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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.

Emergency Response Training on Campus July 29

The UNO incident command organization will conduct a drill with local law enforcement on Tuesday, July 29.  A similar exercise took place last summer.  The incident command organization is responsible for organizing university resources and communicating emergency information to the UNO community and public. 

Emergency announcements may be made through the overhead paging system and PC alert. Drills like the one on Tuesday help the university prepare for potential future incidents.  

For more information, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596.

Scenic America President to Speak in Omaha July 29

The president of a national organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the visual character of America's communities will speak in Omaha Tuesday, July 29.    

Kevin Fry, president of Scenic America, will discuss the issue of electronic billboards at a forum hosted by Omaha by Design. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

The forum will serve two purposes, said Connie Spellman, director of Omaha by Design. The first is to provide the public with background information on the issues surrounding the use of electronic billboards. The second is to give local residents an opportunity to voice their opinions on the subject.    

Fry has served as president of Scenic America since 2004. His interest in architecture, design and community development was nurtured during 11 years at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Architectural Foundation. At the AIA, he built and headed the public affairs and communications management departments, and launched a series of highly visible initiatives designed to reinvigorate the organization's public outreach efforts.    

"We believe that the preeminent visual elements along Omaha's roadways should be the intrinsic qualities that make it unique and appealing as a destination and hometown, not huge glowing TV sets that serve only to distract us from what is most precious, important and genuine about American life," Fry said.

Also scheduled to speak at the forum are Steve Jensen, director of the City of Omaha Planning Department; Dick Deitering, vice president and general manager, Lamar Outdoor of Omaha; and Red Thomas, Del Weber and David Levy, members of the Omaha by Design Advisory Committee. Dr. Weber served as UNO's Chancellor from 1977 through 1997. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.    

Parking for the forum will be available in the alumni center lot. For more information, contact Omaha by Design at 342.3458 or .    

For more information about Scenic America, visit

SCCJ New Office Open for Business at New CPACS

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) offices has completed its move to the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building.  SCCJ's new office location, beginning today, July 28, will be in the new CPACS building Room 218.

The phone numbers will remain the same. For questions, call the main office at 554.2610.

"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 people have with themselves, others, the surroundings and the history of 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.

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 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. The program plans to start 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.

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

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