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Google Speaker Visits UNO

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Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist of Google, spoke June 15 to a capacity crowd at UNO's Scott Conference Center. Cerf, also known as father of the Internet, gave an hour-long presentation on "The Future of the Internet."

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Blais Named Head Hockey Coach

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO athletic director Trev Alberts Friday afternoon introduced Dean Blais as the Maverick's new hockey coach. Blais comes to Omaha from the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League where he served as head coach and general manager. As a college coach, Blais won national championships as the head coach of the University of North Dakota in 1997 and 2000.

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NU to Participate in Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced June 16 that the university will offer free tuition to qualifying veterans through participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement program. Milliken said, "We are proud to participate in this program that extends educational benefits to those who have served their country through military service; it provides a well-deserved enhancement to the GI Bill." Read more.

MBSC Food Court Menu During Construction

Starting today, June 17, the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court will undergo construction.  All grab-n-go items, including salads and sandwiches, are available.  In the D'café soup, hot dogs and other roller grill items are available along with continental breakfast items.

Food Services staff apologizes for any inconvenience the construction may cause and looks forward to serving its faculty, staff and student patrons in the newly improved food court this fall.  Watch eNotes this summer for updates on the MBSC construction.

For more information, contact Food Services at 554.2400.

Educators on Campus This Week for Prairie Visions Institute

More than 90 educators from across Nebraska and western Iowa will be involved in a week-long event through Friday, June 19, at the William H. and Dorothy Alumni Center. The 22nd Prairie Visions Institute is a professional development workshop in arts integration for educators.

UNO's Center for Innovation in Arts Education organized Prairie Visions, which is funded by Nebraska Arts Council and the Iowa West Foundation. The theme for 2009 is "Public Art: Defining & Redefining Community Identity."  Participants will travel to numerous public art sites in Omaha and Council Bluffs during the week. 

Meg Saligman, a nationally recognized artist from Philadelphia, who is creating "Fertile Ground," the huge mural in downtown Omaha will give a special presentation to the educators.  Her presentation was made possible by the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Other presenters include Suzanne Wise, executive director of Nebraska Arts Council, and Leslie Iwai, artist of "Sounding Stones" in Elmwood Park. 

For more information, contact Shari Hofschire a 554.2402.

Federal Minimum Wage Rate Increase Announced

Human Resources staff announces effective Friday, July 24, the Federal Minimum Wage will increase to $7.25 per hour. Departments do not need a PAF to initiate this increase, Human Resources will automatically make the necessary changes on all affected active employees on that date.

For more information, contact Bob Harris at 554.2739 or

Next NBDC Workshop on Government Contracts June 24

The next UNO Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting takes place Wednesday, June 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. at New Community Development Corp., 1701 N. 24th St.

The event - titled "Finding Bidding Opportunities: how to locate bidding opportunities from government agencies" - is free but requires pre-registration due to the limited seating.

To register or view other upcoming workshops, click on this link.

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor. For more information, call 554.6252.

Hy-Vee Dietician to Present MAVelous Tips at Criss Library Tomorrow

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Got 20 minutes to look MAVelous? Hy-Vee dietician Karisa Jensen will speak at Criss Library on Thursdays this summer at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

"Those who have heard Karisa say they learned a lot, even though many consider themselves expert shoppers and label readers," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "Come hear Karisa -- the walk over to Criss counts as exercise, and the weather will be beautiful!"

The current Criss Library "You Look MAVelous!" schedule:

- June 18
"Healthy Snacking"
11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Room 112

- July 2
"Smart Food Swaps"
11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Room 107

- July 23
"Break the Fast"
11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Room 112

- Aug. 13
"Must You Exercise?"
11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Room 107

- Aug. 20
"Weight Plateaus"
11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Room 112

The "You Look MAVelous!" campaign is co-sponsored by Human Resources and the Wellness Stampede. Watch eNotes for more Thursday programs at the Criss Library.

For more information, contact Deb Bertrand at 554.2381.

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

Deadline Friday for Annual Alumni Shakespeare on the Green Picnic Night

UNO faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to the UNO Alumni Association's annual Shakespeare on the Green Picnic set for Wednesday, June 24, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The deadline for registration is this Friday, June 19.

The event will begin with a picnic from 6 to 7:15 p.m. followed by a performance of "Macbeth" at 8 p.m. The cost is $12 per person, which includes a picnic buffet, reserved seating "down front" at the play, reserved parking near the green and a "Macbeth" preview by Cindy Melby Phaneuf, professor of theater at UNO, who is also co-founder and artistic director of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF).

Part of the fee helps underwrite a donation to the NSF. For more information and a registration form, click on this link. For Alumni Picnic details, contact Julie Kaminski at 554.4887 or

Deadline June 22 for CCSW Memberships

The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is seeking 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 that relate to all faculty, staff and students. Through participation, CCSW offers networking opportunities for members across UNO's campus.

Activities this past year:

- 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

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

Sustainability Graphic

Running Errands
Combine errands into one trip. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.

(Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Web site at

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