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Young Alumni Host Party for Spring Graduates

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More than 80 soon-to-be graduates attended the UNO Young Alumni Graduation Celebration April 30 at McKenna's. Young Alumni member Lamarr Womble (right) congratulates Meredith Castilow Klein (left) on her upcoming May 8 graduation at the party. Attendees were eligible to join the group, a UNO Alumni Association affiliate. The group's goal is to create opportunities for young alumni to reconnect with UNO through the Alumni Association and to develop supportive alumni for life by encouraging young alumni involvement in programs and the UNO Annual Fund.

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David Cicotello

SAC Recognition Award Recipient

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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 Joins the Maverick Family

Listen to remarks by UNO's new athletic director, Trev Alberts, at the April 29 press conference. The audio comes courtesy of this week's episode of Maverick Roundup, the official podcast of UNO Athletics.



Bookstore Customer Appreciation Begins Today

The UNO Bookstore will host a customer appreciation sale today, May 4, through Friday, May 8. Customers who buy one UNO or Maverick apparel item at full price will receive a second item for half price. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

Bookstore hours during the sale are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360 or

Deadline Is Today for Annual Intercampus Golf Classic

Registration continues through today, May 4, for the 16th annual University of Nebraska Intercampus Golf Classic. The event will be held Monday, May 11, at the Platteview Country Club in Bellevue, Neb., with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

All University of Nebraska employees (faculty, staff and graduate teaching/research assistants) can take part. Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to play.

The four-person scramble emphasizes fellowship, fun and interacting with new people from other campuses. The tournament committee will assign individuals into playing foursomes based on skill level. Every attempt will be made to match players from different campuses. Requests for specific playing partners cannot be accommodated. Pairings will be available Friday, May 8.

The registration fee is $50 per golfer and includes an 18-hole green fee with cart, driving range with unlimited balls, team awards, individual pin prizes and lunch.

Registration forms are available by clicking on the link below. Payment should be made to "UNL Campus Recreation."

Registration form

For more information, contact Mark Powell at 402.472.4772 or

Omaha Royals Offer UNO Discount on May 5

Newly appointed UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts will throw out the first pitch at an Omaha Royals baseball game on Tuesday, May 5. UNO students, alumni, faculty and staff will receive a $2 discount on field box and reserved tickets by showing their university ID.

The game against the Memphis Redbirds starts at 6:35 at Rosenblatt Stadium, 1202 Bert Murphy Ave.

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Third Budget Forum Set for May 5

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.

Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 1,400 students will receive degrees Friday, May 8, during UNO's spring commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Shuttle buses 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.

Faculty Library Carrels Now Taking Applications

Criss Library renovations have included the creation of 15 updated faculty study carrels. Each mini-office provides a bookshelf, storage, ergonomic chair, power, data port and energy efficient lighting.

Carrel applications for the fall semester will be taken through Saturday, May 30. Completed forms can be returned via campus mail or in person to the library. Carrels will be assigned and ready for faculty use beginning in August.

Click on this link to connect to the library's Web site where forms and information can be found.

Sheila King Open House Reception Set for May 28

The UNO Alumni Association invites the campus community to attend a Retirement Open House Reception for Sheila King on Thursday, May 28. It will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. King is director of alumni programming and activities.

For more information, contact Julie Kaminski at 554.4887 or

Brown Bag This Week on "Change is Coming: New Review Procedures at NIH Study Sections, and What it Means to You"

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.

Project Interfaith to Host Professional Care Giving Training May 6

Project Interfaith, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, will host a daylong training workshop on care giving Wednesday, May 6. The training costs $40 and will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association, 12565 West Center Rd.

This training is open to all professional care givers, including nurses, social workers, doctors, chaplains, activity directors, health aides, administrators and others in the medical and care giving professions. Continuing education credits are available for participants.

Individuals who attend the training will learn:
- To explore their own views about religion and identity and understand how these views may impact their interactions with clients;
- To distinguish when and how religion and religious materials can be used in a care giving facility and what religious accommodations are allowed;
- About the basic beliefs, demographics and organization of religious communities in the Omaha metropolitan area;
- About best practices for making an organization or facility inclusive of religious diversity; and
- About print and Web-based resources and contacts.

Respite Resource Center, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the Creighton University Health Sciences Library are co-sponsoring the workshop.

To register or for more information, contact Project Interfaith at 402.933.4647 or

Richard Duggin Retirement Reception May 6

Richard Duggin, professor and chairperson of the UNO Department of Writer's Workshop, 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" Continues

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 click on 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.


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