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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.

Forty High School Students Taking Part in Summer Scholars Program

Omaha Benson High School's Michael Perez is considering a career in international business. Omaha Central High School's Judy Rosas looks forward to working in occupational therapy. Papillion-LaVista High School's John De Los Reyes would like to be a game designer.

The three, along with 37 other high school seniors from the metropolitan area, are getting an idea of what it will take to achieve their goals through a unique five-week program, the Summer Scholars Program, that started June 8 at UNO. Read more.

Shakespeare on the Green Begins This Week

Shakespeare on the Green returns to Elmwood Park this week with "Much Ado About Nothing" on Thursday, June 19.

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 http://www.nebraskashakespeare.com, call 280.2391 or send an email to info@nebraskashakespeare.com.

Emergency Volunteers Sought

In the event of an emergency affecting the UNO campus, volunteers may be needed for a variety of roles. Depending on the situation, help answering phones; preparing and serving food; cleaning buildings/clearing grounds; and transporting supplies and equipment could be needed. Individuals with training to counsel victims or to provide first aid or security are being sought, as well.

"Whether these duties fall within your job description or not, please consider volunteering," said Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources. "Your willingness to do so will speak volumes to those in need."

To volunteer, call Human Resources at 554.2321 with a name, department, contact information (cell phone number) and whatever assistance can be provided.

Criss Library Catalog will be Down on June 18

The Criss Library catalog will be down Wednesday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m. for software upgrades.The downtime will last approximately five hours.Off-campus access to electronic resources will also be affected.

While the library attempts to schedule these routine maintenance tasks during closed hours and breaks, this is not always possible when working with its vendor. Library staff hope the inconvenience will be minimal. If assistance is needed with finding materials, contact a library service desk for help.

For more information, contact Rachel Erb at rerb@unomaha.edu or 554.4905.

Discounts Available for NBDC Classes

UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) offers UNO employees a 20 percent discount off Microsoft Office 2007 computer classes. All classes take place at ESU3, south of 110th and Harrison St.

The NBDC is offering the following courses:

- Thursday and Friday, June 26-27
Microsoft Access 2007 Levels I & II
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UNO employee price $312

- Tuesday, July 22
Microsoft Excel 2007 Level I
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UNO employee price $156

- Wednesday, July 23
Microsoft Word 2007 Level I
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UNO employee price $156

- Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22
Microsoft Project 2007 Levels I & II
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UNO employee price $392

Visit https://nbdc.unomaha.edu/NBDCstore/store.cfm for details and registration.

NBDC also offers 2007 Office online classes for people who need more flexibility. Starting Wednesday, June 18, two lessons will be offered each week for six weeks. The cost is $90 per session.

Available online classes:

- Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007

- Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007

- Introduction to Microsoft Access 2007

- Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

- Introduction to Microsoft Project 2007

For details and registration, visit http://www.ed2go.com/cgi-bin/oic3/newcourses.cgi?name=nbdc

The NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the UNO College of Business Administration. The NBDC Business and Technology Solutions Division is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development programs. The program serves the citizens of Nebraska and has trained more than 65,000 people at more than 750 companies.

Participants Sought for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:

- often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;

- trouble sleeping or staying asleep;

- change in appetite;

- loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and

- feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about this UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.

Maverick Watch

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on players over the summer hiatus, visit http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/ or MavFanatic, the monthly e-newsletter of the UNO Athletic Department, on the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/newsletter/mavfanatics-may08.html. To receive MavFanatic in your inbox every month, register online at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/newsletter/signup.php.