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Burrito Run

Burrito Run

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

On Sept. 12, UNO Athletics partnered with Qdoba Mexican Grill for the first-ever 5k UNO⁄Qdoba Quest Burrito Run. The course, which started at the Henningson Memorial Campanile, took runners through three campus locations. After eating a burrito at Qdoba's 71st Street restaurant, runners ended the race at the Center Location. Pictured from left to right at Qdoba are Chi Omega Sorority members: Ellie Jacobson, Renae Heuermann, Kristin Drake and McKenzie Stevens.

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Corbin and Bonacci

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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2009.09.16

Today's Ribbon Cutting to Mark Opening of HPER South Addition

Campus Recreation will officially introduce its new state-of-the-art fitness center today, 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 and Recreation Building (HPER). The celebration will include brief statements from UNO administration and those involved in the renovation.

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

More information about the HPER renovation and addition can be found on the UNO Campus Recreation Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/wwocr.

SHS Offers H1N1 Information Session Today and Friday

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer H1N1 information sessions in Eppley Administration Building Auditorium starting today, Sept. 16. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

The discussion will involve planning strategies for personal safety, as well as plans the university and state will likely use to ensure public health and safety. Marcia Adler, R.N., M.S., and director of SHS, will lead the sessions.

The session schedule:

- Today, Sept. 16
Noon

- Friday, Sept. 18
3 p.m.

For more information, contact Adler at 554.2743.

GSO to Present Safer Sex Cabaret on Sept. 17

The campus community and public can join UNO's Gender & Sexual Orientation (GSO) Student Agency as they present the Safer Sex Cabaret on Thursday Sept. 17, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is an educational program on safer sex practices and safer sex alternatives.

The objective of Safer Sex Cabaret is to promote individual exploration and empowerment concerning a person's sense of desire, limits and options with respect to intimate relationships with themselves and others.

For more information contact the GSO office at 554.4846 or UNOGSO@mail.unomaha.edu.

Women's Health and Wellness Fair Sept. 21 at UNO

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) will host a Women's Health and Wellness Fair on Monday, Sept. 21, in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Come learn about how to keep yourself healthy and safe," said Rachel Tomlinson Dick, director of WRC.

Speakers will include representatives from The Omaha YWCA, Planned Parenthood and Student Health Services. The health and wellness fair will also feature free food and raffle prizes.

For more information, contact Tomlinson Dick at 554.2730.

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

AMS to Host Career Advice for Students Sept. 21-23

The American Multicultural Students (AMS) organization at UNO will host a number of career-focused events later this month.

All events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room:

Monday, Sept. 21
- How diversity can help you get a job
1 to 2 p.m.
Guest speaker: Mel Clancy with UNO's Project Achieve

Topics will include:
- What employers look for when hiring;
- How a second language offers graduates a real advantage;
- Learn about other cultures and apply that knowledge to a profession;
- Successful employers of color; and
- How more and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries.

Tuesday, Sept. 22
- Cover letters and resumes
1 to 2 p.m.
Guest speaker: Teresa Preister with Streck

Topics will include:
- How to actively prepare for the next best job;
- Organizing and cleaning up current or non-existing resumes/cover letters; and
- How to land that first job out of college.

Wednesday, Sept. 23
- Networking and first jobs
1 to 2 p.m.
Guest speaker: Jodi Kennedy with Gallup

Topics will include:
- How to network;
- Tips for going from new grad to new hire;
- How an internship can help find that first job; and
- What to expect in a first job.

Free food will be provided. AMS, UNO Career Center and Project Achieve sponsor are sponsoring all three sessions.

For more information, contact Jackie Chavez at jchavez@unomaha.edu or 554.3696.

Call for UCAT Travel Grant Proposals for 2009-2010

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is currently accepting proposals on a monthly basis for travel grants from September through April or until funds are expended.

The committee will fund grants up to $800 for each award. One submission per conference and only one award per person per academic year. No revisions will be accepted. All applications should be reviewed by their UCAT college representative for correctness before submitting. Budgets must be complete and accurate (If necessary review last year's conference for pricing and topics).

All previous grant reports must be turned in prior to submission of a new request. A travel authorization form should be signed by a department chair and included with application. Proposals are due by the 21st of the each month.

Applicants should submit one hard and an electronic copy of the application. Electronic copies should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll (awoll@mail.unomaha.edu). Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

NeSIS Informational Web Site Launched

Faculty, staff and students can visit a new Web site (http://www.unomaha.edu/nesis) 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/nesis 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 jblohm@unomaha.edu. For technical information about site access, contact Dan O'Dell at 554.4008 or dpodell@unomaha.edu.

Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/nesis or watch eNotes for future updates regarding the NeSIS implementation at UNO.

Kappa Delta Pi Scholastic Book Fair Under Way

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an education honor society at UNO, hosts a scholastic book fair today and Thursday, Sept. 16-17. The event will run each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 520 Kayser Hall.

Proceeds from the fair will help fund literacy projects with KDP's partnership schools in the Omaha Public Schools. For more information, contact Saundra Wetig at 554.2807.

Academic Advising Webinar Sept. 17

A webinar sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association, will be broadcast on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Services Collaborating Commons. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will host "The Role of Academic Advising in Student Persistence." All are invited to attend.

R.S.V.P. to Rita Henry at rhenry@unomaha.edu, to ensure that enough handouts are available.

FEAP Office Hours Reminder

Since May, UNO's Faculty Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) has offered standard office hours on campus.

"Are you experiencing a personal problem that may or may not be impacting the workplace?" said Marlene Schneider, FEAP counselor. "If so, you are not alone. The chance that any person can navigate things through life without a serious matter is doubtful."

FEAP staff can help faculty and staff deal with difficult times. FEAP is a confidential counseling service designed to assist faculty, employees and their families in addressing personal and work-related problems. The FEAP office is in 207 Eppley Administration Building

Office hours:
Tuesdays – 8 a.m. to noon

Thursdays – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
(Other times are available by appointment)

Schneider is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

To schedule an appointment, contact Schneider at 554.3120 (UNO campus) or 559.5175 (UNMC campus), or by e-mail at mschneid@unmc.edu.

For more FEAP information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/unoempfeap.php.

Speech Center Consulting Room Fall Hours

The UNO Speech Center Consulting Room, located in 185 Arts and Sciences Hall (ASH), now is open for its fall schedule. Hours are generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. To make an appointment, call 554.3201 or stop by 185 ASH.

The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff at any point in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses. Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/speechcenter/ to find out more information. Call 554.3201 or send an e-mail to unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu to schedule an appointment.

Anyone with questions or faculty members interested in scheduling a classroom consultation can call the Speech Center at 554.3201 or send an e-mail to unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu.

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 erinking@unomaha.edu.

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 ecron@unomaha.edu.

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.

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 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 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

Clothes Dryer vs. Clothesline
Use a solar-powered clothes dryer, also known as a clothesline. This saves energy by not running a dryer and by not producing extra heat and humidity in homes over the summer months.

(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/