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Lost Locks for Charity

Lost Locks for Charity

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On July 8, Wendi Chiarbos Jensen, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, shaved her head for a worthy cause: the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises dollars for childhood cancer research. Team Jensen -- which includes Chiarbos Jensen, her husband Troy and three nephews Trevor, Ryan and Eric -- will continue collecting donations. "I am thankful every single day for a healthy child," she said of her son. "Shaving my hair, to prompt others to donate money toward finding cures for childhood cancer, seems like the least I can do for families who aren't so fortunate."

Team Jensen

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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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OLLAS, Film Streams to Host Second Biennial Film Series

Film Streams and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO are excited to announce the second biennial Cinemateca series celebrating Latino, Latin American and Spanish cinema. The series will take place Friday, Aug. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 30, at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater (1340 Mike Fahey St.).

In all, Cinemateca 2010 features 10 films from eight different countries (Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Brazil). The series covers more than 40 years of cultural, political and cinematic history — from the jaw-dropping photography and general bravura of MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (Cuba, 1964) to the heart-wrenching narrative and immediate relevance of SIN NOMBRE (Mexico, 2009). Read more.

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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, July 20, with healthy snacking tips.

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

- Today
"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 to Top

Blackboard Utilities Reminder for Faculty

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With the move to mavlink, functions such as requesting a visitor account, merging classes and requesting an organization will now be accessible directly through Blackboard. When faculty members log into Blackboard, they will now see a "myBlackboard Utilities" tab. This tab will take users to a menu where faculty members can access these functions.

For more information e-mail or contact a mavlink Faculty Support Team member directly at:

Timi Barone (

Tracy Bridgeford (

Anita Saalfeld (

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Weber Fine Arts Roof Project Postponed

Facilities Management and Planning announces that the start date for the Weber Fine Arts Building roof project has been postponed to Monday, July 26.

Contractors will be working on the Weber Fine Arts Building roof above the east dock for approximately three weeks. The area will be cordoned off, and persons normally accessing the building through the dock entrance will need to enter the building from the north or southwest.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

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Eppley Sprinkler System Test Set for July 26

Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 26, the state fire marshal will be in the Eppley Administration Building to conduct a sprinkler system test. Alarms will sound in conjunction with the testing.

Below is a brief outline of what will take place during the inspection and test:

- The system will be pressure tested and visually inspected, this will take approximately two hours.

- Once the fire marshal approves everything, the system will be calibrated to city pressure levels.

- At this point, the valves will be opened for system operation. With all valves open, each valve will undergo a trip/tamper switch test to be certain all alarms are working properly. During this time, alarms will sound in the Eppley Administration Building.

- Once the system passes, the test papers will be signed by the fire marshal and testing will be complete.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

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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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Pathways to Harmony Program Offered Next Week

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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Academic Regalia Notice for Aug. 13 Commencement

Commencement for August graduates will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Faculty members are asked to assemble no later than 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Faculty planning to attend commencement are asked to order their academic regalia from the Bookstore at 554.2336 by Friday, July 23.

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Homecoming Week 2011 Activities Sought

The UNO Alumni Association requests all campus departments and organizations to submit any activities or events they have planned during this year's Homecoming Week, Monday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Oct. 2. All submitted events will be added to a master schedule that will then be used to help promote the week. All submissions can be sent to Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802 or

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Flying Mavs Selling Cox Classic Tickets for Fundraiser

The Cox Classic, which will be held in Omaha Monday, July 26, through Sunday, Aug. 1, is the premier event on the Nationwide Tour (the development tour for the U.S.-based PGA Tour). 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 online at

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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Public Administration Professor Receives National Research Award
Angela M. Eikenberry, a School of Public Administration assistant professor at UNO, has received a national research award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Eikenberry was presented with the John Grenzebach Research Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy, Published Scholarship, for her latest book, Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association and Democracy.

The book, published in 2009 by Indiana University Press, provides original research on giving circles, an emerging philanthropic trend popular among women and other diverse groups and used increasingly by university development programs to engage donors. It provides an overview of the giving circle landscape and considers the impact and role these groups can or should play in a democratic society. Read more.

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