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Amanda Steele

Student Named 'Hero' by Salvation Army

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The Salvation Army honored UNO student Amanda Steele with a D.J.'s Hero award May 5 during its annual luncheon.

Steele, an aviation student, left a dysfunctional family situation and became homeless before her freshman year in high school. She worked to support herself. Through hard work and good life choices, she overcame hardships to become a top student. Last spring she received an Outstanding Leadership Award from her alma mater, Wylie High School in Texas.

The annual award honors local youths ages 17 through 19 and includes a $5,000 scholarship. The D.J.'s Hero awards are named in memory of D.J. Sokol, son of David and Peggy Sokol, who lost his battle with cancer at age 18.

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UNO Group Travels to Peru for Education, Outreach

The Latin American Study Abroad Program of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO has sent eight undergraduate students, one graduate student and two professors to Lima, Peru, this month. The group is documenting their trip online at Read more.

National Employee Health and Fitness Day Today

The UNO community can take part and celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day today, May 22. Free National Employee Health and Fitness Day activities at UNO include the:
- Blood pressure check;
- Body mass index check;
- Heart rate check; and
- Risk stratification.

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

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

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

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of April 1-30, those receiving grant awards totaling $260,418 are:

Name: Ronald Abdouch
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor: Omaha Community Foundation

Name: Robert Blair
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Public Administration
Title: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: A Neighborhood-Based Approach to Improving Aging Housing Stock in Omaha
Sponsor: OPPD

Name: Patricia Carlson
Unit: CPACS, School of Social Work
Title: Bridging Corrections & Communities Forum
Sponsor: Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation

Name: Ann Fruhling
Unit: College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
Title: NPHL STATPack - Ongoing Research and System Support
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Title: Public/Private Laboratory Integration Oklahoma STATPack
Sponsor: State of Oklahoma

Name: George Killian
Unit: Facilities Management and Planning, Planning and Architectural Services
Title: UNO Dome Renovation - Synthetic Turf
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Name: Alan Kolok
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, Biology
Title: Geographic trends in contamination of Nebraska's surface waters as indexed by sex steroids of common carp
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Name: T. Hank Robinson
Unit: CPACS, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Title: Methamphetamine Initiative Program Evaluation
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice

Name: Steven Shultz
Unit: College of Business Administration, Economics
Title: How Water Resources Limit and/or Promote Residential Housing Developments in Douglas County
Sponsor: UNL

Title: Economic and Social Values of Recreation on the Niobrara National Scenic River and the Market Value of Irrigation in the Niobrara Watershed
Sponsor: Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit

HPER Closed Memorial Day

Campus Recreation staff have announced that the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be closed during Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 26. The HPER Building will re-open on Tuesday, May 27, at 6:30 a.m.

For additional information, contact Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

Durango Days 2008 Set for August

Planning for Durango Days 2008 has begun. The two-day event, event set for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22 helps new students to get acquainted with campus. Participants meet new classmates and will also conduct a service learning project in Omaha.

For questions about Durango Days, contact Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.

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.

- 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 U mon hon Room
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Additional resources have been added to 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

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 Gensler and Associates, 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.

SAC Food Drive and Brown Bag June 3

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. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza and outside the Eppley Administrative Building.

Members from the campus community are invited to bring a bagged or tray lunch. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.

Food donations for the Omaha Food Bank will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click on this link for a listing of requested food items.

Rain location for the brown bag is the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at or 554.2625.

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.

Discount Available to "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose

UNO faculty, staff and students are eligible for a ticket discount to the June 6-22 productions of "The Wizard of Oz" at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

To receive the discounted ticket price of $20 (main floor) and $15 (balcony), those who are interested need to fill out an order form and return it to The Rose Theater. Click on the link below to access the ticket order form. To have a form faxed to a campus office, call 554.2358.

"The Wizard of Oz" Ticket Order Form

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 402.502.4625 or