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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.

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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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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



Wellness Stampede

"You Look MAVelous!" Final Team Weigh-in Is Aug. 19

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The final weigh-in for "You Look MAVelous!" - UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge - will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, on the Henningson Memorial Plaza.

The Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services teamed up to host the first-ever challenge, which encourages faculty and staff to work together to come up with a healthier workforce. Larry Adler, Facilities Management and Planning employee, constructed a special platform and scale for the weigh-ins. This final weigh-in is mandatory for all teams, and more than 21 teams will attend. The rain location is the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge.

The award winners and team standings will be announced in eNotes this week.

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

Omaha Area Veterans in Business Forum Breakfast Aug. 19

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will co-sponsor the Wednesday, Aug. 19, Omaha Veterans in Business Forum breakfast at Regency Lodge, 909 S. 107th Ave. Registration and a buffet breakfast begin at 7:15 a.m., with the program from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Registration costs $15 and can be paid by cash or a personal check made out to Regency Lodge. Reservations are required and can be made at

The guest speaker will be Dwight Johnson, a Procurement Center Representative (PCR) at the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Government Contracting. He also serves as PCR for Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Also each month, veteran-owned businesses introduce their services and products in a five-minute presentation. Those interested in presenting should call Andy Alexander at 554.6253.

The breakfasts forum are a forum for possible teaming, partnerships and education on veteran-related businesses. Everyone will be introduced, so attendees are invited to bring their business cards, brochures and fliers to make contacts.

The NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the UNO College of Business Administration. The NBDC Business and Technology Solutions Division is a leading provider of results-based, interactive professional development programs. The program serves the residents of Nebraska and has trained more than 65,000 people at more than 750 companies.

Next Generation Diversity Leadership Series Begins This Fall

The UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office, with support from the Office of Diversity and President's Office in Central Administration, are co-sponsoring a diversity series for fall 2009 and spring 2010 for all faculty, staff and students.

Joe Gerstandt, a well-known speaker and facilitator who works with Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations and universities across the country, will conduct the series. Presently, Gerstandt lives in the Omaha and speaks at numerous conferences and summits throughout the Omaha metropolitan area.

"UNO and Central Administration are pleased that Joe will be speaking on the UNO campus," said Sharon Ulmar, director of UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "He is an experienced facilitator who brings a wealth of knowledge on issues related to diversity, communication, collaboration and leadership."

Sessions will be presented throughout the fall and spring. All events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Dates and times for the fall programs:

- Wednesday, Sept. 23
"What is Diversity and Why Does It matter?"
1 to 2 p.m.
Focus is to examine how human nature can inform our approach to diversity

- Thursday, Oct. 15
"Do Great Minds Really Think Alike?"
10 to 11 a.m.
Focus is to examine how to bring different thinking styles together

- Thursday, Nov. 5
"A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Rely On…Sometimes!"
1 to 2 p.m.
Focus is to examine important social/relational dynamics

To register for any of the programs or for more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2321 or

Wellness Stampede

Bowling League Open House This Wednesday

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Anyone attending the UNO Faculty/Staff Bowling League "open house" on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at West Lanes, 72nd and Dodge streets, can bowl a free game courtesy of the alley. The league welcomes new members and teams of all skill levels. The open house will run from 4 to 6 p.m.

The 2009-10 league officially starts Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 4:30 p.m. at West Lanes. Teams consist of four bowlers with at least two UNO current or retired administrative/faculty/staff members including spouses, immediate family or significant others. Graduate teaching assistants are also eligible.

New teams or individuals who would like to be placed on a new or existing team are welcome. Bowlers must, however, be at least 18 years old.

League bowlers unable to arrive at 4:30 p.m. each week have until the end of their team's fifth frame to join the first game of the evening.

To learn more about the league, contact David Kimble at or 554.3229, or Christy Tilford at

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

Guaranteed Parking Stalls Available

The University Drive South Parking Structure has guaranteed parking stalls available for the fall semester.

The price is the cost of the permit plus an additional $70 fee. This permit will allow commuters to park in Lots J and L, as well as in appropriate surface lots at the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations.

A limited number of permits and cards will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, stop by Campus Security or call 554.2648.

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.

Registration forms are available in W205 Nebraska Hall and online at For more class information, contact 402.472.5370 or


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