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TAGGFEST Success for Students

Members from the Boys & Girls Club and 22 UNO graduate students collaborated for three weeks this summer on projects that promoted nonviolence in the community. They celebrated what they accomplished on July 28 with TAGGFEST, an event that highlighted the creative talents of the youth involved with the program. TAGG stands Teens Against Gangs and Graffiti.

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CJ Brown

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.



Today's Scavenger Hunt Postponed

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Due to today's forecasted heat index, the Aug. 11 MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt set for today has been postponed until the fall semester. Watch eNotes for more on the rescheduled Staff Advisory Council and Human Resources event.

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Bowling League Members Sought

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

Anyone attending the UNO Faculty/Staff Bowling League "open house" on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at West Lanes, 72nd and Dodge streets, can bowl a free game courtesy of the alley. The league welcomes new members and teams of all skill levels. The open house will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The 2010-11 league officially starts Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 4:30 p.m. at West Lanes. Teams consist of four bowlers with at least two UNO current or retired administrative/faculty/staff members including spouses, immediate family or significant others. Graduate teaching assistants are also eligible.

New teams or individuals who would like to be placed on a new or existing team are welcome. Bowlers must, however, be at least 18 years old.

League bowlers unable to arrive at 4:30 p.m. each week have until the end of their team's fifth frame to join the first game of the evening.

To learn more about the league, contact one of the league officers:

David Kimble/league president or (402) 554.3229

Ed Johnson/league vice-president or (402) 554.2656

Christy Tilford/league secretary/treasurer or (402) 554.3546

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 (402) 554.2008, or

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Criss Library Announces Intersession and Fall Hours

The Criss Library announces its upcoming intersession and fall semester regular hours.

Intersession Hours
- Monday through Friday, Aug. 16-20
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday, Aug. 21
Noon to 5 p.m.

- Sunday, Aug. 22
Noon to 9 p.m.

Fall Semester Regular Hours
- Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to Midnight

- Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Sunday
Noon to Midnight

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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Registration Extended for Upcoming "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. The registration deadline has been extended through Friday, Aug. 13.

There is no cost to join. 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 (402) 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 (402) 554.2008, or

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Standing Water Correction Work Continues Tomorrow Near Fieldhouse

Work is scheduled to start up again at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, to remove and replace concrete west of the Sapp Fieldhouse.

During the project, half of the drive lane will still be available near Mav Plaza. The work, which will improve standing water drainage issues, goes through Friday, Aug. 13, until noon. The area will open for traffic on Saturday, Aug. 14. The timeline of the construction project will be contingent upon the weather.

To view a map of the construction, visit For more information, contact George Killian at (402) 554.2249 or

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New Office Trash Removal Schedule Under Way

Since last week, custodial staff have been emptying office desk-side trash and recycling only on Fridays. 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 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 (402) 554.2656 or (402) 554.2395.

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Current Faculty/Staff Picnic Next Week

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. Editor's note: Those who attend must be prepared to present a university ID to claim door prizes.

The picnic is for currently employed faculty and staff members only. The program begins at noon.

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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 (402) 554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell at (402) 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 (402) 554.2427 or e-mail with the participant's full name, department, phone number and preferred evening.

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mavlink Advising Reminder for Faculty

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Are you a faculty member who advises students? If so, you will need additional access to mavlink beyond the basic instructor interface.

A number of faculty members may have already attended training and received the access needed, but if not, the request process has been automated to facilitate granting the access to faculty advisors. To obtain this access log into mavlink and click on the "Request Additional Access" button located on the mavlink home page.

The team continues to work on training tutorials, training sessions and a website, where faculty can find mavlink information. A mavlink 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.

For additional information, contact a mavlink Faculty Support Team member directly at:

Timi Barone (

Tracy Bridgeford (

Anita Saalfeld (

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PeopleSoft SIS Reporting Notice

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.

Send questions related to PeopleSoft SIS reporting to

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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 16: Plant Trees & Bushes
Lower your summer air conditioning bills by planting trees and bushes on the west side of your home for shade.

(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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