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Google Speaker Visits UNO

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist of Google, spoke June 15 to a capacity crowd at UNO's Scott Conference Center. Cerf, also known as father of the Internet, gave an hour-long presentation on "The Future of the Internet."



Technology Unavailable in Dodge Location Buildings This Sunday

Technology resources in all Dodge Location buildings will be inaccessible on Sunday, June 21, from 6 a.m. until noon to replace aging networking equipment. Information Technology Services (ITS) planned this outage for their regularly scheduled third Sunday maintenance window in order to minimize the affects on summer classes.

The UNO campus community may notice intermittent availability of campus-wide technology services in all Dodge Location buildings on June 21 until noon.  ITS will test and adjust systems during this time.

Although the Internet and other networked technologies will be off-line inside campus buildings, faculty, staff and students will still be able to utilize UNO technology such as Blackboard and Lotus Notes from off-campus.

Anyone who has concerns about these outages or experiences problems with ITS services after noon on June 21 should contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 (554.HELP) or

"You Look MAVelous!" Team Weigh-ins Next Week

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Wellness Stampede

You Look MAVelous!' - UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge - next team weigh-in is set for Wednesday, June 24, on the Henningson Memorial Plaza.

The Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services teamed up to host the first-ever challenge, which encourages faculty and staff to work together to come up with a healthier workforce. A special platform and scale has been constructed for the weigh-ins.  More than 21 teams will be in attendance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rain location will be the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

For more information on team weigh-in times participants should contact their team captains. 

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

Bank of the West Concert June 26; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert takes place Friday, June 26, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will again provide free parking.

This year's entertainment includes The Guess Who and Grand Funk Railroad. A fireworks finale will follow the performances at 10 p.m. Also at the event, The Omaha Food Bank will accept donations of non-perishable food items. Specially designed Bank of the West Celebrates America plush bears will be available for $5 each, with all proceeds going to The Food Bank.

In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage (University Drive East Parking Structure) will be open after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park on campus to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street.

Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific locations stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. People who park at the Pacific location for the concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

Bank of the West, in cooperation with the city of Omaha, annually sponsors the outdoor concert and fireworks finale. For more information, visit the Web at

UNO to Participate in June 20 Pride Parade

The Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) agency will represent UNO in the Pride Parade planned for Saturday, June 20, in downtown Omaha.

Students, faculty and staff will display a UNO banner in the parade, which begins at 10th and Pacific streets. Those interested in walking with the UNO group can call Erin Cron at 554.2711.

The GSO promotes, advocates and educates according to the belief that each person and community possesses inherent value and deserves to enjoy the basic tenets of safety, respect, dignity and equality, regardless of one's sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

In accordance with these fundamental beliefs, the GSO seeks to assure the mutual acceptance and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed, questioning and allied, as well as heterosexual, individuals.  It offers its support, services and educational resources on behalf of the institution's student, faculty and staff populations.

For more information, visit

Fidelity Representative Offers Summer Counseling Sessions

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this summer for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

Available dates are:
- Monday, June 29;
- Monday, July 13;
- Monday, July 27;
- Tuesday, Aug. 4; and
- Tuesday, Aug. 25.

To make an appointment with Cronick, call 1.800.642.7131.

In the News

In the News

- WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed Marcia Adler, Student Health Services, June 17 about binge drinking trends among college students.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies and the Department of Political Science, was quoted in a June 15 Reuters article about offshore oil drilling by Cuba.

- The June 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald profiled student Vernon Davis, who serves as Durango at UNO events on campus and in the community.

- Kim Hawekotte, Building Bright Futures, was quoted in the June 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about truancy among teens.

- Google executive Vint Cerf spoke to a packed Scott Conference Center June 15. previewed the event, quoting University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute Director Mike McGinniss. In addition, Silicon Prairie News, an Omaha Web site for the city's creative class, provided coverage.

- Retired physics professor Dan Sullivan was referenced in a June 12 article on, the Omaha World-Herald Web site, about the CAPOW (Chemistry and Physics on Wheels) program.

- Sam Walker, criminal justice emeritus professor, was quoted in the June 17 Omaha World-Herald about gun violence in Omaha.

- Alex's Lemonade Stand, organized by the Child Care Center, was featured on, the Web site of the Omaha World-Herald, on June 5. Shannon Whetstone of the Child Care Center was quoted in the article. Children Mia Jarecki, Nolan Williams and Liberty Wlaschin were photographed as part of the coverage.

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

- The Center for Great Plains Studies in Lincoln recently published a special issue of the Great Plains Quarterly that focused on last year's Interdisciplinary Symposium theme of "Death, Murder, and Mayhem: Stories of Violence and Healing on the Plains," co-hosted by UNO. Two UNO faculty are featured in the issue.  Susan Maher, Department of English chair, provided the introduction to the volume (and was conference chair) - "Introduction: Death, Murder, and Mayhem: Stories of Violence and Healing on the Plains," Great Plains Quarterly 29, 2 (Spring 2009): 91-94. Christina Dando, assistant professor of geography, contributed the lead essay "Deathscapes, Topocide, Domicide: The Plains in Contemporary Print Media," Great Plains Quarterly 29, 2 (Spring 2009): 95-119.

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

Music Department Hosts Jazz Workshop, Jim Widner Big Band Concerts
The Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp finds its home at UNO this summer, when it combines forces with the Jim Widner Big Band to present the week-long camp for middle school, high school and college students, and adults.

The camp will run from Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 19, and is designed for instrumental students in grades 7 and older to learn more about jazz theory, improvisation and performance. Read more.

"Macbeth" Continues on Stage Tonight for 23rd Season of Shakespeare on the Green
The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival kicks off Shakespeare on Green 2009 tonight, June 19, with "Macbeth." The production, set in nearby Elmwood Park, runs for two weeks: June 18-21, and 24-28.

Organizers anticipate a record attendance for this very popular production. The event is free to the many thousands of supporters who come to a family-friendly and magical experience. Many arrive early with their picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs to get a good spot "on the green." Read more.

Black Studies and Local Arts Organization to Present Theatrical Benefit
Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Growing and Building Together Academy of the Arts (GBT) is back on stable wings with its production of "Through the Fire," a live theatrical presentation in collaboration with the UNO Department of Black Studies.

"Through the Fire" will be performed in three acts on Thursday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Each act will showcase the diverse talents of GBT participants.  All proceeds from the evening will benefit GBT, which was victimized by arson in June 2008. Read more.

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

Criss Library Welcomes Book Exhibition Through July 10
The Heart and Hands 2009 National Juried Student Book Art Exhibition remains on display at the Criss Library through Friday, July 10.

The national exhibition showcases a broad range of books made by graduate and undergraduate students in accredited academic institutions. The exhibit features 39 books made by 32 artists, representing 23 schools across the country. Read more.

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.