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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.

The Gateway Digital Archive Updated and Now Available through Criss Library

The Gateway digital archive, has been updated and is now located at the Criss Library Web site. The archive project is a primary UNO Centennial project and represents a partnership between UNO and OliveSoftware/OCLC.

Although the project was initially funded as part of UNO's Centennial, Criss Library has agreed to fund future archive additions and will maintain the site. Plans call for issues to be added on a yearly basis.

The Gateway digital archive now includes issues through February of 2008. Gateway issues from 1922 through July of 2005 became available last spring.

To access the archive:
- Visit http://library.unomaha.edu;
- Click on "Collections Tab" at top of page; and
- Highlight "The Gateway" link.

For more information, contact Les Valentine at lvalentine@unomaha.edu or 554.2362. For Centennial information, visit http://www.uno100.org.

Participants Age 60 Needed for Stem Cell Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is seeking subjects for a research study evaluating the effect of physical activity on stem cells in the blood.

Participants will visit the UNMC Clinical Research Center twice, where they will have small amount of blood drawn and complete questionnaires related to their health history and physical activity. Subjects will wear a pedometer and accelerometer (similar in size to a pager) on their waist for seven days to determine current activity level. Individuals need to be 60 years old or older to be eligible to participate.

For more information, call the study coordinator at 559.1158 or e-mail ajbowen@unmc.edu.

July FEAP Hours Announced

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The July schedule:

- July 21, 29 and 31
8 a.m. to noon

- July 24
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

ITS Offers Training for New Office 2007

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer three 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
Excel
1 to 2:30 p.m.

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

Friday, July 25
Word
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 http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;

- 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.

Late Fall Book Orders Due to the Bookstore

The UNO Bookstore 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.

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.

Maverick Watch

Mark the calendar. UNO will hold its football media day on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. at Caniglia Field. Team and individual photos will be taken at 1 p.m.

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on players over the summer hiatus, visit http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/.