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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.



HR to Offer Smart Money Seminar June 30

Human Resources will offer a smart money seminar Wednesday, June 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The free event is open to the entire UNO community, and reservations are not required.

The topic for the informative seminar is "Raising Wise Kids, Teaching Your Children Money and Budgeting." Tahnee Markussen, a financial educator from Consumer Credit Counseling Service, will lead the event.

The seminar will feature practical tips and information on getting the most out of money. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

For more information, contact Tim Rochford at 554.2465.

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Eppley North Entrance Construction Notice

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

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

- Today, June 8

East ramp and half of the concrete in front of the doors

- Wednesday, June 9

West ramp and the final portion of the concrete in front of the doors

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

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Bon Voyage Reception for Susan Maher Today

The UNO College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English will host a bon voyage reception for Susan Maher today, 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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Fidelity Representative Offers Summer Counseling Sessions

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this summer for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

Available dates are:
- Wednesday, June 9;
- Monday, July 19; and
- Monday, Aug. 16.

To make an appointment with Cronick, call 1.800.642.7131.

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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 be screened tonight, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey (formerly Webster) St. Read more.

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PeopleSoft SIS Reporting Notice

Several colleges and departments across campus rely on critical reports 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; and

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.

Questions related to PeopleSoft SIS reporting can be sent to

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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, and 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 the 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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College of Business Administration Celebrates Distinguished Alumni
The UNO College of Business Administration recognized three distinguished alumni - Larry Bradley, Dino Cagni and Doug Nielsen - May 12 at its annual spring luncheon. Read more.

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