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.
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, 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.
UNO Library Friends to Host 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 email@example.com.
WiSTEM Informational Meeting Today
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
Summer Information System Changes Announced
With the close of another semester, Information Services (IS) staff would like to update UNO students, faculty and staff on the technology changes that are expected over the summer. Anyone with questions about upcoming technology projects, can contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or email email@example.com. The month-by-month changes are as follows:
Go Green! Turn Off Your Computer. IS staff want to remind all faculty and staff leaving for vacation to turn off their computers and other electronics to save energy. Microsoft's lead editor, Monte Enbysk, notes that a person shutting off a computer each night when they leave work could save as much as $90 per year. So clicking the "shut down" button on a computer before not only saves energy, and therefore money, but also reduces wear on the machine and is added protection against viruses and hackers.
Wireless - In an effort to improve wireless security on the UNO campus, a new wireless network will be made available called UNOSecure. The UNOSecure network will be available to faculty, staff and students and will require a login to connect. The existing UNOWireless network will remain available for guest access, but will be limited to a basic internet connection. For up-to-date information on this project, go to http://upgradecentral.unomaha.edu.
Lotus Notes Email Server Shutdown - On June 1, the current Lotus Notes email servers will be shut down to comply with licensing agreements. Members of the campus community should work with college technician to convert any remaining Lotus Notes email archives.
Summer Faculty/Staff Technology Workshops - Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php to review the summer calendar of technology workshops available for faculty and staff this summer. Workshops include: Blended Learning, Voice Over Powerpoint, InDesign, Photoshop, etc.
Duplex Printing by Default - In a continued effort to support “Going Green with Technology,” all printers in IS managed labs will be set to duplex (double-sided) printing by default, in August. Of course, students and faculty will have the option to override the default before printing. For a list of IS managed labs go to http://is.unomaha.edu/labs.
New Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 9 Upgrade - In August, Blackboard Service Pack 9 will be applied to the current version 9.1. This upgrade will not only fix some known issues, but also add several options for increased customization. Please watch our training calendar at http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php for opportunities to attend a brown bag lunch demonstration or webinar before fall classes begin.
Classroom Upgrades - Hi-Tech classrooms (101 CPACS, 438 ASH, 252 PKI) will be significantly improved this summer with the addition of new projectors that will provide brighter images with high resolution, and updates to touch panel control systems for simpler use in these large classrooms. Instructors will have access to the classrooms starting 8/17/12 to try the equipment before classes begin.
New Admissions Application - New undergraduate, graduate and International applications are under development and will be available for the start of the 2013 application cycle in September. The new applications will simplify the applicant experience and be integrated with prospective student recruitment initiatives.
Faculty Technology Lab - The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services, will open a technology lab in Kaiser Hall room 538 for faculty to improve their use of technology and explore additional uses of technology for teaching and learning.
Hi-Tech Classroom Maintenance - To provide improved security and update software, all computers in IS Hi-Tech classrooms will be reimaged. This process will remove any software which was installed over the semester. Faculty may install or reinstall software in Hi-Tech rooms on Aud. 17 for use in the fall semester. For a complete list of Hi-Tech classrooms go to http://its.unomaha.edu/hitech.php.
Future Plans - Information Services is also investigating several other new/revised services or products for possible implementation. Although specific timelines are not available, check back on the status of these investigations by visiting http://upgradecentral.unomaha.edu later this summer.
Food Service Summer Hours Announced
With the end of spring semester classes, options for food have become limited across campus.
Starting May 7 options in the Milo Bail Student Food Court are limited to the American Grill, D’ Café, Greenfields and Grab & Go options. Food Court hours remain normal at 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Criss Library Café will be closed until June 6, when it returns for normal hours. Patrons looking for coffee are encouraged to use the vending machines on the first floor of the library.
The Mav-Rec Café is currently closed, but will re-open with its normal hours, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on May 14.
Any changes throughout the summer to these days and hours of availability will be reported in eNotes and on UNO’s Facebook page.
Webinar Will Focus on 'Kids on Campus'
Kids interact with colleges and universities in many ways - as campers, research subjects and visitors. It is important that appropriate policies and procedures are in place to ensure that the university is fulfilling its legal and ethical responsibilities to these children.
A webinar, “Kids on Campus: Best Practices in Protecting Minors and Your Institution,” will take place Tuesday, May 15, at 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. The presenters will examine conditions that may lead to abuse as well as ways to respond to suspected or actual problems. Practical advice will be offered in meeting institutional legal requirements and establishing operating guidelines. Refreshments will be served.
New Fit Minded Book Club Session Starts June 4
Any woman who enjoys reading, being social and desires to be healthy is invited to join the seventh session of the Fit Minded physical activity book club. Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, created the club.
Formerly known as the research study "Women Bound to Be Active," Fit Minded empowers women to become physically active by focusing on increasing self-worth and physical activity through a book club format. Through reading and discussion, Fit Minded provides women skills and strategies so that they can be active on their own for a lifetime. Fit Minded also offers an online component which includes resources, blogging and chatting, activity tracking and much more.
Session Seve is forming now. Members will meet for one hour, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., on Monday evenings in Mammal Hall (the College of Business Administration) starting June 4. Fit Minded is facilitated by Huberty and her team.
Mav Kids Camp Information is Online
Mav Kids is a recreational day camp for children entering first grade through age 14. The camp features seven separate, one-week sessions. Each week offers a different theme and a variety of different activities.
Camp fees are $150 per week, but with a summer UNO Campus Recreation membership the cost is $135 per week.
Hours of camp are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with main programming running from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free time activities in the early morning and late afternoon.
Registrations form can be printed from the UNO Campus Recreation website at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/youth/EnrollmentForm.pdf and general camp information with weekly camp themes is at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/youth/camp.php.
People may contact Lisa Medina at 402.554.2859 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Campus Recreation Hosts Golf Classic May 23
Are you interested in the upcoming golf outing at Indian Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, May 23? Register for the 2012 Golf Classic Tournament at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/golfclassic/index.php. Contact Joe Kaminski at email@example.com if you have any questions.