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Mammel Hall Beam Signing

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Beverly Newsam, public relations technician with University Relations, adds her signature to a portion of the Mammel Hall structure. Faculty, staff and students can sign the beam this week at the Pacific location building site. The beam will be set in place at a topping-out ceremony on Friday, July 17, at 12:30 p.m.

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July 4 Bell Concert

Gray threatening skies didn't deter the crowd for this year's July 4 carillon concert. UNO's Dr. James Johnson presented a 45-minute long concert of patriotic songs for the assembled audience.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, July 15, in honor of UNO retiree Elvira Garcia. She passed away July 11 at age 71.

Garcia, a professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages, retired from the university in August of 2003 after more than 35 years of service.

Visitation with the family will be held tonight, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at John A. Gentlemen 72nd Street Chapel, 1010 North 72nd St.  An 1:30 p.m. memorial service will take place Wednesday, July 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 216 S. 34th St. Memorials should be directed to Omaha Sister Cities Association or Joslyn Art Museum.

Maverick Road Show Kicks Off July 15


UNO Athletics will bring some of the newest members of "Omaha's Team" into the community as part of the Maverick Road Show beginning Wednesday, July 15, in Fremont, Neb.  It's the first of seven stops in advance of the Mavericks' season-opening football game against East Central University on Thursday, Aug. 27, at Caniglia Field. Read more.

Meal Receipts and Reimbursement Deadlines

On May 26, Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB533, a bill that has two immediate impacts for individuals requesting reimbursement for University of Nebraska business.

Effective for travel originating on May 27 and all dates forward, detailed receipts are now required for all food/meal expenses equal to or greater than $5.  Each receipt must be fully itemized, including the amount, date, place and essential character of the expense incurred. 

Accounting Services staff reminds travelers that credit card receipts are not valid as they do not contain itemization.  Meals listed on hotel folios must also be documented with an itemized receipt.

Another item which needs to be addressed is the use of affidavits for missing receipts.  Affidavits should not be used on a routine basis and will only be accepted on rare occasions (no more than once or twice a year).

The bills second point -- effective for travel originating on May 27 and all dates forward, expense reimbursement requests must be submitted no later than 60 days after the final day on which expenses were incurred. Managers are asked to alert all employees within departments regarding this change. 

 Click on this link for more details.

"Miracle Mile" Room Change Announced This Week

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 (MBSC). This week's walking work out will be held in the MBSC Gallery 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.:

MBSC Gallery Room
- July 17

MBSC U Mon Hon Room
- July 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

Faculty Commencement Regalia Orders Due July 24

Faculty members planning to order academic regalia from the UNO Bookstore for the August commencement should do so by calling 554.2336 before Friday, July 24.

Commencement for August graduates will take place Friday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

July Biweekly Payroll Notice

July has three biweekly paydays (July 2, 16 and 30), therefore no standard deductions will be taken from the July 30 biweekly payroll. Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions (insurance, parking, etc.) withheld. Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken.

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.

Durango Days 2009 Set for August

UNO 100 Year

Planning for Durango Days 2009 has begun. The two-day event, set for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 20-21, helps new students become acquainted with campus. Participants meet new classmates and conduct a service-learning project.

For more information about Durango Days, contact Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.


Human Resources Announces New Hires and Promotions
The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (from the period of March 5 through June 17):

- Jessica Agler, archivist, Criss Library;

- LaQuana Billingsley, enrollment specialist II, Admissions;

- Jennifer Bober, development coordinator-Neighborhood Center, College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS);

- Sharon Botos, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Kate Carlin, consultant-Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC);

- Donald Casart, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Jesse Clark, software developer II, Information Technology Services (ITS);

- Wendy Cobb, business analyst, Financial Aid;

- Yuriko Doku, research assistant, Sociology;

- Tyler Erwin, assistant basketball coach, Athletics;

- Ernest "Ernie" Greenwald, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Molly Handke, advisor, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER);

- Matt Hansen, marketing and promotions, Athletics;

- Jill Hensley, enrollment specialist II, Cashiering/Student Accounts;

- Thomas Herman, custodial supervisor, Custodial Services;

- Nainsi Jean Houston, creativity library associate, Criss Library;

- Andrew Jacobsen, business analyst, Records & Registration;

- Vicky Jones, consultant-Wayne, Neb., NBDC;

- Alison King, program coordinator-Building Bright Futures, Chancellor's Office;

- Elizabeth Kraemer, alumni programs coordinator, Alumni Association;

- Michelle Lyles, enrollment specialist III, Graduate Studies and Research;

- Cara Ortega, advisor, College of Education;

- Todd Pettepier, Middleward Architect senior developer, Center for Collaborative Science;

- Walden Reed, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Ross Rippe, office manager, Center for Collaboration Science;

- Percilla Rodarte, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Nicole Schaefer, program coordinator-Building Bright Futures, Office of the Chancellor;

- Thomas Schmaderer, custodian, Custodial Services;

- Julie Soper, international admissions advisor, International Studies & Programs;

- Valerie Thompson, assistant director, Student Organization and Leadership Program (SOLP); and

- Sandra Woodcock-Jensen, business analyst, Cashiering/Student Accounts.

Below are current employees that received promotions. Help HR in congratulating these employees.

- Elizabeth Arthur, promoted to staff secretary III, Testing Center; and

- Ursula Weaver, promoted to custodial supervisor, Custodial Services.

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