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Strauss Performing Arts Center: Making Music for Decades

Unless you're a music major, there's a very strong chance you've never stepped foot inside the Strauss Performing Arts Center, but you almost certainly know where it is on campus. continue . . .

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LaRon Chatmon

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."

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SummerWorks Program Fill Sandbags, Help Omaha

video by Charley Reed

This summer, the UNO Service-Learning Academy is bringing jobs to area high school students through the SummerWorks initiative. Their first order of business: to aid flood relief efforts in the Omaha-Metro area.


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Investment in Talent, Affordable Access Highlight NU's 2011-12 Operating Budget

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University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced last week details of the university's proposed 2011-12 operating budget, which the Board of Regents will consider on June 17. Milliken said the budget represents a strategic investment in talent and a commitment to affordable access at a time when higher education is increasingly recognized as a key ingredient in economic competitiveness.

"The operating budget I am proposing for the university will advance the Board of Regents' priorities and position the university to continue to serve the people of Nebraska well," Milliken said. He credited the Governor and Legislature for making higher education a priority in this legislative session, thus avoiding severe budget cuts that had been projected. "This budget reflects our commitment to playing a key role in growing Nebraska's knowledge-based innovation economy. Although it still requires some difficult reallocations, it puts the university in a much stronger position than many of our peers across the country." Read more.Up to Top

Office of Academic and Student Affairs Announcements

Three UNO faculty members have taken on new roles and responsibilities in Academic and Student Affairs while two OASA staff members are on leave, Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes has announced.

Carolyn Gascoigne and Neal Topp will serve as OASA administrative fellows during 2011-2012 while Steve Bullock is on leave. Gascoigne will be responsible for campus program reviews and overall oversight for such areas as Project Achieve and Student Disability Services, among other things. Topp will assume responsibilities related to the university's regional accreditation and the related Academic Quality Improvement Process (AQIP).

Russ Smith is serving as acting director of Institutional Research while Linda Mannering is on leave.

"We are very fortunate that these outstanding faculty have stepped up to handle these roles during the year ahead," Hynes said.  "Steve's and Linda's responsibilities are central to UNO's high quality and enhance our ability to serve students and be engaged with the community.  With these faculty members in place and with the very able staff in the various areas that report to them, UNO will continue smoothly while Steve and Linda are away."

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Lot R Closing Notice

Starting today, 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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Lack of Affordable Healthy Foods is Focus of This 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. this 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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Members Sought for CCSW

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking applications from faculty, staff and students who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 27.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to all faculty, staff and students. Through participation, CCSW offers networking opportunities for CCSW members across UNO's campus.

Activities this year included:

- Presenting Susan B's Coffeehouse lectures on issues of mental & physical health, intergenerational issues and self-branding;

- Hosting the 25th Annual CCSW Awards luncheon;

- Announcing the 2nd Legendary Women of UNO Award recipient;

- Sponsoring a CCSW undergraduate scholarship;

- Co-sponsoring "Take Back the Night," a domestic violence awareness event; and

- Participating in activities honoring inclusion for all, including Women's History Month, safety awareness event and the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk for women's athletics.

Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Nancy Castilow at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW staff co-chair Elizabeth Kraemer at (402) 554.4802 or

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Hosting Opportunities for UNO International Students

The International Studies & Programs (IS &P) staff at UNO are looking for individuals or families to host international students who are learning English and want a taste of American life.

Stays start at four weeks and can last up to six months or a year. A monthly stipend is provided to offset the cost of food and transportation.

The goal of home stays is to give the participating international students an American family experience. Host families within walking distance of campus may have IS&P staff periodically visit.

For more information, contact Beth Maline at or call (402) 554.2293.

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Summer Hours Set for Campus Food Service

Campus summer food service hours are now set. Currently, the Milo Bail Student Center's American Grill, Greenfields, D'Café, Tomasittos and Grab & Go are open from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The Library Cafe and MavRec Cafe are also now keeping the same 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday schedule.

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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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