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Student Health Moving Day

Student Health Moving Day

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's student health employees were unpacking Tuesday (5-11) in their new and much larger quarters in the HPER Building. Coordinator Marcia Adler showed off the office's first x-ray machine. The new HPER quarters provides more than 4,000 square feet compared with 1,300 square feet in the Student Center.

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Into the Time Capsule

Into the Time Capsule

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Bennington Elementary students Joey Stevens and Jaiden Albright along with UNO student Caitlynn Gillaspie donned white gloves and helped UNO Chancellor John Christensen fill a time capsule that will be inserted into a wall of UNO's new Mammel Hall. More than a hundred items were collected for inclusion into the capsules at last Wednesday's (4-28) event. Included were a Maverick football jersey, a Chancellor's medal, a Durango bobblehead doll, a share of Berkshire Hathaway stock, two bottles of scotch and a package of Hostess Twinkies.



UNO Opens South Central Regional Against Top-Seed UCM Team

The UNO baseball team received an at-large bid to its sixth-straight NCAA Regional tournament and will be the sixth seed in the six-team tournament in Warrensburg, Mo., today, May 13, through Sunday, May 16. The Mavericks will square off with No. 1 seed and host school, Central Missouri (40-8), today at 3:30 p.m. at Crane Stadium/Thompkins Field. Read more.

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Venezuela's Ambassador to United States Cancels Cumbre 2010 Appearance

Organizers of Cumbre 2010, the fourth annual Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains, regret to announce that Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, Venezuela's ambassador to the United States, who had planned to attend the summit set in Omaha for Friday and Saturday, May 14-15, has had to cancel his visit due to a scheduling conflict.

The ambassador will likely come to Omaha and visit UNO during the fall semester.

UNO's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) is hosting Cumbre 2010, and the summit's theme is "Human Mobility: The Promise of Development and Political Engagement."Visit or call 554.3835 to learn more. The Cumbre specific website is

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Twin Creek Cinema to Screen 'Wigger' May 14-15

Local filmmaker Omowale Akintunde's film "Wigger" will have a special two-night showing at Bellevue's Twin Creek Cinema on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15. The film will run both nights at 10:30 p.m.

"I'm excited that more people will be able to see a film that was shot last year in the metropolitan area," Akintunde said. He also is the chair of the UNO Black Studies Department. The film premiered last month at UNO's Malcolm X Festival. "Wigger" stars Anna Maria Horsford, Meshach Taylor, David Oakes, Eric B Harvey, Arkeni and Kim Patrick. Akintunde wrote and directed the production. Read more.

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myBlackboard System Unavailable Due to Upgrade This Sunday

On Sunday, May 16, myBlackboard will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to noon to upgrade to Version 8.6. This upgrade fixes several known issues including compatibility with the latest version of Firefox and Internet Explorer.

After Blackboard is brought back online, Information Services (IS) staff will continue to test and adjust the system, so users may notice intermittent Blackboard availability into the afternoon on Sunday.

For questions, contact IS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357) or send email to

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Retirement Reception May 20 for Charles Wing

Charles Wing, a senior systems analyst for Information Services (IS), will retire effective Thursday, July 1, after 20 years at UNO. IS will hold a retirement reception Thursday, May 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

Wing began at UNO in 1990 as the only UNO technical support of the Student Information System (SIS) in, what was then known as, Computing and Data Communications. Most faculty and staff across campus know his work in supporting SIS and creating WebFOCUS reports. No R.S.V.P. is necessary.

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MBSC North Entrance Closing Notice

Starting Thursday, May 20, the north entrance to the Milo Bail Student Center will be temporarily closed for a project. The entrance is anticipated to reopen Wednesday, May 26.

For more information, call Facilities Management and Planning at 554.2500.

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Service-Learning Academy Adds New Dimension to UNO's Partnership with BBF

UNO's partnership with Building Bright Futures (BBF) will soon include a new collaborative service-learning component. The Service-Learning Academy has been funded to develop this initiative with selected faculty members from the Omaha, Ralston and Millard public schools districts, along with faculty members from UNO and staff from local nonprofits. To launch this endeavor, a week-long training and planning process, that will include all partners, will be held Monday through Friday, June 21-25.

Faculty are invited to apply for this new project. In recognition of the additional effort it takes to do collaborative community work, especially in balancing the schedules and logistics of higher education / K-12 / community nonprofit partnerships, BBF has provided funding to support future collaborative teams.

Support services that will be available include:

- Service-Learning pedagogical training, guidance and support from one of several Service-Learning Academy professionals;

- Community liaison support in identifying and engaging community nonprofit partners;

- An engaged K-12 partner who will also receive support through the collaborative team mechanism;

- A team of graduate assistants to work with all the project teams (UNO/K-12/nonprofit) to collaboratively develop project schedules and assist with communication among the team partners on a timely basis about setting up meetings, scheduling student transportation and arranging for other support needs.

- A budget of $250, which will be provided through a mini-grant budget line; and

- Additional funding available for project expenses on a regular basis.

Anyone interested in being a part of this initiative needs to complete the application found on the Service-Learning Academy website ( and return it by Friday, May 21, to Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy, ASH 202, or e-mail to

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Criss Library Summer Hours Under Way

Criss Library summer hours are officially under way.

The hours of operation:

- Sunday
Noon to 9 p.m.

Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Noon to 5 p.m.

For a complete schedule of holidays and other schedule exceptions, visit

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Nominations Sought for Annual Light of Wellness Awards

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

The 9th Annual William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards, sponsored by the Wellness Council of the Midlands, will recognize those individuals and groups who exemplify healthy behaviors or lifestyle changes in social, physical, intellectual, spiritual and emotional categories. The Wellness Council also gives out Leadership Awards to senior level managers who provide encouragement, time and resources to promote a healthy work environment for all employees. Some leaders are role models thanks to their ongoing participation and commitment to the employee wellness program.

In 2009, UNO had two individuals and a group that won awards. UNO's winners included:
- April Busch, administrative tech associate in Grants Accounting Department, Healthy Behavior Award recipient;
- Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness in Campus Recreation, Healthy Behavior Award recipient; and
- Ed Johnson, manager for Environmental Services, and Debra Brozak, assistant manager for Environmental Services, and Environmental Services Staff, Team Award recipients.

To view last year's winners, visit

The Light on Wellness Awards Ceremony will again be held in the fall. At this time, Human Resources staff are seeking nominations for both the Healthy Behavior and Leadership categories. To nominate an individual or group, submit an essay of 500 words on UNO letterhead describing how the representative exemplifies the principles embraced by the Light of Wellness Award. The letter should be submitted to Esther Scarpello in 205 Human Resources. Deadline for nominations is Friday, June 18.

To get more information and instructions for the nomination download the simple nomination instructions 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

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Available Toner Cartridges Listing

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Limited quantities of toner and inkjet cartridges are available from Mail Services for department use only. To reserve any of the following, contact Kathy Hartle at 554.2337.

- HP 20

- HP 27

- HP 41

- HP 75

- NU-kote BM248

- Lexmark 50

- Lexmark 60

- Lexmark 70

- Epson 720/1440

- Epson SO 20097/MJIC7C

- Epson SO 20089/MJIC8C

- Epson SO 20047/MJIC4

- Epson 69 black

- Epson TO 60120 black

- TO 60220 cyan

- TO 60320 magneta

- TO 44420 yellow

- TO 431 black

- TO 691 black

- TO 601 black

- Panasonic KX-P155

Hartle invites the campus community to join the recycling effort. Before throwing away an old toner or ink cartridge, contact her at 554.2337 to see what options are available.

"If you don't have the printer for the toner cartridges anymore, send them to the mailroom," she said. "With the budget situation, continuing to recycle ink and toner cartridges can save the university and departments money."

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information, visit

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Summer Permit Parking Available in Church Lot

UNO employees with faculty/staff parking permits can park in the St. Margaret Mary's Church parking lot at 6116 Dodge St. this summer. Parking will be available there in UNO-designated lots Monday, May 10, through Friday, Aug. 20.

During the fall and spring semesters, parking at this location remains limited to student permit holders. Night-only permits will not be honored until after 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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