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New students had a chance to participate in Durango Days Aug. 20-21 to become better acquainted with college life at UNO. Lina Traslavina, Chris Liewer, Lamarr Womble and Jen Agnew from Recruitment Services were among faculty and staff who greeted the class at the Durango Days Stampede in the Sapp Fieldhouse.



Your Guide to eNotes

Welcome to the fall semester!

For those new to campus or those who need a refresher course, below are some tips on using eNotes, the daily electronic news source for faculty and staff at UNO.

Faculty, staff and students who would like to submit items for publication can e-mail them to A UNO department, program or organization must sponsor submitted items. All entries must relate to university events, announcements or notices, and must contain the name and phone number of a contact person.

The deadline for submission is 9 a.m. three days in advance of the desired publication date. Any item submitted for publication will be run no more than twice per week and may be edited for length or clarity. Receipt does not guarantee publication.

Past issues of eNotes are available on the Web via the site's archive function. To view past issues, click on the "archive" tab, which is located at the top of the current day's edition.

eNotes is published by University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building. Becky Bohan Brown, assistant director of internal communication, is the editor. For questions about site content, contact Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or For technical assistance with site access, contact Marian McDonald at 554.3674 or

Welcome Back with Welcome Week

Welcome Week is officially here to help kick off the fall semester.  Events start today, Aug. 24, and run 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.

Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the fall semester this week Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information from Campus Security outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other Campus Security services.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24/7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are on campus.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

PC Desktop Alert System
The university's on-campus PC Desktop Alert System is another option. The system allows on-campus users to install software to enable windows computers to receive desktop alerts from UNO for emergency events, school closings and other critical announcements. For installation information, visit or contact Information Technology Services Customer Services at 554.4357.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, 'opt-in' capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 116. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

Campus Recreation HPER Update

Campus Recreation staff will officially open the South Wellness Center for business starting today, Aug. 24, at 6 a.m. The 7,500 square foot Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) addition features state of the art cardio and weight equipment and overlooks beautiful Elmwood Park.

Lockers, showers and restrooms will be available. The men's locker room will be open for renewals today through Tuesday, Aug. 24-25. New rentals will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

For more information, stop by 100 HPER.

ITS Open Computer Lab Hours Announced

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces its open computer lab hours for the fall semester.  Labs officially open today, Aug. 24, and will operate on campus through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Click on this link for fall hours and locations.

Video Highlights Internship Experience for UNO Student

Public Administration and Social Work graduate student Ejay Jack interned this summer at the Office of Presidential Correspondence at The White House. The following 5-minute video provides a profile of the office's efforts and the letters written to (and responded by) President Barack Obama.

The White House receives an average of 65,000 letters, 100,000 emails and 1,000 faxes every week. The Office of Presidential Correspondence handles official correspondence on behalf of President Obama. The office also collaborates with White House offices to draft letters and proclamations on behalf of the pno resident.

Jack has been active as a UNO graduate student. His on-campus activities include working as a graduate assistant in Multicultural Affairs; serving as director of the Gender and Sexual Orientation Student Agency (2008-09); serving as a member of Safe Space and Ally training program, and a member of UNO's Sexual and Gender Equality (SAGE) Task Force.

To view the video, visit

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.

Next NBDC Workshop on Government Contracts Aug. 26

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting takes place Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the New Community Development Corp., 1701 N. 24th St., suite 102.

The event - titled "Wining the Contract" - is free but requires pre-registration at due to the limited seating.

Additional workshops in the series are planned for the following dates. Individuals can sign up for any individual workshop.

Workshop dates:

- Wednesday, Sept. 30
"Government Markets"

The series is sponsored by Andy Alexander, NBDC procurement technical assistance manager/counselor. For more information, call 554.6252.

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.

Bowling League Members Sought

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The 2009-10 UNO Faculty/Staff Bowling 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

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

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.

Aug. 27 Football Fan Parking Notice

Prior to the UNO vs. East Central University home game the gates to the University Drive East Parking Structure will be open at 5:30 p.m. to allow football fans to park.

A Football Shuttle will also be available from the shuttle lots at the Pacific Location starting a 5:30 p.m. The Football Shuttle will operate until the completion of the game.

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

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.

Maverick Watch

Fall sports officially get under way this week at UNO. Support your Mavericks by attending their home events. To view this week's Omaha's Team schedule, visit

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