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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



Travel and Transport Cliqbook Demonstration Today

Travel and Transport (T & T) will have representatives on campus today, 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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Humana Supplemental Insurance Option Offered for Faculty/Staff

UNO enrollment is under way for Humana workplace voluntary benefits. UNO has joined together with Perkspot, UNO's Employee Discount Program, to offer UNO faculty and staff a group rate on Humana Accident Plus Insurance and Humana Critical Illness Insurance. Enrollment registration ends Wednesday, June 16.

Humana Accident Plus Insurance
Accident Plus offers four levels of coverage. UNO employees receive benefits regardless of other in-force coverage, including primary medical insurance.  Coverage is available to employees' spouses and children. The plan that can protect all family members has no calendar year maximums.  Accident Plus is supplemental accident insurance that provides employees with off the job or 24-hour coverage for accident-related expenses such as ambulance services, hospital confinement and medical treatment.

Humana Critical Illness Insurance
Critical Illness Advantage Plus helps to protect an employee's assets in a critical illness. It also offers peace of mind when specialized healthcare, which often is not covered by health insurance plans, is needed.  Critical Illness Advantage Plus offers benefits payable at the initial diagnosis for cancer, vascular coverage and other critical illnesses. Payments, made in addition to any other coverage in place, go directly to UNO employees unless other arrangements are requested.

A tutorial offering more information on both plans is available online at

Fact sheets on each speciality benefits program are also available from Human Resources. Stop by 205 Eppley Administration Building to pick up a sheet or call 554.3660 or 554.2465 to request a copy be sent through the campus mail.

For instructions on how to request a quote from Humana, visit

UNO and the Employee Discount Program assume no responsibility for any arrangements, contracts, purchases, or disputes between an individual employee and any discount merchant or Humana. For more information, visit

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Striping Begins Today for Dodge Location Lots

Starting today, 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 Seminar Tomorrow

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

Faculty, staff and students are invited to come hear Hy-Vee Dietitian Karisa Jansen as part of Human Resources' Summer Wellness and Nutrition Series. All brown-bag seminars will be held on Tuesdays throughout the summer.  The series kicks off Tuesday, May 25, with a look at portion control.

Come and learn more about how much - or how little - there actually is in a regular portion at tomorrow's seminar on "Portion Distortion: Regulating Food Intake" from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

Bring a brown bag lunch, and learn how to eat healthier from a certified dietitian and wellness coach.

Contact Human Resources at 554.2465 for further information.

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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"Consider This" Investigates Used Equipment Security Issue

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests will investigate technology and security; especially, when it comes to used equipment such as computers, copiers and phones. The discussion will cover how information is stored in technology equipment and related privacy concerns.

Wyatt's guests will include Brandon Gordon, president, RUN Networks; and Bill Dixon, director of Enterprise Security Services, Continuum Worldwide.    

The program will air Tuesday, May 25, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network Web site at for dates and times.

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University Drive South Parking Structure Construction Notice for Tomorrow

The University Drive South Parking Structure will be closed starting Tuesday, May 25, for yearly maintenance. The structure will reopen on Tuesday, June 1, at 8 a.m.

For questions, call Lowell Neuhaus at 554.2329.

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Dedication Ceremony Planned for Glacier Creek This Wednesday

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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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MBSC North Entrance Closing Notice

The north entrance to the Milo Bail Student Center remains closed for a project and is anticipated to reopen Wednesday, May 26.

For more information, call Facilities Management and Planning at 554.2500.

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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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Available Toner Cartridges Listing

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Limited quantities of toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for department use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at 554.2337.

- Brothers DR 200

- DR 200

- EPS cartridge

- EPS 1-000388

- EPS 922 95A

- EPS 1-000114

- EPS 1-000FX1

- EPS 5p 6p


- EPS 5L

- EPS 5L/6L

- Epson 720/1440

- Epson SO 20097/MJIC7C

- Epson SO 20089/MJIC8C

- Epson SO 20047/MJIC4

- Epson 69 black

- Epson TO 60120 black

- HP 03A

- HP 20

- HP 27

- HP 41

- HP 75

- Lexmark 50

- Lexmark 60

- Lexmark 70

- NU-kote BM248

- Panasonic KX-P155

- TO 60220 cyan

- TO 60320 magneta

- TO 44420 yellow

- TO 431 black

- TO 691 black

- TO 601 black

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at 554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

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

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