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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. . .



Bon Voyage Reception for Susan Maher June 8

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English will host a bon voyage reception for Susan Maher on Tuesday, June 8, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center from 2 to 4 p.m.  The university community is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

Maher, who has been at UNO since 1986, is stepping down as chair of the Department of English after accepting the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She will begin her new post later this summer.  

For more information, contact the Department of English at 554.3476.

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UNO to Welcome Students from Sister Universities in Norway, India June 6-17

Twenty-nine college students - 20 from Norway and nine from India - will visit Omaha Sunday, June 6, through Thursday, June 17.  The UNO multilateral immersion experience will expose the visiting students to American society, culture, history and business practices through educational workshops, corporate visits and cultural activities. Read more.

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Lot W to Close June 3 for Maintenance

Campus Security will close Lot W starting Thursday, June 3, for maintenance.  The lot is expected to reopen the morning of Monday, June 7.

For more information, call 554.7276.

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Construction Begins Today on Lot Q

Construction will begin today, June 1, on the northeast corner of Lot Q. The top of a steam vault will be replaced during the project. Four handicap parking stalls 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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Hy-Vee Dietician to Present Wellness and Nutrition Seminar Today

Wellness Stampede

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

Faculty, staff and students are invited to hear Hy-Vee dietitian Karisa Jansen as part of UNO Human Resources' Summer Wellness and Nutrition Series. All brown-bag seminars will be held on Tuesdays throughout the summer.  The series continues today, June 1, with a look at food labels.

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

The NuVal system 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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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.

- Thursday, June 17
2 p.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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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, concertgoers 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, and 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 go 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, and the deadline to R.S.V.P. is today, June 1. To sign up, visit the "Event Registration" page on the UNO Alumni Website at

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802 or

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myBlackboard Utilities to Move from EBRUNO Today

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

For access, follow these steps:

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

- UNO faculty attempting to request Blackboard visitor accounts, set visitor passwords, manage visitor privileges, merge courses or request development courses and organizations from E-BRUNO will be redirected to

- 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 bookmarked or linked to this service, reset it to

For more information about myBlackboard Utilities, contact IS Technical Support at 554.HELP (554.4357) 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 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 and 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 their tax adviser in regard to the deductibility of any contribution.

There are two ways to view and purchase items:

- 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 take place in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  For more information, call 554.4138.

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Summer Camps Traffic Notice

Various summer camps begin today, June 1, on campus and will continue Monday through Friday until early August.  Drivers are asked to watch for heavy pedestrian traffic during drop-off and pick-up times.

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

For more information, contact Paul Kosel at 554.3218.

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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 health care, 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 specialty 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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Two Honored at Annual Women's Studies Spring Luncheon
The UNO Women's Studies Program hosted its annual spring luncheon April 30. At the event, Rachel Tomlinson Dick and Marti Rosen-Atherton both received the 2009 Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies.

The Mary Ann Lamanna Award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in women's studies for involvement with teaching, research/creative activity or service. Read more.

Gouttierre Named Among Bowling Green's Most Prominent Alumni
Afghanistan expert Thomas Gouttierre has been named one of Bowling Green State University's "100 Most Prominent Alumni." The 1962 alumnus was recognized during a ceremony at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Read more.

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