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July 4th Carillon Concert

UNO carilloneur James Johnson performed a 30-minute concert of patriotic melodies in honor of America on July 4th. The annual event was free and open to the public.

SAC to Host Open HR Forum Today for Barbara Jeffrey

The Staff Advisory Council will hold a forum today, July 10, for Barbara Jeffrey, the last finalist for the UNO Human Resources director position. Jeffrey currently serves as a professor of human resources at Bellevue University and Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Today's open forum starts at 2:45 p.m. in the Welcome Center, 111 Eppley Administration Building, and will last an hour. All members of the university community - faculty, staff and students - and the public are encouraged to attend.

In addition to the open forum, Jeffrey will tour campus and meet with UNO officials.

For more information, call 554.3502.

August TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees August 5, 19 and 26.

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

Activate Omaha 2008 Commuter Challenge Under Way

Tired of outrageous gas prices? Tired of contributing to global warming? If so, participate in the Third Annual Omaha Metro Bicycle Commuter Challenge. Activate Omaha, in collaboration with WELCOM and Bikeable Communities!, is hosting the event 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. "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."

During the 14-week challenge, participants 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 the Corporate Cycling Challenge on Aug. 17. If participants are able to bike to campus and earn 200 points (10 points for each bicycle commute and one point per mile), part of - or the entire - UNO cycling jersey cost 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 is available for participants. To sign up, contact Dr. Noble at The Commuter Challenge is for faculty and staff of UNO. However, students who want to participate can contact Jessica Dozark at

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 and Tuesday, Aug. 18-19.

"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, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or or Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or

2008-09 Ombudspersons Announced

The UNO Equal Opportunity Office announces the following ombudspersons for 2008-09.

They are:
- Tracie Anderson, assistant director, New Student Orientation, 554.2168;
- Rhonda Sheibal-Carver, staff assistant, public administration, 554.2625;and
- Mark Scherer, associate professor of history, 554.2835.

The office, established at UNO in 1970, receives and investigates complaints. Students, staff, faculty and administrators may request this service.

"Although the ombudspersons cannot assure that everything sought or requested by an inquirer will or should be granted, they will try to assure that a fair resolution of a dispute or problem is found," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director of Human Resources and director of the Equal Opportunity Office. "Feel free to contact any ombudsperson for assistance."

The office receives and investigates complaints relating to faculty, staff and grievances; inquiries about procedures; and inadequate or lack of communication, among other issues. Ulmar oversees the activities of the ombudspersons.

Participants Sought for UNMC Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is seeking individuals ages 19 to 65, who are experiencing depression, to participate in a 10-week research study of an investigational medication for depression. All study procedures and medications are provided.

For more information, call 552.6005 or send an e-mail to