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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



Applicants Sought for 2011 Nebraska Certified Public Manager ® Program

The Nebraska Certified Public Manager ® (CPM) Program is now accepting applications for its 2011 class.

The Nebraska CPM program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program. The UNO School of Public Administration launched the CPM Program in January of 2009. The program's primary purpose is to foster and encourage the highest possible levels of performance and ethical practice in public and nonprofit managers. Applications for the 2011 Omaha class of Nebraska CPM are due by Tuesday, Nov. 30. Each application will be reviewed upon receipt of completed packets.

For questions about the program, visit or contact Mary Hamilton at or 554.2625.

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Eppley Sprinkler System Test Monday

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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Join UNO's Cycling Team for the Aug. 15 Corporate Cycling Challenge

Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

UNO will field another cycling team for the 20th Annual Corporate Cycling Challenge to be held Sunday, Aug. 15, beginning at Heartland of America Park, 8th and Douglas. The cost is $18 per person and registration deadline is Friday, July 30.

UNO participants can choose from several distances and start times:

- 10 miles
9 a.m.

- 25 miles
8:30 a.m.

- 42 miles
8 a.m.

"For the last several years, UNO has had significant representation at this event and we are hoping to continue the tradition this year," said John Noble, team captain and associate professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). "The event is a fund raiser for the Eastern Nebraska Trails Network, so it all goes for a good cause." 

Since this is a corporate challenge, cycling team members are limited to people on the UNO payroll, including full- and part-time faculty and staff, adjunct faculty, graduate assistants and student workers. 

"Team UNO has made a good showing again this year in terms of the Bicycle Omaha Commuter Challenge," Noble said. "Now I think it is time that we make another significant showing in the Corporate Cycling Challenge!"

UNO participants can sign up with Amber Rath in the Campus Recreation Office (104 HPER). Enter the new atrium entrance to HPER, and room 104, is now located to the right of the check-in desk towards the back of the atrium. Rath has the waiver form that participants need to complete, as well as indicate their shirt size and riding distance choices. The $18 payment can be made with cash or check payable to team captain: John Noble.

For more information on the routes, sponsors and pre/post-race celebrations, visit

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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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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Summer Motorcycle Parking Notice

Additional seasonal motorcycle parking is available for faculty, staff and students through Friday, Aug. 20. Motorcycles may be parked at the following locations at the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations:

- West of the south entry of Lot Q;

- University Drive East Parking Structure (stop by Campus Security, 100 Eppley Administration Building, for details);

- Northwest corner of Lot A (north of Kayser Hall);

- Northwest corner of Lot M (south of Criss Library);

- Southwest corner of Lot 2 (north of The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute); and

- West of the dome in Lot 20 (Center location).

For more information, contact Campus Security at 554.2648.

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In the News

In the News

- Angela Eikenberry, School of Public Administration, was quoted in a Summer 2010 Conference Board Review story about the hidden costs of cause marketing. It appears online at

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

- Owen G. Mordaunt, professor of English, recently published two articles:

- (2009). "Assessment of English in the Workplace: A Study of Non-Native Engineers," co-authored with Ann Kulik and Aurimas Nauseda. Published by Journal of Young Scientists (Jaunuju Mokslininku Darbai), 4(25), Siauliai University, Lithuania, 2009.

-  (2010). "Listen, listen, and listen: building a comprehension corpus and making it comprehensible," co-authored with Daniel Olson. Published by Educational Studies (Taylor @ Francis. UK), Volume 36 Number 3, July 2010.

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

D. Scott Glasser Directs Play at Nebraska Repertory Theatre
UNO Department of Theatre chair D. Scott Glasser directs the play Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck that just opened at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre in Lincoln. It performs in repertory through the first week in August.

Are they two tiny scraps of worthless paper-or are they rare and potentially priceless Mauritius stamps? This darkly-funny, mystery-thriller pits two sisters who have inherited a stamp collection against a trio of shady philatelists willing to bully, connive, cheat, and if all else fails, even pay to own the stamps.

For performance information, contact (402) 472.1619 or visit

Steve Hartman Appears in Brick: An A Capella Musical
Fine Arts University Student Theater president Steve Hartman is among the cast who appears in the current production of Brick: An A Capella Musical at the Skullduggery Theatre in downtown Omaha.

Benjamin, in an effort to get away from his problems, takes a road trip. Along his travels he sees a sign for the town of Effington. Thinking the name is odd and funny, he decides to check it out, get some lunch and gas up his car. In the town he meets a variety of lively townsfolk and finds out that Effington and everyone in it, has a secret.

The show, which features the music of Ben Folds is written and directed by Andrew McGreevy, with musical direction by Laureen Pickle, choreography by Robert Williams and music transcribed and arranged by Joe Mokrycki and Adam Hogston.

The show runs through Sunday, Aug. 1, with performances on Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made by calling 317.7893. The Skullduggery Theatre is located at 222 S. 19th St.

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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