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Dorm Move-In

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

Computers, refrigerators, television sets and boxes of cereal were common ingredients for the moving process into UNO's residence halls. Residents and parents were welcomed by volunteers at Maverick and University Villages. Maverick Village residents also enjoyed a cookout later in the week.

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Lynn Conner

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.

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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.



Campus Labor Day Greeting

A Labor Day message to faculty and staff from UNO Chancellor John Christensen and the Chancellor's Council can be viewed at this link.

Labor Day takes place this year on Monday, Sept. 7. The holiday, which first took place in the United States in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of America's workers. It is often regarded not only as a day of rest, but the unofficial end of summer. Chancellor Christensen and the other university administrators hope that every member of the campus community enjoys a safe, fun three-day weekend.

Fall Exhibition Opens Tonight Art Gallery

A Sidelong Glance, an exhibition of recent work by James Bockelman, will be on display in the UNO Art Gallery tonight, Sept. 3, through Friday, Oct. 2. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. As part of the Barbara Willson Memorial Lecture Series, Bockelman will give an informal walkthrough in the gallery at 5 p.m. Read more.

Criss Library Schedule Changes for Labor Day Holiday

Criss Library hours will be from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. The library will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 a.m. For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

Volleyball Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day Sept. 11

Cheer on the Mavericks at home! The UNO volleyball team will host a Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

Faculty and staff will receive discounted $5 admission per game and complementary hot dog, chips and pop. Tickets will be available at the door. Game times are 12:15 p.m. for UNO vs. University of Southern Florida and 7 p.m. for UNO vs. Drury University.

For more information, contact Pam Schwarting at 554.3689.

UNO Partners with Qdoba for Burrito Run

UNO Athletics, in partnership with corporate partner Qdoba Mexican Grill, will host the 5k UNO/Qdoba Quest Burrito Run on Saturday, Sept. 12, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. The course will take runners through campus to the Qdoba at 1110 S. 71st. Street before finishing at the UNO soccer field at the Chili Greens complex on Spring Street. Read more.

UNO Web Template Training Offered by ITS

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer a Basics of Dreamweaver course on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 104 Durham Science Center.

Basics of Dreamweaver is a 90-minute hands-on course designed to orient users to some of the Dreamweaver tools used in conjunction with the UNO Web Templates.

Covered topics include setting up a site through the "Site Manager," transferring files through the "Get" and "Put" commands, using the "Find and Replace" function and why it is best to develop in a test environment.

Participants do not need to have a test site or be using the Web Templates to attend. This course is intended to be taken prior to UNO Web Template training.

For questions, contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

To register for this course:

- Go to;

- Select the appropriate month and click "Go";

- Click the "Register" link next to the event;

- Enter an SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO

employee check stubs and picture IDs);

- Click "Sign Up"; and

- Click "OK" to confirm the SAP personnel number.

- An e-mail will be sent confirming this registration. For problems registering, contact ITS Cusomer Services at 554.4357.

A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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.

Wellness Stampede

"Miracle Mile Walk" Continues This Month in MBSC

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Student Health Services nurse Julie Kalasek and the Miracle Milers announce the new "Miracle Mile Walk" schedule through December. Anyone from the campus community can participate in the free inside walking events, which will take place Fridays in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

No experience is necessary, and participants will have the opportunity to walk inside to a 15-minute DVD. This week's event takes place Friday, Sept. 4, in the MBSC State Room.

"The Miracle Mile walk is equivalent to a one-mile outdoor walk. It is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels," Kalasek said. "Wear comfortable shoes, or you can walk barefoot, too."

The rest of September's schedule:

- Sept. 11
U Mon Hon Room

- Sept. 18
U Mon Hon Room

- Sept. 25
U Mon Hon Room

For more information, contact Kalasek at 554.2374 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243.

The mission of the Mav-Rec Wellness, 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

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 a NiC application by Friday, Sept. 11, if interested in working with this group and receiving a small stipend.

For more information, contact Maria Knudtson at

Next Generation Diversity Leadership Series Begins Sept. 23

The UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office, with support from the Office of Diversity and President's Office in Central Administration, are co-sponsoring a diversity series for fall 2009 and spring 2010 for all faculty, staff and students.

Joe Gerstandt, a well-known speaker and facilitator who works with Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations and universities across the country, will conduct the series. Presently, Gerstandt lives in the Omaha and speaks at numerous conferences and summits throughout the metropolitan area.

"UNO and Central Administration are pleased that Joe will be speaking on the UNO campus," said Sharon Ulmar, director of UNO Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "He is an experienced facilitator who brings a wealth of knowledge on issues related to diversity, communication, collaboration and leadership."

Sessions will be presented throughout the fall and spring. All events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.

Dates and times for the fall programs:

- Wednesday, Sept. 23
"What is Diversity and Why Does It matter?"
1 to 2 p.m.
Focus is to examine how human nature can inform our approach to diversity.

- Thursday, Oct. 15
"Do Great Minds Really Think Alike?"
10 to 11 a.m.
Focus is to examine how to bring different thinking styles together.

- Thursday, Nov. 5
"A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Rely On…Sometimes!"
1 to 2 p.m.
Focus is to examine important social/relational dynamics.

To register for any of the programs or for more information, contact Ulmar at 554.2321 or

Surplus Property Now Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are now available for viewing online at All are available for department use only.

Items include:

- Bookcases;

- Desks;

- Chairs; and

- Tables.

Items can also be viewed by appointment at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. To set up an appointment, call Tom Feldman at 554.2222.