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UNO Commencement Today at the Civic

More than 520 students will graduate today, Aug. 15, during UNO's summer commencement ceremony. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Faculty members who plan to attend commencement should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall.

A shuttle bus for faculty/staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC. Read more.

UNO Is First in U.S. for Value-Added Education

UNO contributes more to the learning gains made by students than any other institution that participated in a recent national examination, including schools such as Duke University, the University of Texas, the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina and Arizona State University.

The Council for Aid to Education in New York, which administers the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), recently reported that UNO does the best job among 176 participating colleges and universities in improving students' intellectual abilities from their freshman year to their senior year. Read more.

UNO to Host U.S. Senate Field Hearing on Food, Feed and Fuel

UNO will host a U.S. Senate field hearing focused on food, feed and fuel production on Monday, Aug. 18, starting at 9 a.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  The event is open to the campus community and public. The hearing may last until noon. 

Senator Ben Nelson, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who chairs the committee, will conduct the hearing.  Nine witnesses have been set to testify about the role of renewable fuels and the potential for increased agricultural productivity of grains and advanced biofuels in the future. 

UNO Television will provide coverage of the event, which will be streamed over the Senate committee's Web site at

Witnesses scheduled to testify include:

- Bruce Babcock, professor of economics, director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University;

- Bruce Dale, associate director: Office of Biobased Technologies, distinguished university professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University;

- Thomas Foust, biofuels technology manger, National Renewable Energy Laboratory;

- Jim Jenkins, chairman, Nebraska Ethanol Board;

- Bill Lapp, principal, Advanced Economic Solutions of Omaha;

- Jeff Lautt, executive vice president, corporate relations, POET;

- Dave Moody, president, Iowa Pork Producers Association;

- Dean Oestreich, chairman, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and vice-president, DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition; and

- Tim Recker, president, Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa farmer.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Criss Library First Floor Now Open

The Criss Library staff announced today that the building's first floor renovation is complete and is now open to the public.

Public computing is now located on the first floor and reference service is available at the First Floor Service Desk. In addition to two new instruction labs, the first floor also offers additional group and single study spaces and an improved vending area.

The staff at Criss Library want to thank library patrons for their patience during this renovation process. For details, visit

Planned Systems Outage This Sunday for E-mail, Blackboard and eBruno

UNO Facilities and Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will work on the final phase to upgrade the electrical service for the ITS data center in 008 Eppley Administration Building (EAB) to a whole room UPS and a natural gas-driven generator this weekend. These changes will provide a significant improvement in the stability of campus-wide technology services and greatly reduce future electrical outages.

The first outage involving all campus-wide technology services and electrical power to the Eppley Administration Building took place on Aug. 10.  The second, and final, outage happens this Sunday, Aug. 17, and also includes all campus-wide technology services. The outage will start at 6 a.m. and end at noon.

Note: Students, faculty and staff may notice intermittent availability of campus-wide technology services from 9 a.m. to noon.  ITS will be testing and adjusting systems during this time, so users should not rely on campus-wide technology services until noon on that day.

Anyone who has concerns about these outages or experiences problems with ITS services after noon on Aug. 17 should contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 (554.HELP) or

In the News

In the News

- The July 29 issue of the Kansas City Star and the July 31 issue of The Pitch (Kansas City, Mo.) previewed an art exhibit by Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman from the Department of Art and Art History.

- The July 29 issue of Bosnia Daily (Sarajevo) published a guest column by Rory Conces, Department of Philosophy and Religion, about the recent arrest of Serbian war leader Radovan Karadzic.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the following publications earlier this month about recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau: Fremont Tribune (Fremont, Neb.), Beatrice Daily Sun (Beatrice, Neb.), Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Neb.), Yankton Press & Dakotan (Yankton, S.D.), Lincoln Journal Star, Grand Island Independent (Grand Island, Neb.), Omaha World-Herald, Norfolk Daily News (Norfolk, Neb.) and Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise (Blair, Neb.).

- Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was quoted in the May 15 issue of The Jewish Daily Forward about immigrants who work at meatpacking plants. Dr. Gouveia was also quoted in the July 31 and Aug. 5 issues of the Lincoln Journal Star about a proposed ordinance in Fremont that targeted illegal immigration.

- Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration, was quoted in the Aug. 7 issue of the Memphis Commercial Appeal about his time as a University of Memphis faculty member and recent demographics in parts of Tennessee. 

- KETV (ABC 7) and the Omaha World-Herald both interviewed Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice , Aug. 13. He encouraged the Omaha City Council to reinstate the position of public safety auditor.

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

- David Corbin, health, physical education and recreation, published an editorial in the Aug. 6 edition of the Omaha World-Herald.  His article discussed the smoke-free ordinance passed in June by the Nebraska Supreme Court.  Dr. Corbin also had an editorial on aging simulations printed in the Aug. 10 edition of The New York Times.

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

ARTSaha! Festival Returns for 5th Annual Series of New Music Concerts
Omaha's new music festival - ARTSaha! - has announced its schedule for its 5th annual presentation of concerts and events dedicated to new music. ARTSaha! is produced by ANALOG arts ensemble in partnership with UNO. Concerts will take place from Sept. 3 through 13.

This year's festival motto is "Set Sail for the Sun," the title of a piece by the late composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, known as the father of electronic music. 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

Hurricane Katrina, Iraq, Communist Nations Art Exhibit Continues
The UNO Art Gallery continues to present the works of Rebecca Keller and Lanny DeVuono. The painting and mixed media exhibit centers on intersecting relationships people have with themselves, each other, their surroundings and the history of society.

The exhibition runs through Friday, Aug. 29. A closing reception will be held Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Read more.

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.