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May Employee of the Month: Cathy Bosiljevac

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Cathy Bosiljevac, administrative tech I with Academic Affairs - Technology, goes out of her way to assist others and ensure tasks are completed correctly and on time. Co-workers applaud her efficiency. Visit this link for details.

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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.



"Consider This" to Feature Home Modifications

Illness or injury can cause people to modify their day-to-day routines, starting at home. The next edition of "Consider This" will feature an effective, practical and affordable way to approach home improvements made necessary by health-related issues.

This week on "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt will speak with:
- Bev Van Phillips, a home modification expert, occupational therapist and real estate agent;
- Rick Fischer, a home modification expert; and
- Joanne Fiore, a home modification recipient.

The program airs tonight, June 11, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, June 14
11:30 a.m.

- Friday, June 12
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, June 16
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed about externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to faculty and staff who have generated these resources.

From the period of May 1-30, those receiving grant awards totaling $898,744 are:

Hesham Ali
College of Information Science & Technology/Computer Science
Title: Nebraska Research Network in Functional Genomics/Computer Science Project
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Hesham Ali
College of Information Science & Technology/Computer Science
Title: Nebraska Research Network in Functional Genomics/Bioinformatics Core
Sponsor: UNMC

Daniel Blanke
College of Education/Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: The Effect of Aging and Vascular Occlusion on Variability in Gait Patterns - Sara Myers
Sponsor: The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Donna Dufner
College of Information Science and Technology/Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis;
Title: Douglas County Department of Corrections: Enterprise-wide Information Technology IT Implementation
Sponsor: Douglas County Department of Corrections

Jack Heidel
College of Arts and Sciences/Mathematics
Title: Joint UNO/MCC GTA Training
Sponsor: Metropolitan Community College

Shari Hofschire
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media/Art & Art History
Title: Prairie Visions 2009
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council Development Corporation

Alan Kolok
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in the Bow Creek Watershed
Sponsor: University of South Dakota

M. Susan McWilliams
College of Education/Teacher Education
Title: Through the Eyes of Chris and Yin Soentpiet: Immigrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
Sponsor: Nebraska Humanities Council

Janice Rech
College of Arts and Sciences/Mathematics
Title: Math in the Middle
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

William Tapprich
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: INBRE Biomedical Research
Sponsor: UNMC

Scott Tarry
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Aviation Institute
Title: Leveraging Industries for Nebraska's National Competitiveness: 1 Year Augmentation
Sponsor: NASA

James Thomas
College of Arts and Sciences/Psychology
Title: 2009 LF&R Captain Promotional Exam
Sponsor: City of Lincoln

Victor Winter
College of Information Science and Technology/Computer Science
Title: Score Processor Work
Sponsor: Sandia National Labs

For assistance with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286 or visit

UFO Study Group to Meet June 13

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. All are welcome to come with an open mind and ask questions. Additional meetings will take place each Saturday at the same time and location.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

UNO's NBDC Training Offers Business and Computer Workshops

UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will offer training on business and computer workshops this month.

UNO employees receive a 20 percent discount off computer classes. Most workshops run 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ESU3, 110th and Harrison St., La Vista.

The remaining schedule:

- June 15
.NET Overview for Managers/Analysts

- June 15 and 16
Adobe Photoshop CS3

- June 18 and 25, at the E-Shop, 130th Street and West Center Road
Leading Project Teams

- June 23, at the E-Shop, 130th Street and West Center Road
Running Productive Meetings

- June 24
Microsoft Excel 2003 - Level III

- June 25 and 26
Microsoft Access 2007 - Levels I and II

- June 29
Microsoft Excel 2003 - Level I

Visit for more details and additional workshop offerings.

Members Sought for CCSW

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) seeks applications from faculty, staff and students who are interested in becoming members. Graduate and undergraduate students in any academic field are encouraged to submit an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues relating to all faculty, staff and students. Through participation, CCSW offers networking opportunities for members across UNO's campus.

Activities this past year included:

- Promoted civic awareness through voter registration drives;

- Presented "Susan B's Coffeehouse" lectures on issues of health, finances and job-related skills;

- Hosted the 23rd annual Centennial CCSW Awards luncheon;

- Sponsored a CCSW undergraduate scholarship; and

- Participated in activities honoring inclusion for all, Women's History Month and the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk for Athletics.

Faculty and staff are appointed for two-year terms, and students are appointed for one-year, renewable terms. To apply for membership, individuals should e-mail their name, the reason they are interested in joining the commission and any relevant experience to Sharon Ulmar at

For more information, visit or contact CCSW co-chairs Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or

Summer Permit Parking Available in Church Lot

UNO employees with faculty/staff parking permits can park in the St. Margaret Mary's Church parking lot at 6116 Dodge St. this summer. Parking will be available there in UNO-designated lots through Friday, Aug. 21.

During the fall and spring semesters, parking at this location remains limited to student permit holders. Night-only permits will not be honored until after 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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 conduct a service- learning project in Omaha.

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

Participants Needed for UNMC Child and Teen Depression Study

Children and teenagers experiencing depression are sought by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Psychiatry to participate in a research study that uses marketed antidepressant medications.

Common depression symptoms may include:

- Often being sad, unhappy or in a bad mood;

- Having trouble sleeping or staying asleep;

- Change in appetite;

- Loss of interest or motivation, decreased energy; and

- Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those who meet eligibility requirements. To participate, volunteers must be seven to 17 years of age. To learn more about the UNMC clinical research study, call 552.6240 or 552.6241.