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Timothy Vallier

Sing a Song for UNO Graduates

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Graduate student Timothy Vallier sang The Star-Spangled Banner at summer commencement ceremonies Aug. 14 at the Civic Auditorium. This was Vallier's 16th consecutive performance at UNO commencement, his first being in 2004 as a freshman music major.

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A Maverick Welcome

A Maverick Welcome

photo by Beverly Newsam

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.

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2009.08.25

UNO Earns Top Tier Ranking in U.S. News

UNO received a first-tier regional best ranking in the U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges.  UNO ranked 18th among public master's institutions in the Midwest region.  The edition will be available to the public later this month.

U.S. News gathers data in a variety of academic areas related to excellence to come up with its rankings. Graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, financial resources, student selectivity, alumni giving and peer assessment are some of the factors considered.  Improvements in UNO's graduation rate helped in moving the university into the highest tier.  Read more.

Omaha Jewish Film Festival Returns

The Omaha Jewish Film Festival, now in its eighth year, will again feature the best films of 2009 from around the globe. This year's festival runs starting tonight, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Jewish Community Center Theatre, 333 S. 132nd St. Tickets cost $7 each. Read more.

UNO and Methodist Hospital Announce Press Conference

The UNO Athletic Department and Methodist Hospital will make a major announcement on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. at the new Methodist Women's Hospital being built at 192nd Street and West Dodge Road in Omaha.

UNO Director of Athletics Trev Alberts will speak along with Steve Goeser, president and CEO of Methodist Hospital, and Sue Korth, COO, Methodist Women's Hospital.

Watch eNotes for details. For more information, contact Dave Ahlers at 554.3387 or visit http://www.omavs.com

Welcome Back with Welcome Week

UNO 100 Year

Welcome Week at UNO is officially under way for the fall semester. A variety of events 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/welcome/.

Welcome Week is sponsored in part by Great Western Bank, State Farm and Wells Fargo.

Campus Events Sought for Online Calendar of Events

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit their university-affiliated activities for the 2009-2010 academic year to the online UNO Calendar of Events at https://webapps.unomaha.edu/uno/calendar/.  Both small and large events are welcome on the calendar, be it a departmental guest speaker or the UNO/Diet Pepsi Women's Walk.

Calendar items must be submitted electronically through the Calendar of Events Web site (https://webapps.unomaha.edu/uno/calendar/) and need to include an event title, category, event sponsor, time and location, contact phone number and a brief description. Categories for submissions include athletics, exhibitions, films, lectures, performances, conferences and miscellaneous.

The calendar can be filtered by date, type of event and sponsor. Custom RSS feeds are an additional feature.

"We want everyone to view the calendar as an important tool for publicizing their events to the campus community and the public," said Beverly Newsam, public relations technician with University Relations and calendar editor.  "The greater number of events on the calendar, the more useful it will be."

To learn how to submit to the calendar, contact Newsam at 554.2129 or bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. Before appearing on the calendar, each event is edited by University Relations for grammar and clarity. Submissions can be posted more quickly upon request.

"Anyone who needs a posting tended to right away can contact me, and I will get the information updated as fast as possible," Newsam said.

For more information, contact Newsam at 554.2129 or bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu.

"Fashion Victim Fashion Show" This Saturday at UNO

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

UNO student Amy Wieczorek is a fashion model and a community health major at UNO.  In organizing the "Fashion Victim Fashion Show" she is using both of these skills to raise awareness and funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 29.

"Fashion Victim Fashion Show" will begin with guest speakers followed by a fashion show (men and women), refreshments and prizes in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.

The event will start at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; however, donations are appreciated and required to win a prize. All donations will be made in memory of Wieczorek's best friend Morgan Hohnbaum (1988-2007) and given to MADD Nebraska.

"I want to raise money to bring more services to Omaha and benefit MADD Nebraska as a whole," Wieczorek said. "It's a scary thought that there are more drunk driving fatalities in Omaha than homicides. Omaha has a huge drinking and driving problem and you can help...seriously!"

Wieczorek is also a member of Eta Sigma Gamma, the health education honorary, a co-sponsor for the UNO event.

For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/esg/fashionvictim.html

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

NiC Announces Faculty Openings

The faculty group for Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) currently has openings for six faculty members for the 2009-2010 year.

Interested faculty can return the application by Friday, Sept. 11, if interested in working with this group and receiving a small stipend.

For more information, contact Maria Knudtson at mknudtson@unomaha.edu.

MetrO! Rideshare Carpool Challenge Concludes This Week

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, hosted the MetrO! Rideshare Carpool Challenge. It concludes this 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 still 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 http://www.metrorideshare.org.

To have rideshare challenge instructions mailed, e-mailed or faxed, contact Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu.

IRB Changes Reminder

UNO faculty, staff and students 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 as of 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 http://www.unmc.edu/irb.

Missing Property Policy

Each university department is responsible for assets purchased for its use. Assets which costs more than $5,000 are capitalized and a list of these capitalized assets can be printed using SAP.

Sometime in the near future, Accounting Services staff will ask each department to designate a person to be responsible for monitoring the movement of both non-capitalized and capitalized assets. If capitalized assets, those costing more than $5,000, end up missing, the Missing Property Policy located at the following link http://www.unomaha.edu/policies/docs/Missing_Property_Policy.pdf applies.

If property is sent to Surplus through Mail Services, departments should complete the "UNO Request for Pickup – Surplus/Excess Property" form located at the Surplus Property Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/mailservices/docs/surplus_request1.xls. This form should be used for all surplussed property.

For questions about the disposal of property or on the Missing Property Policy, contact Michael Obbink at mobbink@mail.unomaha.edu.

Campus Security Offers Advice on Magazine Solicitors

Like clockwork, as the fall semester starts, 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.

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 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.

Next NBDC Workshop on Government Contracts Aug. 26

The next Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) workshop on government contracting takes place Thursday, Aug. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Juan Diego Center, 5211 S. 31 St.

The event - titled "Government Markets" - is free but requires pre-registration at http://ptac.unomaha.edu/events.cfm due to the limited seating.

A final workshop in the series takes place next month. "Registering Your Company" is set for Thursday, Sept. 24

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.

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 http://mavcard.unomaha.edu/prox.php. 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.

People

- Shari Hofschire, director of the UNO Center for Innovation in Arts Education, Department of Art and Art History, is the newly elected president of the Board of Directors of Nebraskans for the Arts. Nebraskans for the Arts is a statewide, non-profit, advocacy organization. Its mission is to promote the advancement of learning in and through the arts for all Nebraska residents and the group works with the promotion of the arts to federal, state and local policymakers.The organization is a partner in the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education and with Americans for the Arts. Hofschire will serve a two-year term.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail "People" items to bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu. "People" appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.