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Bill and Ruth Scott and Dr. George Haddix

Donors Honored at Roskens Hall Ground Breaking

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Bill and Ruth Scott and Dr. George Haddix were honored Thursday (8-19) at the ground breaking ceremonies held for UNO's Roskens Hall. The Scotts and Dr. Haddix are the principal donors for the renovation of the old College of Business Administration building which will become the new home for UNO's College of Education.

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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

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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.



Food Services Serves Up 'Go Green – Fall 2010'

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Food Services staff serves up "Go Green – Fall 2010" with an eco-friendly change for the start of the fall semester at UNO. The containers and serving receptacles (including all flatware and paper goods) the department uses are now all compostable and bio-degradable PLA (polylactic acid), cornstarch-based and recycled paper materials.

"This change in the UNO Food Services operation is a pro-active and responsible step, and very much in keeping with UNO's mission to be student focused and community engaged," said Bill Conley, vice chancellor for Business and Finance at UNO. "This change had very strong support throughout campus with students, faculty and staff, and it demonstrates our campus concern for sustainability and the environment."

Converting to the new materials in the Food Court and other campus Food Service operations is another step in the process of making UNO a greener, more sustainable campus, and is supported by the GreenUNO Task Force and UNO Student Government. Other recent "green" efforts on campus:

- The new College of Business building, Mammel Hall, is UNO's first Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) registered project (pursuing Silver certification) since it opened this month;

- An active campus-wide single stream recycling effort;

- Ongoing building energy audits; and

- A campus-wide building temperature policy.

"Several student president/regents before me have wanted and advocated for more recyclable and biodegradable materials in UNO Food Services," said Michael Crabb, UNO student president/regent "I'm happy this will take place during my term. This is an initiative that has been important to UNO students, and I know it will be received well."

The Milo Bail Student Center Food Court, the Library Café at Criss Library and the Mav-Rec Café in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building will all stop using petroleum based Styrofoam and plastic materials and start using the new eco-friendly food containers, drink cups, flatware and paper goods with the start of the fall semester this week.

The GreenUNO Task Force supports this event. For more information on UNO "Green" initiatives, go to

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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 continues today, Aug. 24, and runs through Friday, Aug. 27. This weeklong event celebrates 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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Department of Theatre to Host Community Auditions This Evening

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 this evening, 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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Annual Mavericks Fall Sports Media Day Tomorrow

UNO will hold its annual fall sports media day on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 1:30 p.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

All members of the news media are invited to attend. Coaches and players from UNO's volleyball, soccer, golf and cross country teams will be available for interviews.

Volleyball and soccer will begin the 2010-11 sports season for UNO with matches on Friday, Sept. 3. The cross country team will host its only home meet of the season on Saturday, Sept. 4, to kick off its season, and the golf team will begin the defense of its second straight MIAA title when it begins its season on Sept. 9.

For schedules on all UNO athletic teams, visit

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Volunteers Sought for Project Interfaith

Students, faculty and staff are invited to film and interview community members of diverse faiths, beliefs and cultures at different places of worship and other sites in the community for Project Interfaith. Project Interfaith is an Omaha-based outreach program of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

The interviews will consist of questions regarding spiritual/religious identity, stereotypes about that identity and the ability to follow one's spiritual or religious path while living in Omaha. The interviews will be uploaded to the Project Interfaith website to form a community mosaic of religious and cultural diversity in our community.

This program runs Sept. 14 through Dec. 9. Visit to learn more.

For more information contact Beth Katz, Project Interfaith, at or (402) 933.4647; or visit

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Upcoming Fidelity Rep Schedule

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be on campus for individual counseling sessions this fall.

They are:

- Sept. 14

- Oct. 12 and 25

Sessions are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employees can call Fidelity at 800.642.7131 to schedule an appointment with Cronick.

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UNO UFO Study Group to Host Screening of 'Dreamland'

The UNO UFO Study Group will host a free screening of "Dreamland" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, in the Eppley Auditorium. Filmmaker and journalist Bruce Burgess goes deep into the heart of the greatest secret of the 20th Century: Area 51 ("Dreamland") in this award-winning documentary. Admission is free and open to all.

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

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Student Anthropological Society to Meet Wednesdays

The Student Anthropological Society (SAS) will meet every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in 344 Arts and Sciences Hall. Anyone interested in anthropology is encouraged to attend.

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

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Bookstore Announces New Departmental Charging Procedures

The UNO Bookstore has implemented additional procedures, effective immediately, for all departmental charges to a cost center number and university-purchasing card.

They are:

- UNO ID is now required at the time of purchase when charging to a cost center number. Department name and department phone number will still need to be supplied.

- UNO ID or driver's license is now required when using a university purchasing card.

- Signature and legible printed name will both be required on all university purchases.

For more information, contact Jacinda Brooks at (402) 554.2360 or jbrooks@unomaha.

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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 members who logged on to mavlink recently 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 an advisor. Screens will not have all of the advising functions for those who do not serve as an adviser.

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

Anita Saalfeld (

Tracy Bridgeford (

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OLLAS, Film Streams Second Biennial Film Series Starts Friday

Film Streams and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO are excited to announce the second biennial Cinemateca series celebrating Latino, Latin American and Spanish cinema. The series will take place Friday, Aug. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 30 at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater (1340 Mike Fahey St.).

In all, Cinemateca 2010 features 10 films from eight different countries (Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Brazil). The series covers more than 40 years of cultural, political and cinematic history — from the jaw-dropping photography and general bravura of MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (Cuba, 1964) to the heart-wrenching narrative and immediate relevance of SIN NOMBRE (Mexico, 2009). Read more.

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You Look MAVelous! Challenge Kick Off Is Next Week

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

Human Resources, Mav-Rec Wellness and Student Health Services have teamed up to host "You Look MAVelous! Challenge" this fall on campus. The campus community can join in cheering on the teams and participate in the wellness booths Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the lobby of the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Teams, each consisting of a minimum of 10 faculty, staff or students, continue to sign up for the campus fitness and fall weight loss challenge. Each participant will receive a "You Look MAVelous!" bracelet and wellness calendar.

"The sponsors are here to educate and offer support systems for the coaches," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources.  "As a reminder of the challenge, participants will wear a ‘You Look MAVelous!' team bracelet on their eating hand on and off campus."

The team weigh-ins will take place Aug. 31 throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at HPER. There are four weigh-ins total. Only the Aug. 31st weigh-in and the final weigh-in on Monday, Nov. 15, are mandatory.

For more information, contact Anna-Maria Hansmann at (402) 554.2553.

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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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 (402) 554.4802 or

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Don Leahy Honored By Creighton Prep
UNO Associate Athletic Director Don Leahy and his wife Carmen were honored Aug. 20 by his alma mater, Creighton Prep High School, with the dedication of the school's new multi-purpose stadium. The field was named the Carmen and Don Leahy Stadium. The ceremony took place during Creighton Prep's annual Blue/White game. Read more.

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