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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."



HR Reminds Staff of .80 FTE Opportunity

The deadline for staff to apply for the full-time equivalency reduction program is Thursday, June 30. Eligible employees may choose to reduce their annual FTE and salary to less then full-time (1.0 FTE) but no lower than .80 FTE and continue to receive University of Nebraska health and/or dental benefits and NU Credits as if a 1.0 FTE position. 

Participation in the program is subject to approval of the employee's supervisor. The program offers staff members the opportunity to adjust their work schedule to better balance their work and family needs.

Here is the link to the program guidelines and acceptance form:

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Meet the Founding Father of UNO, Daniel Jenkins

In honor of Father's Day yesterday, UNO's official Facebook page (, ran the following tribute to UNO's founding father, Daniel Jenkins.

Jenkins was born in North Wales in 1866 and attended Princeton Theological Seminary in 1890 before becoming ordained in 1891. It was nearly another decade before Jenkins came to Omaha, in 1900, and almost another decade before he, and a group of concerned Omaha citizens formed Omaha University as a private, non-sectarian school for those who could not afford to attend the University of Nebraska or Creighton University.

Jenkins served at his post as president of Omaha University until 1926 when he retired due to ill health. He passed away soon after and was replaced by Rowland Hayes who oversaw the university's transition to a public university in the 1930s.

Originally located in North Omaha at 24th and Pratt, Omaha University moved to its current Dodge Street location in 1938 and became adopted into the University of Nebraska system in 1968.

Jenkins' and Omaha University's motto was a simple one: "Where there is no vision, the people perish," and over 100 years later, that still holds true for UNO.

To view another story on Jenkins from the UNO Alumni Association, visit

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.

Contact Charley Reed at or (402) 554.2129 to learn more about sites like Facebook.

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UNO Bookstore Summer Textbook Buyback This Week

The first textbook buyback of the summer will take place this Wednesday and Thursday, June 22-23. The bookstore will stay open until 6 p.m. for buybacks.

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.

The bookstore will also be closed July 4. The final summer textbook buyback will be Aug. 10 and 11. Regular hours resume Aug. 23.

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Native American Studies to Sponsor Free Concert Tomorrow

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers will present a free concert at Stinson Park, 67th and Center Streets, this 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.

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Elmwood Park Launches Outdoor Fitness Area This Week

Wellness Stampede

Editor's note: The launch of the Elmwood Fitness Park in Elmwood Park has been rescheduled from June 22 to June 29 due to delays in the installation of the equipment.

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 this 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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Shakespeare on the Green Opens for 25th Season This Thursday

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 this 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.

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Strong Bones Fitness Class Offered at HPER

Interested in joining a supervised fitness class aimed at strengthening muscle and bone, reducing the risk of falling and enhancing movement quality in everyday life? Then join, Strong Bones. For more information, call (402) 554.3221.

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Members Still 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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