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UNO Hosts Librarians

UNO Hosts Librarians

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

More than 200 librarians from Nebraska and the surrounding states of Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Missouri attended the 2010 Heartland School Library Conference held June 14 & 15 at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center. Educational technology/library consultant Pam Berger was a keynote speaker at the conference hosted by UNO's College of Education.

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Eraser Drive

UNO Celebrates Successful Eraser Drive

photo by Wendy Townley

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



Community Engagement Is Focus of Weeklong Seminar for Area Educators

A weeklong seminar, developed by UNO, will take place at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus today through Friday, June 21-25, for area K-12 educators, community partners, after school program faculty and UNO faculty in the 2010 Service-Learning Academy Summer Seminar. Read more.

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Undergraduate Student Retention Tracking Workshop June 23

The Office of Institutional Research and Office of Academic and Student Affairs will offer a one-hour workshop Wednesday, June 23, on undergraduate student retention tracking. The workshop will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. All campus groups/units are invited to attend.

This workshop will help UNO departments engaged in student tracking to properly define a student cohort, set up and manage data, describe and compare retention statistics and report out results. The management of student cohort tracking/retention analysis using the PeopleSoft system will also be discussed.

To R.S.V.P., contact Jean Gutheil-Bykerk at 554.2367 or

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Information Services Prepares Computer/Printer Bulk Purchase

To assure the lowest possible pricing, Information Services (IS) will once again coordinate a bulk purchase of Dell computers, Apple products and HP Laserjet printers for the UNO campus. The models being purchased have been configured for the greatest performance with the least expense.

Desktop Computer:
Dell Optiplex 980 (approximately $1,000)

Laptop Computers:
Dell E-Latitude 6550 (approximately $1,275)
Dell Latitude 2110 (approximately $390)

iMac (approximately $2,672)
Macbook Pro (approximately $2,033)
iPad (approximately $598)

HP Laserjet P4014n (estimated $799.99)
HP Laserjet P4014dn duplexing unit (estimated $1,029.99)
HP 4015dn Laserjet duplexing unit (estimated $1,329.99)
HP Color Laserjet CP3525dn duplexing unit (estimated $849.99)

Click on this link for full details of the models.

IS asks that all requests be submitted to or by telephone to 554.HELP (554.4357) by the close of business on Friday, June 25. Requests should include the following information:
- Name;
- Department name;
- Cost center number;
- For purchase using 2009-10 funds or 2010-11 funds; and
- Number of units.

IS will place the orders by Thursday, July 1, with expected delivery by Thursday, July 15. IS technical support staff is happy to assist with delivery to any department.

Individuals also can send requests for components that are not listed here, i.e. sound bars for workstations. A campus list will be compiled to obtain the maximum discount. If departments purchase workstations and do not need the monitors, IS will negotiate with others on campus who might need extra monitors.

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Students to Host 5K Walk/Run for Child Hunger June 27

To help reduce the number of hungry children in Douglas County, MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), has joined the "Child Hunger Ends Here Neighborhood Rally Campaign." With the help of its student-run PR firm, Maverick Solutions, students will hold the UNO Run ‘N' Munch Walk/Run Benefit Sunday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the UNO campus. All proceeds will stay in Omaha. Read more.

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SPR to Offer Grant Management Information Series

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) will host the Grant Management Information Series (GMIS), a series of three informational sessions for individuals across campus who are involved with the administration of externally funded activities. The intent of these sessions is to help explain the procedures associated with grant proposal submission, fiscal management and project reporting.

There will be three sessions offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. All events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Chancellor's Room.

The schedule is as follows:

- Wednesday, July 21
The Pre-award Process
State of Research/Creative Activity at UNO
Working with the Chair and Dean
Project Director's Perspective

- Wednesday, Aug. 4
Accounting Practices
Human Resources
Accounts Payable
Classification and Compensation
Student Employment
Graduate Studies

- Wednesday, Aug. 11
Post-award Management
College Business Office Management
Project Director and Unit Support Staff - Working as a Team

If interested in attending, SPR staff recommends individuals confer with their supervisor, as this information has been disseminated to chairs, directors and deans. Past attendees are welcome.

To make a reservation for the series, send the attendee's name, department, e-mail address and phone number to by Wednesday, July 14.

For more information, call 554.2286.

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Hy-Vee Dietician to Present Wellness and Nutrition Series This Summer

Wellness Graphic

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

Faculty, staff and students are invited to hear Hy-Vee dietitian Karisa Jansen as part of UNO Human Resources Summer Wellness and Nutrition Series. The brown-bag series continues Tuesday, June 22, with a look at breakfast and fiber.

All seminars will take place on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the following locations:

The schedule:
- June 22
"Feel Your Best with Breakfast and Fiber"
107 Criss Library

- June 29
"Heart Healthy Eating"
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room

- July 6
"Eat Well for Stress/Exercise"
MBSC State Room

- July 20
"Healthy Snacking"
231 Criss Library

- July 27
"Eating on the Go"
MBSC State Room

- Aug. 3
"Topic to be decided"
MBSC State Room

The most popular topic from the series will be repeated.

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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UNO to Host Jim Widner Big Band Jazz Workshops, Concerts

The Omaha Jazz Workshop summer camp at UNO will feature the Jim Widner Big Band in a series of public concerts. The weeklong camp is under way through Friday, June 25, and includes a variety of workshops designed for middle school, high school and college students. Read more.

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