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Sather Honored by Kids Can Community Center

Sather Honored by Kids Can Community Center

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Paul Sather, director of the UNO Service-Learning Academy, received the Kids Can Community Center 'Can Do!' award May 6 in downtown Omaha. Honorary event chair Wally Weitz, right, presented Sather with the award. Sather was instrumental in developing UNO's Service-Learning Academy, which coordinates community outreach and civic engagement activities in various classes at UNO. Under Sather's leadership, the academy has grown from seven classes, which the academy assisted, to 120 classes.

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Student Health Moving Day

Student Health Moving Day

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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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John K. Treinen

Campus Involvement, Personal Growth Focus of May 2010 Commencement Remarks

John K. Treinen, a Ralston native, presented the student commencement address May 7, 2010 at the Civic Auditorium. Read the full text of his remarks. . .

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2010.05.17

UNO and Perkspot Announces Humana Accident Plus Insurance and Humana Critical Illness Insurance

UNO has joined together with Perkspot, UNO's Employee Discount Program, to offer UNO faculty and staff a way to protect personal financial security with Humana workplace voluntary benefits.

PerkSpot understands the need to provide financial protection for direct and indirect healthcare costs, and has evaluated the most popular optional benefits available to employees.

Most American workers, don't plan for unforeseen expenses - such as loss of income, childcare or travel to a treatment center - that isn't covered by their health plan. More than 60 percent of all bankruptcies in America are now attributed to medical debt. Of those that declared bankruptcy, 78 percent had health insurance and the average amount owed was $17,749.

UNO employees are now able to enroll in Humana Accident Plus Insurance and Humana Critical Illness Insurance. UNO enrollment for Humana voluntary benefits starts today, May 17, and continues through Wednesday, June 16.

To request details:
- Go to https://secure.commonbenefits.com/UniversityOfNebraska/;
- Click more information; and
- Sign up to receive an e-mail with benefit and enrollment information.

UNO and the Employee Discount Program assume no responsibility for any arrangements, contracts, purchases, or disputes between an individual employee and any discount merchant or Humana. For more information, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/humanresources/employeeDiscountProgram.php.

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MetrO! Commuter Challenge 2010 Starts Today

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Individuals tired of contributing to global warming or spending money on gas can participate in a challenge focused on alternative forms of transportation. The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), in collaboration with Activate Omaha and Metro Area Transit, is hosting the MetrO! Commuter Challenge starting today, May 17, through Sunday, Aug. 15.

"We believe that this partnership will be a great opportunity to expose Omaha-area residents to the Metro Rideshare program and encourage alternatives to driving to work alone that offer physical and/or environmental benefits," said Tara Ryan, event organizer from MAPA.

The following forms of alternative transportation will be included in this year's challenge:

- Biking;

- Carpooling;

- Busing; and

- Walking.

All UNO faculty, staff and students can participate in the community-wide challenge. This year's challenge will be based on individual participation not on company involvement. To take part in the challenge, UNO commuters can log trips and miles. To download the challenge spreadsheet, visit http://www.metrorideshare.org. For questions, contact Ryan at tryan@mapacog.org or Becky Bohan Brown at rbrown@unomaha.edu.

The challenge breakdown follows below:

Trips:

- Commuters are allowed to log trips for work commutes only. (For example, commuters are not allowed to log a visit to the grocery store with a spouse or child as a trip.)

- Commuters can only log one commute trip per day for each mode of transportation.

- However, commuters can log trips with more than one form of transportation per day (a carpool trip and a bike trip if these were combined in the commute.)

- A trip to and from work is one commute trip, not two.

Point details:

Carpool
- One mile = .25 of one point
- One trip = 10 points

Bus
- One mile = .50 of one point
- One trip = 10 points

Walking/Jogging
- One mile = one point
- One trip = 10 points

Biking
- One mile = one point
- One trip = 10 points
- Log bike miles that are in conjunction with other forms of transportation only. If the commuter is strictly biking, he or she needs to join UNO's Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge Team. Bikers can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting will count (both miles and number of trips).

"For the past two years UNO has come in first place in its division in the city's Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge and we want to repeat that again this year," said Angie Eikenberry, assistant professor of public administration and Team UNO co-captain.

If interested in joining Team UNO's Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge, contact co-captains John Noble at johnnoble@unomaha.edu or Angie Eikenberry at aeikenberry@unomaha.edu.

UNO belongs to the Friends of Metro Rideshare Partnership Program and Activate Omaha. The GreenUNO Task Force and Mav-Rec Wellness support this green and wellness community event. For more information on both, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/green/ or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With summer semester under way, Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Evacuations
Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are on campus.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, opt-in capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit http://www.e2campus.com/my/unomaha/.

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at http://emergency.unomaha.edu/ or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 104. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at 554.2648.

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MBSC Summer Food Court Hours Reminder

The Milo Bail Student Center Food Court will offer new summer hours and a selected menu throughout the summer.

The food court will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will offer the following food items:

- American Grill
breakfast and lunch (chicken strips and hamburgers)

- Tomassito's
pizza and pasta

- Grab ‘n Go
salads and sandwiches, chips, soda and juice

- D' Cafe
coffee, bagels and pastries

For more information, call 554.3074.

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Student Health Services Closed Through May 19 for HPER Move

The Student Health Services (SHS) office is closed through Wednesday, May 19, for the department's move to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

SHS will open its new location in HPER on Thursday, May 20. SHS staff looks forward to serving the UNO community at its new HPER location. Clinic office hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In the case of an emergency, contact SHS at 554.2374. For more information on services, visit http://studenthealth.unomaha.edu/.

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Chair Massage Service Available in HPER This Friday

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

Looking for a way to reduce stress? UNO faculty, staff and students can purchase a chair massage on Friday, May 21.

A station will be set up in 213 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Angie Maji, a certified massage therapist, will administer the massages. The cost is $18 for a 15-minute session.

To make a reservation, stop by 100 HPER. Payment is due at the time of registration. Walk-ins will be accepted if there are openings.

For more information, call 554.2539.

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.

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Retirement Reception Thursday 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 (http://www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/) and return it by Friday, May 21, to Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz in the Service-Learning Academy, ASH 202, or e-mail to chartmankurtz@unomaha.edu.

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Discount Memberships Available to Lauritzen Gardens through May 31

UNO faculty and staff are eligible for a $10 discount on memberships to Lauritzen Gardens. To receive the discount, memberships must be purchased by Monday, May 31.

Several membership levels are available, including individual, dual, family, grandparent and patron and benefactor. To sign up, call 346.4002, ext. 214, or fill out an application form and return it with payment to:
Lauritzen Gardens
100 Bancroft St.
Omaha, NE 68108

To download an application, click on the following link:

Lauritzen Gardens Membership Application

For more information, contact Amanda Doty at 346.4002, ext. 214, or a.doty@omahabotanicalgardens.org.

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