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His Own Words: On Summer School

by Oliver B. Pollak

Summer school can be a memorable experience. I went to summer school to get ahead in junior high (now middle school), high school (including repeating Geometry), as an undergraduate, graduate, and in law school. ...continue



Mass Transit Meeting at UNO This Evening

The public can offer input on public transit options for the downtown-to-midtown corridor at a public meeting today, May 30. The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center.

An 18-month study is under way to settle on mass transit upgrades for Omaha from downtown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, then on to UNO, Aksarben Village and Crossroads Mall. UNO will be the site for the first official community meeting. Agencies and consultants conducting the study will be on hand to gather public feedback.

Questions? Contact Angela Eikenberry at

The Green UNO supports this event. For more information on UNO "Green" initiatives, go to

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UNO to Celebrate National Bike Month with May 31 Group Ride

Wellness Stampede

The UNO Bikes! advocacy group and the UNO Wellness Committee are teaming up to put on a group ride for the last day of National Bike Month.

"We hope everyone can join us for this fun and healthy all-campus event," said Michael Grube, co-event organizer.

The ride will start on Dodge Location in front of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building at 3:30 p.m. this Thursday, May 31. Participants will ride down the hill and through Elmwood to pick up riders from both the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute and Mammel Hall on the Pacific Location, before continuing on to Aksarben Village for fun and refreshments.

"We'll have some treats for you, as well as some specials at the Aksarben shops," Grube said. "We'll talk bike events, safety and traffic skills before our very own -- Kay Grant -- a UNO alumnae, employee and League Certified Instructor, will lead an optional group ride from Stinson Park to Democracy Park and back on the Keystone trail. A quick and easy 10-mile trip to round out May."

For more event information, check out the UNO Bikes Facebook page:

"If you can't join us for the wellness event, join us for happy hour at Ponzu Sushi & Grill next to Aksarben Cinema at 5 p.m. for a campus biking discussion and specials just for us," Grube said.

Questions? Contact Grube at or 402.554.2124.

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Are You an Eagle Scout?

UNO and the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America are seeking to identify UNO faculty, staff and students who are Eagle Scouts.

Chancellor Christensen, Bill Conley and Eric Manley are inviting all UNO Eagle Scouts to a "Eagle Scout Coffee with the Chancellor" on Thursday, June 14, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center.

The purpose of this coffee is to identify the UNO Eagle Scouts, to hear an update on local scouting initiatives and to help spread the word of an exciting Eagle Scouts-only event being held later this summer by the Mid-America Council, BSA.

Please R.S.V.P. to Marilyn Brown at or 402.554.2621.

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IAAP Meeting This June in Omaha

The 10th Annual Iowa-Nebraska Division Meeting of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is set for this Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, in Omaha. UNO IAAP members invite other UNO office professionals to join the organization for a weekend of inspiration and information.

On Friday, June 1, the meeting officially begins with registration and hospitality, from 3 to 7:30 p.m., at the Marriott Regency hotel, followed by a baseball game and dinner at Werner Park, with transportation and fireworks provided. Seminars on Saturday, June 2, include Andy Greenberg on "Motivating Your Mind for a Better Personal and Professional Life," and Dr. William Austin on "Cross Cultural Communication."  "Reclaim Your Space by Working Smarter Not Harder," will be presented Sunday, June 3, by Jan Bartelt. 

Participants are invited to register for the whole weekend, or can chose to attend the presentations separately ($50 for both Saturday seminars, $25 for the Sunday seminar by itself). Discounts are also available for UNO students. 

To register, visit this link. For more information, contact Cindy Norton CAP-OM ( or Gladys Doerr CAP-MOSM (

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UNO Women's Soccer Team Annual Golf Outing This Friday

The UNO women's soccer team is hosting a fundraiser golf scramble this Friday, June 1, at Pines Country Club in Valley, Neb.

"There is still time to register," said Coach Don Klosterman. "We really need a foursome at this point."


- Lunch at noon

- Shotgun start at 1 p.m.

- Cost: $100 per golfer

All proceeds will benefit the UNO soccer team.

To register or for more information, contact Coach Klosterman at 402.554.4962 or at

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UNO Library Friends to Host June 5 Book Discussion

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book The Tao of Travel, by Paul Theroux, at noon on Tuesday, June 5, in the Thompson Alumni Center. The discussion leader will be Robert Runyon, dean emeritus of the UNO Library.

Paul Theroux's book celebrates 50 years of wandering the globe and contains some of the best writing from the books that shaped him as a reader and traveler. Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, The Tao of Travel contains excerpts from the best of Theroux's own work interspersed with selections from travelers both familiar and unexpected: Nabokov, Welty, Waugh, Baldwin, Dickens, Thoreau, Chekhov, Twain, Hemingway, Greene and many others.

All are welcome to attend. Ample, free parking is available at the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Linda Riviera at

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