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Spring 2009 Commencement

More than 1,400 students received degrees Friday, May 8, during UNO's spring commencement ceremony. Humaira Qasimyar presented the student commencement address entitled "A Shared Journey." The Order of the Tower was awarded to Ronald and Lois Roskens and Barbara and Wally Weitz of the Weitz Family Foundation. UNO alum Lloyd Roitstein received the Alumnus Achievement Award.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, May 12, to honor Bernard "Bernie" Wolff.

Wolff worked in Admissions and Advising at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering, located at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, for the past six years.

Wolff, 62, passed away last week.

Funeral services were held today at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Omaha.

MBSC Food Service Changes

Operational changes within Food Services at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) this summer will create an improved and more efficient facility that better serves the needs of the campus community. Patrons will have more seating space and improved -- as well as quicker -- meal options.

During the 2008-2009 academic year, an assessment of the Food Services operation was performed and included a review by an industry consultant, a survey of customers (students, faculty and staff) and an examination of usage and financial performance. This comprehensive process led the MBSC Food Services team in making the following modifications.

Better utilize the Maverick Buffet space
The Maverick Buffet, which closed operations at the end of the spring semester, will become a new seating and lounge area with table seating and more soft-seat or "lounge" style accommodations. The area, to be called the Maverick Room, will no longer be a place where food is served. Instead, the Maverick Room will be a multi-use area allowing for better utilization throughout each day by the campus community. The Maverick Buffet's traditional "meat and potato" offerings will find a new home in the food court.  

Renovate the Food Court serving area
The food serving area at the Food Court will undergo a renovation this summer that includes changes in the food concepts offered to better reflect current preferences. The new Food Court will offer more alternatives and less waiting. Several of our popular offerings will continue and join new concepts, including burrito and sub sandwich stations.

Discontinue food cart at PKI
The food cart service at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, operated by MBSC Food Services, will not re-open this fall. With many food and beverage alternatives available in the growing Aksarben Village development, as well as at the adjacent Scott Hall, the PKI food cart was unable to generate enough revenue to continue. 

Reduced Food Service staffing
As a result of the operational changes outlined above and the staffing required, the number of Food Services employees will be reduced. Food Services employees were first informed of the likely changes in February. On May 8, six UNO Food Services workers were notified that their positions had been eliminated. These position eliminations are not related to concerns over next year's budget; rather, they are a result of the improvements and streamlining of Food Services necessary to ensure a financially viable auxiliary operation.    

"All of these changes within Food Services are aimed at enabling UNO Food Services to best serve faculty, staff, students and visitors in an operation that's customer focused and fiscally responsible," said Jim Welch, MBSC director. "The new Food Court serving area and Maverick Room will open in August at the start of the fall semester."

For questions related to these changes, contact Welch at 554.3303.

New FEAP Hours Announced

UNO's Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) has new campus office hours.

"Are you experiencing a personal problem that may or may not be impacting the workplace?" said Marlene Schneider, a FEAP counselor. "If so, you are not alone. The chance that any person can navigate things through life without a serious matter is doubtful."

FEAP staff can help faculty and staff deal with those difficult times. FEAP is a confidential counseling service designed to assist faculty, employees and their families in addressing personal and work-related problems.

206 Eppley Administration Building

Tuesdays – 8 a.m. to noon
Thursdays – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
(Other times are available by appointment)

Marlene Schneider holds a bachelor's degree and certification in Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC)

To schedule an appointment, contact Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO campus) or 559.5175 (UNMC campus), or by e-mail at

For more FEAP information, visit

Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the summer semester Campus Security would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24/7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are on campus.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

PC Desktop Alert System
The university's on-campus PC Desktop Alert System is another option. The system allows on-campus users to install software to enable windows computers to receive desktop alerts from UNO for emergency events, school closings and other critical announcements. For installation information, visit or contact Information Technology Services Customer Services at 554.4357.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, 'opt-in' capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 116. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

Team Captains Sought for "You Look MAVelous! Challenge"

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Wellness Stampede and Human Resources have teamed up to host the "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this summer on campus. Team captains are currently being sought for the competition.

"This weight loss challenge is designed to be a fun and informative event addressing the importance of good health and wellness," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "We need team captains, individuals who can help recruit participants and provide support for their teammates during the competition."

A team captain meeting is set for this Thursday, May 14, at 4 p.m. in 205 Eppley Administration Building. Those who can not attend, but would like to be a captain, should contact Daniels at 554.2008.

All weigh-ins will take place as teams. A special platform and scale has been constructed for the weigh-ins. Watch eNotes for details as the challenge nears.

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

Writing Center Summer Consultation Hours Under Way

For the first time, the UNO Writing Center will offer summer consultation services. Starting this week, Writing Center consultants are 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:

Now through June 5: Monday through Thursday, 12:30 to 3 p.m.

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

For additional MSLC information, contact Dana Richter-Egger at

Four-Day Keyboard Concert is May 13-16 at UNO

The 15th annual Robert M. Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts is May 13-16 at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The four-day event consists of four concerts that will take place each night at 7:30 p.m. Read more.

Ortman/Watanabe Retirement Reception May 14

The College of Business Administration and Department of Accounting will host a retirement reception Thursday, May 14, for Richard Ortman, professor of accounting, and Judith Watanabe, associate professor of accounting. The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room and recognize the duo's many years of service to the university.

Anyone planning to attend should R.S.V.P. to Darryl Burgdorf at or 554.3650.

Fritz Retirement Reception May 15

After 14 years of service as a secretary in the Testing Center, Sheryl Fritz will retire on Friday, May 15. The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception in her honor that afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Marion Fortin-Wavra at 554.4800.

UNO Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basics of Dreamweaver course on Tuesday, May 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 007B Roskens Hall.

Basics of Dreamweaver is a 90-minute hands-on course designed to orient users to some of the Dreamweaver tools used in conjunction with the UNO Web Templates.

Covered topics include setting up a site through the "Site Manager," transferring files through the "Get" and "Put" commands, using the "Find and Replace" function and why it is best to develop in a test environment.

Participants do not need to have a test site or be using the Web Templates to attend.  This course is intended to be taken prior to UNO Web Template training.

For questions, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

To register for this course:

- Go to;

- Select the appropriate month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO

employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration.  For problems registering, contact ITS Cusomer Services at 554.4357.

A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Aviation Institute to Host Webinar on Aviation Reregulation

The UNO Aviation Institute will host a webinar on "Back to the Future: Do We Need Aviation Reregulation?" Tuesday, May 19. Sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, it will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs Community Service Building.

Since airline deregulation, commercial flights have increased dramatically. In certain markets, operational demand has exceeded airport and airspace capacity, which in turn has brought about national airport congestion and delay. Hallmarks of the commercial airline industry today include high energy costs and an industry-wide financial crisis. Limited public resources prevent regional airports from increasing capacity.

This webinar will explore the prospect of increased government involvement as a part of future remedies.  Webinar presenters will discuss the following topics:

- "Rationale for Reregulation"

Joshua Schank, Bipartisan Policy Center;

- "Congestion Issues and Strategies in the Northeast Mega-Region"

Charles R. Everett, TranSystems Corporation; and

- "Thirty Years of Deregulation: What Lies Ahead?"

Clinton Oster, Indiana University.

Questions may be posed anytime during the webinar, and will be answered at the end of the session. 

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by calling 554.3424.

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 three 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:  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.

** 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


Students Honored at April 24 HPER Awards Banquet
The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) hosted the 2009 School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Student Awards Banquet April 24 at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. 

Helping plan the banquet were the School of HPER office staff and student organization presidents: Jessica Dozark, Lindsey Johnson, Stephanie Martin, Matthew Perry and Shandalee Ramet.  The main focus of the evening was to honor the accomplishments of the students.  Presenting that evening was Daniel Blanke, director of the School of HPER. Read more.

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