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May 25, 2005: President of Afghanistan Visits UNO

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On this day in UNO history, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzaivisits campus and receives an honorary doctorate of humane letters.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, May 25, to honor the memory of UNO retire George Barger. He passed away May 14 at the age of 88.

While at UNO, Barger was a professor in the Sociology Department. He retired in 1988 after more than 21 years of service to the university.

A 11 a.m. Memorial Service will take place today at Trinity Cathedral, 109 N. 18th St., in Omaha. Read more.

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Memorial Day Flag Lowering

By order of Gov. Dave Heineman, all U.S. and Nebraska flags will be lowered to half-staff Monday, May 28, until noon in observance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, honors those who have died in the nation's service. In 1971, it was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May.

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Criss Library Closed May 28

The Criss Library will be closed Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday. The library will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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IS&T Establishes Masters Degree in Information Assurance

UNO will offer a Masters in Science degree in Information Assurance starting with the Fall 2012 academic semester after being approved by Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) today.

The degree adds to the current information assurance offerings in UNO's College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), which began in 2007 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Information Assurance and also include graduate-level information assurance concentrations for the Masters in Computer Science and Masters in Management of Information Systems degrees as well as a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance.

"Information security is considered by many to be one of the main challenges of our generation," IS&T Dean Hesham Ali said. "Properly addressing Information security concerns is critical not only to economic prosperity but also to national security, and UNO's information assurance program is regarded as one of the best in the country." Read more.

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Graduate Studies Launches New Facebook Page

Hey Maverick Grad students, you've got a new page on Facebook! UNO Graduate Studies recently launched a new Facebook page. Like UNO Graduate Studies for the latest information and news

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In the News

- B.J. Reed, Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about UNO's recent hiring of Daniel Shipp as its new Assoc. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Shipp will start his role in August.

- The Flying Mavs were mentioned in the Omaha World-Herald for their success at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition last weekend.

- Paul Landow, political science, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about the Nebraska legislature race between Brenda Council and Ernie Chambers.

- Robbie Jones, theatre, was mentioned in a blog post from BroadwayWorld St. Louis. Jones designed the set for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, which began performances on May 23. This year the festival is presenting “Othello.”

- Scott Snyder, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity, was featured on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB. Snyder talked about the multiple research projects and grants UNO has received in its move to being a doctoral-research university.

- Alan Kolok, biology, was interviewed by the Lincoln Journal Star and Grand Island Independent about a new research station that will be built along the Platte River. Kolok currently has a research station built along the Elkhorn River.

- Dan Sullivan, chemistry, was featured in the Omaha World-Herald for his work with CAPOW!, a traveling chemistry show that provides entertainment and education to area children.

- Sam Walker, criminology and criminal justice, was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the high rate of assault cases misreported by Milwaukee police.

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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ASH 287 Ceiling Renovation Reminder

Renovation of the ceiling in 287 Arts and Sciences Hall will begin Saturday, June 2. Work will be conducted during the weekend on the days of June 2-3 and June 9-10 and should be completed on June 10. Faculty will not be able to enter this area during the weekends of these dates. 

The contractor is Mark VII Enterprises. If you have any comments or concerns about this project, the UNO project contacts are: Andrew Sorensen (402.554.3266) or Diane Sunde (402.554.2267).

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