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Aviation Students Nationally Recognized by FAA

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From left, recent graduate Joseph Rotterdam, and graduate students Michael Cameron and Jess Potthoff recently earned a third-place award at the Federal Aviation Administration 2009 Design Competition for Universities. The trio developed a project titled 'Technology-Based Communication Solutions for Reduced Fuel Consumption in the Airport Environment,' which aims to reduce airline fuel consumption.

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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. Visit this link for details.



Nebraska State Data Center's Annual Conference Set for Aug. 20

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, this year's Nebraska State Data Center's Conference will feature special guest presenters and session topics. Attendees can learn about Census 2010, new American Community Survey (ACS) health insurance data, new employment figures, housing information, crime statistics and population trends.

Advanced data users can attend a hands-on computer training of OnTheMap LED software. Conference sessions will also include: Local Employment Dynamics (LED), Census Overview, Crime Statistics, 20 Years of Partnering, Housing Data and Research, All About the 2010 Census and State and Local Population Trends.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the College of Pubic Affairs and Community Service Building. The conference cost is $50 for those who register on or before Friday, Aug. 14, or $60 thereafter. The fee includes conference materials, lunch and refreshments.

Register online at or contact Melanie Kiper at 554.2133 or For additional information, contact David Drozd at 554.2132 or

The Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) is the lead agency for the Nebraska State Data Center Program. This program is a cooperative program between the U.S. Census Bureau and individual states. This relationship has resulted in CPAR taking an active role in analyzing and disseminating information from the 2000 Census.

ITS Offers Desktop Publishing Workshop

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will offer a beginning class in Adobe InDesign, "Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing," on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the 107 Criss Library. 

This session provides a hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using this software package.  While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to:  insert and manipulate text and graphics and create a "master" template to use for future designs.  Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary. 

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, but registration is required and will be on a first come, first serve basis.  There is a limit of 15 seats.

To register for this training:

- Go to;

- Select the correct month and click "Go";

- Click "Register" next to the event;

- Enter your SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and photo ID's);

- Click "Sign Up";

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

For more information contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or

MAVelous Tips Continue This Week

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

"You Look MAVelous!" organizers announce that this week's healthy summer programming event will be an all-day set of sessions at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. "How to Make Reality Wellness Happen at Work and Home" runs morning into afternoon on Thursday, July 30.

The current "You Look MAVelous!" schedule:

- July 30
"How to Make Reality Wellness Happen at Work and Home"
8:30 to 4 p.m., College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons (click on this link for the day's schedule)
Free to all faculty, staff and students (come and go as individual schedules permit)
Keynote will include Marty and Amy Wolff, former "The Biggest Loser" reality show participants
(Co-sponsored by the Wellness Council of the Midlands)

- Aug. 6
"Green Fitness"
11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 112 Criss Library
David Corbin, professor of health education at UNO

- Aug. 13
"Must You Exercise?"
11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 112 Criss Library
Karisa Jensen, Hy-Vee dietician

- Aug. 20
"Weight Plateaus"
11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 112 Criss Library
Karisa Jensen, Hy-Vee dietician

The "You Look MAVelous!" campaign is co-sponsored by Human Resources and the Wellness Stampede. Watch eNotes for more Thursday programs at Criss Library.

For more information, contact Deb Bertrand at 554.2381.

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

Fidelity Rep at PKI Aug. 10

Fidelity representative, Jason Cronick, will be at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) for individual counseling sessions on Monday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments will be held in 172 PKI (dean's conference room).

Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

Criss Library Offers New Texting Service

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.

MetrO! Rideshare Carpool Challenge Continues

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Individuals tired of contributing to global warming or spending money on gas can participate in a new program focused on alternative forms of transportation. The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), in collaboration with corporate and community partners like UNO, is hosting the MetrO! Rideshare Carpool Challenge through Sunday, Aug. 28.

"The MetrO! Rideshare Carpool Challenge 2009 will be a great way to get commuters to think about alternative forms of transportation," said Tara Ryan, event organizer from MAPA. "It will also allow companies, schools and organizations to compete against each other and offer a great benefit to commuters in the metro area."

All faculty, staff and students can participate. To take part in this six-week challenge UNO-participants will carpool to work and record the days and mileage online. For instructions on how to sign up and log mileage, click on this link.

Tips to registering:

- Remember to designate UNO as an Employer or School;

- Click the preferences box to be added to the UNO-only carpool; and

- Register under "Carpool Ride," on the Commute Tracker screen.

"Most importantly, when competing in the rideshare challenge at the 'Commute Tracker' screen, participants must always remember to register daily mileage as 'Carpool Ride' or it won't count toward the challenge," Ryan said.

Gas cards for different denominations will be rewarded throughout the competition.  The prize breakdown and challenge information is also available online at

To have rideshare challenge instructions mailed, e-mailed or faxed, contact Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or

UNO belongs to the Friends of Metro Rideshare Partnership Program. The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this green event. For more information, visit

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


UNO Faculty Discuss International Education at Symposium
Lourdes Gouveia, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), and Gigi Brignoni, Department of Teacher Education, were panelists earlier this month at "Going Global: A Symposium on Educational Strategies for International Learning."

Gouveia and Brignoni, along with two University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors, spoke on "A Changing Demographic -- The Challenges and Opportunities for New Nebraskans and the Nebraska Educational System."

The July 16 symposium was held at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney and was organized by the Office of International Education, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Malaika Foundation.

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