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Wind Damage

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Elmwood Park, to the east of Kayser Hall and Arts & Sciences Hall, looked like a war zone Monday morning after Saturday's wind and rain storm. At least six large pine trees were snapped off at the trunk by the winds.



Child Care Center Hosts 25th Anniversary Carnival Today

The UNO Child Care Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a free outdoor carnival from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 12.

The event is designed not only for current child care families and the UNO campus community, but anyone who has been cared for by the UNO Child Care Center since opening on Aug. 25, 1986.

The center is open year-round to the children – ages 18 months to 12 years – of UNO students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is estimated that the center has cared for 3,000 children since 1986.  The rain location will be the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Read more.

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Fire Alarm Testing Today

Fire Alarms will be tested in Kayser Hall, Milo Bail Student Center, Criss Library and Durham Science Center from 1 to 5 p.m. today, Aug. 12. 

If you have testing scheduled during this time or other events that may cause a concern, contact Campus Security at (402) 554.2648 for an alternate time.

Do you know where your buildings' "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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Blackboard Update Planned For This Sunday

Information Services (IS) will be installing a Blackboard update the morning of Sunday, Aug. 14, starting at 6 a.m. and completing around noon. Blackboard services will be unavailable or intermittent during this time.

The new update will ensure the Blackboard system is compatible with the most recent versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer, and provide many minor bug fixes.

The update is happening outside of the regular IS maintenance schedule so as not to interfere with the first week of classes. As a reminder, IS performs system maintenance every Sunday morning from 6 to 7 a.m., with an extended period of 6 a.m. to noon on the third Sunday of the month.

If you have any questions, contact the IS Help Desk at or 402.554.HELP (4357).

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'Consider This' Investigates the Stock Market

On August 8th:  The stock market plunges more than 600 points. What is the damage? An average of a 20 percent loss per investor and overall $3.7 trillion lost. Just what happened?

Host Cathy Wyatt and guests will investigate, The Debt Ceiling, on the next edition of "Consider This."  What does raising it mean to Nebraskans; especially investors, the aging, small to moderate-sized businesses and your family?

Join Wyatt and her guests: Ernie Goss, professor of Economics at Creighton University; and John Ewing Jr., Douglas County Treasurer.

The program airs on NET2 today, Aug. 12, at 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 12:30 p.m.

"Consider This," a production of UNO Television, also airs on the Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha. Check the Knowledge Network website at for dates and times.

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Bowling League Members Sought

The UNO Faculty/Staff Bowling League for 2011-12 gets rolling at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the newly renovated West Lanes Bowling Alley (72nd and Dodge streets).  New teams and individuals who would like to be placed on a team are welcome regardless of skill level.

Teams may have more than four bowlers--18 years or older--on their rosters, but only four will bowl per week. Teams must have at least two UNO current or retired administrative/faculty/staff members including spouses, immediate family or significant others. Graduate teaching assistants are also eligible.

League bowlers unable to arrive at 4:30 p.m. each week have until the end of their team's fifth frame to join the first game of the evening.

Bowlers are invited to join West Lanes for their "Grand Re-Opening" on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Prizes will be given away including one year of free bowling.

To learn more about the league, contact league president David Kimble at or (402) 554.3229; league vice-president Ed Johnson at or (402) 554.2656; or league secretary/treasurer Christy Tilford at or (402) 554.3546.

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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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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 are for sale at Tranquility, located at 122nd and West Maple Rd. Tickets can also be purchased from Shirley Fey in 204 Sapp Fieldhouse. 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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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

- Ron Abdouch, Neighborhood Center and College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was quoted in the Aug. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald on flood donations and supplies.

- Student Jordyn Braun and Bill Pickett, University Housing, were quoted in the Aug. 8 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about student residence etiquette.

- Art Diamond, Department of Economics, was interviewed by The Scientist on Aug. 1 about the effects of debt legislation on science research funding.

- On Aug. 8, KVNO (90.7 FM) spoke with Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration, about the nation’s recent debt rating downgrade.

- Sam Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Aug. 8 issue of the Alaska Dispatch about the use of Tasers by police officers.

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 Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call (402) 554.2762.

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In Print

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

UNO Theatre Presents All in the Mind

The UNO Department of Theatre presents the premiere production of All in the Mind, an original script by graduate student Kimberly Kershner.

All in the Mind previews Wednesday, Aug. 17, with performances running Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 18-20, in UNO's Studio Theatre, Room 006 of the Weber Fine Arts Building.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. 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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