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MAVelous! Scavenger Hunt

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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.

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2009.07.24

New Travel and Expense Reimbursement Reminder

Accounting Services reminds all faculty and staff that, on May 26, Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB 533, which included impact on travel and expense reimbursement for university faculty and staff.   As UNO approaches the first sixty-day deadline, any travel or expense reimbursements for dates prior to May 27 must be submitted and processed by Accounting Services for reimbursement no later than Monday, July 27.  

The new guidelines include the following:

1. Itemized meal receipts will be required for all food/meal expenses equal to or greater than $5. This requirement is effective for food/meal expenses incurred on or after May 27. Please note that departments may require meal receipts for all meal purchases even those less than $5.

2. Expenses must be submitted 60 days from the date of the last expense. This means an approved expense report must be received by Accounting Services within 60 days or they can't reimburse expenses. This includes expenses during business travel, non-travel expenses (i.e., supply reimbursements or petty cash claims) and mileage claims.

a. For example, this means that if travel occurs June 15-18 and again on June 22-25, the request for reimbursement may include both trips, but the request for reimbursement for the first travel period must be submitted no later than 60 days after June 18.

b. If an employee typically requests reimbursement for non-travel expenses and accumulates the receipts for which reimbursement is sought, each expense will have its own 60-day limitation for reimbursement. (Travel is defined as being away from headquarter city longer than one day.)

Additionally, the use of affidavits for missing receipts is allowed on an exception basis only, no more than once or twice a year. Travelers are reminded that credit card receipts are not valid as they do not contain itemization. Meals listed on hotel folios must also be documented with an itemized receipt. 

For more information, contact Accounting Services at 554.2320.

Solar Energy at Home is Focus of Workshop

Richard Komp, an international solar energy expert who holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a minor in physics, will host a two-day interactive workshop at UNO on the construction and home installation of electric PV (photovoltaic) solar panels.

Komp's presentations are Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9, at the 118 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. The workshop runs both days from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Komp has conducted ongoing research on solar panels since 1960 and lives in an off-grid home he designed and built in Maine.

The two-day session costs $65 for Nebraska Solar Energy Society members and $85 for the public. For UNO faculty and staff pricing, call 554.2288.

The Nebraska Solar Energy Society, the College of Engineering (University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Omaha campus) and the Department of Computer Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute are sponsors of the workshop.

On Thursday, Aug. 6, Komp will host a free potluck dinner and demonstration on creating solar cells from plant extracts. The 6 p.m. presentation takes place at the City Sprouts House, 4002 Seward St.

For more information on these two events or to register, call Rita Corell at 551.5275 or Michael Shonka at 689.0463.

"Consider This" Highlights Pros and Cons of Healthcare Reform

President Barack Obama has said the U.S. Congress can seize the opportunity to fix health care now, or risk not having a chance for a long time. The next edition of "Consider This" with focus on the pros, the cons, and, if passed, the impact of health care reform to Nebraskans.

Host Cathy Wyatt's guests will include physician Richard O'Brien, Nebraska Medical Association; Jane Kleeb, Nebraska Alliance for Healthcare Reform; and Pat Bourne, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Nebraska.

The program will air today, July 24, at 12:30 p.m. on NET2.

Additional air dates and times are:

NET1
- Sunday, July 26
11:30 a.m.

NET2
- Tuesday, July 28
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit http://www.tknomaha.org. Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at http://www.unotv.unomaha.edu.

"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). One is set for today, July 24.

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.:

MBSC U Mon Hon Room
- Today and July 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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

UFO Study Group to Meet July 25

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet Saturday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 285 Durham Science Center. All are welcome to come with an open mind and ask questions. Additional meetings will take place each Saturday at the same time and location.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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, 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.

In the News

In the News

- WOWT (NBC 6) interviewed Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, July 20 about the City of Omaha's new budget.

- Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication, was featured in the July 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald, where he discussed video content available on the World Wide Web. Lipschultz also appeared on "The Good Morning Show" on KFAB (1110 AM) July 23 where he talked about Internet privacy.

- Bruce E. Johansen, School of Communication and Native American Studies, was interviewed July 15 by KSFR (101.1 FM) (National Public Radio; Santa Fe, N.M.) about the epidemic of lung cancer among former uranium miners on the Navajo Nation. The interview aired on the 30th anniversary of a major uranium waste spill into the Rio Puerco on the eastern edge of the reservation.

- The July 23 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by Oliver Pollak, Department of History. Dr. Pollak wrote about national health care.

- Omaha World-Herald columnist Michael Kelly wrote about Franklin Thompson, Teacher Education, in the newspaper's July 5 issue. Thompson recently reunited with a grade-school friend from South Carolina in Omaha.

- A free financial literacy seminar organized by Family Housing Advisory Service and hosted at UNO was profiled in the July 19 issue of the Omaha World-Herald.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Bruce E. Johansen, Communication and Native American Studies, recently published "Chemicals [in the Arctic]" with Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, Stig Andur Pedersen and Vincent F. Hendricks in The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Technology. West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, 546-550.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. 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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

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.

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 enotes@mail.unomaha.edu. Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.