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MAVelous! Scavenger Hunt

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

More than 150 individuals participated in UNO's first-ever You Look MAVelous! traveling food scavenger hunt. Faculty, staff and students collected healthy food items at different stations on campus for the 'walking lunch.' The July 9th scavenger hunt was sponsored by the Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services. You Look MAVelous!, UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge, continues through Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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Tim Fitzgerald

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.



Technology Unavailable This Sunday

All UNO Information Technology Services (ITS), including Blackboard, Lotus Notes and Web pages, will be inaccessible on Sunday, July 19, from 6 a.m. to noon for technology maintenance. ITS planned the outage for their regularly scheduled third Sunday maintenance window to minimize the impact on summer classes. 

After all technology services are back online, ITS will continue to test and adjust systems. The campus community may notice intermittent availability of campus-wide technology services on July 19 until noon. 

Anyone with concerns about these outages or who experiences problems with ITS services after noon on July 19 should contact ITS Customer Services at 554.4357 (554.HELP) or

Inauguration Documentary Now Available on Cox

Cox Communication's local video on-demand service now offers a new documentary that highlights the Department of Black Studies' trip to the presidential inauguration earlier this year. "An Inaugural Ride to Freedom: The Legacy of a People, a Movement, and a Mission" premiered in April during the department's Malcolm X Festival.

The film shows how members of the Department of Black Studies and the community traveled to Washington, D.C., in January to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama.  Read more.

University Drive East Parking Structure Maintenance Notice

Facility Management and Planning staff announce that starting Monday, July 20, cleaning and sealing work will begin on the top level of University Drive East Parking Structure.

Beginning Monday, July 27, contractors will move to the middle level and repeat the procedure.  Each level will be closed for one week to allow for weather delays and to assure adequate drying time for the sealer. During this project the lower level will not be affected and will remain open.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

Welcome Back with Welcome Week

Welcome Week at UNO will kick off the fall semester. A variety of events are planned Monday, Aug. 24, through Thursday, Aug. 27, to welcome new and returning students. This year's theme is "100 years of serving students!"

Activities take place each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza and will include live music, free food and games. Free food for students, faculty and staff starts each day at 11:30 a.m.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

Annex 16 Gas Pump Reminder

The gasoline pump located at Annex 16 will be closed for repairs today, 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.

Parking Lot Change, Visitor Parking Moving by Annex 24

Work to establish Lot I (directly west of Annex 24) begins this week when construction starts on converting the east row of Lot G into a gated lot. Lot I will be reserved for Welcome Center visitors and some special events in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

Faculty and staff are reminded that guaranteed parking remains available in Lots J and L. There are a limited number of stalls available in those lots.

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

"Miracle Mile" 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 take place Fridays in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). This week's walking workout 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 at the following locations:

MBSC Gallery Room
-Today, 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

Host Your Event at the Thompson 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 Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that accommodate large and small groups. 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

In the News

In the News

- Chris Allen, School of Communication, was interviewed July 14 by KETV (ABC 7) about a magazine-selling scam where individuals claimed to be UNO students raising money for an overseas class trip.

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the July 5 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the history of Nebraska births.

- Dave Kriegler, Physics, was featured in the July 7 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about how dust from a Russian volcano impacted the skies over the U.S.

- The "My Future Self" exercise offered by the Department of Gerontology was featured July 16 on KETV (ABC 7). Julie Masters (Gerontology) and Patty Adams (Lifelong Learning Initiative) were featured in the story.

- Greg Petrow, Political Science, was featured in the July 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Nebraska lawmakers who are impacted by the recession.

- Amanda Randall, School of Social Work, was quoted in the July 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald, where she commented on the lack of female leaders in Omaha.

- The July 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on Papillion's increased sales tax revenue, as compared to Omaha. The article quoted Bob Blair, Carol Ebdon and Ken Kriz, all from the School of Public Administration.

- Students Matt Watson and Dan Smith were featured in the July 11 issue of the Fremont Tribune about Watson catching a record-sized fish.

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

- Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, has published (with Morgan Macdonald) "An Alternative Remedy for Police Misconduct: A Model State ‘Pattern or Practice Statue,'" in the George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal.

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

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.