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UNO, the University of Nebraska system and business community dignitaries were on hand for the June 2 UNO College of Business Administration ground breaking ceremony. At the event, a rendering of the future CBA building -- Mammel Hall -- was unveiled. Named after Carl and Joyce Mammel of Omaha, the 120,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, located on the Pacific Street campus, will be completed by the fall of 2010. See today's eNotes for details.

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CBA Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking for the College of Business Administration's new Mammel Hall took place Monday, June 2, at the northwest corner of 67th & Pine Streets. The lead gift for the building was made by Carl and Joyce Mammel of Omaha. Their commitment is the largest single philanthropic gift to benefit UNO in the campus' 100-year history. The $38.5 million CBA project includes $31 for construction of the 120,000-square-foot facility. The remaining $7.5 million will be directed to an endowment to enhance CBA programs and benefit students and faculty.

At the ceremony, UNO also announced a second significant gift supporting the building project. A commitment by Omahans Ruth and Bill Scott enables UNO to begin work on the project this summer. John Scott, son of Ruth and Bill Scott, said, "Our family would like to recognize the leadership of Carl and Joyce Mammel in this meaningful endeavor. My parents enjoy the opportunity to partner with the Mammels in helping bring this project to fruition. They share in Carl and Joyce's passion for supporting excellence in education and in promoting the economic strength of our community."

Omahans Make Lead Gift to New CBA Building Project

Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration (CBA), announced June 2 that Carl and Joyce Mammel of Omaha have made the lead gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to establish the new CBA facility on UNO's Pacific Street campus.

The Mammels' commitment is the largest single philanthropic gift to benefit UNO in the campus' 100-year history. Read more.

Additional information on the second building donor is available at this link.

Criss Library Paging System Begins

As of June 1, the second phase of renovation at Criss Library has begun. All books with LC call numbers ranging from 'P' thru 'Z' will be temporarily placed on the first floor movable shelving. Government documents will be permanently moved to the first floor.

There will be a period of time during the move when monographs and government documents will be inaccessible to the community. In order to accommodate patron's needs, paging request forms will be available at both the Circulation Desk and first floor Reference Desk.

Library staff will pick up and fill requests every two hours during summer operating hours, beginning at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and noon Saturday and Sunday. Items requested will be held at the Circulation Desk for 48 hours, after which they will be re-shelved.

"We apologize for the inconvenience that researchers will experience, and we will strive to limit the disruptions as much as we can," said Dani Herzog, promotions and marketing specialist at Criss Library.

For questions, contact either service desk at Criss Library at 554.3206 (Circulation Desk) or 554.2661 (Reference Desk).

SAC Food Drive and Brown Bag Today

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Food Drive and Brown Bag is today, June 3. The campus event will take place 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 their own 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 is the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at or 554.2625.

UNO PR Students to Host Kids N' Kans Carnival

According to the Omaha Food Bank, more than 15,000 children in Douglas County don't know where their next meal is coming from. To help these hungry children, UNO public relations students will hold the third annual Kids N' Kans Carnival, today, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Elmwood Park.

The carnival is organized by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at UNO to highlight World Hunger Day. The Omaha Food Bank, along with food banks across America, reach out to their communities to expand their understanding of hunger on this day. 

PRSSA launched the annual carnival as a way of creating a fun event for children that would directly benefit the Omaha Food Bank. All proceeds from the carnival will be given to the food bank for its after-school and back pack programs. Last year, PRSSA raised $400 and collected 400 pounds of food. This year, the chapter would like to raise a minimum of $600 and 600 pounds of food.

The carnival will offer games and prizes including a Moon bounce, duck pond, balloon darts and pie-eating contest. Hot dogs, chips and juice boxes will be available for $3 for adults and $1.50 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased by donating canned food or other nonperishable food items or $1 per three tickets.

"The students are completely responsible for the creation and execution of the carnival and work hard to make it a fun event," said Jewel Knapp, public relations and marketing director for the Omaha Food Bank.  "We greatly appreciate the energy and effort put forth by the students to make the carnival part of National Hunger Awareness Day."

UNO PRSSA, a nationally recognized student organization, is sponsored by the UNO School of Communication and the Nebraska chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. 

For more information, contact Kate O'Dea at 402.689.2286 or

Graduation Celebration for Young Alumni Set for June 5

UNO Young Alumni members will recognize the commencement of the university's first class of 2008 with a celebration. The group, a UNO Alumni Association affiliate, will meet Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fox & Hound, 120th Street and West Dodge Road. All UNO graduates under the age of 40 are welcome to join the celebration/networking event. Read more.

myMail Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations Offered

Information Technology Services (ITS) will upgrade myMail (Lotus Notes) to version 8.0 this month. To prepare for this new version, ITS is offering a variety of opportunities for faculty and staff to learn more about Lotus Notes 8.

Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations
All sessions will cover the same material, and all faculty and staff are welcome to attend. No registration is required for these sessions.

- Thursday, June 5

155 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Friday, June 13

MBSC Unomaha Room

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Additional resources have been added to to familiarize users with this upgrade.  The Lotus Notes 8 Upgrade Information module is located in the center of the page. myMail FAQ's (Version 8) can be found on the "Help Tab."

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

Adults Needed for Problem Gambling Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry currently needs research volunteers, age 19 and older, to evaluate an investigational treatment for pathological gambling. Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements. Nationally, statistics show that more than two million adults suffer from pathological gambling.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to


- Lina Traslaviña, community outreach coordinator in Recruitment Services, is the 2008 recipient of the Dr. Elizabeth Alfred Outstanding Service Award. Traslaviña received the honor at the Omaha Public Schools English as a Second Language (ESL) Department/Migrant Parent and Community dinner April 25. The award is presented on an annual basis to recognize a community member who has gone above and beyond to benefit ESL and migrant students of the Omaha Public Schools.

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