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A Warm-Up for Today

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's soccer team entertained the kids Aug. 20 during a mini-camp for youngsters. Maverick freshman Lindsey Nealon made a diving effort trying to make a stop on this shot. The national champion Mavericks open their season today, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. as they host Minnesota-Crookston at the UNO soccer field.

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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

Maverick Mojo Under Way in Recruitment Services

"It's about fun. It's about creating excitement. It's about sharing what UNO has to offer with prospective students and their parents," said David Cicotello, director of new student enrollment services at UNO.

What is "it"? "It" is Maverick Mojo, the theme of UNO's recruitment and marketing campaign launched this month. Created by Omaha ad agency Ervin and Smith, the campaign features an interactive Web site, (

Targeted toward the high school student, the campaign approach was researched and test-marketed with local sophomores and juniors.

"There's really nothing like this approach in the region, currently," Cicotello said. The objectives of the campaign are to raise awareness of the UNO brand and increase the number of applications for admission.

Located in 111 Eppley Administration Building, Recruitment Services has a staff of two administrative assistants and six recruiters (two of whom are part-time).

Cicotello encourages UNO departments and colleges to contact the recruitment staff when planning events for prospective students and parents. "We have expertise in many areas of new student recruitment and can support events with presenters, viewbooks and other materials," he said.

Recruitment Services staff includes:

- Monica Bayles and Connie Henley - administrative assistants, 554.MAV1.

- Jason Blohm - high school recruitment and open house programs, including Maverick Mondays, 554.2415.

- Yano Jones - multicultural student recruitment and community outreach, 554.3517.

- Cate Kratville - transfer student recruitment, and business and industry education fairs, 554.3447.

- Chris Liewer - campus visit program and group visits, and Matador program (volunteer tour guides), 554.3520.

- Lina Traslaviña – bilingual community outreach coordinator for Hispanic families and students, 554.3577.

- Cathi Warren - community outreach coordinator for Native American students, 554.2758.

For additional information about Maverick Mojo or Recruitment Services, call 554.2889.

UNO Earns Multiple Rankings in U.S. News

The results are in - the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration and the Service Learning Academy are ranked in the annual America's Best Colleges compiled by the U.S. News & World Report.

The UNO College of Business Administration ranked in the Best Undergraduate Business Programs category and the Service Learning Academy ranked in the Academic Programs: Service Learning Academy category. Also, for the first time, UNO received an upper tier regional best universities master's ranking in the Midwest category.

The purpose of the U.S. News rankings is to spotlight the country's academically excellent programs. During the past several months, institutions from across the country submitted information for entry. Rankings were based on peer assessment, freshman retention, graduation rate, class size, student/faculty ratio, percentage of full-time faculty, SAT/ACT scores, freshmen in top 25 percent of class, acceptance rate and alumni giving. The information was then checked by the U.S. News staff for accuracy and compiled into the America's Best Colleges rankings.

The 2007 edition hit bookstores and newsstands Aug. 21. For more information, call 554.2243 or visit the Web at

OMDC to Present "b*mod4" Sept. 15-16

Omaha Modern Dance Collective (OMDC) will present a concert, "b*mod4", featuring the work of four local and regional choreographers Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16, at Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts, 24th and Cass St. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night.

The event will feature dances created by Omaha choreographers Susan Dickson Matsunami, Kelly Holcombe Hanneman and Mary Waugh Taylor of the UNO Moving Company, as well as former Lincoln resident Sara Semonis.

"We brought together these four choreographers because they have produced full bodies of work and are currently at the peak of their creativity," said producer Taffy Howard, director of the sponsoring Omaha Modern Dance Collective (OMDC.) "Anyone who comes to the concert will find out why we're calling it 'an explosion of creative energy!'"

The concert's unusual name, "b*mod4", reflects the variety of the choreographers' work and the diversity of modern dance, Howard said. "‘b*mod4' can have several meanings," she said. "Be modern, body modern, four modern choreographers... It's like modern dance itself, which often has multiple layers of meaning and challenges the viewer to find his or her own interpretation."

The concert marks a rebirth of sorts for OMDC, a group that has worked to support modern dance since 1980 but has been out of the public eye recently, Howard said.

"For the past several years, we've taken a break from producing concerts," she said. "We'll have some absolutely electrifying dancers onstage – many of them trained in our own classes – and some with professional backgrounds in both modern and ballet."

The "b*mod4" is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and is open to the public. Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $12 for students and senior citizens. Reservations are available by calling 551.7473. For more information about the concert, send an e-mail to

Swing, Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Begin Sept. 17

Want to learn how to "Dance Like the Stars?" Campus Recreation and the Mav-Rec Wellness Stampede are teaming up to host Swing, Ballroom and Latin dance sessions beginning Sunday, Sept. 17. All classes will be held in 230 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. The schedule is as follows:

Session One (Sundays): Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 8

Times: Swing - 1 to 2 p.m.; Ballroom – 2 to 3 p.m. and Latin – 3 to 4 p.m.

Cost: Activity cardholders - $15 and $13 for a friend; non-activity cardholders - $18 and $15 for a friend. Those wishing to take multiple classes should add $5 per person per additional class.

To register, stop by 110 HPER. For more information, call Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

Pathways to Harmony Program Is Sept. 20

The next Pathways to Harmony program is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

"This professional development program about diversity represents part of the strategic planning objectives set for the UNO community," said Sharon Ulmar, assistant to the chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. To register, call Kate Clark at 554.2896 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

Omaha America's Walk for Diabetes Seeking Participants

Looking for a great opportunity to get involved in the UNO and Omaha Communities?

The Omaha America's Walk for Diabetes will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Lake Zorinsky, 156th and F St.

"Most of us have family and/or friends (or maybe even yourself) who are suffering with diabetes," said Suzanne Sollars, the UNO team organizer and an associate professor of psychology at UNO. "There are 20.8 million Americans with Diabetes, approximately 97,000 in Nebraska. Diabetes is the largest healthcare expense in the United States. On average, every 21 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes."

To sign up as a team member, visit the Web at and follow the prompts listed below:

- Go to "Join a Team" and then search for the "UNO - University of Nebraska Omaha" team name;

- Select the team name, and "Join;" and

- Plug in your information.

Family and friends not directly affiliated with UNO may also sign up under the UNO team name. There will be a party at the finish line with food and goody bags. Children are welcome at the walk and party.

"I hope you will consider joining the team. Together, we can help increase the progress toward finding cause and cure for diabetes, and have a great time meeting other UNO students, faculty and staff!" Sollars said.

Monies raised will go toward the American Diabetes Association (ADA) research, education and advocacy programs.

For more information, contact Sollars 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" (FAQ's) 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

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

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. In accordance with campus policy, only new MavCard and NU I.D. numbers will be accepted in the library as of Sept. 8, 2006. Older cards will no longer be valid.

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.

For more information, contact the Library Circulation Desk at 554.3206.

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

Biweekly Payroll Notice

August has three biweekly paydays (Aug. 3, Aug. 17 and Aug. 31). Therefore, no standard deductions will be taken from the Aug. 31 biweekly payroll. Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions, such as insurance and parking, withheld. Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, and retirement and credit union deductions will be taken.

For more information, contact payroll at 554.2325.