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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. . .



UNO Websites Down This Sunday

The UNO campus webserver will be offline for system maintenance from 6 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 23. Because access to all UNO web pages will be unavailable, faculty, staff and students will be unable to login to gmav or Lotus Notes on the web during this time. 

For any questions or concerns about this down time, contact Information Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

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Psychology Department to Host Fourth Biennial Conference on Relational Aggression June 15-16

The UNO Department of Psychology will host the 4th Relational Aggression Conference Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15-16, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.  

Relational aggression is the study of how children and adolescents use their relationships with others (e.g., peers, siblings) as the vehicle with which to harm others. It includes behaviors such as spreading mean rumors, threatening to dissolve a friendship and purposeful exclusion.  

The conference will bring together some of the leading researchers on relational aggression and victimization from the U.S. and Canada. This year's theme is "Celebrating 15 years of research on relational aggression: Where has the field been and what does the future hold." Conference presenters will be addressing a number of topics including both basic and applied processes.  

The two-day event is free and open to all faculty and students at UNO, with the exception of the dinner on Tuesday, June 15. Everyone is required to register in advance. Visit or contact Juan Casas at 554.2548 or to learn more.

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Fidelity Representative Offers Summer Counseling Sessions

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this summer for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

Available dates are:
- Wednesday, June 9;
- Monday, July 19; and
- Monday, Aug. 16.

To make an appointment with Cronick, call 1.800.642.7131.

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June 26 Walk Designed to Shed Light on Eating Disorders

For the first time in Nebraska, the National Eating Disorders Awareness Corporation will sponsor a walk designed to raise dollars and support for those living with bulimia, anorexia and other similar diseases.

The walk - scheduled for Saturday, June 26, at Omaha's Zorinsky Lake - is being organized by a UNO student who has personally battled anorexia since she was 10 years old. Kaylin Ohler is a social work major at UNO. Read more.

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Student Research and Creative Activity Celebrated with Eppley Display

UNO is glad to have the opportunity to recognize its outstanding student scholars. This year's Research Fair, held jointly with the Honors Symposium, had more than 160 student participants from all six UNO colleges and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Engineering. The oral presentations, poster sessions, performances and honors presentations took place April 6 and 7 in the Milo Bail Student Center. 

Awards were given for the first, second and third places in each category. A monetary award of $200, $100 and $50 was provided to each award winner in a token recognition of their accomplishment, and award certificates were presented at the Student Honors Symposium held on April 8. A list of winners can be found at

Work of the awardees will be featured in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building this month. Students from across campus will showcase the results of their research and creative activities undertaken and recognized as part of the fair.

This showcase is hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR). Through May 31, SPR staff are pleased to feature the work of:
- Janyl A. Jumadinova, Information Technology;
- Andrew K. Birnie, Psychobiology;
- Cobra Rahmani, Information Technology;
- Neil Barrington Huben, Biotechnology;
- Windy Rottenbucher, Social Work;
- Joshua Gray and Joshua Buda, Broadcasting New Media; and
- Jenna Allison, Chemistry and Biology.

Call 554.2286 for more information.

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Travel and Transport Cliqbook Demonstration Set for This 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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Hy-Vee Dietician to Present Wellness and Nutrition Series This Summer

Wellness Stampede

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 Hy-Vee 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 a.m. 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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In the News

In the News

- Phani Tej Adidam, Department of Marketing and Management, was quoted in the May 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the release of the film "Robin Hood" during the current economic climate.

- A May 13 Associated Press article posted to the U.S. News & World Report website quoted Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, about the future of Nebraska's Tea Party.

- Chris Allen, School of Communication, was quoted in the May 17 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. Allen and his students were stranded in Ireland following a class trip to London. Ash clouds from the recent Icelandic volcano eruption disrupted several international flights.

- The May 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Ken Smith, Department of Teacher Education, about child care and early childhood education.

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

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 Art Exhibition Concludes Today
Today, May 21, is everyone's last chance to view Game Play: A Juried Exhibition of Artwork About or Inspired by Games at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery inside the 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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