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Reality Wellness on Campus

Reality Wellness on Campus

'Biggest Loser' contestants Marty and Amy Wolff will keynote a day of wellness events at UNO on July 30. See story below for full details.

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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.



North Omaha Is Setting for New Film on Race Directed by UNO Faculty Member

"Wigger," a new urban drama about a young white man who immerses himself in African-American life and culture is being filmed in North Omaha through early August. Anna Maria Horsford, who plays Ruth Taylor in the film, is in Omaha for much of the filming.

"Wigger" was written by Omowale Akintunde, chair of the UNO Department of Black Studies. Dr. Akintunde also serves as the film’s director. Read more.

Faculty/Staff Picnic Set for Aug. 19

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage on campus Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the 2009 UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by Chancellor John Christensen, the Staff Advisory Council and Faculty Senate - will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. This year's theme is "Happy Birthday, UNO."

R.S.V.P. registration forms must be submitted to Kim Kronschnabel in 109 Eppley Administration Building by Wednesday, Aug. 12, to be eligible for the prize drawings. Faculty and staff are encouraged to show their UNO spirit by wearing red and black to the event. University IDs will be checked at the door. To access a form, click on the following link:

2009 Faculty/Staff Picnic registration

For more information, contact Monica Bayles at 554.2977.

"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 attend 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, and tour the model room.

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

University Drive East Parking Structure Maintenance Begins Today

Cleaning and sealing work begins today, July 27, on the middle level of the University Drive East Parking Structure.

The level will remain 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 remain open.

For more information, contact Walt Burr in Facility Management and Planning at 554.2582.

Wellness Stampede

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

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

July Biweekly Payroll Notice

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


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