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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 Women's Athletics Golf Outing and Fundraiser Today

The UNO Women's Soccer, Softball and Volleyball teams have combined to host the UNO Women's Athletics Golf Outing and Fundraiser, today. All proceeds from the golf outing and fundraiser will directly benefit the teams.

The event will be held at Tiburon Golf Club, a beautiful 27-hole course. Maverick Soccer, Softball and Volleyball players and coaches will be on the course to greet you and talk about their upcoming seasons.

For a complete schedule of events, and the Golfers and Sponsors Registration form, click here.

Questions? Please contact Geri Backora, at 402.554.2506 or

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Retirement Reception for Randy Sell Today

After 29 years of service to the university, Randy Sell, Director of Financial Aid, will be retiring Friday, May 31.

To honor his years of service, a campus-wide reception will be held today, May 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. Please join us in honoring and celebrating his many years of dedicated service to UNO.

For more information, view this flier.

Please RSVP to Lisa Paskewitz at 402.554.2779 or

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TEDxOmaha 2013 Call for Speakers Deadline Today

TEDxOmaha is accepting applications to speak at TEDxOmaha 2013. Applications are due today, May 31.

"Our city is home to remarkable people who contribute their talents to the city, the nation, and the world community. TEDxOmaha is a dynamic opportunity to connect face-to-face with people who – like you – participate in shaping the future.

At TEDxOmaha 2013, we will explore the theme of Influence. The influences we recognize. Ones we don't understand. How the influence of a mentor shaped the way we see the world. How the world shapes our health. Influence is the push and pull on all of our experiences, internally, externally, globally."

Some past UNO presenters include:

Thomas Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies and Programs, and Director of the UNO Center for Afghan Studies
Debora Wisneski, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

For more information, or to apply, visit the TEDxOmaha 2013 website.

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Lot D Closed for Construction Through Today

Lot D, west of Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC), will be closed through today, May 31 for installation of a new water main.

Questions? Contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Summer in Omaha: Taste of Omaha This Weekend

Taste of Omaha, a festival in Heartland Park of America, begins today, May 31, and runs through Sunday, June 2.

The event features food and drinks from more than 40 restaurants along with culinary demonstrations, dancing and children's entertainment. Admission is free, and ticket booths sell food and drink tickets--eight for $5.

Taste of Omaha runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

For more information and directions, visit

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Summer in Omaha: Aksarben Village Farmer's Market

Come on down to Aksarben Village to get your fresh fruits, veggies and more. The Omaha Farmer's Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don't forget: Mercy Road from Aksarben Drive to 67th and 67th and Mercy to Center will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. every Sunday morning.

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Summer in Omaha: Zumba in the Park

This Sunday, head over to Stinson Park for a free Zumba Class. Organized by instructors from the YMCA, you will be energized by the music and walk away feeling happy and refreshed. Every Sunday, come have some fun before or after you shop the market!

Zumba will take place from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

All ages are welcome and it is free!

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UNO Website Content Management System (CMS) Vendor Campus Forums June 5 and June 7

Do you update a UNO website? If yes, this is for you.

You've seen the new pages of our website, here's your chance to learn about the two potential content management systems (CMS) that you may be using in the future to update your university website(s)! The CMS product that is selected will replace Dreamweaver, UNO's current CMS.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the CMS vendor forums on Wednesday, June 5, and Friday, June 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 101 in the College of Community, Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Feedback during these forums is welcome and encouraged. We will be providing a survey for those that attend.

Hannon Hill will be on campus June 5, and OmniUpdate on June 7.

These two CMS vendor candidates were selected based upon their responses to UNO's request for information (RFI), and the systems and services they offer. Ultimately, one vendor will be selected for future use by UNO.

The Website team is planning to host two walk-in computer lab sessions the week of June 10. This will give the campus additional hands-on experience with the systems.

For questions, comments and suggestions, please email

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Employee of the Month: Joe Hobza Named June 'Oh' Award Recipient

Oh, what a difference you make, Joe Hobza! A custodian in custodial services, Hobza will be honored throughout the month of June for his work.

Praised by his nominators for being a dedicated and hardworking individual, Hobza has been employed with UNO since 1999.

According to his nominators, “His cheerful and pleasant attitude is contagious and encourages us to keep a positive attitude while we work. He helps create a fun and safe work environment.”

The nominator continued, “Joe is very thorough in his job duties and asks questions to clarify any needs. He performs his duties with professionalism and efficiency.”

When notified of his award, Hobza said he was shocked and couldn't believe he was chosen. “I wasn't sure if they had the right person!”

As Employee of the Month, Hobza received a certificate, lapel pin, choice of coffee cup or drink cup, a monetary award and use of a parking space. He also received a portrait with the chancellor and a letter of congratulations. He will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Last January, Human Resources announced the updated Employee of the Month --"Oh" Award for "Oh, what a difference you make!" -- program for UNO staff members. HR administers the program in conjunction with the Office of the Chancellor and Staff Advisory Council. They welcome nominations from faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors. Nomination forms are available at

Employee of the Month
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In The News

UNO Doctoral Student Studies New Way to Detect Autism Early
On Wednesday, May 29, WOWT ran a story on a new autism study being led by Josh Haworth, a PhD student working through UNO's Biomechanics Core Facility. Through detection of movement and vision patterns, Haworth hopes to provide a tool for doctors to use in detecting autism during infancy; currently, signs of autism only present themselves when a child begins to learn to walk or talk.

UNO Student Cast as Scarecrow in Omaha Community Playhouse's 'Wizard of Oz'
UNO Theatre student Noah Diaz was profiled by the Council Bluffs Nonpareil on Thursday, May 30, for his part as the Scarecrow in the Omaha Community Playhouse's rendition of the Wizard of Oz. The play opens today.

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Hosting Visitors On Campus?

Is your department, college, or organization hosting visitors on campus for events, conferences or meetings?

The Office of University Communications would love to hear about it!

To help us promote your event through eNotes, social media, news releases and more, please contact our office in advance of their visit at

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CEC Project: Pedestrian Mall Closing Notice

The pedestrian sidewalk near the east side of the Criss Library will be closed, and a new temporary sidewalk will be installed around the construction site of the pedestrian sidewalk for foot traffic. Signs will be posted to direct traffic.

This closure will take place on Wednesday, May 29, and last through Monday, June 3.

If there are questions, please contact Robert Fuder at 402.554.2284.

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UNO Alumni Association to Host Student-Alumni Networking Event June 6

The UNO Alumni Association is hosting a Student-Alumni Career Networking Reception on Thursday, June 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center.

UNO Alumni are returning to campus to speak with current students about career options. Students can come speak with a corporate attorney, pediatrician, banker, church youth minister, communications/events specialist, criminal justice real estate, accounting and politics and many more alumni!

Interested students should RSVP through their UNO Career Connect account.

For more information, view this flier.

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Discount Memberships Available from the Rose Theater

Join in the fun at The Rose, where a membership guarantees your family a full year of exciting theater performances designed specifically for your child's enjoyment. Memberships are good for the 2013/2014 season, which begins in September 2013.

Family Memberships are $75 for UNO, a $20 savings off of full price.

As a family member, you will receive four free tickets to the membership shows listed below. Members also receive discounts to premium event shows and discounts on classes, costume rental and summer camp.

Four Free Tickets to Each:
Knuffle Bunny
Robin Hood
Big Nate
Grocer's Goblin & Little Mermaid
Jackie & Me
Leo Lionni's Frederick
Ramona Quimby

Discounts to Premium Events:

This offer expires July 1. For more information, view this flier or contact Mandy Aleksiak at or 402.502.4637.

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