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Centennial Moments

The history of UNO's 100 years is brought to life through 'Centennial Moments,' minute-long stories airing daily at noon on Classical 90.7 KVNO. Check back each week for new features as UNO celebrates its Centennial beginning October 8.

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UNO Centennial Opening Week Events

UNO 100 Year

Remarks by Chancellor John Christensen will kick off a yearlong celebration of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) 100th anniversary. Christensen's convocation address begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Those who attend Christensen's state-of-the-university address are invited to an 11 a.m. dedication ceremony, which celebrates the new home to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Those familiar with the UNO campus will recognize the college's new building as the former Engineering Building. Nearly $20 million in renovation and expansion work went into the facility. A reception follows in the Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

Input Sought for Firefly/SAP Survey

All faculty and staff feedback is important to the continued growth and enhancement of the University of Nebraska business applications--Firefly, Employee Self Service (ESS), Manager Self Service (My Staff), SAP and SAPPHIRE. Whether users visit them on a daily basis or are only familiar with ESS, all input is sought.

The current survey should take less than 10 minutes and can be completed any time through Friday, Oct. 10. All submissions will remain confidential and can be submitted anonymously.

Click on this link to take the survey

"Although we are asking your opinion now by means of this survey, you may submit a suggestion at anytime," said Teresa Carlson, Accounts Payable supervisor and SAP training coordinator. "Direct your comments to one of your campus business offices or submit your idea through Firefly or SAPPHIRE's feedback forms."

After completing the survey, participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win an iPOD Nano. The winner will be notified by e-mail by Monday, Oct. 20.

For more information, contact Carlson at 554.4937.

Classical 90.7 KVNO Fall Pledge Drive Concludes Tomorrow

Classical 90.7 KVNO is into its sixth day of its seven-day Fall 2008 Pledge Drive. As the only all-classical music station in the state, KVNO raises more than 50 percent of its annual operating revenue through community financial contributions.

"KVNO relies on listeners that pledge donations and sponsors that underwrite our programs," said Kim Balkovec, KVNO membership manager. "We could not do what we do without the community, and we remain extremely grateful for its generosity and loyalty."

Omaha's premier public radio station, Classical 90.7 KVNO, serves and enriches the local, national and world community through unique arts programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. The station provides invaluable educational opportunities for UNO students through training and employment in a professional environment. KVNO staff remains committed to involving an increasing number of listeners, to advancing the excellence and growth of the arts, to maximizing the value of the station's services through communication technologies, and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting.

Additional information about making a donation during the pledge drive is available by calling 559.5866.

International Artist Travels to UNO as Visiting Presidential Professor

UNO will welcome internationally renowned artist Enrique Martinez Celaya this week as a Visiting Presidential Professor, hosted by University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken.

Martinez Celaya - who paints, makes photographs, sculpts and writes - will spend Oct. 5-11 at UNO. Part of his time will be spent at UNO's Centennial celebrations, which kick off Wednesday, Oct. 8.

While in Omaha, Martinez Celaya will work with UNO students in art and communication classes. He will host a public lecture at KANEKO - a new organization in Omaha's Old Market that explores the creative process in the arts, sciences and humanities - on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The lecture, "Systems, Times and Daybreak," will be the first public presentation of his most recent work, which will be on view at LA Louver in Venice, Calif., in November. Read more.

Criss Library Announces Third Floor Closure

The Criss Library third floor will be temporarily unavailable to patrons from today, Oct. 6. through Tuesday, Oct. 21, due to construction and renovation. The library paging system will be available during this time to locate books and materials. To utilize this service, visit the Circulation Desk on the main floor. Criss Library staff apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the patience of library patrons.

Free Blood Pressure Screening Today in HPER

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Exercise Physiology Lab will host a free blood pressure screening today, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held in the HPER Building, near the first floor entrance. It is open to all faculty, staff and students can take part.

For more information, contact the Exercise Physiology Lab at 554.3221.

Maverick Investment Club to Meet Tonight

The Maverick Investment Club will meet tonight, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. All students from any college or major can attend.

Attendees will gain insight on investing and the markets in general. There is no membership fee, and free food and refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to be added to the mailing list or Blackboard site, contact Brett Blankenship at or Jessica Coufal at

Trumpets and Crumpets at Criss Library Oct. 10

Join the Criss Library on Friday, Oct. 10, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. to celebrate UNO's Centennial with an elegant afternoon of jazz and tea in the Criss Library Garden, off the newly renovated first floor.

All are invited to attend this free event to enjoy the sounds of The Pat Higgins Jazz Trio and the taste of crumpets, scones and delicious pastries.

The rain location is the library's first floor gallery Space, For more information, contact Dani Herzog at or 554.3213.

Fall Tuition and Fees Due Oct. 7

Tuition billing statements were generated Sept. 19 for the remaining fall 2008 balance. Unless a paper billing was requested, an e-bill notification was sent to all UNO student e-mail accounts. The due date for that remaining balance will be Tuesday, Oct. 7. Amounts not paid by the appropriate due date are subject to late payment fees.

Cashiering/Student Accounts Office in 109 Eppley Administration Building will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 7. To avoid waiting in line on the due date:

- Payments may be mailed to the address listed on the payment stub (allow a few business days for mailing time - payments must be in the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office on or before the due date to avoid late payment fees);

- Deposited in the drop-box located at the north end of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office (drop-box can be accessed from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.); or

- Made by credit card on the Web at

Information on billing and refund policies, along with information on other services of the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office, may be found on the Web at For account questions, call 554.2324.

Organizational and Leadership Author on Campus Oct. 9

Monty Van Wart, noted author, educator and expert on public and nonprofit leadership, will visit campus Thursday, Oct. 9, to provide a presentation in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CB) Building's Collaborating Commons.

Dr. Van Wart is professor and chair of the Department of Public Administration at the California State University in San Bernardino. He has authored five books, and his scholarly work has appeared in more than 40 publications. Some of his areas of research include administrative leadership, human resource management, training and development, administrative values and ethics.

He will deliver a free presentation, starting at 3:30 p.m., titled "Grow' Your Leadership – It Matters!" He will highlight the importance of good leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors.

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at 554.2625 or

Parking Lot Closing Reminder

Lots O and Q - located west of the Sapp Fieldhouse and Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building - will close Monday, Oct. 13, for the HPER Building renovation project. Watch for additional details in future editions of eNotes.

TIAA-CREF October Dates Available

A TIAA-CREF representative will visit campus for individual appointments with employees this October.

Dates and times:

- Tuesday, Oct. 7
Noon to 4 p.m.

- Wednesday, Oct. 15
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Tuesday, Oct. 21
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All one on one counseling sessions will be scheduled through TIAA-CREF's new Scheduling and Service Group by calling 800.732.8353 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Calls before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. can be directed to 866.842.2908 or 548.3600 to leave a message at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office.

Please note that the web page used previously will no longer be accessible to schedule sessions.

Maverick Watch Mavericks

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. Faculty, staff and students are admitted free to all home athletic games with proper ID (excluding hockey and playoff games). The spouses and children of students, faculty and staff can also attend for free.

To view upcoming athletic events, click on this link. For more information about UNO Athletics, visit the Web at