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Durango Days Attract Record Crowd

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Approximately 400 new UNO students got into the school spirit on Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21, during the annual Durango Days Program. The students heard practical advice from UNO personnel and other students about college life; they met coaches and athletes and listened to the marching band at the Sapp Fieldhouse; and they spent a day doing public service work in the Omaha community.

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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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NU System Issues H1N1 Flu Policy

The University of Nebraska has adopted a system-wide policy for the H1N1 seasonal flu. It encourages all faculty, staff and students to adhere to

guidance from the Centers for Disease Control in order to minimize the risk of becoming sick. It also provides work and attendance rules for those who become ill.

"Please take a moment to become familiar with this document and should you have questions, please contact Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Student Health Services or your supervisor," said John Christensen, UNO chancellor.

The policy -- a two page document -- is online at The University of Nebraska issued the policy this week.

KVNO to Host Tailgate Party for Mavericks

KVNO Classical 90.7 will hold a tailgate party tonight, 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.

Football Parking and Fireworks Traffic Notice

Prior to tonight's (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.

UNO 100 Year

Welcome Back with Welcome Week

Welcome Week festivities at UNO conclude today, Aug. 27. This year's theme is "100 years of serving students!"

Activities take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza and will include live music and games. Free food for students, faculty and staff start at 11:30 a.m.

For a complete schedule of today's events, visit

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

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 tonight, 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 Sunday, 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

HPER Pedestrian and Traffic Reminder

Construction continues at the Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building and the Central Utilities Plant.

UNO Facilities Management and Planning staff requests pedestrians and bicyclists walking or riding to or from Elmwood Park to come onto the Dodge Location either along the track at the west side of Caniglia Field or the sidewalk along the west side of University Drive East Parking Structure.

"Please do not walk or bike on University Drive South around the perimeter of the HPER construction site. The sidewalk is not continuous and construction vehicles also use this drive," said Audrey Buckley, project manager⁄architect for facilities. "Drivers should use extreme caution and slow speeds when driving along University Drive South between the Sculpture/Ceramics Studios and Elmwood Park. Also, pedestrians are reminded to not enter construction/hard hat areas."

For more information, contact Buckley at 554.4104.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Remider

Editor's note: The previously published Mileage Reimbursement Rate Reminder was incorrect. To view the most current policy, visit

Available Toner Cartridges Listing

Sustainability Graphic

Limited quantities of toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for department use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at 554.2337.
- Panasonic Film Cartridge
- Epson Mega Print MX/FX80
- Epson Ribbon Cartridge 7753
- HP 51626A
- HP 29 black
- HP 06A
- HP 09A

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at 554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability supports this green program. For more information, visit

Fidelity Representative Schedule Announced through October

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. according to the following schedule:

- Monday, Sept. 7

- Thursday, Sept. 17

- Thursday, Oct. 1

- Monday, Oct. 19

All sessions will take place in 205 Eppley Administration Building (EAB) Conference Room. Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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

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 criteria listed below.

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

The 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.

Wellness Stampede

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 Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19.

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

UNO to Host Conference on Aging Oct. 18-19

UNO and community partners will host a two-day conference on aging -"Aging With Passion and Purpose: A Conference on Aging" - Sunday and Monday, Oct. 18-19, at the Milo Bail Student Center.

Click on this link for more details or contact Nancy Kelley-Gillespie at 554.4886 or

Sponsors include the UNO Department of Gerontology, Lifelong

Learning Initiative and School of Social Work; the Center for Healthy Aging, Ministries, Programs and Services (CHAMPS); the United Way of the Midlands; the Eastern Nebraska Office of Aging and Nebraska Respite Network; Immanuel Senior Living and the eight-county Partners in Aging (PIA) Network.