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Eraser Drive

UNO Celebrates Successful Eraser Drive

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Students, faculty and staff donated 5,100 pink erasers during the spring semester for the Salvation Army's Back-to-School Backpack Program.

UNO's Staff Advisory Council (SAC) organized the campus campaign. SAC members and the UNO campus also engaged in a friendly competition with Creighton University, who collected rulers for the backpack program.

The effort of both universities was celebrated June 10 (above photo) at the Salvation Army's new Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2825 Y St. Salvation Army representatives were on hand to accept the donations from UNO and Creighton. A handful of elementary school students also received new backpacks for the 2010-2011 school year.

"Community engagement is at the very core of UNO's mission,"' said Kent Lavene, SAC president. "We were delighted to participate in the school supply drive, and were happy to raise the needed items alongside Creighton University. This program is definitely a win-win for everyone involved, and we hope to participate again next year."

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UNO Flight Team Wins at National Competition

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On May 23, the UNO Flight Team, pictured above, returned from the National Intercollegiate Flying Association National Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. Fourteen UNO students participated in the week-long event that included aeronautical knowledge exams, precision landings, planning and navigation, aircraft recognition and simulation events. This year 30 schools qualified for the competition, with approximately 350 students competing. View the UNO press release for complete competition results .

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Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Thomas Wallace Starts This Week

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs staff welcomes Thomas D. Wallace, former assistant to the provost and associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Mississippi, to campus. Wallace assumed the position of associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs on June 15. His campus office currently is located in 202 Eppley Administration Building.

Wallace earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration/educational leadership from the University of Mississippi where he served as vice chancellor for Student Life from 1999-2007. He also has several years experience as a public school administrator. 

David Cicotello, who has served as interim associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, has returned to his previous position as director of New Student Enrollment Services.

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Women in Business Forum Breakfast June 18

The Metro Omaha Women in Business Forum will hold a breakfast Friday, June 18, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. The Nebraska Business Development Center, Nebraska Procurement Technical Assistance Consulting and the Metro Omaha Women's Business Center have co-sponsored the event.

The forum will feature a presentation by Elictia Hart, a former local morning news anchor, and representatives from several women-owned businesses including Shayne Fili, Auctions Solutions, and Sylvia Mendez, Retail Recruiting Specialist at HyVee.

Attendees are invited to bring their business cards for networking.

For details, visit The cost is $15 and online registration is available at

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Community Engagement is Focus of Weeklong Seminar for Area Educators

A weeklong seminar, developed by UNO, will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center on Monday, June 21, through Friday, June 25, for area K-12 educators, community partners, after school program faculty and faculty from UNO in the 2010 UNO Service-Learning Academy Summer Seminar.

The seminar was developed by UNO with support from Building Bright Futures and is designed to provide opportunities for area K-12 teachers (from the Omaha, Millard and Ralston school districts), UNO faculty, after school program instructors and community partners to develop service-learning projects based on national quality service-learning standards. Participants will also explore the value of service-learning projects and how to build relationships with community partners. Read more.Up to Top

Parking Lot Restrictions Reminder

There will be various parking and lane restrictions on campus through Friday, June 25, in Lots D, E, Q and M due to a drill rig on the property drilling for soil samples.

For more information, contact Bob Fuder at 554.2500.

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UNO UFO Study Group Meeting This Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Saturday, June 19, in 285 Durham Science Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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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 (both miles and number of trips) will count.  Walking and riding the bus will also be counted this year.

"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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Summer Shuttle Schedule Under Way

The summer shuttle service now operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays. The shuttle will service the Dodge Location and Pacific Location only. There will be no shuttle service to the Crossroads Mall during the summer months.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 10: Eco Patio Furniture
Eco patio furniture made with eucalyptus wood meets the Forest Stewardship Council standards, which protects the environment and forest-dependent areas.

(To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, will provide 40 "green" tips.)

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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