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Dodge Street Repairs Reminder

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Work is scheduled to begin next week on the city of Omaha's Dodge Street pavement repair project. The construction will affect areas north of UNO on: Dodge Street from 62nd Street to the pedestrian overpass west of Happy Hollow Boulevard. Weather permitting, the project timeline will be from Monday through Monday, July 6-13. As in summer's past, UNO employees with faculty/staff parking permits can park in the St. Margaret Mary's Church parking lot at 6116 Dodge St. Lane restrictions will occur during the construction period. Click on this link for the project's timeline.

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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.



UNO Television Wins Two Telly Awards

UNO Television has received two Silver Telly Awards for "Madagascar: Conservation vs. Survival" and "The War Comes to Nebraska." The Silver Telly Council, the judging and oversight body, is comprised of top industry professionals who are past winners of a Silver Telly, their highest honor.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Telly Awards, this year's awards were taken from more than 13,000 entries throughout the world and for productions done any time in the last 30 years, by previous Telly winners. The Silver Telly is the highest award given in the competition.

This is the second Silver Telly for the Madagascar documentary; the first was awarded in 2007 when the program was initially released. The program also received a Davie Award and a Regional Emmy. "The War Comes to Nebraska," was originally released in 1997 and at that time was recognized by the American Association for State and Local History and also received a Gold CASE award.

"Madagascar – Conservation vs. Survival"
The film details the extreme struggle Madagascar's people have as they try to balance feeding a growing population with preserving highly endangered and globally unique habitats. The documentary spotlights how researchers from Omaha the Henry Doorly Zoo collaborate with people to meet these competing goals. Danny Glover narrates the one-hour documentary with original music composed by Peter Buffett.

"The War Comes to Nebraska"
"War" explores the significant contributions made by the men and women of Nebraska in the effort to win World War II. Nearly 140,000 Nebraskans joined America's armed forces, while those who remained on the home front played an equally important role, as detailed in this 90-minute documentary.

For more information, contact Robert Franklin at 554.2516.

ITS Conveys Warning on "Dear User" E-mail

Recently Information Technology Services (ITS) staff has had several calls from UNO faculty, staff and students who have received an e-mail via Lotus Notes titled "Dear User." ITS recommends not opening or replying to this message. This message is phishing to gain access to Lotus Notes users personal information. Currently the UNO Spam filter is catching these messages -- so simply delete it from the spam filter or inbox.

"Please be assured that ITS is not sending these messages," said Shelley Schafer, manager of distance education with ITS. "Messages from ITS will never come from a .net e-mail address or ask you to submit your password via an e-mail message."

As always, if anyone has any concerns about the legitimacy of an e-mail message such as this, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 or forward any suspicious e-mails to

Wellness Stampede

You Look MAVelous! Scavenger Hunt July 9

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Faculty, staff and students can join You Look MAVelous! challengers for a campus-wide informational scavenger hunt on Thursday, July 9. Start time is from 11:30 to noon and the end time is at 1 p.m.

The MAVelous! Scavenger Hunt will be conducted in two stages. First, participants can choose from eight starting locations, where instructions will be given. Second, stations will be set up across campus for the traveling food scavenger hunt portion.

"At the MAVelous! scavenger hunt individuals can search for tips and objects to help reinforce how to live healthier," said Esther Scarpello, benefits manager at UNO. "By conducting a scavenger hunt with a wellness theme, our goal is to move people toward a healthier lifestyle to reduce the need for lifestyle-related prescription drugs."

Click on this link for starting locations and scavenger hunt details.

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

List of Military Veterans on Campus

To better serve military veterans who currently attend UNO or are interested in becoming UNO students, the Division of Continuing Studies Offutt and Off-Campus Programs are compiling a list of UNO faculty and staff who are military veterans.

Faculty and staff on this list can serve as potential resources for veteran students.

Any UNO faculty/staff member who is also a veteran willing to be included on this list should contact Hayley Patton at with a name, department and preferred contact information (e-mail, phone number and/or campus address).

HPER Closed July 3-4

Campus Recreation staff have announced that the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building will be closed during the Fourth of July holiday on Friday and Saturday, July 3-4. The HPER Building will re-open on Sunday, July 5.

For additional information, contact Campus Recreation at 554.2539.

Criss Library to Close July 3-4

Criss Library will be closed Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Summer hours will resume Sunday, July 5, at noon. For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

Carillon Concert Set for July 4 at UNO

The bells on the UNO campus will ring in honor of America Saturday, July 4, in conjunction with a carillon concert set for 9 a.m.

UNO carilloneur James Johnson will perform a 30-minute concert of patriotic melodies. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

Scheduled Dodge Street Repairs Set for Next Week

The City of Omaha announces a scheduled pavement repair work project will take place on Dodge street starting Monday, July 6. Construction areas affected north of UNO will be: Dodge street from 62nd street to the pedestrian overpass west of Happy Hollow. Weather permitting the project timeline will be from Monday through Monday, July 6-13.

Lane restrictions will occur during the construction period. For a complete schedule and traffic flow break down, click on this link.

For more information, contact John Amend at 554.2500.

Parking Meter Relocation Reminder

To accommodate the new Pacific shuttle bus route that starts Monday, July 6, parking meters have moved from Lot M to Lot E.

The meters are now directly east of the Criss Library. To view a parking map, click on this link.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

New Pacific Shuttle Bus Route Begins July 6

Starting Monday, July 6, the new Pacific shuttle bus will only drop off passengers at the northeast corner of Lot Q (near the Bell Tower) and pick up individuals in the north part of Lot M (lower level south of Criss Library).

From Nov. 1 through to March 12, 2010, an inter-campus shuttle bus will circle the Dodge location and drop off/pick up students at all the regular shuttle stops.

To view a parking map, click on this link. For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

ITS to Offer Intermediate Web Templates Course

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.