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New UNO Centennial banners have arrived on campus. Centennial will officially kick off Oct. 8 through 12 with a slate of events that include convocation, building dedications and homecoming.  More Centennial information is available at

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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 for more Centennial information.

Anderson Named Director of Human Resources

Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Bill Conley announced today that Mollie K. Anderson has been named director of UNO Human Resources.

Anderson brings to the university more than 20 years of public and private sector human resources management experience.

"I look forward to her joining our administrative team and to her leadership of this important area on our campus," Conley said. "Mollie's experience with human resources, particularly in state government entities, coupled with her outstanding record of leadership and accomplishments, is a great fit for UNO.

Anderson is currently the director of the Department of Administrative Services for the state of Iowa. Prior positions include serving as director of the Department of Personnel for the state of Iowa, Human Resources director for the state of Nebraska, Human Resources director at Duncan Aviation, deputy commissioner at the Nebraska Department of Labor and executive director of Job Training of Greater Nebraska.

Anderson received her bachelor's degree in behavioral science from Midland Lutheran College and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and has earned the SHRM professional designation as a senior human resources professional. In July 2005, Anderson graduated from the Kennedy School of Government's Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. 

"It is tremendously exciting for me to be coming home to Nebraska and to be joining UNO. UNO has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and I am proud to have been given the opportunity to be a part of its future," Anderson said.

Anderson joins UNO administration Oct. 1. She succeeds Rod Oberle, who retired in May 2008.  Anderson was chosen after a national search chaired by Oberle. Anderson was one of five finalists for the position.

CFIC "Walk for Inclusion" Captains and Walkers Sought

The Conference for Inclusive Communities (CFIC) will once again host its annual walk in downtown Omaha this month. 

"The Conference for Inclusive Communities purpose is to build communities where every man, woman and child can live in dignity, peace and mutual respect, " said Sharon Ulmar, associate director of Human Resources and director of Equal Opportunity Office.

The 1.5-mile walk will take place Sunday, Aug. 31, rain or shine, at the Heartland of America Park, 8th and Douglas streets. The opening ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m., and the 1.5-mile walk at 2:45 p.m. 

"As in the past, UNO will need team captains to help gather pledges or recruit walkers," Ulmar said. "Please help in spreading the word as we would like UNO to have a presence during the university's Centennial year." 

Pledge forms and posters are available for those interested in sponsoring a UNO team. Interested captains should stop by Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building. 

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2872 or visit

USAF Honor Guard Drill Team Cancels Performance

The United States Air Force (USAF) Honor Guard Drill Team had to cancel a scheduled morning demonstration on Aug.11 at UNO due to performance conditions.  Wet grass at the Pep Bowl presented a danger.

The group's 16-person performance includes several choreographed weapon maneuvers, tosses and exchanges. Each rifle weighs 11 pounds and is topped with a bayonet.

The Drill Team, the traveling component of the USAF Honor Guard, will perform at other locations in the metro area as part of Omaha's Air Force Week.  A complete schedule of Air Force Week events is available at  Air Force Week continues through Sunday, Aug. 17.

Students and Their Cars Needed for Aug. 13 Photo Shoot

Criss Library is currently looking 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 will meet in front of the main library entrance at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The photo shoot should take about an hour. Those running late to the shoot will find everybody in the parking lots north and south of the bell tower.

To volunteer, contact Tessa Christensen at

API Offers Advanced RSS for Podcasting on Aug. 14

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Academic Partnership for Instruction (API) will host an Advanced RSS for Podcasting class that will show participants how to disseminate news and/or audio casts over the Web by creating an XML/RSS document. 

The course takes place Thursday, Aug. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

Participants will learn:

- Basic XML coding language;

- How to use of XML as a means for audio casting, news casting;

- How to use a feed aggregator for posting RSS programs; 

- How to obtain a RSS button; and 

- How to make RSS available on a Web site.

Participants need to: 

- Have knowledge of how to use the Internet; 

- Have basic knowledge of html;

- Know what a news reader/aggregator is; 

- Have knowledge of subscribing to a podcast; 

- Be interested in publishing audio or newscasts over the Web; and 

- Desire to post news or audio casts for student/academic community.

For more information, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

UNO Commencement Aug. 15 at the Civic

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

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 access as before. Visit for instructions.

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

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, right-handed, native English speaking and free from any lower limb orthopedic pathologies such as joint replacement or knee ligament injuries. Subjects will take part in two, 90-minute sessions that 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 equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Sessions will take place at scheduled times during the next few weeks.

Further details will be provided to those who are interested. Contact Sara Myers at 554.3225 or or Dr. Leslie Decker at 554.3442 or

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


- Pallav Kumar Deka, a graduate student majoring in exercise science, won two gold medals at the 2008 Cornhusker State Games. He participated in the badminton open category and won both the men's singles and doubles event. For winning, Deka has qualified to represent Nebraska at the 2009 State Games of America in Colorado Springs. For more information, visit

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