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UNO Hosts Librarians

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

More than 200 librarians from Nebraska and the surrounding states of Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Missouri attended the 2010 Heartland School Library Conference held June 14 & 15 at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center. Educational technology/library consultant Pam Berger was a keynote speaker at the conference hosted by UNO's College of Education.

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Eraser Drive

UNO Celebrates Successful Eraser Drive

photo by Wendy Townley

Students, faculty and staff donated 5,100 pink erasers during the spring semester for the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program.

UNO's Staff Advisory Council (SAC) organized the campus campaign. SAC members and the UNO campus also engaged in a friendly competition with Creighton University, who collected rulers for the backpack program.

The effort of both universities was celebrated June 10 (above photo) at the Salvation Army's new Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2825 Y St. Salvation Army representatives were on hand to accept the donations from UNO and Creighton. A handful of elementary school students also received new backpacks for the 2010-2011 school year.

"Community engagement is at the very core of UNO's mission,"' said Kent Lavene, SAC president. "We were delighted to participate in the school supply drive, and were happy to raise the needed items alongside Creighton University. This program is definitely a win-win for everyone involved, and we hope to participate again next year."

Salvation Army Western Division



Information Services Prepares Computer/Printer Bulk Purchase

To assure the lowest possible pricing, Information Services (IS) will once again coordinate a bulk purchase of Dell computers, Apple products and HP Laserjet printers for the UNO campus. The models being purchased have been configured for the greatest performance with the least expense.

Desktop Computer:
Dell Optiplex 980 (approximately $1,000)

Laptop Computers:
Dell E-Latitude 6550 (approximately $1,275)
Dell Latitude 2110 (approximately $390)

iMac (approximately $2,672)
Macbook Pro (approximately $2,033)
iPad (approximately $598)

HP Laserjet P4014n (estimated) $799.99
HP Laserjet P4014dn (duplexing unit estimated) $1,029.99
HP 4015dn Laserjet  (duplexing unit estimated) $1,329.99
HP Color Laserjet CP3525dn (duplexing unti estimated) $849.99
Click on this link for full details of these models.

Information Services asks that all requests be submitted to them at or by telephone 554.HELP (554.4357) by the close of business on Friday, June 25.  In requests include the following information:
- Name;
- Department name;
- Cost center number;
- For purchase using 2009-10 funds or 2010-11 funds; and
- Number of units.

IS will place the orders by Thursday, July 1, with expected delivery by Thursday, July 15. IS technical support staff will be happy to assist in delivery to any department's doorstep.

Send requests for components which are not listed here, i.e. sound bars for workstations.  A campus list will be compiled to obtain the maximum discount.   If a department purchases workstations and do not need the monitors, IS will negotiate with others on campus whom might need extra monitors.

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'Consider This' Investigates Adult Protective Services

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and her guests will investigate Adult Protective Services (APS). A division of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), their job is to investigate reports of vulnerable adult abuse, neglect and exploitation and intervene when maltreatment is confirmed. 

Wyatt's guests will include Lindy Bryceson, DHHS APS, and Ed Finn, DHHS Children & Family Services.

The program will air tonight, June 18, at 12:30 p.m., and again on Tuesday, June 22, at the same time on NET 2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For dates and times, check the Knowledge Network website at or call 554.2516.

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UNO to Host Civic Leadership Conference

Eight high school government teachers and 25 high school students from across Nebraska will take part in the Nebraska Civic Leadership Conference starting Sunday, June 20, at UNO. Participants during the six-day conference will focus on local and state government issues in classes taught by UNO faculty. They also will meet Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, tour a variety of government institutions (including the state capitol) and have opportunities to enjoy and explore Omaha. Read more.

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SPR to Offer Grant Management Information Series

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host the Grant Management Information Series (GMIS), a series of three informational sessions for individuals across the campus who are involved with the administration of externally-funded activities. The intent of these sessions is to help persons within units better understand the procedures associated with grant proposal submission, fiscal management and project reporting. 

There will be three sessions offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  All events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Chancellor's Room. 

The schedule is as follows:

- Monday, Wednesday 21
The Pre-award Process
State of Research/Creative Activity at UNO
Working with the Chair and Dean
Project Director's Perspective

- Wednesday, Aug. 4
Accounting Practices
Human Resources
Accounts Payable
Classification and Compensation
Student Employment
Graduate Studies

- Wednesday, Aug. 11
Post Award Management
College Business Office Management
Project Director and Unit Support Staff—Working as a Team

If interested in attending, SPR staff recommends individuals confer with their supervisor, as this information has been disseminated to chairs, directors and deans. Past attendees are welcome. 

To make a reservation for the series, send name, department, e-mail address and phone number to by Wednesday, July 14.

Call 554.2286 for additional information.

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Hy-Vee Dietician to Present Wellness and Nutrition Series This Summer

Wellness Graphic

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 Tuesday, June 22, with a look at breakfast and fiber.

All seminars will take place on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the following locations:

- June 22
"Feel Your Best with Breakfast and Fiber"
107 Criss Library

- June 29
"Heart Healthy Eating"
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room

- July 6
"Eat Well for Stress/Exercise"
MBSC State Room

- July 20
"Healthy Snacking"
231 Criss Library

- July 27
"Eating on the Go"
MBSC State Room

- Aug. 3
"Topic to be decided"
MBSC State Room

The most popular topic from the series will be repeated.

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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Summer Permit Parking Available in Church Lot

UNO employees with faculty/staff parking permits can park in the St. Margaret Mary's Church parking lot at 6116 Dodge St. this summer. Parking will be available there in UNO-designated lots through Friday, Aug. 20.

During the fall and spring semesters, parking at this location remains limited to student permit holders. Night-only permits will not be honored until after 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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In the News

In the News

- Hesham Ali, College of Information Science and Technology, was quoted in the June 16 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about David Loscutoff, a UNO student who earned a bachelor's degree last month (and graduated summa cum laude) at age 18.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the June 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about recent U.S. Census figures that show strong gains in the Latino populations of Nebraska and Iowa. Drozd was also mentioned in the June 10 issue of the Grand Island Independent about population changes in Hall County, Neb., and in the June 11 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star about population changes in Nebraska's more rural counties.

- The June 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on new minerals found in Afghanistan, quoting Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, and Jack Shroder, Department of Geography/Geology.

- Dan Hawkins, Department of Sociology, was featured in the June 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about purchasing gifts for Father's Day.

- Roni Reiter-Palmon, Department of Psychology, was quoted in the June 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the promotion of an Omaha Police Department lieutenant to captain.

- A profile of graduate student Timothy Vallier and his mobile phone orchestra was posted June 10 to the Silicon Prairie News website and featured in the June 2-8 issue of Shout! Weekly.

- A celebration of UNO's eraser drive, organized by the Staff Advisory Council during the spring semester, was covered by KETV (ABC 7) on June 10. The event, held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, was in partnership with Creighton University for the Salvation Army's annual back-to-school backpack program.

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

UNO to Host Jim Widner Big Band Jazz Workshops, Concerts
The Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp at UNO will feature the Jim Widner Big Band in a series of public concerts.  The weeklong camp will take place Sunday through Friday, June 20-25, and includes a variety of workshops designed for middle school, high school and college students.

Concerts are planned for June 20, 21, 22 and 24 at 8 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Tickets cost $10 and provide admittance to one or all of the concerts.

The Omaha Jazz Workshop is sponsored by the UNO Department of Music.  Peter Madsen, associate professor of trombone and director of jazz studies at UNO, founded the annual event with Darren Pettit, UNO saxophone and music theory instructor, to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students from the metropolitan area.  Members of the Jim Widner Big Band will serve as faculty at the camp throughout the week.

Widner - an alumnus of the Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Glenn Miller Big Bands - is celebrating his 23rd year of hosting summer camps across the country.  He has performed with notable musicians like Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco and Louis Bellson, and appeared before former President Bill Clinton.

For more information, contact Madsen at 554.2297 or  To view the Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp brochure, visit For additional details on Widner, visit

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 24-27, and July 8 and 10. "Romeo and Juliet" runs July 1-4, 9 and 11. Read more.

Carillon Concert Set for July 4 at UNO
The bells on the UNO campus will ring in honor of America Sunday, July 4, in conjunction with a carillon concert set for 9 a.m.

UNO carilloneur Shannon Richards will perform a 30-minute concert of patriotic melodies. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their lawn chairs and sit on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center. 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

'Life, Light and Lenses' on Display at Criss Library Through July 2
A digital photography exhibition by six local elementary school students is on display through Friday, July 2, in Criss Library's H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery.

Emily Beatty, DeShawn Dial, Alexys Goodwin, Kobey Intoe, Z'nea Jones and Jazmine Pope were selected to participate in a 10-week, after-school digital photography program, hosted by the Growing and Building Together (GBT). Academy of the Arts.  Local photographer Herb Thompson and GBT staff members provided one-on-one instruction in the art of digital photography.

The primary objective of the program was to provide personal instruction on the basic techniques of traditional and modern art - as it applies to digital photography. The theme, "Life, Light and Lenses," was chosen to give students a sense of purpose during the digital-capture portion of the program.

Students learned about topics like shutter speeds, f-stops (apertures), lenses, formatting portable storage devices, natural and artificial light, color balance, subject composition, organizing digital files, Photoshop techniques, and matting and framing prints.

Funds were made available through collaboration with the Nebraska Arts Council, the GBT Academy of the Arts, Thompson and Criss Library.

For more information, call 554.2640.

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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