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Nate Bock

Spirit of Service Award Winner

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Nate Bock, a counselor in UNO's Counseling Center, Wednesday (May 2) night was named the recipient of UNO's Spirit of Service Award. Bock was honored for giving to the UNO community through his work in prevention efforts, drug, alcohol and mental health counseling and for advising undeclared students. The award was presented to Bock by Chancellor John Christensen and Steve Geiken, vice president of the Staff Advisory Council.

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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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, May 17, in honor of staff member Michael Carlson. He passed away May 13 at age 50.

Carlson was the business analyst in UNO Information Services. He had been with the university since Nov. 15, 2010.

A 10 a.m. memorial service will take place today at St. John Catholic Church on the campus of Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza. Read more.

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'A Fitter You' Informational Meetings Today, Tomorrow

Campus Recreation will offer "A Fitter You" Bootcamp this summer for individuals looking to improve in all aspects of their physical performance. It is open to members and non-members of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Two informational meetings will take place this week.

Informational meetings:
112 HPER
Today, May 17 – 5:15 p.m.
Friday, May 18 – Noon

Bootcamp dates:
143 HPER
June 4 through Aug. 3
Monday and Wednesday – 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday and Thursday – Noon to 12:50 p.m.

UNO Campus Rec cardholder: $24
Non-cardholder: $40

Questions? Call 402.554.2539 or stop by 104 HPER.

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University Drive East Parking Structure Maintenance This Weekend

The University Drive East Parking Structure (PS1), located south of Arts and Sciences Hall, will see lot closures over the upcoming weekend. The following schedule will apply:

Gate closing schedule:

* Lot V (upper level) Saturday, May 19:  12 a.m. gates closed, reopens Sunday, May 20

* Lot U (middle level) Sunday, May 20:  12 a.m. gates closed, reopens Monday, May 21

* Lot T (lower level) Monday, May 21:  12 a.m. gates closed, reopens Tuesday, May 22

This weekend, Facilities Management and Planning staff reminds those who also park or have vehicles and equipment parked in the garage to please move them and avoid parking in PS1 until Tuesday, May 22. Watch eNotes for updates.

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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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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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