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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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Flag Lowering

By order of Gov. Dave Heineman, all U.S. and Nebraska flags will be lowered to half-staff today, Aug. 27, through Saturday, Aug. 29, in honor of the passing of U.S. Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy.

President Barack Obama signed the proclamation calling for flags to be flown at half-staff for the remainder of today, until sunset on the day of the Senator's interment on Aug. 29.

Courses Offered This Fall for Adult Learners at UNO

Adults age 50 and older are invited to take classes this fall through the UNO Lifelong Learning Initiative.

Attendees pay $50 for membership into the program and are registered to take one course. Additional courses are $25 each. Exams and research papers are not part of the curriculum for any course. Read more.

Submissions Sought for Online French Literary Journal

The Department of Foreign Languages announces the creation of an online French literary journal, Cents Mots Sur...

The first issue will be published in December.The purpose of the journal is to publish original, high quality works in French that are 100 words or less on a theme determined by the journal's editorial board. The theme for the first issue is "Liberté." Submissions can be in the form of poetry, prose or artwork. Authors do not have to be affiliated with UNO.

"We invite anyone interested in writing in French to submit an entry. High school and university students and faculty are encouraged to submit entries," said Carolyn Gascoigne, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages. "We expect many of the entries will be from non-native speakers of French. Therefore, if your work is selected, we will correct minor mistakes (if any) before publication."

The rules for submission:
- All entries must be original works;
- All entries must be in French;
- All entries must be 100 words or less;
- Entries must represent a unique aspect of the theme; and
- Artwork (example: photographs, drawings, collage and paintings), if submitted, must reflect the theme.

Submit entries via e-mail to by Friday, Oct. 23. Include name and affiliation (city, state, country and, if applicable, school). The French language faculty at UNO will judge the entries.

For more information, contact the journal at

Saturday's Fashion Show to Bring Awareness to Drinking and Driving

When UNO junior and Eta Sigma Gamma member Amy Wieczorek lost two friends to a drunk driver in Lincoln in 2007, she was devastated.

"Burying my friends was the hardest thing I have ever done," Wieczorek said.

Not only did Wieczorek, 21, experience the pain of losing her friends – Morgan Hohnbaum and Josh Milana, both of Grand Island – but she also encountered a lack of additional resources in the Omaha area to combat and prevent drinking and driving fatalities.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, Wieczorek will host Fashion Victim, a fashion show to raise funds for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in Nebraska and educate the community about drinking and driving. The event is presented by the UNO chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honorary organization. Read more.

Online Preventing Sexual Harassment Program

In an effort to support UNO's commitment to maintain a positive, productive work environment that is free from any form of harassment or bias, the Office of Diversity continues to offer an online professional development program - Preventing Sexual Harassment.

Located on the Web at, the program will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

"Preventing Sexual Harassment is an active learning process that enables you to review materials at your own leisure in a practical and convenient way that does not disrupt your responsibilities," said Sharon Ulmar, director of Office of Diversity and coordinator of the program.  "The program is located on the Web with accessibility 24 hours a day."

To assist users in completing the online program, instructions are highlighted below:
- Select the appropriate module for your position (faculty, non-supervisory, student or visitor) and proceed.
- The test will be automatically scored.  A score of 80 percent or higher satisfies the program requirement and completion.
- Once completed, a user will have the option to print a certificate.

"Please take a moment to comply with UNO's discrimination policy," Ulmar said.

For more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2321 or

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Remider

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

Water Quality Expert to Speak at Geography/Geology Lecture Series

The Department of Geography/Geology announces the first speaker in its lecture series. Chi Sham of the Cadmus Group, will speak on water quality at noon to 1 p.m. in 298 Durham Science Center (DSC) on Friday Sept. 4.

Sham heads the Drinking Water and Water Quality Division at Cadmus Group, a nationally and internationally known environmental consulting firm. He is an expert in source water protection, underground injection control and the use of geographic information systems in environmental protection and natural resource management. He will present, "The Role of Geography in Protecting Drinking Water Supplies in the U.S."

For more information, contact Michael Peterson at 554.4805.

Aquatics to Offer Adult Swim Lessons This Fall

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

UNO Aquatics will offer private and group swim lessons for youth and adults this fall. Participants can learn new strokes or just sharpen skills.

All skill levels are welcome. For more information, go to the Mav-Rec Aqautics Web site 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

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.

The Thompson Alumni Center

The William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center (Thompson Center) is available at no cost to UNO colleges, departments and student groups for meetings, conferences, seminars, luncheons and other university-related events (excluding revenue-generating functions).

The beautiful Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that can accommodate groups large and small. Its hi-tech offerings include ceiling-mounted projectors, an audio and video distribution system, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. UNO groups also can utilize an affordably priced catering menu.

UNO faculty and staff also receive a 10-percent discount on room rental for personal events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties or professional/community group functions.

Revenues help the UNO Alumni Association's mission of supporting UNO.

Visit to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or

In the News

In the News

- Student Josh Creger was interviewed Aug. 21 by WOWT (NBC 6) about his involvement with Durango Days.

- The Summer 2009 issue of Today's Omaha Woman magazine featured student Aundrea Hansen. Hansen is studying abroad this semester in South Africa at Stellenbosch University while also creating awareness about HIV and AIDS.

- Angie Eikenberry, School of Public Administration, was featured in the Aug. 25 issue of The Jewish Week about her research on giving circles.

- KETV (ABC 7) interviewed Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, Aug. 19 about the city of Omaha's budget and its use of furloughs.

- Chris Liewer, Recruitment Services, was interviewed Aug. 21 by WOWT (NBC 6) about UNO's student retention efforts.

- The Aug. 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald reported on Cindy Phaneuf's departure as artistic director of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. Phaneuf teaches theatre at UNO.

- WOWT (NBC 6) and KKAR (1290 AM) covered an Aug. 21 press conference on the UNO program where student athletes spend time at local senior care facilities. The program was also the topic of "The Art of Aging," which airs weekly on KCRO (660 AM). Host Cathy Wyatt interviewed swimming coach Todd Samland, students Caitlin Hopkins and Carrie Pedersen, and Lyn Holley of the Department of Gerontology about the program.

- David Volkman, Finance, Baking and Law, was quoted in the Aug. 20 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about rights for credit card users.

- The Aug. 24 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a profile on the new bachelor of science in IT innovation degree in the College of Information Science and Technology. The article quoted Jerry Wagner, who created the program.

- An Aug. 26 press conference announcing a partnership between women's athletics at UNO and Methodist Health System was covered by the Omaha World-Herald, The Gateway, KPTM (Fox 42) and WOWT (NBC 6).

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

In Print

- Bruce E. Johansen, School of Communication and Department of Native American Studies, authored the cover story in the summer 2009 issue of the Polish-American studies magazine Tawacin. "Co sie Stalo z AIM?" (What has Become the American Indian Movement (AIM)?" appeared on pp. 25-33 of the magazine.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

On Stage

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

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

On Exhibit

Criss Library Welcomes Children's Art Exhibition
Artwork by students from the GBT (Growing and Building Together) Academy of the Arts in Omaha is on display at the Criss Library through Saturday, Sept. 12. Read more.

UNO Professor to Present Photography Exhibit
UNO Professor Christine Reed now has on display a collection of horse photographs entitled "Still Wild: Portraits From the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range." Reed is the Regents Foundation Professor of Public Administration.

The Omaha Healing Arts Center Gallery, 1216 Howard St., will have the photographs on display through early September. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.