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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



UNO Named a Top Military Friendly School

G.I. Jobs magazine has named UNO one of its top Military Friendly Schools for 2010. UNO is among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide to receive the honor from the magazine that embrace America's veterans as students. Read more.

Nebraska State Data Center's Annual Conference This Week

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 $60. 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.

FEAP Office Hours Reminder

Since May, UNO's Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) has offered standard office hours on campus.

"Are you experiencing a personal problem that may or may not be impacting the workplace?" said Marlene Schneider, FEAP counselor. "If so, you are not alone. The chance that any person can navigate things through life without a serious matter is doubtful."

FEAP staff can help faculty and staff deal with difficult times. FEAP is a confidential counseling service designed to assist faculty, employees and their families in addressing personal and work-related problems. The FEAB office is in 207 Eppley Administration Building

Office hours:
Tuesdays – 8 a.m. to noon

Thursdays – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
(Other times are available by appointment)

Marlene Schneider is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).

To schedule an appointment, contact Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO campus) or 559.5175 (UNMC campus), or by e-mail at

For more FEAP information, visit

Bowling League Open House Tomorrow

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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

IRB Changes Reminder

UNO faculty, staff and students who are involved with human subject research are advised to check the UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board (IRB) Web site for information about recent changes to its IRB application forms and updated requirements for review. The revised applications are effective starting today, Aug. 18, so researchers are advised to begin using the new forms immediately. 

For more information about these and other updates, visit the IRB Web site at

Summer MAVelous Tips Conclude This Week

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

"You Look MAVelous!" organizers announce the final summer healthy programming event. Up this week at the Criss Library, "Weight Plateaus."

On Thursday, Aug. 20, Hy-Vee dietician Karisa Jensen will offer advice at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in 112 Criss Library.

The "You Look MAVelous!" campaign is co-sponsored by Human Resources and the Wellness Stampede. Watch eNotes for possible programs during the fall semester.

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

Update from Campus Recreation on Men's Locker Room

The opening of the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) men's locker room has been tentatively rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 24, under the condition that construction proceeds as planned.

Campus Recreation staff appreciates the patience and understanding during these delays and the whole renovation process. Check with the Campus Recreation office for questions at 554.2539 or stop by 100 HPER.

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.

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 Friday, Aug. 28.

"The MetrO! Rideshare Carpool Challenge 2009 is a great way to get commuters to think about alternative forms of transportation," said Tara Ryan, event organizer from MAPA. "It also allows 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

Adolescents Sought for ADHD Study

Adolescents may qualify for a University of Nebraska Medical Center study on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Possible ADHD behaviors:

- Inattentiveness or making careless mistakes;

- Fidgeting or squirmy;

- Difficulty organizing tasks;

- Easily distracted;

- Interrupting;

- Forgetfulness; and

- Losing things.

Parents of children ages 12-17 years who exhibit the specified behaviors can call to learn more about the research study and how their child may be

eligible for an evaluation and study medication at no charge.

For more information, call 552.6239 or visit


UNO TV, KVNO Honored by Nebraska Broadcasters Association
The Nebraska Broadcasters Association presented five awards – two Gold Awards, one Silver Award and two Bronze Awards – to UNO Televison and Classical 90.7 KVNO at the 2009 convention and awards ceremony on Aug. 13 in La Vista. The two groups, housed in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at UNO, were honored as follows. Read more.

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