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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

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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Geography/Geology Announces World Cinema Series

The UNO Department of Geography/Geology will begin a weekly world cinema series Wednesday, Aug. 26.

The series starts with a short film from Senegal titled "The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun" and a feature film from Canada titled "Le Grande Seduction."  All films will be screened in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium starting at 6 p.m. Two films are shown each evening.

"The films are shown in combination with my course GEOG 3000: Geography in Film," said Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO. "We're inviting people from the UNO community to share in this educational experience."

Other films in the world cinema series come from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The series runs through Wednesday, Nov. 4.

For more information about the series, contact Peterson at

Can You Say "Go Big Red" or "Go Mavericks" in Chinese?

For the fall 2009 semester, The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will offer non-credit courses in Chinese Language, Culture and Music in Omaha and Lincoln. Classes are taught by university language instructors from Xi'an Jiao Tong University, a top 10 Chinese university. Courses start in September.

Registration forms are available online at For more class information, contact 472.5370 or

Nebraska Certified Public Manager® Program Expands to Kearney 

Beginning in October, Nebraska professionals who work in government and nonprofit organizations can participate in the Nebraska Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program without driving to UNO. Students will be able to take CPM courses at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). Read more.

Calling All Social Media Gurus on Campus

Know of a Department on Facebook or Twitter updates that are coming from a college? UNO wants to know!

University Relations staff are corralling social media links to feature in future issues of eNotes and elsewhere throughout the UNO Web site.

Please send UNO-related social media links to Wendy Townley:

Examples of these UNO links include the following:

UNO: and

Athletics: and

Alumni: and

Criss Library:

Solar Energy at Home is Focus of This Weekend's 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

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.

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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Transportation Alternatives
Check into telecommuting, carpooling and public transit to cut mileage and car maintenance costs. For UNO/Metro area carpooling information, click on this link.

(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