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Helping to Curb the Missouri River

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

About 100 Omaha high school students have been busy this week filling sand bags to help protect the City of Omaha's South Omaha Sewage Treatment Facility from the rising Missouri River waters. The students are part of UNO's new SummerWorks program which is funded by private donations and supervised by UNO's Service-Learning Academy. The students are gaining work experience, learning new job skills and exploring Omaha this summer.

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SummerWorks Program Fill Sandbags, Help Omaha

video by Charley Reed

This summer, the UNO Service-Learning Academy is bringing jobs to area high school students through the SummerWorks initiative. Their first order of business: to aid flood relief efforts in the Omaha-Metro area.


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NU News Release: University of Nebraska Announces Email Migration Agreement With Microsoft

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University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced this week that the university has entered into an agreement with the Microsoft Corp. to migrate its email and calendaring system to a new cloud-based system that will better meet the needs of its faculty, staff and administrators and reduce annual costs by as much as 50 percent.

Over the next 12 to 18 months, all NU campuses will migrate from the current Lotus Notes e-mail system to the Microsoft system. The university will install an Office 365 cloud-based email system at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska Central Administration, and Exchange 2010 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (a premise-based version preferred because of HIPAA requirements). Most employees, including all those currently using Lotus Notes, will not have to change their email address. Student migration will depend on existing agreements. Read more.

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Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers Concert Canceled

Editor's note: The rescheduled Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers concert has been canceled. It had been set for tonight at Stinson Park, 67th & Center, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event was sponsored by Native American Studies at UNO. No other rescheduling information is available at this time.

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Career Fair Event for Middle School Students Set for June 29

The UNO Service Learning Academy has brought together area high school students taking part in the university's Summer Scholars Program and UNO graduate students taking "Human Resources in the Schools" for a unique service-learning project that focuses on career exploration and preparing for college. The graduate students in Karen Hayes' service-learning course led small group workshops with the Summer Scholars, a group of 46 rising high school seniors, on the topics of resume development, essay writing, interpersonal communication skills and interviewing earlier this month. The Summer Scholars will take the skills they learned and host a career fair for middle school students from the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club. The fair will take place on Wednesday, June 29 at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Read more.

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2011-2012 Parking Permit Sales Begin July 1

Parking Services has announced the sale of parking permits for the 2011 - 2012 academic year will begin on Friday, July 1.

All parking permits are required to be purchased online at

The online purchasing system will require a NetID username and password; primary vehicle information; and information on any additional vehicles owned that will be parking on campus. This information includes the vehicle’s make, model, color and license plate number.

Parking Services will mail a permit following the processing of the online order.

There will also be several changes to parking regulations at UNO, effective the start of the Fall 2011 semester. These include parking permit prices, parking violation fines, appeal procedures and use of the MavCard for garage access.

For more information on these changes, please visit For any questions, please call the Parking Services office at (402) 554.PARK(7275).

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EAB Vestibules Carpet Installation Continues

Eppley Administration Building's (EAB) north and south vestibules will continue to have new carpet installed during the evening hours of 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. through Thursday, June 30. Carpet instillation in Eppley began Monday, June 27.

Each vestibule will be open during normal building hours. The public is cautioned to watch their step through the area.

Floors Inc. is doing the work. For comments or concerns about this project, UNO's project contact is Marko Butsyak (402) 554.2870 or Diane Sunde (402) 554.2267.

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HPER Suite 109 Construction Notice

Remodeling of the exercise lab in 109 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building continues today through Friday, Aug. 12, when the project will substantially be completed.

The contractor is McGinnis Construction. For comments or concerns about this project, the UNO project contact is Patrick MacBride (402) 554.4103 or Diane Sunde (402) 554.2267.

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Mav-Rec Wellness & Human Resources to Offer Smoking Cessation Program

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

If you want to quit smoking, join UNO Mav-Rec Wellness for "BEAT THE PACK." This five-week cessation program will give smokers the tools needed to break the habit.

"This in-house program will provide peer support and useful information to assist you in this life change; including what medications and treatments your insurance provider covers," said Dave Daniels, assistant director for fitness/wellness and instructional programs at UNO.

The cost to attend the five-week session is just $10. All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. There are two date and time options:

*The early morning session meets at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 19 and 26/Aug. 2 and 9.

*The lunch session meets at noon on Thursday, July 21 and 28/Aug. 4, 11 and 18.

Registration information is available online at or by emailing Daniels 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, visit

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Strong Bones Fitness Class Offered at HPER

Interested in joining a supervised fitness class aimed at strengthening muscle and bone, reducing the risk of falling and enhancing movement quality in everyday life? Then join, Strong Bones. For more information, call (402) 554.3221.

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Questions Sought for KVNO Congressional Conversations

KVNO Congressional Conversations is a 15-minute live or live-to-tape interview program with members of Nebraska's Congressional delegation that is broadcast and streamed online three Mondays each month during the morning drive. Host Robert Franklin, general operations director for KVNO Radio and UNO Television, facilitates individual once-monthly interview segments with each member via telephone or in the KVNO broadcast studios.

During a conversational segment of the program, Franklin interviews the member. The member will use remaining minutes to address listener questions. Topics include international, national, state and local issues affecting residents of Nebraska's Second Congressional District and Nebraskans statewide.

KVNO promotes the Congressional Conversations program in regular rotation throughout the month, inviting listeners to submit their questions for members by mail or online. KVNO pre-screens questions to ensure appropriateness for broadcast. A dedicated web page - - features delegate photos, biographic information, links to delegate Congressional web pages, archived programs and instructions for submitting questions.

Submit questions to:

*Interviewer and Program Facilitator
Robert A. Franklin, Ph. D.
General Operations Director
KVNO Radio and UNO Television
6001 Dodge St., CB200
Omaha, NE 68182-0234
(402) 554.2716/

*Co-Executive Producer
Patricia Aroneseno
Assistant Development Manager
KVNO Radio and UNO Television
6001 Dodge St., CB200
Omaha, NE 68182-0234
(402) 554.5866/

*Co-Executive Producer
Kim Balkovec
Media Development Director
KVNO Radio and UNO Television
6001 Dodge St., CB200
Omaha, NE 68182-0234
(402) 554.2701/

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Parking Closing Notice for Shakespeare on the Green

Several parking stalls will be unavailable on performance dates near this summer's Shakespeare on the Green site in Elmwood Park, adjacent to UNO on the Dodge Location. Signs and barricades will be posted.

2011 Shakespeare on the Green performance dates:

*June 30-July 3

*July 6-10

Designated stalls will be closed all day long so stalls can be reserved for performance nights. Those affected include Lot Q (west side located near College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building) and Lot M (south and west side located near Criss Library). In addition, on July 8, additional stalls will be reserved in Lot M.

For questions, contact Parking Services at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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Moms Sought for HPER Internet Usage Study

Do you live in Omaha? Are you pregnant or are you in the first year since having a baby? If so, researchers from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation would like to know more about your use of the Internet related to your health.

Complete UNO's Physical Activity in Health Promotion survey. Once you complete the survey you may participate in a discussion group and all participants of the discussion group will be provided diapers for their child as compensation for their time.

Click on the link below to participate in the survey.

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University Housing Seeks Volunteers for Move-in

Staff from University Housing would enjoy having members of the campus community volunteer to help welcome UNO's newest students during move-in days, Aug. 18 and 19.

Dedicated volunteers are needed to help unload cars, pass out water and be that welcoming UNO face for students and their families. Those interested can sign up online at

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Bank of the West Concert Set for Friday July 1st; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert takes place Friday, July 1, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will again provide free parking.

This year's entertainment includes .38 Special and Cheap Trick. A fireworks grand finale will follow the performances at 10 p.m.

Be aware that campus parking usually fills by 7 p.m. In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage (University Drive East Parking Structure) will be open after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park on campus to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street. Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific campuses stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. People who park at the Pacific Campus for the concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

Bank of the West, in cooperation with the city of Omaha, annually sponsors the outdoor concert and fireworks finale. For more information, visit the concert website.

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Patrick McNamara Receives Fulbright Award

Patrick McNamara has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar grant to teach and do research in India during 2011. McNamara will be hosted at the Sampradaan Indian Centre for Philanthropy in New Delhi working with them to help strengthen the community foundation movement in India. He will also teach social entrepreneurship at Jaypee University and do a case study of a water conflict in Gujarat state. Read more.

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