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Blowin' in the Wind

photo by Wendy Townley

A cluster of Big Bluestem, a grass native to Nebraska, appears taller than the Henningson Memorial Campanile as it blows in the spring breeze. Lowell Neuhaus of Environmental Services says the Big Bluesem grass is easy to grow and maintain, which makes it a popular pick for the UNO campus.

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Recital Hall Jazz

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Participants enrolled in the Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp were busy last week under the watchful eye of Jim Widner. The week-long camp is designed for middle school, high school and college students, and adults. Students learned about jazz theory, improvisation and performance. The students served as the opening act of a June 19 concert featuring the Jim Widner Big Band in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.



Charles Bessey to Be Inducted into Nebraska Hall of Fame Today

A Nebraska visionary, Professor Charles E. Bessey (1845-1915), will be officially inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame at 1:30 p.m., today, June 26, at the Warner Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol. Bessey was nominated by University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken.

Born in Ohio, Bessey was a nationally known University of Nebraska professor of botany and horticulture from 1884 to 1915 and a gifted administrator who served as acting chancellor of the University of Nebraska from 1888 to 1891 and again in 1899. When he arrived in 1884, the university was only 15 years old; the student body numbered only 373. Read more.

Bank of the West Concert Tonight; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert takes place tonight, 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

Scheduled UNO Campus Electrical Outage Starts This Weekend

A series of short electrical outages has been scheduled starting this weekend for the following buildings: Eppley Administration Building, Roskens Hall, Kayser Hall, Arts and Sciences Hall, Allwine Hall and the Milo Bail Student Center.  These outages will be necessary for electrical construction work at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Outages will take place on the following dates between the times listed:

- Sunday, June 28
11 to 11:30 p.m.

- Monday, June 29
4:30 to 5 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, June 30
4:30 to 5 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, July 1
4:30 to 5 a.m.

Electrical power will not be available in either the Field House or HPER between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. during the dates listed above.

For more information, contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735 or Don Smith at 554.3734.

Effects of Power Outages on Campus Technology

Even though several campus buildings will experience power outages Sunday, June 28, through Wednesday, July 1, virtualized and other core technology systems in the Eppley Data Center will remain online to those with power due to a back-up generator.  Networks in buildings that do see a power outage lasting more than a few minutes will experience a network outage in that building; however, the network should be back on line minutes after power is restored.

For questions or concerns about the technology availability during these outages, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

UNO to Host "A Conference on Aging" in October

Save the date. In October, UNO and community partners will host a two-day conference on aging. "Aging With Passion and Purpose: A Conference on Aging" will take place Sunday and Monday, Oct. 18-19, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Click on this link for more details or contact Nancy Kelley-Gillespie at 554.4886 or

Sponsors include the UNO Department of Gerontology, Life Long Learning Initiative and School of Social Work, the Center for Healthy Aging, Ministries, Programs and Services (CHAMPS), the United Way of the Midlands, the Eastern Nebraska Office of Aging and Nebraska Respite Network, Immanuel Senior Living and the eight-county Partners in Aging (PIA) Network.

In the News

In the News

- The June 5 issue of the Midlands Business Journal featured an article about local employees seeking career advancement. The article quoted Julie Burrell Lillig, Nebraska Business Development Center.

- David Cicotello, interim associate vice chancellor for student affairs, was quoted in the June 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the relationship between lower nonresident tuition and increased student enrollment.

- The June 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on the 2010 U.S. Census, quoting David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research.

- Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, was interviewed June 17 by KETV (ABC 7) about the recent political unrest in Iran.

- Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, was interviewed June 21 by KETV (ABC 7). Kriz discussed tax increases by Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.

- Students Taylor Muller and Queno Martinez were mentioned in a June 22 story by KPTM (Fox 42). The two developed The Crime Stopper, a new publication of the Omaha Police Department.

- A June 17 article in Library Journal discussed the use of Kindle e-readers on college campuses, quoting Joyce Neujahr, Criss Library.

- The June 25 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about President Barack Obama's efforts to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), quoting Randy Sell, Financial Aid.

- James Shroder, International Studies and Programs, was quoted in the June 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Joslyn Art Museum's new sculpture garden.

- Steve Shultz, Real Estate Research Center, was quoted in the June 22 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star about a recent UNO study on the Niobrara River and the tourism dollars it brings to the state.

- Sara Woods, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was featured in the June issues of Her Magazine and Metro Magazine, and the June 9 issue of The Daily Record for her selection as one of the 2009 honorees of the YWCA's Tribute to Women.

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

- Robert Woody, psychology, published the article "Psychological Injury from Licensing Complaints Against Mental Health Practitioners" in the current issue of the journal Psychological Injury and Law.

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

"Macbeth" Continues on Stage Tonight for Shakespeare on the Green
The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival  (NSF) Shakespeare on Green continues tonight, June 26, with "Macbeth." The 2009 production, set in nearby Elmwood Park, ends Sunday, June 28.

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.