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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."



NU Board of Regents to Meet Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, June 17, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at

Please note that Holdrege Street is closed for repairs this summer; Varner Hall can be accessed via the Starr Street parking lot entrance. Read more.

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Stan Schleifer Named Incident Commander for UNO's ICO

Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Bill Conley announces, effective immediately, Stan Schleifer will assume the lead "Incident Commander" role for UNO's Incident Command Organization (ICO). John Amend will continue to also serve as an Incident Commander, as needed.

"As you know, UNO has had for many years an ICO that helps prepare for, and respond to, emergency situations and that also works closely with other organizations at the local, state and national level to coordinate planning," Conley said. "Stan has extensive training and experience in campus and emergency response planning and I'm pleased he accepted this added responsibility."

Assistant Vice Chancellor Steve Bullock, who had previously led the group, is on academic leave.

Schleifer can be reached at (402) 554.3596 or

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'Consider This' to Tell The Story Behind the College World Series

On the next edition of "Consider This," with host Cathy Wyatt, The Story Behind the College World Series. Promised to be filled with highlights about the fans, business leaders, city officials and volunteers -- all of whom helped hit America's favorite pastime out of the park in the City of Omaha. 

Join Wyatt and her guests:

*Jim Suttle - mayor, Omaha;

*David Brown - executive director, Omaha Chamber of Commerce; and

*Roger Dixon - executive director, MECA.

The program airs on NET 2 today, June 17, at 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 21, 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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UNO Housing Showcase Set for This Saturday

UNO will be provide another Housing Showcase this Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an opportunity for current students, perspective students and families to tour any of the housing facilities available on campus.

"This is a great opportunity for those that might still be interested in securing on-campus housing for fall or those that will already be living with us to see their new community," said Bill Picket, director of University Housing.

The showcase will start at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street. Participants can take the free shuttle to Maverick Village/University Village or drive and park across the street.

Contact University Housing at with any questions.

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Lot Q Temporary Traffic Flow & Shuttle Bus Notice

Facilities Management and Planning staff advise campus commuters and pedestrians that work will begin Monday, June 27, and continue through Wednesday, July 20, for replacement of a steam manhole in the southeast entrance of parking Lot Q (near the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building). Please be aware that the southeast entrance to Lot Q will be closed during this time.

All traffic that needs to park in Lot Q will have to enter through Lot M. Lot Q will remain open throughout the construction period stated above. Commuters and pedestrians are also advised to use caution.

Shuttle bus service will also change during this construction work. Shuttles will not drop off in Lot Q until work is completed. Instead, drop off and pick up will temporarily be provided in Lot M, near the lower level of the Criss Library.

Anyone with questions about parking or shuttle bus can call Parking Services at (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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UNO Bookstore Summer Hours

The UNO Bookstore's hours of operation for summer are:

* Open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays; and
* Open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Regular hours resume Aug. 23. The bookstore will also be closed July 4.

Summer textbook buy back days will be June 22 and 23 and Aug. 10 and 11. The bookstore will stay open until 6 p.m. for buy backs.

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Elmwood Park Launches Outdoor Fitness Area Next Week

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

The City of Omaha welcomes the first of its kind outdoor fitness area, opening in Elmwood Park on Wednesday, June 22.

A dedication ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the park, near 67th and Pacific Streets, and is open to the public.

"The vision for the park is to encourage and promote healthy, active lifestyles for all age groups and levels of fitness by creating a safe, fun and functional atmosphere within the community," said Michaela Schenkelberg, a UNO May graduate and visionary behind the fitness park.

Elmwood Fitness Park serves as a place where people who may be intimidated by indoor gyms can come and test out the equipment at no cost, in a nice environment, Schenkelberg said. Read More.

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, visit

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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

- Phani Tej Adidam, Department of Marketing and Management, was quoted in the June 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Qwest Communications changing its name to CenturyLink.

- A June 14 Associated Press article about U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson and Medicare quoted Randy Adkins, Department of Political Science.

- The June 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured coverage of the new bike-share program at Aksarben Village and UNO, which was funded by UNO Student Government and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. David Corbin, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Angela Eikenberry, School of Public Administration, were quoted in the article.

- Students Michael Knudsen and Bryan Dorr were featured in the June 15 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the Buck Snort, a restaurant they own and manage in Neola, Iowa.

- The June 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on Nebraska's employment forecast, quoting Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration.

- A June 14 Omaha World-Herald article about the educational backgrounds of Nebraska's state senators quoted Paul Landow, Department of Political Science.

- Mary Lynn Reiser, College of Business Administration, was quoted in the June 13 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the UNO's new Career Coach website.

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

- Yong Shi, professor for the College of Information Science and Technology, University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, co-authored "New State of MCDM in the 21st Century:  Selected Papers of the 20th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making 2009." It appeared in a recent Decision Support Systems and Electronic Commerce journal article.

He has published more than 15 books and more than 200 papers in numerous MCDM-related journals and conference proceedings. Shi is also professor and the executive deputy director, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Research Center of Fictitious Economy and Data Science.

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

Shakespeare on the Green Preps for 25th Season
This year marks the 25th birthday celebration for Nebraska Shakespeare and William Shakespeare's 447th birthday.

Shakespeare on the Green returns to Elmwood Park with A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet on Thursday, June 23, and runs through Sunday, July 10.

The two professional productions are free to the many thousands of supporters who attend the family friendly and magical experience. Many arrive early with picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs to get a good spot "on the green."

Activities start at 6 p.m. at the Towne Square, featuring live music, concessions, souvenirs and an educational "Shakesperience." Attend the nightly pre-show seminars where artists and scholars gather to meet the audience and discuss Shakespeare's text, current productions and relevant contemporary topics at 6:30 p.m. Read more.

Native American Studies Sponsors Free Concert

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. 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's Exhibition Ends Tonight at Nebraska Arts Council Gallery

Last chance to view UNO Criss Library's Marvel Maring's book arts exhibit on display at the Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam (lower level of the Burlington Building, Nebraska Arts Council Gallery) is tonight, 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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