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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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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 . . .



HPER Building to be Host Site for WalkOmaha

Wellness Stampede

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

One of the most popular Cornhusker State Games (CSG) sports every year is a non-competitive event called Volkswalk. The term, originally called "Volksmarch," comes from Germany where everyone would gather and walk a 10-Kilometer course for exercise, fellowship and fun. The Germans realized the benefits of making exercise social and fun.

With growing participation in the Omaha area, Cornhusker State Games officials decided to begin hosting a Volkswalk in Omaha to allow metro-area residents to enjoy this simple, but meaningful experience in the convenience of their own community. The Omaha version has been appropriately titled "WalkOmaha," and offers all the same Cornhusker State Games perks as the Lincoln edition.

Each participant receives a Cornhusker State Games shirt, yearbook, meal/admission pass for the opening ceremonies and all finishers receive a commemorative medallion.

This year's WalkOmaha course will start and finish at UNO's Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building and incorporates the trails of beautiful and historic midtown Omaha. The event takes place Saturday, July 23, and participants can complete the course any time between 7 a.m. and noon. Along the route, there will be trivia questions, and walkers can find clues to answer the questions.

WalkOmaha is a great way to experience the Cornhusker State Games. Entries will be accepted on site but participants can register online, as well. Details and registration are available 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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Temporary Lot Q Closing and Lot M Stall Reservations

Lot Q (near the Bell Tower) and two rows of stalls in Lot M (24 stalls) will be closed early morning today, 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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Allwine Hall Construction Notice

The northwest doors of Allwine Hall will be replaced starting today, 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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Annual Shakespeare on the Green Alumni Picnic This Friday

Join fellow alumni at the annual Shakespeare on the Green Alumni Picnic Friday, July 8. The annual event features dinner at the Thompson Center followed by a performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on the green.

Friday, July 8 - 2011 Shakespeare on the Green Alumni Picnic & Play

6 p.m.   Picnic - Thompson Center

8 p.m.  "A Midsummer Night's Dream" – Elmwood Park

Cost is $12 per person which includes a picnic buffet, reserved spot "down front" at the play, reserved parking near the green, and a performance preview from Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Alan Klem.  Dinner features: Chicken, BBQ pork, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, cookie and beverages.

R.S.V.P. by end of business today, July 5 - online, email or phone:



*Toll-free: UNO-MAV-ALUM (866-628-2586).

For more information about the play, visit the Nebraska Shakespeare 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.

The remaining 2011 Shakespeare on the Green performance dates are 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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Mav-Rec Wellness & Human Resources to Offer Smoking Cessation Program

Wellness Stampede

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. The Mav-Rec Wellness is funding the program so UNO employees only need to pay $10 out of pocket.

"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. There are two dates and times 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.

All classes will be held in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

"This program would cost $250 a person if the individual had to pay for it out of pocket," Daniels said. "If an individual smokes a pack-a-day, quitting would save him or her $1,500 a year! $10 vs. $250 (or $1,500)...what a deal."

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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Annual Salary Notifications Available in ESS

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 are currently accessible via a link in ESS, 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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Summer Fidelity Counseling Sessions

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this June and July for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

Available dates are:
- July 13
- July 28

To make an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

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July 15 Workshop to Examine Spirituality and Aging

The workshop "Spirituality and Aging: An Obligation to Impart" will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at UNO.

The daylong workshop, held at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons, will provide patrons the tools and insight needed to see the wisdom and value elders bring to a faith community.

Sponsored by the Department of Gerontology, the workshop will cost $15 for attendees age 55 and older; $25 for attendees under age 55; and $50 for attendees who wish to receive Continuing Education Unit credits. Read More.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center Resting Metabolism Test

Were you aware that 75 percent of all calories burned are determined by your resting metabolism? Have your resting metabolism measured at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center. The cost is $60. Call (402) 554.3321 for an appointment.

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- Peter Szto, School of Social Work, recently was named to the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Commission on Global Social Work Education. He will serve a three-year term, which officially started July 1.

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