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Joseph Hrabak

June Employee of the Month: Joseph Hrabak

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Joseph Hrabak, assistant research systems manager with the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), provides consistent technical support to colleagues and ensures all PCs are running smoothly. His excellent customer service makes him popular with colleagues. Visit this link for details.Visit this link for details.

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Grinding Away

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Construction crews began grinding asphalt July 6 on two lanes of Dodge Street. The lanes are closed between 62nd Street and Happy Hollow Boulevard. Weather permitting, the project will continue through Monday, July 13. Click on this link for the project's timeline.



"UNO100-Central to Our City" Airs on NET2

UNO 100 Year

UNO Television staff announce that "UNO100-Central to Our City" will be telecast on NET2 this Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m.

"UNO100-Central to Our City" was produced by UNO Television and details one hundred years of growth for the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The narrated program is told through historic photos and interview clips. Guest narrators include Otis XII and Cheril Lee, KVNO Classical 90.7 FM program hosts, and Dave Webber, an Omaha television personality and WOWT Channel 6 reporter. During the program, three parts will be highlighted: campus growth, academic development and university life.

NET2 is broadcast on Cox Channel 16. Additional NET2 air dates for "UNO100-Central to Our City":

- Wednesday, July 29
7 p.m.

- Sunday, Aug. 2
1 p.m.

UNO Television provides television production, program distribution, and educational services to a diverse group of users on a local, regional and national level. It is the Omaha Production Center for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. UNO Television serves and enriches the community through television programming that educates, entertains and informs. As an integral part of the university, the station also provides a laboratory for UNO broadcasting students, offering "hands-on" instruction utilizing professional broadcast equipment from professors and professionals in the industry.

Located on the UNO campus, UNO Television is a unit of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at UNO. UNO Television is the managing partner of The Knowledge Network. TKN is a non-profit corporation designed to provide educational services using local broadcast and cable television.

For more information, call Robert Franklin at 554.2516.

"Miracle Mile" Event Today in MBSC

Wellness Stampede

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 "The Miracle Mile" this summer. The inside walking events will take place Fridays 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 to 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:

- July 10, 17, 24 and 31; and

- 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

"Consider This" Remembers the King of Pop

The news is starting to sink in for Michael Jackson fans…the self-proclaimed "King of Pop" dead at just 50 years of age. On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt welcomes Dereck Higgins, a well-known Omaha musician, who talks about the man, the music and the legacy he leaves after decades of thrilling audiences around the world.

The program will air today, July 10, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, July 12
11:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, July 14
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

The Thompson Alumni Center

The William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center (Thompson Center) is available at no cost to UNO colleges, departments and student groups for meetings, conferences, seminars, luncheons and other university-related events (excludes revenue-generating functions).

The beautiful Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that can accommodate groups large and small. Its hi-tech offerings include ceiling-mounted projectors, an audio and video distribution system, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. UNO groups also can utilize an affordably priced catering menu.

UNO faculty and staff also receive a 10-percent discount on room rental for personal events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties or professional/community group functions.

Revenues help the UNO Alumni Association's mission of supporting UNO.

Visit to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or

Participants Sought for Infant Study

Healthy infants and infants with sensory-neural hearing loss between the ages of five and nine months are needed for a study at the Munroe Meyer Institute, located in the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

Researchers hope to identify a method for quantifying the motor-sensory mechanisms of postural control during infant sitting for early identification of infants with a potential motor-sensory dysfunction. To participate, infants are first evaluated by a physical therapist from the study. The therapist will determine if the infant is eligible by looking to see if they have skills for practicing sitting activities, such as head control and the ability to bat at objects with their arms. After the evaluation, researchers will measure sitting skills in the Motion Analysis Lab at the Munroe Meyer Institute at UNMC.

The lab session will take place one time. Study participants will be reimbursed for travel. Risks to children participating are no greater than for a child sitting on the floor or during routine handling. Schedules will be set during the next few months.

For more information, contact Anastasia Kyvelidou at 554.3225 or 452.4175 or

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

In the News

In the News

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the July 5 issues of the Omaha World-Herald and the Council Bluffs Nonpareil about the city of Papillion's population growth. Drozd's work with the recent U.S. Census information has been featured in more than a dozen Nebraska newspapers.

- Chancellor John Christensen, Dean Blais and Don Leahy, Athletics, were quoted in the July 3 issue of The New York Times about the recent successes of UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts.  The issue also used a photograph by UNO photographer, Tim Fitzgerald.

- Carol Lloyd Rozansky, professor of education, wrote "Student reading: more than scores," a column which appeared in the June 26 issue of the Omaha-World Herald.

- "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a UNO production, was mentioned in the July 7 issue of the Omaha-World Herald as a Theatre Arts Guild award comedy nominee. The nominees were announced July 5 at P.S. Collective.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Susan Naramore Maher, English, published "Deep Map Country: Proposing a Dinnseanchas Cycle of the Northern Plains," in Studies in Canadian Literature, Vol. 34 No. 1 (2009): 160-81.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Book Exhibition Concludes Today at Criss Library
The Heart and Hands 2009 National Juried Student Book Art Exhibition display concludes today, July 10, at the Criss Library.

The national exhibition showcased a broad range of books made by graduate and undergraduate students in accredited academic institutions. The exhibit featured 39 books made by 32 artists, representing 23 schools across the country. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.