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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.



New Campus Icon PowerPoint Templates Available

UNO Campus Icon

Two new PowerPoint templates that feature the campus icon (the UNO "O") are now available for the campus community to use. All UNO faculty and staff are encouraged to adopt these templates for on- and off- campus presentations.

"The new PowerPoint templates help with branding our institution," said Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations.  "It's one more tool for all of us."

The PowerPoints are available in a darker look with white text and a lighter look with black text. In both templates, a UNO campus icon sits on the top right corner of each page along with the university's official logo. The templates are available at in the Hot Box section.

For more information, call (402) 554.3502 or email

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Welcome Back with Welcome Week

A UNO tradition continues as Welcome Week is presented again this year by UNO's Milo Bail Student Center. Festivities continue today, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza and will include live music and games. Free food starts at 11:30 a.m.

All Welcome Week activities are free for UNO students. For a complete schedule of today's/tonight's events, visit

Welcome Week is sponsored in part by community sponsors Wells Fargo and Aksarben Cinema.

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Department of Theatre to Host Community Auditions This Evening

The UNO Department of Theatre is holding community auditions for the Fall 2011 Season tonight, Aug. 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Weber Fine Arts Building. 

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.

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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Geography-Geology Annual World Cinema Series Starts Tonight

The UNO Department of Geography-Geology announces its 5th annual World Cinema Series. The weekly series starts tonight, Aug. 24, and runs until 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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UNO Faculty/Staff Bowling League Starts Tomorrow

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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New UNO Tradition Welcomes Freshman Class Each Fall

UNO is beginning a new tradition this fall for its newest students.

UNO's first Freshman Convocation is planned for noon Friday, Aug. 26, inside the Sapp Fieldhouse. The 2011-2012 academic year started Aug. 22.

The event will feature a 45-minute ceremony that officially welcomes UNO's freshman class, with remarks from Chancellor John Christensen, as well as other campus administrators, student leaders and alumni.

The students will receive a commemorative lapel pin marking the occasion. The students will be encouraged to wear the pin at a number of campus events throughout their academic career at UNO, including graduation. Read more.

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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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Sunday's 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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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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International Student Exchange Programs Deadline This Week

Students thinking about studying abroad during the spring 2012 semester should start planning now. UNO Exchange programs offer students the opportunity to earn credits towards their degree, while utilizing their UNO financial aid and scholarships.

Interested students may visit the Study Abroad Library in 241 Arts and Science Hall (ASH) to speak with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made with the Study Abroad Advisor, Emily Hardt, by calling (402) 554.2293.

Important dates:
- International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Priority Deadline ( Aug. 24, 2011
- UNO Study Abroad Fair: Sept. 28, 2011
- Direct Exchange Deadline: Oct. 3, 2011
- MAUI-Utrecht Exchange Deadline: Placement may still be possible (please inquire).

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Upcoming Fidelity Counseling Sessions Announced

Fidelity representative Jason Cronick will be in Omaha this August and September for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several days.

Available dates are:

- Aug. 29
- Sept. 12 and 29

To make an appointment, call 1.800.642.7131.

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New Hires: Mavericks Tap Renfrew as New Assistant
UNO hockey head coach Dean Blais recently announced that Brian Renfrew has been hired as the team's new assistant coach. Renfrew replaces Mike Guentzel who left earlier this summer after one season to take a similar job at Minnesota.

"Brian is an outstanding coach who has experience at some of the great programs in college hockey," said Blais. "He'll be able to make immediate contributions to our program both on the ice and in our recruiting, and I am glad we could add him to our staff." Read more.

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