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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.



UNO and WELCOM to Host Reality Wellness Experts Campus Visit July 30

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Marty and Amy Wolff, contestants from NBC's reality show "The Biggest Loser," lost a combined weight of 252 pounds in September 2006. The couple, now married and Omaha residents, will bring their reality wellness mantra to the UNO campus Thursday, July 30, for a day of wellness events.

Sponsored by UNO's You Look Marvelous! Campaign and the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM), "How to Make Reality Wellness Happen at Work and Home" will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons. Read more.

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

Criss Library Catalog Offline Today

The Criss Library online catalog will be unavailable today, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a system wide upgrade.  To locate library materials while the online catalog is down, use WorldCat Local at

The library will be open and all other services will continue uninterrupted.  Library staff apologizes in advance for any inconvenience.

Miscellaneous Key Request from Surplus

Surplus Property Department staff asks departments to turn in miscellaneous keys to cabinets and file drawers.

"If you're not sure what they open send them over and we can try and match keys up to surplus items," said Tom Feldman, supply control clerk for Mail Services. "We pretty much have a little bit of everything -- so send over any orphan keys you might have."

Stop by or drop keys in the campus mail addressed to Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, contact Feldman at 554.2222.

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

New Pacific Shuttle Bus Route Under Way

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 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.

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.

UNO to Host "A Conference on Aging" in October

Save the date. In October, UNO and several community partners will host a two-day conference on aging. "Aging With Passion and Purpose: A Conference on Aging" will take place Sunday and Monday, Oct. 18-19, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

Click on this link for more details or contact Nancy Kelley-Gillespie at 554.4886 or

Sponsors include the UNO Department of Gerontology, Life Long Learning Initiative and School of Social Work, the Center for Healthy Aging, Ministries, Programs and Services (CHAMPS), the United Way of the Midlands, the Eastern Nebraska Office of Aging and Nebraska Respite Network, Immanuel Senior Living and the eight-county Partners in Aging (PIA) Network.


- Susan Maher, Department of English, was recently elected a member of the Board of the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society (MSHS). She will be serving a three-year term on the board. The MSHS promotes the study and understanding of Nebraska writer Mari Sandoz, whose essays, histories and fictional works provide an incisive examination of the transformation of the high Plains from the late 18th through the 20th Centuries. High Plains science, culture and art are also of deep interest to the MSHS.

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