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Messages of Persistence, Earnestness, Optimism

Phani Tej Adidam, College of Business Administration, delivered the keynote address during the April 18 commencement ceremonies at the Helsinki School of Economics, the largest business school in Finland. Adidam spoke to graduates from the school's International Business program.

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Put a Lid on It!

Put a Lid on It! - a video about helmets and safety by David Corbin, a professor of health education at UNO – won the most creative award at the National Safety Council's Greater Omaha Chapter Safety Summit May 1 at Qwest Center Omaha. To view the video, click on the arrow above. The video was produced in conjunction with the Omaha Metro Bike Blast, a collaborative venture between the UNO Service Learning Academy and School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

more Omaha Metro Bike Blast projects



National Accreditation Renewed for College of Education

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has renewed its accreditation of UNO's College of Education (COE). The recognition means that UNO continues to produce quality teachers and other K-12 administrators through its education programs.

In commencement ceremonies conducted May 8, the College of Education awarded teaching certificates or degrees to 155 undergraduate students and 48 graduate students. Approximately 60 percent of all College of Education graduates stay in Nebraska, with most students teaching in the Omaha metro area. Read more.

HPER Racquetball Courts Closed

The racquetball courts in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building are closed for repairs through Thursday, June 18.

For more information, contact Mike Kult at 554.3232.

"Weight Watchers on Campus" to Meet This Thursday

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The "Weight Watchers on Campus" program at UNO is recruiting for its summer 2009 session, which will run for nine weeks from Thursday, June 4, to Thursday, July 30. The group meets each Thursday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Weigh-in takes place before the meetings at 12:15 p.m.

 The nine-week session costs $99 and is payable in four ways:

- By credit card for the full amount;

- With cash for the full amount;

- By check for the full amount; or

- With two checks of $49.50 each, all dated June 4, 2009. (The New York Weight Watchers office will deposit one check each month for two months to spread out the cost.)

"If anyone still is interested in joining, you can contact me to get signed-up, or just show up at the June 4 meeting with your payment," said David Daniels, assistant director of wellness and fitness programs.

Payment can be sent to Daniels with the Wellness Stampede, in 205B HPER.

Benefits of the program include:

- A trained leader provided by Weight Watchers;

- The support of co-workers;

- Tools, booklets and literature;

- No required food or the elimination of any foods (This is a lifestyle, not a diet.); and

- The convenience of meeting on campus.

 "You Look MAVelous!" team captains are invited to make their team members aware of this program. Since May 2008, "Weight Watchers on Campus" has collectively lost more than 440 pounds.

 For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or Stella Watts at 554.2321.

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

Camp Shakespeare Accepting Registrations

Applications are being sought for Camp Shakespeare, a two week-long set of workshops featuring hands-on experience performing the works of playwright William Shakespeare. The camp is designed for students ages eight to 18.

This year's event will take place Monday through Friday, June 15-19, and Monday through Friday, June 22-26. The classes run from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the UNO Weber Fine Arts Building and in Elmwood Park. Read more.

Foreign Liability Coverage Extended for 2009-10

UNO is in the process of extending foreign liability insurance for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The university's Foreign Liability Coverage Policy requires clarification regarding upcoming travel.

Faculty and staff anticipating foreign travel in the coming year are asked to provide Risk Management with the best estimates. Click on this link for employee and student travel details.

The information should be sent, as soon as possible, to Risk Management, 209 Eppley Administration Building. Anyone needing an electronic spreadsheet to populate should send an e-mail to Laura Lamblin at or visit

Call for Presentations Deadline June 5

The deadline for presentation proposals for the 2009 Aging with Passion and Purpose Conference that will be held at UNO is this Friday, June 5. This year's conference theme is "Social and Spiritual Dimensions of Aging and Caregiving."

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

14th Annual Jailhouse Scramble June 12

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and the Douglas County Department of Corrections will sponsor the 14th Annual Jailhouse Scramble on Friday, June 12.  Start time is set for 9 a.m. at Tiburon Golf Course, just off I-80 at exit 439 on 168th Street. 

The scramble is a fundraiser for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice's UNO/University of Nebraska-Lincoln Criminal Justice Education Fund.  The cost is $75 per person and includes a meal, 18 holes, golf cart, snack and prizes. 

Participant and sponsor information can be found at  For more information, contact Geri Murphy at 554.3589 or

CWS General Admission Ticket Booklets On Sale

The 2009 College World Series (CSW) starts Sunday, June 13, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. The UNO Athletic Ticket Office now has CWS general admission ticket booklets on sale.

A booklet of 10 tickets costs $70. Tickets can be used for any game, including the championship games. To purchase a booklet, stop by the ticket office in the Sapp Fieldhouse weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Ticket booklet sales are limited to cash or check while supplies last.

For more information, contact the UNO Ticket Office at 554.6287.


Omaha Press Club Awards Ceremony Honors Six UNO Students

The Omaha Press Club (OPC) Annual Awards Ceremony was held April 24 and recognized the 2009 OPC Foundation Career Achievement and Journalism Educator Award winners, in addition to scholarship recipients that included six UNO students. Chris Allen of UNO's School of Communication served as emcee for the event. Read more.

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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