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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



CVS Caremark and Walgreens Pharmacies Agreement Reminder

Human Resources reminds UNO faculty and staff that an agreement has been reached that will provide Walgreens' continued participation in the CVS Caremark national pharmacy network. This means employees and plan members may continue to obtain prescriptions at Walgreens and other pharmacies participating in the CVS Caremark national network.

The CVS Caremark network includes more than 64,000 retail pharmacies, including numerous chain and independent pharmacies. As long as CVS Caremark members fill prescriptions at a network pharmacy, including Walgreens, regular copayments will not change. A listing of network pharmacies in Nebraska and Iowa is available at

"We apologize for any inconvenience the previously announced change may have caused you. We were aware when we made the initial announcement that Walgreens has a history of threatening to leave our network, then reversing its position," said Keith Dietze, director of universitywide benefits. "However, with a July 9 deadline looming, and considering the number of inquiries we received on this matter, we had to take Walgreens' statements at face value and communicate with you."

For more information, contact the UNO Campus Benefits Office at 554.3660 or 554.2465.

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Shakespeare on the Green to Offer Musical Adaptation of 'Verona' Tonight

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 first performance is set for tonight, June 24.

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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'Consider This' Investigates Upcoming 10-Digit Dialing Initiative

Long distance or not, Nebraskans will soon be dialing the phone number plus the area code. And, in fact, some will eventually need to learn three new numbers. 

On the next edition of "Consider This" 10-Digit Dialing. Host Cathy Wyatt and her guests will investigate such questions as what prompted the initiative, when does it go into effect, and what can consumers expect during this time of transition?

Wyatt's guests will include Gene Hand, director of telecommunications, National Processing Service Center (NPSC); Tim Schram, commissioner, NPSC; and Rex Fisher, president of Qwest, Nebraska.

The program will air tonight, June 24, at 11 p.m. on NET 1.

"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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New NeSIS Training/Overview Session Schedule Announced

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The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team continues to host training/overview sessions in admissions and records and registration for faculty and staff who need a PeopleSoft SIS account. The next session will be on Tuesday, June 29.

All sessions will take place on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in 106U Eppley Administration Building. The current planned sessions:

- Admissions
June 29

- Records and Registration
July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27 and Aug. 3

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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Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

During May, those receiving grant awards totaling $199,495:

Ronald Abdouch
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: City of Omaha Support for Neighborhood Center
Sponsor: City of Omaha

Daniel Blanke/Jennifer Yentes
College of Education/Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Systemic Inflammation and Gait in Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Sponsor: American Society of Biomechanics

Daniel Blanke/Joshua Haworth
College of Education/Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: The Effects of Model Viewing in the Development of Infant Sitting Posture
Sponsor: American Society of Biomechanics

Robert Franklin
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media/KVNO
Title: CPB: 2010 My Source Education Innovation
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Lourdes Gouveia
College of Arts and Sciences/Office of Latino/Latin American Studies
Title: OLLAS
Sponsor: Anonymous

Jack Heidel
College of Arts and Sciences/Mathematics
Title: UNO Mathematics Teacher Assistant Program
Sponsor: Building Bright Futures

Shari Hofschire
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media/Art and Art History
Title: Iowa Arts Education 2010
Sponsor: Iowa West Foundation

Frederic Laquer
College of Arts and Sciences/Chemistry
Title: Medicines for Malaria
Sponsor: University Nebraska Medical Center

Erin Porterfield
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: MACCH Administration
Sponsor: Metropolitan Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless

James Thomas
College of Arts and Sciences/Psychology
Title: CAPS Promotional Exam for Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief 2010
Sponsor: City of Lincoln

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

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Participants Sought for UNMC Smoking Cessation Study

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

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Nursing is seeking smokers 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study about thoughts and feelings related to classes about genetic contributions to smoking (IRB #226-09-FB).

A stipend is available for participation. Eligible individuals must:

- Smoke more than ten cigarettes/day; and

- Have an interest in stopping smoking within the next month.

This study involves:

- Participating in classes on either genetic or nutritional education;

- Participating in a group smoking cessation program with FDA-approved nicotine patch; and

- Participating in data collection five times during the study.

If interested, call Victoria M. Graeve-Cunningham at 559.6549.

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 Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through Friday, Aug. 20. Motorcycles may be parked at the following locations at the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations:

- West of the south entry of Lot Q;

- University Drive East Parking Structure (stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, for details);

- Northwest corner of Lot A (north of Kayser Hall);

- Northwest corner of Lot M (south of Criss Library);

- Southwest corner of Lot 2 (north of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute); and

- West of the dome in Lot 20 (Center location).

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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