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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



Memorial Service to Impact Parking on Friday

The UNO parking structure on the east end of campus will be open and available to the public on Friday, July 30, for the John Langan memorial service, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Sapp Fieldhouse.

Parking lot R and designated areas of parking lot Q will be reserved for Langan family members.

A reception in the Milo Bail Student Center will immediately follow the memorial service. 

"This is a unique situation for us," said Stan Schleifer, director of Support Services.  "We're anticipating a large crowd because of Dr. Langan's service to the university and the community.  We are asking everyone here at UNO to help us with our parking situation and help direct the public to the memorial service."

The College of Education (COE) has created a web page where people can leave comments and memories about Langan, who served as a COE professor, department chair and dean.  The address is  The page also has an online slideshow of Langan photos.

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Fall Hosting Opportunities for UNO International Students Available

In late August, UNO International Studies and Programs (IS&P) and the UNO Intensive Language Program (ILUNO) will have several new international students from various countries who need either short-term homestays (a few days to a month) or long-term homestays (2-6 months).

Students generally pay $525 to 550 per month for room, board and transportation. This amount includes all meals (except lunches Monday through Friday). IS&P staff asks that students be allowed to participate as a member of the family and that transportation be provided to and from the university on weekdays.

If interested in hosting, send e-mail to Beth Maline at, and she will send out the homestay questionnaire form by e-mail or mail.

If your home is located within easy walking distance of UNO or you can provide transportation to and from school daily, someone from IS&P may conduct a home visit. Any questions can be directed to Maline or Lori Arias at 554.2293.

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Judith Welk Art Exhibition Opens at Criss Library

An exhibit featuring works by area artist Judith Welk is on display through Saturday, Aug. 14, in the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery at the Criss Library.

Welk has lived in Iowa and Nebraska for most of her life. Summers are spent in Green Lake, Wis., at the Welk's cottage. She finds inspiration in her Dundee home and neighborhood in Omaha, as well as at her Wisconsin cottage. Collaborating with her husband Robert, they have produced a series of serigraph prints that have been widely collected and will be on display.

Visit for details or call Linda Riviera at 554.2640.

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Reduced Hours Offered Aug. 2-5 at HPER Pool

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Pool will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 2-5, for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games. Regular pool hours will resume Friday, Aug. 6. Campus Recreation staff apologizes for any inconvenience.

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Deadline Friday for UNO's Corporate Cycling Team

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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 the registration deadline is this 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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August TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

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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Annual August Workshops for New Faculty/Graduate Assistant Set for Aug. 16 and 17

The 2010 New Faculty Workshop and the Graduate Assistant Workshop, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held Monday, Aug. 16. The Faculty Workshop will continue Tuesday, Aug. 17.

These workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years. It provides new faculty and new teaching assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO—our metropolitan mission and strategic goals, our students, our academic support services and faculty development opportunities.

For more information about the workshops, contact the CFD at 554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell at 554.4849 or

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Annual Workshops for Part-time Faculty

Workshops for all part-time faculty at UNO are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Aug. 18 and 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons.

The agenda is the same each evening and faculty should choose the day that works best for them. The workshop provides information about UNO and teaching targeted to both new and experienced part-time faculty.

For further information visit the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) website at To register for one of these workshops, call the CFD at 554.2427 or e-mail with the participant's full name, department, phone number and preferred evening.

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Single Payment Billing Starts With the Fall Semester

Beginning with the fall 2010 semester, UNO will introduce a single payment billing schedule instead of the two-payment option that was previously available to students. This change is in conjunction with the University of Nebraska system-wide implementation of the new PeopleSoft student information system software. 

"The revised single payment billing schedule helps to streamline the billing process and provides a common payment schedule from semester to semester," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance.

The fall 2010 billing statement will be generated on Monday, Aug. 30, with the payment due in full on Thursday, Sept. 23.

In addition, E-bills will be the only method of sending out billing statements.  Students will no longer have the option to receive paper-billing statements by mail. Therefore, it is very important for students to monitor their UNO e-mail accounts.

Students or parents who have questions or concerns should contact the Cashiering/Student Accounts Office at 554.2324 or

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PeopleSoft SIS Reporting Notice

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Several colleges and departments from across the campus rely on critical reports today from the existing legacy Student Information System (SIS). Those reports will continue to be available using existing report delivery mechanisms for all terms prior to fall 2010.

For the fall 2010 term and beyond, however, the new PeopleSoft SIS is the official system of record. Below are details of how SIS reporting at UNO is changing as a result.

PeopleSoft SIS Report Development
All report development produced against the new PeopleSoft SIS (fall 2010 term) will be done by a team consisting of Student Enrollment Services (SES) and Information Services (IS) resources. When feasible, reports will be developed with parameter options (such as selecting by college, major, etc.) so that one report can serve multiple needs. Colleges and departments that create their own WebFOCUS reports today against legacy SIS will not be able to do so against PeopleSoft SIS for two reasons:

1) Because of the complexity of how information is stored in PeopleSoft.
2) Because of concerns with system performance.   

SES and IS resources use a tool called WebFOCUS to develop reports from PeopleSoft SIS. By default, WebFOCUS reports will be delivered via a reporting portal called a Dashboard. Once users log into the UNO Dashboard with their NUID and TrueYou password, they will have access to view and run the reports created for them on demand, without needing to contact SES or IS. The goal is to provide users with quicker and easier access to PeopleSoft information when they need it.

PeopleSoft SIS Report Requests
To request a report from PeopleSoft SIS, users must make a request by filling out the report request web form located on the SES website at:

Please note: existing legacy reports (prior to fall 2010) will not be converted to report from PeopleSoft SIS for the fall 2010 term, unless a request is made to do so.   

All requests will be reviewed and approved/denied by the appropriate SIS functional office (i.e. Student Records, Admissions, etc.) based on the type of data being requested. Once a request is approved, it will be put into a priority queue and assigned to a report developer.

Please allow at least two weeks for requests to be completed. It is important that users indicate a realistic due date for requests when filling out the form since there are hundreds of reports needed by the start of the fall 2010 semester. SES and IS staff ask that everyone be patient as they try to address campus PeopleSoft SIS reporting needs. Additional time may be required to complete requests during the recurring stages of the PeopleSoft implementation.  The earlier individuals submit a reporting request the better chance it will get done in time for the fall semester.

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Participants Sought for UNO Relay for Life Committee

Do you want to be part of an organization whose 360 participants raised more than $37,000 for the American Cancer Society?

UNO organizers are looking for fun, dedicated individuals to help plan the 2011 event. They are looking for individuals to help in all areas, which include but are not limited to: accounting, activities, entertainment, food and hospitality, online, prizes, publicity and team development.

The planning has already begun, so sign up today. Fill out the UNO committee application at

Visit UNO's Relay for Life website at for more information or e-mail one of the co-chairs Jackie Whelan at or Jade Zimmerman at

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