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SummerWorks Gives Locomotives a Bath

video by Charley Reed

The UNO SummerWorks program worked alongside Lauritzen Gardens volunteers and staff Thursday, July 7, 2011 as they cleaned the two mammoth Union Pacific locomotives.


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Arts and Sciences Hall

Arts and Sciences Hall: UNO's Cornerstone

Before the University of Nebraska at Omaha was even truly a campus, let alone part of the University of Nebraska system, almost all of its classes were held in what is today known as Arts and Sciences Hall. Opened for classes in 1938, the building that started it all will hit the 75th anniversary of its approval later this year and its diamond anniversary for construction next summer. continue . . .



Flood Relief Workshop for Local Businesses Today at Thompson Alumni Center

Nebraska and Iowa business owners, county, city and state officials who have been impacted by the recent flooding – and those businesses that can offer support to flood victims in Nebraska and Iowa – are encouraged to attend a free workshop today, July 27, at UNO.

The seminar on flood recovery contracting and subcontracting runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Thompson Alumni Center. Read more.

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Information Services Announces August Blackboard 9.1 Workshops

Information Services (IS) will be offering a series of workshops designed to teach faculty about ways to use Blackboard 9.1 to enhance student learning. Workshops begin on Monday, Aug. 1, and run through Thursday, Aug. 4. All workshops will be held in the 107 Criss Library. For full course descriptions and to get registered, visit

IS will also be offering two brown bag lunch demonstrations to acquaint faculty with the changes in Blackboard 9.1. The first brown bag will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The second session will be held on Friday, Aug. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in 290 Arts & Sciences Hall.  Registration is not required for these sessions.

Have a quick Blackboard question you'd like to ask, but don't feel like you need to take a full workshop?  Join the IS team for Blackboard Drop-In ASK? Sessions will be held: Thursday, Aug. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or Monday, Aug. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Those interested in ASK? Sessions should come to the 104 Eppley Administration Building. These sessions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and are not intended to take the place of training workshops.

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Surplus Property Van Notice

Surplus Property has a 2000 Ford Van available for department use only.

Surplus recently received a 2000 Ford fleet vehicle: 2000 Ford E350 Cutaway Van; Triton V8; 14 foot box; Tommy lift gate and 85k miles.

The vehicle is available for viewing by appointment at Mail Services, 106 Eppley Administration Building. For details on this department-only acquisition, call Surplus Property at (402) 554.2337.

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Deadline This Friday for UNO's Corporate Cycling Challenge Team

Wellness Stampede

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

UNO will field another cycling team for the 21st Annual Corporate Cycling Challenge to be held Sunday, Aug. 21, beginning at Heartland of America Park, 8th and Douglas. New this year, Human Resources will cover the entry fee for UNO employees. The registration deadline is this Friday, July 31.

"UNO has had significant representation at this event and with the fee waived and opening it up to family members we are hoping to continue the tradition with a much larger showing at this year's event," said Mike Grube, team captain and IT specialist for Support Services.

The waived fee only applies to people on the UNO payroll, including full- and part-time faculty and staff, adjunct faculty, graduate assistants and student workers. Spouses, significant others and children can participate for a $5 per person entry fee.

UNO participants can choose from several routes, distances and start times:

- Olde River Ride
10 miles
9 a.m.

- Riverside Ride
25 miles
8:30 a.m.

- Tour De Fort
42 miles
8 a.m.

UNO participants can sign up by returning the following packet ( to "Mike Grube in EAB 208N." The packet includes a waiver form that participants need to complete, as well as indicate their shirt size and riding distance choices. Everyone who returns a completed waiver will receive a free UNO Athletics T-shirt. Participants may also choose to purchase this year's official Corporate Cycling Challenge T-shirt for $10, proceeds of which are used for trail development in the Omaha Metropolitan area. For team UNO questions, email

For more information on the routes, sponsors and pre/post-race celebrations, 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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Hi-tech Classrooms and Labs Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7 Aug. 13

Information Services (IS) will upgrade all Hi-tech Classrooms and the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) and 104 Durham Science Center (DSC) computer labs beginning Saturday, Aug. 13, to Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7.

What does this mean for you?

New look – This semester the folders have been removed from the desktop. You will find the programs you are looking from the Start menu > All programs.  Instructions in the classrooms have been updated to reflect this change.

Same file formats – Files created in MS Office 07 (Word, Powerpoint or Excel) can be opened and edited without issues in Office 2010. Files created in versions of MS Office older than 07 may not open or may display with formatting changes.

Considerations when installing your own software – Faculty and staff who install additional software in the Hi-tech classrooms or who require additional software installed for them in the computer labs, need to ensure their software is compatible with the Windows 7 64-bit operating software.

If possible, install and test your software prior to your first class. Contact your department technology support personnel or IS Technical Support Services at (402) 554.4357 if you have questions.

How can you prepare?

1.  Visit for FAQ's, tutorials, etc.

2.  Attend a Brown Bag Demonstrations -Transitioning to Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7

*Wednesday, July 27, Noon to 1 p.m., MBSC, Jenkins Room

*Thursday, Aug. 11, Noon to 1 p.m., MBSC, Unomaha Room

3. Purchase for Home Use - Microsoft Software on sale July 11 through Aug. 12

*To encourage faculty and staff to become familiar with Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010 before the Fall 2011 Semester, Information Services will be selling the Work-at-Home software (Windows 7 upgrade and Office 2010) to UNO faculty and staff at a discounted price of $15 per each. To purchase the Work-at-Home software, make sure you have sufficient funds on your MavCard, then stop by IS Technical Support Services in the 104 Eppley Administration Building.

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22nd Annual Nebraska Data Conference on Aug. 16 at UNO

The Nebraska State Data Center will hold its 22nd Annual Data Conference Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. 2010 Census information has recently been released, so come learn about all the latest data products, methods of access, and applications by attending this information-filled conference.

Census information aids our understanding of how changes in the population can affect our communities. With this information the Nebraska State Data Center has constructed detailed sessions that will assist in our comprehension and use of this information. Specific sessions at the conference include: statics on our aging population and its implications, workforce and unemployment data, housing and household trends, local population dynamics, and how to obtain information online using the new American FactFinder data retrieval tool.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about your community or applications in your professional life. To learn more about the conference or to register, visit

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August Development Workshops for New Faculty/Graduate Assistants

The 2011 Fall Development Workshops for new faculty and graduate assistants, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), will be held Monday, Aug. 15. The faculty workshop will continue Tuesday, Aug. 16.

These workshops have been a tradition at UNO for more than 30 years. They provide new faculty and new graduate assistants with an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting while learning about UNO—our metropolitan mission and strategic goals, our students, our academic support services, and faculty development opportunities. 

For more information about the workshops, see the FacConnect Calendar at You may also contact the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or or Deborah Smith-Howell at (402) 554.4849 or

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August Development Workshop for Part-time Faculty

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor the 2011 Fall Development Workshops for all part-time faculty at UNO.  Workshops are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Aug. 17 and 18, from 4:45 to 8:15 p.m. in College of Public Affairs and Community Service Commons.

The agenda is the same each evening and faculty should choose the day that works best for them. The workshop provides information about UNO and teaching targeted to both new and experienced part-time faculty.

For more information about the workshops, see the FacConnect Calendar at You can register by calling the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or emailing your desired evening to give your full name, department, phone number and preferred evening.

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Call for Video Topics: Student Organizations, Fall 2011 Courses, and Faculty Research

University Relations is looking for interested faculty and staff who would like to be the subject of a short video profiling the student organizations they advise, the courses they will be teaching in fall, or the research they are currently working on.

As part of UNO's online presence, University Relations produces dozens of videos which are then hosted on YouTube and the website. Last semester videos were created that featured topics like MavRadio, UNO's student-run radio station, a course called "Language and Comics," featuring Dr. Frank Bramlett from the Department of English, research from Dr. Raj Dasgupta on the detection of landmines using robotics, and many more.

All of the videos from last semester can be found either at or at

If you are interested in being profiled for these kinds of videos, or if you know of someone who would be interested, contact Charley Reed at or by phone at (402) 554.2129.

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Hold the Date - Freshman Convocation Is Aug. 26

Hold the Date. UNO's Freshman Convocation will be held at Caniglia Field on Friday, Aug. 26, at noon. All faculty and staff are invited.

The rain location is the Sapp Fieldhouse.

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UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center Cholesterol Test

Know your numbers: High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors for all types of cardiovascular diseases. Have your cholesterol screened for $25 at the UNO Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Center today. Call (402) 554.3221 for an appointment.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Gardening H2O

Collect rainwater for watering the garden.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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