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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.



Parking Permit Sales - Extended Office Hours Announced

Parking Services announces extended office hours as follows:

*Today, Aug. 17 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

*Thursday, Aug. 18 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

*Monday, Aug. 22 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

*Tuesday, Aug. 23 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking Services will continue online sales of parking permits; however, effective today, Aug. 17, permits must be picked up at the Parking Office, 107 Eppley Administration Building. Faculty, staff and students will need to present their MavCard to pick up their permit.

Please log on to to make your purchase. All permits are required to be purchased online.

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 year, make, model, color and license plate number.

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, use of the MavCard for garage access and appeal procedures.  For more information on these changes, visit

For any questions, call the Parking Services office at 402.554.PARK (7275).

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UNO Theatre Holds Auditions for Fall 2011 Season

The UNO Department of Theatre is holding auditions for the Fall 2011 Season.

Upcoming Mainstage productions include: Jeffery Hatcher's adaptation of The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Douglas Paterson, and Caridad Svich's 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs), directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf. Auditions are also being held for UNO's Showcase production of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by graduate student, Zach Jennison.

Community auditions are Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building. 

Performances of The Government Inspector runs from Sept. 28- Oct. 1 and Oct. 12-15.  Performances of 12 Ophelias runs from Nov. 16-19 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Performances of A Moon for the Misbegotten runs from Oct. 27-29.

For more information about auditions, contact the UNO Theatre Department at (402) 554.2406. For more information about UNO's 2011-2012 Mainstage or Showcase Season, contact Sarah Fogarty at or (402) 554.3167.

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Mav-Rec Wellness Now Offers Full-Body Massage

Wellness Stampede

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

Everyone is busy this time of year gearing up for another great academic year at UNO, but don't overlook your health and well-being.  

Did you know that Mav-Rec Wellness offers full-body massages in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building? If not, check out the "Massage Section" of the Campus Recreation web page for pricing and other details:

"Our certified Licensed Massage Therapists will rub that nasty stress right out of your body," said Dave Daniels, assistant director of fitness/wellness at UNO.

Contact Whitney Prenzlow at (402) 554.3185 for more information.

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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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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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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Free Food, Live Music, Freshman Convocation Part of Next Week's Welcome Week 2011

New students, returning students, faculty and staff from UNO will enjoy free food, live music, outdoor activities and a new event – Freshman Convocation – during the first week of the Fall 2011 semester.

Welcome Week – Monday, Aug. 22 through Friday, Aug. 26 – is designed to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year for all of campus and, for about 2,000 students, the beginning of their undergraduate careers at UNO.

A number of free events are planned for the days and evenings during Welcome Week, a popular annual offering for UNO students, many of whom reconnect after a summer of travel, working, classes or studying abroad. Welcome Week is presented again this year by UNO's Milo Bail Student Center. Read more.

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Geography-Geology Announces 5th Annual World Cinema Series

The UNO Department of Geography-Geology announces its 5th annual World Cinema Series. The weekly series will run from Aug. 24 to Nov. 2 with two films shown at 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. every Wednesday evening in the 102 Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium. For the first time, some films will be shown in Blu-ray.

The series starts with a short film from Senegal titled "The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun" and a feature film from Canada called "Le Grande Seduction."

"The films are shown in combination with my course GEOG 3000: Geography in Film," said Michael Peterson, professor of geography at UNO. "We're inviting people from the UNO community to view the films along with our class."

Other films in the world cinema series come from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and South Africa.

For more information about the series, contact Peterson at

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Call for Video Topics: Student Organizations, Fall 2011 Courses, and Faculty Research

University Relations is looking for interested faculty and staff who would like to be the subject of a short video profiling the student organizations they advise, the courses they will be teaching in fall, or the research they are currently working on.

As part of UNO's online presence, University Relations produces dozens of videos which are then hosted on YouTube and the website. Last semester videos were created that featured topics like MavRadio, UNO's student-run radio station, a course called "Language and Comics," featuring Dr. Frank Bramlett from the Department of English, research from Dr. Raj Dasgupta on the detection of landmines using robotics, and many more.

All of the videos from last semester can be found either at or at

If you are interested in being profiled for these kinds of videos, or if you know of someone who would be interested, contact Charley Reed at or by phone at (402) 554.2129.

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Cast Your Vote and Help KVNO Build 'YOUR' Top 40 List

On Saturday, Aug. 27, Classical 90.7 KVNO will celebrate the 39th anniversary of its first broadcast - and begin its 40th year of unique public radio programming - thanks to its loyal listeners and members.

Until then, KVNO wants listeners to vote for "YOUR" favorite classical music selection.

"Bach or Beethoven, Mozart or Mahler, Tchaikovsky or Telemann, Rossini or Puccini - the list goes on and on. Concerto, symphony, opera, sonata; Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary again, it's YOUR choice!" said Kim Balkovec, development director. "Please just let us know. Soon, the Classical 90.7 KVNO Listeners' Top 40 List will be posted at, and added to our ever-popular, new-and-improved classical composers bookmark."

The special "YOUR Top 10" selections will also be included on a custom audio CD for KVNO members only. Both bookmark and CD can be anyone's with a membership donation during the KVNO Fall Membership Drive (more details coming soon).

"YOU have made it possible for Classical 90.7 KVNO to provide unparalleled public service for nearly four decades. Don't miss YOUR chance to be a part of history - cast YOUR vote today," Balkovec said.

Questions? Contact Balkovec at or (402) 554.2716.

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Green Tip of the Week

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Crockpot 101
Using a separate appliance like a crockpot can save energy when preparing foods requiring long cooking times.

The GreenUNO Task Force provides these tips. For more information, visit

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