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USSTRATCOM Commander Hears UNO Intern Ideas on Cyber Security, Global Stability

by John Prescott

It's rare when a four-star combatant commander invites college students to his office for a private meeting on global security issues. At United States Strategic Command however, it's becoming business as usual. ...continue

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Forensics Takes High Honors

Abbie Syrek of the School of Communication discusses how UNO Forensics recently received national recognition, and how students such as Matt Eledge, left, and Cameron Logsdon find their niche on campus.

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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.

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Wellness Stampede

Weight Watchers on Campus Open House Today

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 an open house set for today, 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.'"

Today's open house 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."

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

"Consider This" Raises Awareness about Lou Gehrig's Disease

May is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness month. On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt leads a discussion about the causes, symptoms, treatments and efforts to find a cure.

ALS -- more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease -- is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy.

Wyatt's guests will include Shannon Todd, a patient services coordinator for ALS Association; Sherrie Hanneman, a regional development director for ALS Association; and Julie Carlson, a self-advocate.

The program airs tonight, May 21, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, May 24
11:30 a.m.

- Friday, May 22
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, May 26
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

UNO Division of Continuing Studies, Veteran Services to Host Informational Session This Saturday

The UNO Division of Continuing Studies and the UNO Veteran Services office will host the Veteran Education Briefing Saturday, May 30, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

This event is free and open to all veterans or those in the military in the Omaha metropolitan area. UNO campus veterans are also encouraged to attend. Read more.

May, June TIAA-CREF Schedule

A TIAA-CREF representative will visit campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates:

- May 26

- June 9 and 23

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Paula Turner at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3600 or on the Web at

Gateway Hiring Summer Editors, Looking for New Writers

The Gateway, the official student newspaper of UNO, is currently accepting applications for editor positions for its summer issues. Applications are due no later than Friday, May 22.

In addition to editors, The Gateway is continuing to accept applications for new freelance writers and photographers on a rolling basis. Applicants must be UNO students, but need not be majoring in programs from the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

The editor positions will require availability on June 7, June 21, July 12, July 26, Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 to produce the five issues produced by The Gateway during the summer session. Additional duties will also need to be completed on the editors' own time. Read more.

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

Members Sought for CCSW

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from faculty, staff and students who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to all faculty, staff and students. Through participation, CCSW offers networking opportunities for members across UNO's campus.

Activities this year included:

- Promoted civic awareness through voter registration drives;

- Presented Susan B's Coffeehouse lectures on issues of health, finances and job-related skills;

- Hosted the 23rd Annual Centennial CCSW Awards luncheon;

- Sponsored a CCSW undergraduate scholarship; and

- Participated in activities honoring inclusion for all, Women's History Month and the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk for Athletics.

Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or

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.