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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



Fire Alarm Testing Today and Next Friday

Fire Alarms will be tested campus wide from 1 to 5 p.m. today, Aug. 5, and again next Friday, Aug. 12, during the same time. If conducting testing or for other concerns regarding this schedule, contact Campus Security at (402) 554.2648 and an alternate time will be selected.

Do you know where your building "rally point" is? Each building has a designated area to evacuate to, should the need arise. The rally points are listed on pages 104 and 105 of the UNO telephone directory.

Questions can be directed to Stan Schleifer at (402) 554.3596.

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Annual Faculty/Staff Picnic Set for Aug. 16

UNO spirit

Mark your calendar. The Faculty/Staff Picnic will be on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center. To be eligible for door prizes, please R.S.V.P. on the form found on the Staff Advisory Council website:, no later than Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Cast Your Vote and Help KVNO Build 'YOUR' Top 40 List

On Saturday, Aug. 27, Classical 90.7 KVNO will celebrate the 39th anniversary of its first broadcast - and begin its 40th year of unique public radio programming - thanks to its loyal listeners and members.

Until then, KVNO wants listeners to vote for "YOUR" favorite classical music selection.

"Bach or Beethoven, Mozart or Mahler, Tchaikovsky or Telemann, Rossini or Puccini - the list goes on and on. Concerto, symphony, opera, sonata; Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary again, it's YOUR choice!" said Kim Balkovec, development director. "Please just let us know. Soon, the Classical 90.7 KVNO Listeners' Top 40 List will be posted at, and added to our ever-popular, new-and-improved classical composers bookmark."

The special "YOUR Top 10" selections will also be included on a custom audio CD for KVNO members only. Both bookmark and CD can be anyone's with a membership donation during the KVNO Fall Membership Drive (more details coming soon).

"YOU have made it possible for Classical 90.7 KVNO to provide unparalleled public service for nearly four decades. Don't miss YOUR chance to be a part of history - cast YOUR vote today," Balkovec said.

Questions? Contact Balkovec at or (402) 554.2716.

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Faculty Members Sought for 'Adopt-a-Faculty' Program

Part of the mission of University Housing is to contribute to the learning of UNO students beyond the classroom. This fall, staff are beginning a new program called "Adopt-a-Faculty" with the purpose of giving their residential students opportunities to interact and learn from faculty members in an outside of the classroom setting. 

"We are asking for your help and involvement. We would like to have 20 interested faculty members who would be willing to be ‘adopted' by a Resident Assistant and the residents in one of the University Village or Maverick Village buildings," said Trent Fredericksen, assistant director for University Housing. "We are hoping that each interested faculty member would be willing to participate and assist in two programs with the RA over the course of the academic year."  

Programs typically take an hour and take place in the evening hours to maximize attendance, but could potentially happen during the day as well.  

"Think of your own areas of interest, hobbies, experience, and expertise and how you could possibly share these with students," Fredericksen said.

Examples of program topics could include: time management, life in the Alaskan outback, self-defense techniques, budgeting, career decision-making, wellness and travel abroad.

"It is our hope that these programs will be intellectually focused and encourage students to think about things they may not have thought about before.  We do not expect you to plan the program on your own.  The resident assistant who adopts you will initiate contact with you to schedule a time as well as take care of marketing the program," Fredericksen said. "The resident assistants also have access to resources to provide refreshments or materials you may need for your program." 

Faculty interested in the Adopt-a-Faculty program should respond to Fredericksen by email at Provide your name and email.  If "adopted" you will be notified in late August.

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Photoshop Basics Workshop

The UNO Academic Partnership for Instruction is offering Photoshop Basics in 112 Criss Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon this Monday. Aug. 8. This hands-on class will demonstrate the use of the Photoshop editing tools and introduce basic techniques to - enhance, compose and publish images for use on the web - as well as in printed media and for video display. Though taught in Photoshop CS4, the techniques demonstrated can be used in earlier versions of Photoshop and most standard photo and image editing programs.

All UNO faculty and staff are welcome, but because seating is limited, register by going to and clicking Sapphire Registration. If you have problems registering, contact Information Services at (402) 554.4357 (HELP) for assistance.

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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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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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In the News

In the News

- The July 29 issue of the Omaha World-Herald featured an article about social media marketing, quoting Phani Tej Adidam, Department of Marketing and Management.

- Maria Arbelaez, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and Department of History, was featured in a July 10 article in El Perico and The Reader about immigrants moving to Omaha.

- Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, was quoted in the Aug. 3 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about the national debate over America's debt ceiling.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was interviewed Aug. 4 by CBS News about excessive use of force by police. Walker was also interviewed by The Dallas Morning News on July 28 about police conduct.

- Student Hugo Zamorano was quoted in the Aug. 1 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about his involvement painting a mural in South Omaha.

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

- Moshe Gershovich, Department of History, recently had an article on "Morocco Reforms Fall Short, but Provide Model of Peaceful Transition," appear in JURIST - Hotline, July 5, 2011,

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

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 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

Contemporary Painting Featured at Next UNO Art Gallery Exhibit

Painting is the focus of the UNO Art Gallery's first exhibition of the 2011-2012 academic year, which opens with a public reception for the artists on Friday, Aug. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

UNO faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of the earlier reception time to see the exhibition, enjoy refreshments and visit with the artists and colleagues at the end of the work day. The public is also invited to attend the opening reception on the 26th.

Julie Farstad and Jessie Fisher's exhibition, Hardcore Painting: Confessions and Premonitions, explores the evolution of each artist's work technically and philosophically by incorporating several bodies of works as well as preparatory drawings. Both artists revel in the subversive constraints of the most analyzed genres of the art world – the easel painting. Read more.

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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