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UNO Honored by Boy Scouts

UNO Honored by Boy Scouts

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO Chancellor John Christensen was presented with the Corporate Partner of the Year award Thursday (4-18) by the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America. John Nelson presented the award at the ceremony held at the Scott Center for UNO's continued support of the Boy Scouts.

UNO Tube Archive Elkhorn River Research Station

UNO Dedicates Elkhorn River Research Station

video by Charley Reed

Members of the UNO and Omaha communities were on hand April 20 to dedicate the Elkhorn River Research Station, which is run by Biology professor Alan Kolok. Designed to measure toxicity levels in the Elkhorn River, the station will be the model for a future construction near the Platte River and, it is hoped, hundreds of others across the country.


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Criss Library Extends Hours for Finals Week

Criss Library is again extending hours for finals week. The library will stay open until 1 a.m. through Thursday, May 3, during finals week to allow UNO students additional research and study hours.

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Writing Center Offers Extended Hours for Finals Week

Once again this semester, the Writing Center will remain open this Monday and Tuesday of finals week. Consultants will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 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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Textbook Buyback and Textbook Rental Continues

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 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, May 5: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks at

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Graduation Weekend This Friday, Saturday

UNO will hold its first "graduation weekend," with a notable keynote speaker, honorees and individual college ceremonies, this Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, on campus.

More than 1,500 students will receive degrees during the Spring Commencement ceremonies.  Weekend events begin this Friday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in Caniglia Stadium when the graduating class will hear former U.S. senator (and UNO alum) Chuck Hagel give an address.

"Chuck Hagel has been a great friend of UNO," said UNO Chancellor John Christensen.  "We're excited about his coming back to campus again.  I know his keynote speech to our students will be heartfelt."

After Hagel's address, Omaha philanthropist Dick Holland will be honored with an honorary degree; faculty member Ethel Williams will receive the university's Order of the Tower; and the UNO Alumni Association will recognize Bob Houston, director of Nebraska's Department of Corrections. Read more.

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Faculty and Staff Parking; Graduation Convocation – Friday

Due to high demand for visitor parking on the Dodge Campus for the Graduation Convocation this Friday May 4, faculty and staff are asked to park during the day at the Crossroads parking garage or at the Pacific Campus. Shuttle bus service will be provided from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Contact Parking Office 402.554.PARK (7275) if you have any questions.

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HPER Spring Commencement Notice

A university-wide graduation convocation ceremony is set for Friday, May 4, at 3 p.m. on Caniglia Field. Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel is the keynote speaker for all student attendees - undergraduate and graduate. Following, there will be a ceremony for graduates in the Sapp Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 5, each college has its own commencement planned around campus.

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building 128 and 201 gyms will be closed Friday, May 4, and all of HPER will be closed Saturday, May 5.

Visit for more information.

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Live Political Debate on Campus May 1

On Tuesday May 1, at 7 p.m., Republican U. S. Senate candidates: Jon Bruning, Deb Fischer and Don Stenberg will engage in a 60-minute debate sponsored by The Omaha World-Herald from the UNO Television studio on campus. Viewing of the debate itself will be available in 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

Mike Reilly, executive editor of the Omaha World-Herald, will moderate the debate. A three-member panel will question the candidates. The panelists are Robynn Tysver, Omaha World-Herald chief political reporter, Fred Knapp, NET radio news reporter/producer, and Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald statehouse bureau chief.

The debate is a co-production of The Omaha World-Herald and the professional staff and student crew of UNO Television. It will be carried live statewide on NET1.

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Get Healthy in Your Daily Routine This Summer

Wellness Stampede

Buy a UNO Campus Recreation Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) membership which is offered to UNO faculty/staff employees and students. For faculty/staff self or spouse, pick $40/month, $150/semester or $450/year; for a couple, the fees are $75/month, $275/semester or $800/year.

If you are a UNO student not taking classes this summer, the price is at a low cost of $150 for the entire summer. 

For more information about the programs offered, visit the website at

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Free Toner Cartridges Listing

Limited quantities of free toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for department use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at 402.554.2337.

HP: 61A, 61X, 49A, Q2612A, 23, 99, 44, 40, 26A, 95

Canon: FX-3, BCI-21, BCI-11, BK-8


Epson: 69 Cyan, 69 Magenta, 69 Yellow, TO 44220, TO44320, TO44420

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at 402.554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

Can't find it on the list? If departments want to request a particular brand of ink cartridge they can contact Hartle directly as well.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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IS&T 2012 Summer IT Workshops

Inviting all middle and high school students to join UNO's College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) for the 2012 Summer IT Workshops at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. A variety of exciting computer technology topics, such as Mobile to App Development, Intro to Adobe Flash and Digital Music Synthesis, will be offered in six, one-week sessions, June 6 through July 29. Workshops are appropriate for students ages 11-17.

To register online or for more information, visit Contact Angie Nastase by email at for more details.

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Brass Quintet to Perform Historical, Contemporary Music May 2

The UNO Faculty Brass Quintet will perform a special recital on Wednesday, May 2, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 7 p.m.

The event, called "Dance Music Through the Ages: From Galliard to Gaga" will feature members of the UNO Department of Music faculty playing works from well-known composers including everyone from John Phillip Sousa and Johannes Brahms to Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga. Read more.

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Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Drive Ends This Week

UNO is once again engaging in a friendly competition with Creighton University and College of Saint Mary in an effort to support the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program.

UNO, led by the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC), Creighton and College of Saint Mary will be competing to collect a specified number of a single school supply for students in Omaha. This year, UNO's goal is to collect 5,000 rulers between Monday, April 9, through Friday, May 4.

Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are encouraged to purchase rulers at the UNO Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The UNO Bookstore is selling three rulers for $1 and donations of rulers purchased off campus will also be accepted at the UNO Bookstore. Read more.

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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, senior 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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