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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.

Press Release | UNO Aviation Institute



Campus Recreation Announces New Membership Rates for 2010-11

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As outlined in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) renovation/addition proposal, Campus Recreation membership rates will increase effective Monday, Aug. 23.

Campus Recreation staff realizes that the increased membership costs can be a concern but with construction set to be completed by the end of the summer, the value of HPER memberships can be seen in the newly renovated facility. Memberships for the 2010-11 academic year can be purchased at the front desk beginning Sunday, Aug. 1.

For a breakdown of the new membership fees, visit

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Ronald Roskens Will Be Next OPC 'Face' on Sept. 28

Ronald W. Roskens, businessman and former president of the University of Nebraska, will be honored Tuesday, Sept. 28, as the next "Face on the Barroom Floor."

Roskens is president of Global Connections Inc., an international business consulting firm. He was previously president of the InterAction Council, a group of 35 former heads of state or government.

Roskens also served as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). His appointment as head of USAID followed 30 years of distinguished service in administration, teaching and research that culminated with his selection as president of the University of Nebraska System.

Roskens was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun (Gold and Silvers Stars) by the government of Japan in May.

Born in Spencer, Iowa, he has degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1958. He and his wife, Lois, have three daughters and one son, Bill Roskens, president of First Care Inc., who will be one of his roasters for the event.

Other roasters include John Nelson, chairman and CEO of the SilverStone Group; Bill Cutler, vice president, Heafey Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuary; Dr. Robert Langdon, cancer specialist; and John Christensen, UNO chancellor. Nelson will also serve as the event's emcee.

Events will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host reception and 6:30 p.m. unveiling of the "Face"

Those staying for dinner can R.S.V.P. to 345.8008. Dinner is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. There is no charge for members to attend the no-host reception and roast.  Nonmembers will pay $10, which includes horsd'oeuvres.

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Lot Q Temporary Traffic Flow Notice

Work has begun and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 22, on replacement of a steam manhole in the northeast corner of parking lot Q, which is near the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building.

Please be aware of marked lane and traffic changes as work continues. Commuters and pedestrians are also advised to use caution.

For questions, call Robert Fuder at 554.2500.

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August myBlackboard Training Offered

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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Current Faculty/Staff Picnic Aug. 17

Food, fun and free prizes will take center stage on campus Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the 2010 UNO Faculty/Staff Picnic. The event - sponsored by Chancellor John Christensen, the Staff Advisory Council and Faculty Senate - will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. This year's picnic will feature a tropical theme.

The picnic is for currently employed faculty and staff members only. R.S.V.P. registration forms must be submitted to Kim Kronschnabel in 109 Eppley Administration Building by Wednesday, July 28, to be eligible for the prize drawings. University IDs will be checked at the door. The program begins at noon. To access a form, click on the following link:

2010 Current Faculty/Staff Picnic Registration Form

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August TIAA-CREF Schedule

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on Aug. 10 and 24.

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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Instructors Sought for Lifelong Learning Initiative

Lifelong Learning instructors are currently being sought for the fall semester. All areas and disciplines are encouraged to participate.

"It's fun, and gives you a chance to share what you know with eager students over the age of 50," said Patty Adams, director of UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative.

For more information, call Adams at 554.2292.

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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 13: Choose Birch Hardwood
Look for kitchen islands or other household furniture made from birch, they are self sustaining, non-endangered North American hardwood.

(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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