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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."

Salvation Army Western Division

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UNO Flight Team

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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Walking Rally 2010 Challenge Is Officially Under Way

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

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Human Resources (HR) have collaborated on this summer's "Walking Rally 2010 Challenge."

"This fun filled event, which is designed to improve the physical well-being and mental health among UNO employees while decreasing stress levels," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "We also invite you to share your ideas/suggestions for ways to improve staff morale."

The challenge runs through Tuesday, Aug. 10. There are three quizzes with three very different themes created by the Walking Rally Committee. Each quiz has 10-15 questions. The answers can be found in different locations around campus. Attached below are the three quizzes to choose from.

They are: (1) UNO Art & Artist, (2) UNO History and Landmarks, and (3) UNO's Pacific Location.

"You may work alone or in a group," Anderson said. "Not only do you get to enjoy a walk around campus, you also get to learn more about the campus."

Participants interested in tracking their miles can pick up a pedometer for $6 at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building Mav-Rec Assess Desk.

"What a great way to combine fun and exercise while enhancing your knowledge about the UNO campuses," said Kim Kronschnabel, SAC member. "Please join in on the fun! We look forward to your enthusiastic participation."

Return completed quizzes to a SAC member by Tuesday, Aug. 10. The Walking Rally Committee will draw names from the returned quizzes. Each quiz will have one winner, for a total of three winners in all. The drawing will be held the week before the annual Faculty/Staff Picnic, and the winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Tuesday, Aug. 17, picnic.

Return quizzes to any of the SAC members below.
Nita Armendariz
Melissa A. Berry
Betty Channel
Mary Dunn
Lola Gilbert
Molly Handke
Kim Kronschnabel
Laura Lamblin
Kent Lavene
Jenny Liu
Jerri Maxwell
Susan McCollum
Ivy Miller
Lowell Neuhaus
Sybil Sanders
Glaucia Pereira Steckelberg
Andrew Taylor
Sharon Ulmar

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

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NeSIS Training/Overview Session Offered Today

The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team will host several admissions training/overview sessions for faculty and staff who need a PeopleSoft SIS account.

The current planned sessions:

- Today, June 17
2 p.m.
202 Eppley Administration Building (EAB)

- Tuesday, June 29
1 p.m.
106U EAB

To register for a session, visit the training calendar at this link. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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Launch Party Tonight for Public Art Omaha

Public art in the metro has a new home on the Internet.

Omaha by Design and the Omaha Public Art Commission will launch tonight, June 17. The web site, a celebration of the city's public art offerings, includes a searchable database of individual works by location, medium and artist. Its launch will be celebrated tonight at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th Street, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and giveaways will be available while supplies last.

"Creating public awareness for our city's fabulous art and our need to preserve and maintain it are top priorities for the Omaha Public Art Commission," said Larry Ferguson, chair of the Omaha Public Art Commission. "It's the first time in the city's history that a database with such a wealth of information about public art in Omaha has been made available to the public. We are thankful for the public-private cooperation between the Omaha Public Art Commission, Omaha by Design, the City of Omaha and our private benefactors who have so generously helped to make this web site a reality." Read more.

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Nominations Deadline Friday 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 individuals and groups who exemplify healthy behaviors or lifestyle changes in social, physical, intellectual, spiritual and emotional categories. The Wellness Council also gives 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. The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 18.

In 2009, UNO had two individuals and a group that won awards. UNO's winners included:
- April Busch, administrative tech associate in Grants Accounting, 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; 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 take place 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. Nomination letters are due Friday, June 18, to Esther Scarpello in 205 Human Resources.

For more information and nomination instructions, download the following document 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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June TIAA-CREF Schedule

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

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

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Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through Friday, Aug. 20. Motorcycles may be parked at the following locations at the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations:

- West of the south entry of Lot Q;

- University Drive East Parking Structure (stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, for details);

- Northwest corner of Lot A (north of Kayser Hall);

- Northwest corner of Lot M (south of Criss Library);

- Southwest corner of Lot 2 (north of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute); and

- West of the dome in Lot 20 (Center location).

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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UNO Employee Discount Program Available

UNO has partnered with PerkSpot to offer an Employee Discount Program for all UNO faculty, staff, retirees and students.

PerkSpot is an innovative online resource that offers discounts and rebates on goods and services from some of the top brand names in the U.S. UNO has become first campus in the University of Nebraska system to use the PerkSpot service.

For easy reference, a Web site with a listing of participating local stores and online vendors, is available for faculty, staff, retirees and students to view. To take advantage of the UNO Employee Discount Program, eligible participants need to first register for an account with PerkSpot.

To register, visit A confirmation e-mail containing "how to login" instructions will be sent. Individuals must respond to this e-mail to be signed up for the service. PerkSpot staff will add new deals and offers daily. An easy way to find out what offers are new is to watch for the Widgets on the site. You can also sign up to get e-mail alerts sent directly to your in box.

PerkSpot will host the clearing-house of offers for UNO participants. Individuals can recommend other merchants be added to UNO's listing. To do so or for site questions, contact PerkSpot customer service at

To view more information on UNO/PerkSpot program go online at

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