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No Break for these UNO Students

video by Xavier Rodriguez

Summer break doesn't mean taking a break from contributing in some way for these UNO students. Watch as they tell the UNO community what they have been keeping busy with this summer.

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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



TAGGFEST to Celebrate Nonviolence This Wednesday

Members from the Boys & Girls Club the Midlands and 22 UNO graduate students have collaborated for three weeks this summer on projects that promote nonviolence in the community.

To celebrate their work, on Wednesday, July 28, the club members and graduate students will hold TAGGFEST, an event that will highlight the creative talents of the youth involved with the program. TAGG stands for Teens Against Gangs and Graffiti. The graduate students are taking the course "Language, Culture, and Power" in the Department of Teacher Education.  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 27, with tips for eating on the go.

The remaining seminars will take place on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room.

They are:

- Today
"Eating on the Go"

- Aug. 3
How to Maximize Fiber and Lower Cholesterol

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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Concrete Work Continues on Campus

Miscellaneous concrete repairs will continue around campus this week. Work starts today, July 27, on the sidewalk west of the University Drive East Parking Structure.

Other areas will be scheduled at a later time. Watch eNotes for those announcements. For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

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Weber Fine Arts Roof Repairs Under Way

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 26, ends in three weeks.

For more information, contact Walt Burr at 554.2582.

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Deadline Friday for Academic Regalia Reservations

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 this Friday, July 23.

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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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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.

A mavlink faculty support website, where faculty can find additional information, has been created at The website is continually being updated and if there are any questions or comments about the content or other inquiries e-mail or contact one of the mavlink Faculty Support Team members directly at:

Timi Barone (

Tracy Bridgeford (

Anita Saalfeld (

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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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UNO Hires Guentzel As Assistant Coach
UNO head hockey coach Dean Blais announced July 24 the hiring of Mike Guentzel as assistant coach. Guentzel, a veteran college coach, comes to UNO from the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League where he was the head coach and general manager.

"We are very fortunate to have a coach of Mike's stature on our staff," said Blais.  "He has 15 years experience as a coach in Division I college hockey and has taught some of the best players in the WCHA in that time. 

"Mike has even more experience as a coach in junior hockey and at the international level and has shown a proven ability to recruit top-notch talent.  He will have an immediate impact on our program."

Guentzel spent one season at Des Moines. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Colorado College from 2008-09 and at Minnesota from 1994-2008. Read more.

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