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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.

"Consider This" to Highlight Upcoming Digital Conversion

The world of broadcasting faces upcoming changes.  Effective February 17, 2009, viewers will watch television in digital rather than analog.   

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt will take a closer look behind the scenes during the transition. She will speak with guests about topics such as the impact on television stations and on the consumer.  The discussion will also touch on HDTV.

Wyatt's guests will include Gary Repair, executive producer at UNO Television, and Scot Krayenhagen, director of broadcast operations at KMTV.

The program airs tonight, Aug. 14, at 11 p.m. on NET.

Other air dates and times are:

- NET1
Sunday, Aug. 17
11:30 a.m.

- NET2
Friday, Aug. 15
12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 19
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit

SPR Features Student Research in Eppley Display Case

Undergraduate and graduate students from across campus will showcase results of their research and creative activities this month in the Eppley Administration Building. Posters highlighting student work are now hanging in the second floor display case.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) sponsors the display. Featured posters up through Friday, Aug. 15:

- Anastasia Kyvelidou and Joan Deffeyes, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) (adviser: Nick Stergiou);

- Holly Byers, Kiley Cameron, Zach Fitzgerald, Sheila Korth, Ashley O'Connor, Sara Ourada, Frances Patterson, Mike Pray, Daniel Recek, Matthew Riley, Rachel Samson, Doc Schumacher, Janey Strobel and Jennifer Whisler, English (adviser: Susan Maher);

- Irene Lee, School of HPER (advisers: Nick Stergiou, KaChun Siu and Mukul Mukherjee); and

- Bill Sousan, Ryan Nickell and Peter Hospodka, Computer Science (advisers: Qiuming Zhu, Bill Mahoney, Haifeng Guo).

"We hope you will encourage your fellow students and faculty/staff to visit the case this and each week in August to see a different collection of posters and other research artifacts," said Wendi Chiarbos Jensen, coordinator for SPR.

Call 554.2286 for more information.

The First Lady of Nebraska to Receive UNO Alumnus Citation

The UNO Alumnus Achievement Award will be presented to Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem during the university's summer commencement this Friday, Aug. 15, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Ganem earned a UNO bachelor's degree in elementary education (1971) and a master's degree in education administration (1975). She also was the university's 1970 Homecoming Queen. Read more.

Deadline Aug. 15 for 2009 International Quilt Study Center & Museum Papers

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has issued a call-for-papers for its 2009 symposium, "The Global Quilt: Cultural Contexts." The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 15.

Visit to access information about the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and the symposium. The link will lead to a detailed description of the 2009 symposium and guidelines for submission as well as registration.

For more information, contact Angela Konin, education coordinator at the center, at 402.472.7030.

ITS myBlackboard Sessions for August

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a full compliment of 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 of the 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 these courses:

- Go to;

- 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

- An email is sent confirming this registration.  Add the class to Lotus Notes

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

For more information, contact Dargantes at 554.4357 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

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 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 the equipment used for motion picture special effects and video games. Sessions 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

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