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July Employee of the Month: Tim Fitzgerald

photo by Beverly Newsam

For the past decade, Tim Fitzgerald, manager of photography, has captured the essence of UNO in photographs. Be it an awards luncheon, athletic event or groundbreaking ceremony, he has been there for it all. Visit this link for details.

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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.



Annex 16 Gas Pump Notice

The gasoline pump located at Annex 16 will be closed for repairs Friday July 17, until noon. If gasoline is needed during this shutdown, most local gasoline stations will accept the Voyager Card for purchases. For more information, contact Steve Geiken at 554.3849.

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

During June, those receiving grant awards totaling $2,523,618:

Hesham Ali
College of Information Science & Technology/Computer Science
Title: Scripps NeuroAIDS Preclinical Studies (SNAPS) Center
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Robert Bernier

College of Business Administration/Nebraska Business Development Center
Title: Small Business Assistance for the State of Nebraska
Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration

Robert Briggs
Academic Affairs/Institute for Collaboration Science
Title: BattleSpace ActionCenters, Phase 2
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/Air Force

Parvathi Chundi
College of Information Science & Technology/Computer Science
Title: Temporal Mining of Text Documents (REU Supplement 2009)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Ann Fruhling
College of Information Science & Technology/Info. Systems & Quantitative Analysis
Title: Public/Private Laboratory Integration Oklahoma STATPack
Sponsor: State of Oklahoma

Thomas Gouttierre
International Studies & Programs
Title: Afghan National Literacy Program
Sponsor: OT Training Solutions
Title: Support to the Human Terrain System Project: Afghan Immersion Seminar for Deploying Team Members
Sponsor: Georgia Institute of Technology

George Killian
Facilities Management & Planning/Planning & Architectural Services
Title: UNO Caniglia Field G-Max Repair
Sponsor: Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Karl Kosloski
College of Public Affairs & Community Service/Gerontology
Title: Assessing a Case Management Protocol to Strategically Support Family Caregivers
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Frederic Laquer
College of Arts & Sciences/Chemistry
Title: Medicines for Malaria
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Guy Matalon
College of Arts and Sciences/Philosophy and Religion
Title: Partnership with the Center for Jewish Education
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Omaha

M. Susan McWilliams
College of Education/Teacher Education
Title: Through the Eyes of Chris & Yin Soentpiet: Immigrants & the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
Sponsor: Humanities Iowa

Constance O'Brien
College of Arts and Sciences/Physics
Title: Aim for the Stars: Building Persistence in Science & Math
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

For assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

New UNO Employee Discount Program Available

UNO is partnering with PerkSpot to offer a new Employee Discount Program for all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and students.

PerkSpot is an innovative online resource that offers discounts and rebates on goods and services from some of the top brand names in the U.S. UNO has become first campus in the University of Nebraska system to use the PerkSpot service.

"We have partnered with PerkSpot to help save you and your family money with discounts on a wide range of products and services from some of the best nationally known companies," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "You will find valuable offers from your favorite merchants through PerkSpot including: Target, Barnes & Noble, AMC Theatres, Sprint, Dell and many other merchants."

For easy reference, a Web site with a listing of participating local stores and online vendors, is available for faculty, staff, retirees and students to view. To take advantage of the UNO Employee Discount Program, eligible participants need to first register for an account with PerkSpot.

To register:

- Visit;

- At the right of the screen, click the "Sign up" button;

- Type the required information at sign up screen;

- Enter "group code" -- UNO;

- Register a work or personal e-mail address;

- Add first and last name;

- Type a work and personal zip code;

- Create a password; and

- A confirmation e-mail containing "how to login" instructions will be sent. Individuals must respond to this e-mail to be signed up for the service.

PerkSpot staff will add new deals and offers daily.

"An easy way to find out what offers are new is to watch for the Widgets on the site," Anderson said. "You can also sign up to get e-mail alerts sent directly to your in box."

PerkSpot will host the clearing-house of offers for UNO participants. Individuals can recommend other merchants be added to UNO's listing. To do so or for site questions, contact PerkSpot customer service at; (866) 606.6057, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST, Monday through Friday; or visit PerkSpot's online Blog Spot.

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at

Writing Center and Math-Science Learning Center Offers Summer Consultation Services

For the first summer ever, the UNO Writing Center is offering summer consultation services. Writing Center consultants are available at its library satellite on the main level of Criss Library to serve UNO's summer students.

Students needing help with writing assignments can stop by the library to talk with the center's experienced writing consultants. This is a walk-in service; no appointment is necessary.

Writing Center Summer Hours at the library:
- Today through Thursday, Aug. 13 (Monday through Thursday)

10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For additional Writing Center information, contact Dori Richards at

The Math-Science Learning Center (MSLC) offers summer consultation services in 107 Durham Science Center. Students taking summer courses in math or science can stop by to receive assistance from MSLC consultants. This is a walk-in service; no appointment is necessary.

MSLC Summer Hours in 107 DSC:
- Today through Friday, Aug. 14 (Monday through Friday)

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For additional MSLC information, contact Dana Richter-Egger at

Federal Minimum Wage Rate Increase Reminder

Human Resources staff announces effective Friday, July 24, the Federal Minimum Wage will increase to $7.25 per hour. Departments do not need a PAF to initiate this increase, Human Resources will automatically make the necessary changes on all affected active employees on that date.

For more information, contact Bob Harris at 554.2739 or

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 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.

Participants Needed for Child and Teen Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry needs participants for a study on investigational medication for child and teen depression. Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements.

To participate, subjects must be between the ages of seven and 17 years and have the following symptoms:
- Sad, unhappy or bad mood;
- Trouble sleeping or staying asleep;
- Change in appetite;
- Loss of interest or motivation;
- Decreased energy; and
- Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

For more information, call 552.6340 or 552.6240.