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Fireworks Extravaganza

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As in the past, UNO will offer free parking tonight for the annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert and fireworks show. Festivities will take place at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. See the story in today's eNotes for details.

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A Short Look at Centennial

UNO's Centennial Celebration officially starts Oct. 8. This short video was produced by UNO Television.

UNO centennial

OLLAS, Film Streams Announce 'Cinemateca' Partnership

The Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Film Streams will bring some of the best Latino, Latin American and Spanish films to the Omaha area later this year. 

The partnership will have its official launch in late August with the 10-film "Cinemateca" series (Aug. 29 to Oct. 2), the first in an ongoing collaboration between Film Streams, Omaha's nonprofit cinema at 14th and Webster streets, and OLLAS. Read more.

Spring 2008 Dean's List, Chancellor's List on the Web

The spring 2008 Dean's List and Chancellor's List at UNO are available on the Web by clicking on the following links:

Dean's List

Chancellor's List

TIAA-CREF Representative Available July 1-2

TIAA-CREF will be available by telephone and for individual appointments at the organization's office at 9140 W. Dodge Rd. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 1-2.

Appointments for individual counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at 548.3600 or visiting the Web at

Bank of the West Concert Tonight; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert takes place tonight, June 27, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will again provide free parking.

This year's entertainment includes Kool & The Gang, 38 Special and Night Wing, an ensemble from the U. S. Air Force Heartland of America Band. A fireworks finale will follow the performances at 10 p.m. Also at the event, The Omaha Food Bank will accept donations of non-perishable food items. Specially designed Bank of the West Celebrates America plush bears will be available for $5 each, with all proceeds going to The Food Bank.

In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage will be open after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park on campus to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street.

Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific locations stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. People who park at the Pacific location for the concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

Bank of the West, in cooperation with the city of Omaha, annually sponsors the outdoor concert and fireworks finale. For more information, visit the Web at

UNO Printing Services to Close for Inventory

UNO Printing Services will close Monday, June 30, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for its annual inventory. It will reopen Tuesday, July 1, and will resume regular summer hours:

- Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact UNMC Printing Services at 559.4282.

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 Friday, July 4, carillon concert. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Bell Tower and feature UNO carilloneur James Johnson.

"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

- Melissa Berke, chair of the Department of Music, conducted interviews with the following media outlets on June 23 following the death of 2008 graduate April Bishop: Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, KMTV (CBS 3), KETV (ABC 7), WOWT (NBC 6), KPTM (Fox 42) and the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.).

- Political science Professor Loree Bykerk was quoted in the June 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the future of Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's political career.

- An article in the June 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald previewed changes at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, including Director Winnie Callahan's forthcoming move to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

- The Summer Scholars program, coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, was profiled in the June 21 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Maria Garza, who coordinated the program, was quoted in the article.

- Don Greer, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, was quoted in the June 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Greer discussed the history of the rally cap in baseball.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies, was quoted in the June 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Nebraska National Guardsmen working with Afghan farmers.

- The June 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a profile on a study abroad course to Peru, organized by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies. Lourdes Gouveia, director, was quoted.

- The June 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article with Russell Kleeb, a maintenance supervisor. He discussed receiving free drug samples from physicians.

- School of Communication Director Jeremy Lipschultz was quoted in a blog posting on the St. Petersburg Times' (St. Petersburg, Fla.) Web site about the Federal Communications Commission and late comedian George Carlin.

- The June 20 issue of the Wahpeton Daily News (Wahpeton, N.D.) published an article on recent graduate Jordan Mertes' upcoming 10-month trip to Norway to study geology.

- The June 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest editorial by history Professor Oliver Pollak, who wrote about the decline of Burma and Zimbabwe.

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

- Art Homer, Writer's Workshop, published a poem, "Poor Old Art," in the current issue of Lyric Poetry Review (Bloomington, Ind.).

- Bruce E. Johansen, communication, published a high school reference book, Global Warming 101, (Greenwood Press), May 30, 2008.

Dr. Johansen also published "In Defense of Cap and Trade," a letter to the editor, in the June 10 edition of the Washington Post.

He also published "Kanada WyplacaOdszkodowania: Ofiarom Szkol z Internatem dla Tubylcow" ("The Cruelties of Canadian Indian Boarding Schools") in Tawacin, No. 81 (Spring, 2008), 24-30, Poznan, Poland.

- Dale Krane, Frederick W. Kayser Chair Professor in the School of Public Administration, recently authored an article in Public Performance and Management Review, 31, 3 (March 2008): 387-406. "Can The 'Courthouse Gang' Go Modern?: Lessons from the Adoption of Performance-Based Management by County Governments" reports on the challenges encountered in the adoption of contemporary management practices by the 40 largest county governments in the United States. To read more, visit

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

Shakespeare on the Green Continues at Elmwood
Shakespeare on the Green continues tonight, June 27, at Elmwood Park with "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 July 2 and 5. D. Scott Glasser directs "King Lear," which runs through Sunday, June 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 e-mail to

Carillon Concert Set for July 4
The bells on the UNO campus will ring in honor of America Friday, July 4, in conjunction with a carillon concert set for 9 a.m.

UNO carilloneur James Johnson will perform a 30-minute concert of patriotic melodies. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

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

UNO Collaborates for Temporary Art Exhibition
UNO has collaborated with the AIM Institute and the Organization for the Advancement of Arts to feature emerging Omaha artists.

The Exchanges Gallery - 1905 Harney Street, Suite 215 - will host "The Closing Bell: Emerging Omaha Artists" through today, June 27.

UNO art faculty members Russ Nordman and Jody Boyer have helped coordinate the exhibition series. The featured works are by emerging Omaha artists who work in conventional and nonconventional venues.

"The Closing Bell: Emerging Omaha Artists" is open for viewing from 1 to 5 p.m. A closing reception is planned for tonight from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit or contact Boyer at or 712.309.5603.

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.