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Healthy Habits for a Healthy Future

Listen to an excerpt from a documentary on childhood obesity in Omaha, produced this spring by Dr. Robert Franklin and his Radio Production I students in the School of Communication. The semester-long project included a partnership with the Omaha Kids Coalition and Live Well Omaha Kids to promote physical activity and healthy eating habits among children.

School of Communication

the Big Picture

UNO Service Awards

UNO Service Awards

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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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Portland Edge
Shakespeare on the Green


Walk-to-Wellness Kicks Off May 18 at UNO

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Faculty, staff and students can join the Wellness Stampede for "Walk-to-Wellness: Making Healthy Strides Together Summer 2009." The summer walking program officially kicks off this Monday, May 18.

"Walking is one of the least expensive and most beneficial forms of physical activity.  All you need is a pair of shoes with good support and a place to walk," said David Daniels assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "Join your co-workers and others for a walk on our beautiful UNO campus."

Walkers will depart from the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza at the following dates and times:

- Mondays and Wednesdays
3:30 to 4 p.m.
Leader: Dave Daniels

- Tuesdays and Thursdays
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Leader: Jessica Dzork

Click on this link for a walking map. $6 pedometers are for sale in 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. All walks are weather permitting.

The nine-week walking program will continue through Friday, Aug. 3, in conjunction with the "You Look MAVelous! Challenge." 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.

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

Fritz Retirement Reception Today

After 14 years of service as a secretary in the Testing Center, Sheryl Fritz will retire today, May 15. The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception in her honor 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.

Leatha Davis Retirement Reception Today

Food Services will host a retirement reception today, May 15, for Leatha Davis.  The university community is invited to attend.  Davis, a Food Tech II, will retire after more than 29 years of service to the university.

The retirement reception will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

For more information, contact Food Services at 554.2400.

ITS to Offer Advanced RSS for Podcasting Training

Information Technology Services (ITS) will conduct "Advanced RSS for Podcasting" training on Thursday, May 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 007A Roskens Hall. RSS is used to disseminate news and audio casts over the Web inside XML code. 

In this course faculty and staff will learn to: 
- Broadcast previously recorded content and update regularly using XML;
- Use a feed aggregator for posting RSS programs; and
- Locate and utilize a RSS button.

Attendees for this session are expected to have basic knowledge or understanding or knowledge of how to use the Internet, HTML, news readers or aggregators and subscribing to a podcast.  To actively participate in this training session, attendees are also asked to have 10Mb of available space available in their myFolder/myWeb account.

To register go to For more information, contact Lisa Green at 554.3535.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For the period of April 1-30, those receiving grant awards totaling $145,910 are:

Patricia Adams
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: A Not So Well-Behaved Woman Seldom Makes History
Sponsor:  Nebraska Humanities Council

Harmon Maher
College of Arts and Sciences, Geology/Geography
Title:  Shallow Fracture Formation and Fluid Mobilization During Diagenetically Driven  Deformation: The Tertiary Badlands Chalcedony Vein of South Dakota and Nebraska
Sponsor:  American Chemical Society

Russell Smith
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Public Administration
Title:  Omaha Neighborhood Scan 2009
Sponsor:  City of Omaha

Russell Smith
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Public Administration
Title:  Omaha Graffiti Scan 2009
Sponsor:  City of Omaha

William Tapprich
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title:  Nebraska Research Network in Functional Genomics
Sponsor:  University Nebraska Medical Center

For support and help with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

UNO UFO Study Group Moves Meeting Location

UNO's UFO Study Group will not meet this Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. Instead the group will attend the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) meeting at the Benson Branch Library (one block south of 60th and Maple St.) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact John Powers at 319.2721.

UNO's NBDC Training Offers Business and Computer Workshops

UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will offer training on business and computer workshops this month. The schedule:

- Tuesday, May 19
Microsoft Excel 2007 - Level II
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ESU3, 110th and Harrison St.

- Wednesday, May 20
Visio - Microsoft 2003 Professional Level I
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ESU3, 110th and Harrison St.

- Thursday and Friday, May 21 and 22; and Thursday, May 28
Requirements Elicitation and Methods
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ESU3, 110th and Harrison St.

- Friday, May 22
Microsoft Excel 2003 - Level I
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ESU3, 110th and Harrison St.

- Wednesday, May 27, and Wednesdays, June 3 and June 10
Becoming an Effective Leader
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
E-Shop, 130th and West Center Road

Visit for more details and additional workshop offerings.

Lot R Closed May 18-19

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.

Summer Permit Parking Available in Church Lot

UNO employees with faculty/staff parking permits can park in the St. Margaret Mary's Church parking lot at 6116 Dodge St. this summer. Parking will be available there in UNO-designated lots through Friday, Aug. 21.

During the fall and spring semesters, parking at this location remains limited to student permit holders. Night-only permits will not be honored until after 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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 insert 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.

In the News

In the News

- Phani Tej Adidam, Department of Marketing and Management, was quoted in a May 6 Omaha World-Herald article about deep discounts at retail stores.

- The May 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article previewing Omaha's mayoral race, quoting Randy Adkins and Loree Bykerk, Department of Political Science.

- Trev Alberts, athletic director, was quoted in the May 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the hiring of Don Leahy as associate athletic director.

- KMTV (CBS 3) interviewed Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Department of Political Science, on May 11 about illegal immigration discussions during Omaha's mayoral race.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed graduate student Steve Cross for a May 6 story about the first Omaha home entirely powered by wind and solar energy. The home was built by UNO and UNL students.

- Gert-Jan de Vreede, Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis (ISQA), was quoted in the May 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the portal prototype developed by his graduate students for Alegent Health. He and Ann Fruhling, Department of ISQA, led the semester-long project.

- Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was referenced in a May 2 Omaha World-Herald article about immigrant rallies across the United States.

- Peggy Jones, Department of Black Studies, was a guest on the May 4 episode of "Real Talk" on CTI, Cox Channel 22. The program, hosted by Willie Hamilton of Black Men United, discussed the issues surrounding the re-entry of prisoners into the community.

- Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, was quoted in the May 2 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about derivatives.

- A May 9 Omaha World-Herald article about the decrease of landlines in homes quoted Marvel Maring, Criss Library, and Bill Pickett, Maverick Village.

- Graduate Thersa Matsuura was featured in the May 5 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about her new book, A Robe of Feathers and Other Stories. The article also quoted Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies, about Matsuura's work as an international studies student.

- Mary Lynn Resier, Center for Economic Education, was interviewed May 6 by WOWT (NBC 6) about consumer credit card debt and interest rates.

- The May 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published a guest column by Hank Robinson, Juvenile Justice Institute. Dr. Robinson wrote about proposed penalties for Nebraska's criminals.

- Russ Smith, School of Public Administration, wrote a guest column for the May 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Dr. Smith wrote about community and economic development 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

- Rich Wyatt, Criss Library, has recently had poems accepted for publication in ABZ, a literary publication from Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va.; New Laurel Review from New Orleans, La.; Exit 13, a New Jersey publication; and Poetry East, published at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill.

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

Four-Day Keyboard Concert Continues through May 16
The 15th annual Robert M. Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts continues through Saturday, May 16, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital. The four-day event consists of four concerts that will take place each night at 7:30 p.m. Read more.

"From the Top" to Perform at Holland Next Week
" From the Top," the preeminent showcase for young musicians on NPR and PBS hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, comes to Omaha‚ Holland Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. to tape its hit radio program heard weekly on Classical 90.7 KVNO FM every Saturday at 6 p.m. 

Tickets range from $15 to $40 for the performance; patron tickets are $60 or $200 for a family of four, and include premium seating.  They are available at Ticket Omaha 345-0606 or   

An added opportunity will be an educational session at Millard North Middle School on Thursday, May 21, at 12:15 p.m.  The two Omaha students who will appear on From the Top, violist Shundeena Beard, an 18-year-old senior at Central High School, and pianist Ben Fuller, a 18-year-old Creighton Prep senior. Both will meet with an orchestra class to play, talk about their instruments and why they love music, and answer questions from the audience. 

In addition to local students, an additional performer has been announced.  He is 12-year-old cellist, Bihn Park, a recipient of From the Top Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Park was born in Seoul, South Korea, and has lived in Chicago and Philadelphia. He is in the gifted program for young musicians at Temple Prep and is currently the youngest member of the Temple Prep Youth Chamber Orchestra. Also performing will be Elisabeth Shafer, an 18-year-old trombone player from State College, Pa., and the Schlagwerk 4, a percussion quartet comprised of Christian Schmidt (17, Lake Forest, Ill.), Ben Paulson (17, Libertyville, Ill.), Michael Garrett (17, Green Oaks, Ill.), and Ryan Logan (18, Buffalo Grove, Ill.).   

For more information, visit

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

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.