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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.



"Happy Birthday, Maverick Village" Celebration Today

Maverick Village is turning a year older. In celebration of the occasion, Maverick Village staffers invite the campus community to attend today's "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

New Video Offers Peek at Greek Life

Students from UNO's fraternities and sororities created a video that offers a look at Greek life on campus. To view the video, visit

Also, a number of Greek recruitment events are planned through the fall at UNO. For more information, call Kelli Vomacka at 554.2711. Read more.

Participants Sought for UNO's "Walk to Defeat ALS" Team

UNO is forming a team to participate in the "Walk to Defeat ALS," which will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, in Elmwood Park.

Known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. Yet, through it all, most people's minds remain unaffected. Life expectancy for most people with ALS is usually two to five years following diagnosis.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Rita Henry at for more information.

July, August Fidelity Schedule

A Fidelity representative will be at UNO for individual appointments again next week Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Various appointment times are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The remaining schedule:

- Monday, Aug. 10 (172 University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute dean's conference room)

- Tuesday, Aug. 25

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

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

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 and UNO faculty/staff. The fee for professionals is $125. Call 554.2288 for details.

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.

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

Annual Fall New Faculty/ Graduate Assistant Workshops Set for Aug. 17 and 18

The 2009 New Faculty Workshop and the Graduate Assistant Workshops, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held Monday, Aug. 17.  The Faculty Workshop will continue Tuesday, Aug. 18.

These workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years. They provide new faculty and new teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO—its metropolitan mission and strategic goals, student demographics, campus academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information about the workshops, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or

Part-time Faculty Workshops

Workshops for all part-time faculty at UNO will take place Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Aug. 19 and 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Hall.

The agenda is the same each evening and faculty should choose the day that works best for them. The workshops provide information about UNO and teaching targeted to both new and experienced part-time faculty.

For more information, contact the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Web site at To register for one of these workshops, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or Those registering need to provide their full name, department, phone number and preferred evening.

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.

Green Tip of the Week

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Car Maintenance
Use the grade of motor oil recommended by your car's manufacturer. Using different motor oil can lower gasoline mileage by 1 to 2 percent.

(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