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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

By order of Gov. Dave Heineman, all U.S. and Nebraska flags will be lowered to half-staff Monday, May 31, until noon in observance of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, honors those who have died in the nation's service. In 1971, it was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May.

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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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myBlackboard Utilities to Move from EBRUNO

In preparation for the shutdown of the E-BRUNO system this fall, Information Services (IS) will move Blackboard Interfaces (Utilities) from E-BRUNO to the myBlackboard homepage at on Tuesday, June 1. 

Follow these steps:

- Once logged into Blackboard look for the "myBlackboard Utilities" tab; 

- UNO faculty attempting to request Blackboard visitor accounts should;

- Set visitor passwords;

- Manage visitor privileges;

- Merge courses or request development courses or organizations from E-BRUNO will be redirected to; and

- Faculty log in to the myBlackboard Utilities by using their NetID username and password (the same username and password used to access Blackboard.)

If previously book marked or linked to this service, reset it to

For more information about myBlackboard Utilities contact IS Technical Support at 554.HELP (4.357) or e-mail to

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Hy-Vee Dietician to Present Wellness and Nutrition Seminar This Tuesday

Wellness Stampede

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 continues Tuesday, June 1, with a look at food labels.

Attendees can bring their lunches and learn more about the new food rating system at the June 1 seminar on "Food Labels: The NuVal Nutritional Scoring System from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

The new food system, which will be discussed, rates the nutritional value of food products. A higher NuVal number means healthier food.

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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Alumni Symphony Night on the Town June 5

Join UNO alumni for a special evening out on Saturday, June 5. Start the night with a cocktail reception at the Omaha Press Club celebrating the publication of Wendy Townley's new book, Nerdy Thirty. Following the reception, concert goers will make their way to the Holland Performing Arts Center to see international swing band "Pink Martini" perform live with the Omaha Symphony.

Townley, who earned a journalism degree from UNO, will be joined by Inklings author Jeff Koterba and Are You Going To Eat That? author Michael Campbell. Koterba attended classes at UNO; Campbell received a bachelor's degree in psychology from UNO.

Attendees will enjoy cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres while listening to readings from Townley, Koterba and Campbell.

The cost of this event is $35 and includes one cocktail and light hors d'oeuvres at the Omaha Press Club and a ticket to "Pink Martini." The Omaha Press Club reception will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Pink Martini" takes the stage at the Holland at 8 p.m.

There is limited availability for this event so R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, June 1. Sign up to attend at the "Event Registration" page on the UNO Alumni website at

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802 or

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Department of Music and Rockley Family Foundation Piano Sale Announced

The UNO Department of Music has had the use of new first-class pianos and digital pianos on a no-cost basis for the 2009-2010 school year.  This arrangement is provided through a partnership with the Rockley Family Foundation. These instruments, provided to other institutions and instruments made available by the department's manufacturing partners will be sold to perpetuate this valuable program.

"In a time where creative solutions are needed to maintain a properly equipped music program, the continuation of this loan program is important for us in our efforts to further education in the arts," said Melissa Berke, associate professor of music. "I hope you are able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity."

A selection of new or used grand, baby grand, digital player grand, vertical pianos, digital pianos, keyboards, orchestral strings, acoustic and electric guitars will be available from manufacturers such as Steinway & Sons, Yamaha, Pramberger, Baldwin, Petrof, Bechstein, Roland, Gibson, Breedlove, Godin, Ibanez and Peavey.

Most instruments are less than one-year old, include a full factory warranty and are tuned and ready to go. Delivery and no-interest financing is available on site. Special prices are offered especially for the university community. Moreover, in most cases, a "substantial portion" of the purchase is considered as a charitable contribution to the Rockley Family Foundation and may be tax deductable. Individuals should consult with their tax adviser regards the deductibility of any contribution.

There are two ways to view and purchase:

- By appointment sale
Attend a special "pre-sale" on Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, prior to the general public. This will give buyers an opportunity to purchase with priority in selection and price reductions. To secure an appointment time, call 554.4138.

- General public sale
Attend the final sale day for the general public on Sunday, June 6, from noon to 5 p.m. without an appointment. This event will be held in Strauss Performing Arts Center.  For more information, call 554.4138.

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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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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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In the News

In the News

- The May 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a staff editorial supporting UNO's Allwine Prairie Preserve and its newest addition, Glacier Creek. Tom Bragg, Department of Biology, was quoted in the editorial.  WOWT (NBC 6) also featured Allwine Prairie in a story that aired May 26.  The Associated Press ran a story on the Glacier Creek addition dedication event that was sent out on May 25.  KMTV (CBS 3), the Lincoln Journal Star and ran the wire story.  KVNO (90.7 FM) also interviewed Bragg for a story discussing the new addition to the prairie on May 26.

- Lourdes Gouveia and Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, both were quoted in a Mike Kelly column that ran in the Omaha World-Herald on May 20.  The piece examined the issues involved with the "green card" throwing incident at the Nebraska High School Boys soccer championship game.

- Alan Kolok, Department of Biology, was interviewed May 19 by the following media outlets where he commented on a new study linking pesticides to an increased risk of children developing ADHD: Omaha World-Herald, KVNO (90.7 FM), KFAB (1110 AM) and KLIN (1400 AM, Lincoln).

- Suzanne Sollars, Department of Psychology, was interviewed April 27 by KETV (ABC 7), KPTM (Fox 42) and KIOS (91.5 FM) about UNO's time capsule project.

- A staff editorial in the May 26 issue of the Omaha World-Herald praised a recent report by the College of Public Affairs and Community Service that identified UNO's outreach activities and projects in the community and across the state.

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

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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