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Glacier Creek Dedication

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

In 1959, Arthur and Antoinette Allwine donated their 160 acre farm at 144th & State Streets to the University of Omaha. Now known as the Allwine Prairie Preserve, the facility grew by 83 acres Wednesday (5-26) with the official dedication ceremonies. Preserve director Tom Bragg, Chancellor John Christensen and Natural Resources District board chair Jim Thompson spoke at the ceremony. UNO author John Price and UNO's The Moving Company also performed. A rehabilitated hawk also was released to fly above the preserve.



Homestay Hosts Sought for Hiroshima Program

International Studies and Programs (IS&P) staff is currently searching for several short-term (one-month) homestays for this summer's Hiroshima program. The dates are July 2-31. The students will be in class during the day, Monday through Friday. 

IS&P staff are asking hosts to provide transportation to and from campus, plus breakfast and dinner during the week, and whatever their family eats on the weekends. The program would like to place two students per home, but can do single placements if space is an issue. Hosts will receive $580 per student.

If interested in hosting, contact Mary Pat Roy at 493.4227 or

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Lot L Construction Notice

Lot L near University Village will be closed for maintenance on Monday, June 7. It will reopen on Tuesday, June 8. To view a parking map, visit

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June TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees June 8 and 29.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling TIAA-CREF at 548.3614.

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Psychology Department to Host Fourth Biennial Conference on Relational Aggression June 15-16

The UNO Department of Psychology will host the 4th Relational Aggression Conference Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15-16, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. 

Relational aggression is the study of how children and adolescents use their relationships with others (e.g., peers, siblings) as the vehicle with which to harm others. It includes behaviors such as spreading mean rumors, threatening to dissolve a friendship and purposeful exclusion. 

The conference will bring together some of the leading researchers on relational aggression and victimization from the U.S. and Canada. This year's theme is "Celebrating 15 years of research on relational aggression: Where has the field been and what does the future hold." Conference presenters will address a number of topics including both basic and applied processes. 

The two-day event is free and open to all faculty and students at UNO, with the exception of the dinner on Tuesday, June 15. Everyone is required to register in advance. Visit or contact Juan Casas at 554.2548 or to learn more.

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Team UNO Looking for Faculty and Staff to Participate in Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge

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Looking for an excuse to get back on your bicycle? Need to motivate yourself to get more exercise? Want to reduce your dependence on oil while also saving money? Team UNO is looking for faculty and staff (including students employed by UNO) to participate in this year's Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge.

The Challenge started May 17 and runs for 14 weeks until Friday, Aug. 20. Participants can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting will count (both miles and number of trips, and, new this year, walking and riding the bus count).

"It's easy and fun! No meetings to attend, no practice required, and plenty of bike parking available," said Angie Eikenberry, assistant professor of public administration and Team UNO co-captain. "For the past two years UNO has come in first place in its division in the city and we want to repeat that again this year."

If interested in joining Team UNO, contact co-captains John Noble at or Eikenberry at

The GreenUNO Task Force and Mav-Rec Wellness support this green and wellness community event. For more information on both, visit or

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PeopleSoft SIS Reporting Notice

Several colleges and departments from across the campus rely on critical reports today from the existing legacy Student Information System (SIS). Those reports will continue to be available using existing report delivery mechanisms for all terms prior to fall 2010.

For the fall 2010 term and beyond, however, the new PeopleSoft SIS is the official system of record. Below are details of how SIS reporting at UNO is changing as a result.

PeopleSoft SIS Report Development
All report development produced against the new PeopleSoft SIS (fall 2010 term) will be done by a team consisting of Student Enrollment Services (SES) and Information Services (IS) resources. When feasible, reports will be developed with parameter options (such as selecting by college, major, etc.) so that one report can serve multiple needs. Colleges and departments that create their own WebFOCUS reports today against legacy SIS will not be able to do so against PeopleSoft SIS for two reasons:

1) Because of the complexity of how information is stored in PeopleSoft.
2) Because of concerns with system performance.   

SES and IS resources use a tool called WebFOCUS to develop reports from PeopleSoft SIS. By default, WebFOCUS reports will be delivered via a reporting portal called a Dashboard. Once users log into the UNO Dashboard with their NUID and TrueYou password, they will have access to view and run the reports created for them on demand, without needing to contact SES or IS. The goal is to provide users with quicker and easier access to PeopleSoft information when they need it.

PeopleSoft SIS Report Requests
To request a report from PeopleSoft SIS, users must make a request by filling out the report request web form located on the SES website at:

Please note: existing legacy reports (prior to fall 2010) will not be converted to report from PeopleSoft SIS for the fall 2010 term, unless a request is made to do so.   

All requests will be reviewed and approved/denied by the appropriate SIS functional office (i.e. Student Records, Admissions, etc.) based on the type of data being requested. Once a request is approved, it will be put into a priority queue and assigned to a report developer.

Please allow at least two weeks for requests to be completed. It is important that users indicate a realistic due date for requests when filling out the form since there are hundreds of reports needed by the start of the fall 2010 semester. SES and IS staff ask that everyone be patient as they try to address campus PeopleSoft SIS reporting needs. Additional time may be required to complete requests during the recurring stages of the PeopleSoft implementation.  The earlier individuals submit a reporting request the better chance it will get done in time for the fall semester.

Send questions related to PeopleSoft SIS reporting to

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Student Research and Creative Activity Celebrated with Eppley Display

UNO is glad to have the opportunity to recognize its outstanding student scholars. This year's Research Fair, held jointly with the Honors Symposium, had more than 160 student participants from all six UNO colleges and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Engineering. The oral presentations, poster sessions, performances and honors presentations took place April 6 and 7 in the Milo Bail Student Center. 

Awards were given for the first, second and third places in each category. A monetary award of $200, $100 and $50 was provided to each award winner in a token recognition of their accomplishment, and award certificates were presented at the Student Honors Symposium held on April 8. A list of winners can be found at

Work of the awardees continues to be featured in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building this month. Students from across campus will showcase the results of their research and creative activities undertaken and recognized as part of the fair.

This showcase is hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR). Through June 30, SPR staff are pleased to feature the work of:

- Janyl A. Jumadinova, Information Technology;

- Andrew K. Birnie, Psychobiology;

- Cobra Rahmani, Information Technology;

- Neil Barrington Huben, Biotechnology;

- Windy Rottenbucher, Social Work;

- Joshua Gray and Joshua Buda, Broadcasting New Media; and

- Jenna Allison, Chemistry and Biology.

Call 554.2286 for more information.

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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 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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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 the 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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