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Graduation: December 2010

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A behind-the-scenes look at UNO's December commencement ceremonies.


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Winter Commencement

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More than 950 students graduated Friday, December 17 during UNO's December Commencement ceremonies held at Omaha's Civic Auditorium. UNO's James Freeman received the Chancellor's Medal while 1976 graduate Robert Batt of the Nebraska Furniture Mart was given the Alumni Achievement Award. Elementary education graduate Kayla Childress was the student speaker at the ceremonies.



NU President James B. Milliken's Statement on State Budget Recommendations

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Statement of James B. Milliken, President, University of Nebraska
January 13, 2011

Governor Heineman has made it clear that his priorities for state investment are education and job creation and his budget recommendation advances both. There is a growing consensus that higher education is a difference maker in the economic competitiveness of a state, and the Governor understands this well.

Under normal circumstances, the flat funding proposed for the University would be disappointing, but these are not normal times. And although the University has had a flat state appropriation and no general salary increases for two years, I believe the Governor has made a strong statement of support for the University by proposing stable state investment. The University will still have to make significant reallocations in the next biennium. However, this recommendation puts us in a stronger position than many of our peers and will help maintain the University's significant momentum, with record research growth, steadily growing enrollment, record ACT scores, the highest level of financial aid in history expanding access and more. 

The proposed investment in the University's Innovation Campus is especially significant.  It demonstrates the state's continued commitment to this ambitious project designed to leverage University research to build partnerships with the private sector and create new jobs in Nebraska. Like joining the Big Ten, launching a new R&D campus would not have been possible just a few years ago. Today, with the momentum the University enjoys in so many areas, and with the state's support, I am confident Innovation Campus will be a success. The proposed funding for the renovation of the 4-H building and construction of the first research and development facility is especially important, representing a commitment to the themes of innovation in food, fuel and water.

I also applaud the Governor for his new initiatives in growing the innovation economy, including the proposed angel investment tax credit and a new internship program to keep talented young Nebraskans in our state.  These steps and his other proposals represent positive steps to promote economic vitality across Nebraska, and the University will support and work with the Governor to make these initiatives a success. In addition, I strongly endorse his vision for the Virtual High School, which will help prepare young people across the state to succeed in college and in life. 

The Governor's budget recommendations represent a timely investment in education, job creation and our state's future, and we look forward to working with him and with the Legislature over the months ahead.

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MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 17 Day of Service

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has been celebrated at UNO for several years. Again this year, the UNO Service-Learning Academy will sponsor a day of service with the metro community this Monday, Jan. 17, in honor of King's birthday.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the day wrapping up around 1 p.m. Other local nonprofit organizations will be represented on the 17th for the annual day of service.

UNO students, faculty, staff and members of the community will gather at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center to create quilts for Project Harmony, and to create educational materials for students in Madagascar through Conservation Fusion. Read more.

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HPER to Close Jan. 17 for MLK Jr. Holiday

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be closed Monday, Jan. 17. The HPER Building will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 6 a.m.

For more information, call (402) 554.2539.

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Martin Luther King Day

Criss Library hours for Sunday, Jan.16, will be noon to 9 p.m.  The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Regular library hours will resume at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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"Consider This" to Discuss The Baby Boomers

Officially announced on Jan. 1 of this year, baby boomers are now the fastest growing population in the U.S., with 78 million of boomers being born between 1946 and 1964. On the next edition of "Consider This" with host Cathy Wyatt a discussion about the baby boomers.

Wyatt's UNO experts will include:   

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research coordinator;

- Julie Masters, Gerontology Department chair; and

- Amy Hanson, author and Gerontology Department faculty member;

The program will air today, Jan. 14, at 12:30 p.m. on NET 2.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at for dates and times.

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UNO Welcomes Story Teller to Campus Next Week

UNO has partnered with the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and Office of Native American Indian Education (NICE) to bring storyteller and author of children's and adult literature --Tim Tingle -- to Omaha next week. 

"While at UNO, OPS and NICE will send 40-45 college eligible Native American students to UNO to hear him speak, eat in the MBSC Cafeteria and attend a class in the College of Education," said Susan McWilliams, COE faculty and Omaha Family Literacy Partnership member.  "Neal Grandgenett and his educational team will conduct Robotics learning activities with students." 

Tingle's book, Crossing Bok Chitto, won the 2007 Jane Addams Children's Book Honor Award for its promotion of peace through literature.

While in Omaha, Tingle will be presenting three free-and-open-to-the-public storytelling performances. UNO students who are members of the Tribal Council will also be on hand to greet visitors at UNO's event, which is free and open to the university community and general public.

They are:

Thursday, Jan. 20
-  10:30 a.m. at UNO Milo Bail Student Center, Nebraska Room (storytelling)

- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Yates Early Learning Center, 3260 Davenport St. (supper, author visit and storytelling)

Friday, Jan. 21
- 4:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Library, 24th and M St. (storytelling)

The project is sponsored by the College of Education, Omaha Community Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha Public Schools-Native Indian Centered Education Program and the Omaha Public Library.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. McWilliams at (402) 554.3457 or

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Retirement Reception for Arnold Bateman is Jan. 20

A retirement reception for Arnold Bateman, director of Online Worldwide, will be Jan. 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Van Brunt Visitors Center, 313 N. 13th St., in Lincoln.

Bateman has served the University of Nebraska since 1981, most recently as director of Online Worldwide, a position he assumed in 2009. Previous to that, Bateman held a variety of leadership positions within Extended Education & Outreach, including 10 years as coordinator of the university's Panhandle Education Center in Scottsbluff. Before joining NU, he was a faculty member in South Dakota State University's Department of Agricultural Economics.

Bateman's leadership has been critical to the success of the university's extension and outreach efforts, including significant growth in distance education. He has been a strong asset to the University of Nebraska and his talents will be missed. Please join his colleagues in wishing him well in the future.

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Higher Education/K-12 Service Learning Seminar Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held this month to introduce you to an exciting community partnership connecting higher education and P(re)K-12 educators in service learning. This is an innovative way to fulfill the university's mission, provide applicable forums for classroom learning, and connect your students to youth in the area. This 30-minute session will provide faculty the opportunity to ask questions about participation in a week-long training held either March 21-25 or July 11-15, 2011.

Both sessions will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center. Choose either date the information will be repeated:

- Friday, Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m.

These interactive week-long trainings provide an opportunity for faculty to learn about how to utilize service learning as a pedagogy, to connect faculty to K-12 instructors and community non-profit partners, and to explore mission-focused teaching techniques in a living laboratory while meeting community-identified needs. Participation in the training will yield a course plan developed between the UNO and PK-12 instructor to be implemented within the next 18 months.

Participants receive a $400 professional development stipend as well as project implementation support in the form of: graduate assistant time, project materials, transportation and food.  Applications accepted at beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Questions?  Contact Julie Dierberger at (402) 554.3268 or

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IS Offers 'Basic Video Editing' Class

Information Services will offer a "Basic Video Editing" class for interested faculty and staff on Friday, Jan. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 107 Criss Library.

Class participants will learn standard editing techniques used to create digital movies in any video editing program. This hands-on class will include techniques for importing video into the editor, adding titles and title images, musical scores, transitions and ending credits. The last part of the class will cover exporting movies for computer use, DVD and web playback.

To register for the class, go to: -- then click/select the "Sapphire Website" link at the top of the page and select Video Editing Basics to begin.

For more information on the class, contact Ted Turgeon at (402) 554.3115.

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'Stress Management: Managing Life, Work and Family' Workshop Next Month

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

Make a New Year's resolution that will last all year.  Lowering your stress levels will help you manage your work, life and family.

Human Resources, Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and the Counseling Center are sponsoring a stress management seminar open to faculty, staff and students. The seminar will be on Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the College of Public Affais and Community Service Collaborating Commons. The seminar times are 11 a.m. to noon and noon to 1 p.m. (repeat presentations).

The speaker is Cathy Pettid from the UNO Counseling Center. Her topic is titled "Stress Management: A Holistic Approach."

"Through interactive participation and laughter, participants will learn that stress does not occur in a vacuum. Our stress levels are influenced by both our immediate environment and the world at large," Pettid said.  "Participants will explore their own unique stress responses and learn the four levels of defense against stress."

The idea for the stress management seminar came from HR and CCSW. "Many women today are working, going to school and raising families which create conflict and stress. It seemed good to partner with CCSW since half our workforce is women," said Human Resources Director Mollie Anderson.

UNO is increasing their campus wellness efforts. "We are working on wellness and an important piece is mental health wellness," Anderson said.

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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HR Commuter Wheel Tax Reminder

Human Resources is compiling the list of employee addresses to identify those who will need to comply with Omaha's new Commuter Wheel Tax. HR staff will rely on the information that they have on record in SAP and Firefly. Please check your current residential address information in Firefly and if necessary, update your record accordingly. More information about how UNO will be collecting the tax is being developed and will be published in eNotes. Additional information can also be found on the City of Omaha website at

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In The News

In the News

- Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science, was quoted in the Jan. 9 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle's approach to politics. Adkins was also a guest on "The Good Morning Show" on KFAB (1110 AM) on Jan. 11, where he discussed the mayoral recall effort in Omaha.

- On Jan. 12, KVNO (90.7 FM) profiled the educational partnership between UNO and Kabul University in Afghanistan. The story featured comments from Chris Allen, School of Communication.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the Jan. 12 issue of the Chadron Record about poverty rates in Dawes County. Drozd was also quoted in the Jan. 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the number of grandparents in Nebraska who care for their grandchildren.

- Jennifer Huberty, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, was quoted in the Jan. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about get-fit gimmicks in today's health and fitness industry.

- The Athletes and Elders program, housed in the Department of Gerontology, was profiled on Jan. 5 by KETV (ABC 7). The program pairs student athletes with local senior citizens.

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

- Faculty from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University School of Medicine and UNO School of Communication all teamed up to author the following:

Foral, Pamela A, et al. (2011).  "Faculty and Student Expectations and Perceptions of E-mail Communication in a Campus and Distance Doctor of Pharmacy Program," American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 74 (10) Article 191, 1-11. To view the abstract and listing of contributing authors, 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

Spring Department of Theater Production Dates Announced
Performances of "Dark Play or Stories for Boys" by Carlos Murillo run from Feb. 23-26 through March 3-5 in the UNO Theatre, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The box office opens on Feb. 14. "Dark Play" is directed by Amy Lane.

Play Synopsis: When 14-year-old Nick comes across a naively worded ad from 16-year-old Adam reading, "I want to fall in love," he's blown away. What is this love? Already bored with cyber sex and posting fake online ads, Nick invents the girl of Adam's dreams, Rachel, and Adam and Rachel fall hard. But as the cyber relationship heightens, so do the emotional stakes in the real world, until the two collide with devastating consequences.

Performances of "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare run from April 13-16 and April 20-23 in the UNO Theatre. The box office opens on April 4. "Twelfth Night" is Directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf.

Play Synopsis: This drama is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. Viola, cross dresses and takes the man's name of Cesario. Viola enters the service of the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. Orsino longs for the love of a neighboring countess. Viola (Cesario) then falls in love with Orsino. To add to the farce Viola's (Cesario) identical twin, Sebastian arrives on the scene. Living in Olivia's household is her uncle, Sir Toby Belch, a merry character. The steward of the household is the conceited Malvolio. The plot illustrates jealousy, mistaken Identity, cross-dressing and features fights and duels. In the end Sebastian and Olivia fall in love and marry. Orsino realizes that it is Viola that he loves and she agrees to marry him. Sir Toby Belch and Maria also decide to marry! Twelfth Night ends and everyone, except Malvolio, is happy and Shakespeare speaks of the madness of love.

Call (402) 554.2406 for discounted season tickets today. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UNO Theatre. Tickets are free for all UNO students and only $5 for all other students. For tickets visit or call the box office at (402) 554.PLAY.

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

'MAKE' Show to Highlight Graphic Design
Graphic design thesis projects will take center stage in the UNO Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery through Feb 11. The show, titled "MAKE," will feature a variety of graphic design works done by UNO students from the Department of Art and Art History.

"The students put things together, combine elements, alter to form something new in their graphic design work," said Avery Mazor, graphic design instructor. "This show highlights a range of creative and innovative ideas and practices used to create a new brand, and communicate that brand in a variety of forms. Ultimately, it's about creating a seamless consumer experience."

The gallery is open during regular library hours and ‘MAKE' will remain in the space through Feb. 11. There will be a reception in the gallery on Monday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call (402) 554.2420. 548.3614.

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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