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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 . . .



UNO to Close July 4 to Commemorate Independence Day

UNO will be closed this Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The 2012 holiday schedule is available online at

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UNO to Participate in 2012 Metro Commuter Challenge

From Monday, July 9, through Friday, Aug. 3, metro area employees can take the bus or carpool to work, log those trips and get good stuff for doing so. GreenUNO encourages the UNO community to participate in this community sustainability initiative. The 2012 Metro Commuter Challenge is designed to reward more than just those who take alternative transportation regularly. 

The challenge is sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Metro Transit.  MAPA offers a free on-line carpool matching service for employees in the metro area, and Metro Transit's bus system stretches from West Omaha to downtown.

If you're not familiar with alternative transportation, GreenUNO encourages you to try it the whole month, a week or even a single day. 

- Taking alternative transportation helps keep the air clean. Right now, Omaha's air quality is close to reaching non-attainment of federal standards. That could mean heavy fines for Omaha. 

- Commuting to work by alternative transportation saves people up to $2500 each year. 

- If you participate in the challenge even once you'll be eligible to win a gift certificate to restaurants such as Old Chicago, Upstream and M's Pub. 

Here's how it works:

Register: Sign up for the challenge online at

Log commutes: Enter each alternative transportation trip you take on a simple calendar. For this challenge, MAPA is focusing on bus and carpool, but participants can get bonus points for walking/riding your bike to the bus stop or carpool.

Get stuff: And by stuff, MAPA means good stuff. Anyone who participates can win gift cards to area restaurants in the weekly raffle. The three individuals with the most commutes, and the three with the most miles traveled, get either an iPad, $100 Visa gift card or a Joslyn family membership. And this competition isn't just about the individual. Companies with the most commutes and miles per participant receive bragging rights and a plaque. 

Find out how to try Metro Rideshare or Metro Transit, learn about all the competition details and register on the challenge website at

GreenUNO and UNO Bikes supports this challenge. For details on UNO sustainability initiatives, visit

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Rubrics:  Pedagogy and Practice Training Announced

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), is offering a new hands-on training session on using Rubrics in Blackboard.  This session will be held on Friday, July 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall. 

API will cover both the pedagogical reasons for using rubrics and the technical skills to use the rubric feature within Blackboard. Participants will be asked to bring an example assignment complete with the corresponding learning objectives. Space is limited, so register early. 

To register, visit Questions?  Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP) or

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UNO Bell Tower Concert Is This Week

The bells on the UNO campus will sound in honor of America this Wednesday, July 4, for "Let Freedom Ring," an outdoor carillon concert beginning at 9 a.m.

UNO carilloneur James Johnson will perform a 40-minute concert of patriotic and American folk music. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and sit on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The concert will occur rain or shine. The community is invited to listen from their cars should inclement weather occur. Read more.

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Criss Library Closed for July Fourth Holiday

Criss Library will be closed this 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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Alumni Shakespeare on the Green Event This Friday

Join alumni, faculty, staff and friends this Friday, July 6, for the Alumni Association's annual Shakespeare on the Green Picnic and Play. The annual event features dinner at the Thompson Center followed by a performance of "Julius Caesar" on The Green. See details at

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Parking Lot Reservations for 2012 Shakespeare on the Green

The remaining Shakespeare on the Green scheduled is July 5-8.

The south and west stalls in Lot M and the west stalls in Lot Q will be reserved all-day on performance nights.

In addition, on Special Event Nights (July 6) all of Lot M will be reserved continuing all through the day.

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

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Temporary Shuttle Bus Drop Off and Pick Up Near Bell Tower

The Shuttle Buss will drop off and pick up in Lot Q, near the Bell Tower all-day Friday, June 6. Lot M is closed June 6 for Shakespeare on the Green Event parking.

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

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