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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."

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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff today, June 22, in honor of UNO employee David Siderewicz. He passed away June 17 at age 53.

David Siderewicz, facility operator II, had been with the university since September of 2005.

Services will take place today, June 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 4112 S. 26th St.

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Hy-Vee Dietician to Present Wellness and Nutrition Seminar Today

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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 today, 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:

 - Today
"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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July TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on Tuesday, July 13.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3614.

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Summer Faculty Recruitment Workshop Schedule

The UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the UNO Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host two Summer Faculty Recruitment Workshops next month.

Before anyone can serve on a UNO Faculty Search Committee they must have attended one of these recruitment workshops within the past two years. Anyone anticipating search committee involvement is encouraged to register and participate.

The workshops:

- Thursday, July 15
10:30 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center State Room

- Wednesday, July 21
1 p.m.
132 College of Public Affairs and Community Service

To R.S.V.P. for the workshop, contact Jerri Maxwell at or 554.3892. For more information about the workshop, contact Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or, James McCarty at 554.2262 or, Steve Bullock at 554.4822 or or Sharon Ulmar at 554.2321 or Up to Top

ADHD Research Study

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and a pharmaceutical company is studying an investigational medication in boys and girls, ages six to 17, who experience symptoms of or has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Symptoms of ADHD may include:

- Inattentiveness or making careless mistakes;

- Fidgeting or squirming;

- Difficulty organizing tasks;

- Easily distracted;

- Interrupting; and

- Forgetfulness or losing things.

To find out if a child is eligible for the study, call 552.6239.

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Flying Mavs Selling Cox Classic Tickets for Fundraiser

The Flying Mavs, UNO's competition flight team, is proud to be one of the official charity ticket sellers for the Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha. The team is currently selling tickets on-line at The Cox Classic is the premier event on the Nation wide Tour, the development tour for the U.S.-based PGA Tour.

The flight team receives 80 to 90 percent of the ticket sales depending on which ticket individuals purchase. Proceeds will be used to help cover the cost of the Flying Mavs practice, travel, lodging and competition flight time for the 2010-11 year.

Contact Scott Vlasek at 554.3785 or with any questions.

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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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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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- Mike Saniuk has been named the head coach of the UNO men's tennis team. Saniuk had served as the assistant coach of both the men's and women's teams under Bill Nichols for the last two years.

Nichols, who has been the head coach of the women's team since its inception in 2003, will remain the head coach of the women's team.  UNO added men's tennis upon joining the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association prior to the 2008-09 season. Read more.

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