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OLLAS and SLA Earn Kudos

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UNO's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the Service Learning Academy (SLA) received the 2012 Partner Award May 1 from El Museo Latino. Magdelina Garcia (shown center in purple), executive director of El Museo Latino, presented the UNO delegation with the award at the ceremony.



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A Message from Chancellor John Christensen on 'Graduation Weekend' Parking

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As we prepare to celebrate UNO's first Graduation Weekend with a variety of ceremonies on campus, parking for graduates and their guests is an important issue. As you know, this Friday at 3 p.m. we will hold the Graduation Convocation on Caniglia Field, with the expectation that thousands will be in attendance. Your help is needed to ensure the availability of sufficient parking stalls to accommodate these campus visitors.

I ask that you please use the Crossroads parking garage on Friday if at all possible. Our convenient shuttle service will be running to bring you to campus and to return you to your car at the end of the day. A variety of shuttle pick up and drop off sites on campus make using the shuttle easy and efficient.

I appreciate your cooperation and help in making these events successful and welcoming for our graduates and their families.

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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 one-third of upper level of East Garage, behind Arts and Sciences Hall; and 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, three 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;  and Lot 15, northwest of Mammel Hall.

In the event of inclement weather, the venue of several ceremonies will change to UNO's Sapp 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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HPER Spring Commencement Notice

UNO's 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 ceremonies 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.

Please park in the Elmwood Park or shuttle in throughout the weekend. Visit for more information.

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VSO to Host 'A Conversation with Kerry and Webb' This Saturday

"A Conversation with Kerrey and Webb" will feature former Gov. and Sen. Bob Kerrey and current Sen. Jim Webb. It will be held this Saturday, May 5, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room at 3:45 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the UNO Veteran Student Organization (VSO), will focus on veterans' issues. In particular, the issue of GI bill reform, which Sen. Webb is promoting.

"This will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is interested in the local politics of Nebraska or student veterans' issues," said Luke Hoffman, VSO member.  "We are looking for 20-30 students to attend."

If interested in attending, contact Hoffman at

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API to Offer Adobe Connect & Photoshop II Classes This Month

Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API - a division of UNO Information Services) for two free classes this month.

Class description: "Introduction to Adobe Connect," Thursday, May 17, in 231 Criss Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Participants in this hands-on class, will learn how to create a basic online meeting that can be used for live classes or conferences; recorded for 24/7 playback, or utilized to put study material online student access.

Adobe Connect is a web-collaboration, e-learning system used at UNO to conduct online classes, meetings and presentations with participants worldwide. Connect sessions can be live and/or recorded for 24/7 playback. Each session can incorporate audio, video, slide presentations, whiteboards, website display, polls, file exchange and desktop sharing. In short, most of the instructional technologies used in on-campus classes are available in Connect for teaching online.

Class description: "Photoshop II: Optimizing Graphics," Friday, May 18, 112 Criss Library, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Using Photoshop CS4, class participants will learn how to enhance, compose and compress images for use in printed media, on video displays, and on web sites. The class will also introduce the Adobe Camera Raw plugin, used to pre-process images in Photoshop, and ‘COPE', a technique that utilizes a single master file for publishing to both print and electronic media. Though taught in Photoshop CS4, the techniques demonstrated can be used in other versions of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and most imaging editing programs.

Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy required. Knowledge of image editing basics helpful, but not essential.

To register: go to, and select "Introduction to Adobe Connect" or "Photoshop II: Optimizing Graphics" from the list of classes in the ‘Register For' box at the right of the page.

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Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Drive Ends Tomorrow

There is still time to participate. 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. This year, UNO's goal is to collect 5,000 rulers through Friday, May 4.

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.

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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Academic Transformation Workshop Set for May 9-10

All UNO faculty and teaching assistants are invited to attend the Academic Transformation workshop Wednesday morning, May 9, and Thursday morning, May 10. 

Sponsored by Information Services' Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), the goals for this two half-day workshop are to review course redesign principles, discuss strategies for integrating technology to effectively enhance student learning, and to highlight the efforts of UNO faculty in transforming their courses.

A brief overview of the daily schedule is presented below:

* Wednesday, May 9
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Presentations on this day will focus upon the foundational concepts associated with pedagogy and the principles outlined by the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) for successful course redesign projects. 

* Thursday, May 10
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MBSC Nebraska Room

Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University recipient of the 2011 Professors of the Year award, and UNO faculty will share practical strategies for managing large courses, increasing student engagement, and adapting their courses to address emerging needs. 

Light morning refreshments will be served. Daily drawings for software and hardware packages will be held.

To learn more and to register for the workshop, visit

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Higher Education/K-12 Service Learning Seminar July 16-20

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy has designed an interactive training that provides an opportunity for faculty to learn about how to utilize service learning as a pedagogy, to connect faculty to K-12 instructors and community non-profit partners, and to explore mission-focused teaching techniques in a living laboratory while meeting community-identified needs. 

Participation in the training will yield a course plan developed between the UNO and PK-12 instructor to be implemented within the next 18 months. Participants receive a $400 professional development stipend as well as project implementation support in the form of: graduate assistant time, project materials, transportation and food. Applications accepted at

Questions?  Contact Julie Dierberger at 402.554.3268 or

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