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Murray Honored

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Aaron Murray, network systems administrator in Information Technology Services, was named the 2008 Employee of the Year on April 28 at the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council recognition dinner. He was honored for his extensive, ongoing work with the university's network. ...continue

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School of Communication Honored

The UNO School of Communication received the University-wide Departmental Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska. "This school demonstrates commitment to the finest in teaching, as well as commitment to serving the Omaha community and the entire state of Nebraska," said James B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska.

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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.



Third Budget Forum Is Today

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a third campus forum focused on the university budget today, 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 Today 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 happen 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 today, 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.

Omaha Royals Offer UNO Discount at Tonight's Game

Newly appointed UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts will throw out the first pitch at an Omaha Royals baseball game tonight, 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 p.m. at Rosenblatt Stadium, 1202 Bert Murphy Ave.

Largest Native American Studies Graduating Class, Sheila Rocha to be Honored

The largest graduating class since the inception of the UNO Native American Studies program will be honored at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7. The faculty of the Native American Studies program (NAS) and the Native American Studies Alumni Association (NASAA) will host the Spring Honoring Ceremony in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Urban Crew, a metro-based Native Drum, will provide entertainment. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

Members Sought for UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League

The UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League is currently seeking faculty and staff to become regular members or substitutes for the upcoming season at Elmwood Golf Course.

The Thursday night league begins May 14, with first tee times starting at 4 p.m. For details, call Mike Kult at 554.2539.

Call for Presentations

Submission for presentations for the 2009 Aging with Passion and Purpose Conference that will be held at UNO are now being accepted.  This year's conference theme is "Social and Spiritual Dimensions of Aging and Caregiving."  The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 5.

To submit a presentation proposal, send an e-mail to  that includes the following information:

- Presentation title;

- 300 word abstract describing the presentation's content and how it relates to the conference theme of social and spiritual dimensions of aging and caregiving;

- Three learning objectives for the proposed session; and

- Type* of presentation.

Presentation types include:

1) Paper**—single paper session, 20 to 60 minutes in length.

2) Poster—wall poster to be displayed all day each day of conference with a designated time (up to 60 minutes) for author(s) to be near poster to answer questions.

3) Symposium**—multiple paper session, up to 3 presenters, 20 minute length for each presenter.

4) Interactive Workshop—60-minute session, single presenter/facilitator, involving practical, "hands-on" learning opportunities for participants.

* Please note:  that preferences for type of presentation will be accommodated as much as possible, however, an alternative form of presentation may be requested from the conference planning committee if necessary.

** The conference planning committee reserves the right to group together papers/presenters focused on similar topics.

Also include:

- Name, title/credentials, affiliation, contact information and a 100-word biography of the primary presenter(s);

- Audio-visual needs; and

- Special requests.

The method of selection used for submissions will be a peer review process.  The target date to notify applicants of acceptance or regrets is Friday, July 10.  Upon acceptance, presenters will be requested to complete required documentation for CEU offerings.  For questions, contact one of the following conference planning committee members:

Nancy Kelley-Gillespie
554.4886 or

Lyn Holley
554.4814 or

Chris Kelly
UNO (Lincoln Campus)
402.472.2317 or

For more information about this conference, visit the conference Web site at

NBDC "Microsoft Word 2003 - Level 1" Workshop May 6

The Nebraska Business Development Center will host a training workshop on "Microsoft Word 2003 - Level 1" Wednesday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ESU #3, 6949 S. 110th St., in La Vista. The workshop fee of $180 for UNO employees ($225 for others) includes materials.

Workshop participants will learn to:

- Open, close and save Word files;

- Use document templates and wizards to create new files;

- Become familiar with navigating the Word environment;

- Type, edit and format documents;

- Spell-check and set up pages before printing;

- Copy and paste information utilizing the Office clipboard;

- Undo and redo changes;

- Distinguish the difference between character, paragraph and document formatting;

- Troubleshoot by displaying hidden markers;

- Set four kinds of tabs;

- Create bulleted and numbered lists; and

- Insert, edit and format tables.

For more information or to register, visit

Writing Center and Math-Science Learning Center Offer Summer Consultation Services

For the first time, the UNO Writing Center will offer summer consultation services. Starting Monday, May 11, Writing Center consultants will be available at the center's library satellite (UNO's Criss Library, main level) to serve UNO's summer students.

Students needing help with writing assignments can stop by the library and talk with one of the center's experienced writing consultants. This is a walk-in service; no appointment is necessary.

Writing Center Summer Hours at the Library:

May 11 - June 5: Monday through Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

June 8 - Aug. 14: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For additional Writing Center information, contact Dori Richards at

UNO's Math-Science Learning Center (MSLC) will also offer summer consultation services in 107 Durham Science Center. Students taking summer courses in math or science can stop by and let MSLC's consultants help with math and science questions. This is a walk-in service; no appointment is necessary.

MSLC Summer Hours in 107 DSC:

June 8 - Aug. 14: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For additional MSLC information, contact Dana Richter-Egger at

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.

Summer Shuttle Schedule Begins May 11

Starting Monday, May 11, the summer shuttle service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only. There will be no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.


- Lee Denker, UNO Alumni Association president and CEO, was recently named to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI board of directors.

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