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Forensics Takes High Honors

Abbie Syrek of the School of Communication discusses how UNO Forensics recently received national recognition, and how students such as Matt Eledge, left, and Cameron Logsdon find their niche on campus.

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Mike Kemp

An Emotional Announcement

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Flanked by UNO athletic director Trev Alberts and associate athletic director Don Leahy, UNO hockey coach Mike Kemp announced Thursday afternoon that he will be moving from the ice to an administrative office in UNO's athletic department. Kemp will assume a new position as an associate athletic director with responsibility for hockey. A search will begin immediately for a new head hockey coach.

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Healthy Habits for a Healthy Future

Listen to an excerpt from a documentary on childhood obesity in Omaha, produced this spring by Dr. Robert Franklin and his Radio Production I students in the School of Communication. The semester-long project included a partnership with the Omaha Kids Coalition and Live Well Omaha Kids to promote physical activity and healthy eating habits among children.

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"You Look MAVelous! Challenge" Kick Off is Wednesday

Wellness StampedeThis event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services have teamed up to host "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this summer on campus. The campus community can join in cheering on the teams and participate in the wellness booths this Wednesday, May 20, on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Our goal is to work together to come up with a healthier workforce," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources.  "Several visual effects demonstrating the money UNO spends on prescription drugs will be highlighted at this week's kick off."

Twenty teams, each consisting of a minimum of 10 faculty, staff or students, have signed up for the campus fitness and summer weight loss challenge. Each participant will receive a "You Look MAVelous!" bracelet. 

"The sponsors are here to educate and offer support systems for the coaches," Anderson said.  "As a reminder of the challenge, participants will wear a ‘You Look MAVelous!' team bracelet on their eating hand on and off campus."

All weigh-ins will be done as teams. Larry Adler, Facilities Management and Planning employee, has constructed a special platform and scale for the weigh-ins. The team weigh-ins will take place May 20 throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. There are four weigh-ins total.  Only this week's weigh-in and the final weigh-in on Wednesday, Aug. 19, are mandatory.

The kick off activities include wellness booths from on and off campus vendors, a guest speaker and healthy smoothies from Food Services. Kris Berg, a professor with the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, will give a noon presentation on "Healthy Weight Loss."

"Our goal is to move people toward a healthier lifestyle to reduce the need for lifestyle-related prescription drugs," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO.

For more information, contact Daniels at 554.2008 or or Anderson at 554.3664 or

The mission of the Wellness Stampede, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives, that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008, or

Aviation Institute Hosts Webinar Today on Aviation Reregulation

The Aviation Institute will host a webinar on "Back to the Future: Do We Need Aviation Reregulation?" today, May 19. Sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, it will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 132 College of Public Affairs Community Service Building.

Since airline deregulation, commercial flights have increased dramatically. In certain markets, operational demand has exceeded airport and airspace capacity, which in turn has brought about national airport congestion and delay. Hallmarks of the commercial airline industry today include high energy costs and an industry-wide financial crisis. Limited public resources prevent regional airports from increasing capacity.

This webinar will explore the prospect of increased government involvement as a part of future remedies.  Webinar presenters will discuss the following topics:

- "Rationale for Reregulation"
Joshua Schank, Bipartisan Policy Center;

- "Congestion Issues and Strategies in the Northeast Mega-Region"
Charles R. Everett, TranSystems Corporation; and

- "Thirty Years of Deregulation: What Lies Ahead?"
Clinton Oster, Indiana University.

Questions may be posed anytime during the webinar, and will be answered at the end of the session. 

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. by calling 554.3424.

Discount Tickets Available for Holland's "From the Top" Performance

Classical 90.7 KVNO, in collaboration with Omaha Performing Arts, will present "From the Top," an National Public Radio produced show that airs on KVNO every Saturday at 6 p.m. 

This program features outstanding young musicians (ages 8 to 18) who have been selected from a national pool of applicants to appear on the show.  It is a live radio recording and will air from the Holland Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. 

Two Omaha students have been selected to appear on the show. Shundeena Beard, an 18-year-old violist and Central High School graduate who will attend the Peabody Institute in Baltimore; and Ben Fuller, an 18-year-old pianist and Creighton Prep graduate who plans to attend Luther College.

For a limited time, a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special is being offered.  To purchase tickets, call Ticket Omaha at 345.0606 or go to  For the special limited time offer, the code is "TOP-NOTCH."

Gateway Hiring Summer Editors, Looking for New Writers

The Gateway, the official student newspaper of UNO, is currently accepting applications for editor positions for its summer issues. Applications are due no later than Friday, May 22.

In addition to editors, The Gateway is continuing to accept applications for new freelance writers and photographers on a rolling basis. Applicants must be UNO students, but need not be majoring in programs from the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

The editor positions will require availability on June 7, June 21, July 12, July 26, Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 to produce the five issues produced by The Gateway during the summer session. Additional duties will also need to be completed on the editors' own time. Read more.

Bookstore Closed for Annual Inventory Next Week

The UNO Bookstore will be closed for its annual inventory next week Monday through Friday, May 25-29. Regular summer hours are as follows:

- Monday and Tuesday
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Wednesday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at 554.2360 or

ITS to Offer Advanced RSS for Podcasting Training

Information Technology Services (ITS) will conduct "Advanced RSS for Podcasting" training on Thursday, May 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 007A Roskens Hall. RSS is used to disseminate news and audio casts over the Web inside XML code.

In this course faculty and staff will learn to:

- Broadcast previously recorded content and update regularly using XML;

- Use a feed aggregator for posting RSS programs; and

- Locate and utilize a RSS button.

Attendees for this session are expected to have basic knowledge or understanding or knowledge of how to use the Internet, HTML, news readers or aggregators and subscribing to a podcast.  To actively participate in this training session, attendees are also asked to have 10Mb of available space available in their myFolder/myWeb account.

To register go to For more information, contact Lisa Green at 554.3535.

New FEAP Hours Announced

UNO's Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) has new campus office hours.

"Are you experiencing a personal problem that may or may not be impacting the workplace?" said Marlene Schneider, a FEAP counselor. "If so, you are not alone. The chance that any person can navigate things through life without a serious matter is doubtful."

FEAP staff can help faculty and staff deal with those difficult times. FEAP is a confidential counseling service designed to assist faculty, employees and their families in addressing personal and work-related problems.

206 Eppley Administration Building

Tuesdays – 8 a.m. to noon

Thursdays – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
(Other times are available by appointment)

Marlene Schneider holds a bachelor's degree and certification in Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC)

To schedule an appointment, contact Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO campus) or 559.5175 (UNMC campus), or by e-mail at

For more FEAP information, visit

Durango Days 2009 Set for August

Planning for Durango Days 2009 has begun. The two-day event, set for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 20-21, helps new students become acquainted with campus. Participants meet new classmates and will also conduct a service- learning project in Omaha.

For more information about Durango Days, contact Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.


- Scott C. Robinson, adjunct geography instructor, was awarded for Excellence in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Education at the 2009 Nebraska GIS Symposium, held April 21-23 in Kearney, Neb. The GIS Symposium is a conference hosted by the Nebraska GIS/LIS Association, a non-profit organization comprised of geospatial professionals from the public, private and academic sectors. 

Robinson also presented at the conference in a session on Geospatial Technology in Education about his experience teaching online courses at UNO, Metropolitan Community College and Southern New Hampshire University where he serves as an adjunct.

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