August Employee of the Month: Lynn Conner
photo by Tim Fitzgerald
A love of sports and a recommendation from a friend attracted Lynn Conner, administrative technician with Athletics, to UNO more than 24 years ago. During her time on campus – all spent in Athletics – she has assisted many student athletes and witnessed numerous championship wins. Visit this link for details.
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.
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.
Board of Regents to Meet in Lincoln Sept. 4
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, Sept. 4, at Varner Hall. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.
The following are highlights of the September meeting. A complete agenda is available at http://www.nebraska.edu/board/agendas-and-minutes.html.
8 a.m. – Business Affairs Committee: Update on Innovation Campus, the Student Information System, the implementation of the SAP system for the state colleges and the university's readiness activities related to H1N1 flu.
10:30 a.m. (approximate) – Academic Affairs Committee: Presentation on the international higher education agenda; reports on gender/minority faculty equity, merit-based scholarships and need-based aid; report on the P-16 Initiative.
The Board agenda includes consideration of:
- Appointment of UNMC Chancellor Harold Maurer and Duane Acklie to the board of directors of the Nebraska Medical Center.
- Establishment of a School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UNL.
- Approval of the program statement, budget and architect for an addition to the Devaney Sports Center.
- Approval of an addition to the Ken Morrison Life Sciences Center at UNL.
- Naming of a new residence hall in honor of Robert E. Knoll, longtime UNL professor who died in January 2009.
- Approval of the purchase of University Village, student housing at UNO, for $15.7 million. University Village opened in 1999 and has been leased since that time; an additional item authorizes capital improvements to the facilities.
Athletics Announces The Varsity Club
UNO Athletics, in partnership with the University of Nebraska Foundation, is giving all former student-athletes an opportunity to reconnect with their college athletic roots. The two entities have formed the "Varsity Club," a non-profit organization with the goal of keeping former Mavericks and Omaha University Indians in touch with the current events involving Omaha's Team. Read more.
Weight Watchers at Work Open House Sept. 10
event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.
Weight Watchers at Work is back for the fall semester. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and their spouses are invited to attend an open house set for Thursday, Sept. 10. Free Weight Watchers samples and door prizes will be available.
"Weight Watchers is not a diet; it is a healthy lifestyle change," said David Daniels assistant director of fitness/wellness and instructional programs. "With free Internet weight loss tools, you'll discover new strategies to help you live the way you want and still lose weight."
The open house will take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. in 203 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building. In order to get a Weight Watchers' leader on campus, 15-paid participants must be registered. At the session, dates will be determined for the regular meetings for the next 13-week program.
For details stop by the open house or contact, Daniels at 554.2008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.
Campus Media Relations is Focus of Sept. 15 Workshop
UNO has countless stories to tell, and this academic year is no exception. Whether it's student or faculty research, outreach in the community, or a campus event, University Relations can effectively distribute information to the local, regional and even national media.
A lunch and learn session on media relations will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room at noon Tuesday, Sept. 15.
The hour-long workshop, presented by Wendy Townley, will outline the components of a story pitch and offer advice to faculty, staff and students on how to best approach media relations. Social media as a form of storytelling will be discussed, as well.
Also slated to speak is Angela Eikenberry from the School of Public Administration. Eikenberry will discuss strategies and lessons learned from recent local and national media coverage she received on her research.
Many local reporters – TV, radio, newspaper and the Web – consider UNO a go-to resource for impartial, informed information on topics that range from local and national politics, to world affairs, to cutting-edge technology.
Every mention in the media helps UNO stay in front of the public. And sharing campus stories with the community shows the importance of what higher education provides.
Attendees can bring their lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided. For more information, contact Townley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 554.2762.
Advising Guru to Present Lecture Sept. 18 at UNO
As literature on student retention reveals, good academic advising is a crucial factor in a student's decision to remain in college. On Friday, Sept. 18, Charlie Nutt, executive director of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), will present at 2 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.
Nutt's presentation on current trends in advising will be open to all faculty, staff and students. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Kathy Menke at 554.4832 or Rita Henry at 554.2779.
Tenors and Basses Sought
UNO Vocal Jazz Ensemble seeks tenors and basses. The non-credit class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. in 105 Strauss Performing Arts Center.
For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Kim Weiser at email@example.com or at 605.670.1331.
UNO Employee Directory 2009-2010 Edition
Time is running out to make edits. 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 http://findme.unomaha.edu/phone/2009-2010/pageflip.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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, http://studentorgs.unomaha.edu, 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.
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.
- Visit http://uno.perkspot.com/;
- 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 email@example.com.
To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/uno_PerkSpot_Launch.htm.
UNO to Host "A Conference on Aging" in October
Save the date. In October, UNO and community partners will host a two-day conference on aging. "Aging With Passion and Purpose: A Conference on Aging" will take place Sunday and Monday, Oct. 18-19, at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).
Click on this link for more details or contact Nancy Kelley-Gillespie at 554.4886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors include the UNO Department of Gerontology, Life Long 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.
Green Tip of the Week
A Clean Car Offers Returns
Clear out the car -- extra weight decreases gas mileage.
(Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Web site at http://www.energy.gov/4308.htm).
The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/.