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Going Up

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's new neighbors to the south continue going up. Condominiums at the corner of 63rd & Shirley, directly to the south of UNO's Scott Village, are rising as part of the new Aksarben Village development.

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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.

2008-09 Ombudspersons Announced

The UNO Equal Opportunity Office announces the ombudspersons for 2008-09. They are:

- Tracie Anderson, assistant director, New Student Orientation, 554.2168;

- Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, staff assistant, UNO Public Administration, 554.2625;

-Mark Scherer, associate professor, History, 554.2835.

The office, established at UNO in 1970, receives and investigates complaints. Students, staff, faculty and administrators may request this service.

"Although the ombudspersons cannot assure that everything sought or requested by an inquirer will or should be granted, they will try to assure that a fair resolution of a dispute or problem is found," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director of Human Resources and director of Equal Opportunity Office. "Feel free to contact any ombudsperson for assistance."

The office receives and investigates complaints relating to faculty, staff and grievances; inquiries about procedures; and inadequate or lack of communication, among other issues. Ulmar oversees the activities of the ombudspersons

Campus Site Repair Begins Today Northwest of ASH

Repairs to an underground utility failure between Roskens Hall and Arts and Science Hall (ASH) will begin today, June 18. Work will include the excavation of campus grounds, including half of the sidewalk, located on the northwest corner of ASH.

Access along the north side of ASH will be maintained at all times during this project. Weather permitting, it is expected that it will take two to three days to complete the repair.

For questions, call Larry Morgan at 554.3735.

Supplies Still Sought for Disaster Victims

The Salvation Army and Star 104.5 FM need assistance from UNO faculty, staff and students to help fill a 53-foot truck, donated by Werner Enterprises, with cleaning supplies for disaster victims.

"We've all seen how devastating the floods have been and now we need to get together and offer them the supplies they need," said J. Pat, program director at Star 104.5 FM.

Supplies can be dropped of at The Salvation Army Offices, 3612 Cuming St.

Needed supplies:

- Mops;

- Brooms;

- Buckets;

- Disinfectant cleaner;

- Work gloves (rubber and cloth);

- Hand sanitizer;

- Hand wipes;

- Personal hygiene items;

- Protective eye wear;

- Paper products;

- Bug spray; and

- Sunscreen.

"If they do not want to go buy these items we are still accepting money so we can go purchase them at a deep discount," said Michelle Shearer, Salvation Army volunteer and special events coordinator. "Areas we are still helping today are: in Nebraska -- Kearney; in Iowa -- Des Moines, Mason City, Burlington, Iowa City, Muscateen and Cedar Rapids."

For relief efforts in Nebraska and Iowa, send donations earmarked "Disaster Relief" to:

The Salvation Army
3612 Cumming St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Monetary donations are also being collected online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Summer Faculty Recruitment Workshop June 24

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources - Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host a Summer Faculty Recruitment Workshop on Tuesday, June 24.

The workshop is designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The workshop assists departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

Next Tuesday's workshop will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The workshop will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of these workshops. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or, James McCarty at 554.2262 or or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

From the period of May 1-30, those receiving grant awards totaling $2,611,777 are:

Name: Patricia Adams
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Life Long Learning: Enhancing Senior Living Through the Arts
Sponsor: Iowa West Foundation

Name: Robert Briggs
Unit: College of Business Administration, Institute of Collaboration Science  
Title: BattleSpace ActionCenters, Phase 1
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/Air Force

Name: Jeffrey French
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
Title: Parenting, Sibling-Support, and Development
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Name: Alan Kolok
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, Biology
Title: Student Travel Award to the International Congress on the Biology of Fishes
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Title: Endocrine disrupting compounds in the Bow Creek Watershed
Sponsor: University of South Dakota

Name: Susan M. McWilliams
Unit: College of Education, Teacher Education
Title: Examining History and Culture through the Artistic Works of David Diaz and Diego Rivera
Sponsor: Nebraska Humanities Council

Name: Alice Schumaker
Unit: College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Public Administration
Title: The Health Disparities Service-Learning Collaborative
Sponsor: Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Name: Yong Shi
Unit: College of Information Science & Technolgy, Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
Title: NFM Data Mining Project: Revolving Charge Accounts Receivable Retrospective Analysis
Sponsor: Nebraska Furniture Mart

Name: James Thomas
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
Title: Promotional Exam for Deputy Chief, Fire and Rescue Division, City of Lincoln
Sponsor: City of Lincoln

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit

Members Sought for CCSW

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from students, staff and faculty who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 23.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles.

Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or or Lisa German at 554.3244 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