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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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flags will be lowered to half-staff today, July 23, to honor UNO retiree Ernest "Ernie" Peck. He passed away June 17 at the age of 67.

Peck, vice chancellor and dean of Graduate Studies and Research, retired in 1998. At the time of his passing, he resided in Georgetown, Texas.

Criss Library Offers New Texting Service

Don't have time to stop by Criss Library to get a quick question answered?  If not, text a librarian at 309-222-7740 – just enter Criss Library code "UNO" at the beginning of the message and then text a question. 

A librarian will get back to patrons with an answer within 10 minutes. Librarians are on staff Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer questions.

The Criss Library is part of the collaborative reference service known as InfoQuest.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

"Happy Birthday, Maverick Village" Set for July 29

Maverick Village is turning a year older. In celebration of the occasion, Maverick Village staffers invite the campus community to a Wednesday, July 29, event titled "Happy Birthday, Maverick Village!" Festivities will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Maverick Village Clubhouse.

Faculty and staff can enjoy cake and punch, as well as tours of the model room.

For more information or special accommodations, call 554.4000 or e-mail

Gallery Welcomes Exhibition Curated by UNO Faculty, Features Work by UNO Students, Graduates

Works by artists from across the country -- as well as recent UNO BFA graduates and current UNO students -- will be on display July 30 through Aug. 2 at the Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St., in Omaha.

The 2009 Echotrope New Media Festival aims to expand the presence of experimental film, video and new media art in the Midwest. Read more.

Faculty Commencement Regalia Orders Due Friday

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.

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

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

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

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