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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.



Flag Lowering

Gov. Dave Heineman ordered all U.S. and Nebraska flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the passing of former Nebraska Governor Norbert Tiemann. The lowering of the flags coincides with a memorial service for Gov. Tiemann in Lincoln this Saturday, July 14.

Flags will be flown at half-staff beginning today, July 13 until sunrise Monday, July 16.

Gov. Tiemann passed away June 19 at the age of 87. Read more.

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Lot U (Middle Level of East Parking Garage) Closed Starting Today

Lot U construction schedule has been revised. Lot U is now scheduled to be closed starting today, July 13, for installation of new overhead lights.

Faculty/Staff with access to Lot U, will be able to enter Lot T. 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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Mav-Rec Wellness Morning Stretch This A.M. in PKI

Mav-Rec Wellness will offer a Morning Stretch program on Mondays and Fridays this summer. The stretching will be held at different buildings on campus. Today's (July 13) Morning Stretch will be in the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) Atrium.

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.

Next week's schedule:

* Week 7 (July 16 and 20): Library Garden

To view the entire schedule, click on this link. Those with questions should contact Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008, or by email at, or Whitney Prenzlow at 402.554.3185, or by email at

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Flag Lowering

The UNO flag will be lowered to half-staff this Saturday, July 14, in honor of UNO retiree Frances Thurber. She passed away May 11 at age 65. Thurber, a professor emeritus, retired from the Department of Art & Art History in 2007 after more than 25 years heading the Art Education program. Thurber also served as chair of the department and on numerous college committees.

Shari Hofschire, director of UNO Center for Innovation in Arts Education, remembers Dr. Thurbers many contributions to the arts and UNO. "She was recognized nationally for her leadership in comprehensive arts education and as a founding leader (27 years ago) of the Prairie Visions Nebraska Consortium for Arts Education that brought millions of dollars to improve art education in the state and continues today. Thurber served as president of Nebraska Art Teachers Association and was active in the Higher Education Art Education Division of the National Art Education Association. In 2006, she received the Nebraska Governor's Arts Award for Arts Education, one of many awards and honors received during her long career. She published many articles with a focus on empowering women in the arts."

A memorial reception will be held this Saturday, July 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Drive, in Omaha.

The Frances Thurber Art Education Fund has been set up with the University Foundation. Donor cards are available in the Department of Art & Art History (Bob Carlson, Shari Hofschire) or donations can be sent directly to the Foundation.

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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

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Annual Salary Notifications Available in ESS

As of July 12, 2012 the 2012-13 Annual Salary Notification is accessible in Firefly via a link in ESS.

To access your salary notification in Firefly, do the following:

- Click the Employee Self Service tab.

- In the Payment section, click the Annual Salary Notification link.

The salary notification will open in PDF format. You can save it to your computer and/or print. Note: depending on your version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, the toolbar showing the print and save icons may not appear. To view the toolbar, press F8 on your keyboard.

This Annual Salary Notification link will remain in ESS until the following year and only the current year's notification will be accessible.

Please contact your campus help desk if you have problems with Firefly or opening the PDF file. Please contact your supervisor if you have salary questions.

Let us know if you have any questions:, 402.472.7373 or 877.472.7694.

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KETV Interviews Aviation Director Vlasek

Aviation Institute Director Scott Vlasek was interviewed by KETV on Wednesday, July 11, about the effects of laser pointers on airplane and helicopter pilots. A man was recently questioned by police for reportedly shining laser pointers into the cockpits of area planes. Read more here.

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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, senior specialist for Environmental Health & Safety. "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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