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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.

University-wide PC Alert Testing Begins

As part of UNO's ongoing effort to improve the alert notification process, the university will implement "PC Alert." The system will allow emergency and alert messages to be transmitted to all personal computers on the UNO network.

PC Alert is being gradually deployed by the respective departmental collaborations between UNO Telecomm and Information Technology Services (ITS) staffs. Deployment should be transparent to the individual PC users. It will automatically activate each time the PC is started. The only noticeable difference will be an icon on the status bar (lower right) that indicates "MessageNet PC Alert." PC Alert will not effect the operation of PCs except when an emergency message is being distributed.

The PC Alert capability will be integrated into the existing UNO Alert System. When used, it will send an alert to campus PCs simultaneously with other emergency announcements. The PC Alert message will scroll across the PC screen. More information on PC Alert can be found at http://emergency.unomaha.edu/alerts.php.

A series of tests will be conducted over the next several weeks to ensure that PC Alert is functioning correctly. These messages will clearly indicate it is test. 

For questions, contact a ITS representative, the UNO ITS HelpDesk at 554.4357 or UNO Telecomm at 554.3036.

UNO Bookstore Online Book Order Form Out-of-Service

UNO Bookstore has discovered that its online book order form was not functioning properly from July 3-11. Any book orders submitted through the Bookstore Web site between those dates were not received by the Bookstore staff and will need to be resubmitted via fax at 554.3220 or e-mail at sdickey@unomaha.edu.

Individuals who submitted a book order and would like to see if it was received should contact Scott Dickey at 554.2541.

SHS Avian Flu Presentation Today

Marcia Adler, R.N., with Student Health Services, will speak about avian flu today, July 15. The event begins at 9 a.m. in the Welcome Center Conference Room, 111 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, call 554.2743.

Parking Permit Renewal Process Under Way

Campus Security has distributed faculty/staff parking permit renewals for the 2008-09 academic year via campus mail. Anyone who did not receive a renewal form can stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, or call 554.2648.

Faculty/staff parking permits are now being distributed via campus mail. When people receive the 2008-09 parking permit, they may begin using it.

Access cards for the parking structure must be renewed before Aug. 15 or they will not be valid starting Aug. 25, the first day of the fall semester.

Late Fall Book Orders Due to the Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore staff reminds all faculty who have not submitted their fall textbook orders to do so as soon as possible. 

For more information, contact the Course Materials Department at 554.2499 or Scott Dickey at sdickey@unomaha.edu.

July Biweekly Payday Notice

There are three biweekly paydays this month (July 3, 17 and 31). Therefore, no standard deductions will be taken from the July 31 biweekly payroll.  Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions (insurance, parking, etc.) withheld.  Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken. 

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.

Part-time Faculty Workshops Set for Aug. 20-21

Workshops for all part-time UNO faculty will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 20-21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Hall.

Sessions will cover:


- An overview of UNO;


- A teaching tips panel;


- An introduction to UNO resources, services and campus safety; and


- Advanced information technology services for experienced part-time faculty.

For more information, visit the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/facdevelop. To register for a workshop, call the CFD at 554.2427 or send an e-mail with the participant's full name, department and phone number to unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu.

People

Michele Roberts Joins UNO Staff as Associate AD/SWA
Michele Roberts has been named associate athletic director/senior woman administrator.

Roberts, a native of Omaha, has served as the director of basketball operations at Iowa State since 2003, where she had responsibility for practice schedules, team travel, camps, budgets, alumni relations and game scheduling.   

"Michele impressed us during the interview process with her knowledge, understanding of the position, and desire for the job," said David Miller, UNO athletic director. "I'm looking forward to working with Michele and know she will be an outstanding addition to our staff. Her background, experiences and ideas will serve us well."

Roberts will begin her duties Aug. 1.  At UNO, she will be a member of the senior staff, represent the department at conference and NCAA meetings, coordinate the UNO Diet Pepsi Women's Walk, market various intercollegiate programs and will have sport administrative responsibilities.

Roberts went to Iowa State from the Omaha Public Schools, where she served as head girls basketball coach at Central High School from 1998-2003. She took the Eagles to back-to-back state tournaments in 2001 and 2002, including the 2002 semifinals.

She created the Junior Eagles Basketball program in 2000, and  was a part of the People to People Sports Ambassadors program, traveling to France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Greece and Italy coaching basketball.

Roberts earned her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1995. She received her master's degree in education, with a specialization in higher education, from Iowa State in August 2005.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.