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His Own Words: On Summer School

by Oliver B. Pollak

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Faculty/Staff Asked to Participate in Open House Re-naming Contest

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(Editor's note: The following article is written by Lamarr Womble, assistant director of Recruitment)

Good Afternoon Maverick Faculty and Staff!

I'd like to thank you all for another year of great open house events!  We really appreciate your attendance and support at these events.

Today, the Recruitment and Orientation office is announcing the Re-Name Maverick Monday/Open House Contest to win a Kindle Touch. If interested?  Read on…

This is your chance as faculty/staff to give your input into how we re-brand the Maverick Monday/Open House event as we aim for 20,000 by 2020. These events are a big part of this effort.

Why:  In 2010, we started having Maverick Mondays that actually weren't on Mondays (awkward), then in 2011 we decided to just call them Open Houses (boring) until we could conduct this contest.

In 2012, we want to re-name the open house events and we want your help doing it. We want you all to know that your continued support and attendance at these events make them extremely beneficial for future students and their parents.

What:  We are looking for creative and catchy names that go along with our new sleek and professional branding efforts. Think about:

* "Connect to What's Next"

* Our nickname "Mavericks"

* Along the lines of our old Maverick Monday brand or our current Friday MavDay events

* Anything related to UNO or Omaha that makes us unique that flows

* Other schools call them Red Letter Days, Preview Days, CU Sundays (just to give you some food for thought)

The Process:  We will take submissions until Friday, June 15th, please submit potential names to Lamarr Womble at Once we have all of the submissions, the Recruitment and Orientation staff will narrow them down to the top five. Then we'll send out a survey to let the people of the campus decide on the new name for the Maverick Monday/Open House events. Watch eNotes for details.

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Kountze Planetarium to Host Viewing of Venus Transit Tomorrow

On Tuesday, June 5, the UNO Mallory Kountze Planetarium will host a special showing of Venus' transit across the Sun. The event, which also happened in 2004, will not occur again for over a century.

Like a solar eclipse, where the Moon crosses in front of the Sun, looking directly at the transit will damage the human eye. Therefore, UNO is offering this special viewing, which is free to the public, so people can experience the event, which will not occur again until 2125.

The viewing will run continuously from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on June 5 with the transit beginning at approximately 5:08 p.m. The viewing will begin with a 30-minute video presentation produced by the Mountain Park Planetarium in Tennessee explaining the science involved with the transit and its historical context. Read more.

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'Strategic Air Command: Keepers of Peace' Exhibit Opens at Criss Library

Stop by the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery on the main level of Criss Library to view a display of personal and organizational items from the Strategic Air Command: Keepers of Peace exhibit.

Items in the current exhibit represent the organization of people who kept the peace during much of the 20th century. Items are on loan from the Commander in Chief Strategic Air Command (CINCSAC) collection, the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James McCoy collection and the Arthur Storz collection. The exhibit runs through Sunday, July 15.

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UNO Bookstore Summer Hours

The current regular summer Bookstore hours are:

Monday through Tuesday - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday through Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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UNO Library Friends to Host Book Discussion Tomorrow

The UNO Library Friends will host a discussion of the book The Tao of Travel, by Paul Theroux, at noon this 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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Fidelity Counseling Sessions Still Available

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this month for individual counseling sessions on June 5 and 29. To make an appointment between from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., call 1.800.642.7131.

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