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As in the past, UNO will offer free parking for the annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert and fireworks show. Festivities will take place Friday, June 27, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. See the story in today's eNotes for details.

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Bank of the West Concert June 27; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert is set for Friday, June 27, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will again provide free parking.

This year's entertainment includes Kool & The Gang, 38 Special and Night Wing, an ensemble from the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band. A fireworks finale will follow the performances at 10 p.m. Also at the event, The Omaha Food Bank will accept donations of non-perishable food items. Specially designed Bank of the West Celebrates America plush bears will be available for $5 each, with all proceeds going to The Food Bank.

In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage will be open after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park on campus to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street.

Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific locations stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. People who park at the Pacific location for the concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

Bank of the West, in cooperation with the city of Omaha, annually sponsors the outdoor concert and fireworks finale. For more information, visit the Web at http://www.bankofthewest.com/celebratesamerica.

Parking Lot Maintenance Notice

Sunday through Monday, June 22-23, Lots S and D will be closed to undergo regularly scheduled seal coating and striping. The lots will reopen Tuesday morning, provided the weather has allowed for restriping. Due to unpredictable weather conditions, the schedule may change without notice, and lots will be closed as needed.

For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/parking/or contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

SAC Hunger Awareness Day Event a Success

The food drive held on June 3, Hunger Awareness Day, sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) raised just over $400 in cash donations/Eco-bag sales and one and a half barrels of food.

"Many thanks go out to those who donated and participated in the event," said Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, event-organizer for SAC. "The Staff Advisory Council hopes to make this an annual event."

Supplies Still Sought for Disaster Victims

The Salvation Army and Star 104.5 FM need assistance from UNO faculty, staff and students to help fill a 53-foot truck, donated by Werner Enterprises, with cleaning supplies for disaster victims.

"We've all seen how devastating the floods have been and now we need to get together and offer them the supplies they need," said J. Pat,  program director at Star 104.5 FM.

Hopes are to have the truck filled by Tuesday, June 24. Supplies can be dropped of at The Salvation Army Offices, 3612 Cuming St.

Needed supplies:

- Mops;

- Brooms;

- Buckets;

- Disinfectant cleaner;

- Work gloves (rubber and cloth);

- Hand sanitizer;

- Hand wipes;

- Personal hygiene items;

- Protective eye wear;

- Paper products;

- Bug spray; and

- Sunscreen.

"If they do not want to go buy these items we are still accepting money so we can go purchase them at a deep discount," said Michelle Shearer, Salvation Army volunteer and special events coordinator.  "Areas we are still helping today are: in Nebraska - Kearney; in Iowa - Des Moines, Mason City, Burlington, Iowa City, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids."

For relief efforts in Nebraska and Iowa, send donations earmarked "Disaster Relief" to:

The Salvation Army
3612 Cumming St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Monetary donations are also being collected online at http://www.givesalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Submissions Sought for UNO Calendar of Events

Want to increase attendance at a campus activity?  Try promoting it with the online UNO Calendar of Events.

Among other events, the calendar (http://events.unomaha.edu/) lists several software training workshops planned for Thursday and Friday, June 26-27, through the Nebraska Business Development Center. 

"Please make submitting items to the calendar a regular part of your work routine," said Beverly Newsam, public relations technician in University Relations and Calendar of Events administrator. "The calendar can be a useful tool for the campus and community, if it's utilized."   

Calendar items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site (http://events.unomaha.edu/) and include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.  Categories for submissions include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, performances and miscellaneous.

To submit an item to the UNO Calendar of Events, follow the instructions below. All submissions are edited by University Relations for grammar and spelling before they are posted.  Usually, events show up on the calendar within 24 hours of their submission. 

(Note: The process may vary slightly, depending on the Internet browser used.)

1. Go to http://events.unomaha.edu/.

2. Click on the "Logon" button.

3. Enter "post" in the "Username" box and "event" in the "Password" box.

4. Click on the "Update Event" button to access a submission form.

5. Fill out the form for the event you are submitting.

6. Click the "Submit event for approval" button when done.

7. Fill out another form as before if submitting more events.

8. Click "Done" when finished submitting events.

9. To log off, click "Post." Then, click "Logoff" and "OK."

"It only takes a few minutes to submit events to the calendar, but it is well worth it for everyone," Newsam said. "Those with questions should call University Relations or stop by 108 Eppley Administration Building."

For more information, call 554.2129.

Scheduled Electrical Outage Set for June 21

Criss Library and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) will experience a scheduled electrical outage beginning Saturday, June 21, at 12:30 a.m. Electrical power will be restored by Saturday at 6 a.m. The installation of additional electrical equipment at the CPACS construction site makes this outage necessary.

All other areas will continue to have normal power. For more information, call Larry Morgan at 554.3735.

June 20-21 Electrical Outage to Affect Online Services at Criss Library

Due to a scheduled electrical outage on campus, the Criss Library's online resources and services will be unavailable from 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, through 6 a.m. Saturday, June 21. This affects access to online databases and the library catalog.

For assistance, contact the Reference Desk at 554.2661.

Summer Faculty Recruitment Workshop June 24

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources - Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host a Summer Faculty Recruitment Workshop on Tuesday, June 24.

The workshop is designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The workshop assists departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

Next Tuesday's workshop will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The workshop will provide information on recruitment strategies, the UNO People Admin System and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of these workshops. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu, James McCarty at 554.2262 or jhmccarty@mail.unomaha.edu or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or sulmar@mail.unomaha.edu.

In the News

In the News

- Tej Adidam, chair of the Department of Marketing and Management, was quoted in the June 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on the jobless rate in Nebraska.

- Chris Allen, School of Communication associate professor, discussed the public relations issues surrounding Mayor Mike Fahey's decision to replace David Sokol and later reinstate Sokol as MECA board member on KFAB (1110 AM) June 16. His segment was part of "The Tom Becka Show."

- Don Greer, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, was quoted in a June 16 Omaha World-Herald article about a study he prepared about Omaha's walking trails.

- The Omaha World-Herald quoted Jack Heidel, chair of the Department of Math, in its June 16 issue about the proposed learning community council. Dr. Heidel is a candidate for one of the seats.

- New Horizons, the monthly publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, profiled Lyn Holley in its May issue. Dr. Holley is an assistant professor in the Department of Gerontology.

- Professor of biology John McCarty was quoted in the May issue of the Greater Omaha Business Magazine. The article was about green trends among local businesses.

- The Omaha World-Herald featured theatre professors Cindy Melby Phaneuf and D. Scott Glasser in its June 19 issue. The pair discussed this year's season of Shakespeare on the Green.

- Hank Robinson, director of the Juvenile Justice Institute, was interviewed by KIOS (91.5 FM) June 12 about a gun violence report he and Pete Simi prepared for Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey. Dr. Simi, assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, conducted interviews with KPTM (Fox 42) and KETV (ABC 7) June 16 about the study. Dr. Robinson and Dr. Simi were also quoted in a June 12 Omaha World-Herald article about the results of their study.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Robert Woody, professor of psychology, has an article titled "Revisiting Independent Contractors in Psychological Practice" appearing in the current issue of The Florida Psychologist, which is published by the Florida Psychological Association.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

Shakespeare on the Green Continues Tonight at Elmwood
Shakespeare on the Green continues tonight, June 20, at Elmwood Park with "Much Ado About Nothing."

Two Department of Theatre professors are directing the free performances. Cindy Melby Phaneuf, founding artistic director of Shakespeare on the Green, directs "Much Ado About Nothing," which runs June 20-22 and July 2 and 5. D. Scott Glasser directs "King Lear," which runs June 26-29 and July 3 and 6.

Pre-show seminars and entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m., with performances starting at 8 p.m. each night. A new dog contest will take place Sunday, June 29. Patrons can also pre-order "Much Ado For Two" dinner baskets.

For more information on the 2008 season, visit http://www.nebraskashakespeare.com, call 280.2391 or send an email to info@nebraskashakespeare.com.

Metheny to Perform Tonight at Omaha Jazz Workshop Summer Camp
Trumpeter Mike Metheny will perform tonight, June 20, with the UNO Faculty Jazz Combo and students from the Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp.  The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.  Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Quilt Exhibit Featuring Hartranft Under Way
Three works by Frank Hartranft, adjunct physics instructor and quilter, are on display this summer at a quilt show exhibit at the Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St., in Bellevue.  The display will continue through the middle of August.

The Sarpy County Historical Museum is the headquarters for the Sarpy County Historical Society. Exhibits include Native American and pioneer life and a log cabin thought to be the oldest in Nebraska. For hours or exhibit information, call 292.1880.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.