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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

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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."



Omaha B-cycle Launches Today at UNO

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Omaha B-cycle, a unique bike sharing system, is launching on campus and in Omaha today, June 15. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, 1919 Aksarben Dr.

"We invite you to come see how the ‘check-out' process works, pick up more information, talk with our spokespersons and give one of the bikes a ride for yourself," said David Corbin, bike advocate and professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "This is a new healthy idea for the city."

Omaha B-cycle, is an innovative system offering the community a chance to check out and ride a bike from one of five stations in Omaha. UNO's Aksarben Village is one of five stations in Omaha's first B-cycle hub.

The program's goal is to help make Omaha a healthier and greener city. It is a citywide partnership between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Live Well Omaha and Community Bike Project Omaha.

For more information, visit

The GreenUNO Task Force and Mav-Rec Wellness support this green and wellness community event.

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2011 Holland Academy of Excellence Participants on Campus

Forthy high school students have been selected from across Nebraska to attend The Peter Kiewit Institute's 13th Annual Holland Academy of Excellence this week. Participants were chosen based on their achievements in mathematics and science.

The Holland Academy of Excellence ends today, June 15, at the University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).

The academy is designed to inspire and motivate the brightest students throughout the region and introduce them to PKI academic programs in engineering, information science and technology. Read more.

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Lack of Affordable Health Foods is Focus of Tonight'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. tonight, 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 health 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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Volunteers Needed for COPD Study at Biomechanics Lab

UNO's Biomechanics Lab is currently recruiting adult's ages 45 to 80 years old to participate in a research study (IRB No. 046-09-FB).

Volunteers must:

- Be free from any chronic diseases or lower body troubles;

- Able to walk without help; and

- Have a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

For more information, contact Jeff Kaipust at (402) 554.3238 or

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UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center Cholesterol Test

Know your numbers: High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors for all types of cardiovascular diseases. Have your cholesterol screened for $25 at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. Call (402) 554.3221 for an appointment.

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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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July 15 Workshop to Examine Spirituality and Aging

The workshop "Spirituality and Aging: An Obligation to Impart" will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at UNO.

The daylong workshop, held at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons, will provide patrons the tools and insight needed to see the wisdom and value elders bring to a faith community.

Sponsored by the Department of Gerontology, the workshop will cost $15 for attendees age 55 and older; $25 for attendees under age 55; and $50 for attendees who wish to receive Continuing Education Unit credits.  Read more.

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IS&T Summer Workshops for Kids

The College of Information Science and Technology summer workshops are now available for registration online. A variety of computer technology topics will be offered in one-week sessions June 6 through July 29. Workshops are appropriate for student ages 11-17.  For more information or to register online, visit

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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, Grab & Go and Tomasittos are open from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Library Cafe and MavRec Cafe are now keeping the same 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday schedule.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Green Pest Control

Consider planting flowers or herbs that repel insects between vegetable plants. Examples include chrysanthemums, marigolds, basil, mint and chives.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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