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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. . .



Hy-Vee Dietician to Present Wellness and Nutrition Seminar Today

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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 today, May 25, with a look at portion control.

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

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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Bookstore Closed for Annual Inventory This Week

The UNO Bookstore will be closed for its annual inventory through Friday, May 28. No purchases can be made during inventory. It will reopen Tuesday, June 1, and resume regular summer hours:

Monday and Tuesday
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit

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St. Margaret Mary Parking Lot Notice

Parking will be unavailable at St. Margaret Mary's Church, 6116 Dodge St., the afternoon and evening of Thursday, May 27, for lot striping. For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

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Summer Camps Traffic Notice

Various summer camps start next Tuesday, June 1, on campus and will run Monday through Friday until early August. Drivers are asked to watch for heavy pedestrian traffic during both drop off and pickup times.

Most camps drop off participants between 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at several locations - north of Durham Science Center, west of Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) and north of the Sapp Fieldhouse. The participants are picked up late afternoon, between 3 to 6 p.m., north of Durham Science Center, north of MBSC and north of the Sapp Fieldhouse. Campus Security staff will assist with traffic control.

For more information, contact Paul Kosel at 554.3218.

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Criss Library Closed May 31

The Criss Library will be closed on Monday, May, 31, for the Memorial Day holiday.  The library will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1. For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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HPER to Close Memorial Day

UNO Campus Recreation will be closed on Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day Holiday. Normal summer Health, Physical Education and Recreation building hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1.

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June 27 Campus Focus Group for Community Engagement Center

The Steering Committee for the proposed new UNO Community Engagement Center continues to seek campus input on the proposed facility, scheduled to be built between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Faculty and staff are invited to attend a focus group discussion Thursday, June 27, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. The June 27 focus group is designed to collect more campus input about the design and use of the Engagement Center. 

For more information, contact Deborah Smith-Howell ( or 554.4849) or Sara Woods ( or 554.3914).

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June TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees June 8 and 29.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling TIAA-CREF at 548.3614.

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PeopleSoft SIS Reporting Notice

Several colleges and departments from across the campus rely on critical reports today from the existing legacy Student Information System (SIS). Those reports will continue to be available using existing report delivery mechanisms for all terms prior to fall 2010.

For the fall 2010 term and beyond, however, the new PeopleSoft SIS is the official system of record. Below are details of how SIS reporting at UNO is changing as a result.

PeopleSoft SIS Report Development

All report development produced against the new PeopleSoft SIS (fall 2010 term) will be done by a team consisting of Student Enrollment Services (SES) and Information Services (IS) resources. When feasible, reports will be developed with parameter options (such as selecting by college, major, etc.) so that one report can serve multiple needs. Colleges and departments that create their own WebFOCUS reports today against legacy SIS will not be able to do so against PeopleSoft SIS for two reasons:

1) Because of the complexity of how information is stored in PeopleSoft.
2) Because of concerns with system performance.   

SES and IS resources use a tool called WebFOCUS to develop reports from PeopleSoft SIS. By default, WebFOCUS reports will be delivered via a reporting portal called a Dashboard. Once users log into the UNO Dashboard with their NUID and TrueYou password, they will have access to view and run the reports created for them on demand, without needing to contact SES or IS. The goal is to provide users with quicker and easier access to PeopleSoft information when they need it.

PeopleSoft SIS Report Requests
To request a report from PeopleSoft SIS, users must make a request by filling out the report request web form located on the SES website at:

Please note: existing legacy reports (prior to fall 2010) will not be converted to report from PeopleSoft SIS for the fall 2010 term, unless a request is made to do so.   

All requests will be reviewed and approved/denied by the appropriate SIS functional office (i.e. Student Records, Admissions, etc.) based on the type of data being requested. Once a request is approved, it will be put into a priority queue and assigned to a report developer.

Please allow at least two weeks for requests to be completed. It is important that users indicate a realistic due date for requests when filling out the form since there are hundreds of reports needed by the start of the fall 2010 semester. SES and IS staff ask that everyone be patient as they try to address campus PeopleSoft SIS reporting needs. Additional time may be required to complete requests during the recurring stages of the PeopleSoft implementation.  The earlier individuals submit a reporting request the better chance it will get done in time for the fall semester.

Send questions related to PeopleSoft SIS reporting to

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UNO Library Friends Recruitment

The UNO Library Friends are seeking nominations for their executive board. The friends provide organization and financial support for the library collections and services that are not available through public funding sources. This is a great opportunity to support Criss Library. Additional information can be found at

Anyone who has questions or would like to become involved with the Library Friends can, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640 or

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- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was the Centennial Speaker at Radford University in Radford, Va. His Centennial Address on March 30th was on "Presidents and Civil Rights."

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