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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.



MavRide Returns Today for UNO Students

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Tired of paying for gas?

MavRide is back, and providing 600 free passes to UNO students to ride Omaha's Metro bus system.

Students can claim a free bus pass, on a first come first serve basis, beginning at 9 a.m. today, Aug. 16, in the Student Government office, located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center near the Fireplace Lounge. Read more.

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Annual Faculty/Staff Picnic Today

It's back. The Faculty/Staff Picnic will be today, 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. forms were due last week. For details, visit

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Annual Fall Sports Media Day Moved


Editor’s note: UNO’s annual fall sports media day has been moved up by one day. Instead, media day will be held today, Aug. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Sapp Fieldhouse.

UNO will hold its annual fall sports media day this Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Sapp Fieldhouse. All members of the news media are invited to attend.

Coaches and players from UNO's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's golf and cross country teams will be available for interviews at this time.

UNO women's soccer regular season begins with a trip to Wisconsin-Green Bay this Friday, Aug. 19.  UNO volleyball will host a Red/Black scrimmage this Saturday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. before beginning the season the following weekend at a tournament at Bradley.  Men's soccer kicks off its first-ever season of competition against UC Irvine on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the UNO soccer field while cross country begins its season with the annual UNO/Creighton Classic at Chili Greens on Saturday, Sept. 3.  Both UNO golf teams will begin their seasons in September as well.

The 2011-12 season will mark the first year of Division I competition for the Mavericks who are beginning their four-year transition from Division II.

For schedules on all UNO athletic teams, visit

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Maverick and University Village Move-in Traffic Notice

During residence hall move-in this Thursday, Aug. 18, and Friday, Aug. 19, traffic on University Drive South will be restricted to one-way east bound from the entrance of Parking Structure 2 (PS2) to the entrance of Lot M (faculty/staff parking lot south of Criss Library). Access will be open to PS2 and Child Care Center motorists.

This will allow short term loading and unloading along the curb in front of the residence halls and east bound thru traffic during move-in.  Parking and Security staff will be directing traffic.

Contact Parking Office 402.554.PARK (7275) if you have any questions.

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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 Aug. 12. The deadline for this grading window is Friday, Aug. 19.

Grading dates for Summer 2011 and Fall 2011 are listed online at Anyone who needs instructions for posting grades can visit the online tutorial here.

Anyone with questions can contact Records and Registration at (402) 554.2314.

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IS to Offer Blackboard Drop-In ASK? Sessions This Week

Have a quick Blackboard question you'd like to ask, but don't feel like you need to take a full workshop? Join the Information Services (IS) team for a Blackboard Drop-In ASK? Session. Registration is not required.

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.

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Bowling League Members Still Sought Wellness Stampede

This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

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.

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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UNO Participants Sought for Aug. 27 Methodist Hospital/UNO Women's Triathlon


If you've ever wanted to participate in a triathlon, the Methodist Hospital/UNO Women's Triathlon is the perfect place to start. Join other area women on Saturday, Aug. 27, for the 8 a.m. triathlon at Wehrspann Lake and Chalco Hills Recreation Area, 8901 S. 154th St.

"This is a fun, noncompetitive introduction to the sport—no rigorous training required. We won't be recording your times or giving awards, so the pressure's off," said Todd Samland, UNO head women's swimming & diving coach and event organizer. "It's all about participating in a fun fitness event for women of all ages—so bring your mom, your daughter, or your best friend and try the sport!"

The entry fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. All proceeds from the event go towards UNO's swimming and diving team.

For details and an entry form, go to

"Even if you're a triathlon veteran, this event is the perfect way to challenge yourself—and challenge a friend to compete with you," Samland said.

Questions? Contact Coach Samland at (402) 554.2346 or

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Faculty Members Needed 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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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 details:

- 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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Susan Fritz Named NU Associate Vice President-Academic Affairs
Susan M. Fritz, a longtime University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty member and administrator, has been named associate vice president-academic affairs in the Office of the Provost at the University of Nebraska. Fritz currently serves as associate vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a position she has held since 2005, and is interim dean of the Agricultural Research Division. She also directs IANR's international agricultural programs and is a former associate dean of CASNR and department head of the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (AgLEC) program. Her appointment is effective Aug. 15.

In her new position, Fritz will provide leadership for the university's multi-campus academic initiatives, working with faculty, administrators, policy makers and industry partners to advance research. She will also organize the review of new graduate programs and core research facilities and serve as liaison to the Nebraska Coordinating Commission on Post-Secondary Education.   Read more.

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