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Anna S. Forman

An Overseas Experience Focus of August 2010 Student Commencement Remarks

Anna Forman, a native of Saratov, Russia, presented the student commencement address Aug. 13, 2010, at the Civic Auditorium. Read the full text of her remarks. . .

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Summer Commencement Ceremonies Held

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO alum Terry Haney was honored Friday, August 13, with the Alumni Achievement Award at UNO's summer commencement. More than 500 UNO students received diplomas at the ceremony held at Omaha's Civic Auditorium.



Free Food, Live Music, Pep Rally Part of Welcome Week 2010

New students, returning students, faculty and staff at UNO will enjoy free food, live music, outdoor activities and a screening of the 1985 film "The Goonies" this week for the start of the fall 2010 semester.

Welcome Week – today, Aug. 23, through Friday, Aug. 27 – is designed to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year and, for about 2,500 students, the beginning of their undergraduate college careers. Read more.

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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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New Campus Recreation Membership Rates Begin

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As outlined in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) renovation/addition proposal, Campus Recreation membership rates will increase effective today, Aug. 23.

Campus Recreation staff realizes that the increased membership costs can be a concern but with construction set to be completed soon, 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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Parking Updates

Several changes are in place for this fall. Most of them involve parking at the Pacific Location. Here's a brief rundown.

Pacific Location
- Lot 5 (north of Mammel Hall) has been designated for student parking.

- Lot 6 (northwest of Mammel Hall) is mixed use, faculty/staff parking is along either side of the greenspace island on the west end and the balance of the lot is student parking.

- Lot 7 (west portion) is mixed use, permits for students and faculty/staff are valid.

- Lot 9 (south of the SCC) will be used cooperatively with the Scott Conference Center (SCC). Events at SCC may make this lot unavailable, students or faculty/staff permits are valid.

- Lot 14 (west of Lot 9) A new mixed use lot, with 215 spaces has been completed this summer for student and faculty/staff with valid permits.

Note: Lots are open to all valid permits after 12:30 p.m. Shuttles will run from Pacific Location to Dodge Location 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Dodge Location
- Lot N (west of Health, Physical Education and Recreation - HPER) is scheduled to open Aug. 23.  It is designated as a student lot.

- Lot O (southeast of HPER) is scheduled to open Aug. 23.  It is designate as a faculty/staff lot.

- Lot I (west of the Welcome Center) is gate controlled and is designated for Welcome Center visitors or productions at Weber Fine Arts. This lot is available when the arms are raised and no activities are scheduled in either of the two facilities.

Note: Check for space availability at the Parking Structure on University Drive South - spaces there are guaranteed with the purchase of an access card and permit.

Shuttle buses will run from Crossroads Mall to the Dodge Location from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., when classes are in session.

For questions about parking or shuttles, contact Parking Services at (402) 554.PARK (7275). Parking maps are available at

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Criss Library Regular Fall Hours

Regular fall semester hours start this week at the Criss Library.

The schedule:

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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Beginning today, Aug. 23, hours for the KANEKO-UNO Library will be Monday through Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. The KANEKO-UNO Library is located at 12th & Jones Street in the Old Market and is open to UNO students, faculty, and staff with a current MavCard.   

For additional information, visit

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Geography/Geology Announces World Cinema Series

The annual World Cinema Series offered by the UNO Department of Geography/Geology will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

All films will be screened in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium. Two films are shown each evening with the first starting about 6:15 p.m. and the second just after 8 p.m.   

"The films are shown in combination with my course GEOG 3000: Geography in Film," said Michael Peterson, professor of geography/geology at UNO. "We're inviting people from the UNO community to share in this educational experience."

Films shown in the World Cinema Series come from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Senegal, Singapore and South Africa. The public series runs through Wednesday, Nov. 3.

For more information about the films, contact Peterson at

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Maverick Productions to Host Outdoor Concert Thursday Night

Maverick Productions, with the support of Durango Nights, will sponsor a back-to-school outdoor concert on Thursday, Aug. 26, in Stinson Park, located near the Pacific Location at 67th and Center Street. The event opens at 6 p.m. with the first band taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. The concert will conclude at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

"Feel free to bring a blanket or a chair along to enjoy the evening," said Erin Cron, assistant director of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs (SOLP). "Both bands have extensive national tours and will put on a great show!"

The show will feature Tyrone Wells and Fitz & the Tantrums. Ample free parking is available in the Aksarben Village parking garage. 

Free pizza will be available for the first 200 students, and will then be available for purchase for just $1.50/slice. Student organizations will have display tables around the park as well. 

UNO Athletics will be giving out T-shirts and updates for the upcoming year. If your student organization would like to sign up for a display table, stop by the SOLP Office on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. 

Contact Cron at or (402) 554.2711 with questions.

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NeSIS Training/Overview Session This Thursday 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 next training session for admissions will take place this Thursday, Aug. 26, in 106U Eppley Administration Building.

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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UNO UFO Study Group Weekly Schedule Announced

During the fall semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will meet every Wednesday in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Jenkins Room from noon to 1 p.m. and every Saturday in 285 Durham Science Center (DSC) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to attend.

Can't make it to a meeting? If not, try and catch UNO's streaming audio program -- "Spooky Action at a Distance" -- on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. at

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

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Secular Student Alliance to Meet Mondays

UNO's Secular Student Alliance will meet every Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. during the fall semester in the Milo Bail Student Center State Room. Anyone with an interest of separation of church and state is welcome to attend.

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

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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:

Timi Barone (

Tracy Bridgeford (

Anita Saalfeld (

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2010-11 Parking Permits Available for Purchase

Sale of 2010-11 parking permits continues at the Campus Security Counter, 100 Eppley Administration Building (EAB).

Other permit sale locations:

Student Permits
- Milo Bail Student Center Council Room
Today, Aug. 23, through Friday, Aug. 27
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Permits
- Campus Security Counter, 100 EAB
Regular business hours

On Saturday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon, permits will also be on sale at the Campus Security Counter.

Parking maps are available at For more information, contact the Parking Office at (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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UNO Returns to Omaha Corporate Cup

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This event has been designated a Mav-Rec Wellness event.
Mav-Rec Wellness announces UNO's return to the Corporate Cup on Sunday, Sept. 19, in Downtown Omaha.

"Due to the cost reductions and because Human Resources has agreed to help with some of the cost (the hospitality table and light refreshments), Mav-Rec Wellness was able to sign UNO up for a team, and cover the team registration fee," said David Daniels, team captain and assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO. "To save cost to the individuals, we've made the T-shirt optional."

All UNO students, employees and their families can participate in the upcoming 30th annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10K run or 2-mile walk will take place Sept. 19 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

2010 information:

- They have made some scheduling changes, so UNO participants should go to the Corporate Cup website for all race details at

- Information sheets will also be available at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Control Desk.

- Registration for the run/walk is only available online at It is $15 per person. Make sure you select the "Click here to Create or Join a Team" (because you will be joining the UNO Team). Registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 16.

- The T-shirt, which is optional this year, deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 31, and costs $15.

Note:  Ordering a T-shirt size at the registration website doesn't guarantee you a shirt, you must stop by HPER Control Desk and pay for the shirt. 

Total cost run/walk with T-shirt is $30. Run/Walk without T-shirt is $15. More details are available for UNO participants at

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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New Office Trash Removal Schedule Under Way

Since the end of July, 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 554.2656 or 554.2395.

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Department of Theatre to Host Community Auditions Tomorrow

The UNO Department of Theatre announces that one more production has been added to this season's repertoire. In addition to auditions for Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" and Michael Frayn's "Noises Off," auditions will be held for Willa Cather's "Eric Hermannson's Soul," a narrative adaptation directed by graduate student, Julia Hinson. Five men and four women, aged 18 and older, are needed. Community auditions will be held for all UNO Department of Theatre productions on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building Theatre.

Performances of "Eric Hermannson's Soul" will occur on Oct. 28-30. In addition, the show will be remounted in the spring/summer of 2011 for National and International Fringe Festivals. Just a reminder, performances of "Eurydice" will run from October 6-9 and 13-16. Performances of "Noises Off" will run from Nov. 17-20 and Dec. 1-4. 

For more information about "Eric Hermannson's Soul," contact Julia Hinson at For other production information, call (402) 554.2406 or e-mail

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Maverick Watch

Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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