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Sarah Schneiderwind and Jonathan Kinkade

UNO Hosts Training for Seismic Recording Stations

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO seniors Sarah Schneiderwind (environmental studies major) and Jonathan Kinkade (geology major) learn how to precisely locate seismic sites using GPS near the Durham Science Center. The students also documented the locations of possible sites with GPS and digital cameras.

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Amanda Steele

Student Named 'Hero' by Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army honored UNO student Amanda Steele with a D.J.'s Hero award May 5 during its annual luncheon.

Steele, an aviation student, left a dysfunctional family situation and became homeless before her freshman year in high school. She worked to support herself. Through hard work and good life choices, she overcame hardships to become a top student. Last spring she received an Outstanding Leadership Award from her alma mater, Wylie High School in Texas.

The annual award honors local youths ages 17 through 19 and includes a $5,000 scholarship. The D.J.'s Hero awards are named in memory of D.J. Sokol, son of David and Peggy Sokol, who lost his battle with cancer at age 18.

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Campus Construction Notice

Starting this week, the mall area south of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) and the north one-third of lot R will begin undergoing renovations. Two-thirds of lot R will close during the construction. The four affected handicap-accessible stalls will be relocated to the south end of lot R.

The handicap-accessible ramp south of the MBSC and the northwest doors of Allwine Hall will also close during this project. The west and northeast doors of the MBSC and northeast and southeast doors of Allwine Hall will be designated as handicap-accessible entrances.

The project is expected to be completed by Friday, Aug. 1.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 960.9819.

UNO Bookstore Store to Close for Inventory

The UNO Bookstore will close today through Friday, May 27-30, for its annual physical inventory. It will reopen Monday, June 2, and resume regular summer hours:

- Monday and Tuesday
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

For more information, call Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360.

myMail Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations Offered

Information Technology Services (ITS) will upgrade myMail (Lotus Notes) to version 8.0 in June. To prepare for this new version, ITS is offering a variety of opportunities for faculty and staff to learn more about Lotus Notes 8.

Brown Bag Lunch Demonstrations
All sessions will cover the same material, and all faculty and staff are welcome to attend. No registration is required for these sessions.

- Wednesday, May 28

Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room

Noon to 1 p.m.

- Thursday, June 5

155 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Friday, June 13

MBSC Unomaha Room

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Additional resources have been added to to familiarize users with this upgrade.  The Lotus Notes 8 Upgrade Information module is located in the center of the page. myMail FAQ's (Version 8) can be found on the "Help Tab."

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

CBA Groundbreaking June 2

A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the new UNO College of Business Administration (CBA) will take place Monday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. on the Pacific location campus. Faculty, students, staff and the public can attend this event, which will be held under a tent between The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) and the Aksarben Village development.

UNO, the University of Nebraska system and business community dignitaries will give brief remarks at the event. Because a large crowd is expected, the UNO community is asked to use the campus shuttle to ease parking concerns.

The 120,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be completed by the fall of 2010. Louis Pol, CBA dean, said the new building will result in a transformed CBA - ready to meet the needs of business, non-profit and government communities in the 21st Century.

The facility's design, created by Holland Basham Architects and Gensler and Associates, and location will encourage collaboration between the CBA and other colleges, particularly PKI. Envisioned are partnerships among students and faculty in various disciplines to advance new or proposed programs in innovation and entrepreneurship, information assurance/business security, risk management and investment science, international business programs, real estate research and transportation science.

For more information, call 554.3502.

May, June TIAA-CREF Schedule

A TIAA-CREF representative will visit campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates:

- May 27 and 28

- June 3, 13, 20 and 27

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Gennie Pettit at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3600 or by visiting the Web at

SAC Food Drive and Brown Bag June 3

Mark the calendar for the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Food Drive and Brown Bag.  The campus event will take place Tuesday, June 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza and outside the Eppley Administration Building.

Members from the campus community are invited to bring their own lunches. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.

Food donations for the Omaha Food Bank will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click on this link for a listing of requested food items.

The rain location for the event is the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at or 554.2625.

University Surplus Auction Set for June 7

University surplus property will go on sale Saturday, June 7, at a public auction. Standley Auction & Realty Co. will handle the sale, which will take place at the warehouse at 3805 N. 16th St.

The doors open at 8 a.m., and the auction starts at 10 a.m. A full listing is available by clicking on this link.

For more information, call 554.2337.

UNO Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates available for the UNO campus for those interested in redesigning college or departmental Web sites. Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training on the Web templates this summer. 

Training will be held Wednesdays - June 11, 18 and 25 - in 007A Roskens Hall. More training sessions will be added depending upon the level of interest. To learn more about Web templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

Available sessions:

June 11

- Web Templates I: Planning and Organization

1:30 to 3 p.m.

This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing departmental Web site structure or to create a new structure. ITS staff will use several forms to diagram the site layout, to keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure. Staff will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples and discuss how the template can best be used for individual sites. This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

June 18

- Templates II: Setup and Page Development 

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This hands-on session will focus on working with Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages on your site. ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences. The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site, setting the page titles, working with the tabs and the includes. Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.

June 25

- Web Templates III: Content and Graphics

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This hands-on session will focus on completing the university's model Web page with the main content, as well as the footer. Additionally, ITS staff will cover adding graphics and using fonts. Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional Web site. Prerequisite: Web Templates II required. 

To register for training:

- Go to calendar.php;

- Select the correct month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Planned Microsoft Software Changes in Classrooms and Labs

College techs and Information Technology Services (ITS) personnel will remove Office 2003 from campus classrooms and labs this summer. To help faculty and staff transition to Microsoft Office 2007, both Office 2003 and 2007 were maintained on classroom and lab machines for the past year while Office 2007 training was made available.

Faculty and staff using Office 2003 can open files using Office 2007, and ITS will make additional Office 2007 training available in the fall as needed. Anyone with questions or concerns can contact their college or department tech person about the status of personal office computers.

As a reminder, the following software is available for faculty/staff purchase for work-at-home use. These purchases can be made using an employee MavCard or a departmental budget number at the ITS Customer Services office in 104 Eppley Administration Building.

Available software includes:

- Microsoft Vista Business ($20);

- Microsoft Vista Ultimate ($40);

- Microsoft Office 2007 PC ($20); and

- Microsoft Office 2008 for the Mac ($20).

ITS staff said UNO will not upgrade to the Microsoft Vista operating system during the 2008 school year.

"There are no compelling reasons to do so [upgrade] at this time, as Vista does not offer significant new functionality, and the current operating system, Microsoft XP, is supported through 2010. Additionally, computer hardware requirements to use Vista are much greater than for XP, meaning many campus machines would need to be upgraded in order to run the software," said Shelley Schafer, manager of distance education with ITS. "By postponing the software upgrade, many computers that would require upgraded hardware will most likely be replaced as part of the continual classroom/lab maintenance cycle."

For more information, contact Schafer at 554.4831.


- Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and professor of sociology, recently participated in a conference - "Immigration Reform: Implications for Farmers, Farm Workers and Communities" - in Washington, D.C.  At the event, Dr. Gouveia presented "Immigration, Meatpacking and Rural Communities in Nebraska: Forces of Change and Current Conditions." The conference was organized by the University of California at Davis with the support of the Farm and Giannini Foundations, the Southern Rural Development Center and the Institute for the Study of International Migration.

Human Resources Announces New Hires for April 2008
The Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (as of April 2008):

- Adam Miller, officer, Campus Security;
- Ben Johnson, first-floor service desk supervisor, Criss Library;
- Dawn Mick, circulation day supervisor (promotion), Criss Library;
- Christian Fairbanks, mail carrier, Mail Services; and
- Michael Travato, custodian, Milo Bail Student Center.

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