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Aviation Students Nationally Recognized by FAA

photo by Wendy Townley

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. See story below for full details.



Wellness Stampede

UNO and WELCOM to Host Today's Reality Wellness Experts Visit

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 today, 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

KVNO Remains Committed to Classical Music, Partners with Athletics

Classical 90.7 KVNO, Omaha's only classical radio station, will broadcast UNO sporting events beginning Thursday, Aug. 27, with the university's first home football game of the 2009-2010 season.

The game between the UNO Mavericks and East Central University is set for 7 p.m. at Al Caniglia Field on the UNO campus. KVNO will be the home-and-away voice for UNO football, men's and women's basketball, and hockey. Read more.

NBDC Workshop on "The Successful Proposal" Is Today

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting takes place today, July 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Juan Diego Center, 5211 S. 31 St.

The event - titled "The Successful Proposal" - is free but requires pre-registration at

Additional workshops in the series are planned for the following dates. Individuals can sign up for any individual workshop.

Workshop dates:

- Thursday, Aug. 27
"Government Markets"

- Thursday, Sept. 24
"Register Your Company"

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor. For more information, call 554.6252.

"Consider This" to Focus on Refugees in Nebraska

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt leads a discussion about refugees in Nebraska.

Wyatt's guests will include Jeff Vandenberg, program manager for Lutheran Refugee Services and Dina Haqi, an Iraq refugee who has been living in Nebraska since 2007.

The program will air today, July 30, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, Aug. 2
11:30 a.m.

- Friday, July 31
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Aug. 4
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 Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

University Drive East Parking Structure Maintenance Continues

Cleaning and sealing work continues today, July 30, on the middle level of the University Drive East Parking Structure.

The level will remain closed for the rest of this 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.

July Biweekly Payroll Reminder

July has three biweekly paydays (July 2, 16 and 30), therefore no standard deductions will be taken from today's 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.

gmav Student E-mail Changeover Set for Aug. 17

The UNO student e-mail system will change to gmav on Monday, Aug. 17. Powered by Google, gmav replaces Lotus Notes 8.

While students reported the Web version of Lotus Notes 8 did not meet theirneeds, the Google Apps system was recommended by Information Technology Services (ITS) and endorsed by Student Government.

Because changes to faculty and staff e-mail would require a change in the university-wide Lotus Notes contract, Lotus Notes 8 will remain the campus e-mail solution for faculty and staff for the foreseeable future. The University of Nebraska system has, however, indicated a willingness to evaluate and potentially implement another e-mail system after the completion of the new Student Information System implementation.

During the summer, gmav accounts will be created for all new and current UNO students. On Aug. 17, at 7 a.m., gmav e-mail will officially replace myMail (Lotus Notes) e-mail for students. To reduce confusion, all current student user names, passwords and e-mail addresses will remain the same.

For more information about the gmav e-mail implementation, visit

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

Welcome Week is sponsored in part by Great Western Bank, State Farm, and Wells Fargo.

SAC Seeks Employee of the Month Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) continues to seek nominations for the Employee of the Month Award for office/service and managerial/professional personnel. Nominations can be submitted by staff, faculty and managers or administrators, and must meet the new criteria listed below.

"If you have previously submitted a nomination prior to January 2009, please resubmit your nomination with the new criteria listed below," said Monica Bayles, SAC treasurer.

The new criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability.

Nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

Recipients will receive a $100 award. To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Bayles at 554.2977.

Editor's note: This month's Employee of the Month recipient is Tim Fitzgerald, manager of photography in the Office of University Relations. For details, visit