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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



UNO Magazine Publishes Second Edition

The second edition of UNO Magazine went out in the mail earlier this week.  More than 70,000 homes connected to the UNO - alumni, supporters and others - will receive a copy.

"Last spring's first edition was extremely well received," said Anthony Flott, the magazine's editor.  "Given the investment of thought, time and effort, the feedback has been gratifying."

UNO's international impact is the focus of the just-mailed magazine.  The campus community and public can view the current issue online at Visitors can read the magazine as an online "flipbook," download it as a PDF or read individual story and department pages.

"The stories in the magazine cover a broad range," Flott said.  "One article focuses on Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado's dinner with Fidel Castro in Cuba, another on UNO research being done at an international level, and we even have a story that connects Omaha and its community history with a small town in Italy."

Responsibility for the magazine is shared between UNO, the UNO Alumni Association and the University of Nebraska Foundation. The next edition of the magazine, set for the fall semester, will focus on health and wellness.

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Lotus Notes E-mail Availability on Mobile Devices

Information Services (IS) has added mobile access for Lotus Notes (LN) e-mail via Lotus Notes Traveler for UNO faculty and staff. LN Traveler provides quick access to email, including attachments, calendar and address book for several mobile devices.

LN Traveler is available for the following mobile device platforms: 
- Apple iPhone;
- Apple iPod Touch;
- Nokia Symbian devices (S60); and
- Microsoft Windows Mobile (5, 6 and 6.1). 

To learn more about LN Traveler availability go to or contact Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).

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Criss Library Theater Room Now Open

Criss Library announces the opening of its new theater room. Designed for group viewing (eight chairs) and scholarly discourse, this room is equipped with a Sony Blu-ray player, nine channel AV receiver, HD projector, 110-inch screen, iPod docking station, PC, wireless keyboard and mouse.

To learn more about this unique study space, visit the Criss Library website or call the Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

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HPER Closed July 4-5

Campus Recreation staff have announced that the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be closed during the Fourth of July holiday on Sunday and Monday, July 4-5. The HPER Building will reopen on Tuesday, July 6.

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HR to Offer Smart Money Seminar Next Week

Human Resources will offer a smart money seminar Wednesday, June 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The free event is open to the entire UNO community, and reservations are not required.

The topic for the informative seminar is "Raising Wise Kids, Teaching Your Children Money and Budgeting."  Tahnee Markussen, a financial educator from Consumer Credit Counseling Service, will lead the event.

The seminar will feature practical tips and information on getting the most out of money.  Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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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 on Wednesdays 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:

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

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

- 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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In the News

In the News

- On June 16, Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted by WBUR, Boston's NPR News Station, on the first anniversary of the incident involving the arrest of Professor Henry Gates in Cambridge, Mass.

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' 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 next performance is set for tonight, June 25.

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 25-27, 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 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

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.

‘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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