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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.

Weight Watchers on Campus Open House Aug. 1

Weight Watchers on Campus is back for the fall semester. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the open house Friday, Aug. 1.  The theme of the open house is "Put Yourself 1st on August 1st!" It will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).

Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs, asks if anyone answers yes to these questions to think about attending the Aug. 1 half-hour session:

- How many times have you put others' well-being above your own?

- Have you put on a few pounds over the years?

- Need some encouragement to take it off?

"Weight Watchers is not a diet; it is a healthy lifestyle change," Daniels said. "Weight Watchers is a proven program which uses the points plan or the core plan, portion-control, movement and support to change lives."

At the session, dates will be determined for the regular meetings for the next 15-week program. Plans are to start the program the week of September 7.

"However, we need to have 15 paid participants by Thursday, Aug. 28, in order to get a Weight Watchers' leader, the program materials and the weekly meetings at UNO," Daniels said.

The cost for the 15-week program is $180, and is payable in three monthly installments (by check only). If paying by credit card or cash, individuals must pay the $180 at the start of the program.

For details, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or Jessica Dozark at 554.3917.

"Consider This" to Discuss Veterans Benefits

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 23.7 million military veterans living in the United States in 2006.

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt will discuss veterans eligibility and benefits on a federal, state and local level.

Wyatt's guests will include Al Washko, director of veteran's affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa healthcare system; Bernie Brosnihan, a veterans service officer with Douglas County; and Tom Pascale, Omaha Rolling Hills Ranch.

The program airs today, July 25, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

Other air dates and times are:

- NET1
Sunday, July 27
11:30 a.m.

- NET2
Tuesday, July 29
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit http://www.tknomaha.org.

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 Age 60 and Over 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 a 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.

In the News

In the News

- Omaha World-Herald columnist Michael Kelly wrote about Elizabeth Dahl, Political Science assistant professor, on July 20. Dahl has traveled to Beijing to volunteer as a translator for the summer Olympics.

- Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), was quoted in the July 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about immigrants living and working in Fremont.

- School of Communication Director Jeremy Lipschultz was a guest on "The Tom Becka Show" on KFAB (1110 AM) and quoted in the Chicago Tribune earlier this week following the FCC ruling to toss out an indecency fine against CBS following the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

- Hank Robinson, director of the Juvenile Justice Institute, was featured in a July 17 story on WOWT (NBC 6) about the work ethic of today's millennial generation.

- The July 22 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured the travel course to China taught by Peter Szto, School of Social Work assistant director. The article also featured student writings about their experiences in China.

- A July 12 car wash organized by the Summer Scholars Program, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, garnered media coverage from KMTV (CBS 3) and KETV (ABC 7). The car wash raised money for the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council, following the deadly tornado near Little Sioux, Iowa.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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.

This year's festival motto is "Set Sail for the Sun," the title of a piece by the late composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, known as the father of electronic music. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

"Hurricane Katrina, Iraq, Communist Nations Focus of Latest Art Exhibition at UNO
The UNO Art Gallery presents the works of Rebecca Keller and Lanny DeVuono, an exhibition of painting and mixed media that centers on intersecting relationships we have with ourselves, each other, our surroundings and the history of our society.

The exhibition runs Tuesday, July 29 through Friday, Aug. 29. A closing reception will be held Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Read more.

Quilt Exhibit Featuring Hartranft Under Way
Three works by Frank Hartranft, adjunct physics instructor and quilter, are on display this summer at the Sarpy County Historical Museum, 2402 Clay St., in Bellevue.  The display continues through the middle of August.

The Sarpy County Historical Museum is the headquarters for the Sarpy County Historical Society. Exhibits include Native American and pioneer life and a log cabin thought to be the oldest in Nebraska. For hours or exhibit information, call 292.1880.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.