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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 . . .



NU Appoints Mary Paulett Niemiec to Lead Online Education Efforts

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University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken announced July 5 that Mary Paulett Niemiec has been appointed as NU's associate vice president for distance education and director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide. Niemiec currently serves as executive director of external education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is responsible for developing, directing and promoting the university's online, blended and professional development programs.

Niemiec's appointment at NU begins Aug. 15. She will provide leadership in achieving the broad goals of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, the university-wide distance education platform that has experienced significant growth since it was launched in 2010. Read more.

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Teens to Clean, Wash, Massive Locomotives at Lauritzen Gardens

High school students taking part in UNO's SummerWorks program will spend Thursday, July 7, at Lauritzen Gardens, but they won't be mowing, weeding or gardening. Their project will be more like a car wash . . . an extremely big car wash.

The SummerWorks students will work alongside Lauritzen Gardens volunteers and staff as they clean two mammoth locomotives -- Big Boy No. 4023 and Centennial No. 6900. Training will begin at 9:30 a.m. with cleaning expected to be completed by 2:30 p.m. Participants will be using ladders and scrub brushes to give the locomotives a thorough foam bath. (Rain date will be July 12.)  Centennial and Big Boy are each more than 10 feet in width, 16 feet high and weigh tons.  Read more.

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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, July 7 and 9. A Midsummer Night's Dream runs July 8 and 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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'Consider This' Investigates Violent Video Games and Kids

On the next edition of "Consider This," host Cathy Wyatt and guests investigate violent video games and kids.  Who makes them, sells them, buys them and monitors them? And, what are the consequences?

Wyatt shares expert advice from a gamer and child psychiatrist: Dale Miller, founder of Gamers and Dr. Howard Liu, child psychiatrist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The program airs on NET today, July 7, at 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, at 11:30 a.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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University Housing Streamlines On- and Off-Campus Housing Inquiries

University Housing now offers a one centralized way for faculty, staff, students, families, etc. 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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HR to Offer Summer Wellness Videos

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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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Mileage Reimbursement Rate Reminder

Effective with travel occurring on or after July 1, 2011, all mileage reimbursements for approved travel by personal automobile will be at the rate of fifty-five and one half cents ($.555) per mile as established by the IRS. The previous rate (January 1, 2011 to June 20, 2011) rate was fifty-one cents ($.51) per mile.

This rate should also be used when reimbursing visiting personnel or students for their travel. UNO's mileage reimbursement policy can be found at

Contact Accounting Services at (402) 554.2320 with questions.

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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:

*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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Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge Now Underway

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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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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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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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