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Bill and Ruth Scott and Dr. George Haddix

Donors Honored at Roskens Hall Ground Breaking

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

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

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.



'Scan-Venger Hunt' Tests New Communication Option for Campus

2D bar code technology is getting a test during UNO Welcome Week.  More than a dozen, unique 2D codes have been posted on campus.

"All a student needs to get involved is a cell phone with a camera, an Internet connection and a bar code reader app. We suggest using ScanLife, mainly because we know it works with our 2D codes," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations.  "We're testing the bar codes as a means of more interactive communication, especially for students.  The codes can connect you with a website or even an audio or video file.  It's fun."

For the Welcome Week "Scan-Venger Hunt," students simply need to scan as many different codes in as possible for a chance to win an iPad. Each individual code should only be scanned once.  Multiple scans of the same codes will count as a single scan. Every code scanned is one more entry into the contest.

The codes are in buildings throughout both the Dodge and Center locations of UNO.  Only UNO students are eligible to win the iPad.

Bringing this kind of communication tool to campus has been an interesting experiment, Kaldahl said.  The technology is flexible and open to all campus organizations.

"If you're interested in using the bar codes, please contact University Relations," he said.  "It's a creative way to get the word out about an event or a program.  And, I mentioned this before, it's fun."

Call (402) 554.3502 for more information.

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NBDC to Sponsor Presentation of Colors at Tonight's Royals Game

The presentation of the colors at the Omaha Royals AAA baseball game tonight, Aug. 25, will be sponsored in part by UNO's Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) and the College of Business Administration (CBA). The Royals play the Iowa Cubs starting at 7:05 p.m. at Rosenblatt Stadium. 

The NBDC and CBA sponsorship takes place on Vietnam Veterans night, and the first 5,000 fans will receive a miniature American Flag.  Fans wearing anything patriotic can get a $5 reserved seat ticket to the game.  The evening will also feature a pre-game video presentation honoring veterans and an in-game recognition of all service men and women. 

NBDC and CBA are sponsoring the presentation of the colors along with Training Consulting Connection and Werner Enterprises.  The last regular season baseball game at Rosenblatt takes place Thursday, Sept. 2.

For tickets, call (402) 738.5100, or print tickets online at

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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. 25, and runs through Friday, Aug. 27. It 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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Campus Recreation to Host Open House Next Week

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

Campus Recreation will host a week long "open house" to celebrate the completion of the $38.6 million addition and renovation project that began in October 2008. A variety of exciting events will take place next week Monday, Aug. 30, through Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

All programming is designed to showcase the new facility and programming of Campus Recreation. Free food and T-shirts will be given out at all events. Building tours will be given every day. A detailed description of all HPER Open House events can be found online 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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Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the fall semester this week, Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at (402) 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are on campus.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, opt-in capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 104. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at (402) 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at (402) 554.2648.

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Parking Permits Still Available for Purchase in MBSC & Eppley

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

Permit sale locations:

Student Permits
- Milo Bail Student Center Council Room
Today, Aug. 25, through Friday, Aug. 27
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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

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Geography/Geology World Cinema Series Begins Tonight

The annual World Cinema Series offered by the UNO Department of Geography/Geology will begin tonight, 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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UNO Ambassadors Available for Campus Activities

Do you need help with a university event? The UNO Ambassadors are ready and willing to represent the university. 

Twelve UNO student Ambassadors are available during the fall semester to assist at campus functions hosted by the chancellor, vice chancellor, deans, departments and other organizations. This select group of students serves as hosts and hostesses and interacting with guests to enhance a positive image of the university. 

Ambassadors try to honor as many requests as possible. Requests should be placed at least two weeks before the scheduled activity.

For more information, contact Chris Liewer at

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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 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.

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

Timi Barone (

Tracy Bridgeford (

Anita Saalfeld (

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'Kids in Concert' Update

Kids in Concert kicked off July 1 to ask for the donation of instruments to the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Musical Instrument Department. As of Aug. 25, more than 75 used musical instruments have been donated to students in OPS, who want to pursue instrumental music, but whose families are unable to purchase or rent an instrument. OPS will rehabilitate and distribute the instruments to deserving students.

Instruments can be taken to the OPS Teacher Administration Center (TAC), 3215 Cuming St., Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bookworm at Countryside Village, 8702 Pacific St., is also collecting instruments, as well as several Omaha Public Library branches (Charles B. Washington, South Omaha and Millard). Information is available at (402) 557.2443 and the contact is June Nelson.

Donations are tax deductible and the drive ends Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Anyone on the UNO campus who wants to donate an instrument can bring it to the KVNO office, located in 200 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Anne Hellbusch at (402) 554.5866 or

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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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New Office Trash Removal Schedule Under Way

Since July 30, 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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Women Participants Sought for Fit Minded Program

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

If you are a woman who enjoys reading, being social and desires to be healthy, Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), invites you to join the second session of Fit Minded physical activity book club. Formerly known as research study "Women Bound to Be Active," Fit Minded empowers women to become physically active by focusing on increasing self-worth and physical activity through a book club format. 

Through reading and discussion, Fit Minded provides women skills and strategies so that they can be active on their own for a lifetime. Fit Minded also offers an online component, which includes resources, blogging, chatting and activity tracking. 

Session two of Fit Minded starts Tuesday, Aug. 31. Members meet for one hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center Board Room until March 8, 2011. Dr. Jennifer Huberty and her team facilitate fit Minded.

To join Fit Minded, go to their website,, e-mail them at or call (402) 201.7001.

Editor's note: Mention eNotes when you sign up and get your workbook, pedometer and pedometer log free ($50 value). Also, if you have a friend that wants to sign up with you – memberships are two for the price of one.

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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September TIAA-CREF Schedule Announced

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual appointments with employees on Sept. 7 and 28.

Appointments for one-on-one counseling sessions can be made by calling Robyn Galvin at the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 548.3614.

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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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Green Tip of the Week

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#EarthDayTips 18: Green Shopping
Skip the shopping bag; instead, bring your own reusable bags to the mall and grocery store.

(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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