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P-16 Initiative Honored

P-16 Initiative Honored by Lewis & Clark

photo courtesy Service Learning Academy

The UNO Service Learning Academy's P-16 Initiative, which has worked on dozens of community engagement projects pairing elementary, middle and high school students with students at UNO, was honored by Lewis & Clark Middle School as the 'Trailblazer of the Year' on Tuesday, May 8. P-16 has partnered with Lewis & Clark for several projects this year.

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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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2012.05.14

Blackboard Drop-in ASK? Sessions Set for Today

Have a quick Blackboard question you'd like to ask, but don't feel like you need to take a full workshop? Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) Information Services team for a Blackboard Drop-In ASK? Session today, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those interested should come to the 104 Eppley Administration Building. These sessions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and are not intended to take the place of training workshops.

Please contact Information Services Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu with any questions.

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Parking Lots M and Q to be Renovated

Starting today, May 14, parking lots Q and M will having renovation work done. There will be some lane restrictions. For more information, call Bob Fuder at 402.554.2284.

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Testing Center Moving to Kayser

The Testing Center, currently located at 113 Eppley Administration Building will move to 522 Kayser Hall on Monday, May 14.

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Performance Evaluation Due May 23

Human Resources (HR) staff would like to remind those who supervise staff members that employee evaluations are due on Wednesday, May 23. A previous eNotes announcement provided an incorrect date. Anyone with questions about evaluations should contact HR at 402.554.2321.

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University of Nebraska Announces Kiewit, Scott Entrepreneurial Award Winners

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has announced the winners of two NU awards honoring extraordinary efforts in entrepreneurship in Nebraska: the Peter Kiewit Student Entrepreneurial Award and the Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award.

The Peter Kiewit award recognizes University of Nebraska students who have worked toward community and business improvements through creative, innovative uses of information technology. The award is accompanied by a $2,500 prize.

This year’s Kiewit award winner is Keith Fix, a senior management major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Fix, who started his career at age 16, has worked in sales for American Express and client services for Convergys Corp., where he had direct responsibility for revenues in excess of $7 million. He previously founded a technology support company that garnered national attention in Entrepreneur Magazine for its innovative use of mobile technology. Read more.

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Online Survey Focuses on Email Project

Information Services is evaluating the Office 365 email implementation in order to improve future projects. Please take few minutes to complete a survey - http://bit.ly/office365survey - to help assess the project and identify ongoing support needs. Anyone with questions can call or email the Information Services Helpdesk at 402.554.4357 or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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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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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.

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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 Seven 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.

To join Fit Minded, go to their website, www.befitminded.com. For more information, email info@befitminded.com or call 402.554.3395.

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Upcoming Fidelity Counseling Sessions Announced

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this May and June for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

Available dates are:

- May 21
- June 5 and
- June 29

To make an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

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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, http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php 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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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 www.filmstreams.org.

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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