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Little Dude

A Four-Legged Visitor

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Little Dude, an 18 year-old miniature pony, was on campus Sept. 2 to help promote membership in UNO's Equestrian Club. Jason Storm, a sophomore from Omaha, obliges Little Dude with a pat on the head. A variety of sport clubs and organizations were on display on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.

Through the Lens

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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.

wednesday

2009.09.09

Students Join Omaha Food Bank for Hula Hoop Fundraiser

Hula hoop dancers, local DJs and college students will join forces in the fight against hunger and collect food for the Omaha Food Bank.

With more Omaha area families needing emergency food assistance, a group of UNO public relations students are partnering with the Omaha Food Bank to hold "Hula Hoop and a Can of Soup" today, Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Elmwood Park. Read more.

President Milliken to Address Faculty Senate This Afternoon

The UNO Faculty Senate will hold its first regular monthly meeting of the academic year today, Sept. 9, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. The meeting will begin immediately following the presentation. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Sue Bishop at 554.3598.

SOLP's Student Leadership Series Kicks Off

Editor's Note:  Enrollment is closed for the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP) leadership series.  The first event was held Sept. 8 at UNO. For more information, call SOLP at 554.2711.

Deadline for Intramural Sports Is Thursday

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Intramural sports registration for "Session 1" is this week. The last day to sign up is Thursday, Sept. 10, at noon.

Spots fill up fast so get signed up today. Session 1 will feature: flag football, sand volleyball, soccer and kickball. Need a team? Fill out a free agent form in 100 Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

For more information, contact Ashley Bails at 554.3917 or abails@unomaha.edu.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

Constitution Discussion Sept. 17

Carson Holloway, an associate professor with the Department of Political Science, will discuss "How Should Judges Interpret the Constitution?" Thursday, Sept. 17.

Holloway's presentation, which happens during Constitution Week, begins at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room. Refreshments will be served.

UNO Women's Studies Program Announces Film Series

The Women's Studies Program announces its 2009-2010 film series. Three films will be shown each semester and are free and open to the public.

"Faculty and guest speakers will offer films that discuss women's issues," said Bridget Blomfield, chair for the events and assistant professor of philosophy and religion.

The showings, hosted by various UNO Women's Studies Program faculty members, start at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.  An open discussion with hosts, guests and audience members will take place immediately following the screenings. Read more.

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 wtownley@unomaha.edu or 554.2762.

ITS Offers Desktop Publishing Workshop

Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will offer a beginning class in Adobe InDesign, "Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing," on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in 112 Criss Library.

The session provides a hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using this software package. While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to: insert and manipulate text and graphics and create a "master" template to use for future designs. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary.

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, but registration is required and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limit of 15 seats.

To register for this training:

- Go to http://api.unomaha.edu/calendar.php;

- Select the correct month and click "Go";

- Click "Register" next to the event;

- Enter your SAP personnel number (this is the six-digit number on all UNO employee check stubs and photo ID's);

- Click "Sign Up";

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

For more information contact ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (554.4357) or unohelpdesk@unomaha.edu.

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.

SAC Seeks Employee of the Month Nominations

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) continues to seek nominations for the Employee of the Month Award for office/service and managerial/professional personnel. Nominations can be submitted by staff, faculty and managers or administrators, and must meet the criteria listed below.

"If you have previously submitted a nomination prior to January 2009, please resubmit your nomination with the new criteria listed below," said Monica Bayles, SAC treasurer.

The criteria for the award:

- Performed job above and beyond expectations;

- Interpersonal skill/communication;

- Knowledge of job; and

- Adaptability.

Nomination guidelines:

- Nominees must be employed at UNO for one year or longer;

- An Employee of the Month qualifies to be selected as Employee of the Year; and

- Nominations will be kept on file for 90 days and will be considered with all nominations for Employee of the Month.

Recipients will receive a $100 award. To nominate an employee, print and complete the nomination form at http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2009/img/sac_eomform.pdf and send it through campus mail to P.O. Box 130.

For more information, call Bayles at 554.2977.

Editor's note: This month's Employee of the Month recipient is Michaela Myers, clerical assistant III with Campus Security. Watch eNotes for more information on the September Employee of the Month.

UNO Faculty/Staff Members Sought for Work-Life Study

Every person "bounds," or puts limits on, how much overlap they have between their work, family and personal interests. Researchers need participants for a study that investigates how UNO staff members and their spouses/partners manage these different boundaries on a daily basis and how these boundaries affect health and well-being (IRB# 237-09-EP).

Study participants must work at least 35 hours per week, must have lived together for at least two years, and must not have switched jobs or employers within the past year.

Participants will be asked to complete a 90-minute interview, as well as a brief, 10-minute survey. Each member of the couple will be interviewed and surveyed separately. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information, contact Samantha K. Ammons at 554.3358 or sammons@unomaha.edu.

Participants Sought for Text Reference Survey at Criss Library

Faculty, staff, students and other Criss Library patrons can participate in a survey about texting and library services. Criss Library staff wants to know how users prefer to get help from the library and if library patrons would like to try out a new text reference pilot service.

The survey will take five to 10 minutes to complete. Click on this link to take the survey (IRB #275-09-EX). The survey is not accessible on mobile browsers so visit from a desktop or notebook machine.

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.

To register:

- 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 cs@perkspot.com.

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/uno_PerkSpot_Launch.htm.

Green Tip of the Week

Sustainability Graphic

Energy Efficient Temperature
Keep the home at the energy efficient temperature in summer: 75 to 78 degrees.  Wear less clothing and use ceiling and room fans to keep cool, while using the air conditioner less. (Courtesy of the Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds by David Gershon).

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Task Force on Sustainability provides these tips. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/