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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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mavlink Unveiled as New Portal Name

Move over E-BRUNO, there's a new portal in town. The Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) Change Management Team announces the name of UNO's new portal – mavlink.  mavlink will serve as UNO's new online source for providing information-based services to UNO faculty, staff and students.

"To get the word out about the NeSIS implementation happening at UNO, our team wanted to announce the new mavlink portal name," said Jason Blohm, chair of the campus Change Management Team. "mavlink will integrate all services offered by E-BRUNO and the current student information system."

Last year, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) Board of Trustees approved Oracle USA to provide a new student information system that will serve students at the University of Nebraska System and Nebraska's three state colleges. The Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions application was selected as the new system's platform.  CedarCrestone consultants are working with NU and NSCS on implementation.

Participating schools include all of the NU campuses and Chadron, Peru, and Wayne State Colleges. The new system will be rolled out incrementally beginning with Admissions this fall.

Watch eNotes for further information regarding the NeSIS implementation.

For more information, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or

MAVelous Tips Continue This Week

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

"You Look MAVelous!" organizers announce this week's healthy summer programming events at the Criss Library. All sessions take place Thursdays at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Up this week, "Green Fitness."

The current "You Look MAVelous!" schedule:

- 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

Maverick Cheer Squad Tryouts Set for Aug. 15-16

The UNO Maverick Cheer Squad will host fall tryouts Saturday, Aug, 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon.  All full time UNO students (men and women) are invited to tryout. 

Cheer squad members will work at home football, hockey, volleyball and men's/women's basketball games.

For more information, contact Patty O'Dell at or visit for forms.

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

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.

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.

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 the 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


Fellman Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant
Richard Fellman, Department of Political Science adjunct faculty member, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Uzhhorod National University in Ukraine during the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Read more.

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