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Aviation Student Soars to New Heights

video by Xavier Rodriguez

Akin Yonamine recently graduated from UNO with a bachelor's degree in Aviation Professional Flight. In this video, Yonamine shares his inspiring story of how hard work and dedication can pay off. He also gives insight on his past, his time at UNO and what lies ahead for him and his family.

Aviation Institute

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UNO Hosts Librarians

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.

College of Education



Criss Library Welcomes Spanish Literary Works by Nebraska Students

Poems, essays and short narratives by Nebraska students in grades 5 through 12 are on display at the Criss Library through Thursday, July 15.

The submissions – all written in Spanish – were selected earlier this year for "Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work," a statewide writing contest sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the College of Arts and Sciences at UNO, along with support from Cumbre 2010 partners and the Nebraska Humanities Council.

The student writings celebrate Latino and Latin American immigrants' contributions to communities across Nebraska. Read more.

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Performances Start Tomorrow for 2010 Shakespeare on the Green

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.

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Parking Closing Notice for Shakespeare on the Green

Several parking stalls will be unavailable on performance dates near this summer's Shakespeare on the Green site at Elmwood Park, adjacent to UNO on the Dodge Location. Signs will be posted.

Thursday through Sunday Shakespeare on the Green performance dates:
June 24-27
July 1-4
July 8-11

Designated stalls will be closed all day long so stalls can be reserved for performance nights.

Those affected include Lot Q (west side) and Lot M (south end). In addition, on June 24 and July 8, additional stalls will be reserved in Lot M.

For questions, contact Campus Security at 554.2648. To view, a parking map visit

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Deadline Friday for Information Services 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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University Drive East Parking Structure Construction Reminder

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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Walking Rally 2010 Challenge Continues on Campus

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

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Human Resources (HR) have collaborated on this summer's "Walking Rally 2010 Challenge."

"This fun-filled event which is designed to improve the physical well-being and mental health among UNO employees while decreasing stress levels," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "We also invite you to share your ideas/suggestions for ways to improve staff morale."

The challenge runs through Tuesday, Aug. 10. There are three quizzes with three very different themes created by the Walking Rally Committee. Each quiz has 10-15 questions. The answers can be found in different locations around campus. Attached below are the three quizzes to choose from.

They are:  (1) UNO Art & Artist, (2) UNO History and Landmarks, and (3) UNO's Pacific Location.

"You may work alone or in a group," Anderson said. "Not only do you get to enjoy a walk around campus, you also get to learn more about the campus."

Participants interested in tracking their miles can pick up a pedometer for $6 at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Mav-Rec Assess Desk.

"What a great way to combine fun and exercise while enhancing your knowledge about the UNO campuses," said Kim Kronschnabel, SAC member. "Please join in on the fun!  We look forward to your enthusiastic participation."

Return completed quizzes to a SAC member by Tuesday, Aug. 10. The Walking Rally Committee will draw names from the returned quizzes. Each quiz will have one winner, for a total of three winners in all. The drawing will be held the week before the annual Faculty/Staff Picnic, and the winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Tuesday, Aug. 17, picnic.

Return quizzes to any of the SAC members below.

Nita Armendariz

Melissa A. Berry

Betty Channel

Mary Dunn

Lola Gilbert

Molly Handke

Kim Kronschnabel

Laura Lamblin

Kent Lavene

Jenny Liu

Jerri Maxwell

Susan McCollum

Ivy Miller

Lowell Neuhaus

Sybil Sanders

Glaucia Pereira Steckelberg
Andrew Taylor
Sharon Ulmar

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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UNO UFO Study Group Meeting This Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Saturday, June 26, 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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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 (both miles and number of trips) will count.  Walking and riding the bus will also be counted this year.

"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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Student Research and Creative Activity Celebrated with Eppley Display

UNO is glad to have the opportunity to recognize its outstanding student scholars. This year's Research Fair, held jointly with the Honors Symposium, had more than 160 student participants from all six UNO colleges and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Engineering. The oral presentations, poster sessions, performances and honors presentations took place April 6 and 7 in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Awards were given for the first, second and third places in each category. A monetary award of $200, $100 and $50 was provided to each award winner in a token recognition of their accomplishment, and award certificates were presented at the Student Honors Symposium held on April 8. A list of winners can be found at

Work of the awardees will be featured in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building this month. Students from across campus will showcase the results of their research and creative activities undertaken and recognized as part of the fair.

This showcase is hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR). Through June 30, SPR staff are pleased to feature the work of:

- Janyl A. Jumadinova, Information Technology;

- Andrew K. Birnie, Psychobiology;

- Cobra Rahmani, Information Technology;

- Neil Barrington Huben, Biotechnology;

- Windy Rottenbucher, Social Work;

- Joshua Gray and Joshua Buda, Broadcasting New Media; and

- Jenna Allison, Chemistry and Biology.

Call 554.2286 for more information.

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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 11: Eco-friendly Decor
Eco-friendly decor can be fashionable. Looking to update the look of a room then choose an eco-friendly bamboo shag area rug, which is 80 percent bamboo, 20 percent cotton.

(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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