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May Employee of the Month: Howard Williams

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No task is too large for Howard Williams, custodian in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). Colleagues value his reliable assistance with a variety of jobs ranging from cleaning and dusting to changing light bulbs and setting up for events. Visit this link for details.

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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.



University of Nebraska Releases 2010-2011 Operating Budget

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken released details of the university's proposed 2010-2011 operating budget on June 4, which will go before the Board of Regents for consideration on Friday, June 11.

Milliken said the operating budget reflects prudence during difficult economic times, and preparation for the challenging biennium ahead. Read more.

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NU Board of Regents to Meet June 11

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, June 11, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Read more.

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Hy-Vee Dietician to Offer HyVee Store Visits This Week

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

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a store visit led by Hy-Vee Dietitian Karisa Jansen as part of Human Resources' Summer Wellness and Nutrition Series this week.

Dates for the store visits are dependent upon interest and limited to 10-12 people. Possible dates include:

- Tuesday June 8;

- Wednesday, June 9; or

- Thursday, June 10.

Store visits will take place at Peony Park HyVee, 79th and Cass, at 11:30 a.m.  To sign up, contact Tim Rochford at or 554.2465.

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 to Top

Caniglia Field Running Track Closure Notice

Construction of the new Caniglia Field video-board will cause the closure of the south end of the stadium, including the running track, starting this week until early August.

The southeast gate to the stadium will be closed at all times and there will be no unauthorized access to the area. This will mean that the entire running track will be unavailable for the duration of the summer.

Watch eNotes for updates or for more information contact Ethan Anderson at

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Eppley North Entrance Construction Notice

Facilities Management and Planning staff announces that a contractor will be on site to replace concrete at the north entrance of the Eppley Administration Building Tuesday through Wednesday, June 8-9. 

The north entrance doors will remain open and operational during the project. Concrete will be replaced in two phases:

- Tuesday, June 8
East ramp and half of the concrete in front of the doors.

- Wednesday, June 9
West ramp and other half in front of the doors.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

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NBDC Offers Workshop on Government Contracts Wednesday

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will hold a workshop on government contracting this week.

The Wednesday, June 9, workshop is free but requires pre-registration at due to limited seating. The session, Winning Government Contracts for Your Business (Finding Bidding Opportunities), runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at NeighborWorks Omaha, 1701 N. 24th St., Suite 102.

For more information, call 554.6252.

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Bon Voyage Reception for Susan Maher Tomorrow

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English will host a bon voyage reception for Susan Maher on Tuesday, June 8, in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center from 2 to 4 p.m.  The university community is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

Maher, who has been at UNO since 1986, is stepping down as chair of the Department of English after accepting the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She will begin her new post later this summer. 

For more information, contact the Department of English at 554.3476.

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Documentary, Panel to Address Issues of Global and Local Poverty

A documentary about the causes of global poverty will be the springboard for a conversation about efforts to combat poverty in Omaha when Film Streams and inCOMMON Community Development collaborate on a special screening of THE END OF POVERTY? THINK AGAIN. Presented for one-night-only, the film will screen on Tuesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey (formerly Webster) Street. Read more.

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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.

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

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at 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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Lots L, W and Q Construction Notices

Campus Security and Facilities Management and Planning staff announces the following parking lot maintenance projects:

- Lot L
Closed Today, June 7

- Lot W
Closed through today, June 7

- Lot Q
Northeast corner closed through Tuesday, June 22

- University Drive East Parking Structure
Contractors will be on site making miscellaneous repairs on the top and middle levels of the University Drive East Parking Structure for the next few weeks. Areas under repair will be marked by orange construction fence. Facilities Management and Planning staff reminds everyone to be extra cautious when driving in these areas.

Call Walt Burr at 554.2582 for more information.

To view a parking map, visit

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