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Helen Burton

UNO's Helen Burton Honored

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UNO's Staff Advisory Council honored Helen Burton with its Employee of the Year Award for 2009 during the annual Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council Banquet held Tuesday, April 27. Burton, a custodian in UNO's Eppley Administration Building, was honored for her outstanding service to UNO by Chancellor John Christiansen, Mollie Anderson, director of human resources, and Kent Lavene, president of the Staff Advisory Council.

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Rosemary Conway

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

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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.



Annual Service Awards Luncheon Today

The efforts of faculty and staff at UNO will be celebrated today, May 4, at the 2010 Service Awards Luncheon. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

For a listing of this year's retirees and award recipients, visit For more information, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

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Retirement Reception Today for Kathy Menke

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Kathy Menke today, 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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Retirement Reception for Henry Serenco and James Czarnecki Today

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception for Henry Serenco and James Czarnecki today, 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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IS to Host Virtual Participation 'The Heartland GreenUp' IT Symposium Wednesday

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Information Services (IS) welcomes the entire campus community to join them as they virtually host participation in the "Heartland GreenUp Symposium & Expo" on Wednesday, May 5, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No registration is required, and attendees should feel free to come and go as necessary.

This virtual symposium promotes awareness of and best practices in reducing overall energy consumption and carbon footprints in information technology. This premiere event will provide a forum to discover and share new innovative green products and services. Nationally known thought leaders from HP, Gartner Research, Google and the EPA will headline the May 5 conference on Sustainable IT, Datacenter Re-Engineering and Green Energy. 

More information and a complete list of session topics can be found at

The GreenUNO Task Force provides supports this event. For more information, visit

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Budget Forum Set for Tomorrow

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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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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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May 7 Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 1,300 students will receive degrees Friday, May 7, during UNO's spring commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Shuttle buses for faculty, staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC.

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HPER Summer Building Hours Announced

Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building summer hours have been announced. Summer hours start Friday, May 7.

They are:

- Monday through Friday

6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Saturday through Sunday

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information can be found online at

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UNO UFO Study Group Meeting This Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Saturday, May 8, in 285 Durham Science Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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Golfers Sought for UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League

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This event has been designated a Mav-Rec Wellness event.

The UNO Faculty/Staff Golf League is looking for individuals who would like to start a team, join an existing team or become a sub for a team.

The league meets at Elmwood Park Golf Course on Thursday nights, May 13, through Aug. 12. The first tee time is 4 p.m. and the last is 4:45 p.m. It takes approximately two hours to complete round. The league is open to all levels of golfers.  Space is limited.

For more information or if interested, call Mike Kult at 554.2539.

The mission of the Mav-Rec Wellness, 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

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Diamond Receives APEE Best Educational Note Award
Arthur M. Diamond, professor and chair of economics, received the Best Educational Note Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) April 12 at the organization's 35th international conference in Las Vegas.

The Best Educational Note Award is presented each year by the APEE for the best academic note published in The Journal of Private Enterprise.  Diamond was awarded the 2009 honor for the publication of his note, "Using Video Clips to Teach Creative Destruction," in The Journal of Private Enterprise, volume 25, number 1, Fall 2009.

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