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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. . .



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff Saturday, May 29, in honor of UNO employee Willie Albert. He passed away May 22 at age 62.

Albert, a night custodial supervisor, had been with the university for more than nine years.

A wake will take place Friday, May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home, 5701 Center St. Services will be held on Saturday, May 29, at St. Mark Baptist Church, 3616 Spaulding St. at 10:30 a.m.

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"Consider This" Investigates Salt Restrictions

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests will take a look at salt usage at area restaurants. The discussion will cover which restaurants are using too much, how to monitor salt intake and what alternatives there are.

Wyatt's guests will include Dr. Mindy Lacey, family physician, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Amy Arch, executive director, The Center for Human Nutrition; and Paul Kulik, owner, The Boiler Room Restaurant.

The program will air Friday, May 28, 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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St. Margaret Mary Parking Lot Notice for Today

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

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Service Learning Academy Extends Deadline for Summer Seminar to May 28

UNO's partnership with Building Bright Futures (BBF) will soon include a new collaborative service-learning component. The Service-Learning Academy has been funded to develop this initiative with selected faculty members from the Omaha, Ralston and Millard public schools districts, along with faculty members from UNO and staff from local nonprofits. To launch this endeavor, a week-long training and planning process, that will include all partners, will be held Monday through Friday, June 21-25.

Faculty are invited to apply for this new project. In recognition of the additional effort it takes to do collaborative community work, especially in balancing the schedules and logistics of higher education / K-12 / community nonprofit partnerships, BBF has provided funding to support future collaborative teams.

Support services that will be available include:

- Service-Learning pedagogical training, guidance and support from one of several Service-Learning Academy professionals;

- Community liaison support in identifying and engaging community nonprofit partners;

- An engaged K-12 partner who will also receive support through the collaborative team mechanism;

- A team of graduate assistants to work with all the project teams (UNO/K-12/nonprofit) to collaboratively develop project schedules and assist with communication among the team partners on a timely basis about setting up meetings, scheduling student transportation and arranging for other support needs.

- A budget of $250, which will be provided through a mini-grant budget line; and

- Additional funding available for project expenses on a regular basis.

Anyone interested in being a part of this initiative needs to complete the application found on the Service-Learning Academy website ( and return it by Friday, May 28, to Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy, ASH 202, or e-mail to

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Construction Begins June 1 on Lot Q

Construction will begin on the northeast corner of Lot Q Tuesday, June 1. The top of a steam vault will be replaced during the project. Four handicap and three parking stalls to the west of the handicap parking will be affected. The duration of this construction is projected to take three weeks.

Call Bob Fuder at 554.2284 with any questions or concerns.

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

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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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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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Registration Under Way for IS&T Summer Programs

The College of Information Science & Technology summer workshops are now available for registration online. A variety of computer technology topics will be offered starting Monday, June 7, through Friday, July 30. All are appropriate for student ages 11-17. Space is limited.

For more information or to register online, visit the Web at

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Nominations Sought for Annual Light of Wellness Awards

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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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