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UNO Aviation Students Meet FAA Administrator

UNO Aviation Students Meet FAA Administrator

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From left, Nick Johnson, Dave Byers, Grant Gargett, Randy Babbitt, Robert Park and Neil Gabrielson. The UNO students and faculty advisor Byers met FAA Administrator Babbitt at the 82nd annual American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) conference and exhibition in Dallas. The three-day event provided education and networking opportunities for UNO's aviation students. They also met the incoming chair of AAAE, Jim Bennett, executive director of the Abu Dhabi Airport Authority.

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Independence Day Concert

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Despite the rain, music fans popped open their umbrellas and surrounded UNO's Henningson Memorial Campanile on Sunday morning for the annual July 4th Carillon Concert. UNO carilloneur Shannon Richards ascended the tower to the keyboard to perform 30 minutes of patriotic music.



Uses of Local, Statewide Census Data is Focus of Aug. 17 Conference at UNO

The Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) at UNO will host the 21st annual Nebraska Data Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The conference is open to the public.

Eight regional researchers will discuss state and local data trends. The conference will also feature a main session updating the latest data products, six break-out sessions and a closing presentation on demographic trends. Read more.

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August myBlackboard Training Announced

Information Services (IS) has announced a series of myBlackboard workshops for August. All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, and all workshops will be held in 107 Criss Library - except Saturday, Aug. 7. The Aug. 7 workshop, "Getting Started," will be held in 104 Durham Science Center (DSC) Computer Lab. IS reminds faculty and staff that all Blackboard features do not need to be implemented at one time.

For complete workshop descriptions and handouts go to: IS recommends that participants read the handouts prior to attending class.

Getting Started with Blackboard
This is the first workshop in the Blackboard series and is designed to provide faculty/staff with an introduction to Blackboard.

- Monday, Aug. 2
8 to 11:30 a.m.               

- Thursday, Aug. 5
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.         

- Saturday, Aug. 7
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.      

The Assignment Tool is replacing Digital Drop Box. Have students turn in reports, essays and other assignments through Blackboard. No need to use e-mail.

- Tuesday, Aug. 3            
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Aug. 4
9 to 10:30 a.m.               

- Tuesday, Aug. 10
9 to 10:30 a.m.

- Thursday, Aug. 12
9 to 10:30 a.m.               

Assess student's knowledge through tests and quizzes and obtain anonymous feedback through surveys.

- Wednesday, Aug. 4
1 to 3:30 p.m.

- Monday, Aug. 9
9 to 11:30 a.m.               

Discussion Board and Collaboration
Communication tools promoting interaction between students and faculty. 

- Friday, Aug. 6
9 to 11:30 a.m.               

- Tuesday, Aug. 10
1 to 3:30 p.m.

Grade Center
A favorite feature for students is My Grades. This workshop will cover the basics of the Grade Center.

- Thursday, Aug. 5
9 to 11:30 a.m.               

- Wednesday, Aug. 11
1 to 3:30 p.m.                 

To sign up for workshops, go to  and select "Sapphire website" link.

Classes will be cancelled if less then five people are enrolled. An e-mail notification will be sent if the workshop is cancelled.

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'Consider This' to Highlight Plans for Rosenblatt Stadium Site

The stands may soon be empty but not for long. On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests will discuss the smaller scale of Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium that will be constructed on the site.

Wyatt's guests will include Dennie Pate, director and CEO of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, and Steve Rosenblatt, son of Johnny Rosenblatt.

The program will air today, July 15, at 11 p.m. on NET 1.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at for dates and times.

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Weber Fine Arts Dock Closing Reminder

Facilities Management and Planning reminds everyone that contractors will continue to work on the Weber Fine Arts Building roof above the east dock. The area is still cordoned off and persons normally accessing the building through the dock entrance need to enter the building from the north or southwest. The project, which began July 12, ends in two weeks.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

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Join Classical 90.7 KVNO and Others for 'Kids in Concert' Drive

Classical 90.7 KVNO and other media partners will continue to air Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in conjunction with "Kids in Concert" through Tuesday, Aug. 31. The PSAs encourage the community to donate used musical instruments to Omaha Public Schools (OPS) students. OPS will rehabilitate and distribute the instruments to deserving students who want to pursue instrumental music but whose families are unable to purchase or rent an instrument.

Instruments can be taken to the OPS Teacher Administration Center (TAC), 3215 Cuming St., Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bookworm at Countryside Village, 8702 Pacific St., is also collecting instruments. Additional drop-off sites in other parts of the city are needed. Information is available at 557.2443 and the contact is June Nelson.

Donations are tax deductible.

Media partners for Kids in Concert are Classical 90.7 KVNO, KIOS, Clear Channel Radio, Journal Broadcast Group Radio, NRG Media, KETV, Journal Broadcast Group Television, KPTM and WOWT. Maestro Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony, generously recorded the PSAs. Visit to listen to the PSAs.

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PeopleSoft SIS Reporting Notice

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Several colleges and departments from across the campus rely on critical reports today 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.
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.

Send questions related to PeopleSoft SIS reporting to

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ADHD Research Study at UNMC

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) 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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