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Behind the Scenes at Commencement

video by Charley Reed

As many of the record-breaking number of students (1700) were getting ready to walk across the stage on May 6, 2011, they, along with faculty and staff, shared stories, congratulations and well wishes for this spring's graduates.


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Record Graduation

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

More than 1,700 students graduated Friday (May 6) at UNO's May Commencement program with 1,150 crossing the stage at Omaha's Civic Auditorium. Former UNO student regent Michael Crabb was the commencement speaker while UNO graduate Katherine English was presented with the Citation for Alumni Achievement.



College of Business Administration Celebrates Distinguished Alumni

The College of Business Administration recognized four distinguished alumni at its annual spring luncheon May 12 at UNO's Mammel Hall.

Robert C. Goedken, Daniel J. Jaksich, Rod Rhoden and Paul G. Smith each received a College of Business Administration Distinguished Alumni Award. The honorees join the 83 alumni who have been recognized by the College of Business Administration. Read more.

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'Highlight the Need' Continues Through May 17

The UNO "Highlight the Need" campaign is going strong, but the 5,000 highlighter donation goal has not been met. With that in mind, the Staff Advisory Council has extended the drive through Tuesday, May 17.

Also, in an effort to maximize UNO's collection efforts, the UNO Alumni Association has made a generous offer to match the funds of the first $200 in donations for the campaign.

Hundreds of Omaha area school children are in need of supplies. Please consider being a part of the solution that makes sure they get those supplies. The UNO Bookstore is offering highlighters at four for $1. Read more.

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Malcolm X Mural Ready for Unveiling

The UNO Service-Learning Academy brought together Meredith Bacon's UNO Minority Politicsclass and Gabrielle Gaines-Liwaru’s art students from Beveridge Magnet Middle School for Global Studies and the Arts, a program designed to create a mural for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation (MXMF).

Sharif Liwaru, MXMF president, was active in guiding the UNO students, as well as the Beveridge art students, as they researched and sketched their ideas. Representatives of Beveridge's art majors and art club visited the UNO campus in April for a presentation by UNO's Minority Politicsclass to learn about Malcolm X beyond his highly publicized image. Students heard about his values for equality, justice and education, and used these as inspirations in collaborating to create the mural that portrays the accurate and honorable life story of this Omaha native.

The project's culminating event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, 3448 Evans St. Read more.

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Scheduled Voice Mail Downtime Set for Sunday

Information Services will upgrade the campus voice mail system this Sunday, May 15,, from 6 a.m. until noon. Users will be unable to access their messages and callers will be unable to leave a message during the downtime.

For more information, contact Andrew Taylor at (402) 554.3599.

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Criss Library Summer Hours Under Way

Criss Library summer hours are under way through Aug. 21. The hours of operation are:

- Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.

- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

- Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m.

For a complete schedule of holidays and other schedule exceptions, visit the library's website.

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Campus Rec Group Ex Introduces Summer Fit Series

The Summer Fit Series is a pilot program geared toward people wanting to increase their fitness level by being pushed a little harder than a normal group fitnessclass.

The session will start Monday, May 16, and lasts six weeks. There will be a class offered Monday through Friday that focuses on different areas such as, cardio, core and flexibility. Each class will be offered twice daily to accommodate participants' schedules.

There is no charge for this session of Summer Fit Series, but all participants must be UNO students or Campus Rec members.

To sign up, email Angie Helseth at or stop by the HPER Control Desk. More info is online at

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In The News

In the News

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was interviewed by KPTM on May 3 about redrawing political boundaries in Nebraska.

- Chancellor John Christensen and Trev Alberts, Athletics, were quoted in the May 8 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about severance packages for Athletic Department staff.

- KIOS spoke with Chancellor John Christensen on May 4 about UNO’s upcoming budget.

- Ronald Bartzatt, Department of Chemistry, was a guest on a podcast produced by Illinois Family Institute that was placed online April 23. The podcast focused on issues involving the legalization of marijuana. The podcast can be found at

- The May 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about Cinco de Mayo, quoting Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS). The article also mentioned UNO students who volunteered at the Intercultural Senior Center.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, was quoted in a May 7 Omaha World-Herald about smart phone apps.

- The May 5 issue of El Perico featured an article recapping the semester-long project between the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Latino migration forum held on April 30. Student Jasmine Maharisi was interviewed for the story.

- Julie Masters, Department of Gerontology, was quoted in a May 8 Omaha World-Herald article about the loss of a parent.

- A May 7 Omaha World-Herald article about the use of the code name Geronimo in the killing of Osama bin Laden quoted Edouardo Zendejas, Native American Studies.

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

- Robert Woody, Psychology, is author of a scholarly article titled "Science in Mental Health Training and Practice, with Special Reference to School Psychology," appearing in the current issue of Ethics and Behavior.

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

UNO Grad Student Remounts Adaptation of Cather Short Story

UNO graduate student Julia Hinson has remounted her adaptation of Willa Cather’s short story Eric Hermannson’s Soul at UNO. The adaptation is a narrative piece, which examines the social forces that compel people to conform – or deviate – from society. Eric Hermannson’s Soul runs tonight and Saturday, May 13 and 14, in Room 006 in the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus. The Weber Fine Arts Building is west of UNO’s Criss Library. 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

Exhibit on Book Arts Takes Place Today

Marvel Maring, an associate professor in Criss Library, will have an exhibition of book arts work at the Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St., from 5 to 7 p.m. today, May 13.

The showing is at the Nebraska Arts Council Gallery in the lower level of the Burlington Building. More information is available online here.

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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