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Last-Minute Check

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Jim Veiga, UNO environmental and landscaping services, reviews the University Library landscaping plans Aug. 16 prior to the hydro-seeding of grass on the library's north hillside. Work is nearing completion both inside and outside the building's new addition in preparation for the fall semester.

history photo

University of Omaha Band Convocation in the Arts and Sciences Hall auditorium, February 1956, under the direction of OU Assistant Professor of Music Arthur R. Custer.

This Week in Campus History

On Aug. 26, 1994, The Gateway reported on the new UNO Criminal Justice doctorate program. The fourteen students enrolled in the program were required to complete 90 additional credit hours after receiving their bachelor's degree. Vince Webb, chairperson of the UNO Criminal Justice Department, was very optimistic as the program began: "We're feeling really comfortable and hope to recruit a variety of students and expect great things from them."

Date: Aug. 26, 1994
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

James Peters

Finding His Way

by Sonja Carberry

Back in Omaha after a seven-month trek through South America, UNO grad James Peters has cut the hair he let grow into an unruly mop and trimmed his bushy beard to a midnight shadow. In a yellow button-down shirt and crisp jeans, he looks very 20-something Omaha.

But part of Peters is still south of the border. ...continue

Your Guide to eNotes

Welcome to the fall semester!

For those new to campus or those who need a refresher course, below are some tips on using eNotes, the daily electronic news source for faculty and staff at UNO.

Faculty, staff and students who would like to submit items for publication can e-mail them to A UNO department, program or organization must sponsor submitted items. All entries must relate to university events, announcements or notices, and must contain the name and phone number of a contact person.

The deadline for submission is 9 a.m. three days in advance of the desired publication date. Any item submitted for publication will be run no more than twice per week and may be edited for length or clarity. Receipt does not guarantee publication.

Past issues of eNotes are available on the Web via the site's archive function. To view past issues, click on the "archive" link, which is located directly at the bottom of the current day's text.

eNotes is published by University Affairs, 108 Eppley Administration Building. Becky Bohan Brown, assistant director of internal communication, is the editor. For questions about site content, contact Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or For technical assistance with site access, contact Marian McDonald at 554.3674 or

Welcome Back with Welcome Week

Welcome Week at UNO will kick off the fall semester! A variety of special events are planned today through Thursday, Aug. 21-24, to welcome new and returning students to campus. This year's theme is "Maverick Mojo - Welcome to it!"

Activities will be held each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza, including live music, free food and games. Free food for students, faculty and staff will be served each day starting at 11:30 a.m. The schedule is listed below.

Monday, Aug. 21
Theme: Putting Students First
Featured band: The Last Few (rhythm and blues band)
Activities: Basketball on the Plaza and NFL Challenge
Food: Meatball sandwiches

Tuesday, Aug. 22
Theme: Promoting Academic Excellence
Featured band: Anchondo (punk rock band)
Activities: Basketball on the Plaza and K-2 Challenge
Food: Chicken sandwiches

Wednesday, Aug. 23
Theme: Community Engagement - Sponsored by Union Pacific
Featured band: Sara Benck and the Robbers
Activities: Basketball on the Plaza and Dunk Tank
Food: Hot dogs

Thursday, Aug. 24
Clubs and Organizations Fair
DJ Music and Ice cream

For more information about Welcome Week at UNO, call Student Organizations and Leadership Programs at 554.2711 or visit the Web at

Institute for Collaboration Science to Host Distinguished Lecturer

The University of Nebraska Institute for Collaboration Science will host an inaugural speaker for its Distinguished Lecture Series Wednesday, Aug. 23, at UNO.

Howard M. Brown will lecture and hold a dialogue on "Critical Thinking, Collaborative Learning, and Computers: An Iconoclast's View of Classroom Dynamics." The lecture will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Brown currently works with the State Education Agency for Adult Education at the University of the District of Columbia. At the university, he is developing and implementing programs to improve the literacy skills of incoming university freshmen and other adult learners in the District of Columbia. He is also a Fellow of the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona.

On Aug. 23, he will lead audience discussions on various topics about learning, including the following:
- "Is content irrelevant?";
- "Should we ask the learners what they want to learn?";
- "Would the best class have no lectures and no exams"; and
- "Should we stop preparing students for the future?"

For 34 years, Brown served in the District of Columbia Public Schools, first as a teacher, then as an administrator, program manager and director. He pioneered strategies for appropriate technology to support learning in the early 1980s and installed the first local area network in the D.C. Public Schools in 1988 to deliver remedial instruction in reading and mathematics for high school students.

He championed the use of electronic collaboration for students engaged in problem solving, and showed the effect of such collaboration and learner-vested interest in improving student performance on standardized tests, dramatically reducing the dropout rate. He developed an innovative school-to-work program for teen mothers that became a model for similar efforts across the nation.

Brown earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Wesleyan University, a master of arts degree in education from Catholic University and a master's in information systems from George Washington University.

For more information, contact Robert O. Briggs at 554.2972.

MavCard Services Recarding Reminder

If they have not already done so, all currently enrolled students should stop by MavCard Services to receive the new MavCard.

MavCard, the official identification card at UNO, replaces the university's previous photo ID cards. Beginning Friday, Sept. 8, only newly issued MavCards will work on campus. The newly designed MavCard features the NU ID number, which is used for various services across campus.

MavCard Services is located on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. Extended hours will be offered during the first week of the fall semester. The hours will be:

- Today, Aug. 21, through Thursday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Friday, Aug. 25
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 554.2100, or visit the Web at For information about the NU ID, visit the Web at

ITS Launches New myMail AntiSpam Service

On Aug. 8, UNO Information Technology Services (ITS) implemented a new myMail AntiSpam service. This solution is an award-winning hardware and software combination (Barracuda Networks) that identifies the majority of spam before it even gets to the UNO e-mail servers. According to ITS, current statistics show that 87 percent of the e-mail received by UNO is spam, viruses, phishing or worms.

All students, faculty and staff will have this service available and enabled by default. Users will be able to customize their personal settings, including requesting notification of quarantine messages, various e-mail delivery preferences, and opting out of having any e-mail quarantined or held for later review. Through individual control, the myMail AntiSpam service will help users to receive only wanted messages. A point to remember: No matter what precautions are put into place, some spam will get through. That is the nature of Internet e-mail.

The myMail AntiSpam Service Information Support Web site is located online at The site includes "frequently asked questions" (FAQs) and a general "how to" guide.

The first time AntiSpam quarantines an e-mail intended for the new user, the system will send the participant a greeting message with a subject line of "User Quarantine Account Information." Note: This e-mail is not spam.

E-mail messages left in a user's quarantine inbox more than 14 days will be automatically deleted.

Users can access the myMail AntiSpam service in two ways:

1. A daily quarantine summary message is sent to the user's inbox with the subject line of "Spam Quarantine Summary." Open this message, scroll to the bottom of message, and click on the link to access full functionality of the myMail AntiSpam service.

2. Access the AntiSpam service online at A current faculty, staff or student UNO NetID will be needed to access the site. This will open the user's myMail AntiSpam inbox.

For more information, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or

New in the Library for Fall 2006

Effective Aug. 14, in order to more efficiently serve the campus community, University Library has instituted the following changes.

NU ID Number
The UNO community will now use the new NU ID number from the MavCard for library services, both on-campus and remotely. Users should present their MavCard at the Circulation Desk to check out materials and will use their eight-digit NU ID number to access library resources from the library's Web site. MavCards can also be used to purchase copies from the library's photocopying and print centers.

Renewal-Free Library Accounts
Currently enrolled/employed UNO students, faculty and staff are no longer required to renew their library registration each semester. Shortly after enrollment, students will be automatically entered into the Integrated Library System. Accounts are matched to current registrar and personnel data. "Needing to re-register every semester was too inconvenient, so we worked with ITS and the registrar's office to streamline the process," said Steve Shorb, dean of University Library.

E-mail Communication
Effective fall 2006, the library will exclusively use campus e-mail addresses ( to communicate information regarding library accounts and related services.

Wireless Printing
Wireless printing is now available throughout the library. Visit the Reference Desk for assistance in setting up your laptop for printing to the Network Print Center. Only PC platforms are currently available.

Group Ex Classes Kick Off this Week

Campus Recreation and the Wellness Stampede have teamed up to host a variety of group exercise classes this fall at UNO.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. Group Ex classes are free to all current Campus Recreation activity cardholders and students.

Introduction classes will be held Aug. 21-25 according to the following schedule:

- Cardio Crunch
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building

- Turbo Kick
5:30 to 7:45 p.m.
100 HPER

- Mav Pump
7 to 7:50 a.m.
230 HPER
Laura F.

- W.E.T
5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Laura H.

- Beginning Pilates
230 HPER

- Cardio Kickbox
110 HPER

To access the full Fall Group Ex Weekly Schedule, click on the following link:

Fall Group Ex Schedule

Classes will not be held Sept. 4, Oct. 16-17 and Nov. 22-24.

To have a schedule faxed or mailed to your office, call University Affairs at 554.2358. For more information, contact Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

UNO Bookstore Hours Announced

In conjunction with the start of the fall semester, the UNO Bookstore will observe the following schedule:

Aug. 21-26
- Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fall Library Hours Announced

Fall hours are officially under way at University Library. The fall schedule is as follows:

Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to midnight

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Noon to midnight

Members Sought for University Chorus

Calling all singers - University Chorus is looking for you!

University Chorus, a mixed chorus of more than 70 singers, is open to all students, faculty and staff. The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.

"This ensemble is designed to meet the music needs of singers who wish to continue their choral experience," said Matthew Harden, assistant professor of music at UNO. "It is a performing organization that has varied programming but emphasizes larger choral works."

The University Chorus performs two concerts a semester, and collaborations with other Omaha arts groups are constantly sought.

For more information, contact Dr. Harden at 554.3608 or

MavericksMaverick Watch

Fall sports officially get under way this week at UNO. Support your Mavericks by attending their home events. Students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID. The spouses and children of faculty and staff also are admitted free.

At home this week...

Thursday, Aug. 24
Soccer vs. Minnesota-Crookston
Ak-Sar-Ben Soccer Field
5 p.m.

For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at