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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.

UNO Tube Archive Behind the Scenes at Commencement

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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'Highlight the Need' Ends Tuesday

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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Career Database Now Available from UNO

The University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Office of Academic and Student Affairs has recently made available materials that will help students prepare for their future careers in and outside of the Omaha-Metro area.

Partnering with Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. (EMSI), as well as Metropolitan Community College, Avenue Scholars and the Greater Omaha Chamber, UNO is providing a searchable database for jobseekers called "Career Coach."

Career Coach is designed to encourage early career planning by providing information about pay levels; education and training programs; job growth categories; and job openings in the Omaha area, covering a 50-mile radius that includes the Dodge-Fremont area.

"UNO's Career Coach partnership is the first of its kind in the U.S.," said Linda Mannering, UNO's Director of Institutional Research. "We are excited to offer this career search tool to the public and prospective students."

The Career Coach site can be found here. For more information on EMSI or Career Coach and the partnership with UNO, please contact Linda Mannering at or by phone at 402.554.2262.

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English Department to Host Reception for McKenna and Skau

The Department of English will host a retirement reception for English professors John McKenna and Michael Skau today, May 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Thompson Alumni Center. McKenna and Skau both retired at the end of the spring semester.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the English Department Office at (402) 554.2635.

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Support UNO Through Social Media

Summer is the perfect time to become reaquainted with the UNO you don't know.

Find out all of the latest news and learn about what UNO has to offer by becoming connected to UNO through its multiple social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare.

Any questions about these sites and how you can stay connected with UNO through social media, contact Charley Reed at or (402) 554.2129.

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Linder to Lead NU Innovation, Economic Competitiveness Initiatives

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has announced the appointment of James Linder as senior associate to the president for innovation and economic competitiveness and president of the University Technology Development Corp. Linder currently serves as CEO of UNeMed, the technology transfer arm of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, as well as professor of pathology and microbiology at UNMC.

In his new role, Linder will lead university-wide efforts to promote innovation, public-private partnerships, technology development and commercialization. As president of UTDC, he will work closely with university-related technology development organizations that are under the UTDC umbrella - UNeMed, NUTech Ventures, the Peter Kiewit Institute Technology Development Corp., and the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corp. Read more.

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Webinar to Focus on Effective Communication

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is sponsoring the last of the 2010-11 webinars from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) on Thursday, May 19. "Strategies for Effective Communication, Rapport Building and Student Engagement" will be broadcast at 1 p.m. in the CPACS Commons. Refreshments will be provided by the Office of Faculty Development.

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Carpet Replacement in Eppley Starts Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, May 17, workers will replace carpeting at both main entrances to the Eppley Administration Building. There will likely be times when one of the entrances is completely closed. This work is being done to ensure safety of pedestrians.

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Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge Now Underway

Looking for an excuse to get back on a bicycle? Need motivation to get more exercise? Want to reduce dependency on oil while saving money? Team UNO is looking for faculty and staff (including students employed by UNO) to participate in this year's Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge.

The Challenge started May 1 and ends Oct. 1. Anyone can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting counts (both miles and number of trips). There are no meetings to attend, no practice required and plenty of bike parking available. For the past three years UNO has come in first place in its division in the city.

Anyone interested in joining or who has question about Team UNO can contact John Noble at or Angie Eikenberry at

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Outdoor Venture Center Announces Summer Schedule

The UNO Outdoor Venture Center has announced its summer classes, trips and workshops schedule. The 2011 schedule features trips to Apostle Islands, WI, Palisades State Park in South Dakota and several workshops held locally.

All UNO students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome to participate in OVC activities and rentals. See the full schedule online:

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