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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



UNO Launches New Master Calendar System Today

UNO is pleased to announce that beginning today, Aug. 1, the university is launching a new master calendar that allows for the inclusion of all university-sanctioned events on campus.

"One of the shortfalls of our previous system was a lack of integration between departments, colleges, and organizations," said Tim Kaldahl, UNO's director of University Relations. "Now everyone can see just how active UNO's campus actually is."

The UNO Master Calendar of Events can be accessed at

For questions about the calendar, contact Sharon Larsen, by email at or by phone at (402) 554.3301.

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Information Services Offers Blackboard 9.1 Workshops

Information Services (IS) will offer a series of workshops designed to teach faculty about ways to use Blackboard 9.1 to enhance student learning. Workshops begin today, 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 offer 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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Parking Lot Closing Notice

UNO's Parking Office announces starting today, Aug. 1, stalls in the Faculty and Staff Lot W, east of Arts and Sciences Hall, will be blocked off for delivery trucks during the College of Education move to Roskens Hall. This parking notice runs through Monday, Aug. 8. Gates to Faculty and Staff Lot U, middle level of the University Drive East Parking Structure behind Arts and Sciences Hall, will be open during this time period.

Contact Parking Office 402.554.PARK (7275) if you have any questions.

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Aug. 28 Benefit Hockey Game at Tranquility to Feature NHL Stars, Former Mavs


NHL players Dan Ellis, Scott Parse and Jason Williams headline a list of standouts who will team up on Sunday, Aug. 28, to help the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame Foundation raise funds to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with a benefit hockey game at the Moylan Tranquility Ice Plex.

The 2 p.m. game is open to the public. Tickets are $10 in advance and go on sale at Tranquility, located at 122nd and West Maple Rd., starting today, Aug. 1. Game day tickets will be $15.

Those three will join former UNO players David Brisson, Jason Cupp, Colin Strom, Christian Graham, Kendall Sidoruk, Billy Pugliese, Derek Reynolds and Allan Carr.  Others include Danny White and Rick Lacroix, both former college and professional players.

Roster spots may be purchased for $1,000 by anyone in the general public. A silent auction featuring memorabilia from college and professional teams also will be conducted. Read more.

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Thompson Alumni Center Rental Available for UNO Groups

Did you know that the Thompson Alumni Center provides free room rental to UNO groups for meetings, retreats, receptions and conferences related to university business?

The beautiful Thompson Center offers numerous amenities, including:

- A convenient, midtown location

- Versatile room spaces

- State-of-the-art A/V and Wi-Fi capabilities

- Exceptional catering options

Room descriptions, policies and pricing, and the entire catering menu can be found at

For more information call new Thompson Center Manager Gina Ray at (402) 554.3368 or email

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Retirement Reception This Week 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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Registration Deadline Friday for University Housing Move-in Volunteers

Staff from University Housing would enjoy having members of the campus community volunteer to help welcome UNO's newest students during move-in days, Aug. 18 and 19.

Dedicated volunteers are needed to help unload cars, pass out water and be that welcoming UNO face for students and their families. Deadline for registration is this Friday, Aug. 5. Those interested can sign up online at

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22nd Annual Nebraska Data Conference 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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HR Launches New A-Z Index for Benefits Information

Human Resources recently launched a new A-Z index for benefits information at UNO. The A-Z Benefits Index features links to websites, forms and information related to benefits providers, services and processes. The index is located at:

"Faculty and staff looking for information or forms should be able to easily find what they need because items that may have more than one name are listed under several possible variations," said Esther Scarpello, Fringe Benefits manager at UNO.

The index also combines information from UNO's website, SAPPHIRE and the University's central NUFlex site..

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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.

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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Strong Bones Fitness Class Offered at HPER

Interested in joining a supervised fitness class aimed at strengthening muscle and bone, reducing the risk of falling and enhancing movement quality in everyday life? Then join, Strong Bones. For more information, call (402) 554.3221.

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