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July 4th Bell Concert

photos by Tm Fitzgerald

Patriotic music was in the air Wednesday morning as UNO's Dr. James Johnson gave his annual 4th of July concert on the UNO carillon.



Top Six Chosen for Open House Re-naming Contest, Vote Online Today

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Your vote counts. The UNO community has spoken and the top six for UNO's Open House Re-naming Contest have been chosen. Now help pick a winner, vote on your favorite name here. Hurry! Voting only lasts through this Friday, July 13.

The final contest winner receives a Kindle Touch courtesy of the UNO Recruitment and Orientation office.

Questions? Contact Lamarr Womble at

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Nebraska Arts Council Presents Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series

Spend the lunch hour today, July 11, with Wednesday Words: The Braided River reading series at its new location, KANEKO's KANEKO-UNO Library, 1111 Jones St., in Omaha's Old Market District.

Beginning in June, the reading series, which is free and open to the public, started holding events at KANEKO-UNO Library, with an inaugural reading by William Trowbridge, Missouri's Poet Laureate.

This month's featured writer is Sam Stecher. He will read from his works today from noon to 1 p.m. Stecher has been serving as educator in various capacities since 1997, currently as principal of Emerson Elementary school in Kearney, Neb. He has been published in The Empty Room anthology and The Platte Valley Review. He was a member of the first poetry slam team to represent the city of Lincoln at The National Poetry Slam Competition.

Wednesday Words originated in the fall of 2009 as a special reading series featuring award-winning writers from the Nebraska Arts Council's (NAC) Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) in Literature program. It has developed into an ongoing reading series recognizing award-winning writers from Nebraska, including NAC's IAF honorees. The reading series is sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, The Backwaters Press, KANEKO and J.D. Hutton.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Bailie at 402.932.3486 or

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Gateway Information Session This Evening

The incoming editor of UNO's student newspaper will give a presentation on the publication's future tonight, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room. The entire campus community – students, staff and faculty – are invited to attend.

According to incoming editor Katie O'Dell, this year the student publication faces many challenges but also has many opportunities for improvement.  The newspaper now has an aggressive strategic marketing plan to help it during its milestone 100th anniversary year.

The presentation is free and refreshments will be available. For more information, contact O'Dell at or 402.320.5175.

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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff this Saturday, July 14, in honor of UNO retiree Frances Thurber. She passed away May 11 at age 65. Thurber, a professor emeritus, retired from the Department of Art & Art History in 2007 after more than 25 years heading the Art Education program. Thurber also served as chair of the department and on numerous college committees.

Shari Hofschire, director of UNO Center for Innovation in Arts Education, remembers Dr. Thurbers many contributions to the arts and UNO. "She was recognized nationally for her leadership in comprehensive arts education and as a founding leader (27 years ago) of the Prairie Visions Nebraska Consortium for Arts Education that brought millions of dollars to improve art education in the state and continues today. Thurber served as president of Nebraska Art Teachers Association and was active in the Higher Education Art Education Division of the National Art Education Association. In 2006, she received the Nebraska Governor's Arts Award for Arts Education, one of many awards and honors received during her long career. She published many articles with a focus on empowering women in the arts."

A memorial reception will be held this Saturday, July 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Drive, in Omaha.

The Frances Thurber Art Education Fund has been set up with the University Foundation. Donor cards are available in the Department of Art & Art History (Bob Carlson, Shari Hofschire) or donations can be sent directly to the Foundation.

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Deborah Smith-Howell Quoted About Kerrey's Wife

Deborah Smith-Howell, graduate dean and associate vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald over the weekend for a story about Sarah Paley, wife of Bob Kerrey, who is the Democratic nominee for the Nebraska senate seat being vacated by Ben Nelson. Paley recently wrote a piece for Vogue magazine, which has drawn praise and criticism, describing her discomfort at being forced into the public spotlight and her thoughts on Nebraska. To read the story follow this link.

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Desktop Publishing Training Offered

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), is offering two training sessions in desktop publishing. 

* InDesign I - Thursday, July 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 110D Eppley Administration Building (EAB).

This session provides an introductory hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using the InDesign software package.  While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to:  insert and manipulate text and graphics and create a "master" template to use for future designs.  

* InDesign II - Thursday, July 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 110D EAB.

In this next level of InDesign participants will create a brochure. While designing the brochure API will address document planning, layout and bleeds as well as tools for publishing concerns. The training session will also reinforce skills learned in the previous class. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary. 

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome. Registration is required and is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Although there is a limit of five seats for both sessions, API will take a waiting list for a future training.

To register for this training go to For more information or to be added to the registration waiting list, contact IS Technical Support at 402.554.4357 (4.HELP) or

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2012-13 Parking Permit Sales Under Way

Parking permits for the 2012-13 academic year are now available to purchase online at, click on MavPark.

The site will require a NetID username and password (same as your Blackboard login) and vehicle information on vehicles owned that will be parking on campus.  This information includes the vehicle's year, make, model, color and license plate number. Before going online, have this information available.

Permits are purchased online and must be displayed by Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

Parking Services will mail your permit on Aug. 7 for all orders received by Friday, Aug. 3.  After Aug. 3, online orders must be picked up at the following locations:

* Eppley Administration Building – Auditorium: Monday, Aug. 13 to Friday, Aug. 17

* Milo Bail Student Center – Council Room (third floor): Monday, Aug. 20 to Friday, Aug. 24;

This flyer provides updates on parking services for Fall 2012.

The Parking Services Website provides information on Parking Rules and Regulations, and Parking Maps, visit

Become a "friend" at for parking updates, lot changes, etc.

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

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Lot U (Middle Level of East Parking Garage) Closed for Construction Starting Friday

Lot U construction schedule has been revised. Lot U is now scheduled to be closed this Friday, July 13, for installation of new overhead lights.

This  work will start when overhead light installation is completed on the Lower Level, Lot T.

Faculty/Staff with access to Lot U, will be able to enter Lot T. This project is estimated to be completed in approximately four weeks.

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

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