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A Short Look at Centennial

UNO's Centennial Celebration officially starts Oct. 8. This short video was produced by UNO Television.

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"From the Top" is Coming to Omaha

Classical 90.7 KVNO will bring the award-winning show "From the Top" to Omaha on Friday, May 22, 2009, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.  In collaboration with Omaha Performing Arts, this National Public Radio show will give a live performance showcasing top young classical musicians.

KVNO airs "From the Top" each Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Information about ticket sales and sponsorships will come at a later date.  Information about local auditions is available at http://www.fromthetop.org.

"From the Top" features live events taped coast-to-coast, which bring together diverse audiences for inspiring performances by young musicians and host Christopher O'Riley.  "From the Top's" Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award program provides 25 deserving young musicians with a $10,000 scholarship so they can make the most of their talent and seize opportunities to play at their best.

For more information, contact Anne Hellbusch at 559.5866.

Retirement Reception July 9 for Connie Guthrie

Connie Guthrie, business manager for the College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T), will retire this month after 13 years at UNO. The college will hold a retirement reception Wednesday, July 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute atrium.

All of Guthrie's years of service have been in the College of IS&T, except for her first year when she worked as a secretary in computer science. At that time, computer science was a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Guthrie has held her present position since the establishment of IS&T. She and her husband plan to move to Missouri.

To R.S.V.P., contact Kay Johnson at 554.2380 or kayjohnson@unomaha.edu.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Twelve student UNO Ambassadors have been selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills to represent the university. This select group serves as hosts for university related functions at the request of deans, directors, department chairs and other UNO faculty or staff.

Functions that ambassadors can serve at include acting as official greeters for university activities, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university and occasionally leading campus tours.

The group will be available for events beginning Friday, Aug. 1. Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at cliewer@unomaha.edu or 554.3520. 

Activate Omaha 2008 Commuter Challenge Under Way

Tired of outrageous gas prices? Tired of contributing to global warming? There's a simple solution. Activate Omaha, in collaboration with WELCOM and Bikeable Communities!, currently is hosting the Third Annual Omaha Metro Bicycle Commuter Challenge through Sunday, Aug. 17.

"We hope to promote healthy lifestyle choices for Omahans, as well as create excitement and awareness around cycling in the Omaha Metro area," said John Noble, associate professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). "UNO will have a commuter team and you can become a part of it. You don't have to be a serious cyclist to participate and can join in anytime."

Participants during the 14-week challenge are asked to bike to work about 1.5 days or 14.3 miles a week and record mileage and days. This challenge leads up to Corporate Cycling Challenge, on Aug. 17. If participants are able to bike to campus and earn 200 points over the course of the summer (10 points for each bicycle commute and 1 point per mile), part of or their entire UNO cycling jersey for the Corporate Cycling Challenge will be paid for.

"Live in West Omaha or Bellevue and think it's too far to bike? Just put your bike in or on your vehicle and drive to a preferred location to park and bike from there," Dr. Noble said.

More information will be sent to those who wish to participate. To sign up contact, Dr. Noble at johnnoble@mail.unomaha.edu. The Commuter Challenge is for faculty and staff of UNO. Students who want to participate can contact Jessica Dozark at jdozark@unomaha.edu.

Annual Fall New Faculty/Graduate Assistant Workshops Set for Aug. 18-19

The 2008 new faculty workshop and graduate assistant workshops, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will take place Monday, Aug. 18. The faculty workshop continues Tuesday, Aug. 19.

"These workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years," said Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies. "It provides new faculty and new teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO—our metropolitan mission and strategic goals, our students, our academic support services, and faculty development opportunities."

For more information about the workshops, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu or Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu.

Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through Friday, Aug. 22. Motorcycles may park at the following locations on the Dodge, Pacific and Center Street campuses:

- Parking structure (stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, for details);

- Northwest corner of Lot A (north of Kayser Hall);

- Northwest corner of Lot M (south of Criss Library);

- Southwest corner of Lot 2 (north of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute); and

- West of the dome in Lot 20 (Center Street Location).

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Adults Needed for Problem Gambling Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry currently needs research volunteers, age 19 and older, to evaluate an investigational treatment for pathological gambling. Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements. Nationally, statistics show that more than two million adults suffer from pathological gambling.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to unmcprc@unmc.edu.