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A Furry Visitor to Campus

A Furry Visitor to Campus

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Roo, an Australian red kangaroo, hopped into UNO's HPER Building — actually, he was carried into the building in a large kennel — June 1 as part of the Mavs Kids Camp. Campers are studying Australia and were entertained by a snake, lizards and a bird that are all native to Australia.

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Messages of Persistence, Earnestness, Optimism

Phani Tej Adidam, College of Business Administration, delivered the keynote address during the April 18 commencement ceremonies at the Helsinki School of Economics, the largest business school in Finland. Adidam spoke to graduates from the school's International Business program.



Criss Library Welcomes Book Exhibition Through July 10

The Heart and Hands 2009 National Juried Student Book Art Exhibition is on display at the Criss Library through Friday, July 10.

The national exhibition showcases a broad range of books made by graduate and undergraduate students in accredited academic institutions. The exhibit features 39 books made by 32 artists, representing 23 schools across the country. Read more.

UNO Television's "Inside Art" to air on NET2 This Month

"Inside Art," an arts related magazine program produced by students enrolled in UNO's School of Communication TV production II course, will air this month on NET2. Gary Repair is the executive producer and course instructor for this UNO Television program.

Each student shoots and edits short features, which are combined into a single program. The June program will feature the following topics: a local Omaha Native American artist; the Cassavant Pipe Organ at UNO; theatrical costume designs; the artistic side of martial arts; The Moving Company dance troupe and book binding.

NET2 is broadcast on Cox Channel 16. Air dates are:

- Thursday, June 11
7 p.m.

- Sunday, June 14
1 p.m.

- Thursday, June 18
8:30 p .m.

- Sunday, June 21
2:30 p.m.

UNO Television serves and enriches the community through television programming that educates, entertains and informs. As an integral part of the university, the station also provides a laboratory for UNO broadcasting students, offering hands-on instruction from professors utilizing professional equipment from the broadcast industry.

For more information, contact Robert Franklin at 554.2516.

Wellness Stampede

Walk-to-Wellness Continues to Make Strides on Campus

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Faculty, staff and students can still join the Wellness Stampede for "Walk-to-Wellness: Making Healthy Strides Together Summer 2009." The summer walking program continues through Thursday, Aug. 6.

"If you can't make the official walk times, you can still get your teams together and go when it is convenient for people in your department," said David Daniels assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs.

Walkers will depart from the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza at the following dates and times:

Leader: Dave Daniels
- Mondays and Wednesdays
3:30 to 4 p.m.

- Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:30 a.m. to noon

Leader: Jessica Dzork
- Tuesdays and Thursdays
Noon to 12:30 p.m.

Click on this link for a walking map. Pedometers are for sale in 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building for $6. All walks are weather permitting.

"It's great to see the enthusiasm generated by the ‘You Look MAVelous!' program," Daniels said.

The nine-week walking program will continue through Thursday, Aug. 6, in conjunction with the "You Look MAVelous! Challenge." The Wellness Stampede and Human Resources have teamed up to host this summer weight loss program on campus.

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

Summer TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will visit campus for individual appointments with employees on the following dates:

- June 9 and 23
- July 21 and 28
- Aug. 4 and 11

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Paula Turner at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3600 or on the Web at

SAC Seeks Employee of the Month Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking nominations for the Employee of the Month Award for office/service and managerial/professional personnel. Nominations can be submitted by staff, faculty and managers or administrators, and must meet the new criteria listed below.

"If you have previously submitted a nomination prior to January 2009, please resubmit your nomination with the new criteria listed below," said Monica Bayles, SAC treasurer.

The new criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability.

Nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

Recipients will receive a $100 award. To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130. For more information, call Bayles at 554.2977.

Plaza Fountain Concrete Replacement Work Continues

Concrete replacement work continues near the Henningson Memorial Plaza fountain outside the Milo Bail Student Center and Allwine Hall.

The area at the top of the northeast steps and ramp around the fountain are now restricted. 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.

NU Project Management Focus Group to Meet June 11

The University of Nebraska Project Management (PM) Focus Group will meet Thursday, June 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Room 202 of Teachers College Hall. The agenda includes an "Overview of PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge)."

The event brings together individuals across the university system to network, discuss and learn about project management interests, needs and initiatives. The focus group meets on a monthly basis and aims to attract a growing number of interested participants.

Anyone unable to attend the event's physical location can participate via video conference. For details, send an e-mail to

To learn more about the focus group, how to become a member or how to submit ideas for upcoming meetings and events, click on this link or send an e-mail to The July meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.