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Sarah Schneiderwind and Jonathan Kinkade

UNO Hosts Training for Seismic Recording Stations

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO seniors Sarah Schneiderwind (environmental studies major) and Jonathan Kinkade (geology major) learn how to precisely locate seismic sites using GPS near the Durham Science Center. The students also documented the locations of possible sites with GPS and digital cameras.

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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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Student Stories

UNO student news stories are airing on Classical 90.7 KVNO. Listen to samples of their stories.


Hilt Named Assistant Dean of CFAM

Michael Hilt, professor and interim general manager for Classical 90.7 KVNO and UNO Television, has been appointed assistant dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM). His appointment is effective Tuesday, July 1. Read more.

NBCF Publishes 2007 Annual Report

Where on campus are faculty and students studying the dynamical aspects of human movement? The answer lies within the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility (NBCF), which encompasses the Biomechanics Lab in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).

NBCF - directed by HPER Professor Nick Stergiou - uses techniques from biology, engineering and mathematics to understand the complexity of the neuromuscular system. The 2007 newsletter details how the NBCF began and who supports the first core facility on the UNO campus.

Last year, the NBCF hosted a visiting professor from the University of Tromso in Norway and added another post-doctoral research assistant to its team. To learn more about NBCF and its lab, read the recently published 2007 annual report at this link.

For more information, contact Dr. Stergiou (554.3075 or or Lisa Holst (554.3075 or

UNO to Close May 26 for Memorial Day

UNO will close Monday, May 26, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The 2008 holiday schedule is available online at

For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Campus Construction Notice

Starting the week of May 26, the mall area south of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) and the north one-third of lot R will undergo renovations. Two-thirds of lot R will close during the construction. The four affected handicap-accessible stalls will be relocated to the south end of lot R.

The handicap-accessible ramp south of the MBSC and the northwest doors of Allwine Hall will also close during this project. The west and northeast doors of the MBSC and northeast and southeast doors of Allwine Hall will be designated as handicap-accessible entrances.

The project is expected to be completed by Friday, Aug. 1.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 960.9819.

HPER to Close Memorial Day

Campus Recreation staff have announced that the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will close Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day holiday. The HPER Building will reopen Tuesday, May 27, at 6:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

Criss Library Summer Hours

The Criss Library summer hours of operation 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 close Memorial Day weekend - Saturday through Monday, May 24-26 - and Friday, July 4, for the Fourth of July holiday.

UNO Bookstore/Convenience Store to Close for Inventory

The UNO Bookstore will close Tuesday through Friday, May 27-30, for its annual physical inventory. It will reopen Monday, June 2, and 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.

University Surplus Auction Set for June 7

University surplus property will go on sale Saturday, June 7, at a public auction. 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.

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 and staff using Office 2003 can open files using Office 2007, and ITS will make additional Office 2007 training available in the fall as needed. Anyone with questions or concerns can contact their college or department tech person about the status of personal office computers.

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

Available software includes:
- Microsoft Vista Business ($20);
- Microsoft Vista Ultimate ($40);
- Microsoft Office 2007 PC ($20); and
- Microsoft Office 2008 for the Mac ($20).

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

"There are no compelling reasons to do so [upgrade] 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.

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 the College of Business Administration groundbreaking ceremony on the Pacific location campus. The event will be held outdoors Monday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. near The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute and Aksarben Village.

"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

- An article in the May 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald profiled five MBA students from the College of Business Administration and their professor, Tej Adidam. For their capstone project, the group created a plan to redesign the electrical industry in South Africa.

- Political science Professor Loree Bykerk was quoted in an Associated Press article published in the May 8 issue of the Hastings Tribune (Hastings, Neb.) about the Nebraska primary elections.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, was featured in the April issue of the Greater Omaha Business Magazine. Gouttierre was one of five people selected to answer the question "How are social greetings evolving with globalization?"

- Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, was quoted in the May 14 issue of Jewish Daily Forward (New York) about employment among undocumented workers.

- The May 18 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about the latest "Indiana Jones" film, quoting film instructor Mark Hoeger.

- University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) engineering Professor Maher Tadros was quoted in the May 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about bridge engineers who toured PKI earlier this week.

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

- Bruce E. Johansen, professor in the School of Communication and Native American Studies, published a letter to the editor in the May 19 edition of The New Yorker.

Dr. Johansen also was interviewed by Aleksandra Ziolkowska - author of a 2007 Polish book on Native Americans, Otwarta Rana Ameryki (Open Wound of America) - in Tygodnik Polonjiny, a Polish-language magazine of arts and literature. Parts of the interview also have appeared in other Polish-language publications, including Odra, a magazine of arts and literature, and Nowy Kurier, Canada's largest Polish-language newspaper (Toronto).

- Jeremy Lipschultz, director and professor in the School of Communication, recently published "Pornography, Media Law on," pp. 3811-16, in The International Encyclopedia of Communication (ed. Donsbach), Vol. VIII, Wiley-Blackwell (Oxford, United Kingdom, and Malden, Mass.), 2008.

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 Broadcasting 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 or by calling 559.5866.

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.