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July 18, 1935: UNO Connects to New Phone System

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On this day in UNO history, the university was hooked up to a new $3 million phone system called 'System 85.' As a result, nearly 1,5000 phones, which were leased from AT&T, needed to be returned.


Sapp Fieldhouse

The Sapp Fieldhouse: If These Walls Could Talk

You probably walk past it every day but, unless you are an athlete, or in the athletic department, you can count the times you've been inside the Sapp Fieldhouse on two, or fewer, hands. continue. . .



Pep Bowl Sidewalk Notice

The Facility Management & Planning office announces starting today, July 18, at 9 a.m. the sidewalk between Sapp Fieldhouse and Allwine Hall to the Pep Bowl will be closed to any foot traffic. It is expected to be open Monday, July 23.

Questions? Contact Bob Fuder at 402.554.2284.

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UNO Students Take Study Abroad Trip to Cuba

As a part of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies Summer 2012 Study Abroad Program, faculty member Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado is leading six UNO students on a travel study trip to Cuba to engage in an innovative service-learning experience in conjunction with the course LLS 4950/8956 – Latin American Travel Study Abroad: Cuba in the 21st Century.

The UNO delegation is collaborating with Proyecto Espiral, a Cuban community service organization made up of students and young professionals, to assist Okan-Tomi, a community-based Afro-Cuban collective dedicated to preservation and advancement of dance and culture, in the renovation of their theater in the Havana suburb of Marianao. The UNO group will be in Cuba through July 22.

The students are keeping a blog while in Cuba at To read the full press release, click here.

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Student Entrepreneur Featured in Silicon Prairie News

Junior Brady Churchill was featured on the website Silicon Prairie News for his work on Betterboo, an online shopping organization and networking site. Churchill mentions UNO courses and the mentoring of Dale Eesley, marketing and management, for his success so far. Read more here.

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New Portuguese Language Course Available This Fall

This fall semester, for the first time ever, UNO will offer a course in Portuguese. The primary language of Brazil has become increasingly important to people worldwide as that country's cultural influence grows and it becomes a major market in international trade.

Portuguese is also very accessible for students who know some Spanish; with a little extra effort, they can communicate effectively throughout all of Latin America.

FLNG 2530: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers will be offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 to 1:50 p.m. Students will need to have taken SPAN 3030: Conversation and Pronunciation and SPAN 3040: Grammar and Composition as pre-requisites. Students can also enroll with advisor permission if they are native or heritage speakers of Spanish.

The instructor, a native Portuguese speaker, will be visiting UNO from Brazil through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program. Each year, UNO hosts Fulbright FLTAs to teach critical languages for students seeking careers with international facets.

Depending on demand for this course, Portuguese may become a permanent offering.

For more information on the Portuguese course, contact Melanie Bloom, chair of the Foreign Languages & Literature Department, 402.554.4989. For more information about the Fulbright FLTA program, contact Shane Pekny in International Studies & Programs, 402.554.2376.

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2012-13 Parking Permit Sales Under Way

Parking permits for the 2012-13 academic year are now available to purchase online at, click on MavPark.

The site will require a NetID username and password (same as your Blackboard login) and vehicle information on vehicles owned that will be parking on campus.  This information includes the vehicle's year, make, model, color and license plate number. Before going online, have this information available.

Permits are purchased online and must be displayed by Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

Parking Services will mail your permit on Aug. 7 for all orders received by Friday, Aug. 3.  After Aug. 3, online orders must be picked up at the following locations:

* Eppley Administration Building – Auditorium: Monday, Aug. 13 to Friday, Aug. 17

* Milo Bail Student Center – Council Room (third floor): Monday, Aug. 20 to Friday, Aug. 24;

This flyer provides updates on parking services for Fall 2012.

The Parking Services Website provides information on Parking Rules and Regulations, and Parking Maps, visit

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

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TIAA CREF Rep Openings Available This Summer

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

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

Appointments for Aug. 14 and 21 can be made by calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614.

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