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Marc Gordon Named Employee of the Month

Library's Marc Gordon Named Employee of the Month

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Marc Gordon began working at UNO on the Criss Library renovation project five-years ago, but with construction finished, he has stayed on as building services manager for the facility. Gordon is responsible for maintaining everything on the inside of the Criss Library and he describes his job as "never being the same day twice." "I enjoy seeing a lot of interesting people with diverse personalities and being able to watch how everybody works together," he said. "If there's an issue in the building everyone comes together to get the issue straightened out. It's a 'patron first facility' and a very enjoyable place to work."

In nominating Gordon for the monthly award, one person said, "Marc always makes himself available to patrons and staff no matter what time it is. He is involved in so many projects on campus including the digital signage committee and taking a year-long CPM course ... all while still doing his Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. job. If he gets a phone call at home and needs to come in he will do so. He is such a great manager and will always help anyone to the best of his ability." Gordon will receive a certificate and check from Chancellor John Christensen and he will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the Board of Regents.



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

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Mav-Rec Wellness will offer a Morning Stretch program on Mondays and Fridays this summer. The stretching will be held at different buildings on campus. Today's (June 22) Morning Stretch will be in 401 Roskens Hall.

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 4 (June 25 and 29): Arts and Science Hall (first floor break room)

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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Shakespeare on the Green Continues at Elmwood

For its 26th season, Nebraska Shakespeare's Shakespeare on the Green festival returns to Elmwood Park with two classic plays: "Julius Caesar" and "The Comedy of Errors." Performances continue tonight, June 22, and run through Sunday, July 8. The two professional productions are free to the public and regularly attended by thousands, many of who arrive early with picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs to get a good spot "on the Green," which is located at the northwest end of Elmwood Park. The entrance is just south of the Henningson Memorial Campanille on University Drive South. Read more.

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UNO Alumni Association Names New Thompson Center Director

The UNO Alumni Association has named Christine Morrice as its director of the William H. & Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Morrice will be responsible for supervising and managing the Thompson Center, one of Omaha's most popular banquet facilities and conference centers. She will provide meeting, planning and support services to clientele, including corporate, private and university groups. She also will oversee marketing efforts, manage building maintenance and coordinate with contractors and other vendors. She began her duties June 18.

A native of Southern California, Morrice has extensive event management experience. Since 2008 she has worked as an independent event producer for "First Fridays" at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Prior to that she was an event coordinator for the San Diego Marriott in Del Mar, Calif. She also has event, project and program experience with Gordon Training International, Vistage International and the City of Brea, Calif. Read more.

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KIOS Interviews Christensen about 2015 CUMU Conference

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KIOS, the National Public Radio affiliate, ran a story earlier this week about UNO hosting the 2015 national conference of CUMU, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. Reporter Cheril Lee interviewed Chancellor John Christensen. Christens is currently serving as CUMU's president. Read the online story by following this link.

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CUMU Issues a Call for Proposals

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) has extended its call for proposals for its 17th Annual Conference, which will be hosted by Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  The conference will focus 'Creating Tomorrow's Future Today,' and runs from Oct. 9 to 11.

The deadline to submit proposals is now July 8.

The three days of presentations and discussions will explore university/community partnerships that are preparing both to embrace the future. Partnerships in the areas of enhancing student experiential learning, expanding the roles of faculty that embrace both university and community settings, extending the university's reach through community partnerships, creating dual urban planning projects and creating academic offerings that uniquely engage the local community are just a few examples of proposals fitting the theme. The conference will provide a forum for students, faculty and administrators to share ideas, experiences and make recommendations concerning the leadership role that metropolitan universities must assume in creating the future.

More details on the conference, including submission guidelines and submission form are available at

Chancellor John Christensen is the current president of CUMU.

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Bank of the West Concert Set for June 29; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert takes place Friday, June 29, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will again provide free parking.

This year's entertainment includes Huey Lewis and The News and Mockingbird Sun. A fireworks grand finale will follow the performances at 10 p.m.

Be aware that campus parking usually fills by 7 p.m. In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage (University Drive East Parking Structure) will be open after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park on campus to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street. Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific campuses stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. People who park at the Pacific Campus for the concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

Bank of the West, in cooperation with the city of Omaha, annually sponsors the outdoor concert and fireworks finale. For more information, visit the concert website.

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Temporary Change in Shuttle Bus Service

The Shuttle Bus will drop off and pick up, near the Bell Tower on Monday morning, June 25, from 6:30 a.m. to noon.

The normal pickup location and driveway in front of Criss Library is closed for construction.

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

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