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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



Making Connections with UNO's Alumni Association

The UNO Alumni Association spent the past 12 months connecting with more than 12,000 alumni, students and friends while reaching numerous of its organizational goals. See a report on its many successes in 2010-11. For details, visit

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Mail Services Reminds Users of USPS Postal Requirements

Mail Services staff reminds the university community of the postal requirements for return addresses. All outgoing United States Postal Service (USPS) mail must read: University of Nebraska at Omaha.

"Mail Services has become aware that there have been changes to how labels are placed on a mail piece that is larger than letter size, flats," said Mike Burton, manager of Mail Services. "The piece must have the address of the intended recipient, visible and legible, only on the side of the piece bearing postage. The return address must also include ‘University of Nebraska at Omaha.'"

To view a USPS diagram, visit

"Several years ago the postal service decided the label had to be entirely in the upper half of the mail piece written as ‘University of Nebraska at Omaha,'" Burton said. "They will reject mail because ‘UNO' is not a registered name with the postal service."

Contact Burton in Mail Services if there are questions concerning any USPS mailing at (402) 554.2337.

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Bookstore Summer Book Buy Back and Textbook Rental Return This Week

The UNO Bookstore end-of-summer Book Buy Back and Textbook Rental Return continues today through Friday, Aug. 8-12. Current Picture ID is required.

Estimated Buyback prices can be viewed at click on cash for books.

UNO Bookstore hours during Book Buyback:
- Monday through Tuesday
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Wednesday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jacinda Brooks at

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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.

Questions? Contact Records and Registration at (402) 554.2314.

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NBDC Offers Free Aug. 26 Workshop for Entrepreneurs

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will present a free workshop on "Putting it Together: What it Takes to Go into Business for Yourself" Friday, Aug. 26. The free workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mammel Hall.

Cliff Mosteller will present. He is a former small business owner and current director of NBDC's Omaha service center.

For details or to register, visit

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IS Blackboard 9.1 Brown Bags This Week

Information Services (IS) will offer two brown bag lunch demonstrations to acquaint faculty with the changes in Blackboard 9.1. The first brown bag will be held this Wednesday, Aug. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room. The second session will be held this 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.

For full course descriptions and to get registered, visit

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HR to Offer 'Obesity in a Bottle' Summer Wellness Video Wednesday

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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Child Care Center to Celebrate 25th Anniversary with Friday's Carnival

Mark your calendar this week and come help the UNO Child Care Center celebrate 25 years of excellence! On Friday, Aug. 12, staff will host a carnival at the UNO Child Care Center (Annex 47/Lot H) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Festivities will include: food, games, door prizes, music by the UNO Jazz Group and the Center's own Kevin Lloyd.

For more information, contact Dawn Hove at

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Annual Faculty/Staff Picnic Set for Next Week

Mark your calendar. The Faculty/Staff Picinic 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, R.S.V.P. on the form found on the Staff Advisory Council website:, no later than Thursday, Aug. 11.

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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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