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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.



Local, National, International Presenters Set to Take Part in Cumbre 2010

Organizers of Cumbre 2010, the fourth annual Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains, have a slate of high-profile presenters set to attend the two-day event that takes place Friday and Saturday, May 14-15.

In addition to the previously announced presentations of Angelo I. Amador (director of immigration policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce), Roberto Suro (founder and former director of the Pew Hispanic Center) and Princeton University's Alejandro Portes (who is internationally recognized for his research on immigrants and immigrant children), Cumbre organizers expect several prominent, locally known officials to take part.

A partial list of local dignitaries:
- Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle;
- State Senator Brenda Council;
- Andrea Skolkin, CEO of One World Community Health Centers;
- State Senator Brad Ashford;
- Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray; and
- Geitner Simmons, Omaha World-Herald editorial page editor.

"Human Mobility: The Promise of Development and Political Engagement" is this year's theme. UNO's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies serves as the host of Cumbre 2010. Read more.

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NeSIS Training/Overview Sessions Offered

The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team will host several admissions training/overview sessions for faculty and staff who need a PeopleSoft SIS account. Walk-in help sessions for those who have access to the system will be announced soon.

The training schedule:
- Wednesday, May 12
10 a.m.

- Wednesday, June 2
9 a.m.

- Tuesday, June 29
1 p.m.

To register for a session, visit the training calendar at this link. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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Faculty Senate to Meet May 12

The UNO Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, May 12, in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Rooms. Mike McGinnis, executive director of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), will give a presentation on the "Future of PKI & UNO" at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately after the presentation.

This is the last meeting of this academic year, and newly elected senators will assume their positions during the meeting. The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

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Final NACADA Webinar This Semester May 12

The last webinar of the academic year offered by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) - "The Role of Faculty Advisors in Student Success" - is planned for Thursday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons. All are welcome to attend, and no registration is required.

For more information, contact Rita Henry at

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Winning Government Contracts Workshop May 12

The Nebraska Business Development Center and Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce will offer a workshop on Wednesday, May 12, to highlight ways franchise business owners can complete the registration process and begin competing successfully for government contracts.

The session will take place at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St. To register, visit The event fee of $10 includes a continental breakfast and can be paid at the door.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will take place from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by networking.

For more information, contact Melissa Kramer at 554.6252 or

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College of IS&T Recognizes 2009-10 Graduating Class

The College of Information Science and Technology honored its 2009-2010 graduating class at an awards breakfast reception on May 7 at the Scott Conference Center. A variety of undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for academic excellence, research and service. Read more.

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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:
- Presenting Susan B's Coffeehouse lectures on issues of health, physical activity and eating disorders awareness;
- Hosting the 24th Annual CCSW Awards luncheon;
- Instituting the Legendary Women of UNO award;
- Sponsoring a CCSW undergraduate scholarship;
- Co-sponsoring Take Back the Night, a domestic violence awareness event; and
- Participating in activities honoring inclusion for all, including 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 (554.3611 or or Wendi Chiarbos Jensen (554.2286 or

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Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

The College of Information Science and 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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2010 Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts Begins Today at UNO

The 16th annual Robert M. Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts at UNO will feature a variety of recitals performed by local pianists today through Sunday, May 11-16, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Carilloneur Shannon Richards will perform a short recital at 7 p.m. before each of the evening programs. Event sponsors include the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, and the Department of Music.

The recital performance schedule:

- Today, May 11
"Faculty piano recital" - featuring James Johnson, professor of music
7:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, May 12
7:30 p.m.

- Thursday, May 13
"UNO graduates and undergraduates"
7:30 p.m.

- Friday, May 14
"A Concerto Recital"
7:30 p.m.

- Saturday, May 15
"An Evening of Classics"
7:30 p.m.

- Sunday, May 16
"Organ recital" - featuring Johnson
4 p.m.

For more information, call 554.3427.

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2010 Scott Scholars Announced
Nebraska high school students were recently awarded the Walter Scott Jr. Scholarship and UNO Regents' Scholarship.

The Walter Scott Jr. Scott Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship extended by The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). The Scott Scholar Class of 2014 is comprised of 25 high school graduates across the state of Nebraska attending the university on a full-ride scholarship. Read more.

UNO TV, KVNO Radio Honored by Omaha Press Club
More than 150 people gathered at the Omaha Press Club (OPC) on April 24 to salute this year's inductees into the Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame and to honor the winners of the 2010 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

UNO Television and KVNO Radio Media Operations Director Robert Franklin and Kim Balkovec, UNO Television and KVNO Radio development director, are among the honorees. Read more.

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