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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 Today

The UNO incident command organization will conduct a drill with local law enforcement today, 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 today helps the university prepare for potential future incidents. 

For more information, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596.

Web Site and E-mail Unavailable Temporarily Aug. 3

All UNO Web pages and e-mail will be unavailable on Sunday, Aug. 3, for server maintenance, from 6 to 8 a.m.  This maintenance will assist Information Technology Services (ITS) in maintaining technology continuity during a disaster. 

If anyone experiences problems with these services after 8 a.m. on Aug. 3, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 (554.HELP) or

USAF Drill Team to Give Performance at UNO Aug. 11

UNO will host an outdoor morning performance of the United States Air Force (USAF) Honor Guard Drill Team on Monday, Aug.11.  The event is part of Omaha's Air Force Week celebration.

The Drill Team is the traveling component of the USAF Honor Guard, which has performed in all 50 states and many countries abroad.  Read more.

2008 Faculty/Staff Picnic Set for Aug. 18

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage on campus Monday, Aug. 18, at the UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by Chancellor John Christensen, the Staff Advisory Council and Faculty Senate - will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.  This year's theme is "Building for the Future."

Chancellor Christensen will deliver welcoming remarks at the event.

R.S.V.P. registration forms must be submitted to Barb Mraz in 414 Kayser Hall by Monday, Aug. 11, to be eligible for the prize drawings. Show UNO spirit and wear red and black to the event. University IDs will be checked at the door. To access a form, click on the following link:

2008 Faculty/Staff Picnic registration

For more information, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322.

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 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 work starting Aug. 25, the first day of the fall semester.

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 the conference can 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 to register online and for more information, or contact Melanie Kiper at 561.7585 or

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 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


School of Social Work Director Tapped for National Aging Academy

Theresa Barron-McKeagney, director of the UNO School of Social Work, is one of only 12 university deans and directors across the country selected to participate in the first class of a national leadership academy on aging.

The Leadership Academy in Aging is sponsored by the Social Work Leadership Institute, a project of the New York Academy of Medicine. Its program partners include the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The estimated value of training is $10,000 per participant and covered by grant dollars. Read more.

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