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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.



UNO Corporate Cup Team Now Forming

Editor’s note: Omaha’s Corporate Cup online registration is experiencing some technical difficulties. Try and register at a later date or call UNO rep Dave Daniels to be added to the roster.

All UNO students, employees and their families can participate in the upcoming 31st annual Omaha Corporate Cup Run/Walk. The 10K run or 2-mile walk will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha.

All registrations for the race are done online at It is $15 per person. Make sure to select the "Click here to Create or Join a Team." The deadline for online registration is Saturday, Sept. 17. On-site registration will be available starting at 6:30 a.m. the day of the event.

The official UNO Corporate Cup t-shirt will be optional for participants this year. To purchase the $15 shirt, those interested must come to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building Control Desk to pay for and select a shirt size. The shirts are a light gray, dri-fit material with the official Corporate Cup and UNO logos. The deadline for the t-shirt order is Thursday, Sept. 1. The shirts cannot be purchased through the Corporate Cup website.

Information about this year's race can be found online at: Call Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008 for more information.

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MavPerks! Starts Next Week

Starting next Monday, Aug. 22, anyone using a MavCard to pay at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court or Convenience Store, the Library Cafe or the MavRec Cafe will receive a five percent discount off of the total purchase. The new discount program is called MavPerks!

The campus community can add funds to a MavCard using cash, check or credit in the MavCard office on the second floor of MBSC. People can also use any of the Card Value Centers on campus with cash or deposit online at

For more information, email Mary Cunard at

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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 Those who want to participate can register by calling the Center for Faculty Development at (402) 554.2427 or emailing their desired evening to Please provide full name, department, phone number and preferred evening.

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Faculty/Staff Picnic Set for Tuesday

Chancellor John Christensen, Staff Advisory Council and Faculty Senate would like to invite all faculty and staff to attend the Faculty/Staff Picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The event takes place in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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22nd Annual Nebraska Data Conference Takes Place Aug. 16

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 in the understanding of how changes in the population can affect communities. With this information, the Nebraska State Data Center has constructed detailed sessions that assist with the comprehension and use of this information. Specific sessions at the conference include: statics on the state’s 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.

To learn more about the conference or to register, visit

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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 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 and provide their name and email. “Adopted” faculty will be notified in late August.

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IS to Hold Drop-In ASK? Sessions

Have a quick Blackboard question, but don't feel like taking 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.; and 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.

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UNO Theatre Presents All in the Mind

The UNO Department of Theatre will 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.

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NBDC Offers Free Aug. 26 Workshop for Entrepreneurs

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, click here.

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