photo by Tim Fitzgerald
Free posters, game tickets and an opportunity to meet the UNO coaches brought out the crowds Aug. 7 at the First National Bank of Omaha downtown headquarters. Several hundred First National Bank employees took advantage of the event to pick up free sports posters and sign-up for tickets. The event was one of several outreach programs scheduled by UNO to promote upcoming sporting events.
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.
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.
Hi-tech Classroom Reimaging Set for Aug. 14-17
In order to update software, Information Technology Services (ITS) has announced a routine reimaging of computers in more than 120 hi-tech classrooms across campus. Beginning this Friday afternoon, Aug. 14, all computers in ITS hi-tech classrooms will be reimaged (or returned to their original configuration).
During reimaging, any programs or files that may have been added to the computer during the semester will be deleted. To safeguard files, faculty and staff utilizing hi-tech classrooms should create a backup of all data via myFolder or a flash drive by Aug. 14. Reimaging of computers in the hi-tech classrooms will be complete and ready for utilization again on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
A listing of ITS hi-tech classrooms can be found at http://its.unomaha.edu/hitech.php. For more information concerning the hi-tech classrooms or operational training, contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357).
2009-10 Faculty/Staff Campus Recreation Information
Below faculty and staff will find the price list for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Campus Recreation activity cards and lockers for the 2009-10 school year. The payroll deduction option is available only to faculty/staff members with permanent appointments. If spouses wish to have a card, the payroll deduction amount will be doubled.
Activity Card Fees
Annual Faculty/Staff Rate: $336
Payroll Deduction: $28 (monthly) $14 (biweekly payroll deduction)
"Miracle Mile Walk" Schedule Announced through December
event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.
Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the Miracle Milers announce the new "Miracle Mile Walk" schedule through December. Anyone from the campus community can participate in the free inside walking events, which will take place Fridays in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 15-minute DVD. The next event is planned for Friday, Aug. 14, in the MBSC U mon Hon Room.
"The Miracle Mile walk is equivalent to a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes, or you can walk barefoot, too."
Click on this link for the complete schedule.
For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.
Sponsored by the Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services, You Look MAVelous! is UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge.
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, email@example.com or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.
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.
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 http://www.unomaha.edu/welcome/.
Welcome Week is sponsored in part by Great Western Bank, State Farm and Wells Fargo.
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.
- Visit http://uno.perkspot.com/;
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/uno_PerkSpot_Launch.htm.
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 email@example.com.
Chinese Language Classes offered by UNL Confucius Institute
For the fall 2009 semester, The Confucius Institute at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is offering non-credit courses in Chinese language, culture and music. Classes are taught by university language instructors from Xi'an Jiao Tong University, a top 10 Chinese university. They are offered in both Omaha and Lincoln and begin in September.
Surplus Property Now Available for Viewing Online
All Surplus Property furniture and items are now available for viewing online at http://picasaweb.google.com/unosurplus. All are available for department use only.
- Chairs; and
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
Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks. A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow a person to buy a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease fuel economy by five percent.
(Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Web site at http://www.energy.gov/4308.htm).
The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/