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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.

Centennial Web Template to Go Live July 28

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A new UNO Web template, with a Centennial look and feel, will "go live" on Monday, July 28. 

 "We expect the changes to go smoothly," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations.  "It won't be completely instantaneous, and any problems encountered will be worked through as quickly as possible."

A new web template, which will change how looks along with all other templated pages at the university, will offer visitors enhanced top-level navigation and quicklinks and a wider page format.  The new template will also make multi-media content (online audio, video and slideshows) easier to include.

"The new template opens up possibilities for every area of campus," Kaldahl said.  "This very much goes hand-in-hand with what Centennial is about – celebrating our campus and making it a model for the future."

The web template redesign is an important facet of the overall Centennial communication effort at UNO.  Other communication strategies include using boilerplate messaging at the end of press releases, Centennial advertising themes and the production of an institutional history video.

A new, easier to use and updated university calendar of events will also be unveiled in the near future.  UNO's Web site presence grows in importance each day.

"The Web lets UNO stay in touch locally with students, faculty and staff and connects us with alumni across the country and world," Kaldahl said.  "And we know that for many, many people the first encounter they have with university comes online.  We don't need a good Web presence.  We need a great Web presence."

For more information, call 554.3502.

Join UNO's Cycling Team for the Corporate Cycling Challenge

UNO will field another cycling team for the 18th Annual Corporate Cycling Challenge to be held Sunday, Aug. 17, beginning at the Heartland of America Park, Eighth and Farnham.

Participants can ride 10, 25 or 42 miles. The cost to join the UNO team is $18 and registration is required before Sunday, July 31. Participating team members will receive a Corporate Cycling Challenge T-shirt.

Since this is a Corporate Challenge, cycling team members can only include people on the UNO payroll, including full- and part-time faculty and staff, adjunct faculty, graduate assistants and student workers.

For more information or to register, contact John Noble at 554.3250 or or Bob Blair at 554.3865 or Members of the Bicycle Commuter Challenge need to register for this event that ends the challenge.

Free Toner Cartridges Available

Limited quantities of developer, toner and staple cartridges are available from Mail Services for departmental use only.

- Xerox 5R599, 5R597, 5R573 and 5R327

- HP size 14

- Sharp SD-360NT black

- Lanier 7385 black

- Toshiba T-1550

- 92298A

- Toshiba T-2060

- Xerox fuser model 622500015

Staple Cartridges
- Xerox 108R00053

- Lanier SC85

For details, contact Kathy Bartle at 554.2337.

ITS Offers Training for New Office 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer two hands-on training sessions to transition faculty and staff to the new Office 2007.

"These sessions are designed to help you make a smooth change from Office 2003 to Office 2007 and to acquaint you with the new features now available," said Erin King, instructional design specialist for ITS. "Please be aware that ITS added Office 2007 to all of our open computer labs and hi-tech classrooms. Beginning in the fall 2008 semester, Office 2003 will no longer be available in these labs and hi-tech rooms."

All sessions will take place in 007A Roskens Hall at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 22
1 to 2:30 p.m.          

Wednesday, July 23
9:30 to 11 a.m.

Friday, July 25
9:30 to 11 a.m.

"These sessions will not teach users the base program, but rather the differences between the two versions," King said. "You will need to have a good working knowledge of each application before attending the sessions."

To sign up for these sessions:

- Go to;

- Select "July" from the drop down menu on the right and click "Go";

- Enter a SAP personnel number (this is the five-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "Ok" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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.

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

The 2008 new faculty workshop and the graduate assistant workshops, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will take place Monday, Aug. 18. The faculty workshop will continue 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 or Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or

Participants Sought for UNMC Teen Depression Study

Teens experiencing depression are being recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Adolescent depression symptoms may include:

- often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;

- trouble sleeping or staying asleep;

- change in appetite;

- loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and

- feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements. To participate, adolescents must be 12 to 17 years of age. To learn more about this UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.