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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

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.

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2010.08.26

Mav Fest Set for This Saturday

UNO Athletics will hold its second annual "Mav Fest" on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Al F. Caniglia Field. This family-oriented event will allow fans a chance to meet UNO student-athletes and coaches prior to the start of the 2010-2011 athletic season.

"Community is one of the core values of UNO athletics, and there is no better way to show that we are Omaha's Team than to invite fans to our campus for a fun kick-off to the season," said Trev Alberts, director of Athletics. "It's a great way for our student-athletes, many who are from the Omaha area, to thank those fans for their years of support." Read more.

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Maverick Productions to Host Tonight's Outdoor Concert

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

"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 providing team updates for the upcoming seasons.

Contact Cron at ecron@unomaha.edu or (402) 554.2711 with questions.

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"Consider This" Investigates College Tuition Assistance Options

On the next edition of "Consider This," Cathy Wyatt and guests will investigate what tuition assistance options are available for college students.

Wyatt's guests will include Greg Grimes, financial strategist; Joan Jurek, director of College Planning, Education Quest; and Judy Quest, college counselor, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.

The program will air tonight, Aug. 26, at 11 p.m. on NET1.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at http://www.tknomaha.org for dates and times.

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Friends of Art to Host Campus Art Walk This Sunday

Friends of Art (FOA), a support group for the Department of Art and Art History, invites the community and college colleagues to a Campus Art Walk on Sunday, Aug. 29. A reception and tour will take place at 2 p.m. in Weber Fine Arts Building lobby. The $15 cost helps benefit FOA's scholarship fund. 

Artists Stephen Roberts and Sidney Buchanan, whose works are displayed on campus, will be present to share their art with participants. For reservations, contact Karen Pollak at (402) 659.1737. In case of rain or extreme heat, the event will move indoors.

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Student Health Services Open House Aug. 31

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

Student Health Services (SHS) will host an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 31, in celebration of the department's grand opening at its new location. The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.

SHS staff looks forward to serving the UNO community at its new HPER location, located near the HPER lobby.

Open house events:

- Tours;

- Blood pressure checks;

- "Ask a Nurse Practitioner" session;

- Brief orthopedic assessment with Dr. Walsh;

- Brief screening by a UNO counselor;

- Information on student insurance;

- Visit from a UNO athletic trainer and UNO Injury Prevention and Care staff.

For open house details, call (402) 554.2374.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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David Cicotello Farewell Reception Sept. 3

A reception for David Cicotello, director of New Student Enrollment Services and 2009-10 interim associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, will take place Friday, Sept. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Cicotello recently accepted a position as associate vice provost for Admissions and Enrollment Services at Middle Tennessee State University.

The university community is cordially invited to attend to wish him well.

For more information, contact Christine Hoffman at choffman@unomaha.edu.

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Sponsored Programs and Research Report

The Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) Report details the results of UNO's work to obtain external funding in support of its teaching, research, service and outreach efforts. The report is designed to keep the university community informed as to externally funded projects on campus and bring recognition to those faculty and staff who have worked to generate these resources.

During July, those receiving grant awards totaling $2,712,286:

Ronald Abdouch
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Title: Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha
Sponsor: Mammel Foundation

Title: Douglas County Neighborhood Accountability Board Program
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Hesham Ali
College of Information Science and Technology/Computer Science
Title: NCRR Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Educators
Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Title: City Owned Facility Assessment and Energy Audit Component
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jeffrey French
College of Arts and Sciences/Psychology
Title: Parenting, Sibling-support, and Infant Development
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Thomas Gouttierre
International Studies and Programs
Title: Support to the Human Terrain System Project: Afghan Immersion Seminar for Deploying Team Members
Sponsor: BAE Systems

Neal Grandgenett
College of Education/Teacher Education
Title: 4-H Robotics & GPS/GIS Scale-Up (Education Subcontract for UNL/NSF ITEST Project)
Sponsor: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Anne Hobbs
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Criminology and Criminal Justice
Title: Community Planning Initiative
Sponsor: Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Jennifer Huberty
College of Education/Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: Alegent - Healthy Families/Recess
Sponsor: Alegent Health

Alan Kolok
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: Fate and bioavailability of steroidogenic compounds in aquatic sediment
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Title: The Davis Prairie Data Shack High School Student Research Competition
Sponsor: U.S. EPA

Kenneth Kriz
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Public Administration
Title: Information Technology Public Policy
Sponsor: AIM Institute

Guoqing Lu
College of Arts and Sciences/Biology
Title: Collaborative Research: Assembling the euteleost tree of life - addressing the major unresolved problem in vertebrate phylogeny
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

William Mahoney
College of Information Science and Technology
Title: Cybersecurity of Critical Control Networks
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense/Air Force

Ann Oatman
Athletics
Title: DII Tournament Expenses in Omaha 2010-2011
Sponsor: Douglas County

Constance O'Brien
College of Arts and Sciences/Physics
Title: Aim for the Stars: The Arts Suit Science
Sponsor: Nebraska Arts Council

Mary Lynn Reiser
College of Business Administration/Economics
Title: Kazanjian Web Project
Sponsor: Kazanjian Economics Foundation

Nicholas Stergiou
College of Education/Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Title: The Effect of Aging and Vascular Occlusion on Variability in Gait Patterns
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

William Wakefield
College of Public Affairs and Community Service/Criminology and Criminal Justice
Title: U.S. Probation Evaluation of MRT Program
Sponsor: U.S. Probation Office

For assistance with research activities, call the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at 554.2286, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/.

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UNO UFO Study Group to Air "Spooky Action at a Distance" This Fall

The UNO UFO Study Group will broadcast its radio program "Spooky Action at a Distance" live on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. this fall. Anyone with an interest in the UFO phenomenon is encouraged to listen at http://www.unomavradio.com/.

During the fall semester, the UNO UFO Study Group will also 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.

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

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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) 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 http://www.unomaha.edu/security/maps.

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Single Payment Billing Starts This 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 csa@enroll.unomaha.edu.

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Thompson Alumni Center Available Free to UNO Groups

The Thompson Alumni Center is available at no cost to UNO colleges, departments and student groups for meetings, conferences, seminars, luncheons and other university-related events (excludes revenue-generating functions). In the last academic year, this amounted to a savings of nearly $80,000 for the UNO campus.

The beautiful Thompson Center is among Omaha's most versatile event facilities with multiple-use spaces that can accommodate groups large and small. Its hi-tech offerings include ceiling-mounted projectors, an audio and video distribution system, free Wi-Fi, high-speed Internet access and more. UNO groups also can utilize an affordably priced catering menu.

UNO faculty and staff also receive a 10-percent discount on room rental for personal events such as wedding receptions, graduation parties or professional/community group functions.

Revenues help the UNO Alumni Association's mission of supporting UNO.

Visit http://www.thethompsoncenter.org to see room descriptions, pictures, catering menus and prices. For more information, contact Director of Facilities Greg Trimm at 554.3368 or gtrimm@unoalumni.org.

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KANEKO-UNO Library

Starting with the fall semester this week, 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 http://library.unomaha.edu/kaneko/.

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PeopleSoft SIS Reporting Notice

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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:

http://www.ses.unomaha.edu/registrar/reporting.php

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 unoreports@unomaha.edu.

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Participants Sought for UNMC Smoking Cessation Study

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

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Nursing is seeking smokers 19 years of age and older to participate in a research study about thoughts and feelings related to classes about genetic contributions to smoking (IRB #226-09-FB).

A stipend is available for participation. Eligible individuals must:

- Smoke more than ten cigarettes/day; and

- Have an interest in stopping smoking within the next month.

This study involves:

- Participating in classes on either genetic or nutritional education;

- Participating in a group smoking cessation program with FDA-approved nicotine patch; and

- Participating in data collection five times during the study.

If interested, call Victoria M. Graeve-Cunningham at 559.6549.

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, daviddaniels@unomaha.edu or http://www.unomaha.edu/wwwocr/health/stampede.php.

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