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Sather Honored by Kids Can Community Center

Sather Honored by Kids Can Community Center

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Paul Sather, director of the UNO Service-Learning Academy, received the Kids Can Community Center 'Can Do!' award May 6 in downtown Omaha. Honorary event chair Wally Weitz, right, presented Sather with the award. Sather was instrumental in developing UNO's Service-Learning Academy, which coordinates community outreach and civic engagement activities in various classes at UNO. Under Sather's leadership, the academy has grown from seven classes, which the academy assisted, to 120 classes.

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Student Health Moving Day

Student Health Moving Day

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UNO's student health employees were unpacking Tuesday (5-11) in their new and much larger quarters in the HPER Building. Coordinator Marcia Adler showed off the office's first x-ray machine. The new HPER quarters provides more than 4,000 square feet compared with 1,300 square feet in the Student Center.


John K. Treinen

Campus Involvement, Personal Growth Focus of May 2010 Commencement Remarks

John K. Treinen, a Ralston native, presented the student commencement address May 7, 2010 at the Civic Auditorium. Read the full text of his remarks. . .



Dedication Ceremony Planned for Glacier Creek on May 26

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The UNO Department of Biology and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District (NRD) will host the Glacier Creek Dedication at Allwine Prairie Preserve on Wednesday, May 26. The event will celebrate the addition of 83 acres of land adjacent to Allwine Prairie as the first phase of the Glacier Creek Project. The new tract of land was purchased in December 2009.

UNO's Allwine Prairie, among the largest of the oldest original tallgrass prairie restorations in the nation, initially consisted of 160 acres of land at 144th and State streets. The additional 83 acres will buffer the preserve from surrounding development while also adding a diversity of wetland habitats to what can be studied and observed at the preserve. The $1.2 million spent to purchase the additional area came from the Papio NRD, UNO and a Nebraska Environmental Trust grant to UNO. 

UNO Chancellor John Christensen, Jim Thompson, chair of the NRD Board of Directors and Mark Brohman, executive director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, will make brief remarks starting at 3 p.m. on May 26. In addition to the speakers, author John Price (who also is a professor of English at UNO) will read a short piece from his book, Not Just Any Land. Native American flutist Michel Murphy and UNO's The Moving Company will perform, as well. Read more.

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

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Hy-Vee Dietician to Present Wellness and Nutrition Series This Summer

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

Human Resources announces that Karisa Jensen, a wellness coach and registered dietitian at the Peony Park HyVee Store, will return to campus this summer for a nutritional brown-bag lunch series. The series will start on Tuesday, May 25, with "Portion Distortion - Regulating Food Intake."

All seminars, with the exception of the store visits, will take place on Tuesdays from 11:30 to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

The June schedule:

- June 1
"Food Labels"

- June 8, 9 or 10
Store visits at the Peony Park HyVee

- June 15
"Healthy Food Swaps - Recipe Substitutions"

Dates for the store visits are dependent upon interest and limited to 10-12 people. To sign up for a store visit, contact Tim Rochford at or 554.2465.

Watch eNotes for more Tuesday programs at the MBSC.

The mission of 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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University Drive East Parking Structure Construction Notice

Contractors will be on site making miscellaneous repairs on the top and middle levels of the University Drive East Parking Structure for the next few weeks. Areas under repair will be marked by orange construction fence. Facilities Management and Planning staff reminds everyone to be extra cautious when driving in these areas. 

Call Walt Burr at 554.2582 for more information.

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Criss Library Reader's Garden Now Open

The Criss Library Garden will be open, weather permitting, on days with a forecasted high above 50 degrees. Garden hours during the summer semester are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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UNO UFO Study Group Meeting This Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Saturday, May 22, 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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Summer Shuttle Schedule Under Way

The summer shuttle service now operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only. There will be no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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Service-Learning Academy Adds New Dimension to UNO's Partnership with BBF

UNO's partnership with Building Bright Futures (BBF) will soon include a new collaborative service-learning component. The Service-Learning Academy has been funded to develop this initiative with selected faculty members from the Omaha, Ralston and Millard public schools districts, along with faculty members from UNO and staff from local nonprofits. To launch this endeavor, a week-long training and planning process, that will include all partners, will be held Monday through Friday, June 21-25.

Faculty are invited to apply for this new project. In recognition of the additional effort it takes to do collaborative community work, especially in balancing the schedules and logistics of higher education / K-12 / community nonprofit partnerships, BBF has provided funding to support future collaborative teams.

Support services that will be available include:

- Service-Learning pedagogical training, guidance and support from one of several Service-Learning Academy professionals;

- Community liaison support in identifying and engaging community nonprofit partners;

- An engaged K-12 partner who will also receive support through the collaborative team mechanism;

- A team of graduate assistants to work with all the project teams (UNO/K-12/nonprofit) to collaboratively develop project schedules and assist with communication among the team partners on a timely basis about setting up meetings, scheduling student transportation and arranging for other support needs.

- A budget of $250, which will be provided through a mini-grant budget line; and

- Additional funding available for project expenses on a regular basis.

Anyone interested in being a part of this initiative needs to complete the application found on the Service-Learning Academy website ( and return it by Friday, May 21, to Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy, ASH 202, or e-mail to

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Registration Continues 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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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthdayTips 6: Rain Barrels
Rain barrels help cut back on the water bill by storing water for the garden, car washes and window cleaning.

(To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day will provide 40 "green" tips.)

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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