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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



Cindy Melby Phaneuf Steps Down from NSF Post

UNO and Creighton University have announced that Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (NSF) Artistic Director Cindy Melby Phaneuf will step down from her position on January 31, 2010.

Phaneuf, a co-founder of Nebraska Shakespeare, is the Isaacson Professor of Theatre at UNO and serves as the Graduate Program Chair for the Department of Theatre.  In addition, Phaneuf serves as Secretary for the National Theatre Conference, a cooperative association of distinguished leaders of the American theatre.

"Dr. Phaneuf, by any standard, has raised the artistic and cultural profile of the city with her dedication," said John Christensen, UNO chancellor.  "Cindy has led by example.  The time and effort she has invested have shone through during the nearly 25 years of Shakespeare on the Green productions."   Read more.

Campus Security Offers Advice on Magazine Solicitors

Like clockwork, as the fall semester approaches, magazine solicitors arrive in the metropolitan area. This year is no exception.

Campus Security encourages the UNO community to be cautious and use common sense when dealing with potential magazine solicitation scams.

The typical magazine solicitors are in their late teens or early twenties, both male and female, said Paul Kosel, assistant manager of UNO security and traffic. Again this year, some have claimed to be working on a fund-raising project for the UNO School of Communication.

The Omaha City Code requires a solicitor to obtain a permit to solicit within the city limits. Magazine solicitors rarely, if ever, have the necessary permit and, as of yet, have never been given permission to solicit on UNO property, Kosel said.

"In most cases, magazine subscription solicitors work as independent contractors or for contractors, but not for the company for whom they solicit," he said. "The potential customer may or may not actually receive a magazine subscription and runs the risk of being scammed."

"I'd strongly encourage everyone at UNO not to speak with these solicitors," Kosel said.

Report any contact with solicitors to Campus Security. For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

KVNO to Host Tailgate party for Mavericks

KVNO Classical 90.7 will hold a tailgate party Thursday, Aug. 27, to help launch its new partnership with UNO sporting events.

The KVNO "Classical Kickoff" begins at 5 p.m. in the northwest corner of the University Drive East parking structure. The event will feature free food and giveaways. KVNO officially becomes the home-and-away voice for UNO football with the 7 p.m. broadcast of the Mavericks-East Central University game at Al F. Caniglia Field. Read more.

Service-Learning 101

What does "community engagement" mean?  What does it look like?  Why does the university value it?

For many UNO faculty, community engagement means service learning:  integrating community service projects into coursework so that students apply course concepts, see their relevance to everyday life, and gain the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

To help faculty design service-learning projects that meet genuine community needs, the Service-Learning Academy offers Service Learning 101, a two-hour workshop to be offered three times this fall.  All sessions will meet in 202 Arts and Science Hall according to the following schedule:

- Thursday, Aug. 20
10 a.m. to noon

- Tuesday, Oct. 13
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Oct. 14
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Faculty new to service learning and those with projects in development are welcome.  To register, contact Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy, 554.2712 or by e-mail at

Changes to Lot G (West of DSC and Annex 24)

A new parking area (Lot I) was created this summer to better accommodate visitors for student recruitment visits. Lot I is controlled via card access and is located in the northeast corner of Lot G and west of the Durham Science Center (DSC) and Annex 24 (now recently named the Welcome Center).  Lot I will also be reserved for special events in the Weber Fine Arts Building.

When the gate arms are up vehicles with faculty/staff/night parking permits may use Lot I Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., when classes are in session.  After 1:30 p.m., all vehicles displaying a valid permit may also park in this lot.

Student Recruitment will begin campus visits on Monday, Sept. 14.  Lot I will be reserved most days after that time, so please plan accordingly. 

To view a parking map, click on this link. For questions, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

"Consider This" to Explore Gratitude at Work

Any idea what the two most important words in business are?  According to an Omaha author, they are "thank you."

Coming up on the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt will explore Gratitude at Work, the title of a book, which is based on a concept that's simple, cheap and, in April Kelly's opinion, the answer to raising the bar and boosting the bottom line. 

Carrie A. Kirlin, owner of Process to Profit Inc., will also join the program. It will air today, Aug. 20, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

Additional air dates and times are:

- Sunday, Aug. 23
11:30 a.m.

- Friday, Aug. 21
12:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Aug. 25
12:30 p.m.

"Consider This" is a production of UNO Television. It also airs on The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. For a list of days and times, visit Archived editions of the program are available on the Web at

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.

SAC Seeks Employee of the Month Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) continues to seek nominations for the Employee of the Month Award for office/service and managerial/professional personnel. Nominations can be submitted by staff, faculty and managers or administrators, and must meet the new criteria listed below.

"If you have previously submitted a nomination prior to January 2009, please resubmit your nomination with the new criteria listed below," said Monica Bayles, SAC treasurer.

The new criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability.

Nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

Recipients will receive a $100 award. To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Bayles at 554.2977.

Editor's note: This month's Employee of the Month recipient is Lynn Conner, administrative technician with Athletics. Watch eNotes for more information on the August Employee of the Month.

Miscellaneous Key Request from Surplus

Surplus Property Department staff asks departments to turn in miscellaneous keys to cabinets and file drawers.

"If you're not sure what they open send them over and we can try and match keys up to surplus items," said Tom Feldman, supply control clerk for Mail Services. "We pretty much have a little bit of everything -- so send over any orphan keys you might have."

Stop by or drop keys in the campus mail addressed to Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building.

For more information, contact Feldman at 554.2222.