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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. . .



Dedication Ceremony Today for Glacier Creek

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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 today, 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. today. 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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Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

During April, those receiving grant awards totaling $1,417,386:

Marcia Adler
Academic Affairs/Health Services
Title: Counseling, Testing, Referral and Partner Counseling & Referral Services (CTR-PCRS)
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Hesham Ali
College of Information Science and Technology/Computer Science
Title: Scripps NeuroAIDS Preclinical Studies (SNAPS) Center
Sponsor: University Nebraska Medical Center

Robert Bernier
College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Nebraska Business Development Center
Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration

College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Procurement Technical Assistance Program for the State of Nebraska
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense

College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Small Business Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Program
Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration

College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Veterans Assistance and Services Program
Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration

Sanjukta Bhowmick
College of Information Science and Technology/Computer Science
Title: Analyzing the Evolution of Large-Scale Networks: Prediction, Updates, and Response
Sponsor: EPSCoR/National Science Foundation

Alan Kolok
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: Fate and bioavailability of steroidogenic compounds in aquatic sediment
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Constance O'Brien
College of Arts and Sciences/Physics
Title: Aim for the Stars in Out of School Time
Sponsor: Iowa West Foundation

Paul Sather
Academic Affairs/Service-Learning Academy
Title: Continuing the Partnership: The Impact of Student Employment on Student Perceptions of Service Learning
Sponsor: College of Saint Mary

William Tapprich
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: INBRE Biomedical Research
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center

For assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

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Participants Sought for Gait Study at UNO Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility

Healthy subjects (adults more than 65 years of age) are needed to participate in a study taking place in the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility. The study iwill investigate the effects of attention and perception on walking behavior. Ideal participants should be older than 65 years of age, right-handed, native English speaking and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement or knee ligament injuries. 

Subjects will take part in a pair of two hour-long data collections that will involve a variety of tasks including walking, attention and verbal tasks (for instance, reading words or naming pictures projected on a screen). For participation, subjects will receive a full analysis of their gait profile. Data will be collected using the state-of-the-art laboratory-based motion capture system identical to the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games.  Collections will take place at a scheduled time during the next few weeks. 

Further details will be provided to any interested parties. For more information, contact Jennifer Yentes at 554.3225 or or Leslie Decker at 554.3442 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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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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UNO UFO Study Group Meeting This Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Saturday, May 29, 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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NeSIS Training/Overview Sessions Offered

The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team will host several admissions training/overview sessions for faculty and staff who need a PeopleSoft SIS account.

The current planned sessions:

- Wednesday, June 2
9 a.m.

- Tuesday, June 29
1 p.m.

To register for a session, visit the training calendar at this link. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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Documentary, Panel to Address Issues of Global and Local Poverty

A documentary about the causes of global poverty will be the springboard for a conversation about efforts to combat poverty in Omaha when Film Streams and inCOMMON Community Development collaborate on a special screening of THE END OF POVERTY? THINK AGAIN. Presented for one-night-only, the film will screen on Tuesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey (formerly Webster) Street. Read 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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Members Sought for CCSW

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from faculty, staff and students who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 21.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to all faculty, staff and students. Through participation, CCSW offers networking opportunities for CCSW members across UNO's campus.

Activities this year included:

- Presenting Susan B's Coffeehouse lectures on issues of health, physical activity and eating disorders awareness;

- Hosting the 24th Annual CCSW Awards luncheon;

- Instituting the Legendary Women of UNO award;

- Sponsoring a CCSW undergraduate scholarship;

- Co-sponsoring Take Back the Night, a domestic violence awareness event; and

- Participating in activities honoring inclusion for all, including Women's History Month and the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk for Athletics.

Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Jody Neathery-Castro (554.3611 or or Wendi Chiarbos Jensen (554.2286 or

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Green Tip of the Week

#EarthdayTips 7: Cloth Diapers
Save $15 to $20 a month with cloth diapers compared to disposable diapers. They also prevent diaper rash and keep waste out of landfills.

(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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