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Pond Construction Begins

Pond Construction Begins

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Work is under way to bring a Bioretention Pond to UNO's campus. The new pond will greet visitors to the Welcome Center (map) (Hayden House) and pedestrians who happen upon it near the west end of Dodge Street Location.


Henningson Memorial Campanile

The Henningson Memorial Campanile: UNO's Icon

With how iconic the Henningson Memorial Campanile is to the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, it's sometimes easy to forget (or, for others, forget to ask) that the 16-story bell tower isn't even old enough to graduate at commencement this May. continue . . .



Walking Wednesday Postponed This Week

Mav-Rec announces because of the expected high temperatures today, June 27, there will not be a 12:05 p.m. Walking Wednesday event. Individuals are encouraged to walk in their respective buildings.

Those with questions should contact Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008 or

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New Study Abroad Initiative in Brazil Led by OLLAS

Thirteen University of Nebraska students arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this week as part of a new study abroad initiative aimed at providing more students an opportunity to have a meaningful international experience in one of several countries the university is targeting for close cooperation. The program is being led by UNO's Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS).

The students will spend three weeks immersing themselves in the study of critical issuesfacing South America's largest nation and an emerging economic power. They will learn about Brazil's successes and challenges in the areas of education, health, hunger and food safety and security, and the environment, and will also experience Rio de Janeiro's cultural life. Students were chosen for the program in a competitive application process.

The program is supported by a two-year grant jointly funded by NU President James B. Milliken and the University of Nebraska Foundation. The grant covers most of the expenses normally incurred by students when they study abroad, including travel, meals and lodging, as well as costs of teaching and administrative work provided by the partner university in Brazil.  Read more.

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World-Herald Speaks With Two UNO Faculty Members About Supreme Court Ruling

Both Lourdes Gouveia, the director of OLLAS, and Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, the assistant director of OLLAS, spoke with the Omaha World-Herald's Cindy Gonzalez for a front section story about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on illegal immigration laws that ran Tuesday, June 26.  To read the story follow this link.

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Did You Know? UNO has a Bioretention Pond

Did You Know? Your metropolitan university is green. Building greener buildings, replacing older windows, streamlining its recycling efforts and converting to new materials in campus Food Service operations are a few steps being taken towards making UNO a greener, more sustainable campus. This campus-wide initiative is spearheaded by Departments like Facilities Management and Planning, Information Sciences and Food Services as well as supported by the GreenUNO and UNO Student Government, UNO Environmental Club and G-BASIS.

Did you know…UNO is green? replaces the weekly "Green Tip of the Week" feature in eNotes. Instead, important green and sustainability efforts to note on campus will be highlighted in eNotes. This month's feature will highlight UNO's recent Bioretention Pond efforts.

The Welcome Center Bioretention Pond project, located to the west of the Welcome Center and adjacent to parking lot G, began on June 20 and construction will continue through mid-July. The project is funded by the Waterwise Landscapes Initiative Grant Program, coordinated by the City of Omaha's Environmental Quality Control Division and designed by Big Muddy Workshop. The garden area will provide educational opportunities to UNO's students as well as providing a storm water run-off area that adheres to local codes pertaining to the same.

In the application letter to the City of Omaha, Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance, conveyed the following: "Having a state-of-the-art bioretention garden in front of the UNO Welcome Center will significantly enhance first-time visitor experiences on campus, enable us to expand the regional knowledge base on effective garden design and reduced garden maintenance, and help maximize the educational value of our campus for both students and the community."

GreenUNO invites the campus community to stop by and view the completed Bioretention Pond in mid-July (see a picture of the pond construction above). Direct any pond questions or concerns to Diane Sunde or Lowell Neuhaus at 402.554.2500.

UNO invites the metropolitan community to celebrate Earth Day year-round and adopt any of UNO's green methods mentioned above to reduce your household or company energy use and carbon footprint. For information on other UNO's GreenUNO initiatives, visit

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Fidelity Counseling Session Still Available

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this week for an individual counseling session on Friday, June 29. To make an appointment between from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., call 1.800.642.7131.

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UNO Bookstore Summer Hours

The current regular summer Bookstore hours are:

Monday through Tuesday - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday through Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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