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David Cicotello

SAC Recognition Award Recipient

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David Cicotello, director of Recruitment Services, was honored April 28 at the UNO Faculty Senate-Staff Advisory Council (SAC) banquet. Cicotello was awarded the 2009 SAC Recognition Award. The honor is presented annually to a UNO faculty or staff member who has demonstrated exemplary support to UNO staff members. Pictured from left to right are Chancellor John Christensen, Cicotello and SAC President Kent Lavene.

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Alberts Named as Maverick's AD

UNO Chancellor John Christensen Wednesday (4-29) announced the selection of Trev Alberts as UNO's new athletic director. The news conference took place at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The 38 year-old native of Iowa will begin his new duties in May. "Trev has impressed me and all of the groups on and off campus that he has met with. His enthusiasm, integrity and great communication skills are tremendous assets," said Dr. Christensen.

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Senior Successful On, Off Stage

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Senior Rachel Samson, when not shelving books at Criss Library, takes center stage at UNO productions every season. Listen as the theatre major, who heads to graduate school at the University of Central Missouri, shares her experiences at UNO on the stage, behind the scenes and in the classroom.



May Day Forum on Labor Rights Is Today

UNO's William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies will host a discussion of workers' rights and the need for economic justice at home and abroad today, May 1, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

May 1st is known around the industrialized world as International Worker Solidarity Day.

"It is unlike our Labor Day because it is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of organized labor rather than a holiday which, while dedicated to workers, is primarily thought of as a day off from work," said John Kretzschmar, director of the Institute. "It is like our Labor Day because it was inspired by events that happened in the United States."

Participants include Kretzschmar and Edgar Moore, a community service associate for the Institute, as well as Henry D'Souza, a professor in the UNO School of Social Work. Dr. D'Souza is also a Honduran worker/leader with experience in working in a sweatshop and a representative from Students against Sweat Shops.

For more information, contact Robin McNutt at 595.2344.

FFFF to Feature Jeremy Baguyos

KVNO, Classical 90.7's First Friday Faculty Focus series continues with the spotlight on Jeremy Baguyos, assistant professor of music technology at UNO. The segment airs today, May 1, during the 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. newscasts.

Dr. Baguyos shares his teaching time with the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media Department of Music and the College of Information Science and Technology in the Department of Information, Science and Quantitative Analysis.

The "First Friday Faculty Focus" interview series highlights the many contributions of individual faculty members to UNO and the greater community. Cheril Lee, KVNO news director, conducts the interviews.

For more information about the series, contact Lee at 554.2516.

Celebration This Saturday for "Astronomy Day 2009"

NASA Nebraska Space Grant (based at UNO) and the Strategic Air and Space Museum will celebrate "Astronomy Day 2009" with space displays and astronomy educational programs for all ages at the museum this Saturday, May 2.

Museum visitors can enter to win prizes including signed astronaut memorabilia, a real meteorite and a Celestron Nexstar 4se Telescope (provided by The day does not end when the sun goes down. The museum will host a "Star Party" in its parking lot at 8:45 p.m. Attendees will be able to view dozens of beautiful celestial objects in the night sky.

For more information on Astronomy Day, visit

K-12 educators can look into the Teacher Training Workshop offered on Astronomy Day. Details are online at

Third Budget Forum Set for May 5

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a third campus forum focused on the university budget Tuesday, May 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. All members of the campus community - faculty, staff and students - are welcome to attend.

Like the two earlier forums, this event will be an informational session on the 2009-2010 budget.  The first took place in January; the second in late March.  This forum will again provide an update of fiscal issues and a more refined timeline regarding the state economic forecast.  Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, who have led the campus Budget Advisory Task Force, will also help lead the presentation and discussion.

"This will be the final forum for the semester," Dr. Christensen said. "I'm hoping we have another large turnout.  The questions and comments at these events have been informative and provided important perspectives."

For more information, call 554.3502.

Brown Bag Next Week on NIH Grant Review Process

Jeff French will review the new changes to take place in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant review process, some of which take place as soon as July.  He will also provide updates on NIH's involvement and activities in the Federal "Stimulus Package."

The brown bag, "Change is Coming: New Review Procedures at NIH Study Sections, and What it Means to You," will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room on Tuesday, May 5, from noon to 1 p.m.

Participants can bring their lunch. Desserts, light snacks and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286.

Richard Duggin Retirement Reception May 6

Richard Duggin, professor and chairperson of the Department of Writer's Workshop in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, will retire at the end of the spring semester. In celebration of his 45 years of service, the university community can attend a reception Wednesday, May 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Nita Armendariz at 554.2232.

UNO Commencement May 8 at the Civic

More than 1,400 students will graduate Friday, May 8, during the UNO spring commencement ceremony.  The event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Individuals who will be honored during the ceremony include:

- Student Commencement Speaker: Humaira B. Qasimyar
Qasimyar, an Omaha native, will graduate with a bachelor of science in biotechnology and a bachelor of art in religious studies.  This fall, she will begin medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

- Order of the Tower: The Weitz Family Foundation and Ronald W. Roskens
The Weitz Family Foundation, established in 2001, seeks to support those who advocate its mission of empowering individuals, agencies and organizations that work to improve quality of life and promote an equitable and peaceful society.  Particular interests include education, public housing and the arts.

Dr. Roskens has compiled a career of distinction, including service ranging from the field of education to high levels of government.   He is a former UNO chancellor and a former president of the University of Nebraska.

- Alumnus Achievement Award: Lloyd E. Roitstein
Roitstein has been scout executive/president of the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America for the past 17 years.  The largest youth-serving agency in Nebraska, the council is among the nation's largest geographically and in number of youth served.  Roitstein has served for 38 years in numerous leadership roles with the Scouts.

For more information, call 554.2358.

UNO Bookstore "Book Buy Back" Under Way

The "book buy back" event in the UNO Bookstore continues through Friday, May 8. Individuals must have a current picture ID to participate.

Estimated buy back prices can be viewed at by clicking on the cash for books link. Bookstore hours during the book buy back period are:

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, May 2
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In the News

In the News

- Randy Adkins, political science, conducted interviews with WOWT (NBC 6) and KFAB (1110 AM) earlier this week about Omaha's mayoral race.

- An April 29 press conference announcing Trev Alberts as UNO's new athletic director was covered by the following media outlets: KMTV (CBS 3), KETV (ABC 7), WOWT (NBC 6), KPTM (Fox 42), Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, Associated Press, 1290 AM (KKAR) and 1110 AM (KFAB).

- David Corbin, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, was a guest April 23 on "The Art of Aging" on KCRO (660 AM). Dr. Corbin discussed fall and injury prevention for older adults.

- John Crank, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was interviewed April 23 by KETV (ABC 7), where he discussed efforts by the Omaha Metro Safety Initiative.

- An event hosted by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) featuring Lucas Guttentag, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, was featured in the April 25 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star.

- An April 28 story on WOWT (NBC 6) profiled Pam Luttrell, a mother of three and UNO student who has returned to college.

- Hank Robinson, Juvenile Justice Institute, was quoted in the April 25 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Dr. Robinson discussed additional prison time for offenders.

- The April 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by Robert Runyon, Criss Library dean emeritus. Runyon wrote about UNO's Spring Strategic Planning Advance and the importance of community engagement.

- The April 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Steve Shultz, economics, about a recent report discussing home sales in Omaha.

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

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

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

Student Art Exhibit Result of Volunteer Trip to India
Art major Samara Marie traveled to Kurnol, India, last December for the Faceless International human rights campaign. While in India, Marie fed and cared for individuals abused in the human trafficking industry.

As a result of her volunteer experience, Marie created 15 paintings, juxtaposed with a collection of found objects. Her exhibit is based on the metaphor of the mustard seed, a staple in India. Read more.

Apollo Artifacts on Display at Criss Library through May 28
Artifacts commemorating America's 1969 venture to the moon are on display at Criss Library through Thursday, May 28. The items are on loan from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The display, "Project Apollo Exhibit," features an astronaut spacesuit and helmet from the Apollo mission and 13 self-standing panels mounted with photographs depicting the Apollo Program. 

For more information, call Criss Library at 554.2640.

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.