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Spring Commencement

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

More than 900 students walked across the stage at UNO's Spring Commencement Ceremonies held on May 7. Honored with the Chancellor's Medal at the ceremony was Dr. Neal Grandgenett of UNO's Teacher Education department.


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. . .

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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.

full press release | Service-Learning Academy



Team UNO Looking for Faculty and Staff to Participate in Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge

Looking for an excuse to get back on your bicycle? Need to motivate yourself to get more exercise? Want to reduce your dependence on oil while also saving money? Team UNO is looking for faculty and staff (including students employed by UNO) to participate in this year's Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge.

The Challenge started May 17 and runs for 14 weeks until Friday, Aug. 20. Participants can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting will count (both miles and number of trips, and new this year, walking and riding the bus, are counted).

"It's easy and fun! No meetings to attend, no practice required, and plenty of bike parking available," said Angie Eikenberry, assistant professor of public administration and Team UNO co-captain. "For the past two years UNO has come in first place in its division in the city and we want to repeat that again this year."

If interested in joining Team UNO, contact co-captains John Noble at or Eikenberry at

The GreenUNO Task Force and Mav-Rec Wellness support this green and wellness community event. For more information on both, visit or

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Retirement Reception Today for Charles Wing

Charles Wing, a senior systems analyst for Information Services  (IS), will retire effective Thursday, July 1, after 20 years at UNO. IS will hold a retirement reception today, May 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Wing began at UNO in 1990 as the only UNO technical support of the Student Information System (SIS) in, what was then known as, Computing and Data Communications. Most faculty and staff across campus know his work in supporting SIS and creating WebFOCUS reports. No R.S.V.P. is necessary.

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UNO Young Alumni Business Seminar Tonight

The UNO Young Alumni will host a Business Seminar featuring keynote speaker Steve Kontz tonight, May 20, at 6 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Kontz is president of Renaissance Financial Corporation, one of the region's fastest-growing independently owned financial services companies. He will share his inspiring story and insights, as well as answer questions. There will also be drawings for door prizes.

Admission is $2 per person and a can of food. Students can attend for free with a MavCard ID.

For more information, call Elizabeth Kraemer 554.4802 or e-mail

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Foreign Liability Coverage Extended for 2009-2010

UNO is in the process of extending foreign liability insurance for the 2010-11 fiscal year. The university's Foreign Liability Coverage Policy requires clarification regarding upcoming travel.

Faculty and staff anticipating foreign travel in the coming year are asked to provide Risk Management with the best estimates. Click on this link for employee and student travel details. All estimated travel must be submitted by Monday, June 14.

Visit for an electronic spreadsheet. Completed forms should be sent to Deb Bertrand in EAB 205 or

For questions, contact Mollie Anderson at 554.3664 or

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Travel and Transport Cliqbook Demonstration Set for Monday

Travel and Transport (T & T) will have representatives on campus Monday, May 24, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to demonstrate the new travel portal and Cliqbook, the new online booking tool. This training will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

Using the online booking tool instead of calling T & T will save UNO users $10 per transaction. Account Services staff hope that all travel coordinators and other interested individuals are able to attend.

Contact Ken Hultman at 544.3514 with any questions.

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Striping Notice for Dodge Location Lots

On Monday, May 24, two lots will be closed while they undergo seal coating and striping at the Dodge Location.

They are:

- Lot C
Metered lots in front of Milo Bail Student Center and Eppley Administration Building

- Lot Q
West of College of Public Affairs and Community Service

For lot locations, visit

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Criss Library Cafe Closed Through June 6

The Criss Library cafe is closed through Sunday, June 6. For more information, call 554.3074.

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Nominations Sought for Annual Light of Wellness Awards

Wellness Graphic

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

The 9th Annual William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards, sponsored by the Wellness Council of the Midlands, will recognize those individuals and groups who exemplify healthy behaviors or lifestyle changes in social, physical, intellectual, spiritual and emotional categories. The Wellness Council also gives out Leadership Awards to senior level managers who provide encouragement, time and resources to promote a healthy work environment for all employees. Some leaders are role models thanks to their ongoing participation and commitment to the employee wellness program.

In 2009, UNO had two individuals and a group that won awards. UNO's winners included:
- April Busch, administrative tech associate in Grants Accounting Department, Healthy Behavior Award recipient;
- Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness in Campus Recreation, Healthy Behavior Award recipient; and
- Ed Johnson, manager for Environmental Services, and Debra Brozak, assistant manager for Environmental Services, and Environmental Services Staff, Team Award recipients.

To view last year's winners, visit

The Light on Wellness Awards Ceremony will again be held in the fall. At this time, Human Resources staff are seeking nominations for both the Healthy Behavior and Leadership categories. To nominate an individual or group, submit an essay of 500 words on UNO letterhead describing how the representative exemplifies the principles embraced by the Light of Wellness Award. The letter should be submitted to Esther Scarpello in 205 Human Resources. Deadline for nominations is Friday, June 18.

To get more information and instructions for the nomination download the simple nomination instructions at

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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Summer Permit Parking Available in Church Lot

UNO employees with faculty/staff parking permits can park in the St. Margaret Mary's Church parking lot at 6116 Dodge St. this summer. Parking will be available there in UNO-designated lots Monday, May 10, through Friday, Aug. 20.

During the fall and spring semesters, parking at this location remains limited to student permit holders. Night-only permits will not be honored until after 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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