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Kids and Athletes Enjoy First Mav Fest 2009

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

A family-oriented athletic open house attracted several hundred participants Sunday, August 23, to UNO's first Mav Fest. The event brought together student-athletes and the general public to UNO's Al Canigila Field. Mav Fest 2009 included a sumo wrestling event matching UNO's Chancellor John Christensen and Director of Athletics Trev Alberts against athletes and the public.

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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.



UNO Receives Grants to Bolster Health and Environment Research

UNO received three grants totaling $266,420 from the University of Nebraska Foundation to bolster health and environment research programs. The foundation awards grants each year to priority campus projects.

Chancellor John Christensen said the proposals for funding focused on community engagement and collaborations on cutting-edge health and environmental information.

"As in the past, these funds allow us to explore new research models and encourage faculty and student scholarship in innovative and emerging areas," Christensen said. "Support of these important initiatives furthers UNO's goal of becoming a premier metropolitan university." Read more.

Geography/Geology World Cinema Series Begins Tonight

The UNO Department of Geography/Geology will begin a weekly world cinema series tonight, 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

Nebraska Pop Festival Raises Money for MAV Radio

The first Nebraska Pop Festival, a benefit for MAV Radio, the UNO student radio station, will feature 24 bands hailing from Omaha to Denmark.

The indie pop festival begins Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Barley Street Tavern, 2735 N. 62nd St. Concertgoers must be 21 years or older to attend.

The all-ages shows on Friday through Saturday, Aug. 28, Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, will be held at the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Those 17 years or under need a notarized parental permission form on file at the venue.

Among the featured acts are Thunder Power, Darren Keen and Cleeman from Copenhagen, Denmark.

All proceeds go directly to MAV Radio to assist in its day-to-day operations. MAV Radio will launch its HD signal at 90.7-2 FM on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Listeners can also stream along at

"The staff at MAV Radio looks forward to the festival and showcasing talent from Omaha and beyond," said Casey Crawford, MAV Radio general manager.

Tickets cost $8 in advance for the Friday to Sunday shows, and $5 for the Thursday show and $10 at the door each night. For tickets, visit

Four-day passes are available for $25. For more information, contact Matt Beat, concert organizer and MAV Radio Web administrator, at 676.1664 or

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

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

Aug. 27 Football Parking and Fireworks Traffic Notice

Prior to the Thursday, Aug. 27, UNO vs. East Central University home game the gates to the University Drive East Parking Structure will 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 commemorate the home opener, UNO Athletics, Burger King and Cox Communications will sponsor a fireworks show immediately following the game at Caniglia Field. Due to the fireworks, vehicles will not be able to exit through Elmwood Park until after the show. Campus Security officers will direct traffic.

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

Students Sought for Women's Centennial Project

The Women's Centennial Archive Project at UNO is looking for students who want an internship, honors project or independent study.

To participate, students must be able to conduct interviews, write stories, edit audio and/or video and take photographs.

The project is a multimedia, interactive Web site that, when complete, will feature 100 stories for 100 years of women who worked at or graduated from the University of Omaha/UNO in the 20th and early 21st centuries

Visit for more information, or contact Susan Maher ( or Tracy Bridgeford (

UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

The UNO Ambassadors are available to represent the university. Twelve student Ambassadors have been selected based on their academic achievement, leadership and communication skills. This select group of students serves as hosts for university-related functions at the request of deans, directors, department chairs and other UNO faculty or staff.

Functions of the Ambassadors include acting as official greeters for university activities, interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university and occasionally leading campus tours.

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible.  Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity. For more information, contact Chris Liewer at or 554.3520.

"Miracle Mile Walk" Schedule Announced through December

Wellness Stampede

This 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 Council 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

SOLP to Offer Student Leadership Series This Fall

The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) announces the launch of a new leadership initiative for the fall semester.  SOLP will offer a four-part leadership series based on the premise of emotional intelligence.  Emotionally intelligent leadership focuses on identifying core competencies under the umbrella categories of consciousness of context, consciousness of self and consciousness of others.

All events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The fall semester schedule:

- Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Session topic: Consciousness of Context

- Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Fall Leadership Conference)
Session topic: Drum Up Your Leadership Skills

- Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Session topic: Consciousness of Self

- Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Session topic: Consciousness of Others

As an incentive, students who commit to attending the semester's program will have the registration fee for the Fall Leadership Conference waived.  The conference, "Drum Up Your Leadership," will be presented by T. Leon Williams and incorporate many themes of "emotionally intelligent leadership." Williams is the director of the Multicultural Center at Elon University and a nationally travelling speaker and facilitator. Additional incentives may be added as the semester progresses.

"SOLP asks for your assistance in encouraging students to enroll in the program," said Barb Treadway-Janousek, director of SOLP and Leadership Institute coordinator. "Enrollment is an easy process."

Students can go to the SOLP Web site,, and follow the red "Leadership Institute" link to complete the registration form.  Students must have at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA and be enrolled at least six hours.  Registration will remain open until the start of the series or until 50 students enroll.

"We are excited about this new venture and know our students will be positively impacted by the experience," said Erin Cron, assistant director of SOLP and Leadership Institute coordinator.

For more information, contact Treadway-Janousek or Cron at 554.2711.

Comments Sought for Accreditation Evaluation in September

UNO is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. UNO will undergo a Quality Checkup visit Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 23-25, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

UNO, in its current form, has been accredited by the commission since 1968. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the commission's Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university to the address below:

Public Comment on the University of Nebraska at Omaha
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot be treated as confidential. All comments must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 1.

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

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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Say No to Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and hard braking) wastes gas. It can lower highway gas mileage 33 percent and city mileage 5 percent.

(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