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

The UNO Student Information System (SIS) and E-BRUNO will be unavailable the following dates:

- Today 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).

Maverick/Loper Football Broadcast Live on NET Television

The UNO Mavericks and the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Lopers square off against each other in a gridiron match-up on Saturday, Sept. 5, with the contest broadcast live on NET1 and in high-definition on NET-HD. Kick off is set for noon at Foster Field at UNK's Cope Stadium. Read more.

Women's Studies Program Announces Film Series

The UNO Women's Studies Program announces its 2009-2010 film series. Various Women's Studies faculty members will host films on specific Tuesdays during the fall and spring semesters.

Films start at 7 p.m. and will be shown in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The fall semester schedule:

- Tuesday, Sept.  15
Hosted by: Peggy Jones and Michele Desmarais
The film directed and written by Deepa Mehta in 2005 is set in an ashram in India in 1938. The ashram is exclusively for widows and the film explores their lives as they make amends for their past sins that have supposedly caused the deaths of their husbands. This film focuses on women (girls) from the ages of 8-80 and how their lives are impacted by these religious beliefs.

- Tuesday, Oct. 27
"The Business of Giving Birth"
Hosted by: Bridget Blomfield and panel
Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life but is often be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency. Giving birth is also big business. Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies. The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system.

- Tuesday, Nov. 17
"Ma Vie En Rose"
Hosted by Kristin Girten and Tammie Kennedy
This film tells the story of a child who was born male but consistently insists that he is supposed to be a girl. The film shows the struggle over gender identity he and his family experience. The film features a European doll, named Le monde de Pam that is a clone of the Barbie doll; the film-doll's brand is fictional.

For more information contact Bridget Blomfield at

Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's efforts to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

For July, those receiving grant awards totaling $1,287,378 are:

Ronald Abdouch
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Douglas County Neighborhood Accountability Board Program
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Theresa Barron-McKeagney
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Social Work
Title: LEGENDS-Learning Experience with Geriatric Elderly Needing Delivery Systems
Sponsor: Iowa West Foundation

David Conway
College of Education
Title: Real 4 Project: Advanced Studies in Listening and Spoken Language
Sponsor: Oberkotter Foundation

Jack Heidel
College of Arts and Sciences/Mathematics
Title: Joint UNO/MCC GTA Training
Sponsor: Metropolitan Community College

Anne Hellbusch
College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media/KVNO
Title: Giger Foundation u/w 1/10
Sponsor: Paul and Oscar Giger Foundation

Shelley Henderson
Academic and Student Affairs/Service Learning Academy
Title: The Impact of Service Learning on Academic Engagement, Social Competence, and Civic Empowerment for Students PK-16
Sponsor: UNL/Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education

Jennifer Huberty
College of Education/Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Live Well Omaha Kids – Childhood Obesity Programs
Sponsor: Alegent Health

Deepak Khazanchi
College of Information Science and Technology
Title: Linguist Services and Translation Program
Sponsor: Nangwik Services LLC

Ann Oatman
Title: Expansion of NCAA DI/DII Tournament Activities in Omaha 2009-2010
Sponsor: Douglas County

Constance O'Brien
College of Arts and Sciences/Physics
Title: Aim for the Stars Science and Math Camps Adjusting for Gender Differences
Sponsor: American Association of University Women

Erin Porterfield
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: MACCH Year 3
Sponsor: Omaha Community Foundation

Mary Lynn Reiser
College of Business Administration/Economics
Title: Kazanjian Web Project
Sponsor: Kazanjian Economics Foundation

Roni Reiter-Palmon 
College of Arts and Sciences/Institute for Collaboration Science
Title: Computer Based Cross Cultural Training
Sponsor: Aptima Inc.

Alice Schumaker
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Public Administration
Title: The Health Disparities Service-Learning Collaborative
Sponsor: Community-Campus Partnership for Health

Nicholas Stergiou
College of Education/Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
(1)Title: The Effect of Masai Barefoot Technology "Rocker Bottom" Shoes on Joint
Kinematics and Kinetics (for Neil Huben)
Sponsor: Nebraska Academy of Sciences
(2)Title: Impact of Structured Weight Resistance Training on Balance in Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center
(3)Title: Nonlinear Analysis of Postural Function in Infants
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Saundra Wetig
College of Education/Teacher Education
Title: Promoting Energy Awareness: Gators Going Green
Sponsor: OPPD

Sara Woods 
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Project Interfaith Administration (year 2)
Sponsor: Project Interfaith

For support and help with research activities, call SPR at 554.2286, or visit the Web at

UNO Employee Directory 2009-2010 Edition

The UNO Employee Directory for 2009-2010 has been compiled 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

Pedestrian and Traffic Notice Near HPER

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 along 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.

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 (

Memberships to KANEKO-UNO Library Now Available

Members of the campus community and the public can become friends of the new KANEKO-UNO Library in Omaha's Old Market.

Located at the corner of 12th and Jones Streets, the library plays an integral role in supporting KANEKO programming as well as serving UNO students and faculty.

The sleek, educational space – which opened in February – is devoted to studies in creativity and represents a serious partnership between UNO and KANEKO. Read more.

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

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  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 ( 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 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


Human Resources Announces New Hires and Promotions
The UNO Office of Human Resources would like to welcome the following new hires (from the period of June 17 through Aug. 27):

- Carol Adam, telecommunications assistant, Telecommunications;-
- Ethan Anderson, operations coordinator, Athletics;
- Ashley Bails, assistant director-Membership, Campus Recreation;
- Dean Blais, head hockey coach, Athletics;
- A'Jamal Byndon, director-Omaha Table Talk, College of Public Affairs and Community Service;
- Kelsey Crooks, staff secretary II, Testing Center;
- Veronica Doga, market research analyst, Nebraska Business Development Center;
- Sonja Dirkse, custodian, Custodial Services;
- Michael "Mike" Hastings, assistant hockey coach, Athletics;
- Benjamin "Ben" Jager, assistant director-Student Government/Agencies, Student Organization and Leadership Programs;
- Jodi Kava, compensation specialist II, Human Resources;
- Nona Linden, custodian, Custodial Services;
- Archie Osborn, dispatcher, Security and Traffic;
-Kimberly "Kim" Parker, staff secretary II, College of Education;
- Cory Petermann, assistant softball coach, Athletics:
- Dorene Scheffel, dispatcher, Facilities Management and Planning;
- Pam Schwarting, customer service representative- Marketing, Athletics;
- Mark Selling, custodian, Custodial Services;
- Masayasu "Masa" Takaiwa, assistant athletic trainer-Training Room, Athletics;
- Joseph Vodicka, custodian, Custodial Services;
- John Wolfe, custodian, Custodial Services;
- Lamarr Womble, assistant director, Recruitment Services; and
- Sheri "Suzi" Yokley-Busby, program coordinator-Building Bright Futures, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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