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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.

Swanson Named Executive Director of EMBA and CEO Moves to Academic and Student Affairs

The UNO College of Business Administration (CBA) has named Bill Swanson as executive director of the Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program. 

Formerly director of Career Exploration and Outreach (CEO), he will now head the EMBA program and also oversee CBA's non-credit Executive Education programs. Swanson's appointment as executive EMBA director was effective July 1.  He will succeed Curt Bayer who is retiring in October.  Swanson will also continue as assistant to the vice chancellor for Business and Finance retaining his legislative, community and neighborhood liaison responsibilities.  He will also continue his duties as campus risk manager until July 1, 2009.

EMBA is an internationally accredited graduate degree program, designed for working managers and professionals. Classes are scheduled to allow participants to continue working and pursue their careers while earning their MBA. 

Swanson will greet his first class of EMBA students this month.  Besides a new executive director, the program will offer a new format for the 2009 graduating class. The program has decreased its class time from 24 to 18 months and credit hours from 48 to 42. The new EMBA format will also include a series of preapproved electives to be completed as an independent study on topics applicable to the student's organization or employer.

"We just revised the program, now EMBA will offer alternating weekend format, a shorter curriculum and six credit hours of electives," Swanson said. "Our goal was to make receiving an EMBA more practical -- by offering specific projects -- so that both the student and employer will benefit."

In addition to Swanson's promotion, another personnel and department shift have been announced in Career Exploration and Outreach (CEO). Michelle Perone, who has served as assistant director of CEO, has been named director. She has assumed all the managerial and operational responsibilities of the department.  CEO will also now report to Wade Robinson through the Office of Student and Academic Affairs.  Career Exploration and Outreach will continue to be housed in Eppley 211.

"We are glad to have the Career Exploration and Outreach Office in the Academic and Student Affairs Division and we look forward to maintaining the same quality service that they have provided to students and employers in the past," said Wade Robinson, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

Laura Lamblin of Business and Finance will continue to provide risk management customer service as the first point of contact and will direct inquiries to the appropriate resource as needed. Lamblin will offer help with property claims, student travel insurance and certificates of insurance.

For more information, contact Swanson at wswanson@mail.unomaha.edu.

Parking Lot Maintenance Notice

Two parking lots will undergo maintenance this week on the Dodge Street campus.

Today, July 23, workers will conduct utility verification on the west side of University Drive, but the road will not close. The northwest entrance of Lot O will be closed from Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26, for pothole testing. During this time, the other entrance of Lot O will remain open.

For more information, click on this map link or contact Bob Fuder at 554.2284.

ARTSaha! Festival Returns for 5th Annual Series of New Music Concerts

Omaha's new music festival – ARTSaha! – announced its schedule for its 5th annual presentation of concerts and events dedicated to new music. ARTSaha! is produced by ANALOG arts ensemble in partnership with UNO. Concerts will take place from Sept. 3 through 13. Read more.

Centennial Web Template to Go Live July 28

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." Read more.

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.

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.

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.