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May Employee of the Month: Donna Shearer

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Donna Shearer, project assistant in the College of Education, recently was named Employee of the Month for her consistent energy and enthusiasm.

Shearer is the first point-of-contact for those who enter the office. Each year, she schedules more than 3,400 student appointments with staff. She also communicates with alumni and addresses numerous requests from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public.

In her nomination, a colleague wrote, "Donna provides reliable support and efficient ‘turn-around' times on projects and daily tasks.  She is able to maintain focus and multitask in a very high-demand office environment.  We couldn't do our jobs without her."

(Pictured above: Shearer with UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)

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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."

Annual Service Awards Set for June 25

The work and dedication of faculty and staff will be honored at the 2008 Service Awards Ceremony. The 2008 luncheon event will take place Wednesday, June 25, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

R.S.V.P. cards have been sent out. All full-time regular and part-time regular UNO faculty and staff who have completed five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service within the University of Nebraska between Oct. 1, 2007, to Sept. 30, 2008, will be honored. Anyone who has not received a card or who would like to R.S.V.P. by e-mail can send that information to kristyjohnson@mail.unomaha.edu. Deadline for luncheon R.S.V.Ps is Friday, June 13.

The packets to order a gift will be given out at the luncheon. Anyone who is not able to come to the ceremony will receive their packets in the mail after the luncheon.

Douglas County Historical Society Memberships

The Douglas County Historical Society now offers UNO faculty and staff a 50-percent reduction in family and individual memberships. This benefit stems from the university's corporate membership in the society.

The Douglas County Historical Society is located in the General Crook House Museum at historic Fort Omaha, 5730 N. 30th St. The nonprofit organization's mission is to collect, preserve and present to the public the history of Douglas County, Nebraska.

For more information on the Douglas County Historical Society, visit http://www.OmahaHistory.org or call 455.9990.

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 erinking@unomaha.edu.

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 http://api.unomaha.edu/ 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.

Summer Shuttle Schedule Under Way

Summer shuttle service is now operating, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only campuses. There is no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during summer.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

13th Annual UNOAI Golf Classic June 16

The UNO Aviation Institute (AI) will host its 13th annual UNOAI Golf Classic on Monday, June 16, at Shoreline Golf Course, 210 E. Locust St. Carter Lake, Iowa. The golf classic is a fundraiser for student scholarships with all proceeds supporting UNOAI scholarship programs.

Cost is $75 per person or $280 for a foursome and includes lunch, dinner, tournament gift and golf. Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. UNOAI will also hold a silent auction at the event. A few of the items included in the auction are:

- Batting helmet signed by the 2008 Arizona Diamondbacks;

- Commemorative 500th homerun baseball bat signed by Ken Griffey Jr.;

- 8X10 signed picture of Mark Grace;

- 8X10 signed picture of Alex Gordon;

- Baseball signed by Alex Gordon;

- Baseball signed by Brandon Webb;

- UNO hockey jersey;

- Autographed UNO hockey goalie stick;

- Autographed UNO football helmet;

- Autographed UNO football;

- Two round trip airline tickets on Midwest Airlines; and

- Two round trip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines.

Individuals interested in playing or who would just like to attend the dinner and silent auction ($7 per person) should contact Scott Vlasek at 554.3785 or svlasek@unomaha.edu.

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.

UNMC Clinical Trial for Young Adults with ADHD

A clinical trial for young adults ages 19-30 with Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) will be conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. 

Study medication and study procedures will be provided at no cost to eligible participants.

For more information, call 552.6005 or e-mail unmcprc@unmc.edu.