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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.

National Employee Health and Fitness Day Today, Tomorrow

The UNO community is invited to celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day today, May 21, and Thursday, May 22. National Employee Health and Fitness Day activities at UNO include the following:

- Blood pressure check;

- Body mass index check;

- Heart rate check; and

- Risk stratification.

Individuals can stop by several campus locations to participate on both days. For locations and times, click on this link. this link.

In conjunction with this year's event, employees also can participate in the Commuter Cycling Challenge. See the story elsewhere in eNotes for details.

The event is sponsored by Campus Recreation, Student Health Services and the Wellness Stampede. For more information, call 554.2539.

Jay Noddle to Speak at June 2 MBA Leadership Series

Jay Noddle, president and CEO of Noddle Companies, will present at the Monday, June 2, Summer MBA Leadership Series Seminar. He will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 010A Roskens Hall (lower level).

Noddle will talk about Aksarben Village, the transition of leadership of Noddle Development and leadership transitions taking place in other Omaha businesses.

Noddle Companies is a Midwestern-based commercial real estate firm and a national leader in the commercial development industry. The company consults and implements projects on a national basis on both municipal and corporate levels within a wide range of property types. Pivotal to Noddle Companies' success is urban mixed-use and suburban retail projects in the Midwest and Eastern markets. Noddle Companies maintains offices in Omaha and New York City with development projects having been completed in 18 states.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Carol Rose at 554.2303.

Criss Library Summer Hours

The Criss Library hours of operation this summer are:

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.

Additionally, the library will be closed Memorial Day weekend: Saturday, May 24, Sunday, May 25, Monday, May 26, and the Fourth of July holiday: Friday, July 4.

University Surplus Auction Set for June 7

University surplus property will go on sale at a public auction on Saturday, June 7. Standley Auction & Realty Co. will handle the sale, which will take place at the warehouse at 3805 N. 16th St.

The doors will open at 8 a.m., and the auction starts at 10 a.m. A full listing is available by clicking on this link.

For more information, call 554.2337.

UNO Bookstore 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 5 p.m.

For more information, call Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

UNO Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Stuart Wheat, UNO webmaster, has developed a series of Web Templates that are available for use by the UNO campus for those interested in redesigning college or departmental Web sites. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part hands-on training on the UNO Web Templates this summer. 

This training will be held Wednesdays - June 11, 18, and 25 - in 007A Roskens Hall. More training sessions will be added depending upon the level of interest. To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

Available sessions:

June 11
- Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
1:30 to 3 p.m.
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web Template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing departmental Web site structure or to create a new structure. ITS staff will use several forms to diagram the site layout, to keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure. Staff will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples and discuss how the template can best be used for individual sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

June 18
- Templates II: Setup and Page Development
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web Template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages on your site. ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences. The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site, setting the page titles, working with the tabs and the includes. Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.

June 25
- Web Templates III: Content and Graphics
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the university's model Web page with the main content, as well as the footer. Additionally, ITS staff will cover adding graphics and using fonts. Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional Web site. Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.

To register for training:

- Go to calendar.php;

- Select the correct month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

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

Activate Omaha 2008 Commuter Challenge Under Way

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!, currently is hosting the Third Annual Omaha Metro Bicycle Commuter Challenge 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 The Commuter Challenge is for faculty and staff of UNO. Students who want to participate can contact Jessica Dozark at

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.

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.