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Students participating in UNO's Eureka program started at ground level and moved to the sky this week (June 4-8). Students from Girls Inc. learned how to program robots in Roskens Hall before moving to the Strategic Air & Space Museum. More than 1,000 paper airplanes, each with a printed URL address, were attached to a helium balloon and launched Thursday morning. The balloon should have shattered at around 100,000 feet and released the paper planes. Hopefully reports and locations for the planes will be received within the next few days.



State Department Official to Speak to Students Today

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Political Science Department will host Meghan Mercier, foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State, today (Tuesday, June 12) at noon.

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Omaha World-Herald Profile of King-Ward

The Omaha World-Herald featured UNO's Mona Lisa King-Ward in a profile story written by reporter Michael O'Connor this past weekend.

King-Ward works as an associate in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and also serves as a volunteer adviser for the UNO chapter of the National Council of Negro Women. She began working at UNO 14 years ago, the past seven in the multicultural affairs.

The story underscored how student-centered Kind-Ward is with her focus on helping students succeed and find good careers.

The story also quotes Jim Freeman, the director of Multicultural Affairs. Missed the story? Read it online by following this link.

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Lower Level of East Parking Garage Closed for Construction

Lot T (the lower level of the East Parking Garage) will remain closed until early July. Contractors are installing new overhead lights.

When completed, Lot T will be re-opened for use by faculty, staff and students.

Lot U, the middle level of the same parking garage, will then be closed for installation of new overhead lights.

For more information, please call Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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UNO International Students Serve Community Organizations

International students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) contributed more than 1,700 hours of service to organizations throughout the metro area in the past academic year. More than 80 students participated in a range of service-learning activities, assisting local nonprofits while applying language and academic skills to real-world challenges.

“Engaging the community is important to UNO and our international students,” said Merry Ellen Turner, director of International Programs. “Service allows them to learn more about the U.S. culture of philanthropy, to teach local schoolchildren and others about distant cultures, and to help meet critical community needs.” Read more

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Johnson Named New Hockey Assistant Coach


UNO head hockey coach Dean Blais announced last week that Steve Johnson has been named the team's new assistant coach. He replaces Mike Hastings who left UNO following the 2011-12 season to take the head coach position at Minnesota State.

“I’m very pleased to have a coach of Steve’s caliber fill the void left by Mike Hastings’ departure,” Blais said. “Steve has the ability to be a great recruiter for us, and his on-ice skills as a coach are very strong as shown by his work in both the United States Hockey League and at the college level. His knowledge and experience will make our team stronger. ”

Johnson spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at WCHA rival school St. Cloud State. Read more.

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Alumni Association Approves New Affilates

Alumni of the College of Information Science and Technology and of the Scott Scholar program have new organizations with which to connect. The UNO Alumni Association at its May meeting approved both alumni organizations as official "affiliate" groups.

They join the existing affiliate group for Air Force ROTC Alumni.

Affiliate groups are smaller assemblies of alumni formed around a common bond or interest. The Alumni Association would like to see more affiliate groups form.

“Our worldwide alumni network of nearly 100,000 people may seem overwhelming to some alumni, so affiliate groups remove barriers by connecting alumni through more personal groups,” said Lee Denker, UNO Alumni Association president.

“The more affiliate groups that we make available, the more opportunities alumni will have to maintain a personal level of engagement well beyond graduation.” The Alumni Association assists alumni who are interested in forming affiliate groups and offers ongoing support for affiliates once they are formed. More information on affiliate groups is available at

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Discount Memberships Available to Lauritzen Gardens through June 30

UNO faculty and staff are eligible for a $10 discount on memberships to Lauritzen Gardens. To receive the discount, memberships must be purchased by Saturday, June 30.

Several membership levels are available, including individual, dual, family, grandparent and patron and benefactor.

To sign up, fill out an application form and return it with payment to:

Lauritzen Gardens
100 Bancroft St.
Omaha, NE 68108

To download an application, click on the following link: Lauritzen Gardens Membership Application

For more information, contact Amanda Doty at 402.346.4002, ext. 214, or

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Criss Library Summer Hours

The following are the Criss Library summer hours through Aug. 19:

* Sunday: Noon to 9 p.m.
* Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
* Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.

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

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