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Fanart: Works of Media Appreciation

The work of artist Chris Knudtson will be on display in the Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery beginning Friday, May 10. Knudtson's work draws entirely from popular culture and features mosaics, paintings and scale models from famous movies, television shows and video games. Knudtson's work will be on display in the Criss Library, during regular library hours, until June 21.



UNO Observes Memorial Day

UNO is closed today, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

This edition of eNotes will feature items related to the holiday, and UNO's long tradition of dedication to our military and veteran students.

UNO will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 28.

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Flag Lowering

All U.S. and Nebraska flags will be lowered to half-staff today, May 27, until noon in observance of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, honors those who have died in the nation's service. In 1971, it was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May.

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National Moment of Remembrance

President Obama has asked all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3p.m. local time, today.

According to a news release from the White House on the National Remembrance Act, "the time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.

The act was enacted by the U.S. Congress in December 2000.

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Bootstrappers: From the Battlefield to the Classroom

To better serve those coming back from serving our country in war, the United States Air Force initiated the Bootstrap Program in 1951 to encourage members of the military to "lift themselves by the bootstraps" by earning a college degree. UNO, then Omaha University, was one of only a handful of institutions nationwide to participate. Under the program, more than 12,000 military members received their degrees.

As part of it's Memorial Day tribute, the UNO Alumni Association offers a handful of stories on UNO graduates and a former faculty member who have served our country:

U.S. National Guard General Russell Davis
Current U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel
Jim Hughes, a one-time Vietnam POW
Major General Michael Kudlacz, former deputy chief of staff for Air and Space Operations at U.S. Air Force Headquarters at the Pentagon
Paul Needham, one of two UNO alumni who were among the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Steve Novotny, commander of prisoner camp in Iraq
Bob Reilly, former UNO professor and one-time World War II POW
Tuskegee Airman James Warren, a fighter pilot from famous Freeman Field
General Johnnie Wilson, a Vietnam vet and the third black four-star general in U.S. Army history

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Military and Veteran Student Assistance at UNO

The UNO Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) is dedicated to a long tradition of serving military and veteran students. UNO is constantly spearheading new ways to provide military and veteran students a smooth transition to the campus lifestyle.

Their mission is to act as a one-stop office and advocate for military, veterans, and their dependents. We are committed to providing high quality, comprehensive student support services and student programming that ensure their successful recruitment, transition, academic progress, and graduation at UNO.

UNO is also a full participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. This means eligible students, who are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, will have their tuition and fees covered while at UNO.

In addition to MaV USO, military offerings and programs at UNO include:
An office on Offutt Air Force Base providing most UNO student services;
Online degree programs;
Flexible deployment policy.

Also offered at UNO is a Bachelor of General Studies degree featuring more than 45 areas of concentration, many of which are specifically designed to meet the career needs of military personnel. The degree recognizes previous college and some military credit, and gives 10 credit hours for at least one year of active duty service. Recently added to this degree are concentrations in Fire Service Management and Emergency Management, two areas that have seen interest from military and veteran students.

The current enrollment of active and veteran military personnel at UNO is more than 1,100 students. Undergraduate and graduate classes are available on campus, at Offutt Air Force Base and through a variety of online programs.

National Recognition:

• Our online bachelor's degree was recently ranked fifth in the nation for veterans by U.S. News. We are the only public institution listed in the top five rankings.

• In November 2012, "Military Times Magazine" selected UNO as the sixth best university in the nation for militaryveterans, for 2013. This ranking was an increase from the year prior, when UNO ranked ninth.

• UNO is classifed as a "Military Friendly Institution" by Military Advanced Education (MAE). As a military-friendly institution, UNO provides
over 100 online programs in 16 areas, flexible deployment/activation policies, and credit transfer and military experience options.

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Memorial Day Ceremony at Memorial Park

From 11 a.m. to noon, today, Memorial Park will host a Memorial Day ceremony. Gov. Dave Heineman will speak. Heroes of the Heartland Foundation sponsors the event.

Memorial Park is a memorial dedicated to the men and women of Douglas County who have served in the armed forces. On June 5, 1948, President Harry S. Truman dedicated the site while on his western trip.

Memorial Park is open daily from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.

For additional Memorial Day events in the metro, visit this link.

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