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Summer Commencement Ceremonies Held

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO alum Terry Haney was honored Friday, August 13, with the Alumni Achievement Award at UNO's summer commencement. More than 500 UNO students received diplomas at the ceremony held at Omaha's Civic Auditorium.



UNO Video Board Gets Lofty Perch

Crews from MCL Construction and Sign Co. spent Wednesday afternoon installing the new video board in the south end zone scoreboard at Caniglia Field. The video board, the centerpiece of D.J. Sokolvision, is one of the last pieces of the project.

The 21 foot by 42 foot video board was delivered in four sections. Crews connected the sections and then a large crane hoisted the board into place around 3 p.m. The board now will be connected to electric and control cables, a process that's expected to take several days. Read more.

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2010-11 Ombudspersons Named

The UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity announces the Ombudspersons for 2010-11. The individuals and their contact information are listed below.

- Mark Scherer, associate professor, History, (402) 554.2835;

- Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, staff assistant, School of Public Administration, (402) 554.2625; and

-Tracie Anderson, assistant director, New Student Orientation, (402) 554.2168.

The Office of the Ombudsperson, established at UNO in 1970, receives and investigates complaints related to faculty, staff and student grievances; inquiries about procedures; and inadequate or lack of communication, among other issues. Students, staff, faculty and administrators may request this service.

"Although the Ombudspersons cannot assure that everything sought or requested by an inquirer will or should be granted, they will try to assure that a fair resolution of a dispute or problem is found," said Sharon Ulmar, director, UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, who oversees the activities of the Ombudspersons. "Feel free to contact any Ombudsperson for assistance.

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You Look MAVelous! Challenge" Kick Off is Aug. 31

Wellness Graphic

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

Human Resources, Mav-Rec Wellness and Student Health Services have teamed up to host "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this fall on campus. The campus community can join in cheering on the teams and participate in the wellness booths Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the lobby of the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Deadline for individual and team registration is today, Aug. 20.

Teams, each consisting of a minimum of 10 faculty, staff or students, continue to sign up for the campus fitness and fall weight loss challenge. Each participant will receive a "You Look MAVelous!" bracelet and wellness calendar.

"The sponsors are here to educate and offer support systems for the coaches," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources.  "As a reminder of the challenge, participants will wear a ‘You Look MAVelous!' team bracelet on their eating hand on and off campus."

The team weigh-ins will take place Aug. 31 throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at HPER. There are four weigh-ins total. Only the Aug. 31st weigh-in and the final weigh-in on Monday, Nov. 15, are mandatory.

For more information, contact Anna-Maria Hansmann at (402) 554.2553.

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 (402) 554.2008, or

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Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, hours for the KANEKO-UNO Library will be Monday through Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. The KANEKO-UNO Library is located at 12th & Jones Street in the Old Market and is open to UNO students, faculty, and staff with a current MavCard.   

For additional information, visit

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Geography/Geology Announces World Cinema Series

The annual World Cinema Series offered by the UNO Department of Geography/Geology will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

All films will be screened in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium. Two films are shown each evening with the first starting about 6:15 p.m. and the second just after 8 p.m.   

"The films are shown in combination with my course GEOG 3000: Geography in Film," said Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO. "We're inviting people from the UNO community to share in this educational experience."

Films shown in the World Cinema Series come from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Senegal, Singapore and South Africa. The public series runs through Wednesday, Nov. 3.

For more information about the films, contact Peterson at

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Move-In Traffic Flow and Congestion Notice

Fall classes officially start at UNO this Monday. Continuing today, Aug. 20, UNO students will be able to check into their apartments at University Village or Maverick Village from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On both move-in dates University Drive South will be designated one-way, as well as parking lots G and J will be utilized for move-in parking only. Traffic flow and congestion will be high during most of the day on Friday. The final phase of move-in will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m.

"We strongly advise faculty, staff, and students to avoid this area of campus in a vehicle," said Paul Kosel, assistant manager for campus security.

For more information, call Kosel at (402) 554.3218.

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Criss Library Intersession Hours Under Way

The Criss Library announces its upcoming intersession and fall semester regular hours.

Intersession Hours
- Today, Aug. 20
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Aug. 21
Noon to 5 p.m.

- Sunday, Aug. 22
Noon to 9 p.m.

Fall Semester Regular Hours
- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to Midnight

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to Midnight

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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HR to Launch New Employment Application/Recruitment Site

UNO will have a new employment application/recruitment site on or before Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Applicants for student, faculty and staff positions at UNO may then go to the UNO Home Page,, and click on "Employment" to view job descriptions and apply. Department users will have new accounts and log ins when they create requisitions, but the requisition and approval process will be much the same as the current one. 

"Our test group members have commented on the new site's user friendliness," said Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources. 

To arrange training on the new system, contact Sweaney in HR by e-mail at or by phone at (402) 554.3668.

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In the News

In the News

- Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, was quoted in an Aug. 15 Associated Press article about the future of Nebraska's Libertarian Party.

- Marcia Adler, Student Health Services, was interviewed Aug. 18 by WOWT (NBC 6) about recent STD rates in Douglas County.

- An Aug. 16 Associated Press article about a new Amazon monkey species featured quotes from Jeff French, Department of Biology.

- Lyn Holley, Department of Gerontology, was interviewed Aug. 18 by WOWT (NBC 6) about the program UNO Athletes and Elders: A Community of Interest.

- Hayley Patton, Offutt and Off-Campus Programs, was interviewed Aug. 16 by KFAB (1110 AM) about UNO being named a military-friendly school.

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 (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

Website Design for the People, by the People
Websites present the public face of government to its online constituents. As such, website formation, usability, and effectiveness have become the focus of research and investigation as of late. In an effort to further this growing field of research, information science and technology publisher, IGI Global recently released, E-Government Website Development: Future Trends and Strategic Models, edited by Carl D. Ekstrom, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Public Administration, Ed Downey, (SUNY College at Brockport) and Matthew A. Jones (Portland State University).

This innovative publication focuses on three foundational aspects of e-government websites, namely concepts or theories that influence e-government website development, description and analysis of e-government website experience from different national perspectives and possible models that might provide direction for future e-government development.

For more information, visit

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 (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

Additional Audition Notice
The UNO Department of Theatre announces that one more production has been added to this season's repertoire. In addition to auditions for Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" and Michael Frayn's "Noises Off," auditions will be held for Willa Cather's "Eric Hermannson's Soul," a narrative adaptation directed by graduate student, Julia Hinson. Five men and four women, aged 18 and older, are needed. Community auditions will be held for all UNO Department of Theatre productions on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building Theatre.

Performances of "Eric Hermannson's Soul" will occur on Oct. 28-30. In addition, the show will be remounted in the spring/summer of 2011 for National and International Fringe Festivals. Just a reminder, performances of "Eurydice" will run from October 6-9 and 13-16. Performances of "Noises Off" will run from Nov. 17-20 and Dec. 1-4. 

For more information about "Eric Hermannson's Soul," contact Julia Hinson at For other production information, call (402) 554.2406 or e-mail

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

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes African American Works
Works by African-American Masters from the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be featured at the UNO Art Gallery Friday, Aug. 27 through Thursday, Sept. 23.

The public is invited to a free opening reception at the gallery on Friday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

These poignant and intimate works by important 20th Century artists – Aaron Douglas, Charles White, Alvin Loving, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Alston and Elizabeth Catlett – express the struggles, joys, triumphs and creativity of African Americans. Read more.

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 (402) 554.2243.

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