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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



Student Workers Possible Need for Lotus Notes Account


On Monday, Aug. 17, all UNO students' e-mail will move to gmav (Google e-mail). Some student workers may need to have an additional e-mail account on Lotus Notes to complete their job duties. 

Information Technology Services (ITS) has created a Web form to request a Lotus Notes account for student workers. ITS staff asks supervisors to review the criteria list at to determine if a student worker requires a Lotus Notes account.  If a student worker's responsibilities require a Lotus Notes account, supervisors need to complete the account request form located at by selecting the form titled "Mail (Lotus Notes) - Student Worker Account." 

Student worker Lotus Notes usernames will be assigned by using their Net ID username, adding a dash and an sw (i.e. jsmith-sw).  Students will use their gmav account for any correspondence as a UNO student and the Lotus Notes account for student worker related duties.  Please note graduate and teaching assistants will only receive a Lotus Notes account.   

In the future, ITS requests that departments renew student worker Lotus Notes accounts yearly. For questions, call 554.HELP (554.4357) or e-mail

Mavericks Adjust Start Times For Hockey

UNO has changed the start times for all Friday home hockey games at Qwest Center Omaha.  All Friday games now will begin at 7:35 p.m., one-half hour later than originally scheduled. Read more.

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, "Must You Exercise?"

The current "You Look MAVelous!" schedule:

- 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

Deadline Aug. 15 for Maverick Flag Requests

To celebrate the 60th year of National Flag Day, the UNO Mavericks are requesting local residents join Omaha's team in a unique way that would make Betsy Ross proud. UNO athletics is looking for good standard bearers across the metro to fly the flag of Maverick sports from their businesses or front porches. Deadline for orders is Saturday, Aug. 15. Read more.

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 CFD at 554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or

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 Pubic Affairs and Community Service Building. The 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.

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

Calling All Social Media Gurus on Campus

Know of a department on Facebook or a college using Twitter updates to get information out? 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


UNO Announces International Exchange Program Participants
UNO has announced that several members of the campus community will be involved with international exchange programs during the upcoming 2009-2010 academic year. Those programs include the Fulbright Program, the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU) Academic and Professional Program for the Americas. Read more.

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