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Animals on Display

Giant cockroaches, an alligator and a desert fox were on the loose in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building earlier this week. Well, actually most of the wildlife had leashes. Animals with names like Zippy, Holly and Fluffy were all visitors to the Mav Kids Camp. The wildlife comes from the Wildlife Learning Encounter in Gretna and each year they entertain the kids while eating and drinking their bottled water.

NET Television's DTV Transition Will Occur Early

NET Television, Nebraska's statewide public television service, is alerting viewers that its upcoming digital transition will happen earlier than Feb. 17, 2009, in many locations in the state, and result in service interruptions of varying lengths.

Approximately 244,000 households in Nebraska receive their free, over-the-air television signal through a rooftop antenna or rabbit ears connected to an analog TV set. Many more Nebraskans - even those with satellite or cable subscriptions - have at least one analog television connected to an antenna. 

Federal law will require all television stations to stop broadcasting in analog as of Feb. 17, 2009. Most, including NET Television, are already broadcasting in digital and will simply turn off the analog signal on that date. With nine transmitters and numerous translators throughout the state, NET Television faces a much more complicated task. Read more.

"Consider This" to Review Occupational Hazards

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt introduces viewers to author Jonathan Segura and John Heaston, the editor of The Reader. Segura, a former Omaha resident, is about to release his first novel, Occupational Hazards. The book inspired by the bizarre events surrounding the Franklin Credit Union scandal of 1988.

Segura wrote for Heaston when Heaston operated the Omaha Weekly. According to critics, Occupational Hazards, will keep readers intrigued‚ especially those who love a good mystery. The program airs today, July 11, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

Other air dates and times are:

- NET1
Sunday, July 13
11:30 a.m.

- NET2
Tuesday, July 15
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit

Pacific Location Parking Lot Notice

Starting Monday, July 14, Lot 6 - at the Pacific location - will not be available due to the start of construction for the new College of Business Administration Mammel Hall project.

For more information, contact Facilities Management and Planning at 554.2249.

Fidelity Representative Campus Visit Set for Aug. 12

The campus Fidelity representative, Chad Anderson, will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Employees can call 1.800.642.7131 to make an appointment with Anderson.

Academic Regalia Notice for Aug. 15 Commencement

Commencement for August graduates will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.  Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore (554.2336) by Monday, July 28.

Boy Scouts Car Wash Fundraiser Planned for July 12

High school students participating in the Summer Scholars program, organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will host a car wash Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burger King, 78th and Dodge streets.

Funds raised will be donated to the Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council, which lost four Scouts earlier this year during a tornado in Little Sioux, Iowa.

The annual Summer Scholars program gives high school students a hands-on experience of life at college.

For more information, call Maria Garza at 554.2248.

In the News

In the News

- The June 28 issue of the Omaha World-Herald profiled the Holland Academy of Excellence technology camp at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI). Michele Bruntz and Lauren Weeks, PKI employees, were referenced in the article.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the July 9 issue of the Grand Island Independent (Grand Island, Neb.) about the increased decline of Nebraska's rural population.

- National Public Radio interviewed Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies, July 3 about resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and escalating violence on the Pakistani border.

- The Omaha World-Herald and KMTV (CBS 3) previewed the Fourth of July bell tower concert featuring UNO carilloneur and music professor James Johnson.

- Student Margaret Mandy was quoted in the June 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about her recent appointment to Secretary of State John Gale's College Voting Advisory Committee, a group charged with getting more students to the polls. Student Bethany Ragan was also mentioned in the article as the other UNO student appointed to the committee.

- The Omaha World-Herald quoted Michelle Perone, Career Exploration and Outreach, in its the July 9 issue about employment opportunities and job security during a recession.

- Pete Simi, associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was interviewed by KPTM (Fox 42) on July 5 about his research on Neo-Nazi groups.

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted in the State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) on July 1 about city council access to police internal investigation files.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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 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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.