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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.



Campus Appreciation Message from Chancellor John Christensen

Please accept my sincere appreciation for the many hours and extra effort exerted by students and staff, which allowed us to hold the memorial service for Dr. John Langan on our campus last Friday. In particular, I'd like to commend the Athletic Department, Facilities Management and Planning, Campus Security, Food Service and the Student Center offices for truly 'stepping up' to make the event special for all those in attendance, particularly the Langan family. I think John would have been proud. The task was complicated by the short time frame available, but the challenges were met to create a seamless and very meaningful event for the more than 1,400 in attendance.

In speaking with the family, they asked that I extend their deep gratitude to the campus, remarking how beautiful the venue looked and the many kindnesses they were afforded over the past week. I have never been more proud of our extraordinary campus community as we said farewell to one of our own. It was among our finest hours and for that, many, many thanks.


John E. Christensen

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Homecoming Week 2010 Activities Sought

The UNO Alumni Association requests that all campus departments and organizations submit any activities or events they have planned during this year's Homecoming Week, Monday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Oct. 2. All submitted events will be added to a master schedule that will then be used to help promote the week. All submissions can be sent to Elizabeth Kraemer at 554.4802 or

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Campus Recreation Announces New Membership Rates for 2010-11

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 are now on sale.

For a breakdown of the new membership fees, visit

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Uses of Local, Statewide Census Data is Focus of Aug. 17 Conference at UNO

The Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) at UNO will host the 21st annual Nebraska Data Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The conference is open to the public.

Eight regional researchers will discuss state and local data trends. The conference will also feature a main session updating the latest data products, six break-out sessions and a closing presentation on demographic trends. Read more.

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Bancroft Street Market to Welcome UNO Student Exhibition

Works by 16 student artists from the UNO Department of Art and Art History at will take center stage for one night only: Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St.

The exhibition, "Rear Window: Experimental Media Installations," features a variety of works that explore the juxtaposition of architectural space, time and narrative, and the nature of artistic collaboration.

The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Bancroft Street Market. It is free and open to the public. Read more.

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2010-11 UNO Men's Basketball Schedule Now Set

The UNO men's basketball program, under the direction of Head Coach Derrin Hansen, has announced the completion of the 2010-11 season schedule, which includes 14 home games.

The slate features games against three 2010 NCAA Division II postseason-qualifying teams – Fort Hays State, Missouri Western State and Central Missouri, which played through third-round tournament action. The non-conference portion of the schedule also includes in-state match-ups with Nebraska-Kearney, Nebraska Wesleyan and Midland Lutheran College.

For more, click this link:

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New mavlink Interface Reminder for Faculty

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mavlink Faculty Support Team members remind faculty that UNO has transitioned from E-BRUNO to mavlink over the summer. Faculty members need to know about changes that have been made to the interface.

Faculty who logged on to mavlink during the spring or early summer might have seen both a 'Faculty Center' and a 'PeopleSoft' button (and possibly a 'Staff' tab as well). These have now all been collapsed under the 'Faculty Center' button to eliminate navigating back and forth for faculty members who also serve as advisors. Screens will not have all of the advising functions for those who do not serve as advisors.

The team continues to work on training tutorials, training sessions and a website, where faculty can find mavlink information. A mavlink faculty support website has been created at The website is continually being updated and if there are any questions or comments about the content, contact one of the team members.

Watch eNotes for more information, and let team members know of any questions or concerns at or contact a mavlink Faculty Support Team member directly at:

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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 Registration is limited to 10 people.

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

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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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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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August myBlackboard Training Announced

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.

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.

Today, 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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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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Woody Named a Fellow

Robert Woody, professor in the Department of Psychology, has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association's Division of State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs.

Have you done something noteworthy in your profession? E-mail 'People' items to 'People' appears in the Tuesday edition of eNotes.

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