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Football Practices Begin

The UNO Mavericks met the media Wednesday afternoon, August 5 at Caniglia Field. Coach Pat Behrns welcomed approximately 100 players to the field for interviews with the Omaha sports media. The player's first practice session is Thursday afternoon. The Mavericks open the 2009 season on Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm vs. East Central University of Oklahoma.

08.17-23 practice schedule

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You Look MAVelous!

photos by Becky Bohan Brown and Wendy Townley

The campus community and the public spent July 30 learning about health and wellness at 'How to Make Reality Wellness Happen at Work and Home.' The event, which featured Marty and Amy Wolff from NBC's reality show 'The Biggest Loser,' included panel presentations on nutrition and exercise along with a tour of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. The event was sponsored by UNO's You Look MAVelous! campaign and the Wellness Council of the Midlands.

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World AIDS Day Service in South Africa

UNO student Aundrea (Andie) Hansen will spend this semester in South Africa based out of Stellenbosch University near Cape Town. A major focus of her studies will be centered on service learning and community outreach. She plans on taking part in UNO's World AIDS Day project, set for Dec. 1. She explains how she became interested in traveling abroad and her interest in service learning.

World AIDS Day of Service blog



Omaha to Celebrate China's Heritage

Consul General Chen Xiong Feng of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and other dignitaries will attend the opening ceremony of a nationally recognized photography exhibit at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at the Criss Library.

The event will celebrate the Omaha arrival of "Soaring China," photographs that highlight the achievements in China since its open-door policy began in 1979.

The photography exhibit will remain on display through Saturday, Aug. 15 at Criss Library. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

The week will wrap up with Chinese cultural activities from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the library, featuring: martial arts performances, folk dances, traditional music, Chinese songs, a Chinese language workshop, a calligraphy demonstration and workshop, and children's games.

For more information, call: John Chen at 301.1516; Wendy Guo at 444.2750; John Zhang at 618.0350; or Jialin Zheng at 305.0792.

Sponsors of the photo exhibit and cultural activities include: UNO College of Business Administration; UNO International Studies and Programs; No. 1 Omaha Chinese School and Omaha Area Chinese Schools; Omaha Chinese Culture Association; Omaha Sister Cities Association; and UNMC Asia Pacific Rim Development Program.

Aug. 14 Commencement Shuttle Bus Available

More than 500 students will receive degrees Friday, Aug. 14, during UNO's summer commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members should assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Shuttle buses for faculty, staff and individuals participating in the platform party will depart from UNO in front of the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, the shuttle will provide transportation back to the MBSC.

UNO Professor to Present Photography Exhibit

UNO Professor Christine Reed will present a collection of horse photographs at an exhibit on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The exhibit is entitled "Still Wild: Portraits From the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range." Dr. Reed is the Regents Foundation Professor of Public Administration.

The exhibition runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Omaha Healing Arts Center Gallery, 1216 Howard St. Reed's exhibit will be part of the Old Market Gallery Crawl, and her photographs will be on display through early September. Read more.

NBDC Workshop on "Government Markets" This Week

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government markets takes place Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Healing Gallery, 4225 Cuming St.

The event - titled " Government Markets" - 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:

- Tuesday, Sept. 8

"Register Your Company"

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

Faculty/Staff Picnic R.S.V.P. Deadline Wednesday

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 by Wednesday, Aug. 12, to Kim Kronschnabel in 109 Eppley Administration Building, 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.

UNO Commencement Aug. 14 at the Civic

More than 500 students will graduate Friday, Aug. 14, during the UNO summer commencement ceremony. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

Jason Cooper, an Omaha native, will present the student commencement address. David Conway, associate dean of the UNO College of Education, will receive the Chancellor's Medal. Dennis Duffy, executive vice president of operations with Union Pacific, will receive the Alumnus Achievement Award. 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

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.

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