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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.



Missouri Poet Laureate to Speak at KANEKO Braided River Series

Spend the 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 today, 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 bachelor’s degree in philosophy and master’s degree 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 Up to Top

Candidates for Director of Undergraduate Admissions to Visit Campus This Week

Three finalists for the position of director, Undergraduate Admissions, will visit UNO for interviews this week. Today's candidate is Malisa Lee. Her public forum takes place in the Collaborating Commons in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service starting at 4 p.m.

Lina Traslavina Stover, the third and final candidate, will have her public forum on Friday, June 15, at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center, Gallery Room.

The first candidate was Cleveland James. He was on campus earlier this week.

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Faculty Member Roland Looking for Seawolves T-Shirt

Department of Music faculty member Tomm Roland told the Omaha World-Herald he needs to find his old Stony Brook T-shirt. The university where Roland received his doctorate is in the College World Series, which starts later this week.

Stony Brook is a relatively young public university, established in 1957, that is on the north shore of New York’s Long Island. The university’s mascot is a Wolfie the Seawolf.

The story with Roland quoted in it can be read by following this link.

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Alumni Association Receives CASE International Circle of Excellence Award

The UNO Alumni Association is making a case with CASE that its alumni programming is among the best in the nation.

On June 8, the Association received a top award in CASE’s International Circle of Excellence awards program. The Association was recognized for the UNO Young Alumni Academy, a program founded in 2010 to facilitate networking and professional growth among alumni under 40. It received the Silver Award for New Program Initiatives, which was the top award in its category and the Association's first-ever International Circle of Excellence honor.

CASE — The Council for Advancement and Support of Education — is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,400 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 74 countries. The international Circle of Excellence awards program recognizes outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing as judged by peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as by professionals from outside education.

“We embrace innovation as one of our core values, which gives our team the freedom to explore new and creative ideas,” said Lee Denker, president and CEO of the UNO Alumni Association. “I’m so proud of our staff and dedicated volunteers who were willing to try something different and are generating high praise for UNO.”

This is not the first time the UNO Young Alumni Academy has been recognized. In January the Academy was one of three alumni programs to receive an award during the CASE District VI Conference in Denver, winning a gold award for special group programming. Denker and Elizabeth Kraemer, alumni programs coordinator and manager of the Academy, were invited to give a presentation on the Academy to other alumni professionals at the conference.

More than 60 young alumni have participated in the academy in its two years, getting an insider’s view into the administration of UNO. While there is no age requirement, programming is geared toward alumni under 40.

Sessions are held at unique locations on and off campus, and UNO leaders address members on topics such as athletics management, student focus and community engagement. Applications for the 2012-13 UNO Young Alumni Academy are being accepted at

See more about the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards at

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Listing of Productive Scholars Includes UNO Professor and Alumni

A recent study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education named three people affiliated with the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice as among the most productive scholars in the discipline.

The study identified faculty by rank with strong publishing records. On the “top 10” list of most productive assistant professors was Benjamin Steiner, who recently joined the UNO faculty after being at the University of South Carolina for four years. Also named were two alumni of the UNO PhD program in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Chris Gibson, an assistant professor at the University of Florida and a National Institute of Justice W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, and T.J. Taylor, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

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West Parking Garage Closed for Stall Painting

The West Parking Garage (Lot J) will be closed for stall painting from noon Friday, June 15, until Monday, June 18, at 7 a.m. Residents of Maverick and University Village and commuter students, faculty and staff may park in any lot during this time.

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

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Mail Services Offers USPS Cost Saving Advice

The USPS has announced restructuring of many facilities and sweeping changes in the organization as a whole. At this point in time these changes do not affect how UNO will conduct its mailing business. There are a few things everyone can do individually to help present university mail easier.

First and foremost is list cleansing or certification, not only for reduced rate mailings but for large first class mailings as well. Please send lists to, the cost for certification is $2.50 per 500 records but will save many times that in materials and additional postage charges.

"Due to inaccurate addresses and the mobility of the population we are trying to reach, it just makes sense to reduce waste and overall costs in our effort to reach persons using services provided by the USPS," said Mike Burton, manager of Mail Services.

The next item concerns foreign mail, when required customs forms must be properly filled out for acceptance of international shipping. It is always a question as to which form to use or how to get them. Follow this link to a customs form indicator that will provide information about the proper forms that can be filled out online. By simply printing and providing the cover sheet with the item, when presented at a post office, a barcode scan will populate all the information instantly.

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