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Sitting in the Sun

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO student Mike Erdman takes advantage of the sun in the atrium of UNO's Mammel Hall. Artist June Kaneko's Bronze Two casts its own unique shadow on the atrium floor.

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Game Day Preparations

Mavericks Home Again

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's football season continues with its second home game of the 2010 season as the Mavericks host Ouachita Baptist on Thursday, September 9. Game time is 7 p.m. at UNO's Al Caniglia Field.

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2010.09.09

UNO Athletics Launches New Website

UNO Athletics has designed a new website called http://omahasteam.com/. This new website will accompany the department's http://omavs.com/ site.

With the implementation of OmahasTeam.com, Maverick fans will be able to access individual game or season tickets online at one site. The new website will also offer a clearinghouse of 'On-Demand' interviews from players and coaches as well as make it easier for fans to make donations to the athletic program under ‘The One Fund' tab.

"Please check the new website out and pass along to family and friends," said Josh White, associate athletic director for external relations.

For more information, contact White at joshwhite@unomaha.edu.

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Today's Jewelry Fair to Support United Way

Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other fun items will be on sale today, Sept. 9, in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Most items are $5 or less, and 10 percent of the receipts go directly to the United Way in UNO's name. Drop in and be surprised by the bargains and quality.

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Cheer on the Class of 2014 at Tonight's Football Game

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend tonight's home football game to cheer on the Class of 2014 for the inaugural Maverick Run. No more volunteers are needed prior to the game, but campus officials are hoping to pack the stands tonight when UNO takes on Ouachita Baptist at 7 p.m. The Maverick Run is designed to introduce UNO's freshman class to the campus and the Omaha community. Read more.

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Parking Notice for Tonight's ‘Thursday Night Football Game'

Campus Parking staff announce parking arrangements for tonight's 7 p.m. football game vs. Ouachita Baptist University. 

They are: 

- Lots O and R will be reserved These lots will be blocked off for game parking only at noon. No re-entry will be allowed after noon. 

- Lot Q will be reserved This lot will be blocked off for game parking only at 2:30 p.m. No re-entry will be allowed after 2:30 p.m. This lot will be paid parking starting at 4 p.m., UNO permit holders will be required to pay.   

- Lots M, N and the parking structure on University Drive East will be paid parking for visitors starting at 4 p.m. Vehicles with a valid UNO parking permit can park in these lots for free. 

- All other lots will be open as normal. 

- A special ‘Thursday Night Football Game' free Shuttle Bus Service will be available from Lot 14, at the Pacific Location starting at 5 p.m. 

To view parking maps, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/security/maps/. For more information, contact the Parking Department at (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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Constitution Week Celebration Sept. 13-17

Celebrate freedom with a variety of free events planned next week on campus by the Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics. Organizers seek to engage the university community to better understand and participate in activities designed to increase civic engagement.

Events are:

Tuesday, Sept. 14
- Constitution Forum: "Thomas Jefferson on Slavery and Race"
Presented by: Alan Gibson, Ph.D. and Constitutional Scholar
College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons Building
1 p.m.
Gibson is a professor of political science at California State University, Chico and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His primary research interests are focused on the political thought of James Madison and the study of the American founding. Refreshments will be served.

Monday through Friday, Sept. 13-17
- Norman Rockwell prints of the "Four Freedoms"
The prints will be on display all week in the Criss Library. Enter a drawing for a chance to win the book, In Our Defense, by Kennedy/Alderman.

For more information, contact Alice Woll at (402) 554.6019.

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Fall Faculty Recruitment Workshops Announced

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Human Resources - Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host two Faculty Recruitment Workshop this fall.

The workshop is designed for departments or schools anticipating a faculty search within two years. Participants might include deans, directors, chairs, faculty and administrative assistants. The workshop assists departments/schools in search processes that reflect UNO's commitment to faculty, staff and student diversity.

Both will be held in the in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room on:

- Tuesday, Sept. 14
1 to 2:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, Sept. 22
10 to 11:30 a.m.

The workshop will provide information on recruitment strategies, UNO

NEOGOV System, and EEO guidelines and requirements. Prior to all faculty searches, faculty involved in the search must attend one of these workshops. Faculty participating in searches must also attend a workshop once every two years.

R.S.V.P. to Sandy Byers at sbyers@unomaha.edu or (402) 554.2262.

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IS Offers Desktop Publishing Workshop

Information Services (IS) will offer Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing on Monday, Sept. 20 from noon to 1:45 p.m. in the 107 Criss Library. This session provides a hands-on opportunity to learn desktop publishing using the InDesign software package.

While designing a poster and a newsletter, participants will learn to:  insert and manipulate text and graphics and create a "master" template to use for future designs. Knowledge of other Adobe software titles is helpful but not necessary. 

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, but registration is required and will be on a first come first serve basis. There is a limit of 15 seats.

To register for this course: go to http://sapphire.nebraska.edu/standard/training.html.

For problems registering, contact IS Technical Support at (402) 554.4357. An e-mail will be sent confirming registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled.

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IS Offers Introduction to Web Design Course

Information Services (IS) will offer an Introduction to Web Design course on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in 104 Durham Science Center. 

Introduction to Web Design is a 90-minute hands-on course designed to orient users to some of the Dreamweaver tools used in conjunction with the UNO Web Templates. 

Covered topics include setting up a site through the "Site Manager," transferring files through the "Get" and  "Put" commands, using the "Find and Replace" function and why it is best to develop in a test environment.

Participants do not need to have a test site or be using the Web Templates to attend.  This course is intended to be taken prior to UNO Web Template training.

For questions, contact Erin King at (402) 554.3140 or erinking@unomaha.edu.

To register for this course: go to http://sapphire.nebraska.edu/standard/training.html.

For problems registering, contact IS Technical Support at (402) 554.4357. An e-mail will be sent confirming registration. A minimum sign-up of five people is required by 2 p.m. the day prior to class. An e-mail notification will be sent if the class is cancelled. Up to Top

Speech Center to Offer Fall Lunch & Learn Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided.  To register for one or more sessions or for more information contact a consultant at the Speech Consulting Center at (402) 554.3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu. Space is limited so students must register in advance.

Banish Those Butterflies: Overcoming Speech Anxiety
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 29
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) State Room

Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 26
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: MBSC U mon hon Room

Researching & Citing Sources: Preventing Plagiarism
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 1
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: MBSC State Room

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Save the Date and Food Cans Notice for Annual Bell Tower Challenge

Student organizations, athletic teams, performance groups, faculty, staff and administration--start saving food cans now for Eta Sigma Gamma's 17th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Omaha Food Bank. The challenge will take place at UNO on Wednesday, Oct. 20, starting at noon.

In the contest, teams of three people stack cans as the Bell Tower bells strike noon. Teams compete for awards for the most creative team, the most enthusiastic team and the team that stacks the most food cans. The two categories for prizes are students and faculty/staff.

Since its inception 44,918 pounds of food has been donated to the Omaha Food Bank.

"Through this UNO tradition we can help The Food Bank to once keep food pantries and meal sites stocked as record numbers of people suffer through these tough economic times," said David E. Corbin, faculty sponsor of Eta Sigma Gamma.

Visit http://www.unomaha.edu/esg/BT.html for the contest rules and entry form.

For more information, contact Dr. Corbin or Shandy Ramet at (402) 554.2670 or dcorbin@.unomaha.edu.

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Deadline Tomorrow for SOLP Annual Fall Leadership Conference

The Registration deadline for Student Organizations & Leadership Programs annual Fall Leadership Conference is Friday, Sept. 10. This year's event, "Unpacking Emotionally Intelligent Leadership," will be held Saturday. Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room.

Registration is $10 and includes the conference, lunch and a T-shirt.  All registrations and payment are due in the MBSC Business Office by tomorrow at 5 p.m. Payment is accepted in cash, check, credit/debit, MavCard and departmental cost center. 

The presenter will be Dr. Scott Allen, co-author of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for College Students, professor of leadership and nationally touring facilitator. The event is open to all students interested in learning more about leadership in an engaging and dynamic atmosphere. 

The registration form is available at http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/leadershipconf.pdf. Contact Barb Treadway-Janousek or Erin Cron in SOLP with questions at (402) 554.2711.

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HR to Host Reverse Mortgage Seminar Sept. 15

Human Resources and Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Nebraska (CCCSN) will co-sponsor the first Smart Money Seminar of the semester on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room. The topic – "What is a Reverse Mortgage?"

CCCSN staff will offer tips on a reverse mortgage, which is only available to seniors. This type of loan releases the home equity in the property as one lump sum or multiple payments. CCCSN is a non-profit community service organization and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

A brown bag seminar, participants are invited to bring their lunch.

For more information, call HR at (402) 554.2321.

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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 http://projectinterfaithusa.org/page/community-mosaic-project to learn more.

For more information contact Beth Katz, Project Interfaith, at beth@projectinterfaithusa.org or (402) 933.4647; or visit http://www.projectinterfaithusa.org.

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Single Payment Billing Under Way

Beginning with the fall 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 payment is due in full by 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 (402) 554.2324 or csa@enroll.unomaha.edu.

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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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Registration Deadline Sept. 16 for UNO's Corporate Cup Team

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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. The deadline for registration is Thursday, Sept. 16.

"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 http://omahacorporatecup.org/Event%20Information.html.

- 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 http://omahacorporatecup.org/index.html. 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 next Thursday.

Run/Walk without T-shirt is $15. More details are available for UNO participants at http://www.unomaha.edu/enotes/2010/img/corpcupprocedures10.pdf.

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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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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Applicants Sought for 2011 Nebraska Certified Public Manager ® Program

The Nebraska Certified Public Manager ® (CPM) Program is now accepting applications for its 2011 class.

The Nebraska CPM program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program. The UNO School of Public Administration launched the CPM Program in January of 2009. The program's primary purpose is to foster and encourage the highest possible levels of performance and ethical practice in public and nonprofit managers. Applications for the 2011 Omaha class of Nebraska CPM are due by Tuesday, Nov. 30. Each application will be reviewed upon receipt of completed packets.

Space is limited, so students must register in advance. For questions about the program, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/cpm or contact Mary Hamilton at mary.hamilton@cox.net or 554.2625.

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