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The ABCs of the Alumni House

The ABCs of the Alumni House

Before it was the Thompson Alumni Center, one of the few places on campus that can be considered iconic to UNO's image in Omaha, the plot of land on the west end of campus was owned by two Omaha families: The Storzes and the Shirleys. continue . . .



Candidates for Director of Undergraduate Admissions to Visit This Week

Three finalists for the position of director, Undergraduate Admissions, will visit UNO for interviews this week, June 11-15.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the campus forum to be held on the following dates:

* Cleveland James, today, June 11, at 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room

* Malisa Lee, Wednesday, June 13, at 4 to 4:45 p.m. College of Public Affairs and Community Service 132 Commons

* Lina Traslavina Stover, Friday, June 15, at 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room

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High School Students, Teachers, Visit UNO for Civic Leadership Education

The UNO Political Science Department will host high school seniors from around the state, as well as their government teachers, to learn the basics of American government and politics as part of the Nebraska Civic Leadership Program (NCLP) this week.

Currently in its third year, the NCLP gives students and teachers the chance to take a five-day tour of Washington D.C. after spending five days on the UNO campus learning about local, state, and national government systems in the U.S. Read more.

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

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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 11) Morning Stretch will be in 101 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

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.

This week's schedule:

* Week 2 (June 11 and 15): 101 CPACS

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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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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Lot J (West Parking Garage) Closed for Maintenance

The West Parking Garage (Lot J) will be closed for power washing from noon Friday, June 8, until Monday, June 11, at 7 a.m.

Residents of Maverick and University Village and commuter students, faculty and staff may park in any Lot during this time.

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

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UNO to Host National Conference of Metropolitan Universities in 2015

UNO will host the annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) in 2015, according to an announcement made earlier this week. UNO's hosting duties will follow those of Syracuse University in 2014.

The 2015 conference at UNO will have the theme "A Love of Place: The Metropolitan Advantage." The UNO-proposed conference scheme outlines four main tracks: Building Communities of the Future; Collaborations with Community in Scholarship and Creative Activity; Transformative Academic Programs and Partnerships; and Embracing Community Locally and Globally. Read more.

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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. Think about:

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 this Friday, June 15, 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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NACRAO Summer Workshop Tomorrow at Creighton

The Nebraska Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (NACRAO) Summer Workshop is set for Tuesday, June 12, in Omaha on the campus of Creighton University. UNO NACRAO members invite other UNO faculty and staff to hear Barmak Nassirian speak at the NACRAO Summer Workshop.

Since 1998, Nassirian has served as associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). He has been active in higher education policy for nearly two decades: focusing on access and financing issues, educational privacy and federal regulations.

Visit NACRAO's website for more information at

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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. Sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, all events are free and open to the public.

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.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Bailie at 402.932.3486 or

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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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