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Spring Graduation

photos by Tim Fitzgerald & Dani Archuleta

Commencement ceremonies began Friday afternoon at Caniglia Field with a commencement address by former senator Chuck Hagel and an honorary degree to Dick Holland, the Chancellor's Medal to Dr. Ethel Williams and the Citation for Alumni Achievement to Robert Houston. Diplomas were given out Friday evening in the Fieldhouse to graduate students and on Saturday in the Pep Bowl, the back yard of the Alumni Center, at PKI and Mammel Hall.

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UNO Donates Supplies to Students

UNO Donates Supplies to Students

photo by Charley Reed

On Monday, May 7 representatives from UNO, Creighton, KETV, and The Salvation Army gathered at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center to donate over 15,000 school supplies to local area children. UNO faculty and staff collected over 5,000 rulers as part of a competition with Creighton, which collected over 5,000 erasers, and The College of St. Mary, which collected over 5,000 highlighters and markers.

UNO Tube Archive UNO, Millard Students Celebrate Karen Community

UNO, Millard Students Celebrate Karen Community

video by Charley Reed

On Wednesday, May 2 students from Kristin Girten's Gender and Cultural Studies course and Millard North Middle School gathered at the City Sprouts Community Garden to celebrate the end of a semester-long service learning project aimed at helping Omaha's Karen refugee community.


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Faculty Senate to Hold Meeting Today

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold a meeting today, May 9, at 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. This meeting will be the last of the 2011-2012 year and the first for the 2012-2013 year. The meeting is open to all. For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 402.554.3598.

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OLLAS Releases New Metro Area Latino Population Fact Sheet

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) recently issued the first in a series of three fact sheets that focus most closely on the Latino Population in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area. The entire project is funded by the Iowa West Foundation in collaboration with the Mammel Foundation, anonymous donors and UNO. The publication is now available at the OLLAS' website at

Data for this Fact Sheet are based on OLLAS tabulations taken from the 2010 Census and other sources. Read more.

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More Than 1,500 Graduate from UNO

More than 1,500 students received degrees Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, during the spring University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) commencement ceremony. The two-day graduation weekend event is a new tradition for the university.

Former U.S. senator (and UNO alum) Chuck Hagel gave a graduation address to the assembled students and their family members and friends on May 4. Other who were honored during the ceremony included Omaha philanthropist Dick Holland, who received a honorary degree; faculty member Ethel Williams, who received a Chancellor's Medal award; and Bob Houston, director of Nebraska’s Department of Corrections, who was recognized by the UNO Alumni Association. Read more.

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North University Drive To Partially Close on Friday

On Friday, May 11, from 6 a.m. until noon, there will be a construction crane located on the north side of Durham Science Center to remove equipment from the building's roof. Traffic in this area will be restricted. Crews will be on site to assist in redirecting traffic as required. Please call David Meradith at 402.554.3736 or Bob Fuder at 402.554.2284 for more information.

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May Payroll Information

May has three biweekly paydays - May 3, 17 and 31. With that in mind, no standard deductions will be taken from the May 31 biweekly payroll.

Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions (insurance, parking, etc.) withheld. Federal and State taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement, and credit union deductions will be taken. For more information, contact payroll at 402.554.2325 or 402.554.2739.

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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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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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