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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



Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff Friday, July 30, to honor the memory of UNO faculty member John Langan, who passed away July 27 after a battle with cancer.  Langan was 68.

Dr. Langan, professor, department chair and former dean of the College of Education, had been with the university for more than 41 years. At the time of his passing, he was an active employee working in a special consultant role.

A campus memorial service will take place July 30 at the Sapp Fieldhouse starting at 10:30 a.m.

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Update on UNO Computing Issues

Last Friday two of 60 hard drives that store data for UNO computing systems, including Lotus Notes, myFolder and the UNO websites, stopped working. These failures occurred as Information Services was repairing issues caused by another hardware failure earlier in the week.

While no data was lost, the combined issues have severely reduced UNO's computing performance. The hardware has been replaced. Production data is being redistributed across production servers, which protects against future data loss. This redistribution of data has slowed all other IT services that access data.

Information Services anticipates that there could be performance issues through the week for many of UNO's computing services, including Lotus Notes, mavlink, UNO websites and myFolder. Student e-mail and Blackboard are not effected. The university's Internet and network connections are not effected either; so external websites can be accessed as usual.

UNO computing systems will run faster during the day and during periods of low usage. Performance will be slower at night when Information Services shifts computing power from campus users to completing the data transfers. Assuming there is no other underlying issued revealed through the process, performance should improve incrementally throughout the week as the repairs near completion.

For questions, contact Information Services at 554.4357.

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Registration Begins for Fall "You Look MAVelous! Challenge"

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

UNO's fitness and weight loss challenge is back! Mav-Rec Wellness, Human Resources and Student Health Services have teamed up to host the third "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this fall on campus. Human Resources is currently signing up teams of 10-15.

There is no cost to join. The deadline for signing up is Monday, Aug. 9. The program will run Tuesday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Nov. 15.

The fall program will consist of three components:

1. Eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

2. Participate in 30-minutes of physical activity a day.

3. Attend both weigh-ins at the start and end of the program.

Faculty, staff and students interested in signing up a team or for more details should contact Anna-Maria Hansmann at 554.2553.

Watch eNotes for more information.

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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R.S.V.P. Deadline Today for Current Faculty/Staff Picnic

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 today, 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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Free Select Surplus Property Items Available

UNO Surplus Property has a small inventory of better quality and popular office equipment available for viewing through Friday, July 30.

Items include:

- Desks,

- File cabinets, and

- Metal bookcases.

The items, which are free for university-related use only, can be viewed by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact Tim Scott 554.2222 or 305.7711.

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New Student Theatre Group Debuts Original Production Tomorrow Evening

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.

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Change in Office Trash Removal - Starts Next Week

UNO Facilities Management and Planning announces starting the week of Aug. 2, 2010, custodial staff will empty office desk-side trash and recycling only on Friday of each week. Centralized office trash and recycling containers located throughout every campus building will continue to be emptied on a daily basis along with trash and recycling containers in classrooms and public spaces.

With the success of the recycling efforts on campus, much of the trash stream has been diverted to recycling containers, leaving office desk-side trash removal less critical on a daily basis. This announced change in trash collection, supported by Chancellor's Cabinet, will maximize the use of custodial staff for other needed activities. 

Anyone with questions about their building trash or recycling containers locations should contact UNO Custodial Services at 554.2656 or 554.2395 in Milo Bail Student Center.

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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 this Sunday, Aug. 1.

For a breakdown of the new membership fees, visit

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Instructors Sought for Lifelong Learning Initiative

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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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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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 14: Go Green with Biodegradable Planters
When purchasing outdoor decor try biodegradable planters. These types of containers are made of plant fibers that will return to the earth within three years.

(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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