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Weight Watchers on Campus Open House Today

Weight Watchers on Campus is back for the fall semester. Faculty, staff and students can attend the open house today, Aug. 1.  The theme of the event is "Put Yourself 1st on August 1st!" It takes 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, said 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.

Criss Library Services Unavailable This Evening and Saturday Morning

All services at Criss Library will be unavailable starting at 5 p.m. this evening, Aug. 1, to noon on Saturday, Aug. 2, due to the first floor renovation. This includes online access to the Internet, library catalog and databases.  All services will be available when the library opens at noon on Saturday. Criss Library staff apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the patience of library patrons. For details, visit

UNO Web Site and myMAPP Unavailable Sunday, Aug. 3

Most UNO web pages and the myMAPP system will be unavailable on Sunday, Aug. 3 for server maintenance.  The campus web server and e-mail relay will be down that morning from 6 to 8 a.m. This maintenance will assist Information Technology Services (ITS) in maintaining technology continuity during a disaster.

Although the main UNO web page will be unavailable, web e-mail can still be accessed by going to  Anyone who experiences problems with these services after 8 a.m. on Aug. 3, should contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 (554.HELP) or

August FEAP Schedule

The Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty, staff, their spouses or significant others, and family members. FEAP offices are located in 206 Eppley Administration Building.

The August schedule:

- Aug. 6, 22 and 27
8 a.m. to noon

- Aug. 14, 19 and 25
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are free and available by calling 554.3120 (UNO) or 559.5175 (UNMC).

Participants Sought for Gait Study at HPER Biomechanics Lab

Healthy subjects - older adults above 65 years of age - are needed to participate in a study taking place in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Biomechanics Laboratory. The study is investigating the effects of attention and perception on walking behavior.

Ideal participants should be over 65 years of age, right-handed, native English speaking and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement or knee ligament injuries. Subjects would take part in two 1 1⁄2 hour data collections that would involve a variety of tasks including walking, attention and verbal tasks, like reading words or naming pictures projected on a screen. For participation, subjects will receive a full analysis of their gait profile.

Data will be collected using the state-of-the-art laboratory-based motion capture system identical to the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Collections will take place at a scheduled time during the next few weeks.

Further details will be provided to any interested parties. For further information, contact Sara Myers at 554.3225 or or Dr. Leslie Decker at 554.3442 or

In the News

In the News

- WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed Loree Bykerk, Department of Political Science chair, July 28 about mayoral elections.

- Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs and director of the Center for Afghan Studies, was interviewed July 22 by the Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) about the assessment of reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan; and by the Lake County News (Lakeport, Calif.) about what lead to the death of a soldier in Afghanistan.

- The Omaha World-Herald featured student Faith Johnson in its July 27 issue. The story focused on personal finance and debt.

- Sharif Liwaru, assistant director of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, appeared in the July/August issue of Omaha Magazine about his work with the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.

- Theatre professors Cindy Melby Phaneuf and D. Scott Glasser were mentioned in the June issue of Metro Magazine about 2008 season of Shakespeare on the Green.

- Jonathan Orlich, property manager for College Park Communities and manager of student housing at the Pacific Street campus, appeared in a WOWT (NBC 6) story on July 27 about a campus cooling tower that needs repaired.

- Stan Schleifer, manager of Support Services, was interviewed by KPTM (Fox 42) and WOWT (NBC 6) on July 29 following an Omaha Police Department bomb threat training exercise held inside the Weber Fine Arts Building.

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 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 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 Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Hurricane Katrina, Iraq, Communist Nations Art Exhibit Opens
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, each other, their surroundings and the history of society.

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

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.