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Celaya and Students

Students Study With Enrique Martinez Celaya

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Visiting Presidential Professor Enrique Martinez Celaya, left, invited two UNO art students to his studio in Florida this summer for study and hands-on work. Julie Helms, center, is an art history major whose senior thesis focuses on Martinez Celaya's work. Matt Noble, right, is a painter.

An important part of the three-year professorship is the summer internship program, which gives university students the opportunity for practical working experience outside the classroom.

"Matt and Julie were an invaluable help to my studio staff and to me," said Martinez Celaya, who plans return visits to Nebraska this fall and next spring as part of his University of Nebraska professorship. "They joined us while we were involved in fairly complex projects and quickly became great contributors. I appreciated their Nebraska-honed work ethic and their willingness to accept challenges."

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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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NU Distance Education Will Expand to Serve Growing Market

The University of Nebraska plans to greatly expand its distance education courses and programs to better serve Nebraskans and to capture a larger share of the growing national and international market for online learning, according to NU President James B. Milliken. NU already offers more than 1,200 courses and more than 70 online degree and certificate programs, ranging from bachelor's degrees to PhDs. Read more.

Google E-mail for Students Goes Live on Aug. 17

UNO will implement the Google Apps system for student e-mail, now called gmav, beginning Monday, Aug. 17.

This spring students reported that the Web version of Lotus Notes 8 did not meet their needs. After a thorough investigation and evaluation of options, Information Technology Services (ITS) recommended Google Apps as a replacement to Student Government who endorsed the proposal.

"Google Apps will provide students a reliable and fully featured email solution," said Andrew Buker, one of the team leads for the project.

Because changes to the 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, staff and graduate assistants 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 SIS implementation.

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

Wellness Stampede

"Weight Watchers on Campus" to Meet Aug. 6

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Wellness Stampede will host the next "Weight Watchers on Campus" open house Thursday, Aug. 6, at 12:30 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Weigh-in will take place before the meeting at 12:15 p.m.

For more information, contact David Daniels at 554.2008 or

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

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 to 11:30 a.m. in 107 Criss Library.

The 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

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

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.

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.

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 Public 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.


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