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June Employee of the Month: LaRon Chatmon

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LaRon Chatmon, a custodial supervisor at UNO is one of those behind-the-scenes employees whom you may not ever work with, but you certainly experience and witness his work. He has worked here for almost 26 years and has been named UNO's Employee of the Month for June. "I enjoy the work here and I try to please the faculty, staff and my fellow workers," said Chatmon. He also has pleased his supervisors. One of whom wrote this nomination, "LaRon has demonstrated his abilities in a positive and professional manner. He is called upon as a 'catch all' supervisor and his knowledge and experience are relied upon quite often. LaRon exhibits the willingness to go above and beyond what is asked and expected of him."

Through the Lens

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Helping to Curb the Missouri River

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

About 100 Omaha high school students have been busy this week filling sand bags to help protect the City of Omaha's South Omaha Sewage Treatment Facility from the rising Missouri River waters. The students are part of UNO's new SummerWorks program which is funded by private donations and supervised by UNO's Service-Learning Academy. The students are gaining work experience, learning new job skills and exploring Omaha this summer.



New UNO Style Guide Available Online

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The University Relations staff has created a UNO Style Guide for its own use and for use of other campus communicators. The guide is online at

"The Style Guide is in addition to the AP Style standards that our offices uses for news releases, eNotes and other publications," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. "The guide provides official UNO building names and abbreviations, preferred ways to give titles and more."

Kaldahl said the guide remains a work in progress.  While some entries are likely to never change, the document is one that will evolve with new technology, university expansion and campus culture.

Questions (and suggestions) for the guide can be sent to  Words and language are powerful and meaningful.

"Our university is an important place to our metropolitan community," Kaldahl said.  "Getting everyone on the same page when they write and talk about it is important."

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Nichols Steps Down as Women's Tennis Coach


The UNO athletic department recently announced that head women's tennis coach Bill Nichols is retiring from college coaching.  The only coach in the 11-year history of UNO women's tennis, Nichols plans to pursue new personal and professional opportunities.

"I have had a great experience at UNO, and it has been a growing experience for me professionally," said Nichols.  "I'm looking forward to continue coaching at the community level to allow me to do more one-on-one coaching." Read more.

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'Consider This' Examines Stalking

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and her guests will examine stalking - why it happens and how it impacts victims.

Lt. Mark Trapp, Sarpy County Sheriff's Department; Tricia Freeman, Sarpy County chief deputy attorney; and Jean Brazda, director of Sarpy County Victim Witness and Diversion Services will all bring their differing perspectives and professional experiences to the conversation.

The program airs on NET 2 today, June 10, at 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 14, at 12:30 p.m.

"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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Lot R Closing Notice

Starting this Monday, June 13, the row of parking stalls directly west of Allwine Hall (Lot R) will be closed in order to complete window work.  Weather permitting the work should be completed in three days.

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July 14 Summer Recruitment Workshop Announced

As a next step in UNO's on-going commitment to campus diversity, Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity are conducting workshops to assist departments and schools in recruiting faculty.

The workshops, which assist departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity, will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO NEOGOV System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of the workshops. Also, faculty participating in searches must attend a workshop once every two years.

The next workshop will take place on Thursday, July 14, in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room from 9 to 11 a.m.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., e-mail Rachel Maley at or call 402.554.2262.

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Lack of Affordable Healthy Foods is Focus of Next Week's Forum

The public and UNO community is invited to attend a free forum exploring the phenomena of food deserts from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, a food desert is an area that lacks access to affordable and healthy foods that make up a nutritious diet. Many believe that the presence of food deserts may be related to wide-ranging, preventable health problems such as obesity and heart disease, particularly affecting lower-income communities.  Read more.

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Foreign Liability Coverage Extended for 2011-2012

UNO is in the process of extending foreign liability insurance for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The university's Foreign Liability Coverage Policy requires clarification regarding upcoming travel.

Faculty and staff anticipating foreign travel in the coming year are asked to provide Risk Management with the best estimates. Click on this link for employee and student travel details. All estimated travel must be submitted by Wednesday, June 15.

Visit for an electronic spreadsheet. Completed forms should be sent to Laura Lamblin in EAB 209 or

For questions, contact Mollie Anderson at 402.554.3664 or

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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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In The News

In the News

- The June 5 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about UNO's relationship with Afghanistan, quoting Tom Gouttierre, Center for Afghanistan Studies and International Studies and Programs. He was also quoted in the June 8 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star about the death of Osama bin Laden.

- Bruce Horacek, Department of Gerontology, was quoted in the June 5 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about life after death and near-death experiences.

- John Noble, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, offered tips on how to get more energy in Good Housekeeping on June 8.

- Kathe Oleson Lyons, Service-Learning Academy, was quoted in the June 4 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the new SummerWorks program, which employs 100 local high school students this summer.

- Scott Tarry, UNO Aviation Institute, was quoted in the June 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about married couples who fly separately.

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

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

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers to Present Free Blues Concert June 21

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers will present a free concert at Stinson Park, 67th and Center Streets, on Tuesday, June 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. The concert will be held rain or shine. The June 21 performance is sponsored by Native American Studies at UNO.

A harmonica-guitar based blues band with a lot of heart and energy, the Troublemakers started out by playing the music that influenced them – John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Freddie King – while also playing the contemporary blues of Keb Mo, Dr. John, Taj Mahal and Robben Ford.

They play original blues and standards from the 1950s through to contemporary hits. 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

Marvel Maring Book Arts Work on Display at Nebraska Arts Council Gallery

UNO Criss Library's Marvel Maring has an exhibition of book arts work currently on display at the Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam (lower level of the Burlington Building, Nebraska Arts Council Gallery) through June 17. For details on her exhibit, visit the Nebraska Arts Council page:

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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