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HPER South Addition Ribbon-Cutting

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The first of several Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER) ribbon-cutting ceremonies took place Sept. 16 at the entrance to the new south addition. Pictured from left to right: HPER's Dave Daniels, Chancellor John Christensen, UNO Student Regent Neal Bonnacci and School of HPER Director Dan Blanke all wielded scissors for the event. The new weight-fitness room looks south over the Elmwood Park golf course.

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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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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.



UNO Athletics Announces Major Gift

The UNO Athletic Department announced yesterday the receipt of a major financial gift from the family of David and Peggy Sokol.

"As an institution and as a department, we are humbled by the generosity of the Sokol family," said Trev Alberts, UNO's Director of Athletics. "David and Peggy Sokol have such a distinguished history of giving to the greater Omaha community, and we are grateful that they have seen fit to support our mission of making UNO athletics one of the premiere programs in the country.

"The Sokols' gift will be applied to the improvement of training and competition facilities for UNO student-athletes. Those students continue to give their best on the playing field, and it is up to our department to provide them with the means to succeed. This gift will go a long way toward fulfilling that goal."

The Sokols' donation is begin given in honor of their late son, D.J. Sokol is a graduate of UNO and a former student-athlete himself as a member of the UNO football team.

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

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will kick off its 2009-10 Charla Series tonight, 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.

Mutual of Omaha Icebreaker Tickets On Sale

Individual hockey game tickets for the Mutual of Omaha Icebreaker tournament go on sale starting today, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. at the Qwest Center Omaha box office and at the Sapp Fieldhouse box office. Read more.

Maverick PR to Host Ethics Advocacy Round Tables Sept. 21

Local professionals will gather to discuss ethical behavior in the workplace during round table discussions with UNO students.

Maverick PR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), invites all UNO students to participate in "Ethics & Bad Behavior: It's All About Choices," a round table discussion on ethics with local professionals on Monday, Sept. 21, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. at the Thompson Center's Bootstrapper Hall on campus. Read more.

College of Arts and Sciences Speaker Series Starts Sept. 23

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences will begin to celebrate its own centennial this month with the start of a year-long speaker series that highlights both the college's many departments and the college's alumni.

The series kicks off with back-to-back speakers on Sept. 23 and 24. Both presentations take place at the Thompson Alumni Center on campus. Read more.

NeSIS Campus-Wide Town Hall This Friday

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

Watch eNotes or visit for further information regarding the NeSIS implementation at UNO.

School of Communication to Host Faculty Research Colloquium

The School of Communication will host a faculty research colloquium on Friday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 110 Arts and Science Hall.

Hugh Reilly from the School of Communication will present "Cries For Vengeance: The Minnesota Newspapers and the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862." All faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Barb Pickering at 554.2204.

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

Health Fair Set for Nov. 12

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

Save the date. Campus Recreation and UNO Mav-Rec Wellness, in cooperation with Student Health Services, will host its annual Health Fair Thursday, Nov. 12. The fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Prior to the Health Fair members of the camps community can, sign up for the health screen blood draw ($25) and/or a PSA test for men ($12) at Student Health Services, located on first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The blood draw consists of 40 tests including: cholesterol, diabetes screen, thyroid, kidney and liver tests and is a $300 value. For health screen questions, call 554.2374.

For more information, watch eNotes for details as the event nears or visit

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

Flu Shot Clinics Set for Sept. 21-29 on Campus

UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host several flu shot clinics on campus this fall for faculty, staff and students.

Student Health Services staff encourages everyone to get vaccinated this year for the seasonal flu. A flu shot costs $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Faculty reimbursement may be possible through Blue Cross Blue Shield for those who bring their insurance cards. Those interested in receiving a shot should also wear appropriate clothing for an inoculation in the arm.

This vaccine only protects against the seasonal flu. An additional vaccine will be available at UNO in the future to protect against H1N1.

The flu shot clinic schedule is listed below.

Monday, Sept. 21
- 100A University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute
10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, Sept. 22
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (main hallway)
10 a.m. to noon

- Maverick Village Clubhouse
2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 23
- 132D College of Public Affairs and Community Service
10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Sept. 24
- Student Health Services (Milo Bail Student Center, first floor)
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 25
- Criss Library (main floor)
8:30 to 11 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 28
- Scott Village (study room by cafeteria)
12:30 to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 29
- University Village Clubhouse
12:30 to 2 p.m.

For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

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. The dates:

- 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 last attending one plan to attend. 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

Calling All Social Media Gurus on Campus

Know of a department on Facebook or a college using Twitter updates to get information out? UNO wants to know.

University Relations staff are corralling social media links to feature in future issues of eNotes and elsewhere throughout the UNO Web site.

Please send UNO-related social media links to Wendy Townley:

Examples of these UNO links include the following:

UNO: and

Athletics: and

Alumni: and

Wellness Stampede

Campus Recreation to Offer Youth Golf Lessons

This event has been designated a UNO Wellness Stampede event.

This fall, Campus Recreation is offering youth golf lessons. The UNO women's golf team and head golf coach Tim Nelson will provide the instruction.

Lessons will take place Saturdays, Oct. 31, and Nov. 7, 14 and 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Golf Lab (Room 230). Space is limited. Participants must be between the ages of 7 and 17.

The cost for lessons:
- UNO Students
$20 each, $18 each extra child

- UNO Faculty, Staff and Activity Cardholders
$24 each, $22 each extra child

- Non Activity Cardholders
$26 each, $28 each extra child

For more information, call Dave Daniels at 554.2008.

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

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 or visit

Participants Needed for Child and Teen Depression Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry needs participants for a study on investigational medication for child and teen depression. Study evaluation and medication are provided at no cost to those that meet eligibility requirements.

To participate, subjects must be between the ages of seven and 17 years and have the following symptoms:
- Sad, unhappy or bad mood;
- Trouble sleeping or staying asleep;
- Change in appetite;
- Loss of interest or motivation;
- Decreased energy; and
- Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.

For more information, call 552.6340 or 552.6240.

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.