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HPER Ribbon Cutting

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

The second ribbon cutting ceremony for UNO's Health, Physical Education and Recreation addition took place Thursday (4-22) at the north side of the building. A second fitness facility was premiered along with the new activity court on the upper level.

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UNO Time Capsules

Student journalist Ian Edgington previews the UNO Time Capsules planned for campus. The UNO and Omaha communities are invited to the time capsule celebration on Wednesday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Criss Library.

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Faculty Honors Convocation

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UNO honored more than a dozen faculty members Thursday, April 8, during the annual Faculty Honors Convocation breakfast. Randall Adkins and Bruce Chase received the Excellence in Teaching Awards while Gert-Jan de Vreede was given the Distinguished Research or Creative Activity Award. Miriam DeLone received the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award and Lyn Holley was given the Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award. Recipients of the Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards were: Timi Barone, Melanie Bloom, Bruce Chase, John Erickson, Hugh Reilly, Carol Mitchell, Won Mee Jang, Kerry Ward and Pete Simi.



Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman reminds Nebraskans to fly state and U.S. flags at half-staff today, April 29, per presidential order to honor the passing of Dorothy Height, a civil rights activist, and long-time head of the National Council of Negro Women.

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation calling for flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Height's funeral.

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School of Communication Celebrates Communication Week

The School of Communication will award more than $65,000 in scholarship money to 36 students today, April 29, at the 55th Annual Awards Banquet. The banquet culminates a celebration of Communication Week, "Communication & Community."

Today's event begins at 5 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception and will be followed by a 6 p.m. dinner at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

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East Asian Studies Lecture Series to Explore Korean Maps Tonight

At the next East Asian Lecture Series, Halla Kim, an associate professor of philosophy at UNO, and Brian L. Soliday, CEO of Revenue Compass Inc., will explore "The Cosmological Foundations of Two Traditional Maps from Korea: Kangnido and Taedong Yeojido." It will be held tonight, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

Kim will show two traditional maps from Korea and present their underlying views of the world. Soliday, an avid collector of ancient maps, will offer commentary to Kim's lecture. He earned both a bachelor's and master's degrees from UNO.

For more information, contact Kim at 554.3934.

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Slingshot Competition May 6 to Collect Pink Erasers

In an effort to assist the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program, the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has launched a campus campaign to collect new pink erasers.

Students, faculty and staff can do some launching of their own at the Erase the Need slingshot contest, and win prizes. Pink erasers will be flying from slingshots from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 at Caniglia Field. The cost to participate is $1, which purchases four erasers for the Salvation Army fundraiser. There is no charge to watch at the football fieldÉif you can resist the urge to sling.

The collection runs through Friday, May 7. Faculty, staff and students are also encouraged to donate new pink erasers at drop boxes across campus.

To date, UNO has collected about 1,500 pink erasers toward its goal of 5,000.

UNO has engaged in a friendly competition with Creighton University, which is collecting rulers for the Salvation Army program.

Pink erasers can be purchased at the UNO Bookstore at a cost of four for $1.

For more information, contact SAC members Kim Kronschnabel (554.3497) or Kent Lavene (554.3008).

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Retirement Reception for English Department's Richards and Dillon

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Dorianne Richards and Carol Ann Dillon, Thursday, May 6, from 2 to 4 p.m., in 150 Arts and Sciences Hall (UNO's main Writing Center).

Dori Richards, a lecturer of English and current director of UNO's Writing Center, will retire after 17 years of service to UNO; she took over as director of the Writing Center in 2007.

Carol Dillon, an instructor of English, has devoted many hours in the past few years to the Writing Center, particularly at the Writing Center's Criss Library satellite location, and will retire after over 10 years of service to UNO.

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UNO Commencement May 7 at the Civic

More than 1,300 students will graduate Friday, May 7, during the UNO spring commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Individuals who will be honored during the ceremony include:

Student Commencement Speaker: John Treinen
Treinen, a Ralston native, will present the student commencement address. He graduates with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in marketing and minors in management and graphic design.Treinen will begin working full-time at TD AMERITRADE after commencement and hopes to also expand his freelance graphic design work.

Chancellor's Medal: Neal Grandgennet
Grandgennet, professor of education in the UNO College of Education, will receive the Chancellor's Medal. He joined the UNO Department of Teacher Education in 1989 and has garnered more than $4 million in external funding since then as a frequent grant writer and collaborator. Grandgennet is a current co-investigator on two educational robotics projects funded by the National Science Foundation and is a software review editor for the international Mathematics and Computer Education Journal.

Alumnus Achievement Award: J. Terrence Haney
Haney earned both of his degrees from UNO - a bachelor of general studies degree in 1991 and a master's degree in gerontology in 1998. He retired in 1999 as chief executive officer and principal owner of Insurance Consultants and PayFlex Systems USA. Founded in 1964, Insurance Consultants is one of the nation's top 10 third party administrators working with employers to administer benefit spending accounts, COBRA and Transit programs. Haney has established an endowed faculty position at UNO, as well as several funds and scholarships.

For more information, call 554.2358.

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HPER Locker Reminder

Any Campus Recreation member who knows their locker rental expires this spring and wants to renew needs to do so by Friday, May 7. Non-renewals can turn in their locks to the Campus Recreation Control Desk by May 7 to receive their $10 deposit back. Expired lockers will be cleaned out and contents removed on Friday, May 14.

For questions, stop by the Campus Recreation Control Desk or call 554. 2539.

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UNO Bookstore Half-Price Sale Under Way

The UNO Bookstore will conduct its Half-Price Sale through Friday, May 7. At the sale, buy one regular priced UNO apparel item and get the second for half price. Limited to in-stock items, in store only.

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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 Monday, May 10, through Friday, Aug. 20.

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.

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Book Club Discussion

All are invited to join the discussion of the 2010 One Book, One Nebraska selection, The Home Place by Wright Morris. It will be held on Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the 231 Criss Library. This event is sponsored by the UNO Library Friends. Click on for the discussion guide.

For additional information, contact Linda Riviera, or 554.2640.

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UCAT Offers Designated Conference Grants

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is offering a Designated Conference Grant and accepting applications. See details below:

Applicants are invited to join UCAT's engaging and reflective conversations on "Creativity" as part of the larger 2010 Carnegie Academy for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Summer Institute. As noted by experts, for innovation to flourish, organizations must bring together diverse, talented individuals who can collaboratively exchange knowledge and creatively shape future directions. This year's theme invites an exploration of innovative teaching practices and creative ways to study and assess students' learning while challenging faculty to creatively turn new and imaginative ideas into reality, as students' need to solve tomorrow's yet-undefined/undiscovered problems has never been greater.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) serves as a useful lens by which to examine UCAT's attitudes, motivations and dispositions as they relate to teaching and learning. SoTL aptly frames an exploration of whole-brain thinking (right-brain artistry and intuition with left-brain logic and planning); personality-creative connections; creativity as a core competency; or creativity as learning, recognizing the inherently creative essence of humanity.

For more information, go to the Institute Web site: Registration for this Institute will be paid for by UCAT. Additional information and application form for this conference are available on the UCAT Web site at The Institute will be held June 3, 4 and 5 at Creighton University.

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Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

The College of Information Science & Technology summer workshops are now available for registration online. A variety of computer technology topics will be offered starting Monday, June 7, through Friday, July 30. All are appropriate for student ages 11-17. Space is limited.

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at

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