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David Brown Named Employee of the Month

David Brown Named Employee of the Month

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's Employee of the Month for April is David Brown, a computer technician for UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service. The Omaha native has worked at UNO for the last four-years and he is responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining around 300 computers for the colleges' programs at UNO, UNL, Offutt and downtown at the William Brennan Institute. Nominators called Brown a 'team player' for the college. "David is one of those people you feel comfortable in approaching as you pass in the hall and say 'Dave, I have a problem with my computer, what do you think?' He will always take the time to answer your questions and lend his expertise." Brown also will be honored at the May meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

History Photo

April 25, 1964: UNO Students Perform on KETV

Information (UNO Alumni Association), Photo (The Reader)

On this day in UNO history, OU student Johnny Ray Gomez (bottom center) debuts as host of KETV's 'Channel 7 Dance Stand' and performs with his band 'U-Neeks,' which features OU student, and current criminal justice professor, Bill Wakefield.

Through the Lens

Play ThisThrough the Lens Archive go to the show

Faculty Honors Convocation

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Members of the UNO faculty were honored Thursday, April 12 with the Excellence in Teaching Award, Alumni Outstanding Teaching Awards, the Distinguished Research or Creative Activity Awards, the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award and the Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award. The presentations were made at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation breakfast.



Join UNO and BCBSNE for Walk at Lunch Today

Wellness Stampede

Need a reason to get outside and get active? Today, April 25, thousands of Nebraskans have pledged to walk over their lunch hour. More than 31,000 walkers across the state including members of the UNO community have signed up to participate in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska's (BCBSNE) 6th annual National Walk at Lunch Day.

"Plan to spend part of your lunch hour at UNO today by participating in the National Walk at Lunch Day," said Esther Scarpello, manager of fringe benefits at UNO.  "Lunch schedules vary, so if you can't make the designated group walk, just as long as you get outside and walk is all that counts. Have fun walking!"

A group walk at UNO will start at noon in front of the Health, Physical Education Recreation (HPER) Building. The rain location is the HPER track. LED keychain lights will be sent to those who signed up prior to the walk at the BCBSNE website.

"Walking is a great form of exercise," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of Fitness/Wellness and Instructional Programs. "In fact, walking is one of the easiest and best ways to get and stay in shape." 

For more information, stop by the noon group walk or Like the BCBSNE walk page on Facebook and join the conversation.

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Textbook Buyback and Textbook Rental Returns

It's time to sell your books back to the UNO Bookstore. Textbook buyback and textbook rental returns will be held at the UNO Bookstore starting today, April 25, through Saturday, May 5. A valid picture ID is required. Please bring all DVD's, CD's and supplemental materials purchased with your textbooks.

Buyback prices can be checked online at; click on "Cash for Books."

UNO Bookstore hours:
- Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, April 28, and Saturday, May 5: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks at

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UNO, OPS Students Interview Citizens About Malcom X

Today, April 25, community members and leaders will meet at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation (MXMF) to be interviewed by UNO and K-12 students about their personal experiences during the civil rights movement and reflections on Malcolm X as part of a P-16 service learning project. Interviews will take place between 12:30 and 2 p.m. at 3448 Evans St.

Over the past school year, the MXMF selected 5th graders at Minne Lusa Elementary School and 7th and 8th graders at Nathan Hale Middle School to be part of a documentary about Malcolm X. The documentary will include students' research, reflections and community interviews the civil rights leader, his contributions to movement and the influences of that movement in Omaha. Read more.

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'Pep Up for Prep Week' Event Tonight at Five Guys

UNO's Forensics team will be holding "Pep Up for Prep Week" starting tonight, April 25, at Five Guys and Monday, April 30, at Dairy Queen.  The two local restaurants will donate a portion of each customer's purchase back to the UNO Forensic team.

Tonight April 25, Five Guys on 7345 West Dodge St. will host a family burger night from 4 to 10 p.m. The Forensics team will receive 15 percent of the proceeds if the customer presents a flier to the cashier. The fliers will be handed out on campus and through any member of the Forensics team this week. 

The second event will take place on Monday, April 30, at the Dairy Queen on 132nd and Maple St., where a portion of all purchases from 6 to 9 p.m. will benefit the team.

Take a break from studying and support the UNO Forensics team.

The UNO Forensics team had the honor of hosting the 2012 District IV Qualifier, a tournament in which six surrounding states compete in to qualify for the national competition.  This year, the UNO Forensics team received 5th place at the national competition.

Questions? Email Marissa Litty at

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Parking Services Announces Changes to On-Campus, Off-Campus Parking

Students who park at Crossroads Mall and ride the shuttle to campus will share the space with Methodist Hospital beginning with the Fall 2012 semester.

The change is just one of several UNO Parking Services has announced regarding parking on and around campus that take effect at the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.

UNO will still occupy floors one through four of the Crossroads parking garage, but students parking at the garage should be aware that Methodist Hospital will begin using a shuttle bus system as well, said Jim Ecker, manager of UNO Parking Services. While the location of the UNO shuttle pick up will not change, riders must take heed when boarding the shuttles to ensure they are boarding the UNO bus. Additionally, the street leading to the garage will become one way, running east to west only. Read more.

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Writing Center Offers Extended Hours for Finals Week

Once again this semester, the Writing Center will remain open on Monday and Tuesday of finals week. Consultants will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 1, at the main Writing Center location only – 150 Arts and Science Hall – and all consultations will be on a walk-in basis (no appointments).

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Inclusion: Diversity Reconsidered Workshop May 8

Inclusion: Diversity Reconsidered workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.  All faculty and staff are invited to participate in this campus wide discussion of "inclusive excellence" with keynote speaker William T. Lewis, sr. vice president for Diversity and Inclusion from Virginia Tech.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be served, so registration is required.

To register, contact Rachel Maley at 402.554.2262 or  This workshop is sponsored by Academic and Student Affairs. Please see this link for additional information.

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Upcoming Fidelity Counseling Sessions Announced

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this May and June for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

Available dates are:

- May 9 and 21
- June 5 and 29

To make an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

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Meet National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick Tomorrow

National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick will talk about her soon-to-be-released novel, Never Fall Down, this Thursday, April 26. Meet the author, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Criss Library, main floor.

Never Fall Down is a powerful story about a Cambodian boy who survived the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge by playing music in the Killing Fields. Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls it one of the most inspiring and powerful books he's ever read.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 402.554.2640 or

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UNO to Host 'Wambli Sapa Memorial' Pow Wow This Saturday

The UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council (ITSC) will host an all-nations Pow Wow, Saturday, April 28, in the Sapp Fieldhouse. The event begins at 1 p.m., and dancing continues until 8 p.m. Admission is free, parking is free, and traditional Native American food will be served at 5 p.m.

The UNO Pow Wow is named "The Wambli Sapa Memorial Pow Wow" to honor the legacy of Fred Leroy, a prominent Ponca leader and respected elder, who passed away earlier this year. Leroy was a longtime friend and supporter of the Native students and Native American Studies program at UNO.

The public is invited to join the festivities, which bring together Native Americans and non-Natives to honor the generations with indigenous dance, song, arts and traditional crafts. Read more.

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New Student Orientation Registration Continues

New Student Orientation Registration has begun for this summer.  Students must register online for an Orientation session at:  

New Student Orientation is held throughout the summer and is a daylong program for incoming freshmen students and their parents. Transfer students attend a two hour-long sessions and set up an academic advising appointment on their own. 

Students will attend an Orientation session, which includes getting access to email, blackboard, how to manage finances, and much more.  Incoming freshmen students will register for classes on the same day as their Orientation session. There are multiple Orientation sessions throughout the summer. 

The office of New Student Orientation here at UNO encourages everyone to take a look at the Orientation website at

"If you speak with a student or their family member, please direct them to the website to get their questions answered," said Megan Essay, assistant director of New Student Orientation. "Looking forward to a great and successful summer.

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