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Blowin' in the Wind

photo by Wendy Townley

A cluster of Big Bluestem, a grass native to Nebraska, appears taller than the Henningson Memorial Campanile as it blows in the spring breeze. Lowell Neuhaus of Environmental Services says the Big Bluesem grass is easy to grow and maintain, which makes it a popular pick for the UNO campus.

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Recital Hall Jazz

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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.



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Budget Forum Today in CB

UNO Chancellor John Christensen will host a campus forum today, June 25, focused on the university budget 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, today's 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.

Today's event will take place in the Collaborating Commons of CB, and seating will be available for 100. Arriving early is encouraged. For more information, call 554.3502.

Scheduled UNO Campus Electrical Outage Announced

A series of short electrical outages has been scheduled starting this weekend for the following buildings: Eppley Administration Building, Roskens Hall, Kayser Hall, Arts and Sciences Hall, Allwine Hall and the Milo Bail Student Center. These outages will be necessary for electrical construction work at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

Outages will take place on the following dates between the times listed:

- Sunday, June 28
11 to 11:30 p.m.

- Monday, June 29
4:30 to 5 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, June 30
4:30 to 5 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, July 1
4:30 to 5 a.m.

Electrical power will not be available in either the Field House or HPER between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. during the dates listed above.

For more information, contact Larry Morgan at 554.3735 or Don Smith at 554.3734.

Effects of Power Outages on Campus Technology

Even though several campus buildings will experience power outages Sunday, June 28, through Wednesday, July 1, virtualized and other core technology systems in the Eppley Data Center will remain online to those with power due to a back-up generator. Networks in buildings that do see a power outage lasting more than a few minutes will experience a network outage in that building; however, the network should be back on line minutes after power is restored.

For questions or concerns about the technology availability during these outages, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

Comments Sought for Accreditation Evaluation in September

UNO is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. UNO will undergo a Quality Checkup visit Sept. 23-25 by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

UNO, in its current form, has been accredited by the commission since 1968. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the commission's Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university to the address below:

Public Comment on the University of Nebraska at Omaha
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential. All comments must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 1.

ITS Announces Web Templates Intermediate Topics

Information Technology Services (ITS) will be offer a two-hour course in Intermediate Web Templates Topics on Wednesday, July 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 007B Roskens Hall.

This hands-on session will cover basic HTML coding, using lists and creating outlines, using Div boxes and the proper way to use tables with the Template to display data. Before registering for this course participants will need to have:

- Taken the previous "Web Template" course;
- A test web site setup; and
- Access to Adobe Dreamweaver software.

To register for training:
- Go to;
- 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, located on employee check stubs and university picture ID);
- Click "Sign Up";
- Click "OK" to confirm personnel number;
- An e-mail is sent confirming this registration. Add the class to Lotus Notes calendar.
- ITS requires a minimum of five people signed up by 2 p.m. the day prior to the class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

UNO Staff Members Sought for a Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Participants are needed for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and well-being (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, have been living together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-hour and 30-minute interview and a brief 10-minute survey (each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately). Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or

Wellness Stampede

"Friday's The Miracle Mile" Starts Tomorrow

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the "If Only We Were Taller" You Look MAVelous! team invite the campus community to participate in "Friday's The Miracle Mile" this summer. The Friday inside walking events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Un mon hon Room.

No experience is necessary and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 25-minute DVD.

"The Miracle Mile walk is equivalent of a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes or you can walk barefoot, too."

Walking times are 3:30 to 4 p.m. on the following dates:
- June 26
- July 10, 17, 24 and 31
- Aug. 7

For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374.

Sponsored by the Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services -- You Look MAVelous! -- is UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge.

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 Shuttle Schedule Under Way

Summer shuttle service is under way Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle stops at the Dodge location and Pacific location only. There is no shuttle service to Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.