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Into the Time Capsule

Into the Time Capsule

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Bennington Elementary students Joey Stevens and Jaiden Albright along with UNO student Caitlynn Gillaspie donned white gloves and helped UNO Chancellor John Christensen fill a time capsule that will be inserted into a wall of UNO's new Mammel Hall. More than a hundred items were collected for inclusion into the capsules at last Wednesday's (4-28) event. Included were a Maverick football jersey, a Chancellor's medal, a Durango bobblehead doll, a share of Berkshire Hathaway stock, two bottles of scotch and a package of Hostess Twinkies.

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Helen Burton

UNO's Helen Burton Honored

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



UNO Alumni Association Grad Fair Continues Today

The UNO Alumni Association's Grad Fair for graduating UNO students continues today, May 7, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. All faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.

The following booths will be present: UNO Athletics, UNO Career Services, Graduate Studies, UNO Alumni Association, UNO Young Alumni and Campus Recreation.

The Grad Fair booths will be available during the cap and gown pick-up today from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802.

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UNO Commencement Today at the Civic

More than 1,300 students will graduate today, 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 recipient; and J. Terrence Haney, Alumnus Achievement Award recipient.

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. Read more.

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Extended Hours for Test Scanning

Information Services (IS) will provide extended support for end of semester scanning of tests this weekend (Saturday, May 8, through Sunday, May 9). Tests will be processed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.  Turn around to retrieve information from E-Bruno is four hours or less.

Those who have large quantities of course evaluations, IS staff asks that faculty drop these off during standard business hours, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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May 11 Campus Focus Group for Community Engagement Center

The Steering Committee for the proposed new UNO Community Engagement Center is seeking campus input on the proposed facility, scheduled to be built between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Faculty and staff are invited to a focus group discussion at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The May 11 focus group is designed to collect more campus input about the design and use of the Engagement Center.

For more information, contact Smith-Howell at or 554.4849 or Sara Woods at or 554.3914.

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Members Sought for CCSW

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from faculty, staff and students who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 21.

 The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to all faculty, staff and students. Through participation, CCSW offers networking opportunities for CCSW members across UNO's campus.

Activities this year included:

- Presented Susan B's Coffeehouse lectures on issues of health, physical activity and eating disorders awareness;

- Hosted 24th Annual CCSW Awards luncheon;

- Instituted Legendary Women of UNO award;

- Sponsored a CCSW undergraduate scholarship;

- Co-sponsored Take Back the Night, a domestic violence awareness event; and

- Participated in activities honoring inclusion for all, Women's History Month and the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk for Athletics.

Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or or Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or

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Students Honored at April 23 HPER Awards Banquet

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) hosted the 2010 School of HPER Student Awards Banquet April 23 at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The best and the brightest of HPER were recognized for their scholastic and service-oriented contributions. HPER office staff and presidents of the various student organizations within the UNO School of HPER planned and set up the banquet. Presenting that evening was the Daniel Blanke, director of the School of HPER.

Visit for the full listing of honorees.

For more information, contact Stacy Sliva at 554.2761 or

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HPER Summer Building Hours Start Today

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

They are:

- Monday through Friday
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and

- Saturday thorugh Sunday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information can be found online at

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Criss Library Summer Hours Begin Tomorrow

Criss Library summer hours begin on Saturday, May 8.

The hours of operation:
- Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m.

For a complete schedule of holidays and other schedule exceptions, visit

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ITS Customer Services Summer Helpdesk Hours Start Monday

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Customer Services helpdesk will begin summer hours on Monday, May 10. The ITS Customer Services Office is located in 104 Epply Administration Building. The new summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 554.HELP (4357) or e-mail

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Sidewalk Closing West of Durham Science Center

The sidewalk east of Lot G and Lot I will be closed Monday, May 10, for approximately two weeks for underground electrical service installation for the Welcome Center. 

For more information, contact Campus Security or 554.2267.

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Student Health Services to Close for HPER Move

Student Health Services (SHS) offices will be closed starting Monday, May 10, through Wednesday, May 19, during the department's move to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

SHS will open at its new location in HPER on Thursday, May 20. SHS staff looks forward to serving the UNO community at its new HPER location. Clinic office hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In case of emergency, contact SHS at 554.2374. For information on services, visit

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In the News

In the News

- Six photographs by David Corbin, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, were selected for an April 29 New York Times Web site feature, titled "Joys from the Window Seat." Corbin's photographs were taken recently from an airplane that was on approach to Eppley Airfield.

- In a May 2 Omaha World-Herald article about Omaha's Cinco de Mayo festivities, student Patricia Mayorga was quoted. Mayorga organized high school and college student involvement in the annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival.

- Student Cole Stunkard was featured in the May 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Stunkard won first place in the regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards on April 30.

- The May 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on airline mergers, quoting Scott Tarry, Aviation Institute.

- An April 30 Reuters article about Warren Buffett's keynote address to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders quoted Dave Volkman, Department of Finance, Banking and Law.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the May 5 issue of The New York Times about city governments requesting assistance from the federal government.

- An April 30 UNO press conference at the Omaha Correctional Center announcing a $1 million donation to UNO was covered by the following media outlets: Omaha World-Herald, Associated Press, KFAB (1110 AM), KVNO (90.7 FM), WOWT (NBC 6) and KETV (ABC 7).

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 554.2762.

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In Print

- Sam Walker, a professor emeritus of criminal justice, has published (with Charles M. Katz) the 7th Edition of The Police In America: An Introduction (McGraw-Hill).

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.

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On Stage

Shakespeare on the Green to Offer Musical Adaptation of 'Verona'
Nebraska Shakespeare will celebrate young love this summer with its productions of "Romeo and Juliet" and a musical adaptation of "Two Gentlemen of Verona."

The outdoor performances are part of this year's Shakespeare on the Green. For the first time in its 24-year history, Nebraska Shakespeare will produce a musical - "Two Gentlemen of Verona" - as part of the annual event.

"Two Gentlemen of Verona" runs June 24 through 27, and July 8 and 10. "Romeo and Juliet" runs July 1 through 4, 9 and 11. 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.

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On Exhibit

Games Are Focus of New Art Exhibition at UNO
An art exhibition born from and inspired by videogames, sports, board games and other toy games opens this month at UNO. 

Game Play: A Juried Exhibition of Artwork About or Inspired by Games runs through Friday, May 21, at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery inside Criss Library. 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.

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