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Elmwood Fitness Park

video by Charley Reed

June 29 marked the official opening of the Elmwood Fitness Park. The exercise area, located in Elmwood Park, is the result of hard work by recent UNO graduates Michaela Schenkelberg, Emily Casne and April Proskovec.


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

photo Criss Library Archives

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 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 . . .



Annual Salary Notifications Available in ESS Today

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 starting today, 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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MavCard System Downtime Today

The MavCard System will be unavailable today, 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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'Consider This' Investigates Flooding in Nebraska

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and her guests will investigate flooding in Nebraska. 

All you have to do is log on. Just what role does technology play?  Who's behind these amazing advances?  And, how has it made a difference in managing the situation.

Join Wyatt and her guests:

*Kimberly Thomas – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;

*Dave Pearson - National Weather Service; and

*Robert Swanson – director, Nebraska Water Science Center.

The program airs on NET 2 today, July 1, at 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 5, at 12:30 p.m.

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

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New Campus Icon PowerPoint Templates Available

UNO Campus Icon

Two new PowerPoint templates that feature the campus icon (the UNO "O") are now available for the campus community to use.  All UNO faculty and staff are encouraged to adopt these templates for on- and off- campus presentations.

"The new PowerPoint templates help with branding our institution," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations.  "It's one more tool for all of us."

The PowerPoints are available in a darker look with white text and a lighter look with black text. In both templates, a UNO campus icon sits on the top right corner of each page along with the university's official logo. The templates are available at in the Hot Box section.

For more information, call (402) 554.3502 or email

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UNO to Close July 4 to Commemorate Independence Day

UNO will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The 2011 holiday schedule is available online at

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Carillon Concert July 4 at UNO

The bells on campus will sound in honor of America this Monday, July 4, for "Let Freedom Ring," an outdoor carillon concert beginning at 9 a.m.

UNO carilloneur Shannon Richards will perform a 40-minute concert of patriotic and American folk music. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and sit on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

The concert will occur rain or shine. The community is invited to listen from their cars should inclement weather occur.  Read more.

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Criss Library Closed Monday, July 4

The Criss Library will be closed Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.  The library will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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Allwine Hall Construction Notice

The northwest doors of Allwine Hall will be replaced starting this Tuesday, July 5. Pedestrian traffic will be directed to the northeast or southwest entrances. This project should be completed by Friday, July 8.

Contact Walt Burr for questions at

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Participants Sought for School of HPER Study

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) at UNO is currently looking for healthy, non-obese, active men and women aged 19-35 to participate in a research study (IRB No. 063-11-FB) investigating how a moderate-intensity exercise session affects blood vessel function.

Participants will gain information on different types of exercise and the health benefits associated. The study will require one three-hour initial testing session, followed by three two-hour exercise-testing sessions.

If you are interested in being a participant, contact Amanda Fletcher at (402) 554.3221 or, to learn more about the study.

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Support UNO Through Social Media

Summer is the perfect time to become reaquainted with the UNO you don't know.

Find out all of the latest news and learn about what UNO has to offer by becoming connected to UNO through its multiple social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare.

Any questions about these sites and how you can stay connected with UNO through social media, contact Charley Reed at or (402) 554.2129.

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In The News

In the News

- On June 8, Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Arthur Diamond, Department of Economics, about his conference paper, "Keeping Our Cool: In Defense of Air Conditioning."

- David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in the June 30 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about minority population changes in Nebraska.

- Tom Gouttierre, International Studies and Programs and Center for Afghanistan Studies, spoke recently with KCBS (San Francisco), KLIN (Lincoln) and the Omaha World-Herald about President Barack Obama's recent decision to drawdown troops from Afghanistan.

- May 2011 graduate Michaela Schenkelberg was quoted in a June 29 (an Omaha World-Herald website) article about the new outdoor exercise area at Elmwood Park.

- The June 25 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about the odds of having twins, quoting Andrew Swift, Math Department.

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media - local, state, regional, national or international - we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

- Catherine "Cat" Reid, instructor for International Professional Development Program, recently had an article on "Constructing Culturally Competent Websites for International Business Programs" published in the Journal of Management Policy and Practice (volume 12, 2011).

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2243.

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On Stage

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, 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.

Collective Unconscious Theatre Preps for The Maids

This summer the Collective Unconscious Theatre at UNO will stage the French drama The Maids by Jean Genet, which follows the twisted role-playing fantasies of two sisters plotting to kill their employer.

Directed by Rachel Samson, The Maids runs at UNO's Weber Fine Arts Building July 28-30, and Aug. 4-6. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Read more.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it. Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number.

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