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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.

SAC to Host Open HR Forum Today for Mollie Anderson

The Staff Advisory Council will hold a forum today, July 22, for Mollie Anderson, the last finalist for the UNO Human Resources director position. Anderson currently serves as director of administrative service with the state of Iowa.

Today's open forum starts at 2 in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room 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, Anderson will tour campus and meet with UNO officials.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Anderson vitae

Lotus Notes Upgrade Update

To enable a campus-wide Lotus Notes upgrade, Information Technology Services (ITS) utilized the IBM  "Smart Upgrade" on July 9. Although many computers have been successfully upgrade, some issues have been reported.

Client Version
Issues reported with the pop-up "Smart upgrade" include:

- The computer user not having administrative privileges. To resolve this issue, individuals should their college or department tech support to request a manual installation of the upgrade.

- The length of time required for the upgrade on off-campus computers. The download could take anywhere between five and 45 minutes, depending on the connection and other variables. ITS staff ask that off-campus computer users to be patient. Some upgrades that appeared to fail were caused by an interrupted download. 

Web Version
Campus community members have also reported log-in issues with the upgraded Web mail. Through testing, ITS staff has discovered that the majority of the log-in issues are resolved when:

- Faculty and staff type "http://unomail2.unomaha.edu" into the address bar on their Web browser to access the log in page. 

ITS system administrators are working with IBM to investigate and address these issues. Any solutions will be shared as soon as they are available.

If users are experiencing issues that have not been described above, ITS would appreciate any feedback. Call ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or email unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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 also 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.

Employee of the Month Nominations Sought

Supervisors can recognize and reward employees every day, but how often do they have the chance to give a monetary reward of $100, a portrait, and an individual parking space? The Human Resources Office is accepting nominations for Employee of the Month.

Let a subordinate or coworker know they deserve a little something more. 

To nominate someone:

- Go to http://www.unomaha.edu;

- Follow these prompts, click on Human Resources > Employment > Employee of the Month Nomination;

- Print off the "Employee of the Month Nomination" form; and

- Complete the form and send it to Human Resources, EAB 205.

19th Annual Summer Data Conference Set for Aug. 14

The Nebraska State Data Center will present its 19th Annual Summer Data Conference on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Boys Town Conference Center, 14100 Crawford St.

Those who attend this conference will to stay current with the latest data products, methods of access and applications. Session topics include:

- GIS and Data Mapping Applications;

- Getting Ready for the 2010 Census;

- American FactFinder Online Data Tool;

- Understanding Vital Statistics and Components of Population Change;

- State and Local Population Trends; and

- Information for Grant Writers and Data Users.

The registration fee includes materials, lunch and parking and is $50 if registered on or before Friday, Aug. 8, or $60 if registered after that date. Visit http://cpar.unomaha.edu to register online and for more information or contact Melanie Kiper at 561.7585 or mkiper@unomaha.edu.

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 unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu or Dr. Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or dsmith-howell@mail.unomaha.edu.

People

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.