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Graduation Day for the Kids

Youngsters from UNO's Child Care Center had their own commencement ceremonies May 7 at the Milo Bail Student Center. Seventeen of the four and five-year olds took part in the ceremony in front of their parents, family and friends. The graduates will now move on next fall to kindergarten.

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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."

Foreign Liability Coverage Extended for 2008-09

UNO is in the process of extending foreign liability insurance for the 2008-09 fiscal year. The university's Foreign Liability Coverage Policy requires clarification regarding upcoming travel. Faculty and staff anticipating foreign travel in the coming year are asked to provide Risk Management with the best estimates of the following:

Employee Travel
(Information is necessary for each employee traveling, even if more than one person will be going to the same country at the same time.)
1. UNO Unit/Department
2. Name of employee traveling (Identify as employee #1, #2, etc. if individual has not yet been assigned.)
3. Whether or not the traveling employee is a U.S. citizen (If not, identify country of citizenship.)
4. Country or countries traveled
5. Purpose of the trip (Conference, field trip, consulting, etc.)
6. Number of days of trip
7. Whether or not the employee is stationed out of country (Usually out of country for more than 30 days)
8. Payroll information for any employee stationed out of country (Identify the payroll for the period or indicate their annual salary.)

Student Travel
(Information is necessary for each student traveling, even if more than one person will be going to the same country at the same time.)
1. UNO Unit/Department
2. Departmental contact
3. Contact phone number
4. Country or countries traveled
5. Purpose of trip (Conference, field trip, educational coursework, etc.)
6. Number of students anticipated for the trip
7. Number of days of trip

The information should be sent, as soon as possible, to Risk Management, 209 Eppley Administration Building. Anyone needing an electronic spreadsheet to populate should send an e-mail to Laura Lamblin at

June 10 COS Demonstration Planned for Summer Grant Writers

The next Community of Science (COS) open lab demonstration will take place Tuesday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in 204 Criss Library. Reservations are not required.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research hosts these monthly, hour-long sessions to demonstrate the various COS "finding funding" resources available to faculty, professional staff and graduate students who plan to write grant proposals.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

NET Television/NU Public Policy Center to Offer Depression Summit

NET Television and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center will convene a statewide summit Thursday, June 19, to communicate pathways to the successful treatment of depression.

"Growing Success," a statewide summit on depression, will begin at 9 a.m. and emanate from the NET facilities in Lincoln, 1800 North 33rd St. Nebraska native and entertainment personality Dick Cavett will serve as the summit's keynote speaker, talking about his personal experiences as a depression survivor.

The summit is intended for depression survivors and their friends and family, faith leaders, counselors, caregivers, parents, students and interested community members. The summit is free and open to the public, however advanced registration is required due to limited seating. To register for the "Growing Success" summit, call 402.472.7777 or 1.800.868.1868, or send an e-mail to by Monday, June 16.

In addition to the Lincoln site, individuals in Chadron, Grand Island, Omaha and Scottsbluff, Neb., can participate via live videoconferencing. The Omaha video conference location is Room 207 of the State Office Building, 1313 Farnam St.

The four-hour event will include a panel discussion addressing depression among the elderly and teens, and military veterans and their families. Panelists will include:
- Dave Miers, BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln;
- Blaine Shaffer, chief clinical officer, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Behavioral Health; and
- Lt. Col. David Smith, Nebraska National Guard.

Large and small group discussions are also planned. A detailed summit agenda can be found at

"The summit will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about depression and share stories about successful treatment and recovery from different communities across the state," said Tarik Abdel-Monem, research specialist at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. "It is directed at depression survivors, family members, concerned community members, individuals who work with high-risk groups and faith-based organization members, as well as professionals. No clinical expertise or experience is necessary to participate, and we encourage any interested individuals to join us."

The "Growing Success" summit is a partnership between NET Television and the NU Public Policy Center. Additional local partners include Alegent Health, Behavioral Health; BryanLGH, Mental Health; the Mental Health Association of Nebraska; National Alliance of Mental Illness, Nebraska; and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health.

To learn more about the "Growing Success" summit, visit

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.

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 a Community of Science grant funding demonstration. The event will be held Tuesday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to noon in 204 Criss Library.

"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

- The April issue of New Horizons, the monthly publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, previewed the fourth annual Women of Wisdom Awards, hosted by the Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA). The article quoted Patty Adams, PWSA director.

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, was mentioned in a May 24 Omaha World-Herald editorial about international students studying in America.

- KFAB (1110 AM) interviewed Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations, on June 2 about the new College of Business Administration facility.

- School of Communication Director Jeremy Lipschultz was quoted in a May 30 Omaha World-Herald article about Second Life, a technologically mediated form of communication used in the classroom.

- Sue Maher, chair of the Department of English, was interviewed by The City Weekly for an article in its April 16 issue about the "Death, Murder and Mayhem" conference earlier this year in Omaha.

- The Midlands Business Journal quoted Clifton Mosteller, director of the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), in its April 18 issue about planning among small businesses.

- Art and art history Associate Professor Bonnie O'Connell was quoted in the April/May issue of Her Magazine about female fine arts students. Art students Ashley Vak and Monica Yoo were also featured in the article.

- Theater Professor Doug Paterson was mentioned in the May 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the 14th annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference. Paterson organized the annual conference, which was held in Omaha last month.

- The June 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about the new College of Business Administration (CBA) facility, quoting Louis Pol, CBA dean. Chancellor John Christensen was also quoted in a story that aired on KIOS (91.5 FM) June 2 about the CBA groundbreaking ceremony.

- WOWT (NBC 6) featured a story about the Staff Advisory Council's food drive for the Omaha Food Bank on June 3. Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, a public administration staff assistant and food drive event organizer, was interviewed for the news segment.

- The Lincoln Journal Star featured students David Sund and Ryan Anderson in its April 30 issue. The article profiled a group who launched a Nebraska political blog, New Nebraska Network, earlier this year.

- Shaista Wahab, Criss Library professor, was interviewed April 14 for the Texas A&M University radio show "Homeland Security: Inside and Out." The interview regarded her book, A Brief History of Afghanistan, and the current situation in Afghanistan.

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

- Christina Dando, assistant professor of geography, published "Constructing a Home on the Range: Homemaking in Early-Twentieth-Century Plains Photograph Albums" in the Great Plains Quarterly 28, 2 (Spring 2008): 105-133.

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

AVI8ORS to Perform Final Benefit Concert for WWII Veterans Group
The AVI8ORS Ensemble will perform a benefit concert Saturday, June 14, in Omaha to raise funds for Heartland Honor Flight under the direction of the UNO Aviation Institute's Bob Moser. Moser is executive director of The AVI8ORS Ensemble. Proceeds from the performances will provide air and ground transportation to Washington, D.C., for WWII veterans and terminally ill veterans wishing to visit the WWII Memorial and other memorials. Read more.

Metheny to Perform June 20 at Omaha Jazz Workshop Summer Camp
Trumpeter Mike Metheny will perform Friday, June 20, with the UNO Faculty Jazz Combo and students from the Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Read more.

Shakespeare on the Green Begins June 19
Shakespeare on the Green returns to Elmwood Park this summer with "Much Ado About Nothing" and "King Lear."

Two Department of Theatre professors are directing the free performances.

Cindy Melby Phaneuf, founding artistic director of Shakespeare on the Green, directs "Much Ado About Nothing," which runs June 19-22 and July 2 and 5. D. Scott Glasser directs "King Lear," which runs June 26-29 and July 3 and 6.

Pre-show seminars and entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m., with performances starting at 8 p.m. each night. A new dog contest will take place Sunday, June 29. Patrons can also pre-order "Much Ado For Two" dinner baskets.

For more information on the 2008 season, visit, call 280.2391 or send an email to

Classical 90.7 KVNO Broadcasts 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 by calling 559.5866 or visiting

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

Quilt Exhibit Featuring Hartranft Under Way
Three works by Frank Hartranft, adjunct physics instructor and quilter, are on display this summer at a quilt show exhibit at the Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St., in Bellevue. The display will continue through the middle of August.

The Sarpy County Historical Museum is the headquarters for the Sarpy County Historical Society. Exhibits include Native American and pioneer life and a log cabin thought to be the oldest in Nebraska. For hours or exhibit information, call 292.1880.

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.