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"Miracle Mile" Workout

photo by Beverly Newsam

The campus community had a chance to try the "Miracle Mile" routine, equivalent to a one-mile walk, on June 26 in the Milo Bail Student Center. The event was sponsored by the UNO "You Look MAVelous!" fitness and summer weight loss challenge. Additional "Miracle Mile" sessions will take place in July and August.

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HPER construction

HPER Rising

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Most of the exterior construction work on the north side of UNO's HPER building has focused on infrastructure for utilities. Now over the last two weeks, walls are being poured and steel girders are being bolted into place.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff Friday, July 3, in honor of UNO retiree Gaylord Todd. He passed away June 27 at age 81.

Todd, a professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages, retired from the university in 1995 after more than 25 years of service.

An 11 a.m. memorial will take place July 3 at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler West Center Chapel, 78th and West Center. Memorials should be directed to UNO or the Nebraska Humane Society.

Memberships to KANEKO-UNO Library Now Available

Members of the campus community and the public are invited to become friends of the new KANEKO-UNO Library in Omaha's Old Market.

Located at the corner of 12th and Jones Streets, the library plays an integral role in supporting KANEKO programming as well as serving UNO students and faculty.

The sleek, educational space – which opened in February – is devoted to studies in creativity and represents a serious partnership between UNO and KANEKO. Read more.

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.

Annual Fall New Faculty/ Graduate Assistant Workshops Set for Aug. 17 and 18

The 2009 New Faculty Workshop and the Graduate Assistant Workshops, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held Monday, Aug. 17.  The Faculty Workshop will continue Tuesday, Aug. 18.

These workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years. They provide new faculty and new teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO—its metropolitan mission and strategic goals, student demographics, campus academic support services and faculty development opportunities. 

For more information about the workshops, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or

Part-time Faculty Workshops

Workshops for all part-time faculty at UNO will take place Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Aug. 19 and 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Hall.

The agenda is the same each evening and faculty should choose the day that works best for them. The workshops provide information about UNO and teaching targeted to both new and experienced part-time faculty.

For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at http:// To register for one of these workshops, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Those registering need to provide their full name, department, phone number and preferred evening.

New Amendments for American 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, contact Human Resources at 554.2321.

Summer TIAA-CREF Schedule

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

- 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) continues to seek 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.

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. Researchers need 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

Green Tip of the Week

Sustainability Graphic

Car Maintenance
Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks to avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid or transmission problems.

(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