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UNO's Pep Bowl is quiet Wednesday (May 2) night as preparations continue for Saturday's graduation ceremonies.



UNO Bookstore Extends Hours Today, Tomorrow

Congratulations to UNO's Spring 2012 graduates! The UNO Bookstore will be open extended hours today, May 4, and Saturday, May 5. The bookstore carries a wide variety of items perfect for a UNO graduate like alumni MavGear, diploma frames and spirit items. Stop by the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center and check out all the great deals.

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Juice Stop Walk Today on Campus

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Campus Recreation will host a Juice Stop Walk on campus today, May 4, to celebrate the 100-day challenge finale. At noon, walkers will meet in front of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Before leaving for the walk the top two teams in each division (weight loss and physical activity) will be recognized. Please note that everyone is responsible for paying for their own Juice Stop. The cost is $3 and $5.

For details on the 100-day challenge, visit

Juice Stop Walk questions? Contact Whitney Prenzlow at 402.554.3185 or

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Inaugural 'Graduation Weekend' Today, Tomorrow

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(Editor's note: The latest graduation weekend information is available online at UNO will hold its first "graduation weekend," with a notable keynote speaker, honorees and individual college ceremonies, today and Saturday, May 4 and 5, on campus.

More than 1,500 students will receive degrees during the Spring Commencement ceremonies.  Weekend events begin today, 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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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, today, May 4, 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 today 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 – Today, Tomorrow

Various parking lots will be closed or reserved for individuals who need accessible and VIP parking during "graduation weekend."

The following lots or portions of these lots will be closed today, 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

A university-wide graduation convocation ceremony is set for today, 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 today, May 4. All of HPER will be closed Saturday, May 5.

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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Criss Library Announces Summer Hours

Following are the Criss Library summer hours from May 6 through Aug. 19:

* Sunday: Noon to 9 p.m.

* Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

* Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.

For a complete schedule of holidays and other schedule exceptions, visit

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WiSTEM Informational Meeting May 10

Are you a student in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math discipline looking for a support organization to help you in your academic career? If so, come learn about a new student organization called Women in Science Technology Engineering and Math (WiSTEM) on Friday, May 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

"WiSTEM will be an organization that will support, guide and enhance your experience as you gain your degree(s) in the STEM areas," said Renae Rust, emeritus CCSW co-chair and instructor of biology. "UNO is proud of their students in the STEM areas and joining this group gives you a great support system so you can gain the most from your education here at UNO." 

Free pizza will be provided. If planning to attend, R.S.V.P. to Rust at or 402.554.2559.

"Also, this is an excellent way to become connected into the metropolitan community for your future career success," Rust said.

Sponsors include NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium, UNO Dual Enrollment and UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW).

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UNO Library Friends to Host May 10 Book Discussion

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book The Greater Journey–Americans in Paris, by David McCullough.  All are welcome to attend the discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in the Thompson Alumni Center.  The discussion leader will be Juliette Parnell, associate professor of French.

McCullough's book is the enthralling, inspiring story of many adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians and architects who set off for Paris in years between 1830 and 1900.  Parnell will be sharing her knowledge of the French system of education and how these pioneering Americans achieved so much for themselves and our country.

Ample, free parking is available at the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Linda Riviera at

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Screening of 'M' May 16 at Film Streams

Mark Hoeger, a filmmaker and UNO instructor, will lead a post-film discussion of Fritz Lang's "M" on Wednesday, May 16, at the Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater. The discussion is part of the theater's "Film Steams Noir" series, which is sponsored by Sam Walker, professor emeritus in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Hoeger also serves on Film Streams' Education Committee.

Released in 1931, "M" is considered one of the first film noir films ever made, predating many of the films that made the genre popular in the 1940s and 1950s. The film features Peter Lorre in a chilling, unforgettable performance as a serial killer on the loose in Berlin, preying on children. Lang is probably best known for directing the sci-fi classic "Metropolis" in 1927.

Tickets for the event are $9 for the public; $7 for students, seniors, teachers, military and those arriving by bicycle; and $4.50 for Film Streams members. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at

The "Film Streams Noir" series, which started at the beginning of April, features 19 films and runs over 10 weeks. Other showings of "M" will be held from May 14 through May 17; additional information and tickets can be found at the Film Streams website.

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In the News

In the News

- Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs, was featured on KFAB's Crash Davis Show to discuss President Barack Obama's unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday. Gouttierre was also interviewed by KMA Radio (Council Bluffs) about the same issue.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about the city council’s impending vote on a new contract with Cox Communications and its impact on public access television.

- Anne Hobbs, criminology and criminal justice, was interviewed by the Lincoln Journal-Star about a recently-released report on the Nebraska juvenile justice system she helped write.

- Kris Berg, exercise science, was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald about the importance of picking exercise equipment that will help you achieve your goals.

- Carol Ebdon, public administration, was interviewed on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB about Omaha’s annexation plans.

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminology and criminal justice, was featured on the KFAB Good Morning Show to discuss Omaha’s plans to curb gun violence.

- Jessica Wolff, director of career services, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about the improved job prospects for graduating college students

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 402.554.2129.

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MavCard System Downtime Scheduled for May 8

The MavCard System will be unavailable Tuesday, May 8, due to an upgrade. MavCard users will not be able to use your MavCard to make purchases in Food Services, the Bookstore, computer labs, vending machines, off-campus merchants or any other areas where the MavCard is accepted. However, MavCards will be able to be used for door access, entrance into Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and Criss Library book checkout.

For more information, contact MavCard Services at 402.554.2220.

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Engineering Summer Programs for Senior and Junior High Students

Engineering Summer Programs for senior and junior high students announced:

* Sr. High Engineering Exploration Week (EEW)
A one-week day camp hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering and comprised of mini-workshops for students entering grades 10-12. The camp will be located at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), where participating students will explore engineering programs available on the Omaha campus.  The workshops will be held June 4-8, 2012.  For details and registration information, see attached weblink:

* Jr. Engineering Exploration Week 
A one-week day camp hosted by the UNL College of Engineering and comprised of mini-workshops for students entering grades 8 and 9. The camp will be located at PKI, where participating students will have the opportunity to explore engineering programs available on the Omaha Campus.  The workshops will be held July 9-13, 2012.  For details and registration information, see attached weblink:

For questions, contact Alma Ramirez-Rodgers at 402.554.3618.

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