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Independence Day Concert

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

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.

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Jake Guthmiller

June Employee of the Month: Jake Guthmiller

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The campus PeopleSoft transition is going more smoothly thanks to the technical abilities of Jake Guthmiller, assistant manager with Student Affairs Information Systems (SIS). His assistance is giving co-workers much peace of mind during the challenging system switchover. Visit this link for details.



NET2 to Broadcast Special Olympics Opening Ceremony This Sunday

NET Television's NET2 will broadcast the opening ceremony for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games live from Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday, July 18, beginning at 3 p.m.

NET is also providing connectivity and distribution for the opening ceremony, which will enable live Internet streaming of the event at NET's website ( and the Special Olympics National Games website (

2010 Sports Illustrated cover model Brooklyn Decker, a national spokeswoman for Special Olympics, will emcee the opening ceremony. Grammy winners Sandi Patty and the group Jars of Clay will perform, along with a variety of other celebrities.

The Special Olympics USA National Games are being held July 18-23 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and other locations throughout Lincoln. The national competition is held every four years, drawing thousands of athletes and their families, coaches and official delegates as well as 8,500 volunteers and an estimated 30,000 spectators.

Special Olympics activities provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the Special Olympics movement and athletes, while illustrating the power of sports to educate and inform about the true abilities and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities.

NET2 is part of NET Television, a service of NET. For more information about NET Television, visit

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UNO to Host Summit and Conference Connected to Special Olympics

UNO will host both the National Youth Activation Summit and the National Education Conference beginning on Sunday, July 18. The two events are closely connected to Special Olympics' USA National Games, which starts in Lincoln on the same day.

More than 300 people are expected to attend the Summit and Conference. Participants will include special education and general education teachers, students and Special Olympic athletes from around the country. Mike Messerole, a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, serves as the campus coordinator for both events. Read more.

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Weekend University Drive East Parking Structure Maintenance Notice

Lot U (middle level) and Lot T (lower level) of the University Drive East Parking Structure will be closed for maintenance on Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18. For questions, call Lowell Neuhaus at 960.9827.

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July Biweekly Payroll Notice

July has three biweekly paydays (July 1, 15 and 29), therefore no standard deductions will be taken from the upcoming Thursday, July 29, biweekly payroll. Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions (insurance, parking, etc.) withheld. Federal and state taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement and credit union deductions will be taken.

For more information, contact Payroll at 554.2325.

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UNO UFO Study Group Meeting This Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Saturday, July 17, in 285 Durham Science Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at 319.2721.

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Next Wellness and Nutrition Seminar July 20

Wellness Stampede

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 in two weeks with healthy snacking tips.

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

- July 20
"Healthy Snacking"

231 Criss Library

- July 27
"Eating on the Go"

Milo Bail Student Center State Room

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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Participants Sought for UNO Relay for Life Committee

Do you want to be part of an organization whose 360 participants raised more than $37,000 for the American Cancer Society?

UNO organizers are looking for fun, dedicated individuals to help plan the 2011 event. They are looking for individuals to help in all areas, which include but are not limited to: accounting, activities, entertainment, food and hospitality, online, prizes, publicity and team development.

The planning has already begun, so sign up today. Fill out the UNO committee application at

Visit UNO's Relay for Life website at for more information or e-mail one of the co-chairs, Jackie Whelan at or Jade Zimmerman at

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In the News

In the News

- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies and Department of Political Science, was quoted in a July 13 Bloomberg story about former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

- Anne Hellbusch, Classical 90.7 KVNO, was a guest July 12 on "The Morning Blend" on KMTV (CBS 3) about KVNO's new Kids in Concert public service initiative.

- Rita Henry, Student Affairs, was interviewed July 12 by KIOS (91.5 FM) about UNO's efforts at assisting Dana College students.

- The July 11 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star and the July 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by Bruce Johansen, School of Communication, about the use of coal as a form of energy.

- The July 14 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a guest column by John Kretzschmar, William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies. Kretzschmar wrote about the history of labor unions.

- Paul Landow, Department of Political Science, was quoted in the July 12 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about Nebraska's governor race, and in an article about the Hilton Omaha hotel expansion, also in the July 12 Omaha World-Herald. The July 11 issue of the Omaha World-Herald published a guest column by Landow about female police officers in Omaha.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2762.

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In Print

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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On Stage

New Student Theatre Group Debuts Original Production July 28-31
The Collective Unconscious Theatre, in conjunction with UNO, will debut its new organization with the premiere of invisibles, which closely examines capitalist society, exploitation and the working poor.

Written by UNO creative writing student Joe Fogarty, invisibles runs Wednesday through Saturday, July 28-31, in Room 006 of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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On Exhibit

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243.

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