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This Week UNO History... Omaha University Becomes the University of Nebraska at Omaha

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In the midst of a budget crisis and with the very real possibility of Omaha University shutting its doors sometime in the upcoming decade, the University of Nebraska welcomed the University of Nebraska at Omaha into its system in August 1968. Thanks to the merger UNO's enrollment increased to 11,000 students and gained access to state funding. Since the merger over 40 years ago, UNO's enrollment has grown to 15,000 students, its classification has risen to a Doctoral/Research university, its athletics program has moved to Division I and its area spans from Dodge Street south to Center Street and from 60th Street west to 72nd Street.

Source: UNO Gateway Archives

the Big Picture

turkey vultures

Don't Park Under the TV Tower

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

The NETV tower on the UNO campus is attracting some unusual visitors ... turkey vultures. More than 50 were perched on the tower Tuesday (June 28) morning. They appear to be roosting on the tower overnight.


The ABCs of the Alumni House

The ABCs of the Alumni House

Before it was the Thompson Alumni Center, one of the few places on campus that can be considered iconic to UNO's image in Omaha, the plot of land on the west end of campus was owned by two Omaha families: The Storzes and the Shirleys. continue . . .



Bartle to Serve As Acting Dean for CPACS

John Bartle will serve as the acting dean for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) starting this fall.  His appointment was approved at the most recent University of Nebraska Board of Regents meeting.

B.J. Reed, dean of CPACS, will begin serving as interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs also starting this fall.  At the end of this past spring semester Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes announced her retirement, effective Aug. 31.

Bartle is the director of the School of Public Administration and is the David Scott Diamond Professor of Public Affairs.  He came to UNO in 1994.  Last year, he was named a National Academy of Public Administration fellow.

Ethel Williams will serve as acting director of the School of Public Administration.

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MavCard System Downtime Today, Tomorrow

The MavCard System will be unavailable today, June 30, and Friday, July 1, due to an upgrade. MavCard users will not be able to use your MavCard to make purchases in Food Services, the Bookstore, computer labs, vending machines, off-campus merchants or any other areas where the MavCard is accepted. However, MavCards will be able to be used for door access, entrance into Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building and Criss Library book checkout.

For more information, contact MavCard Services at (402) 554.2220.

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Shakespeare on the Green Continues on Stage Tonight

This year marks the 25th birthday celebration for Nebraska Shakespeare and William Shakespeare's 447th birthday. Shakespeare on the Green returns to Elmwood Park with Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream this summer. Hamlet runs tonight, June 30, through July 1-3, 7, 9. A Midsummer Night's Dream runs July 6, 8, 10. 

The two professional productions are free to the many thousands of supporters who attend the family friendly and magical experience. Many arrive early with picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs to get a good spot "on the green."

Activities start at 6 p.m. at the Towne Square, featuring live music, concessions, souvenirs and an educational "Shakesperience." Attend the nightly pre-show seminars where artists and scholars gather to meet the audience and discuss Shakespeare's text, current productions and relevant contemporary topics at 6:30 p.m. Read more.

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Annual Salary Notifications Available in ESS July 1

For many years the University of Nebraska has mailed hard copies of salary notifications to most employees. In an effort to save printing and distribution costs and to make information more accessible to employees, salary notifications will be distributed for the first time via *. Just as you access paycheck stubs, bank information, W-2's, etc., salary notifications will be accessible via a link in ESS this Friday, July 1, with the exception to faculty members represented by the UNO American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

To access your salary notification in Firefly, do the following:

1. Click the Employee Self Service tab.

2. In the Payment section, click the Annual Salary Notification link.

The salary notification will open in PDF format. You can save it to your computer and/or print. (Note: If you've recently upgraded to Adobe Acrobat Reader 10.1, the toolbar showing the print and save icons do not appear. To view the toolbar, press F8 on your keyboard.) This Annual Salary Notification link will remain in ESS until the following year, and only the current year's notification will be accessible.

Please contact your campus help desk if you have problems with Firefly or opening the PDF file. Please contact your supervisor if you have salary questions.

*Not every employee at the university will receive a salary notification via Employee Self Service. Employees who do not receive a notification will see the following message, "Annual salary notification not available. Please contact your supervisor."

Questions? Contact:, 402.472.7373, 877.472.7694.

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University Housing to Streamline Residence Hall Inquiries

Starting Friday, July 1, University Housing will have one centralized way for faculty, staff, students and families to communicate their housing questions. Any on-campus or off-campus housing questions can now be directed to: (402) 554.6605 or

Depending on your question, you will be assisted or transferred to the appropriate person or place (University Village, Maverick Village, Scott Village, Scott Hall, Scott Court, etc.). 

"This will streamline the communication process and provide one central way to contact us for any questions, said Bill Pickett, director of University Housing.

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2011-2012 Parking Permit Sales Begin Tomorrow

Parking Services has announced the sale of parking permits for the 2011-2012 academic year will begin this 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, visit For any questions, call the Parking Services office at (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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Bank of the West Concert Friday; 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. View a campus parking map or get directions at

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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Study Abroad Exchange Program Deadlines for Spring 2012

Students thinking about studying abroad during the spring 2012 semester should start planning now. UNO Exchange programs offer students the opportunity to earn credits towards their degree, while utilizing their UNO financial aid and scholarships.

Interested students may visit the Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall (ASH) to speak with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made with the Study Abroad Advisor, Emily Hardt, by calling (402) 554.2293.

Important Dates:
- ISEP Exchange Priority Deadline ( Aug. 24, 2011
- UNO Study Abroad Fair: Sept. 28, 2011
- Direct Exchange Deadline: Oct. 3, 2011
- MAUI-Utrecht Exchange Deadline: Placement may still be possible (please inquire).

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Temporary Lot Q Closing and Lot M Stall Reservations for July 5

Lot Q (near the Bell Tower) and two rows of stalls in Lot M (24 stalls) will be closed early morning Tuesday, July 5, to allow contractor access while delivering a crane for Bell Tower maintenance. These areas must be closed due to oversized equipment.

These lots will be re-opened by Facilities Management & Planning when equipment setup is completed.

The site of the crane will be fenced off and temporary drive aisles provided adjacent to the construction site. The crane will be on-site until approximately Wednesday, July 20.

Shuttle bus drop off and pick up will be in Lot M, near the lower level of Criss Library, for the duration of the project.

For questions, call Parking Services at (402) 554.PARK (7275).

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HR to Offer Summer Wellness Videos

Wellness Stampede

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

This summer Human Resources will be sponsoring two wellness seminars.

* Junk Food Wars – July 13

* Obesity in a bottle:  Understanding Liquid Calories and Nutrition – Aug. 10

The format for each seminar will be a short video and then a question and answer session. The video will be shown at 10 a.m. then repeated at 10:30 a.m. 

Information will also be available at each seminar on the new My Plate (formerly My Pyramid) nutrition guide and website.

For details, visit

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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UNO Exercise Physiology Lab and Fitness Center V02 Max

Endurance athletes: What is your maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max)? VO2 max is a very strong predictor of endurance performance. Have your VO2 max assessed at UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. The cost is $90. Call (402) 554.3221 for an appointment.

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Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge Now Underway

Wellness Stampede Sustainability Graphic

Looking for an excuse to get back on a bicycle? Need motivation to get more exercise? Want to reduce dependency on oil while saving money? Team UNO is looking for faculty and staff (including students employed by UNO) to participate in this year's Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge.

The Challenge started May 1 and ends Oct. 1. Anyone can join anytime during this period and any amount of bike-to-work commuting counts (both miles and number of trips). There are no meetings to attend, no practice required and plenty of bike parking available. For the past three years UNO has come in first place in its division in the city. 

Anyone interested in joining or who has question about Team UNO can contact John Noble at or Angie Eikenberry at

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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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