, staff and the public can attend this event, which will be held under a tent between The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) and the Aksarben Village development.

UNO, University of Nebraska system and business community dignitaries will give brief remarks at the event. Because a large crowd is expected, the UNO community is asked to use the campus shuttle to ease parking concerns.

The 120,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be completed by the fall of 2010. Louis Pol, CBA dean, said the new building will result in a transformed College of Business Administration -- ready to meet the needs of business, non-profit and government communities in the 21st Century.

The facility's design, created by Holland Basham Architects, and location will encourage collaboration between CBA and other colleges, particularly PKI. Envisioned are partnerships among students and faculty in various disciplines to advance new or proposed programs in innovation and entrepreneurship, information assurance/business security, risk management and investment science, international business programs, real estate research and transportation science.  For more information, call 554.3502.

UNO Hosts Training for Seismic Recording Stations

The UNO Department of Geography and Geology hosts 16 students from four states this week who will receive training on how to find sites for seismic recording stations in those states. This array is part of a deep geophysical investigation that spans the entire North American continent and is funded by the National Science Foundation. The four-day introductory workshop on the Transportable Array started yesterday, May 19.

Robert Shuster, associate professor of geology, serves as the principal investigator for the project.  Read more.

COS Demonstration Today for Summer Grant-Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration is today, May 20, at 11 a.m. in 204 Criss Library.

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

Additional information is available from Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Final Black Studies Chair Candidate Visit This Week

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

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.

Nikitah Imani is currently employed at James Madison University as associate professor of Sociology. Dr. Imani received degrees in the following areas: Doctorate and Master of Arts in Sociology, University of Florida (Gainesville). Dr. Imani visited campus May 16.

Kibibi Mack-Shelton is currently employed at the 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.

Planned Microsoft Software Changes in Classrooms and Labs

College techs and Information Technology Services (ITS) personnel will remove Office 2003 from campus classrooms and labs this summer. To help faculty and staff transition to Microsoft Office 2007, both Office 2003 and 2007 were maintained on classroom and lab machines for the past year while Office 2007 training was made available.

Faculty using Office 2003 can open files using Office 2007, and ITS will make additional Office 2007 training available in the fall as needed. Contact your college or department tech person about the status of your personal office computer.

As a reminder, the following software is available for faculty/staff purchase for work-at-home use. These purchases can be made at the ITS Customer Services office in 104 Eppley Administrative Building, using employee MavCard, or with a departmental budget number.

Software includes:

- Microsoft Vista Business/$20

- Microsoft Vista Ultimate/$40

- Microsoft Office 2007 PC/$20

- Microsoft Office 2008 for the Mac/$20

UNO will not upgrade to the Microsoft Vista operating system during the 2008 school year.

"There are no compelling reasons to do so at this time, as Vista does not offer significant new functionality, and the current operating system, Microsoft XP, is supported through 2010. Additionally, computer hardware requirements to use Vista are much greater than for XP, meaning many campus machines would need to be upgraded in order to run the software," said Shelley Schafer, manager of distance education with ITS. "By postponing the software upgrade, many computers that would require upgraded hardware will most likely be replaced as part of the continual classroom/lab maintenance cycle."

For more information, contact Schafer at 554.4831.

May, June TIAA CREF Schedule

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

- May 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

ASH Central Elevator Undergoes Repairs

Now through Friday, Aug. 15, the central elevator in Arts and Sciences Hall is out of service while undergoing an upgrade. The southwest 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 the 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.


Students Honored at April 25 HPER Awards Banquet
The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) hosted the 2008 School of HPER Student Awards Banquet April 25 at Anthony's Steakhouse. Helping to plan the banquet were the presidents and members of the various student organizations within the School of HPER. The annual event honored the accomplishments of the students in the School of HPER.

Students who took home the Outstanding Service Award were graduate students Darcy Cleveringa in physical education pedagogy, Tara Peerenboom in athletic training, Vidya Sagar Hanumanthu in exercise science, Missy Kelly in fitness wellness management, Neil Jones in recreation administration, Jennifer Houfek in recreation therapy and Shandalee Ramet in health education. The undergraduate students receiving the award were Melissa Chohan in athletic training, Danielle Ray for exercise science, Beth Roach in community health education and Pamela Young in physical education teacher preparation.                                   

Health education honored its Outstanding Undergraduate Students of the Year: Grace Evans and Midge Chandler.  

The Helen B. Hewett Scholarship winners were announced at the banquet. This year's winners are Erin Fosnaugh, Alison Jergenson, Valerie Liston, Stephanie Sobota, Michaela Dialey, Katie Hubbell, Pamela Young, Amanda Brei, Danielle Ray, Sara Wolfe and Melissa Chohon

Other scholarship winners were honored, including the Moe and Irene Mellion Scholarship recipients, Melissa Chohon and Jumpei Takano. The Ernie Gorr Scholarship Award winners were Rhonda Ruhl and Trenna Hart.

Vidya Sagar Hanumanthu and Nick Hanson were recognized as University Committee on Research Grant recipients.

Jodie Rasmussen was chosen as this year's Campus Recreation Student Employee of the Year. Rasmussen was also chosen as the UNO Student Employee of the Year.

National award recipients were also recognized. The NASPE Outstanding Physical Education Major of the Year Award went to Brett Navin and Sara Wolfe.  The AAHE Outstanding Health Education Major of the Year recipient was Midge Chandler and the NAPHERD Award went to Alison Jergenson and Brett Navin

The School of HPER also recognized the University Honors Convocation Awards winners. These awards were presented during Honors Week and were awarded to Kellyn Kramolisch in physical education teacher preparation, Erin Fosnaugh in exercise science, Melissa Chohon in athletic training, Rhonda Ruhl in therapeutic recreation and Midge Chandler Russell in community health education.  

For more information, contact Stacy Sliva at 554.2761 or

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