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July Employee of the Month: CJ Brown

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

With 16 years of expertise and an ability to get the job done, no matter the conditions, CJ Brown, groundskeeper II with grounds, is an invaluable member of the UNO community. His efforts to keep the campus environment in tip-top shape are much appreciated by many. Visit this link for details.

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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 Today

The UNO parking structure on the east end of campus will be open and available to the public today, 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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UNO Web Template Set for Update Next Week

An updated UNO web template will "go live" on Monday, Aug. 2.

"We expect the changes to go smoothly," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations. The update will be applied beginning at 8 a.m. There may be short delays in propagating the new files to other campus and off-site web servers. 

Primarily, the update will freshen the look and feel of UNO's web pages. Along with the visual updates, minor changes will enhance the site's global navigation.

"The Web lets UNO stay in touch locally with students, faculty and staff and connects us with alumni across the country and world," Kaldahl said.  "And we know that for many, many people the first encounter they have with university comes online."

For more information, call (402) 554.3502.

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New NeSIS Training/Overview Sessions Added for Admissions

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The UNO Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS) team continues to host training/overview sessions in admissions for faculty and staff who need a PeopleSoft SIS account. The newest set of training sessions for admissions will begin on Thursday, Aug. 5.

All sessions will take place on Thursdays at 10 a.m. in 106U Eppley Administration Building. The new sessions are:

- Admissions
Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26

To register for a session, visit the training calendar at this link. Registration is limited to 10 people.

Anyone who has questions or comments about NeSIS can e-mail them to

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UNO UFO Study Group Meeting This Saturday

The UNO UFO Study Group will meet on Saturday, July 31, in 285 Durham Science Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call John Powers at (402) 319.2721.

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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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Registration Under Way for Fall "You Look MAVelous! Challenge"

Wellness Stampede

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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In the News

In the News

- The website featured an article on July 18 about a rare gold coin found at the Bethsaida dig site in Israel. Rami Arav, Bethsaida Excavations Project, was quoted in the article.

- On July 19, The New York Times website featured a guest column by Angela Eikenberry, School of Public Administration. Eikenberry wrote about teacher performance in today's classrooms.

- The July 23 issue of The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs) featured an article on Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies. The article focused on the future of the Afghan war.

- Alan Kolok, Department of Biology, was quoted in a July 21 Lincoln Journal Star article about his Elkhorn River water quality research.

- In a July 28 Omaha World-Herald article about the passing of John Langan, College of Education, Chancellor John Christensen and Connie Clausen, UNO Athletics, were quoted. The July 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured a staff editorial praising Langan's life and work.

- Pete Simi, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in a July 19 Omaha World-Herald article about the relationship between gang violence and homicides.

- Thomas Wallace, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, was profiled in the July 27 issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The article focused on Wallace's new role at UNO and his temporary home at Maverick Village.

- The July 27 issue of the Omaha World-Herald quoted Raheem Yaseer, Center for Afghanistan Studies. Yaseer discussed the recent leak of 92,000 classified U.S. military documents related to the Afghan war.

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 (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

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 (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

New Student Theatre Group Debuts Original Production
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 tonight through Saturday, July 30-31, in Room 006 of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Read more.

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

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 this Sunday, Aug. 1, with performances continuing tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made by calling (402) 317.7893. The Skullduggery Theatre is located at 222 S. 19th St.

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

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 (402) 554.2640.

Rebecca Fahrlander's Photography on Display at Bellevue University's Humanities Gallery
Several photographs by Rebecca Fahrlander, assistant professor of sociology, will be included in an exhibit at Bellevue University's Hitchcock Humanities Center Art Gallery this Sunday, Aug. 1, through Friday, Aug. 20. A reception will be held on Thursday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 9 at the gallery, which is located at 1000 Galvin Road South.

For details, contact Fahrlander at (402) 554.2626.

Reed to Present Wild Horse Photography Exhibit
UNO Professor Christine Reed will present a collection of wild horse photographs at an exhibit on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The exhibit is entitled "Still Wild: Portraits From the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range."

The opening reception for the exhibition runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Omaha Healing Arts Center Gallery, 1216 Howard St. The exhibit will remain on display until the middle of September.  Read more.

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 (402) 554.2243.

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