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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



Faculty/Staff Picnic Today in the MBSC

UNO 100 Year

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage today at the Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by Chancellor John Christensen, the Staff Advisory Council and Faculty Senate - runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

This year's theme is "Happy Birthday UNO." Chancellor Christensen will deliver welcoming remarks.  Show UNO spirit by wearing red and black to the event. University IDs will be checked at the door.

For more information, contact Monica Bayles at 554.2977.

Library Faculty Club and Carrels Now Available

Criss Library announces the availability of the newly remodeled faculty club and carrels. Access to the Library Faculty Club is by prox card only and includes carrels, lounge, kitchen and scholar reading room.

Prox cards are available from MavCard Services, located on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center Business Office. For prox card details, visit Prox card numbers must be submitted to Criss Library for activation purposes. In order to expedite faculty prox card access, submit card numbers by completing this form, or contacting the library's Main Service Desk.

To apply for a carrel assignment, complete the online form and return by e-mail, campus mail, fax (554.3215) or visit the Main Service Desk. 

For more information or to request a tour, contact Dawn Mick or Robert Smith at 554.3206.

DCS Offers Welcome and Informational Session for Adult Students

The Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) will host its third annual welcome event for nontraditional students at UNO Saturday, Aug. 22.  "Ready, Set, Success!" will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in 132D College of Public Affairs Community Service.

This event will offer the opportunity to learn more about topics that are often of concern for nontraditional students. "Ready, Set, Success!" will also provide adult students the chance to meet other nontraditional students in hopes of encouraging inclusiveness and participation in the UNO community. 

The program this year is bigger than ever with a welcome from Terry Hynes, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, along with presentations from Angelia Turner from Financial Aid, Michelle Perone from Career Exploration and Outreach, Dana Richter-Egger from the Math and Science Learning Center, and Jim Shaw from the Criss Library. DCS staff members will also give presentations on topics of interest to nontraditional students.

Students can sign up to attend "Ready, Set, Success!" by visiting and clicking on the registration box, or by calling Karen Kempkes at 554.4921.

Study Abroad Details Abound for Students

UNO International Studies and Programs staff members have statistics on the number of students going abroad this academic year.  During 2009-2010 the following colleges will send the following number of students abroad:

- College of Arts and Sciences will send 11 students;

- College of Business Administration, seven students;

- College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, four students; and

- College Public Affairs and Community Service two students.

UNO students this year will travel to Austria, Belgium, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

The cost is usually about what a student would pay to study at UNO.  Financial aid and scholarships can also be used. 

Any student interested in "going global" should:

- Visit;

- Stop by Study Abroad table during Welcome Week;

- Talk to a Study Abroad peer advisor in 241 Arts and Sciences Hall;

- Attend the Fall 2009 Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, Oct. 1,  (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Milo Bail Student Center);

- Find a program that fits an academic need; and

- Apply.

For more information, contact Krista Cupich at 554.3106.

Mav-Rec Aquatics to Host Triathlon Clinic Next Month

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Mav-Rec Aquatics will host a Triathlon Clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 16, and Thursday, Sept. 17.

The clinic is intended to give individuals background, tools and motivation to give a triathlon a try. It is appropriate for beginners and those with some triathlon experience.

For more information, download the flyer and registration form 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

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.

To register:

- Visit;

- 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

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at

"Miracle Mile Walk" Schedule Announced through December

Wellness StampedeThis 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.  Walkers will not meet this week.  The next event is planned for Friday, Aug. 28, 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, or

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

Surplus Property Now Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are now available for viewing online at All are available for department use only.

Items include:

- Bookcases;

- Desks;

- Chairs; and

- Tables.

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

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Cruise Control 101
Using cruise control on the highway helps drivers maintain a constant speed, and in most cases, will save gas.

(Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Web site at

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit