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Maverick Football & Volleyball Media Day

More than 100 players reported for football media day on Wednesday, August 6 at Al Canigila Field. The Mavericks open the season on September 6 against the University of Nebraska-Kearney. UNO starts play in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on September 13 at home against Emporia State. Both games kick-off at 6 p.m. Inside the Sapp Fieldhouse, Maverick volleyball coach Rose Shires welcomed back three starters and eight letterwinners. The 16-player squad opens its regular season on August 29 & 30 when they host the 10-team Comfort Inn & Suites/Firewater Grill Tournament.

The media guides for both sports feature the UNO Centennial logo on their covers. Go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/ for more Centennial information.

Campus Wireless Network to Implement Name Change Aug. 17

UNO Information Technology Services (ITS) will change the name of the campus wireless network from "tsunami" to "unowireless" on Sunday, Aug. 17. The name change - happening during a scheduled system outage from 6 a.m. to noon - will make it easier for students, faculty, staff and community members to identify the network.

After the change, wireless users will receive a message the next time they try to access campus wireless. It will indicate "tsunami' is not available and ask which network the user wants to use instead. After selecting "unowireless," users will have the same wireless access as before. Visit http://wireless.unomaha.edu/ for instructions.

For more information about the change or for assistance connecting to the wireless network, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 (554.HELP) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

USAF Drill Team to Perform Today

UNO will host an outdoor morning performance of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Honor Guard Drill Team today, 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.

Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 520 students will graduate Friday, Aug. 15, during UNO's summer commencement. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Faculty members who plan to attend commencement should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall.

A shuttle bus for faculty/staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC. Read more.

R.S.V.P.s Due Today for Faculty/Staff Picnic

Today is the last chance to R.S.V.P. for the UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic planned for Monday, Aug. 18. Forms must be submitted to Barb Mraz in 414 Kayser Hall to be eligible for the prize drawings. To access a form, click on the following link:

2008 Faculty/Staff Picnic registration.

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage at the event - sponsored by Chancellor John Christensen, the Staff Advisory Council and Faculty Senate -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. Show UNO spirit by wearing red and black to the event. University IDs will be checked at the door.

For more information, contact Laura Lamblin at 554.2322.

Welcome Back with Welcome Week

Welcome Week at UNO will kick off the fall semester. A variety of events are planned Monday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 28, to welcome new and returning students. This year's theme is "Maverick Mojo - Join the Herd!"

Activities take place each day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza and will include live music, free food and games. Free food for students, faculty and staff starts each day at 11:30 a.m.

For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/welcome/.

ITS Announces myBlackboard Sessions for August

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer Blackboard training courses to prepare faculty and staff for the fall semester.

"I encourage our faculty to implement one feature in Blackboard at a time. Start slowly, and use another new feature each semester," said Pat Dargantes, ITS trainer.

All myBlackboard training takes place in 104 Durham Science Center (DSC). Participants are encouraged to read the handouts for the courses, found under the "Instructor Help" tab in myBlackboard, before coming to class.

Click on this link for a list of available sessions.

To sign up for courses:
- Go to http://www.unomaha.edu/api/calendar.php;
- Select "August" from the drop-down menu on the right, and click "Go";
- Enter a SAP personnel number. (This is the five-digit number on all university picture IDs. It is also located on all employee check stubs.);
- Click "Sign Up";
- Click "OK" to confirm the personnel number; and
- Add the class to the Lotus Notes calendar. (An e-mail will be sent to confirm the registration.)

A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class. If the class is cancelled, an e-mail notification will be sent the day before.

For more information, contact Dargantes at 554.4357 or pdargant@unomaha.edu.

Students and Their Cars Needed for Aug. 13 Photo Shoot

Criss Library is searching for students to pose by their cars in a photo spread to be featured in the UNO Centennial exhibit, "A Century on Wheels: A UNO Celebration," that will be displayed on the first floor of the library during October.

Interested students should meet in front of the main library entrance at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The photo shoot will take about an hour. Those running late to the shoot can go directly to the parking lots north and south of the bell tower.

To volunteer, contact Tessa Christensen at tkchristensen@mail.unomaha.edu.

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 being distributed via campus mail. They can be used immediately.

Parking structure access cards must be renewed before this Friday, Aug. 15, or they will not be valid starting Monday, Aug. 25, the first day of the fall semester.

Part-time Faculty Workshops

Workshops for all UNO part-time 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/facdevelop. To register for a workshop, call the CFD at 554.2427 or send an e-mail to unofacdev@mail.unomaha.edu with the participant's full name, department and phone number.

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Maverick Watch

To stay current on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on players over the summer hiatus, visit http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/ or MavFanatic, the monthly e-newsletter of the UNO Athletic Department, on the Web at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/newsletter/mavfanatics-july08.html. To receive MavFanatic by e-mail, register online at http://gomavs.unomaha.edu/newsletter/signup.php.