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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.

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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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Annual Service Awards Luncheon Today

The efforts of faculty and staff at UNO will be celebrated today, May 1, at the 2012 Service Awards Luncheon. The annual event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

For a listing of this year's retirees and award recipients, visit this link.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 402.554.2321.

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Final Candidate for Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to Visit Today, Tomorrow

The fifth of five finalists for the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs will visit UNO for interviews this week. The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the chief student affairs administrator for the university.

The final candidate is Wayne Young, associate vice president for Student Life at Creighton University. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a campus forum with Young this Wednesday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. Today, May 1, Young will also have a lunch session with students. The lunch starts at 12:15 p.m. in the student center.  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. today, 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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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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Live Political Debate on Campus This Evening

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 this evening, May 1. 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 7 p.m. 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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Spring Commencement Set-up Parking Lot Closings – This Wednesday

Set-up for the "graduation weekend" ceremonies will start this Wednesday, May 2.

The following lots or portions of these parking lots will be closed early Wednesday morning and remain closed until set-up is completed:

* Lot O, southeast of HPER; Lot R, animal care loading zone, southeast of Allwine Hall; Lot X, south and west row of stalls, south of Alumni Center; Lot 2, south row of stalls, north of PKI;  Lot 5, southeast corner, north of Mammel Hall.

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

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'Graduation Weekend' Parking Lot Closings and Reservations – Friday & Saturday

Various parking lots will be closed or reserved for handicap and VIP parking during "graduation weekend."

The following lots or portions of these lots will be closed Friday, May 4:

* Lot O, southwest of HPER; Lot R, between Allwine Hall and CPACS; Lot N, west of HPER; Lot Q, west of CPACS; Lot V, west 1/3 of upper level of East Garage, behind Arts and Sciences Hall; Lot H, three stalls in northwest corner, north of Child Care.

The following lots or portions of these lots will be closed Saturday, May 5:

* Lot O, southwest of HPER; Lot R, between Allwine Hall and CPACS;  Lot V, northwest corner of upper level of East Garage, behind Arts and Sciences Hall; Lot H, 3 stalls in northwest corner, north of Child Care; Lot X, at Alumni Center;  Lot U, northwest corner of middle level of East Garage, behind Arts and Sciences Hall; Lot 2, south and part of central row of stalls, north of PKI;  Lot 5, east half, north or Mammel Hall;  Lot 15, northwest of Mammel Hall.

In the event of inclement weather, the venue of several ceremonies will change to UNO's Fieldhouse, HPER and Milo Bail Student Center. If so, parking lot closings will impede Lots E, N, O, R and U.

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

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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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Participants Sought for UNO's National Bike Challenge Team

Wellness Stampede

Team UNO is looking for faculty, staff and students to participate in this year's National Bike Challenge. The National Challenge officially starts today, May 1, and runs until Friday, Aug. 31. You can join any time during this period and any amount of cycling will count (both miles and number of trips) towards helping UNO compete against other universities across the country. Participants can also win prizes.

"Even if you think you'll only ride to campus a few times, we need you to join the team," said Mike Grube, UNO team leader.

By joining the National Bike Challenge, UNO will also be participating in the "Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge" running today, May 1, until Monday, Oct. 1.  Activate Omaha has joined in a partnership with the national challenge -- so Team UNO will only need to record data once.

"Team UNO has won our local division these last four years in a row, and we want to make sure we win again this year, so sign up today!" Grube said. "It's never been easier to participate, you can sign up for an Endomondo account and join the challenge."

At, when it asks for a workplace or university enter "University of Nebraska at Omaha" and accepts notifications from "Activate Omaha." Then UNO participants can download the optional app to record your commutes, or record your commute in the online calendar. Participants will also find full details about the challenge and how to record your rides on the Activate Omaha Challenge page as well.

For more information, contact Grube at

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UNO Reps Sought for Omaha's Cinco de Mayo Parade

UNO is participating in the Omaha Cinco de Mayo parade this Saturday, May 5. UNO students and faculty are asked to join the Welcome Center in representing UNO. For more information, call Anna Hernandez-Valencia of the UNO Welcome Center at 402.554.3577 or cellphone 402.709.0359.

UNO parade participants will be meeting at the parade lineup position in South Omaha at South 24th and B St. Parade line-up is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5.

See parade check-in volunteer for lineup position if you get lost or call Anna Hernandez-Valencia at 402.709.0359.


* Cars not in the parade may park at South High School's parking lot, located at 23rd and J Streets.

* Extreme Limousine will transport parade participants from the corner of 23rd and J Streets to corner of 24th and B Streets from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

* Candy and Shirts will be provided.

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Students Honored at April 20 HPER Student Banquet

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) hosted the 2012 School of HPER Student Banquet April 20 at the Thompson Alumni Center.  HPER faculty, staff, students and their families and friends enjoyed a fun social hour, silent auction and delicious meal. Afterwards, students were recognized for their scholastic and service-oriented contributions. 

Helping to plan and set up the event were HPER Office Staff Members:  Stacy Sliva, Angela Collins, Mary Sutherland and Demi Treat, and the School of HPER Student Organization Presidents:  Patrick Tomkins from Campus Recreation Advisory Board, Jake Ulrich from Maverick Athletic Training Students, Jade Zimmerman from Alliance of Fitness Professionals and Aja Kneip Pelster from Eta Sigma Gamma. 

Presenting that evening was the Assistant Director of the School of HPER, Michael Messerole.   

Many generous donors made it possible to continue the tradition of holding a silent auction at the banquet. Bargains and one-of-a- kind items were up for bid. These items helped raise funds to support HPER Student Organizations and offset future banquet costs. 

The main reason for the gathering was to pay tribute the students. The School of HPER is proud to announce the following students for their contributions to the School of HPER, UNO and the community as a whole. Click on this link to see this year's honorees.

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Deadline Tomorrow for Camp Completion – Faculty Writing Retreat

Every scholar has one: the work in progress that's been 'in progress' for too long.  If you would like some help getting a writing project to the finish line – getting it written, polished up, and in the mail – please sign up for Camp Completion, a week-long writer's retreat right on the UNO campus.  During the week of May 7-11, participants will come together every day in the Writing Center where they will be provided with coffee, lunch, encouragement, willing readers, and five days of uninterrupted time to write.

Writing Center Director Nora Bacon urges faculty to pause before sliding into summertime: "Take a week to wrap up your most important writing task. Clear everything else off your calendar for the week; pull out your notes, outline, or draft; get it finished and check it off your to-do list before Friday afternoon's Completion Celebration."  Participants will meet every morning at 9 a.m. and will gather again at noon for lunch; for the rest of the day, they are welcome to work in the Writing Center, in the library, or elsewhere - whatever promises to be most productive. "Our only goal is to ensure that writing projects are completed," said Bacon.  "Participants will hold each other accountable and help each other out."

Camp Completion is open to faculty and advanced graduate students. With support from the Center for Faculty Development, the Writing Center is able to offer the camp at no cost to participants.  To register, contact the Writing Center by Wednesday, May 2: Call 402.554.2946 or write to

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HR to Offer Performance Evaluation Training

Human Resources (HR) will offer two training sessions on performance evaluations for those who supervise staff members. In May, HR staff will send notifications to supervisors about managerial employee evaluations, which are due by Friday, May 14.  (Mary Sweaney extends her apologies for the short time frame, she just returned back to work from an extended medical leave.)

The training goal is to provide an opportunity to refresh or learn new procedures and skills. The new evaluation form and procedures, as well as the best practices for conducting the performance evaluation process and meeting, will be reviewed.

HR staff hopes those new to UNO and new to supervision will find the discussion with more experienced colleagues helpful and important to their success as supervisors.

The sessions:

- Tuesday, May 8
10 to 11 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Omaha (U-mo-ho) Room

- Wednesday, May 9
10 to 11 a.m.
MBSC, Omaha (Umonhon) Room

To R.S.V.P. for a session, call 402.554.2321.

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Annual Student Appreciation Sale Under Way

The UNO Bookstore is holding its annual Student Appreciation Sale, which runs through Saturday, May 5. This is the best time of the year to stock up on Maverick apparel.

For sale details, visit this link. Buy one item at the regular price, get a second item half off. Regular priced apparel, blankets and caps are included in the sale. The second item must be of equal or lesser value. Limited to in-stock items only.

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: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday, May 5: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks at

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