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This Week in UNO History... UNO Hires Volleyball Coach Rose Shires

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On August 3, 1990, UNO hired then-Assistant Volleyball coach Rose Shires as head coach of the women's volleyball team. Shires, still with the program after 21 seasons, is the winningest coach in school history with a total of 424 career wins. In 1996 Shires led UNO to its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship.

Source: UNO Alumni Association



Summer Online Grading Available through Aug. 19

The online grading window is open for any Summer 2011 courses that end on or before Friday, Aug. 12. The deadline for this grading window is Friday, Aug. 19.

Grading dates for Summer 2011 and Fall 2011 are listed on this website ( Anyone who needs instructions for posting grades can visit the online tutorial here.

Anyone with questions can contact Records and Registration at (402) 554.2314.

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Retirement Reception for Susan McCollum Today

The university community is invited to attend a retirement reception today, 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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Free Food, Live Music, Freshman Convocation Part of Welcome Week 2011

New students, returning students, faculty and staff from UNO will enjoy free food, live music, outdoor activities and a new event – Freshman Convocation – during the first week of the Fall 2011 semester.

Welcome Week – Monday, Aug. 22 through Friday, Aug. 26 – is designed to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year for all of campus and, for about 2,000 students, the beginning of their undergraduate careers at UNO.

A number of free events are planned for the days and evenings during Welcome Week, a popular annual offering for UNO students, many of whom reconnect after a summer of travel, working, classes or studying abroad. Welcome Week is presented again this year by UNO's Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

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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 now 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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HR to Offer 'Obesity in a Bottle' Summer Wellness Video Next Week

Wellness Stampede

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

The final wellness seminar in UNO's summer wellness video series "Obesity in a Bottle: Understanding Liquid Calories and Nutrition" is set for Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Hosted by Human Resources and Mav-Rec Wellness staff, the format for the final 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 the 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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22nd Annual Nebraska Data Conference Aug. 10 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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Green Tip of the Week

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Summer Microwave Cooking

During the summer, use microwave ovens when possible; since, they use less energy and require shorter cooking times than conventional ovens. And in the summer, they also have the additional advantage of producing less heat in the kitchen.

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

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