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UNO Hosts Senate Ag Hearing

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UNO hosted a U.S. Senate field hearing focused on food, feed and fuel production on Aug. 18 in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Senators Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Tom Harkin (Iowa) conducted the hearing.

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Hastings Triplets Become UNO Mavs

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A set of triplet sisters – two identical and one fraternal – from Hastings, Neb., will join the student body at UNO this fall. ...continue

Important UNO Football Game Day and Ticket Information

The UNO Athletic Department unveils new game day procedures and ticket policies for the upcoming UNO football season. The new policies were designed to increase security and improve traffic flow. Read more.

Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the fall semester this week Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other Campus Security services.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are here.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, state when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, 'opt-in' capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 122. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Twelve student UNO Ambassadors have been selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills to represent the university. This select group serves as hosts for university related functions at the request of deans, directors, department chairs and other UNO faculty or staff.

Functions that ambassadors can serve at include acting as official greeters for university activities, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university and occasionally leading campus tours.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.

UNO Sports Clubs to Host Fair Sept. 3

Did the 2008 Olympics inspire the inner-athlete in anybody? If so, the UNO Sports Clubs Association (UNO SCA) will host a Sports Clubs Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Milo Bail Student Center Hennignson Plaza.

UNO SCA coordinates group efforts by various sports clubs. Current active clubs range from bowling to men's soccer. Anyone interested can stop by the fair from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and find a sports club to join.

For more information, stop by the fair or call Ryan Schmitt at 554.4941.

Terry Hynes to Speak at Sept. 9 SAC Meeting

UNO Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Terry Hynes will be a guest speaker at the UNO Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room.

"We are excited to host Terry," said Ivory Bobb, SAC president. "This is a great opportunity for our campus to meet and visit with her."

SAC meetings are open to the public and campus community.

For more information, contact Bob at 554.2293.

Film Streams and OLLAS Announce "Cinemateca" Schedule

The UNO Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater have announced the lineup for their collaborative "Cinemateca" series (August 29 to October 2), the first in an ongoing partnership between the two groups.

The "Cinemateca" starts Friday, Aug. 29, with "Orfeu Negro" (Black Orpheus), director Marcel Camus' Oscar-winning adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus, and "Muerte de un Ciclista" (Death of a Cyclist), a mid-century thriller and oppositional film made during the Francoist regime in Spain. Read more.

Bowling League Members Sought

The 2008-09 UNO Faculty/Staff Bowling league officially starts Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 4:30 p.m. at West Lanes, 72nde and Dodge streets.

Teams consist of four bowlers with at least two UNO current or retired administrative/faculty/staff members, including spouses, immediate family or significant others. Graduate teaching assistants are also eligible. New teams or individuals who would like to be placed on a new or existing team are welcome. Bowlers must, however, be at least 18 years old.

League bowlers unable to arrive at 4:30 p.m. each week have until the end of their team's fifth frame to join the first game of the evening.

To learn more about the league, contact Lisa Adams at or 554.2859, or Christy Tilford at or 554.3546.

Weight Watchers Open House Meeting Sept. 4

The Weight Watchers on Campus program will host an open house meeting Thursday, Sept. 4. The event, which is free and open to all interested members of the campus community, begins at noon in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

"Currently, we have about 20 people interested," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of fitness/wellness at UNO. "Keep recruiting and bring a co-worker, spouse or friend with you to the Open House."

Weigh-in begins at 12:15 p.m., the meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. and end at 1 p.m. A three-part payment plan is available, and payments will be collected at the open house meeting.

"If we can get 20 paid participants on Sept. 4, then we can do the 17-week program (with the free E-Tools) for $186," Daniels said. "If we get between 15 and 19 paid participants, we'll do the 15-week program for $180."

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008.

Discounted Tickets Available for The Rose Theater Season

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase tickets for The Rose Theater's 2008-09 season at a discounted price. This season's shows include "The Little Engine That Could," "The Giver," "Frosty the Snowman," "Swing, Swing, Swing!," "Petite Rouge - A Cajun Little Red Riding Hood," "The Firebird" and "Charlotte's Web."

A $75 family membership includes:

- Four tickets to each of The Rose's seven regular season shows;

- Member-only discounts and the first opportunity to reserve tickets for premium events, including "Disney's High School Musical!," "The Imperial Nutcracker" at the Orpheum, the all-new "Berenstain Bears Save Christmas" and "Confetti 2008";

- Discounts on theater and dance classes, summer camps and costume rentals; and

- Additional regular season show tickets for $10 each, a $6 discount off the regular box office price.

Click on the links below to download an order form and information about the shows, or call 554.2358 to have a sheet faxed to a campus office. The offer remains good through Friday, Sept. 26.

Rose Order Form

Rose Shows

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 502.4625 or

Ask-A-Librarian Feature Now Available Online through Criss Library

Now library patrons have four easy ways to get the help they need from the Criss library reference librarians.

The available options:

- Ask in Person
Visit the Service Desk on the first floor of the library for face-to-face research assistance:
Monday through Thursday:  8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.  5 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday:  Noon to 9 p.m.

- Ask by Phone
Call the Reference Desk at 554.2661 for information and assistance during the hours listed above.

- Ask by E-mail
Patrons can e-mail by using the library's online form at can contact a specific Reference librarian directly through the library's online directory.

- Ask by Instant Messenger
Use the Meebo chat window located on library Web site to "chat" with reference librarians immediately.  Meebo chat is only available during library business hours.

CB Stairwell Closing Notice

The east stairwell in the new College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building (CB) will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 27, starting at 7 a.m. Posted signs will redirect traffic to the new north entrance. The east stairwell will remain closed for 30 days.

For more information, contact Robert Fuder at 554.2284 or


- Christine Beard, associate professor of flute, attended the Aug. 21-24 British Flute Society's Sixth International Convention at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. A piccolo specialist, Dr. Beard is executive director of the International Piccolo Symposium and author of the Web site PiccoloHQ (Piccolo Headquarters). At the convention, Dr. Beard helped to coordinate the other piccoloists who appeared on the program from around the globe. In addition to chairing a panel discussion, she also presented a clinic during a special "teacher's workshop." For convention details, visit

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