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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.



Criss Library to Host Art Event and Performance Tonight

UNO Criss Library has partnered with Apollon to present a co-created arts experience that brings together performance, visual, and culinary art. Opening night is tonight, May 11, at 6:30 p.m., with additional performances through Sunday, May 20.

Inspired, in part, by the music of Bruce Springsteen, the work in Full-Time chronicles part of the dark side of the American Dream through the eyes of people for whom it may never be more than an unattainable standard.

Each show includes a gourmet meal, gallery exhibition, and original performance. All performances occur at the Criss Library on the UNO campus.

Performance Schedule:
Friday, May 11 at 6:30 P.M.
Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 P.M.
Sunday, May 13 at 12:30 P.M.
Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 P.M.
Friday, May 18 at 6:30 P.M.
Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 P.M.
Sunday, May 20 at 12:30 P.M. Tickets are $10 for tonight.

All other advance tickets are $22. General admission tickets are $30; members and student tickets are $25.

For more information, visit

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In The News

- Randy Adkins, political science chair, was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald about Sarah Palin's endorsement of U.S. senate candidate Deb Fischer.

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, political science, was quoted in an Associated Press story about Attorney General Jon Bruning’s potential challenge of Omaha’s anti-discrimination ordinance, which was passed recently. The story was picked up by The Washington Post.

- David Corbin, professor emeritus of health education, was featured in an Omaha World-Herald story about the upcoming Omaha Public Power District election. Corbin is running for a spot on this year’s board.

- Jack Heidel, mathematics, was profiled by the Omaha World-Herald as one of four candidates challenging Lee Terry, congressman for Nebraska’s 2nd District, in the upcoming Republican primary.

- Jay Irwin, sociology, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald on President Obama’s remarks supporting same-sex marriage.

- David Kriegler, physics, was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald about last weekend’s full moon – the largest of the year.

- Paul Landow, political science, was interviewed by KETV for a story about an upcoming ballot initiative to increase the term limits for state senators.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, was featured in The Huffington Post as a guest blogger. Lipschultz discussed the educational impact of paying attention to Warren Buffett’s business strategies.

- George Morgan, finance, was quoted in a story about last weekend’s Berkshire shareholder’s meeting from the Associated Press, which was picked up Bloomberg Businessweek.

- Joe Pankowski, art and art history, was featured in the Omaha World-Herald as a preview for an art showcase of his work, which will be featured downtown.

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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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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4th Annual Global Water for Food Conference Opens May 30

The fourth global Water for Food Conference, May 30-June 1, will bring together international experts to explore how advances in science, technology and policy can help rainfed and irrigated agriculture feed the world.

"Blue Water, Green Water and the Future of Agriculture" is the theme of this year's conference, hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. The conference fosters international dialogue on key issues related to the use of water for agriculture and provides opportunities to learn from speakers with extensive experience and perspectives from diverse cultures.

Last year's conference drew more than 450 participants from 24 nations, including representatives from universities, agriculture, industry, government and nongovernmental organizations worldwide. Read more.

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Engineering Summer Programs for Senior and Junior High Students

Engineering Summer Programs for senior and junior high students have been announced. They include:

* 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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