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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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Campus Parking Update

In response to increased parking demand and construction activities at the Dodge location, several temporary measures are being implemented.

- Lot I, which has been constructed for the Welcome Center, will remain open for authorized permit holders until Sunday, Nov. 1.

- Faculty/staff and GTA's with University Drive East Parking Structure access cards for Lot U can also use their access cards at the University Drive South Parking Structure until Nov. 1. Before parking in the University Drive South structure, permit holders can use the same access card, but they must contact Campus Security so the database can be updated and the card will be accepted at both locations.

Typically, parking availability improves as the semester continues. Some limited parking will be available for faculty/staff on the east side of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building later this semester. Departments planning large meetings or conferences with visitors at the Dodge location should plan to utilize the Crossroads and the Pacific location shuttles.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

SIS/E-BRUNO Scheduled Downtime Sept. 1 and 15

The UNO Student Information System (SIS) and E-BRUNO will be unavailable the following dates:
- Tuesday through Wednesday, Sept. 1-2, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Tuesday through Wednesday, Sept. 15-16, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The system will be down in order to move data from the current system to the new one. Watch eNotes for further information regarding the new student information system implementation at UNO.

For more information, contact Information Technology Services Customer Service at or 554.4357 (HELP).

UNO Employee Directory 2009-2010 Edition

The UNO Employee Directory for 2009-2010 has been complied and a draft is currently available for viewing at the UNO Information Center, 119 Eppley Administration Building.

For those who can not come to Eppley this week, a virtual directory is available at

All corrections must be submitted no later than Friday, Sept. 4, for them to be included in the printed version. UNO Information Center staff ask that individuals review and forward corrections to Heather Overton at 554.3036 or

Speech Center Consulting Room Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), has set its fall hours. Hours are generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. To make an appointment, call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit to find out more information. Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a classroom consultation can call the Speech Center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to

September TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Tuesday, Sept. 29

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3614 or on the Web at

Thompson Center Hosts Public Scoping Meetings Tonight

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has initiated a Missouri River ecosystem restoration study and is conducting two public scoping meetings tonight, Aug. 31, in Boostrapper Hall of the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center (Thompson Center).

To accommodate busy schedules, meetings will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and repeated from 6 to 8 p.m. All interested faculty, staff and students can attend.

Participants will be asked to provide input on the project's draft "Purpose" and "Need" statement, the study planning process, what issues and activities associated with the Missouri River/ Basin are important Nebraskans and what species/communities/habitats this study should consider.

"This study is in its very early stages; we want to make sure the public's input is gathered and considered before moving forward with this effort," Dave Crane, environmental resources specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "If you're passionate about the Missouri River or just have an interest, please come by and help us make this plan for the future of the Missouri River ecosystem."

For more information, visit or contact Crane at 995.2676 or

Model Casting Call for "Unburied Treasures Fashion Show"

Maverick Productions is seeking models for its upcoming "Unburied Treasures Fashion Show." A casting call will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 1-2 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Previous modeling experience is not necessary. Both male and female models are wanted and all UNO students are welcome to try out. Participants do not need to be present the whole time, but must come between 5 to 9 p.m.

Everyone will be asked to demonstrate their walk, and women should bring a pair of heels to walk in. Audition does not guarantee spot in show.

The actual fashion show takes place Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. For more information contact Jared Spence at jmspence@unomaha.eduor join the Facebook event titled "Model casting call for Unburied Treasures Fashion Show."

Missouri Valley Reading Series Continues Sept. 9 with Lisa Sandlin

Award-winning author Lisa Sandlin will read from her works next week as part of the 2009 Missouri Valley Reading Series. The event will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Sandlin is the author of three collections of short stories: In the River Province, (Sothern Methodist University Press, 2004); The Famous Thing About Death (Cinco Puntos Press, 1991); and Message to the Nurse of Dreams (Cinco Puntos Press, 1997), which won the Violet Crown Award from the Austin Writers League and the Jesse H. Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is also recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Dobie Paisano Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Miles Waggener at 554.2151.

Voices Against Violence Raises Awareness with BBQ and ‘The Waitress'

Sexual violence is a serious campus and public health issue. Some statistics estimate one in four college-age women have suffered some type of intimate partner violence. Add the risk of binge drinking and the chance of becoming a victim increases.

The members of the UNO Voices Against Violence Task Force, in partnership with the Omaha YWCA, have initiated an ongoing campaign to educate the campus on intimate partner violence.

To do this, the task force will hold a "Back-to-School BBQ" and an outdoor viewing of the film "The Waitress" on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Maverick Village. The event features free hot dogs, chips, soda and pie to carry the theme of the film. The 2007 film features Keri Russell as an abused young wife and waitress who wants to enter a pie-baking contest to win enough money to leave her husband. Read more.

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 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.

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.

Chinese Language Classes offered by UNL Confucius Institute

For the fall 2009 semester, The Confucius Institute at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is offering non-credit courses in Chinese language, culture and music. Classes are taught by university language instructors from Xi'an Jiao Tong University, a top 10 Chinese university. They are offered in both Omaha and Lincoln and begin in September.

Registration forms are available in W205 Nebraska Hall and online at For more class information, contact 402.472.5370 or


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