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USSTRATCOM Commander Hears UNO Intern Ideas on Cyber Security, Global Stability

by John Prescott

It's rare when a four-star combatant commander invites college students to his office for a private meeting on global security issues. At United States Strategic Command however, it's becoming business as usual. ...continue

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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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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" Kicks Off Today

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 today, 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. Click on this link for all team weigh-in times. 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.

Today's 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

Plaza Fountain Concrete Replacement Work Begins

Contractors have begun fencing off areas near the Henningson Memorial Plaza fountain outside the Milo Bail Student Center and Allwine Hall this week for concrete replacement work.

The area at the top of the northeast steps and ramp around the fountain will be restrtcted. Concrete replacement begins this Thursday, May 21. This project should take less than two weeks, weather permitting.  Pedestrians are asked to use the doors at the northwest, southwest and southeast of Allwine Hall.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through Friday, Aug. 21. Motorcycles may be parked at the following locations on the Dodge, Pacific and Center Street campuses:

- Parking structure (stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, for details);

- Northwest corner of Lot A (north of Kayser Hall);

- Northwest corner of Lot M (south of Criss Library);

- Southwest corner of Lot 2 (north of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute); and

- West of the dome in Lot 20 (Center Street Location).

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

Weight Watchers on Campus Open House May 21

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

Weight Watchers on Campus is back for the summer semester. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and their spouses are invited to attend an open house set for Thursday, May 21. Free Weight Watchers samples and door prizes will be available.

"Weight Watchers is not a diet; it is a healthy lifestyle change," said David Daniels assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "The Weight Watchers approach has always been about flexibility, and there's even more of it with their newest program called ‘The New Momentum Program.'"

The open house will take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. In order to get a Weight Watchers' leader on campus, 15-paid participants must be registered. At the session, dates will be determined for the regular meetings for the next 15-week program.

"You'll discover new strategies to help you live the way you want and still lose weight," Daniels said. "With the new Momentum program, you'll learn to choose foods that keep you fuller longer, so you're less likely to eat for the wrong reasons, like when you're bored or stressed."

For details stop by the open house or contact, Daniels at 554.2008 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

ITS to Offer Summer UNO Web Template Training

Interested in redesigning a college or departmental Web site?  Stuart Wheat, UNO Webmaster, has developed a series of Web templates that are available for use by the UNO campus community.  Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a three-part, hands-on training session on the UNO Web templates this June.

The training will take place Wednesdays -- June 3, June 10 and June 17 -- in 007B Roskens Hall.  To learn more about Web Templates, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

Web Templates I: Planning and Organization
June 3
1:30 to 3 p.m.                                                                                     
This session will focus on the organizational structure of the UNO Web template and how it can be used in conjunction with existing Web site structure or to create a new structure.  ITS staff will show how to use a free concept mapping tool to diagram the site layout and keep track of site navigation, as well as devise the naming structure.  Staff will also discuss the different organizational elements of the template, review campus examples and discuss how the template can best be used for individual sites.  This is an essential session to attend before starting work with the Web templates.

Web Templates II: Setup and Page Development                                                       
June 10
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This hands-on session will focus on working with the Web template files in Dreamweaver and creating a model page to be used as the basis for all other pages on individual sites.  ITS staff will briefly review the Dreamweaver set-up and preferences.  The primary focus of this session will be creating a model page, establishing a color scheme for the site and setting the page titles. (Prerequisite: Web Templates I recommended.)

Web Templates III: Content and Graphics                                                                 
June 17
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This third and final hands-on session will focus on completing the UNO model Web page with the main content, as well as the primary navigation.  ITS staff will work with the tabs, includes and the footer.  Additional topics include adding graphics and using fonts.  Once this model is completed, everyone attending should be on their way to having a fully functional Web site. (Prerequisite: Web Templates II required.)

To register for training:

- Go to calendar.php;

- Select the correct month, and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter a SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

An e-mail will be sent to confirm registration.  Participants should then add the class to their calendars.  A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

Engineering to Host Summer Programs at PKI

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering will host two summer programs for senior and junior high students at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) this July.

The programs:

Engineering Exploration Week:  Senior High Program
The one-week day camp will feature mini-workshops for students entering grades 10 to 12. Participating students will explore engineering programs available at PKI.  The sessions take place June 8-12.  For details and registration information, visit

Engineering Exploration Week:  Junior High Program
The one-week day camp for students entering grades eight and nine will take place July 13-17. Participating students will have the opportunity to explore available engineering programs at PKI. For details and registration information, visit

For more information, call 554.2531.

14th Annual UNOAI Golf Classic June 29

The UNO Aviation Institute (AI) will host its 14th annual UNOAI Golf Classic on Monday, June 29, at Shoreline Golf Course, 210 E. Locust St., Carter Lake, Iowa. The Golf Classic is a fundraiser for student scholarships with all proceeds supporting UNOAI scholarship programs.

Cost is $75 per person or $280 for a foursome and includes lunch, 18 holes and a golf cart, dinner, tournament gift and prizes. Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon.

Individuals interested in playing should contact Scott Vlasek at 554.3785 or

Surplus Property Available

Surplus Property has furniture available for department use.

Items include:

- Bookcases;

- Desks;

- Chairs; and

- Tables.

All items are available for viewing at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. To set up a viewing appointment, call Tom Feldman at 554.2222.

Green Tip of the Week

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In the Market for a New Appliance? 
Make sure and buy Energy Star and notice the savings from using less energy will far outweigh the cost of the slightly higher ticket price.  Full-sized Energy Star refrigerators, for example, use 15 to 30 percent less energy than conventional units.

(Courtesy of Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (9th Edition) by Jennifer Thorne Amann, Alex Wilson and Katie Ackerly)

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit