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Share a Bike

by Tim Fitzgerald

Several brightly painted bicycles arrived on campus Sept. 8, as part of the new Bike Share program for UNO. David Corbin and UNO Student President/Regent Neal Bonacci showed off the bikes on the student center plaza. Boys Town donated a total of eight bikes, one of which is a tandem, to UNO. The bikes can be ridden anywhere on campus and dropped off at a bike rack for use by other riders. Dr. Corbin, a professor for the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said the program is an effort to encourage physical activity, to protect the environment and to provide an easier way to get around campus.

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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.

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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.



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, Sept. 10, in honor of UNO retiree Audrey Forrest. She passed away Sept. 3, at age 83.

Forrest, an associate professor and chair from 1981-82 of the Goodrich Scholarship Program, retired from the university in December of 1988 after more than 21 years of service.

A memorial service will take place today at 2 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home, 3920 N. 24th St.

NeSIS Informational Web Site Launched

Faculty, staff and students can visit a new Web site ( for the latest information about the Nebraska Student Information System Project (NeSIS) at UNO.

The Web site, launched by the campus Change Management Team, provides updates about UNO's ongoing implementation of the new student information system. The implementation begins this month with Admissions and other areas will roll out incrementally. The new system will be accessed by faculty, staff and students through a web-based portal called mavlink.

Anyone who visits can access a project overview, announcements, a calendar for meeting and training notices and a comments section. In addition to the latest NeSIS news, the site will also feature multimedia functions - short videos or slides highlighting topics like faculty/staff training and student registration tips.

"The site provides comprehensive information related to UNO's NeSIS project," said Jason Blohm, chair of the campus Change Management Team. "The site is available to everyone, whether they're involved in the day-to-day implementation efforts or just want to learn more about UNO's progress."

For details about site content, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or For technical information about site access, contact Dan O'Dell at 554.4008 or

Visit or watch eNotes for future updates regarding the NeSIS implementation at UNO.

Campus Forum on Healthcare Reform Set for Sept. 21

UNO will host a campus forum on healthcare reform on Monday, Sept. 21. Experts from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) will present information and take questions during the event, which starts at 3 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building's Collaborating Commons.

"Having a session like this on campus is important" said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance. "This is a national issue that everyone in the country has an interest in."

Some of the issues of health care reform include:
- Universal health care coverage;
- A potential public insurance plan;
- Payments and reimbursement costs; and
- Health care workforce and training.

The UNO event is part of an ongoing effort of UNMC, UNMC Physicians and The Nebraska Medical Center to be an objective resource for elected officials, business and community entities in communicating the potential impact of health care reform proposals. UNMC has also formed a health care review group to study the issues that will affect the medical center.

The session, which is free and open to the campus community and public, will likely run until 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 554.3513.

Wellness Stampede

Weight Watchers at Work Open House Today

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness 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 today, 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

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

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" tonight, 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.

UNO Concert and Jazz Bands On Playlist for "The September Concert"

On Friday, Sept. 11, across America and around the world, the skies will come alive with music as The September Concert Foundation organizes its eighth annual global day of music for peace. On that day professional and amateur musicians will perform classical music, jazz, rock & roll – all kinds of music in all kinds of venues.

In Omaha, in partnership with the Omaha Sister Cities Association, UNO music students from the Concert and Jazz Bands will perform a concert. The free concert will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. Read more.

Wellness Stampede

Deadline Sept. 14 for CCSW's Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure Team

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

The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) team is looking for runners/walkers to participate on behalf of UNO at the annual "Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure" on Saturday, Oct. 4. Deadline for registration is Monday, Sept. 14.

This year's fundraising event for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure takes place the morning off Oct. 4 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Interested individuals are invited to sign up for the UNO CCSW team. Registration fee is $20 or $25 (timing chip). Ages 3 to 12 can also participate for a $10 team registration fee.

CCSW member Charlotte Russell will serve as the UNO CCSW team captain. To sign up, click on this link; choose "Join Charlotte's Team" and follow the screen prompts.

"Participants can register to run/walk or even ÔSleep in for the Cure,'" Russell said. "Those sleeping in don't do anything special, just stay in bed and know that they helped with their much needed donations."

Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the organization has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill its promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

For more UNO CCSW team information, contact Russell at 554.2321 or

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

Sept. 14 Bereuter Lecture to be Simulcast at UNO

Former Nebraska Congressman Doug Bereuter will launch the 2009-10 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues Monday, Sept. 14. Bereuter's lecture, which originates from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be simulcast live at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

The 2009-10 Thompson Forum on "Encountering China" will present speakers from a variety of backgrounds to explore China from diverse perspectives. Bereuter's lecture, entitled "China's Trade and Soft Power Relationships with Asia and the United States—Reason to Worry?" will provide insight into the U.S. trade deficit with China and China's influence on the developing world. Read more.

Student Government Elections Sept. 29-30

UNO Student Government elections take place at the end of the month. Students will be able to vote online Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 29 and 30.

Students who want to become a student senator for their class or college have until Monday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. to get an application filed.

"Once you've completed the application and bio, a mandatory meeting is necessary on Sept. 17," said Megan Schmitz, the UNO Student Government legislative and public relations officer. "There are two one-hour meetings that evening – one starts at 5 p.m.; the other at 6 p.m. During the meeting, candidates will be informed of how the election process works and the do's and don'ts of campaigning on campus."

More information is online at Questions can be answered in-person at the Student Government office, first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, or over the phone at 554.2620.

"Getting involved in Student Government is a great way to make a difference on campus," Schmitz said.

Campus Community Encouraged to Donate Blood on Sept. 11

UNO will join the American Red Cross and other local agencies for the eighth annual Patriot's Day blood drive on Friday, Sept. 11.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate blood between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. at the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross, located south of 80th and Center streets.

A free shuttle service will be available from the Milo Bail Student Center. Simply indicate the need for shuttle transportation on the online registration form and arrive at the designated shuttle stop 30 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment.

All donors on Sept. 11 will receive a free T-shirt and refreshments, and be entered into raffles for tickets to local events and gift certificates to local venues.

To register, visit For more information, call Kathe Oleson Lyons at 554.4083.

2009-2010 Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick-Off

The Center for Faculty Development announces the Community Engagement Links/Teaching Circles/Research Triangles Kick-Off. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room.

The Center for Faculty Development, Graduate Studies, Office of Sponsored Programs and Academic and Student Affairs have joined together to sponsor the event. Those four units also sponsor Community Engagement Links, Teaching Circles and Research Triangles.

The kick-off will celebrate these on-going and new faculty-learning communities. At the event, people can register new and existing groups and solicit members for all groups, as well as recognize the successes of previous Links, Circles and Triangles. All three are UNO inventions and traditions. For more information on Engagement Links, as well as Circles and Triangles go to the Center for Faculty Development Web site at

Anyone interested in Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle can register by e-mail Registration information needs to include:

- Name of the Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle;

- Name and department of the facilitator;

- Members' names and departments; and

- Brief description of the purpose, possible discussion topics and potential outcomes.

Those who cannot attend the kick-off can still register the Community Engagement Link, Teaching Circle or Research Triangle at the above e-mail address. Check the listings for 2009-2010 Teaching Circles/Research Triangles for ideas and contacts on the Center for Faculty Development Web site (

To sign up for an existing group, individuals can contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or to have their name added to a topic.

Maverick Productions to Host Comedian Wendi Fox

Former high-risk drinker and stand up comedian Wendi Fox will present, "Trashed," on Monday, Sept. 14, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

This event, sponsored by Maverick Productions, is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. UNO Counseling Services will host a table with information about campus resources.

Fox is committed to changing the drug and alcohol climate on college campuses through the power of humor.

"Don't blame it on the beer," Fox said. "Until we stop treating the symptom and start treating the human spirit we will continue to be challenged by the drug and alcohol climate on college campuses today."

For more information, contact Erin Cron at 554.2711.

"Newspapers in Your Classroom" Event Set for Sept. 16

To learn more about UNO's Newpapers in Curricula (NiC) Project, in which newspapers are used as a tool for faculty and students in developing civic engagement, visit the fall "Newspapers in Your Classroom" event on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room.

Newspapers in Curricula (NiC) is a faculty group supporting the Collegiate Readership Program at UNO. Presenters have developed curricula incorporating newspapers. Learn strategies for and benefits of using the newspaper in the classroom.

Event guest speakers will include Paul Wilson, educational representative for The New York Times, and Lynn Hall, national director of education for The New York Times.

To register, contact the Center for Faculty Development at 554.2427 or R.S.V.P is required since lunch will be provided.

To request more information about the event, contact Maria Knudtson at

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.

'Made in L.A' and Post-Projection Forum Is Focus of OLLAS Event

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will kick off its 2009-10 Charla Series Thursday, Sept. 17, with a screening of the documentary "Made in L.A." Immediately following the film, there will be an open discussion of the film, facilitated by students from a Migration, Race, and Globalization seminar. The film and discussion run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. Read more.

Discounted Tickets Available for The Rose Theater Season

UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase tickets for The Rose Theater's 2009-2010 season at a discounted price. This season's shows include "The Velveteen Rabbit," "The House on Mango Street," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "The Rainforest," "There's an Alligator Under My Bed," "The Bridge to Terabithia" and "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake."

A $75 family membership includes:

- Four tickets to each of The Rose's seven regular season shows;

- Member-only discounts and the first opportunity to reserve tickets for premium events, including "Confetti 2009," "Annie - The Musical," "The Imperial Nutcracker" at the Orpheum Theater and The Rose's production of Disney's "High School Musical 2";

- The best available reserved seating at "Annie - The Musical," "The Imperial Nutcracker" at the Orpheum Theater and Disney's "High School Musical 2";

- Discounts on theater and dance classes, summer camps and costume rentals; and

- Additional regular season show tickets for $10 each (a $6 discount off the regular box office price).

Click on the links below to download an order form and information about the shows, or call 554.2129 to have a sheet faxed to a campus office. The offer remains good through Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Rose Order Form

Rose Shows

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at 502.4625 or lindya@rosetheater.orgor visit

Surplus Property Available for Viewing Online

All Surplus Property furniture and items are 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.