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Facilities, Management and Planning retiree Jim Veiga was one of those honored by Chancellor John Christensen at UNO's annual Service Awards Luncheon held on May 5. Click on this link for the complete list of honorees.

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Native American Studies Celebrates Largest Class

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The largest graduating class since the inception of the UNO Native American Studies program was honored May 7. The faculty of the Native American Studies program and the Native American Studies Alumni Association hosted the ceremony in the Milo Bail Student Center.


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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff Friday, May 15, to honor the memory of UNO retiree John Flocken. He passed May 12 at the age of 69.

Dr. Flocken, a professor in the Department of Physics and a former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, retired in September of 2003 after more than 34 years of service to the university. After retirement, he served as an emeritus professor of physics.

Services will take place May 15 at 1 p.m. at West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Open Door Mission or Friends of the UNO Criss Library.

Warning About "Upgrade Your Webmail Account" Email Message

Recently Information Technology Services (ITS) staff has had several calls from UNO faculty, staff and students who have received an e-mail via Lotus Notes titled "E-News [] Webmail Account Upgrade." ITS recommends not opening or replying to this message. This message is phishing to gain access to Lotus Notes users personal information. Currently the UNO Spam filter is catching these messages -- so simply delete it from the spam filter or inbox.

"Please be assured that ITS is not sending these messages," said Shelley Schafer, manager of distance education with ITS. "Messages from ITS will never come from a .com e-mail address or ask you to submit your password via an e-mail message."

As always, if anyone has any concerns about the legitimacy of an e-mail message such as this, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or forward any suspicious e-mails to

Portion of Lot R Closed May 18-19

The east side of Lot R will be closed Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19, for maintenance and striping. Weather permitting.

To view a parking map, visit For more information, contact Paul Kosel at 554.3218.

Wellness Stampede

Weight Watchers on Campus Open Houses Today and May 21

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Weight Watchers on Campus is back for the summer semester. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and their spouses are invited to attend one of two open houses today, May 14, or Thursday, May 21. Free Weight Watchers samples and door prizes will be available.

"Weight Watchers is not a diet; it is a healthy lifestyle change," said David Daniels assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "The Weight Watchers approach has always been about flexibility, and there's even more of it with their newest program called ‘The New Momentum Program.'"

Both open houses will take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. In order to get a Weight Watchers' leader on campus, 15-paid participants must be registered. At the session, dates will be determined for the regular meetings for the next 15-week program.

"You'll discover new strategies to help you live the way you want and still lose weight," Daniels said. "With the new Momentum program, you'll learn to choose foods that keep you fuller longer, so you're less likely to eat for the wrong reasons, like when you're bored or stressed."

Flyers for the "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" will also be handed out. The Wellness Stampede and Human Resources have teamed up to host this summer weight loss program on campus. All weigh-ins will be done as teams. A special platform and scale has been constructed for the weigh-ins. The first team weigh-in takes place Wednesday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

For details stop by the open house or contact, Daniels at 554.2008 or

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

Ortman/Watanabe Retirement Reception Today

The College of Business Administration and Department of Accounting will host a retirement reception today, 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.

"Consider This" Welcomes Osborne and Alberts

On the next edition of "Consider This" Tom Osborne and Trev Alberts reunite to talk about, among other things, their current roles as university athletic directors.

The program airs tonight, May 14, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, May 17
11:30 a.m.

- Friday, May 15
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, May 19
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Bound Periodicals Returns to the Library

All bound back issues of periodicals have returned from off-campus storage, and they are now shelved on the Criss Library's compact ranges on the west side of the first floor.

Library staff continue to incert unbound issues which accumulated in boxes during the building renovation, but the collection is open for use. Patrons can ask the First Floor Service Desk staff for assistance finding these journal issues.

Giving Circles Change Donors' Giving in Positive and Significant Ways

Donors say they give more, give more strategically, and are more knowledgeable about nonprofit organizations and problems in their communities when they participate in giving circles, a new UNO report finds.

Giving circles are groups of individuals of all wealth levels and backgrounds who pool their money and other resources and decide together where to give these away. They are often formed by friends or like-minded individuals as a way to be more engaged in the charitable giving process. Past studies have shown that the number of giving circles has exploded across the country and that they are an established philanthropic force. Giving circles can have a big impact on their members and on communities in these difficult economic times. Read more.

ITS Asks for Help While Mapping Campus Network

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff need assistance from the campus community for summer's Network Port Identification project. Individuals are asked to make an accessible path to the wall outlet(s) in their offices when at all possible.

Before upgrading campus technology infrastructure, ITS must physically locate and map more than 6,000 network ports on campus.

"ITS really appreciates everyone's patience and assistance during this process," said, Aaron Murray, project manager.

ITS technical staff will work with department techs to provide access to classrooms and offices. Work started on the Networking Port Identification project this week and continues through Thursday, July 30. To minimize disruptions, the majority of the work will be done Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Murray at

Pathways to Harmony Program Offered May 22

The next Pathways to Harmony program will take place Friday, May 22, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The professional development program brings students, faculty and staff together to explore diversity.

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of Equal Employment Opportunity with Human Resources. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

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 Under Way

The summer shuttle service now operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle serves the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only. No shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall takes place during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Engineering to Host Summer Programs at PKI

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering will host two summer programs for senior and junior high students at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) this July.

The programs:

Engineering Exploration Week: Senior High Program
The one-week day camp will take place June 8-12 and will feature mini-workshops for students entering grades 10 to 12. Participating students will explore engineering programs available at PKI. For details and registration information, visit

Engineering Exploration Week: Junior High Program
The one-week day camp will take place July 13-17 and will feature mini-workshops for students entering grades eight and nine. Participating students will explore engineering programs available at PKI. For details and registration information, visit

For more information, call 554.2531.