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Aviation Student Soars to New Heights

video by Xavier Rodriguez

Akin Yonamine recently graduated from UNO with a bachelor's degree in Aviation Professional Flight. In this video, Yonamine shares his inspiring story of how hard work and dedication can pay off. He also gives insight on his past, his time at UNO and what lies ahead for him and his family.

Aviation Institute

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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.

College of Education



Spring 2010 Dean's List, Chancellor's List on the Web

The spring 2010 Dean's List and Chancellor's List at UNO are available on the Web by clicking on the following links:

Spring 2010 Dean's List

Spring 2010 Chancellor's List

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UNO School Named for Nebraska Social Work Pioneer

A Grand Island, Neb., native is the new namesake for the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at UNO. Social work pioneer Grace Abbott is recognized in the new Grace Abbott School of Social Work, which was formally approved earlier this month by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Read more.

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Travel and Transport Fees Increase July 1

Starting Thursday, July 1, Travel and Transport (T&T) fees will cost $22 for those who book directly with a T&T agent on the phone. Internet bookings using Cliqbook through the T&T portal cost $10 and are $6 per ticket when booking groups of 10 or more through a T&T agent. All travelers are encouraged to use Cliqbook whenever possible.

T&T is the University of Nebraska system contract vendor. Anyone who finds a cheaper fare with another vendor must complete an airfare situation report and send it to T&T for review and approval before booking airfare.

Advantages to using T&T for travel needs include:
- No out-of-pocket costs for travelers, as the airfare is direct billed to the university. This also saves administrative costs of completing an expense reimbursement.
- Travel accident insurance of $500,000 and lost luggage insurance of up to $300 is included.
- Updates let the university know if travelers are in an area of concern because of natural or man-made crisis.
- T&T manages credits for price reductions, travel vouchers for unused travel, etc.
- Faculty/staff are notified of unused travel vouchers before they expire.
- Normal business hours and an after-hours emergency services department are available to assist with travel situations when the need arises.

Anyone who has questions about the university's T&T contract can contact Ken Hultman at 554.3514.

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Pathways to Harmony Program Offered on July 26

A new and updated Pathways to Harmony program is scheduled for Monday, July 26, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. The professional development program brings together students, faculty and staff to explore diversity. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

"We are excited about presenting updated material that keeps the campus focused on issues of diversity," said Sharon Ulmar, associate director and director of Equal Employment Opportunity, Human Resources. "It will help to enhance respectful relationships and create an open and constructive dialogue about diversity on the UNO campus."

To register, call Stella Watts at 554.2321 or send an e-mail to Seating is limited.

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SIS/E-BRUNO Scheduled Downtime Today

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The SIS system and E-BRUNO will be unavailable beginning at 3 p.m. today, June 30, for the conversion of student account information to mavlink. The system is scheduled to be back online mid-morning on Thursday, July 1. Student account balances will be made available in mavlink by Friday, July 2.

Balances from summer term and prior will be transferred at that time and will be updated daily. Students can continue to view the account detail via E-BRUNO; however, they must make their payments through mavlink. Payments will be transferred daily to E-BRUNO.

For more information, contact Cashiering/Student Accounts at or 554.2324.

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HR to Offer Smart Money Seminar Today

Human Resources will offer a smart money seminar today, 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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Walking Rally 2010 Challenge Continues on Campus

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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 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 different themes created by the Walking Rally Committee. Each quiz has 10 to 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 winners' 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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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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Parking Closing Notice for Shakespeare on the Green

Several parking stalls will be unavailable on performance dates near this summer's Shakespeare on the Green site at Elmwood Park, adjacent to UNO at the Dodge Location. Signs will be posted.

The Shakespeare on the Green performance dates are Thursday through Sunday, July 1-4 and July 8-11.

Designated stalls will be closed all day so stalls can be reserved for performance nights. Those affected include Lot Q (west side) and Lot M (south end). In addition, on July 8, additional stalls will be reserved in Lot M.

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648. To view a parking map, visit

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Green Tip of the Week

Earth Day Tips 19: Teak wood is great for outdoor furniture because it is naturally resistant to moisture, rot, warping, insects and fungus.

(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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