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Maverick Village Move-In

Maverick Village Move-In

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Students, and their parents, moved clothes, food and refrigerators into Maverick Village Thursday (Aug. 18) morning. The last rooms to be occupied will be University Village on Friday.

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Scott Court Move-In

photos by Tim Fitzgerald

UNO's newest residence hall, Scott Court, opened its doors to residents Sunday (Aug. 14) on the Pacific Street campus. Students are taking part this week in a variety of fun activities before classes start on Monday.



Your Guide to eNotes & New Master Calendar

UNO is pleased to announce with the beginning of the fall semester today, Aug. 22, the university has officially launched a new master calendar that allows for the inclusion of all university-sanctioned events on campus. For those new to campus or those who need a refresher course, below are also some tips on using eNotes, the original daily electronic news source for faculty, staff and students at UNO.

The UNO Master Calendar of Events can be accessed at

With the addition of the university's new master calendar the landscape of eNotes may be changing. Readers should watch in the coming weeks for a chance to participate in a survey on this evolution.

Faculty, staff and students who would like to submit items for publication can e-mail them to A UNO department, program or organization must sponsor submitted items. All entries must relate to university events, announcements or notices, and must contain the name and phone number of a contact person.

Currently the deadline for submission is 9 a.m. three days in advance of the desired publication date. Any item submitted for publication will be run no more than twice per week and may be edited for length or clarity. Receipt does not guarantee publication.

Past issues of eNotes are still available on the Web via the site's archive function. To view past issues, click on the "archive" tab, which is located at the top of the current day's edition.

eNotes is published by University Relations, 108 Eppley Administration Building. Becky Bohan Brown, assistant director of internal communication, is the editor. For questions about site content, contact Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or For questions about the new master calendar, contact Sharon Larsen at or (402) 554.3301.

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Welcome Back with Welcome Week

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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 – today, 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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Pelema Morrice Named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management

Associate Vice Chancellor Thomas Wallace has announced the addition of Pelema Morrice to his staff as assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. Morrice started last week, and his office is in 108 Eppley Administration Building.

Morrice previously served as assistant dean of Admission in the School of Leadership and Education at the University of San Diego. In his new role at UNO, he will be responsible for Admissions and Pre-Admissions, Records and Registration, Orientation, New Student Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Testing and Dual Enrollment. He earned his doctorate in Higher Education at the University of Michigan.

"We are excited to have Dr. Morrice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is great addition to our Student Affairs team," Wallace said.

Morrice can be contacted at (402) 554.2779 or

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Safety Notice for On-campus Incidents

With the start of the fall semester this week, Campus Security staff would like to remind the campus community about emergency procedures at UNO. The following information outlines the university's safety and emergency procedures, along with other services provided by Campus Security.

Incident Reporting
Incidents requiring immediate action include fire, environmental spills, medical conditions, property damage, disruptive behavior and crimes in progress. Persons involved with or observing these types of incidents should call Campus Security at (402) 554.2911. Campus Security will dispatch officers to the scene and, if required, contact 911.

Faculty and staff can call 911 directly, but also should notify Campus Security to help coordinate the response and expedite travel to the emergency scene. Emergency information provided by the caller should include the building, floor, room number, call back number and nature of the emergency.

Faculty and staff should assist with room and building evacuations, and be aware of those needing special assistance. All employees should become familiar with the designated rally points for their buildings, which are listed in the back of the telephone directory under "Emergency Procedures."

Personal Threats and Harassment
Disruptive behavior on campus will not be tolerated. Threats or acts of violence should be reported to Campus Security and to employee supervisors. If the act appears to represent an immediate threat or harm to the individual, it should be reported at once to Campus Security or 911.

Personal Escorts
The escort service is available 24-7 for individuals on campus. Contact Campus Security to arrange for an escort.

Personal Safety Checks
Individuals who may be working alone outside normal working hours are encouraged to contact Campus Security. Security officers will periodically check on individuals' safety while they are on campus.

Personal Property
The university is not responsible for personal property. Individuals are responsible for safeguarding their own property. Loss of personal property should be reported to Campus Security.

Alert System
An on-campus system to help facilitate emergency communications has been installed on the Dodge, Pacific and Center locations. Announcements are distributed from Campus Security to building public address systems or speakers located in building corridors. When announcements are made, strobe lights will flash to notify the hearing impaired to seek assistance.

The system is particularly helpful during tornado warnings. The announcement will alert building occupants to seek shelter and, again later, when the warning has ended. The alert system also can be used to announce university closings, confirm evacuations for fire or chemical release, or other emergency conditions.

Text Messaging System
An off-site text-messaging system provided by e2Campus is also available. The system sends instant alerts directly to registered subscribers' e-mail accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Wireless personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices can also be used.

The notification system is used to communicate any potential emergency, such as a snow delay or closing, other weather warnings, homeland security advisories, gas leak notifications and fire or crime watches.

This is a voluntary, opt-in capability that requires individual action to subscribe. For more information or to subscribe visit

More information on campus emergency procedures can be found online at or in the UNO Employee Telephone Directory beginning on page 103. For more information about Campus Security procedures related to campus emergencies, contact Stan Schleifer at (402) 554.3596 or Paul Kosel at (402) 554.2648.

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MavPerks! Officially Starts Today

Starting today, Aug. 22, anyone using a MavCard to pay at the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court or Convenience Store, the Library Café or the MavRec Café 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

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Parking Permit Sales - Extended Office Hours Available

Parking Services announces extended office hours as follows:

*Today, 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, after 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

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Mary Lopez Retirement Reception Today

The School of Public Administration (SPA) invites the campus community to attend a retirement reception for SPA Career Services Director Mary Lopez today, Aug. 22. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.

For more information, contact Rhonda Sheibal-Carver at (402) 554.2625.

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HR Launches New A-Z Index for Benefits Information

Human Resources recently launched a new A-Z index for benefits information at UNO. The A-Z Benefits Index features links to websites, forms and information related to benefits providers, services and processes. The index is located at:

"Faculty and staff looking for information or forms should be able to easily find what they need because items that may have more than one name are listed under several possible variations," said Esther Scarpello, Fringe Benefits manager at UNO.

The index also combines information from UNO's website, SAPPHIRE and the University's central NUFlex site.

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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 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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Department of Theatre to Host Community Auditions Tomorrow

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

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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Bowling League Members Sought

Wellness Stampede

The UNO Faculty/Staff Bowling League for 2011-12 gets rolling at 4:30 p.m. this 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.

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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NBDC Offers Free Workshop for Entrepreneurs This Week

Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) will present a free workshop on "Putting it Together: What it Takes to Go into Business for Yourself" this 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, visit

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UNO CEO Attempts to Break Guinness Record This Friday

A student group at UNO is spearheading an attempt to slip and slide into the history books. On Friday, Aug. 26, at 1:30 p.m. on the Pep Bowl the UNO Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (UNO CEO) will attempt a Guinness World Record Slip and Slide.

"We are going to pack 250 students onto the slip and slide at one time," said Katherine McFarland, president elect of UNO CEO. "Help us make the Guinness Book of World Records for most people on a slip and slide!"

UNO CEO invites the entire Maverick community to attend. For event details, visit

UNO CEO is a student organization designed to guide, support, and inspire students to be entrepreneurial and pursue opportunities through enterprise creation.

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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 this 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.

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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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Keep Connected With the Campus through Social Media Sites

Stay in touch with the university through social media all year long thanks to UNO's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blog pages.

Throughout the year, briefs of campus events, from athletics to research, will be posted on the Facebook and Twitter pages while more in-depth and personal stories will be featured through the university's UNOtube page and Maverickland blog.

The Facebook page can be found at

The Twitter page can be found at

The UNOtube page can be found at

The Foursquare page can be found at

The Maverickland blog can be found at

If there is a campus event, organization, faculty member, student or staff member that should be featured in any of these formats, contact Charley Reed by e-mail at or by phone at (402) 554.2129.

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Maverick Watch


Support the Mavericks by attending their home events. To view the fall Omaha's Team schedule, visit

To catch up on the latest UNO Maverick news or to keep tabs on favorite teams, players and coaches this season, visit, Twitter at or Facebook at

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