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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.



NUFlex Enrollment Dates Announced

2010 NUFlex enrollment dates have been announced and this year will begin on Monday, Nov. 16, through 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Although the enrollment information, including the NUFlex Benefits booklet and premium/price tag information won't be available until Nov. 16, benefit eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to begin thinking about the enrollment period now.

A few items to consider: Firefly, the university's business portal, will be used to update all employees' benefits ( Although individuals can't view the benefit information for 2010 yet, participants can begin by reviewing current benefit package online and making sure they are comfortable logging into their personal Firefly account. This is also the year when participants will need to update "Tobacco/Nicotine Designation" and will have the opportunity to update "Dental and Vision Care Insurance" options.

For more information, visit

Maverick Productions Hosts Sobering Talk in MBSC

Former high-risk drinker and stand-up comedian Wendi Fox will present, "Trashed," at noon today, Sept. 14, 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 ofhumor.

"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.

Bereuter Lecture to be Simulcast at UNO Tonight

Former Nebraska Congressman Doug Bereuter will launch the 2009-10 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues tonight, 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.

Wei Rowe, a faculty member from the College of Business Administration, will host the simulcast. 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.

Sept. 16 Ribbon Cutting to Mark Opening of HPER South Addition

Campus Recreation will officially introduce its new state-of-the-art fitness center to the UNO community on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Beginning at noon, the event will take place at the entrance of the South Addition in the Health, Physical Education & Recreation Building (HPER.) The celebration will include brief statements from UNO administration and those involved in the renovation.

Members of the campus and community will have a chance to tour the facility and speak with Campus Recreation staff about questions they may have regarding the renovation, new machines and/or equipment.

More information about the HPER Renovation and Addition project can be found on the UNO Campus at

Wellness Stampede

Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Completion Dates Announced

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

A new Health Risk Assessment (HRA) survey for employees will begin in November. The HRA completion dates will be Monday, Nov. 9, through Friday, Dec. 4. More information will be forthcoming, and all employees are encouraged to take part.

Click on this link for more information about the University of Nebraska's benefit offerings including the NUFlex enrollment. For more information, contact UNO's Campus Benefits Office at 554.3660.

For more information, visit

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

Wellness Stampede

Deadline Today 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 ‘Sleep 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

Homecoming Parade Float Entries Sought

On Sunday, Oct. 4, UNO will bring back its tradition of a campus homecoming parade. Maverick Productions, a student funded and run organization, is spearheading this effort.

Departments, colleges, schools, organizations and high school bands can take part by having a float or marching/walking in the parade. There is no cost to participate. All parade entries must be submitted by, Friday, Sept. 25.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. in parking Lot G, just west of the Durham Science Center, and end at Lot 5, just south of the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Shortly after the parade, there will be a bonfire/pep rally in the field across the street from the Scott Conference Center in preparation for UNO's Saturday, Oct. 10, homecoming football game vs. Washburn University.

Those interested in being a part of the parade and/or bonfire should contact Erin Cron 554.2711 or at

ITS Announces New Web Template Users Group

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host the first Web Template Users Group meeting on Friday, Sept. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. Anyone currently using the UNO Web Templates is invited to bring their lunch and join the discussion.

During this first meeting, participants will discuss using "Cascading Style Sheets" to create content in a column format and the struggles users have with "Tab" navigation. Suggestions for meeting topics will also be solicited. No registration is required for this event.

For more information contact Erin King at 554.3140 or

Call for Proposals for May 2010 Public Administration Theory Conference

The UNO School of Public Administration will host the 23rd Annual Public Administration Theory Conference in Omaha May 20-23, 2010. Information on the call-for-proposals is now available at Deadline for submissions is Sunday, Nov. 15.

For more information, contact Angela Eikenberry at

Black Studies Welcomes Author James Loewen in October

The Department of Black Studies and Univerisity of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Ethnic Studies will host an evening with best-selling author James Loewen on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Loewen will present a lecture on his book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Loewen has sold more than 800,000 copies of Lies My Teacher Told Me and he continues to inspire K-16 teachers to get students to challenge, rather than memorize, their textbooks. He has taught race relations for more than 20 years at the University of Vermont. Previously he taught at predominantly black Tougaloo College in Mississippi. He now lives in Washington, D.C., continuing his research on how Americans remember their past.

His presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Felicia Dailey at 554.2412 or

UNO Women's Studies Program Film Series Begins Tuesday

UNO 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.

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.

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

Anyone who wants 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, can 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. At the session participants can 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

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 the 112 Criss Library.

This 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 serve basis. There is a limit of 15 seats.

To register for this training:

- Go to;

- 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

NeSIS Campus-Wide Town Halls Offered This Month

To familiarize faculty, staff and students with the Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) project, UNO's Change Management Team will host three campus-wide town hall meetings this month.

"Each session will offer a broad overview of information surrounding the NeSIS project; especially, how it is affecting the campus community at UNO," said Jason Blohm, chair of the Change Management Team. "To allow everyone to attend, the same information will be repeated at each town hall."

All interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend one of the following hour-long sessions:

- Friday, Sept. 18
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom
9 a.m.

- Tuesday, Sept. 22
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons
3 p.m.

- Thursday, Sept. 24
MBSC Ballroom
11 a.m.

Last year, the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions application was selected as the new NeSIS platform. Participating schools include all of the University of Nebraska campuses and Chadron, Peru, and Wayne State Colleges. At UNO, mavlink will integrate all services offered by E-BRUNO and the current student information system. The new system will be rolled out incrementally starting this month with Admissions.

For more information, contact Blohm at 554.2415 or

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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.

Wellness Stampede

Mav-Rec Aquatics to Host Triathlon Clinic This Friday, Saturday

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

Mav-Rec Aquatics will host a Triathlon Clinic on Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19.

The clinic is intended to give individuals background, tools and motivation to give a triathlon a try. It is appropriate for beginners and those with some triathlon experience.

For more information, download the flyer and registration form at

The mission of 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

Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule Announced

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources - Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host four Faculty Recruitment Workshops this fall.

All workshops will be held in Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room

- Monday, Sept. 28
2 to 3:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Oct. 8
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, Oct. 27
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, Nov. 10
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee individuals must have attended one of these recruitment workshops. If it has been two or more years since a search committee member has last attended a session, they should sign up again. To R.S.V.P. for the workshop, contact Jerri Maxwell at or 554.3892.

For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or, James McCarty at 554.2262 or, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2872 or


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