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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.



Papillion Times Focuses on OLLAS Report

The most recent issue of the Papillion Times ran a story focused on rapid Latino growth in Sarpy County based on a recent report from UNO's Office of Latino and Latin American Studies.

The study, “Demographic Characteristics of the Latino Population in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area,” predicts that by 2015 Latinos will make up 10 percent of the metro population. The total Latino population in Sarpy County went from 5,358 in 2000 to 11,569 in 2010, a 115.90 percent increase. OLLAS published the report last month.

To read the Papillion Times story, written by UNO alumnus and Papillion Times editor Scott Stewart, follow this link.Up to Top

Political Science Professor Speaks With KIOS

Political Science faculty member Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado spoke with KIOS news reporter Cheril Lee about a U.S. State Department official visiting campus earlier this week. Omaha native Meghan Mercier shared her experiences working as a Foreign Service Officer.

Mercier’s visit was part of the State Department’s Hometown Diplomats Program, which brings people serving in the department back to their hometown to talk with community members.

Read the full story by following this link to the KIOS website.

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UNO Announces Incoming Hockey Class

University of Nebraska Omaha head hockey coach Dean Blais announced today the six student-athletes who will join the team for the 2012-13 season. The list includes three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie.

After two large recruiting classes, we have a smaller group this season but no less talented,” said Blais. “In fact, all six of these players will be able to contribute to our team right away. Our goal, as always, is to win the WCHA regular season and playoff championship and to compete for a national championship, and these players can help us accomplish that goal.” Read more.

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Criss Library Newsletter Available

Criss Chronicles, the library's newsletter, is now available for viewing at

Comments and suggestions are welcome and sought.

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Higher Education/K-12 Service Learning Seminar July 16-20

The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy has designed an interactive training that provides an opportunity for faculty to learn about how to utilize service learning as a pedagogy, to connect faculty to K-12 instructors and community non-profit partners, and to explore mission-focused teaching techniques in a living laboratory while meeting community-identified needs.

Participation in the training will yield a course plan developed between the UNO and PK-12 instructor to be implemented within the next 18 months. Participants receive a $400 professional development stipend as well as project implementation support in the form of: graduate assistant time, project materials, transportation and food. Applications accepted at

Questions? Contact Julie Dierberger at 402.554.3268 or

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TIAA CREF Rep Openings Available this Summer

Openings available for TIAA-CREF representative campus visits set for this summer.

The remaining dates:

- July 3 and 17

- Aug. 14 and 21

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus throughout the summer for individual appointments with employees.

Appointments can be made by calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614.

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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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205 EAB Ceiling Renovation Planned

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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