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May 31, 2008: SPO Becomes Maverick Productions

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On this day in UNO history, the Student Programing Organization (SPO) changed its name to Maverick Productions. Maverick Productions is responsible for the coordination of many student-centered entertainment events throughout the school year.

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His Own Words: On Summer School

by Oliver B. Pollak

Summer school can be a memorable experience. I went to summer school to get ahead in junior high (now middle school), high school (including repeating Geometry), as an undergraduate, graduate, and in law school. ...continue



UNO Celebrates National Bike Month Today with Group Ride

Wellness Stampede

The UNO Bikes! advocacy group and the UNO Wellness Committee are teaming up to put on a group ride for the last day of National Bike Month.

"We hope everyone can join us for this fun and healthy all-campus event," said Michael Grube, co-event organizer.

Today, May 31, the ride will start on Dodge Location in front of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building at 3:30 p.m. Participants will ride down the hill and through Elmwood to pick up riders from both the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute and Mammel Hall on the Pacific Location, before continuing on to Aksarben Village for fun and refreshments.

"We'll have some treats for you, as well as some specials at the Aksarben shops," Grube said. "We'll talk bike events, safety and traffic skills before our very own -- Kay Grant -- a UNO alumnae, employee and League Certified Instructor, will lead an optional group ride from Stinson Park to Democracy Park and back on the Keystone trail. A quick and easy 10-mile trip to round out May."

For more event information, check out the UNO Bikes Facebook page:

"If you can't join us for the wellness event, join us for happy hour at Ponzu Sushi & Grill next to Aksarben Cinema at 5 p.m. for a campus biking discussion and specials just for us," Grube said.

Questions? Contact Grube at or 402.554.2124.

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Don Smith Retirement Reception Today

A retirement reception will be held in honor of Don Smith at 3 p.m. today, May 31, in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Board Room. Smith has served for more than 24 years as the Supervisor of Energy Management and Controls Services in the Facilities Management and Planning offices. 

"During Don's career with UNO, he has experienced and incorporated many technological changes to the energy systems at UNO that many of us are unaware," said Larry Morgan, assistant director of Facilities Management and Planning. "His commitment to UNO and understanding of the campus energy systems has served all of us on a daily basis from the heating and cooling of our offices and classrooms to the operations of the Henningson Campanile bells during the week, holidays and special occasions."

Join Facilities Management and Planning staff in thanking him for his efforts. 

For more information, call Morgan at 402.554.3735.

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May Biweekly Payroll Reminder

May has three biweekly paydays - May 3, 17 and 31. With that in mind, no standard deductions will be taken from today's (May 31) biweekly payroll.

Regular biweekly paid employees will not have NUCREDITS included or standard deductions (insurance, parking, etc.) withheld. Federal and State taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, retirement, and credit union deductions will be taken. For more information, contact Payroll at 402.554.2325 or 402.554.2739.

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TIAA CREF Rep Openings Available this Summer

Openings available for TIAA-CREF representative campus visits set for this summer.

- June 12

- July 3 and 17

- Aug. 14 and 21

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus throughout the summer for individual appointments with employees.

Appointments can be made by calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614.

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New Fit Minded Book Club Session Starts Next Week

The UNO women's soccer team is hosting a fundraiser golf scramble this Friday, June 1, at Pines Country Club in Valley, Neb.

"There is still time to register," said Coach Don Klosterman. "We really need a foursome at this point."


- Lunch at noon

- Shotgun start at 1 p.m.

- Cost: $100 per golfer

All proceeds will benefit the UNO soccer team.

To register or for more information, contact Coach Klosterman at 402.554.4962 or at

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New Fit Minded Book Club Session Starts Next Week

Any woman who enjoys reading, being social and desires to be healthy is invited to join the seventh session of the Fit Minded physical activity book club. Jennifer Huberty, associate professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, created the club.

Formerly known as the research study "Women Bound to Be Active," Fit Minded empowers women to become physically active by focusing on increasing self-worth and physical activity through a book club format. Through reading and discussion, Fit Minded provides women skills and strategies so that they can be active on their own for a lifetime. Fit Minded also offers an online component which includes resources, blogging and chatting, activity tracking and much more.

Session Seven is forming now. Members will meet for one hour, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., on Monday evenings in Mammal Hall (the College of Business Administration) starting June 4. Fit Minded is facilitated by Huberty and her team.

To join Fit Minded, go to their website, For more information, email or call 402.554.3395.

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