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Welcome Center Renovation

Welcome Center Renovation Under Way

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Work has begun on the former annex building south of UNO's Durham Science Center. The former Hayden House–which had housed the Goodrich Program and Gerontology–is being turned into UNO's new Welcome Center, where Student Recruitment and Orientation will be located. An elevator and internal staircase are being added as a crew installs a new roof. Inside the building, new heating and air conditioning will be installed. The ground floor of the structure will be preserved as much as possible. The anticipated opening for the Welcome Center is mid-summer.



Faculty Volunteers Sought for Emergency Management Preparedness Committee

Faculty volunteers are needed for a campus-wide committee involved with emergency management preparedness issues. This group is intended to be an advisory to the Incident Command Organization, specifically as it relates to how the campus prepares for and communicates about potential emergency situations.

Faculty members interested in joining should contact Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or

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Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive Under Way

The annual Henry Doorly Zoo membership drive is under way at UNO. The zoo offers memberships to university employees and students at the annual rate of $78 per household. The membership includes unlimited admission for two adults and dependent children or grandchildren under the age of 21, discounted admission to the Wildlife Safari and Lozier IMAX Theater, discounts on children's classes and other benefits.

Memberships remain at $78 until Sunday, April 4, and increase to $88 after that date. To access an order form, click on this link.

Memberships are being sold in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building. For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at 554.2263 or

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Union Pacific CEO to Speak at Today's MBA Speaker Series

Union Pacific CEO Jim Young will speak today, March 3, during the 2010 MBA Leadership Speaker Series. His presentation will start at 6 p.m. in 010A Roskens Hall. Read more.

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International Culture Fair Today, Tomorrow; Banquet Takes Place March 6

International Student Services (ISS), a Student Government agency, will hold its culture fair today and Thursday, March 3-4, on campus.

Both days, international students will share artifacts and information about their countries of origin from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International Culture Fair in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Nebraska Room. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

The 38th annual International Banquet will take place Saturday, March 6, starting at 6 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom. A dance will follow the banquet until midnight. Formal attire is expected.

The banquet theme is "World Peace" and will feature international cuisine and performances from countries represented on campus. Tickets are now on sale in the MBSC Business Office and cost $10 for UNO students, $12 for children under age eight and are $25 for the public.

The event sells out each year, so those planning to attend should purchase their tickets early.

For more information, contact Joy (Hyun-Ji) Lee at 554.2937.

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'The Omaha News' to Reach Viewers Statewide

"The Omaha News," a live weekly newscast produced by UNO Television and advanced journalism students from the UNO School of Communication, will be broadcast statewide on Nebraska Public Television this semester. The weekly program covers news important to the people of Omaha. The "Omaha News" joins "Inside Art" and "Aging in Nebraska" as School of Communication programs produced in conjunction with UNO Television now broadcast on statewide television, in addition to The Knowledge Network (TKN) of Greater Omaha. Read more.

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ITS Offering Desktop Publishing Workshop

Information Technology Services (ITS) will offer "Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing I," a class in beginning Adobe InDesign, on Thursday, March 4. The workshop will take place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in 232 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.

Upon completion of the training the learner will be able to:
- Identify where on the Internet to get a full color UNO logo;
- Find in the software all of the tools used in the creation of a poster;
- Find in the software all of the tools used in the creation of a newsletter with master pages;
- Demonstrate how to move in the document using the appropriate tools;
- Demonstrate how to place and manipulate a photo;
- Demonstrate how to input and manipulate text;
- Explain how to use the appropriate tools to insert and manipulate other elements;
- Describe how to obtain the software;
- Demonstrate how to setup a new document;
- Describe what Desktop Publishing is;
- Summarize the main types of products that can be created with InDesign; and
- Discuss the basic principles of good design.

To register, visit or click here.

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Kindles Available for Check Out at Criss Library

Interested in an e-book reader? Ever wondered what e-ink looks like? Need a best seller to balance academic reading? The answers to these questions are, literally, at the campus community's fingertips.

Certain titles are now available for download on a Kindle at Criss Library. For additional information, stop by the Criss Library Circulation Desk.

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HR to Offer Performance Evaluation Training

Human Resources (HR) will offer another training session on performance evaluations for those who supervise staff members. The training will take place Monday, March 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

In March, HR staff will send notifications to supervisors about managerial employee evaluations, which are due by Friday, May 14.

The training goal is to provide an opportunity to refresh or learn new procedures and skills. The new evaluation form and procedures, as well as the best practices for conducting the performance evaluation process and meeting, will be reviewed.

HR staff hopes those new to UNO and new to supervision will find the discussion with more experienced colleagues helpful and important to their success as supervisors.

To R.S.V.P. for the session, call 554.2321.

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March 12-13 NCAA Division II Wrestling Tournament Parking Notice

UNO will host the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13. The event will bring thousands of people to the university, and parking on campus will be affected.

"We realize the National Wrestling Tournament will further stress the parking situation on campus, and we thank the UNO community for its understanding as we bring this very prestigious event to our campus," said Trev Alberts, UNO director of athletics. "We also would welcome everyone to sample the action at Sapp Fieldhouse during this exciting weekend of wrestling."

UNO faculty, staff and students who plan on coming to the tournament, and who have parking permits, can park for free. Others coming to campus during those two days will be charged $5 per car starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 12, for certain parking lots. The following lots will be used in conjunction with the tournament:
- Fan parking will be in Lots M, Q, T, U and V;
- Teams in Lot Q (two rows reserved for team parking only);
- Event officials and NCAA personnel in Lot R;
- Event workers and members of the media in Lot T; and
- Ambulance parking in the Allwine Hall loading zone.

Team and official parking will be blocked off by 6 a.m. on both days to ensure that spots are available for the necessary personnel. Also, Lot U will not be available for fan parking until noon on Friday, March 12.

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Call for 2009-10 UCAT Instructional Materials Grant Proposals from Teaching Circles

The University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) announces the availability of Instructional Materials Grants designed to support the goals of Teaching Circles. Members of Teaching Circles may apply for the purchase of instructional materials relevant to the purpose of the circle and that address one or more UCAT themes. Visit for a link to UCAT themes.

The committee is accepting proposals on a monthly basis now through April or until funds are expended. The committee will fund grants up to $500 for each award. Proposals are due by the 21st of each month. Application forms are available on the UCAT Web site Applicants should submit one hard copy and an electronic submission of the application.

Electronic submissions should be in rtf or MS Word document formats and should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Alice Woll ( Hard copy submissions should be sent to the Center for Faculty Development in 202 Arts and Sciences Hall.

For more information, contact 2009-10 UCAT Chair Kath Henebry at 554.3153 or

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UNO UFO Study Group Radio Program Fridays on MAVRADIO

The UNO UFO Study Group hits the airwaves this semester. Listeners can join John Powers, the group's president, and Dave Pares, faculty adviser, every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on the MAVRADIO online stream ( for a lighthearted, but informative, show on UFOs and the science behind them.

Listeners can send questions to, and the hosts will try to answer questions on the air.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Green Living
Don't have a yard or time to keep your own garden? Volunteer at a community garden and share in the bounty of community and food.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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