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June 29, 1979: Elmwood Exercise Trail

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On this day in UNO history, Education Professor John Langan (who would go on to become dean of the College of Education) and his family opened the Elmwood Exercise Trail. The exercise stations were later removed but, in 2011, students from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation created a fitness park (pictured) next to the Elmwood Park playground.

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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 . . .



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, June 29, to honor the memory of retiree Hobart Burch. He passed away June 16 at age of 79. While at UNO, Burch served as professor in the Department of Social Work. He retired in 2002 after more than 26 years of service to the university.

The current director of UNO's School of Social Work, Theresa Barron-McKeagney, remembers Dr. Burch's many contributions to UNO. She said: "Dr. Burch was one of the most colorful characters in the School of Social Work's history. He taught hundreds of students over several decades in the areas of social work administration and social welfare policy and was a prolific writer. Dr. Burch never met a policy that couldn't be challenged! He was an advocate for students and diversity in the social work faculty. We have lost a member of our family, and will miss him dearly."

A his time of passing, he resided in Marathon, Fla. A celebration of his life was held June 24 at Duck's Diner in Orange Beach, Fla. Read more.

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UNO International Business Program to Graduate Nine

The UNO International Professional Development (IPD) program will graduate nine professionals from five countries today, June 29. During the eight-week course, participants exchanged cultural and professional perspectives with each other, learned about Omaha's international business community and worked on their English skills – all in a business context.

In addition to language classes and collaborative activities, IPD participants gain knowledge directly from global industry leaders in Omaha. Topics in this session ranged from robotics to sports marketing to healthcare innovation.

In mid-May, this session's participants attended the Midwest International Trade Association (MITA) World Trade Conference at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. There, they heard Gov. Dave Heineman and other leaders speak about the importance of international trade to Nebraska businesses. Read more.

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Wellness Stampede

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

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 29) Morning Stretch will be in the first floor break room of Arts and Science Hall (ASH).

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 5 (July 2 and 6): Durham Science Center Atrium

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 of "The Comedy of Errors" continue this weekend, June 29-30.

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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Access to the Annual Salary Notification to be Unavailable

The link to access the Annual Salary Notification for 2011-2012 on Firefly will be unavailable beginning this Saturday, June 30. Faculty and staff can view, print or download the letter up until that date.

The new Annual Salary Notification for 2012-2013 will be available on Thursday, July 12. Click on this link for example. A communication notice will be sent out at that time. So, stay tuned and watch eNotes or your email.

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API to Offer July 13 Introduction to Video Editing

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will offer an 'Introduction to Video Editing' Class for faculty and staff on Friday, July 13. Class participants will learn basic editing techniques that can be used to create movies in any video editing program. This hands-on class will include techniques for importing video into an editing timeline, adding title images, titles, musical underscores, transitions and ending credits.

The last part of the class will cover exporting the movie for computer, DVD, and web playback. Class will be held July 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the API Lab: 110D Eppley Administration Building. For full course descriptions and to get registered, visit

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Criss Library Closed July 4

Criss Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. The library will reopen at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 5.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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CUMU Issues a Call for Proposals

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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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