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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.




Fly Your Flag For the Mavericks

To celebrate the 60th year of National Flag Day, the UNO Mavericks are requesting local residents join Omaha's team in a unique way that would make Betsy Ross proud. UNO Athletics is looking for good standard bearers across the metro to fly the flag of Maverick sports from their businesses or front porches. Read more.

Attention Research Investigators and Personnel

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and UNO Institutional Review Board (IRB) has received the following message from the training program support office at the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI):

On Monday, Aug. 3, starting at 7 a.m. CST, the CITI Program Web site will be taken offline for a major system upgrade. CITI staff expects the downtime to be approximately five days. Individuals are advised to complete their work and log off prior to this time.

The UNMC/UNO IRB reminds investigators that all investigators and participating personnel listed on the IRB application must have completed the CITI training in order for the IRB to issue final approval of initial IRB applications, amendments and applications for continuing review. Faculty, staff and students are asked to take the non-availability of the CITI Program Web site into consideration with regard to meeting IRB meeting review deadlines.

For more information, contact the IRB at 559.6463 or at

University Drive East Parking Structure Maintenance Under Way

Cleaning and sealing work continues on the top level of the University Drive East Parking Structure this week.

Facility Management and Planning staff remind commuters that starting 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 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.

"Friday's The Miracle Mile" Continues 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 three more "Friday's The Miracle Mile" this summer. The Friday inside walking events will take place 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 of 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 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

July Biweekly Payroll Notice

July has three biweekly paydays (July 2, 16 and 30), therefore no standard deductions will be taken from the upcoming 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.

Surplus Property Now Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are now available for viewing online at All are available for department use only.

Items include:

- Bookcases;

- Desks;

- Chairs; and

- Tables.

Items can also be viewed by appointment at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. To set up an appointment, call Tom Feldman at 554.2222.

UNO Faculty/Staff Members Sought for Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Researchers need participants for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and well-being (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, must have lived together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-hour and 30-minute interview, as well as a brief, 10-minute survey. Each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or

Green Tip of the Week

Sustainability Graphic

Alternative Transportation
Make one day a week car-free. This doesn't mean individuals can't go anywhere; instead, choose to walk, ride a bike or hop on the bus.

(Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Web site at

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit