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Marc Gordon Named Employee of the Month

Library's Marc Gordon Named Employee of the Month

photo by Tim Fitzgerald

Marc Gordon began working at UNO on the Criss Library renovation project five-years ago, but with construction finished, he has stayed on as building services manager for the facility. Gordon is responsible for maintaining everything on the inside of the Criss Library and he describes his job as "never being the same day twice." "I enjoy seeing a lot of interesting people with diverse personalities and being able to watch how everybody works together," he said. "If there's an issue in the building everyone comes together to get the issue straightened out. It's a 'patron first facility' and a very enjoyable place to work."

In nominating Gordon for the monthly award, one person said, "Marc always makes himself available to patrons and staff no matter what time it is. He is involved in so many projects on campus including the digital signage committee and taking a year-long CPM course ... all while still doing his Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. job. If he gets a phone call at home and needs to come in he will do so. He is such a great manager and will always help anyone to the best of his ability." Gordon will receive a certificate and check from Chancellor John Christensen and he will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the Board of Regents.



Students from China, Germany, India and Norway Visit UNO

Thirty five students — five from China, 10 from India, six from Germany and 14 from Norway -- will be visiting Omaha from Sunday, June 17 through 28.

This multilateral immersion experience will expose the visiting students to American society, culture, history and business practices through educational workshops, corporate visits and cultural activities. More than a dozen UNO students will be volunteering to support the event and provide the visiting students an opportunity to interact in formal and informal settings.

The visit also includes facility tours and face-to-face conversations with top corporate executives from Borsheims, ConAgra, Gallup, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Union Pacific and Valmont. Read more.

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Mav-Rec Wellness Morning Stretch This A.M. in ASH

Wellness Stampede

Mav-Rec Wellness will offer a morning stretch program on Mondays and Fridays this summer. The program will be held at different buildings on campus. Today's (June 25) Morning Stretch will be in first floor break room of the Arts and Science Hall (ASH).

The stretching is non-strenuous, and done in the standing or sitting position, so that all employees can attend regardless of attire. It is from 7:45 to 7:55 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Employees can take part, and make it to their worksites by 8 a.m.

Those who can't participate are encouraged to stretch at their worksites on their own. Click on this link for a list of stretches.

This week's schedule:

* Week 4 (June 25 and 29): ASH first floor break room

To view the entire schedule, click on this link. Questions?  Dave Daniels (402.554.2008/ or Whitney Prenzlow (402.554.3185/

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Temporary Change in Shuttle Bus Service Today

The Shuttle Bus will drop off and pick up, near the Bell Tower today, June 25, from 6:30 a.m. to noon.

The normal pickup location and driveway in front of Criss Library is closed for construction.

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

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Vlasek Named Aviation Director

UNO has named Scott Vlasek director of the Aviation Institute after serving eight months as interim director. Just the program's fourth director, Vlasek replaced Scott Tarry in September when Tarry left to become director of Nebraska's Strategic Air and Space Museum.

Vlasek, who has a Bachelor's of General Studies and Master's of Public Administration from UNO, has worked with the Aviation Institute since 1995, when he was a student assistant. Read more.

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Sustainability Graphic Design Contest Under Way

Help spread the word about UNO's sustainability initiatives by entering a submission in GreenUNO's upcoming campus-wide design contest.

"A picture is worth a thousand words and we're hoping to find that right image to marry with our campus sustainability efforts," said Patrick Wheeler. "The winning graphic identifier will be displayed on GreenUNO's website and other materials."

Graphic identifier contest details:

* Original works only

* No words

* Image can be digital, painted or hand drawn

* Should broadly reflect sustainability

* Might reflect balance with nature/resources

* Might reflect education

* Does not need to include the color green

Submissions are accepted by mail from individuals without computer access: Environmental Health & Safety-EAB 209, Attn: Patrick Wheeler or emailed to by Monday, July 30.

The GreenUNO Task Force will pick the winner. A prize will also be given for the winning design. The designs entered for the contest will be on display in the second floor Eppley Administration Building display window. Watch eNotes for details.

Questions? Visit or contact Wheeler at or 402.554.3921.

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HPER Pool Notice

Due to the Olympic Trials, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building pool may be busier than normal; especially, from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Pool hours this week (June 25-29) are 6 to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. The pool will be closed Saturday, June 30, for the Fitter Faster Swim Tour.

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Bank of the West Concert This Friday; Free Parking at UNO

The annual "Bank of the West Celebrates America" concert takes place this Friday, June 29, at Memorial Park from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and UNO will again provide free parking.

This year's entertainment includes Huey Lewis and The News and Mockingbird Sun. A fireworks grand finale will follow the performances at 10 p.m.

Be aware that campus parking usually fills by 7 p.m. In addition to surface parking lots, UNO's multi-level parking garage (University Drive East Parking Structure) will be open after 4 p.m. Event organizers encourage those who park on campus to use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street. Shuttle service between the UNO Dodge and Pacific campuses stops at 6 p.m. during the summer. People who park at the Pacific Campus for the concert will not be able to take the shuttle back to their cars after 6 p.m.

Bank of the West, in cooperation with the city of Omaha, annually sponsors the outdoor concert and fireworks finale. For more information, visit the concert website.

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