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This Week in UNO History... Don Leahy Selected as UNO Athletic Director

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On July 30, 1974, Don Leahy was selected as UNO's new athletic director, replacing Clyde Biggers. Prior to coming to UNO, Leahy was director of coliseum activities at Ak-Sar-Ben and, before that, was head football coach and athletic director of Creighton Prep. At the time, Leahy's biggest struggle was finding UNO a conference affiliation, which was eventually accomplished in 1976 by joining the North Central Conference. Since his retirement in 1997, Leahy has remained a fixture on the UNO campus, and is currently serving as Associate Athletic Director under Trev Alberts.

Source: UNO Gateway Archives



Retirement Reception Aug. 3 for Susan McCollum

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception Wednesday, Aug. 3, for Susan McCollum. The reception will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room from 3 to 5 p.m.

Contact Joe Price at (402) 554.3476 for reception questions.

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Upcoming Fidelity Counseling Sessions Announced

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

Available dates are:

- Aug. 8 and 29
- Sept. 12 and 29

To make an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

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UNO Launches IT Academy for Local IT Professionals, Managers

Local IT professionals are invited to attend a quarterly series of professional development seminars hosted by the College of Information Science and Technology at UNO.

The first sessions are Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, at the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, 1110 S. 67th St. For morning sessions, breakfast is served during registration from 7 to 8 a.m. Morning sessions run from 8 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served at noon, with afternoon sessions running from 1 to 5 p.m.

The academy will be held every quarter and include some repeated sessions and new and emerging topics of relevance to the IT community. Faculty and staff from the College of Information Science and Technology will lead the seminars. Read more.

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2011-2012 Parking Permit Sales Under Way

Parking permits for the 2011-2012 academic year are officially on sale. 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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UNO Bookstore Summer Hours

The current regular summer Bookstore hours are:

- Monday through Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regular fall hours will resume Tuesday, Aug. 23.


*Aug. 10-11, open until 6 p.m. for Textbook Buyback

*Aug. 15-19 open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Aug. 20-21 open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Support UNO Through Social Media

Summer is the perfect time to become reacquainted 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.

Contact Charley Reed at or (402) 554.2129 to learn more about these sites.

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In the News

In the News

- Jerry Deichert, Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in a Lincoln Journal Star story that focused on Nebraska's shrinking rural population. The story ran July 22.

- Jack Heidel, Department of Math, discussed how is weighing running for U.S. Congress. The Omaha World-Herald story ran July 25.

- The Omaha World-Herald quoted Monty Mathews, Athletics, about school systems in the area examining how to handle student athletes who have experienced a concussion in its July 25 edition. Matthews is also an assistant professor at UNMC.

- A 2009 study done by Steven Shultz, Department of Economics, was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald story that focused on the recreational use of the Niobrara River. The story ran July 23.

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

- Robert Woody, Department of Psychology, authored an article titled "Maintaining Your Status as a Professional Musician," appearing in THE SOUND, the Official Publication of the Omaha Musicians' Association - Local 70-558, AFM, AFL-CIO.

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 554.2243.

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On Stage

FAUST Sponsors Red Hamlet Production

The Fine Art University Student Theatre (FAUST) organization at UNO is sponsoring The Red Theater Collective's production of Red Hamlet, which reinterprets Shakespeare's play by using a collaborative writing process to generate dynamic images and sounds. The show runs Friday through Saturday, July 29-30, in the Weber Fine Arts Building's Black Box Theater. Curtain is 9:30 p.m.

The Red Theater Collectives of Omaha and Lincoln have previously staged Red Hamlet, at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. More information can be found at the group's website:

Tickets for the show are $5 for students and $10 for the public.

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 29-30 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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On Exhibit

Creative Writing Contest Works on Display at Criss Library

- "Through our Words:  Second Creative Writing Contest in Spanish Exhibit"
Now through Aug. 5
H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Nebraska students in grades five through 12 were invited to submit poems and comics in Spanish for "Through our Words:  Second Creative Writing Contest" sponsored by the Department of Foreign languages, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO as well as the Nebraska Humanities Council.  This program was funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, 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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