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April Employee of the Month: Rosemary Conway

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Faculty, staff and students who stop by the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office often receive assistance from Rosemary Conway, enrollment specialist II. Her ability to multitask in a busy environment while providing a high level of service makes her a favorite with co-workers across campus.Visit this link for details.

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Flags on Display

Flags on Display

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

A beautiful sunny spring day along with hundreds of U.S. flags in the campus Pep Bowl combined to make a striking display Tuesday (4-27) at UNO.

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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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2010.05.03

$1 Million Gift Has Supported Relevant Issues Facing the Omaha Community and Nebraska's Inmates

A $1 million donation by Minneapolis resident and Omaha native John Morgan to the University of Nebraska Foundation has funded a new re-entry initiative at UNO to address community needs, including inmates in the Nebraska prison system.

The re-entry program, known formally as the Transformation Project, is housed in the UNO College of Arts and Sciences and is administered in collaboration with the following groups: the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service; the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation; and the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Read more.

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Food Services Announces "Go Green – Fall 2010"

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Food Services staff at UNO today announced plans to "Go Green – Fall 2010" with an eco-friendly change. The containers and serving receptacles (including all flatware and paper goods) the department uses will all be compostable and bio-degradable PLA (polylactic acid), cornstarch-based and recycled paper materials starting in August.

"This change in the UNO Food Services operation is a pro-active and responsible step, and very much in keeping with UNO's mission to be student focused and community engaged," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance at UNO. "This change had very strong support throughout campus with students, faculty and staff, and it demonstrates our campus concern for sustainability and the environment."

Converting to the new materials in the Food Court and other campus Food Service operations is another step in the process of making UNO a greener, more sustainable campus, and is supported by the GreenUNO Task Force and UNO Student Government. Other recent "green" efforts on campus:

- The new College of Business building, Mammel Hall, will be UNO's first Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) registered project (pursuing Silver certification) when it opens next fall;

- An active campus-wide single stream recycling effort;

- Ongoing building energy audits; and

- A campus-wide building temperature policy.

"Several student president/regents before me have wanted and advocated for more recyclable and biodegradable materials in UNO Food Services," said Michael Crabb, UNO student president/regent "I'm happy this will take place during my term. This is an initiative that has been important to UNO students, and I know it will be received well."

The Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, the Library Café at Criss Library and the soon to be opened Mav-Rec Café in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building will all stop using petroleum based Styrofoam and plastic materials and start using the new eco-friendly food containers, drink cups, flatware and paper goods at the beginning of the fall semester.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information on UNO "Green" initiatives, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.

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Budget Forum Set for This Week

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UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host and lead a campus forum focused on the university budget Wednesday, May 5, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

Ron Withem, University of Nebraska associate vice president and director of Government Relations, will discuss the recently completed Unicameral session as part of the forum. Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley will again focus on UNO's part of the overall University of Nebraska system budget.

"We want to provide our campus community the most up to date information we have," Christensen said. "I would encourage everyone who can attend to take part."

John Bartle, director of the School of Public Administration, will serve as the moderator for the forum. This will likely be the last budget forum for the academic year.

Call 554.3502 for more information.

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Book Drive Under Way for Cameroon University

Mary Hallin, an adjunct instructor in College of Business Administration (CBA), along with support from CBA and the UNO Bookstore, is currently collecting books, academic journals, videos and CDs for a new university on the English speaking side of Cameroon. Books from all disciplines at UNO are needed. The book drive runs through Friday, May 7.

Hallin lived in Cameroon for more than five years and recently collected dissertation data in the northwest region of Cameroon. During this time, she saw the need for books and has been in touch with the vice chancellor and deputy vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the new university - Catholic University of Cameroon.

The new university will be in Bamenda, located in the northwest region of Cameroon. Aside from a couple technology colleges, it will be the second major comprehensive university on the English speaking side.

"Right now students try to get into the one university on the English side and if not successful their options are to go abroad, or study at one of the French speaking universities in Cameroon," Hallin said. "This university The Catholic University of Cameroon in Bamenda, will also help in the development of Cameroon."

Items can be dropped off:
- 512L Roskens Hall; or
- Donation bins in front of the UNO Bookstore.

"The books, journals, videos collected will help the university to build a good library, which is key to a university and education of the students," Hallin said. "Faculty members across campus who are too busy to make it to a drop off site can put their books in a box and I would be happy to collect the donations at the end of next week."

For more information or for donations after May 7, contact Hallin at (402) 817.8911 or mhallin@unomaha.edu.

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The Crop to Host Poetry Reading Tonight

The Crop (UNO's Writing Community) will host a reading for the graduating seniors of the Writer's Workshop for the academic year 2009-2010 on tonight, May 3.

Graduating seniors will read from selections of their poetry, fiction and non-fiction at 7 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery.

For more information, contact Dianne Hradsky at dhradsky@unomaha.edu or visit The Crop Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/creativewriting/crop.php.

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Retirement Reception for Henry Serenco and James Czarnecki Tomorrow

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Henry Serenco and James Czarnecki on Tuesday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall.

Serenco is an associate professor of ceramics and Czarnecki is a professor of art history in the Art and Art History Department in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

For more information, contact 554.2232.

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myBlackboard Walk-In Ask? Sessions Announced for May 6 and 7

Information Services (IS) announces a series of myBlackboard walk-in Ask? sessions to help faculty and staff prepare for the summer semester. All UNO faculty and staff are welcome at the IS Customer Services Center in 104 Eppley Administration Building on these dates:

- Thursday, May 6
2 to 7 p.m.

- Friday, May 7
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Walk-in sessions are managed on a first-come, first-served basis and do not require registration. Walk-in Ask? sessions are conducted as hands-on, question-and-answer sessions and are not intended to be complete myBlackboard training.

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Criss Library to Extend Hours for Finals Week

Criss Library will pilot extended hours for finals week.

"We are pleased to offer students this additional time," said Audrey DeFrank, acting dean of the Library. "We will track and evaluate student usage during this time to determine the feasibility of extended hours in subsequent semesters."

The library will stay open until 1 a.m. on Sunday-Thursday during finals week (May 2-6) to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

Finals week library hours:

- Today through Thursday, May 3-6
7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Retirement Reception Tomorrow for Kathy Menke

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Kathy Menke Tuesday, May 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Menke has been the assistant dean in UNO's College of Public Affairs Community Service for six years. She also serves as the director of the Division of Continuing Studies. Before coming to UNO in 2003, she was the director of Organizational Training and Development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

For more information, contact Karen Kempkes 554.4921.

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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 field if 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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UNO Commencement Friday 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 John Treinen, Student Commencement Speaker, Neal Grandgennet, Chancellor's Medal, and J. Terrence Hane, Alumnus Achievement Award. Read more.

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UNO Bookstore 'Book Buy Back' Continues

The "book buy back" event in the UNO Bookstore continues through Friday, May 7. A current picture ID is required.

UNO Bookstore hours during book buy back:

- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday May 1
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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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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Retirement Reception Thursday 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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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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Maverick Watch

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Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view this week's Omaha's Team schedule, visit http://www.omavs.com/calendar.aspx?.

To catch up on the latest UNO Mavericks news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit http://www.omavs.com, Twitter at http://twitter.com/omavs or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/omavs.

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