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Participants enrolled in the Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp were busy last week under the watchful eye of Jim Widner. The week-long camp is designed for middle school, high school and college students, and adults. Students learned about jazz theory, improvisation and performance. The students served as the opening act of a June 19 concert featuring the Jim Widner Big Band in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.



Black Studies and Local Arts Organization to Present July 2 Theatrical Benefit

The Growing and Building Together Academy of the Arts (GBT) will present "Through the Fire" on Thursday, July 2, in collaboration with the Department of Black Studies. The three-act theatrical presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Read more.

Nebraska Certified Public Manager® Program Expands to Kearney

Beginning in October, Nebraska professionals who work in government and nonprofit organizations can participate in the Nebraska Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program without driving to UNO. Students will be able to take CPM courses at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). Read more.

Foreign Liability Coverage Extended for 2009-2010

UNO is in the process of extending foreign liability insurance for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The university's Foreign Liability Coverage Policy requires clarification regarding upcoming travel.

Faculty and staff anticipating foreign travel in the coming year are asked to provide Risk Management with the best estimates. Click on this link for employee and student travel details.

The information should be sent, as soon as possible, to Risk Management, 209 Eppley Administration Building. Anyone needing an electronic spreadsheet to populate should send an e-mail to Laura Lamblin at or visit

Wellness Stampede

"You Look MAVelous!" Team Weigh-ins June 24

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The next weigh-in for "You Look MAVelous!" - UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge - will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, on the Henningson Memorial Plaza.

The Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services teamed up to host the first-ever challenge, which encourages faculty and staff to work together to come up with a healthier workforce. A special platform and scale have been constructed for the weigh-ins, and more than 21 teams will attend. The rain location is the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

Participants needing more information on team weigh-in times should contact their team captains.

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

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Budget Forum Set for June 25

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host a campus forum focused on the university budget Thursday, June 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CB). All members of the campus community - faculty, staff and students - are welcome to attend.

Like the three earlier forums that took place during the spring semester, this event will be an informational session on the 2009-2010 budget. Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley, who have led the campus Budget Advisory Task Force, will also help lead the presentation and discussion.

The event will take place in the CB Collaborating Commons, and seating will be available for 100. Arriving early is encouraged.

For more information, call 554.3502.

Bank of the West Concert June 26; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert takes place Friday, June 26, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will again provide free parking.

This year's entertainment includes The Guess Who and Grand Funk Railroad. A fireworks finale will follow the performances at 10 p.m. Also at the event, The Omaha Food Bank will accept donations of non-perishable food items. Specially designed Bank of the West Celebrates America plush bears will be available for $5 each, with all proceeds going to The Omaha Food Bank.

In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage (University Drive East Parking Structure) will be open after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park on campus to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street.

Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific locations stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. People who park at the Pacific location for the concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

Bank of the West, in cooperation with the city of Omaha, annually sponsors the outdoor concert and fireworks finale. For more information, visit the Web at

New Amendments for Americans with Disabilities Act

In January, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was amended to include a broader scope for individuals with disabilities. This new ADA amendment requires employers to conduct professional development for faculty, staff and students, as well as for individuals in a supervisory capacity. UNO has scheduled an ADA program for Wednesday, July 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Sharon Ulmar, director of the Equal Opportunity Office at UNO, will present. The session will highlight:
- New ADA amendments;
- Who qualifies as a disabled individual;
- Reasonable accommodations;
- The responsibilities of a supervisor of faculty, staff and students - including graduate or student workers; and
- The process supervisors should follow when an individual's disability is known.

To register for the session, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.


- Bruce E. Johansen, School of Communication, was elected to the University of Washington Department of Communications Alumni Hall of Fame. Dr. Johansen earned two degrees from the University of Washington - a bachelor of arts in 1972 and a doctorate in 1979.

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