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July 4th Bell Concert

photos by Tm Fitzgerald

Patriotic music was in the air Wednesday morning as UNO's Dr. James Johnson gave his annual 4th of July concert on the UNO carillon.



UNO Participates in 2012 Metro Commuter Challenge

There's still time to register. From today, July 9, through Friday, Aug. 3, metro area employees can take the bus or carpool to work, log those trips and get good stuff for doing so. GreenUNO encourages the UNO community to participate in this community sustainability initiative. The 2012 Metro Commuter Challenge is designed to reward more than just those who take alternative transportation regularly.

The challenge is sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Metro Transit.  MAPA offers a free on-line carpool matching service for employees in the metro area, and Metro Transit's bus system stretches from West Omaha to downtown.

If you're not familiar with alternative transportation, GreenUNO encourages you to try it the whole month, a week or even a single day.

- Taking alternative transportation helps keep the air clean. Right now, Omaha's air quality is close to reaching non-attainment of federal standards. That could mean heavy fines for Omaha.

- Commuting to work by alternative transportation saves people up to $2500 each year.

- If you participate in the challenge even once you'll be eligible to win a gift certificate to restaurants such as Old Chicago, Upstream and M's Pub.

Here's how it works:

Register: Sign up for the challenge online at

Log commutes: Enter each alternative transportation trip you take on a simple calendar. For this challenge, MAPA is focusing on bus and carpool, but participants can get bonus points for walking/riding your bike to the bus stop or carpool.

Get stuff: And by stuff, MAPA means good stuff. Anyone who participates can win gift cards to area restaurants in the weekly raffle. The three individuals with the most commutes, and the three with the most miles traveled, get either an iPad, $100 Visa gift card or a Joslyn family membership. And this competition isn't just about the individual. Companies with the most commutes and miles per participant receive bragging rights and a plaque.

Find out how to try Metro Rideshare or Metro Transit, learn about all the competition details and register on the challenge website at

GreenUNO and UNO Bikes supports this challenge. For details on UNO sustainability initiatives, visit

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MavCard Unavailable for Off-campus Purchases Today

MavCards will be unavailable for purchases at off-campus merchants today, July 9, due to system maintenance.  MavCards will still be able to be used at all on-campus locations. For further information, call MavCard Services at 402.554.2220.

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Mav-Rec. Wellness Morning Stretch Cancelled This A.M.

Wellness Stampede

Mav-Rec Wellness reminds participants, there will be no Morning Stretch program today, July 9.

The free stretching program takes place at different buildings on campus throughout the summer. 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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Top Six Chosen for Open House Re-naming Contest, Vote Online Today

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Your vote counts. The UNO community has spoken and the top six for UNO's Open House Re-naming Contest have been chosen. Now help pick a winner, vote on your favorite name here. Hurry! Voting only lasts through this Friday, July 13.

The final contest winner receives a Kindle Touch courtesy of the UNO Recruitment and Orientation office.

Questions? Contact Lamarr Womble at

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Sam Walker Featured on Tavis Smiley Show

Sam Walker, professor emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was featured on the Tavis Smiley Show Thursday, July 5, to discuss the current state of civil liberties in America, coinciding with last Wednesday's Independence Day holiday. The Tavis Simley Show can be heard on Public Radio International. Listen to the episode at this link.

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Nebraska Arts Council Presents July 11 Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series

Spend the lunch hour with Wednesday Words: The Braided River reading series at its new location, KANEKO's KANEKO-UNO Library, 1111 Jones St., in Omaha's Old Market District.

Beginning in June, the reading series, which is free and open to the public, started holding events at KANEKO-UNO Library, with an inaugural reading by William Trowbridge, Missouri's Poet Laureate.

This month's featured writer is Sam Stecher. He will read from his works Wednesday, July 11, from noon to 1 p.m. Stecher has been serving as educator in various capacities since 1997, currently as principal of Emerson Elementary school in Kearney, Neb. He has been published in The Empty Room anthology and The Platte Valley Review. He was a member of the first poetry slam team to represent the city of Lincoln at The National Poetry Slam Competition.

Wednesday Words originated in the fall of 2009 as a special reading series featuring award-winning writers from the Nebraska Arts Council's (NAC) Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) in Literature program. It has developed into an ongoing reading series recognizing award-winning writers from Nebraska, including NAC's IAF honorees. The reading series is sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, The Backwaters Press, KANEKO and J.D. Hutton.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Bailie at 402.932.3486 or

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Gateway Information Session Set for July 11

The incoming editor of UNO's student newspaper will give a presentation on the publication's future this Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the  Chancellor's Room.  The entire campus community – students, staff and faculty – are invited to attend.

According to incoming editor Katie O'Dell, this year the student publication faces many challenges but also has many opportunities for improvement.  The newspaper now has an aggressive strategic marketing plan to help it during its milestone 100th anniversary year.

The presentation is free and refreshments will be available. For more information, contact O'Dell at or 402.320.5175.

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Lot U (Middle Level of East Parking Garage) Closed for Construction Soon

Editor's note: Lot U is now scheduled to be closed starting this Friday, July 13, instead of Wednesday, July 11, for installation of new overhead lights.

This work will start when overhead light installation is completed on the Lower Level, Lot T. Faculty/Staff with access to Lot U, will be able to enter Lot T. Watch for lot closed signs.

This project is estimated to be completed in approximately four weeks.

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

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Rubrics:  Pedagogy and Practice Training This Friday

The Academic Partnership for Instruction (API), a division of Information Services (IS), is offering a new hands-on training session on using Rubrics in Blackboard.  This session will be held this Friday, July 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 543 Kayser Hall.

API will cover both the pedagogical reasons for using rubrics and the technical skills to use the rubric feature within Blackboard. Participants will be asked to bring an example assignment complete with the corresponding learning objectives. Space is limited, so register early.

To register, visit Questions?  Contact IS Customer Services at 402.554.4357 (4-HELP) or

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UNO Invited to Take Part in Third Annual Owl Ride

Wellness Stampede

UNO students, faculty and staff are invited to a late-night bike ride this Saturday, July 14, for a good cause.

More than 2,000 cyclists are expected to ride in the third annual Owl Ride. The 14-mile ride is the largest annual night bicycle ride between Chicago and Denver.

Proceeds from the ride go to the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities.

The ride begins at 11 p.m. at Lewis and Clark Landing and continues on a specially designed route through downtown, midtown, Dundee, Aksarben, Field Club and Old Market neighborhoods. Cyclists will finish the course at the Lewis and Clark Landing.

To take part in the ride, cyclists must have front lights and front and rear reflectors on their bikes and wear a helmet. Cyclists must also register online at Registration fees are $30 per person or $60 per family.  Riders may also register on-site for an individual fee of $35 or $70 per family.  Fees may be paid by cash or check.

For more information, contact Michael Grube at or call 402.554.2124 or go to

UNO Bikes, GreenUNO and Mav-Rec Wellness support this challenge.

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UNO MaV USO Holds Decal Design Contest

The Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO) is holding a campus-wide decal design contest. In the near future, decals will let the university's military and veteran students know how to find assistance.

The winning decal will be displayed in offices or on doors of faculty and staff members who have completed specialized training to best assist military and veteran students.

Decal/Logo contest details follow:

* Designs must include the words "Military Friendly Space;"

* Should be 6x6 inches in size; and

* Can be hand drawn, painted or digital;

Submission should be sent to the MaV USO office or emailed to by July 31. A prize will be given for the winning design.

Please contact MaV USO for additional information or questions at 402.554.2349. MaV USO is located in 117 Eppley Administration Building.

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