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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



Mav-Rec Wellness Morning Stretch This A.M. in Eppley

Wellness Stampede

Mav-Rec Wellness will offer a morning stretch program on Mondays and Fridays this summer. The program will be held at different buildings on campus. Today's (June 8) Morning Stretch will be in 102 Eppley Administration Building.

The stretching is non-strenuous, and done in the standing or sitting position, so that all employees can attend regardless of attire. It is from 7:45 to 7:55 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays.  Employees can take part, and make it to their worksites by 8 a.m.

Those who can't participate are encouraged to stretch at their worksites on their own. Click on this link for a list of stretches.

Next week's schedule:

* Week 2 (June 11 and 15): 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service

To view the entire schedule, click on this link. Questions?  Dave Daniels (402.554.2008/ or Whitney Prenzlow (402.554.3185/

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NU Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Today

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet today, June 8, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 12:45 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at

Highlights of today's meeting and a complete agenda and schedule is available online. Read more.

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ASH 287 Ceiling Renovation Reminder

Renovation of the ceiling in 287 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH) continues this Saturday, June 9. Work will be conducted during the weekend and should be completed this Sunday, June 10. Faculty will not be able to enter this area during 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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Missouri Poet Laureate to Speak at KANEKO Braided River Series

Spend your lunch hour with the Braided River reading series from Wednesday Words. Beginning this month, the reading series continues at a new location, KANEKO's KANEKO-UNO Library, located at 1111 Jones St. in Omaha's Old Market District. All events are free and open to the public.

"Treat yourself once a month to a feast for your ears as you listen to some of the finest in Nebraska writing," said

Lindsey Bailie,
creativity library manager. "Our partnership with The KANEKO and the UNO Library promises many new opportunities for the series. Please join us this month for our inaugural reading event at The KANEKO."

Featured Writer for Wednesday, June 13, is William Trowbridge, who recently was appointed Missouri's Poet Laureate. He will read from his works from noon to 1 p.m. He is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, where he was an editor of The Laurel Review/GreenTower Press from 1986 to 2004. Now living in Lee's Summit, Mo., he teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program.

His poetry publications include five full collections: Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011); The Complete Book of Kong (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2003); Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger (University of Arkansas Press, 2000, 1995, 1989); and three chapbooks, The Packing House Cantata (Camber Press, 2006), The Four Seasons (Red Dragonfly Press, 2001) and The Book of Kong (Iowa State University Press, l986).

His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks, as well as in such periodicals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, Columbia, Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Epoch, and New Letters. He has given readings and workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, and literary conferences throughout the United States. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and The Anderson Center.

Trowbridge holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University.

About Wednesday Words
Wednesday Words originated in the fall of 2009 as a special reading series featuring award-winning writers from the Nebraska Arts Council's (NAC) Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) in Literature program.  It has developed into an ongoing reading series recognizing award-winning writers from Nebraska, including NAC's IAF honorees. The reading series is brought to you by the Nebraska Arts Council, The Backwaters Press, The KANEKO and J.D. Hutton.

Questions? Contact Bailie at 402.932.3486 or

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EAB 205 Ceiling Renovation

Renovation of the ceiling in 205 Eppley Administration Building Room (EAB) will begin Saturday, June 16.  Work will be conducted during the weekend on the days of June 16-17 and should be completed on June 17.  Faculty and staff will not be able to enter this area during these times. 

The contractor is Interior Construction Inc. 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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In the News

In the News

- John Bartle, College of Public Affairs and Community Service dean, was interviewed on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB about the city's decision to re-examine its transportation plan.

- Nate Bock, counseling center, was interviewed by WOWT about the risks of binge drinking among college students.

- Tom Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies and Programs, was interviewed by Islamic Finance news.

- Dave Kriegler, physics, was featured on the Crash Davis Show and quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about Venus’ transit across the sun on Tuesday – an event that will not reoccur until 2117.

- John Artherton, UNO planetarium manager, was interviewed by KETV about Tuesday night’s transit of Venus and previewed the public showing held at UNO that evening.

- Dave Byers, aviation, was featured on KETV’s public affairs show, Chronicle, discussing the benefits and drawbacks of flying for summer vacations this year.

- Ken Kriz, public administration, was interviewed on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB about recent job numbers and the national unemployment rate.

- David Drozd, economics, was featured in the Omaha World-Herald about the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s advertising campaign, which will promote the professional successes of young adults in city.

- Paul Landow, political science, was featured on the Crash Davis Show on KFAB to discuss Tuesday’s failed recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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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Lot O (East of HPER) Closed for Contractor Access

Lot O (east of Health, Physical Education and Recreation) will be closed starting Monday, June 11, to allow truck traffic to and from Canigilia Field.

The bleachers on the north and east side of the Field are being removed and hauled out. This work will continue for approximately one week.

Any questions, call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Criss Library Summer Hours

The Criss Library's summer hours through Aug. 19 are:

* Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.

* Sunday: Noon to 9 p.m.

* Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For a complete schedule of holidays and other schedule exceptions, visit

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