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Filling Backpacks to the Brim

Filling Backpacks to the Brim

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

From left, students Leslie Perez, Margarita Rodriguez and Alondra Payan show off their new backpacks with Durango following a May 19 celebration at the Salvation Army Kroc Center near 29th and Y Streets. During the spring semester, UNO's Staff Advisory Council collected nearly 5,500 highlighters for the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program. Creighton University and College of St. Mary also collected school supplies for the Salvation Army program earlier this year.

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Nebraska Department of Education Receives $750,000 NASA Grant

Editor's note: The Nebraska Space Grant is a partner and part of this grant. Nebraska schools with 21st Century Community Learning Centers will focus on boosting science and mathematics education for students under a new $750,000 NASA grant awarded to the Nebraska Department of Education.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers are before- and after-school and summer programs in more than 100 schools across the state. Those schools have a diverse student enrollment and a high level of poverty with at least 40 percent of the students qualifying for free and reduced priced meals.

The program takes flight this summer, introducing teachers of fourth through eighth graders to NASA curriculum by providing professional development in hands-on activities on four topics: robotics, rocketry, aviation and near and outer space.

The Nebraska Department of Education will receive $750,000 over four years from NASA for its Summer of Innovation program. The state's program known as Nebraska Blast! will provide professional development for fourth through eighth grade teachers working in schools that have a 21st Century Community Learning Center, as well as staff at those centers across the state. Nebraska was one of 36 applicants and only one of nine to receive a NASA grant. Read more.

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Maintenance Work Starts Today on Bell Tower

Starting today, May 23, contractors will be doing maintenance work on the Henningson Memorial Campanile (Bell Tower). The work will take several weeks. During this time, the work will require Facilities staff to close off the Bell Tower Plaza and divert pedestrian traffic around the Bell Tower via the south sidewalk. Watch eNotes for updates.

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Free Workshop on Marketing to Government Agencies This Thursday

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), in partnership with UNO College of Business Administration, will hold a free seminar on how businesses can market to government agencies and to prime contractors this Thursday, May 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mammel Hall.

The seminar will be conducted by Judy Brandt, CEO of Summit Insight and author of Government Contracts Made Easier. Read more.

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Lot T Parking Structure Maintenance Set for This Saturday

Please be advised that Parking Lot T (lower level of the Parking Structure) behind Arts and Sciences Hall is scheduled for annual maintenance this Saturday, May 28. The lot will be power washed at this time.

The individual lot will be closed from early morning until after washing is completed. This lot will also be crack sealed and re-striped at a later date. Watch eNotes for details.

Parking Office staff remind drivers not to park in this lot on the scheduled day of maintenance until opened by Facilities Management and Planning.

For details, contact the Parking Office at (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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Upcoming Fidelity Counseling Sessions

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this summer for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

Available dates are:

- May 24

- June 8

- June 29

- July 13

- July 28

To make an appointment with Cronick, call 1.800.642.7131.

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NBDC Offers Grow Your Online & Social Media Presence

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is offering a workshop on how small businesses can use affordable online tools (Facebook, email marketing, and local listing services) to promote, market, and grow their business.

This is not a hands-on workshop, but an informational and networking event to get participants up to speed with new Internet options. Come with plenty of business cards and be ready to connect for success.  

Workshop details:

Where: UNO, Mammel Hall - College of Business Administration, 6708 Pine St., free parking available.

When: May 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.)

Cost: $10, includes handout materials, coffee and donuts   


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St. Lucia Pajama Drive Ends Wednesday

Recent UNO graduate and College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) alumna Amy Wieczorek is conducting a pajama drive for an orphanage she will be volunteering at in St. Lucia, South America this summer. The CPACS Dean's Office is co-sponsoring the drive. The St. Lucia Pajama Drive is under way now through Wednesday, May 25.

"I will be working at the orphanage teaching health and wellness classes to the youth," Wieczorek said. "I really wanted to make this trip special for the kids in the orphanage so I decided to put together a pajama drive."

Collecting donations of lightweight pajamas for youth ranging from infants to teenagers.

Official drop off sites:

- CPACS Dean's Office, located at CB Room 109;

- metroMAGAZINE Office, located at 1000 N. 72nd St.;

- Aksarben Village Cinema, located at 2110 S. 67th St.

For more information, contact Wieczorek at or (308) 383.5050.

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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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Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge Now Underway

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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

The GreenUNO Task Force and Mav-Rec Wellness both support this event.

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