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July 31, 1974: Ground Broken for Criss Library

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On this day in UNO history, construction began on the C.C. and Mable L. Criss Library. Prior to the construction, the Eppley Building had housed UNO's library.



UNO's Scott Aichinger & Amy Walzer Earn 2012-13 Presidential Graduate Fellowships

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University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has announced the seven recipients of 2012-13 Presidential Graduate Fellowships. These prestigious fellowships honor a select group of NU graduate students each year on the basis of high scholastic performance and personal accomplishment. Fellows receive a stipend provided through the University of Nebraska Foundation that allows them to pursue their studies full-time.

This year, fellowships are presented to two students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, three at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and two at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The honored students are pursuing advanced degrees in mathematics, business, history, English, psychology, pharmaceutical sciences and genetics, cell biology and anatomy.

"Presidential Graduate Fellows are among the University of Nebraska's most outstanding students," Milliken said. "They are future scholars, scientists, teachers and business leaders who already have accomplished a great deal both in and outside of the classroom. I'm confident that they will accomplish much more as they continue their studies and begin their careers. The University is fortunate to have a level of private support that allows us to recognize these students and provide them an opportunity to devote full time to their academic pursuits."

This year's UNO Presidential Graduate Fellowship recipients are:

* Scott Aichinger, of Hastings, Minn., a master's candidate in English at UNO. Aichinger's master's work focuses on creative nonfiction writing with a graduate minor in Native American Studies. His other scholarly interests include embodied, feminist and queer composition pedagogies. He was awarded the Wardle, Spire & Lane Outstanding Graduate Student Fellowship by the UNO Department of English for the 2011-12 academic year. He also served as a teaching assistant, teaching English Composition I for the First-Year Writing Program and working in the Writing Center. He carries a 3.98 grade point average and earned his bachelor's degree at UNL. He wrote this bio in the north woods of Minnesota, where he is working on his creative thesis, a collection of essays about his relationships with the world around him.

* Amy Walzer, of Pulaski, Penn., a Ph.D. candidate in industrial/organizational psychology at UNO. Walzer received her Bachelor of Arts from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania and her Master of Arts in social psychology at the University of Toledo in Ohio. She has published four articles in peer-reviewed psychology journals related to her interest in stereotyping and prejudice. She has also presented at several regional and national psychology conferences. Walzer has gained academic experience through teaching assistantships and as an instructor for several psychology courses. She also has acquired applied experience in the field of industrial/organizational psychology through internships with the Lincoln fire and police departments and with Sprint Nextel Corp.

To view pictures and complete bios of all NU grad fellows visit: this link.

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Carol Mitchell, Eureka Program Featured in World-Herald

Teacher Education Professor Carol Mitchell was quoted earlier this month by the Omaha World-Herald. The Herald covered the Eureka program, which is organized by Mitchell and Girls Inc. to encourage middle-school-aged girls to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math topics in school. Read more here.

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No Entry Fee Announced for UNO's Corporate Cycling Challenge Team

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UNO will field another cycling team for the 22nd Annual Corporate Cycling Challenge to be held Sunday, Aug. 19, beginning at Heartland of America Park, 8th and Douglas. Again this year, MavRec Wellness will cover the entry fee for UNO employees. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 3.

"UNO has had significant representation at this event and with the fee waived and opening it up to family members we are hoping to continue the tradition with a much larger showing at this year's event," said Mike Grube, chair of the UNO Bikes! advocacy group and IT Specialist for Support Services at UNO.

The waived fee applies to all UNO Affiliates, including full- and part-time faculty and staff, adjunct faculty, graduate assistants and students. Spouses, significant others and children can participate for a $5 per person entry fee.

UNO participants can choose from several routes, distances and start times:

- Olde River Ride
10 miles
9 a.m.

- Riverside Ride
25 miles
8:30 a.m.

- Tour De Fort
42 miles
8 a.m.

UNO participants can sign up by returning the following packet ( to Grube. The packet includes a waiver form that participants need to complete, as well as indicate their shirt size and riding distance choices. The $10 T-shirt can be purchased with cash or check payable to team captain: Mike Grube. For team UNO questions, email

"The event is a fund raiser for trail development in the Omaha metropolitan area, so it all goes for a good cause," Grube said.

For more information on the routes, sponsors and pre/post-race celebrations, visit

For more information about UNO Bikes, see their Facebook page at

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event. The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, visit

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NBDC Offering PHR/SPHR Exam Prep Course for HR Professionals

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will offer an intense, 11-week online course to help Human Resources (HR) professionals study to take the PHR or SPHR exam.

NBDC staff report using the SHRM Learning System, the NBDC pass rate is 100 percent. Prepare to Pass with the No. 1 PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Tool, which begins with an optional kick-off meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13. For more details and to register by Aug. 31, visit this link.

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Annual UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic This August

Register today. The annual UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic is set for Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. For more information and to R.S.V.P. for a chance at a door prize, visit the SAC website by Aug. 8 at

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Orientation Workshops for New Full Time Faculty Set for Aug. 13 and 14

The 2012 Welcome and Orientation Workshops for all new full time faculty members, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, will take place Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 13 and 14.

These workshops provide an opportunity to welcome new faculty members to campus and introduce them to colleagues. They also will learn about UNO and its metropolitan mission and strategic goals, academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information or to register for the workshops go to the FacConnect Calendar at or call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427.

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August Welcome and Orientation Workshop for Adjunct Faculty

The August Welcome and Orientation Workshops for Adjunct Faculty members, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 15 and 16, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The agendas for both sessions are the same, so participants should select the evening that works best with their schedules.

The workshops will provide information about UNO processes and services and teaching tips for both new and experienced part time faculty members. It's also a great opportunity to get to know other part time faculty members from across the campus. A complimentary box supper will be served.

For more information or to register for the workshops go to the FacConnect Calendar at or call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427.

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Graduate Assistant Campus Orientation Set for Aug. 13

The August Welcome and Orientation Workshop for graduate assistants, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The workshop will provide information about life as a GA at UNO, a table talk session linked to an individual's specific assignment and a discussion of survival skills for graduate assistants. It's also a great opportunity to get to know other graduate assistants from across the campus. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information or to register for the workshops go to the FacConnect Calendar at or call the Center for Faculty Development at 402.554.2427.

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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 Aug. 20.

Parking Services will mail permits 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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