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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



New UNO Tradition Welcomes Freshman Class Each Fall

UNO is beginning a new tradition this fall for its newest students.

UNO's first Freshman Convocation is planned for noon Friday, Aug. 26, inside the Sapp Fieldhouse. The 2011-2012 academic year begins Monday, Aug. 22.

The event will feature a 45-minute ceremony that officially welcomes UNO's freshman class, with remarks from Chancellor John Christensen, as well as other campus administrators, student leaders and alumni.

The students will receive a commemorative lapel pin marking the occasion. The students will be encouraged to wear the pin at a number of campus events throughout their academic career at UNO, including graduation. Read more.

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Deborah Burchard's Retirement Party Is This Thursday

The College of Arts and Sciences invites the campus community to attend a retirement party for Advisor Deborah Burchard this Thursday, Aug. 11. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Alex Webster at (402) 554.2338.

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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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HR to Offer Fall Retirement Planning Seminars

UNO Human Resources will continue its retirement planning seminars this fall with several pre-retirement planning educational seminars. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

"Each seminar will give you practical information that you can put to use in your everyday life," said Esther Scarpello, manager of benefits. "Take advantage of this opportunity - mark your calendars to attend these informative seminars."

The first seminar:
- Charting Your Course: A Financial Guide for Women
Friday, Sept. 9, 10 to 11 a.m.
Milo Bail Student Center State Room
Focusing on key aspects of managing one's finances while incorporating issues that are of particular interest to women. This seminar covers:  evaluating your financial health, setting financial goals, making your money work for you and your plan, putting it all together.

To view a complete schedule, visit

Questions? Contact Esther Scarpello at (402) 554.3660 or Tim Rochford at (402) 554.2465.

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IT Academy for Local IT Professionals, Managers This Friday

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. 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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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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Student Health Services Offers Pilot Faculty and Staff On-Site Health Care Clinic

More and more companies and universities are putting health care clinics in the workplace, which means big savings. Some studies show businesses can cut health care costs by up to 30 percent. UNO's new On-Site Health Care Clinic, supported by Student Health Services, is a pilot healthcare program offered to all faculty and staff.

"The university wants to improve overall wellness in the work-place by assisting its faculty and staff with minor illness and screening services through an On-Site Health Care Clinic," said Marcia Adler, director of Student Health Services. "All UNO part-time and full-time faculty and staff will be able to use the services of the Clinic. All medical information will be kept confidential." Faculty and staff interested in utilizing this service should call (402) 554.2374 to ensure that a physician or nurse is available.

The pilot officially began June 1 and continues through Dec. 31. At the end of the pilot period, a decision will be made about whether the Clinic will be continued.

The benefits of offering On-Site Health Care Clinic services to faculty and staff include:
- Improved access and convenience;
- Reduction of lost work time and improved employee productivity;
- Improved health outcomes both individual and aggregate;
- Promotion of wellness including importance of screening and prevention services; and
- Increased employee retention, recruitment and morale.

Complete list of clinic services
Frequently Asked Questions

Student Health Services is located off the atrium of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (402) 554.2374. No Campus Recreation membership is needed to access the clinic.

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New Hire
Please welcome Troy Romine, UNO's new catering manager in Food Services, who replaces recent retire John Leed. Romine's first day was Aug. 8 and can be reached at (402) 554.3047 or

For catering, contact Romine or Mike Milone in Food Services at (402) 554.2400.

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